Bedfordshire, a Fair County- reference Why we ♥ Bedfordshire, edited by John Pilgrim
Bedfordshire is a great county to live in, visit and enjoy with all the family.
Bedfordshire is crammed with wonderful countryside (Downs, Chiltern Hills, Greensand Ridge, Marston Vale) delightful towns and villages (Woburn & Harrold were named in the 2013 Sunday Times 120 best villages to live in Britain), great places to eat, drink (Old Warden Vineyard) and shop, beautiful cottages and impressive stately homes (Wrest Park, Woburn Abbey, Luton Hoo Mansion House), historical stories of national importance and plenty of attractions (ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Mead Open Farm, Woburn Safari Park, The BodyFlight...) to keep the kids occupied!
Birthplace of the Church of England (The Priory Church of St Peter Dunstable) and John Bunyan author of “The Pilgrim’s Progress” and in more recent years the late Ronnie Barker.
Bedfordshire is steeped in history, the county has seen many kings and queens of England holding court and hunting in the great forests. Queen Eleanor was laid to rest in Dunstable, Catherine of Aragon was incarcerated at Ampthill and during the second World War many crowned heads of Europe in exile took refuge in our county. Renowned bandleader Glenn Miller broadcasted from the Corn Exchange in Bedford, spy planes (Shuttleworth Collection) departed for sorties behind enemy lines and Winston Churchill made an inspiring speech at the Luton Hoo.
Cycling and walking is made easy with numerous paths and cycle ways through beautiful countryside as well as excellent indoor/outdoor sport facilities including canoe polo and kayaking on the river Great Ouse where lazy trips in the John Bunyan river-cruise boat are also on offer in the summer and available to hire for private and corporate events.
The Priory County Park is a centre of educational activities for children of all ages. The lakes are well suited to fishing and water sports whilst bird lovers can take a stroll through the park.
Bedfordshire is host to many famous entertaining cultural events: Carnival and Mela (largest one day event in Europe) in Luton, the Riverside Festival in Bedford and Canal Festival in Linslade.
For more information contact Visitor Information Centre.
If you do not live in Bedfordshire make sure you visit us and if you do live in Bedfordshire, make sure you take a long look at the place where you live. Experience all that Bedfordshire has to offer today.