As the Forest of Marston Vale continues to grow, there are more and more woodlands and other wild places to explore with all the family; perfect for budding young explorers! Whether you’re hunting out the hidden wildlife in the Millennium Country Park or discovering the delights of the growing number of woodlands in the Forest, you’ll find that we’ve provided some information and activity sheets to help you and your family have some fun in the Forest!
Please note, until further notice we aren’t able to do any Kids’ Birthday Parties. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and we hope to get up and running with these again in the future!
The Forest Centre & Millennium Country Park offer a great destination for family days out. Walk, run or cycle some of the 17km of paths and trails with the kids. Have a picnic, kick a ball about or fly a kite, there is plenty of space to do them all. If you want an extra focus to your explorations in the Park why not take a walk round our Wetlands Nature Reserve (small entry charge applies). Follow our Wildlife Safari, an exciting trail packed with fun facts, games and interactive play.
Our woodlands are also great places to explore with the family, if you want something a bit more off the beaten track. You’ll find surfaced trails, picnic tables and benches, and information boards on all sites. There’s even some very natural play features to entertain children (and even adults!) at some of our woodlands such as Bedford’s Green Gateway and Rectory Wood . If you fancy a riverside adventure, then the Grange Estate near Willington has a riverside cycleway, woodland paths, and a riverside dipping platform. Our woodlands and sites are all somewhere to take a walk, have a picnic, explore nature, or simply sit and enjoy a little natural beauty (whilst the youngsters run off some energy!).
Wherever you decide to explore within the Forest, you could download one of our activity sheets to take with you on your walk. Each one is great fun (and you will learn some wildlife facts too), whether you want to look at trees, birds or bugs:
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Have fun exploring the Forest.
For a huge range of further activities to do both inside and out, take a look at the Woodland Trusts, Nature Detectives site. www.naturedetectives.org.uk/