Places To Go
The Red Lion is newly refurbished interior and outside space. 3 mins walk into the village.
A cosy very comfortable interior, specialises in good food
The Bedford Arms Oakley is slightly bigger, and we are regulars here too just about walking distance (2 miles) or a short drive https://www.bedfordarmsoakley.com/
Many of our guests like The Plough at Bolnhurst, about 15 mins drive https://bolnhurst.com/
There is a lovely Indian restaurant in Harrold also about 15 mins drive http://spicesofparadise.co.uk/gallery/
Box End Water park – inflatables, wakeboarding, open water swimming and...
Triathlon events, running and cycling track, plus Corner 5 Restaurant by the lake. 6 miles/10 mins drive https://www.boxendpark.com/aqua-park/
Twinwoods adventure for indoor surfing, skydiving, shooting, archery, climbing and events. 6 miles/10 mins drive https://twinwoodsadventure.com/surf
Clay pigeon shooting at Sporting Targets https://www.sportingtargets.co.uk/
Paddleboarding and Canoe trails on the Ouse http://www.canoetrail.co.uk/
Windsurfing at Brogborough Lake www.broglake.co.uk (15 mins by car)
Woburn Abbey and Safari Park including Go Ape tree high ropes adventure (25 mins drive)
Bletchley Park (“The imitation game”) https://bletchleypark.org.uk/visit-us
Snozone skiing snowboarding sledging Milton Keynes https://www.snozoneuk.com/
Gullivers Land theme park https://www.gulliversfun.co.uk/gullivers-land-milton-keynes
10 pin bowling Milton Keynes https://www.hollywoodbowl.co.uk/milton-keynes
Ice skating Milton Keynes https://planet-ice.co.uk/locations/milton-keynes/
Santa Pod http://www.santapod.co.uk/ about 9 miles, 40 mins
Wicksteed Park theme park and events including outdoor cinema https://wicksteedpark.org/ about 45 mins
Whipsnade zoo (45 mins) https://www.zsl.org/zsl-whipsnade-zoo
RIVER & PARKS
The attractive Embankment Bedford is host to numerous events including regattas.
There are some fantastic parks nearby too, have a look at the areas below…
Bromham mill https://www.bedford.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/arts-and-culture/history-and-heritage/bromham-mill/ and Bromham Park https://www.discoveringbritain.org/activities/east-of-england/walks/bromham.html 5 mins drive
Parks at Harrold, Bedford, Priory Country Park Bedford with 360 acres of trails and water activities
Free tennis courts in Bedford Park and Russell Parks
Golf at Pavenham Park, Bedford (Carnoustie Drive), Bedford and County at Clapham, Mowsbury Park Bedford
SWIM & CINEMA
Bedford has 2 cinemas and several swimming pools, including a beach pool.
The riverside complex was recently redeveloped to include restaurants and cinema in the heart of the town. There are several swimming pools including Oasis Beach and Flumes pool, and swimming in the river is popular, at Stevington and Olney especially.
Bedford is aiming to be a tourist destination and has a very full calendar of events...
Bedford Park hosts numerous events and concerts including Proms in the Park https://www.bedfordparkconcerts.co.uk/festivals/bedford-park-concerts-2019/
Look out for River Regattas, and festivals including the River Festival, Kite Festival, Beer and Prosecco Festivals, and many more
Events at the Corn Exchange https://www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk/events/whats-on/
Sharnbrook Mill theatre and restaurant http://www.millhouse-riverside.co.uk/the many events
IN THE VILLAGE
The village is full of history including the 18th century post mill.
Village walks – we lend a walks booklet produced by the Parish Council which talks you through notable buildings in the village
Stevington County Walk – along the disused railway line. Walk from the Windmill to Bromham Mill
River footpath through a small ancient wood to the Ouse river
Miles of local walks on footpaths and bridleways including an 8 mile circular route by the river through Pavenham and Oakley (past several pubs) and including part of the John Bunyan Trail
Red Lion and Royal George pub
Cathy Brown’s 4.5 acre gardens (garden and cookery writer) in the middle of the village https://www.kathybrownsgarden.com/
Guitar concerts http://stevingtonguitarconcerts.co.uk/ several concerts a year, often fully booked months in advance
Cinema club http://stevingtoncinemaclub.uk/
Bedford is 10 mins drive & Milton Keynes City is 25 mins drive...
Silverstone (50 mins) https://www.silverstone.co.uk/
Harry Potter studios Watford (1 hr) https://www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/
Lavenham historic village (1.5 hrs) http://www.visit-lavenham.co.uk/
Stratford upon Avon (1.5 hrs)
Cambridge is a 1 hr away and Oxford (1.5 hrs by car)
Trains to London from Bedford are about 40 mins
SHOP & MEDICAL
Stevington Community Shop (volunteers) – wide range of mostly non-perishables...
10-12 3-5 weekdays, sat am 10-12
One Stop in Bromham (2 miles away) is open long hours and has a bit of everything. Molivers Lane MK43 8LD. Turn right from our drive, follow the road into Bromham, and turn left onto Molivers Lane in the middle of the village.
Post Office is in the One Stop in Bromham, and there is a cash machine outside.
Chemist – same parade of shops as One Stop
Budgens Bromham stocks a bit more. Turn left from our drive, follow the road through Bromham, at the T junction at the end turn right and Budgens is just past the petrol station on the right
Petrol station in Bromham – follow directions to Budgens above
Sainsburys Clapham is the nearest supermarket (4 miles). Fairfield Park, Clapham Road. MK41 7PJ.
Sainsburys has a petrol station (cheapest petrol in the area) and an Argos. Aldi is next door. Turn right at our gate, turn left towards Oakley village and go over the River. Bear right in Oakley, and follow the signs to Beford – its just on the outside
Bedford town centre has a decent range of shops and there is free parking for 2 hrs in the day and all day Sunday
Hospital the nearest is Bedford and it has an accident and emergency department. Ampthill Road Entrance, MK42 9DJ, South Wing. Call 999 if you have an emergency, 111 to speak to a doctor if its not a life threatening emergency