The Higgins Bedford

The Higgins Bedford unites on one site three previous cultural venues : Cecil Higgins Art Gallery, Bedford Museum and Bedford Gallery. The buildings themselves date back 200 years and have their own rich history of occupation and use, even before they became used for their more recent cultural past.

The Higgins Bedford has been refitted throughout. Visitors can enjoy watercolour, print and decorative art collections of international significance, including major collections of works by William Burges and Edward Bawden. Local collections tell the story of Bedford and its people through archaeological finds, natural history, geology and social history. Important too are small but significant world archaeology and ethnography collections.

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Address
The Higgins Bedford
Castle Lane
Bedford
Bedfordshire
MK40 3XD

Website: http://www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk
Events webpage: http://www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk/whats_on.aspx
Twitter: https://twitter.com/higginsbedford
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheHigginsBedford

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Dunstable Downs and the Whipsnade Estate

Extensive chalk and grassland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Soar above a breathtaking landscape, sculpted over time, decorated by nature and enjoyed by generations.

Stand on top of Dunstable Downs for a view that will simply take your breath away. These Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) are designated for the quality of their chalk grasslands.

As well as two Scheduled Ancient Monuments (Five Knolls and Medieval Rabbit Warrens) there are many other historical features and the site has much to offer you.

The chalk grasslands of the Downs have miles of footpaths and several circular walks, a fascinating history and an abundance of plants and wildlife.

Dunstable Downs is within the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and the highest point in Bedfordshire.

The wind-swept ridge provides ideal conditions for a variety of air sports, especially kite flying. On calmer days it’s the ideal site to enjoy the view and a picnic.

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Address
Dunstable Downs and the Whipsnade Estate
Whipsnade Road
Dunstable
Bedfordshire
LU6 2GY

Website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunstable-downs-and-the-whipsnade-estate
Events webpage: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunstable-downs-and-the-whipsnade-estate/things-to-see-and-do/events
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DunstableDwnsNT
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nationaltrust

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Frosts at Willington

Situated just 6 miles outside Bedford, just off the A421 – taking the A603 heading towards the A1, Frosts at Willington is the premier garden centre in Bedfordshire.

There has been a tremendous tradition for growing and nurturing plants at Willington dating back to the 1890’s when the original nursery was founded by Isaac Godber, grandfather of one the present partners.

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Address
Sandy Road
Willington
Bedford
MK44 3QP

Website: http://www.frostsgardencentres.co.uk/centres/willington
Events webpage: http://www.frostsgardencentres.co.uk/Centres/Events_Guide_2015
Twitter: https://twitter.com/frostsgardens
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FrostsGC

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Woodside Animal Farm

You can get up close and personal with our animals at Woodside Animal Farm. Feed them, pet them and even cuddle them during our ‘Cuddly Encounters’ hands on sessions. As well as our wide range of farm, zoo and exotic animals there are tractor and trailer rides, animal demonstrations, a mini fun fair, crazy golf and lots of outdoor play fun. For rainy days and when the kids just want to run wild there’s the heated indoor soft play centre and cafe serving hot meals and snacks, a selection of rich and warming coffees and a tempting range of delicious cakes and treats. Our well stocked gift shop has a good range of gifts, toys and pocket money treats. Our award winning poultry centre stocks a vast range of livestock, feed and accessories, and our friendly helpful staff are on hand to give you all the advice you need!

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Address
Woodside Animal Farm
Woodside Road
Slip End
Luton
Bedfordshire
LU1 4DG

Website: http://woodsidefarm.co.uk
Twitter: https://twitter.com/woodsideanimals
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WoodsideAnimalFarm

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