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Forest of Marston Vale

Type:Forest or Woodland

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

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About

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.

Events

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

Butterflies and Day Flying Moths Talk and WalkButterflies and Day-Flying Moths Talk and Walk
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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...
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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
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Thursday, 30th May 2019 - Thursday, 30th May 2019

Bug WalkBug Walk 1 – 3pm
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Wheelchairs available

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)

Catering

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

Children

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome

Groups

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

Parking

  • 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.

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