Home to more than 2,500 animals, many of which are endangered in the wild, Whipsnade Zoo is the perfect day out for people of all ages, with so much to see and do. The Discovery Centre (a tropical experience with a fascinating array of species) enables visitors come up close and personal with the animals as you stroll through indoor exhibits.
The Zoo also provides discounted group rates, group catering, free daily animal events and can be accessed by the Centrebus route X31 from Dunstable. For more information please visit www.centrebus.com or contact 0844 357 6520.
Woburn Safari Park
Lions, tigers and bears – you will find your favourite animals at Woburn Safari Park! The Park is an award winning attraction which makes a valuable contribution to conservation. Most of all, it is a place where families can enjoy being together and seeing animals in a beautiful environment.
Providing a fun day out with friends, families or colleagues, visitors to Woburn Safari Park can now see a collection of one of Africa’s rarest mammals in the drive-through African Forest.
You can also climb the trees and slide across high wires, crawl through tunnels, cross rope bridges, walk the planks and zip down to the ground with the new Go Ape high wire forest adventure course, all set high above the forest floor.
Why not use public transport for your next trip? You can easily access the park by using the number 36 or Dash Direct bus services to the High Street, then changing onto the number 10 or 10A services directly to Woburn at the following times (09:00, 11:00 and 13:00, returning at 10:26, 11:26, 12:26, 13:26, 14:26 and 17:26).
Tel: 01525 290 407
Stockgrove Country Park
Comprising of an 80 acre park, Stockgrove Country Park has an interesting history dating back to medieval times. Situated just outside the town at Heath and Reach, it has a lake, woodland trails and picnic area, plus many facilities such as access for less-abled people, an information centre run by the Greensand Trust who manage the park, a snack bar, and public toilets. The Greensand Trust also organise a “wildlife watch” club for younger children.
For those keen to take on a challenge, Bedfordshire’s long-distance walk “The Greensand Ridge Walk” starts in the town centre and passes through Stockgrove on its way to Gamlingay 40 miles to the east. (www.greensandridgewalk.co.uk).
Why not take jump on the new Dash Direct bus service to get to this location. Simply take this service to the High Street and then take the number 10, 10A or 150 services to Stockgrove Park.
It’s a lovely place to walk and cycle or take a picnic for all the family.
Tel: 01525 237 760 (Greensand Trust)
Tring Zoological Museum
Originally the private collection of 2nd Baron Rothschild this interesting museum is now part of The Natural History Museum, containing thousands of preserved specimens of animals in a unique Victorian setting, making it a fun and educational day out for all the family.
You can also relax in the Tring Zebra Cafe, the Gift Shop or one of the picnic areas at the museum. Located on Akeman Street, Tring. For more information about this fun day out visit www.nhm.ac.uk/tring/index or call 0207 942 6171.
Mead Open Farm
Located on Stanbridge Road, Great Billington, here you can meet, feed and stroke cows, horses, goats, rabbits, sheep and guinea pigs, and even bottle feed lambs and try hand milking a cow.
As well as the animals there is a big choice of activities including go-karts, a 9-hole crazy golf course, and an adventure playground. A big highlight for younger visitors is Shaggy’s Playworld. Named after the Farm Mascot, this includes an indoor play centre with huge slides, climbing areas, ball ponds and net climbs.
Mead Open Farm also serves both hot meals and snacks, and has picnic areas if you prefer to take your own lunch. There is a programme of special events throughout the year including Easter egg hunts, Spook-tacular Halloween fun, Santa Claus visits at Christmas, as well as a Reptile Roadshow during school holidays and a Maize Maze in the summer.
Situated just 1.5 miles away from you, this is within easy walking or cycling distance via Billington Village. Alternatively, you can take the number 73, 162 or 164 buses from Billington Road to Billington Village followed by a short stroll to the farm.
For further information why not call 01525 852 954 or visit www.meadopenfarm.co.uk.