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Out and About

There are many attractions close by;

Old Warden is a beautiful little village which boasts the Shuttleworth Collection, the Bird of Prey Centre and The Swiss Garden.  The Imperial War Museum at Duxford, The RSPB Headquarters at Sandy, Wimpole Hall, Woburn Safari Park and Abbey, Cecil Higgins Art Gallery in Bedford, Thurleigh Farm and Adventure playground, xscape in Milton Keynes for the adrenalin junky, Wrest Park for historical re-enactments, The Glenn Miller museum, Priory Country Park – Bedford

If shopping is your thing, Milton Keynes is 30 minutes away as is the historical Cambridge with its colleges, universities and shops. Also Ampthill with its antiques shops.

If you plan to visit London use us as the base we are only a 50 min by train from Sandy Station.

If you need a taxi then we suggest you call any of these local, reliable firms.
Charles Cars 01767 692200, 1st Cars 01767 692222, Roy’s private hire 01767 699586, Maurices private hire 01767 600006.

  • Great Places To Eat

  • Manor Farm Fishing

  • Tempsford Heritage Trail

  • The Shuttleworth Collection

  • Duxford - Imperial War Museum

  • RSPB - The Lodge - Sandy

  • Wimpole Hall

  • Woburn Safari Park and Abbey,

  • Cecil Higgins - Bedford

  • Herrings Green Activity Farm & Bird of Prey Centre

  • Xscape Milton Keynes

  • Wrest Park - English Heritage

  • The Glen Miller Museum

  • Some Pampering and Ideas

  • Chicsands Priory

  • RAF Henlow

  • Capers Catering

  • Self Catering Cottage

The Crown Northill

The Horse and Jockey, Ravensden

The Gandhi Sandy

China Express Restaurant – Sandy

John O’Gaunt in Sutton

Black Horse in Ireland

il Girasole – St Neots

The Plough, Bolnhurst

The Hare & Hounds – Old Warden

Jordans Mill – Broom

A specialist carp, bream, pike, match and trout fishery based in Bedfordshire, UK, boasting 6 lakes set in 86 acres of woodland.

For more information visit Manor Farm Fishing

The Tempsford Heritage Trail helps you enjoy some of the history in the parish of Tempsford. The walk is mainly focused on the village but there are two additional routes which take you into the surrounding countryside to further explore the local history.

The main walk around the village is suitable for all abilities and is a 1.8 miles / 3km linear route. There are wonderful views across to the River Great Ouse and some beautiful examples of buildings through the centuries.

For a longer walk, the entire route with the two additional walks is 7.3 miles / 11.7km taking you along the picturesque river banks and out to the old WWII Tempsford Airfield.


Follow this link for more information about Tempsford and the Stuart Memorial Village Hall.

There is also pdf document about the Tempsford Heritage Trail

There is also lots of useful information about Tempsford here.

The Collection is famous for its frequent flying displays. During the summer flying season, all of the airworthy aircraft from the museum are flown in displays, alongside guest aircraft from other operators and from the other Services. The displays re-create aircraft flight spanning the Edwardian period, the First World War, the twenties and thirties and the Second World War. More modern visiting aircraft are also a regular feature of the flying displays thus providing an absorbing contrast between the veteran and vintage aircraft types.

The collection is well worth a visit even on non flying days. Just take a stroll around the aviation museum and observe the international collection at close quarters.
For more information vist www.shuttleworth.org.

The Swiss Garden

The Swiss Garden, Old Warden Park, Bedfordshire was created in the 1820s by Lord Ongley. It is a late Regency garden and an outstanding example of the Swiss picturesque. The main element for this unusual and atmospheric garden is the Swiss Cottage.

The Garden is a really great place to spend an afternoon. Just take a leisurely stroll through the beautiful gardens with their ponds and bridges. This peaceful and romantic setting is a real treasure.
Swiss Garden website

Jubilee Play Centre

The Jubilee Play Park is just outside the Bird of Prey Centre. The park is suitable for children aged 3-14 years with a range of challenging and well maintained play equipment.
Jubilee Play Centre

The Jubilee Play Centre was officially opened by the President of The National Playing Fields Association, HRH The Duke Of Edinburgh.

Duxford is one of Europe’s premier aviation museums – as well as having one of the finest collections of Imperial War Museum Duxfordtanks, military vehicles and naval exhibits in the country.
This famous heritage site began as an airfield in the First World War and also played a vital role in the Second World War, firstly as an RAF fighter station and later as an American fighter base.Duxford

There are many things to do and see including:-

The American Air Museum
houses the finest collection of historic American combat aircraft outside the United States.

The Naval Collection
A fascinating range of exhibits from midget submarines to naval helicopters.

The Normandy Experience
looks at the dramatic invasion of Europe on D-Day, June 1944, and the events that followed in Normandy and NW Europe until the end of the war.

 And much much more.

Imperial War Museum – Duxford

The Lodge nature reserve opened in 1961. The woodland, heath and acid grassland along the Greensand Ridge cover 180 hectares, and are being restored to form the largest stretch of heathland in Bedfordshire. 

You can explore this attractive nature reserve along 5 miles (8 km) of trails, visit the beautifully managed gardens, the Iron Age banks and ditches on Galley Hill, or watch woodland birds from the hide. You can see a wide range of woodland species throughout the year, and spotted flycatchers and hobbies during the summer. 

The shop has an excellent range of binoculars and telescopes, books, bird food and gifts. Guided walks can also be booked here. There is a picnic area, and snacks are available at the shop. The hide, gardens and toilets are wheelchair accessible.

Visit the RSPB website  for more information.

A working estate still guided by the seasons, with an impressive mansion and Home Farm

 The mansion, at the heart of this estate, is evidence of Elsie Bambridge’s success in creating a home.

Intimate rooms contrast with beautiful and unexpected Georgian interiors, including Soane’s breathtaking Yellow Drawing Room and wonderful plunge bath. The fascinating basement corridor offers a glimpse into life below stairs.

Stroll around the colourful parterre garden and wander through the Pleasure Grounds to the walled garden, abundant with fruit, vegetables and herbaceous borders.

Home Farm contrasts the traditional farmyard with the noisy modern piggery and cattle sheds.

Stride out across the landscape park, among the rare-breed cattle, and imagine the previous owners planning their visions of grand avenues and spectacular vistas.

For a day packed with animal encounters and wonderful wildlife, visit Woburn Safari Park with over 80 species of animals including lions, tigers and bears.  

Or climb the trees and slide across high wires, crawl through tunnels, cross rope bridges, walk the planks and zip down to the ground! Go Ape is an award-winning high wire forest adventure course of rope bridges, tarzan swings and zip slides… all set high up in the trees.

Or visit Woburn Abbey with its fantastic history stately home and gardens.

Find out more about Woburn 


Visit the Cecil Higgins art gallery which holds many special events and exhibitions throughout the year.


Herrings Green Activity Farm and Birds of Prey Centre One of the UK’s largest Bird of Prey Centres.

Loads to do for the more active with Snozone, Indoor Skydiving, Rock Climbing

Check out the xscape site for more details

This is a wonderful 90-acre historic landscape and French-style mansion which will take its rightful place amongst the country’s great garden attractions – and give locals and visitors to Bedfordshire a superb new day out.

Find out more on the Wrest Park pages of the English Heritage site.


Just Bliss Holistics

It is worth making the time during your stay to sample the range of holistic and complementary treatments offered by Just Bliss Therapists located in Sandy High Street.

Heaven at Home Spa

Why not spoil yourself with a pamper treatment from Heaven at Home Spa, click the link below to choose your treatment package.

Wedding Day Hire

This Bedfordshire based company specialises in supplying an extensive range of quality products for hire.

They offer affordable choice for your special occasion – eliminating the need for compromise by supplying products for any budget, from small and intimate to grand and flamboyant.

Their products include Candelabra, Topiary Trees, Vases, Large Urns, Votives, Table Plan Easels, Table number and Menu Holders and much more. We are sure you will be able to find exactly what you need to make your special occasion even more memorable.

For information visit www.chicksandspriory.co.uk


Signals Museum, RAF Henlow www.rafsignalsmuseum.org.uk

Capers offers a prestigious catering service – weddings, celebrations, corporate, lunch run and many more occasions

Capers Catering

A little further afield we recommend this excellent self catering cottage…’ The Cukoos Nest close to the North Coast 500 route in the wilds of north west Scotland.