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The Forest of Marston Vale - Forest Centre

The Forest Centre Stewartby Millennium Country Park Station Road, Marston Moretaine, Bedford MK43 0PR, England
+44 1234 767037
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Beautiful place but the cafe was disappointing

This is a beautiful place to spend a few hours if you want to unwind and get some fresh air. Lots... read more

Reviewed 14 September 2016
Rebecca S
via mobile
Great place to be, and well organised

A series of really well planned and routes for walking or cycling. Clearly laid paths with a... read more

Reviewed 13 September 2016
j0nbaker
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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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 areas, and suitable outdoor seating areas for dog walkers in the Cafe.
  • Excellent49%
  • Very good40%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“bike ride” (11 reviews)
“lovely place” (19 reviews)
“play area” (20 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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The Forest Centre Stewartby Millennium Country Park Station Road, Marston Moretaine, Bedford MK43 0PR, England
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+44 1234 767037
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"sandwiches"
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Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

This is a beautiful place to spend a few hours if you want to unwind and get some fresh air. Lots and lots of children around so this is ideal for families. We decided to stop for lunch and we're quite disappointed with the cafe....More

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Reviewed 13 September 2016

A series of really well planned and routes for walking or cycling. Clearly laid paths with a variety of routes up to five miles, set in great scenery. Then there is a cafe with brilliant cake to round off the walk. The cafe is also...More

Thank j0nbaker
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Reviewed 11 September 2016

Entirely free although they do ask for a donation. This is a great asset. Easy walking, different routes up to 5 miles, bike hire, picnic and play areas, good cafe

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Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

It is a Millennium project Forest so has great potential nice visitors centre. Good for dog walking and gentle cycling

Thank Nigel M
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Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

A good place to visit and walk round with the kids, nice restaurant and OK prices. Good for biking and exploring. Good for business meetings.

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Reviewed 4 September 2016

So helpful at the bike hire - exceptional service made sure all children well kitten out with endless patience ! Well done staff there. Some men riding round the track very gung Ho one forced my 8 yrold granddaughter off the track! Seems a strange...More

Thank Pam C
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Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

I returned to the Country Park after some years. There is now a large wind turbine which you can stand up to, which is less common as they are often inaccessible. What had also changed is the huge increase in housing - right up to...More

Thank Darren T
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Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

We decided to go here for a walk for a catch up and then on to lunch. We enjoyed our walk however we didn't realise it would be so long! Maybe some extra details about the walk would be needed?! Our lunch was very nice...More

Thank bakergirl15
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Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

I've been a regular visitor to the forest since it opened and I've watched it grow from what was an old quarry to one of the best countryside amenities in the area. Today's visit was a little different though: I had been given the opportunity...More

Thank Difficultcove
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ForestGrant, General Manager at The Forest of Marston Vale - Forest Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2016

Many thanks for your kind words and also your decision to support us through the purchase of an annual wetlands pass. You'll be pleased to know that most of what you suggest is already being planned, with big changes coming to our reception area and...More

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Reviewed 26 August 2016

A great local area for walks, runs, cycling and wild fruit picking only let down by really slow service in the cafe. Brilliant to have free parking. It would be good to let visitors know it's a charity so donations could be made. A shame...More

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Phoenix271
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
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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
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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
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