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The Forest of Marston Vale - Forest Centre

Closed Now: 10:00 - 17:00
Open today: 10:00 - 17:00
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Quick snack lunch

Popped in here for a quick sandwich lunch, not been here before. Very big cafeteria with easy... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Jacqueline P
Benidorm, Spain
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Bank holiday wander

Great place to visit with children young and older. Cafe is good value and offers a good selection... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Ian W
Bedford, United Kingdom
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  • Very good39%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“bike ride”(12 reviews)
“play area”(21 reviews)
“lovely place”(19 reviews)
A visitors Centre in the heart of the Forest of Marston Vale, with Lakeside Cafe Bar (serving a range of hot meals, cakes and snacks), gift shop, bike hire (and adapted bike hire), 8km of surfaced, level tracks and beautiful views. With picnic...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Station Road, Marston Moretaine, Bedford MK43 0PR, England
+44 1234 767037
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All reviewsbike rideplay arealovely placenature reservefresh airspecial eventsnice cafehot chocolatecakescoffee and cakewhole familynice walktoilet facilitieslarge lakesunny dayfree parkinground the lake
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We parked our car at Forest of Marston Vale (FoMV) car park on 2nd July 2018, paid the parking charge in cash via the payment machine at the main building entrance and left within the allowable time limit. We subsequently received a PCN (Parking Charge...More

2  Thank alanoblue
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Popped in here for a quick sandwich lunch, not been here before. Very big cafeteria with easy access for disabled people and buggy’s. Very varied menu, and very reasonably priced, family oriented toilets accessible for wheelchairs and very clean. Lots of things for the children...More

Thank Jacqueline P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is a charge for parking as everywhere these days. We went there for a walk but the shortest circular walk you can take is 2.5 miles unless you pay the extra rip-off charge to access the wetland area. The outside walk is tedious and...More

Thank Chris F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to visit with children young and older. Cafe is good value and offers a good selection of food. Car park has recently opted for pay & display at reasonable rates. Access to the wetland area of the park requires payment but how the...More

Thank Ian W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited here today and foubd it to be a delight. Interesting menu and smart cafe with prompt and polite service.

Thank Robert H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I’ve recently visited Stanwick Lakes in Northants, a similar type of venue. They also charge for parking but have more to offer for families of all ageS to encourage people to stray longer. Their bistro is modern although menu and food no better if not...More

Thank Lesley H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice, friendly and easy place to go with a little one! Lots to do and cafe is great for a spot to eat or a drink after a nice walk around. Park for little ones to entertain themselves with too.

Thank Daisy C
Reviewed 11 August 2018

I visit the forest centre every six weeks of so on my trips from Suffolk and enjoyed not one but two visits last weekend only to receive two parking fines today! I've now read the trip advisor reviews and can only think I missed said...More

3  Thank Kate A
Reviewed 10 August 2018

What a lovely area to walk the dogs then enjoy coffee and cake at the cafe. There is so much to explore and little kids will love the art trail, as did we.

Thank suzymum
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

If you love nature, walking, cycling, and/or have children who like to learn, explore and play - this is for you! A fascinating venue, with cafe, shop, play area and lots of opportunities to learn about the natural world. All within a nature reserve. Lots...More

Thank TheDogsButler
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1 June 2016|
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Response from Diane H | Reviewed this property |
Although I paid with cash I do remember others using their debit and credit cards
Shirley B
24 November 2015|
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Response from Paul C | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there is space next to the main (on the left) car park. It's a grassed area but as others have said you might want to call ahead
Liz B
12 July 2015|
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Response from Sue H | Property representative |
Hi Liz - Both the building and the park are wheelchair friendly - like some of the above customers have said, there are a few areas where the ground is slightly tougher but in general all of our paths are level, and... More