To provide you with the best experience, cookies are used on this site. Find out more here.

Allow cookies

Forest of Marston Vale

Type:Forest or Woodland

off Station Road, Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, MK43 0PR

Add Forest of Marston Vale to your Itinerary

Close window

Call direct on:

Tel01234 762600

Walking in the Forest of Marston Vale

Book Tickets Online


The Forest of Marston Vale is a 61 sq mile Community Forest, set in an area that had historically seen large scale clay extraction for brick making, in what is otherwise a mostly rural area. It has left the area with many large lakes, which nature has taken over and created fantastic natural habitats. The Forest Centre, set in the stunning 225 hectare Millennium Country Park, is a fantastic facility for visitors. There is ample parking (inc for Blue Badge holders), an electric car charging post on site and the car park is adjacent to the Forest Visitor Centre, an ideal stopping point before or after you explore the wider park, with its cafe, gift shop, childrens play area and toilets.

The park itself has over 17kms of surfaced paths and bridleways to explore, on foot or by bike. There are bike hire facilities on site and young explorer packs are available from reception. Keen or amateur birdwatchers can access the designated nature reserve, for a small fee at the visitor reception. Route 51 of the National Cycle Network passes through the park and there are a large number of public footpaths including circular routes that start at the park. The park and facilities are run by a local charity and it shows with the passion and care they put into caring for the visitors as well as the park itself.

Guide Prices

Park is free to enter and explore including the children's play area. Car park charge due to start in mid 2018.


Tuesday, 28th May 2019 - Tuesday, 28th May 2019

Butterflies and Day Flying Moths Talk and WalkButterflies and Day-Flying Moths Talk and Walk
more info

Wednesday, 29th May 2019 - Wednesday, 29th May 2019

Celebration of Birds - Kids Outdoor CraftsSessions at 9.45, 11am and 2pm. We start with a walk through the Park, looking and listening out for birds, before a craft session in the woods to create rainbow birds and model nests out of natural materials. Find out some fascinating facts about our feathered friends, and get creative in the...
more info

Wednesday, 29th May 2019 - Wednesday, 29th May 2019

Small Mammal Trapping Walk and Talk11.30am – 12.30pm Resident mammal-recorders David and Diane show you how they setup small mammal traps around the Park and record all of the data
more info

Thursday, 30th May 2019 - Thursday, 30th May 2019

Bug WalkBug Walk 1 – 3pm
more info

Thursday, 30th May 2019 - Thursday, 30th May 2019

Bumblebee Talk11am – 12pm The County Recorder for Bumblebees, Colin Carpenter, introduces us to this group of familiar and interesting bees.
more info

Friday, 31st May 2019 - Friday, 31st May 2019

Night Flying Moth Trapping Event9pm – 12am A fascinating evening with the Bedfordshire County Moth recorders and members of Beds Moth Group as they run moth traps and lights to see some of the species that can be found in the Park at night.
more info

Friday, 31st May 2019 - Friday, 31st May 2019

Owl Pellet Autopsy10am -12pm A drop in session to learn more about what owls eat and how they live with a fascinating look at owl pellets through microscopes.
more info

Friday, 31st May 2019 - Friday, 31st May 2019

Wildlife Art Walk1 – 3pm Local artists and Senior Countryside Officer, Steve Halton, leads a walk around the Park to share his experiences of sketching animals and plants – bring your sketch book and pencils/paints as there'll be lots of inspiration.
more info



  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Wheelchairs available

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome


  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups
  • Guided tours for groups


  • Car Charging
  • Parking with charge

Property Facilities

  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • WiFi or internet access

Site Features

  • Regional Tourist Board Member

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

The Forest Visitor Center is located on the outskirts of Marston Moretaine in central Bedfordshire. Access is 10 minutes from the M1 (Jcn 13) or the A1; from both roads take the A421 towards Bedford and continue to the juction turning for Marston Moretaine. Take Beancroft Road into Marston then follow the brown tourist signs to the Forest Centre. Best postcode to use is MK43 0PS, which will bring you onto Station Road on the outskirts of Marston Moretaine. Look out for the Millennium Country Park & Forest Centre entrance signs. We look forward to welcoming you.

Opening Times

* Summer 2018
Weekdays – 9am to 5pm
Weekends – 10am – 5pm
Gate Closure – 5pm
Last orders in the Lakeside Cafe are 15 minutes before closing.

What's Nearby

  1. Elstow Moot Hall

    Elstow Moot Hall

    Medieval Market house set on tranquil village green. Collection of 17thC furniture and...

    4.48 miles away
  2. Woburn Safari Park

    Woburn Safari Park sits in over 300 acres of beautiful Bedfordshire parkland and is home...

    4.71 miles away
  3. De Grey Mausoleum

    De Grey Mausoleum

    A large mortuary chapel of the de Greys of Wrest Park containing fine sculptured tombs of...

    4.89 miles away
  1. HULA Animal Rescue: South Midlands

    HULA Animal Rescue: South Midlands

    A 17-acre registered agricultural holding, headquarters of the registered charity founded...

    5.09 miles away
  2. Herrings Green

    Herrings Green Activity Farm & Bird of Prey Centre is a family run business and home to...

    5.1 miles away
  3. Bedford Makers & Designers

    Bedford Makers & Designers

    Set in barns around a farm courtyard we are a collective of potters, artists, sculptures,...

    5.52 miles away
  4. Bromham Mill and Gallery

    Bromham Mill and Gallery

    Restored watermill in working condition. Selling stoneground wholemeal flour, static...

    5.6 miles away
  5. Russell Park

    Russell Park

    The pride of Bedford: a riverside Victorian promenade characterised by its formal...

    5.72 miles away
  6. Bedford Creative Arts

    Bedford Creative Arts

    Contemporary art gallery offering a changing programme of lens based work by local,...

    5.73 miles away
  7. John Bunyan Museum

    John Bunyan Museum

    Museum housing the personal effects of John Bunyan (1628-1688) and copies of The...

    5.8 miles away
  8. The Higgins Bedford

    The Higgins Bedford showcases wonderful and varied collections including fine and...

    5.82 miles away
  9. Woburn Abbey

    Woburn Abbey and Gardens

    Step inside Woburn Abbey and immerse yourself in nearly 500...

    6.18 miles away
  10. Woburn Heritage Centre

    Woburn Heritage Centre Museum and Tourist Information Point is housed in the reduntant...

    6.29 miles away
  11. Wrest Park

    Wrest Park

    One hundred and fifty years of English gardens laid out in the early 18thC including...

    6.53 miles away
  12. Priory Country Park

    Priory Country Park

    Over 300 acres of open space with 2 lakes and riverside. Fishing facilities, water...

    6.91 miles away
  13. Warden Abbey Vineyard

    Warden Abbey was one of the seven Cistercian monasteries to cultivate vines in England...

    7.27 miles away
Previous Next