Addison Howard Park (< 1 mile)
Addison Howard Park
Play area and frame suited for under 8s, plus sand play, sit on toys, and it's very popular with squirrels so an excellent place to wildlife spot.
Kempston Outdoor Centre (< 1 mile)
Kempston Outdoor Centre
Activities on offer include climbing and abseil tower, high ropes course, canoeing and kayaking; orienteering and navigation and archery.
Laser World (< 1 mile)
Play pro laser tag using high tech equipment in a Mayan themed arena! Option to play all day, plus dedicated sessions for younger players during holidays and weekends. For over 7s.
Kids World (< 1 mile)
is a paradise for energetic kids! A fantastic range of steps to climb up, walk ways to scramble over and slides to whizz down. They let off steam in the play centre whilst you take a break, catch up with friends and have a well earned coffee.
The Kiln (< 1 mile)
is great for adults and children, so come along to our studio and have fun decorating your own beautiful piece of pottery.
John Bunyan Museum (< 1 mile)
John Bunyan Museum
A must for kids studying local history, a visit will let you help out with their schoolwork and spend some quality time together. Special quizzes and hands-on trails take them through BunyanâÂÂÂÂs amazing life at their own pace
Playhouse (< 1 mile)
is a soft play area for your kids to let loose in with a multi level climbing maze and separate toddler play, both bits filled with fun activities!
Embankment Gardens and Russell Park (1 miles)
Embankment Gardens and Russell Park
There's a play area, putting green, tennis and petanque courts, elegant promenades, water meadows, boating lake, cafe and bandstands, and more besides.
Robinson Pool (1 miles)
situated in the stunning grounds of Bedford Park, boasting the main competition pool, the diving pool with varying high boards and a beginners' teaching pool.
Oasis Beach Pool (1 miles)
Oasis Beach Pool
Water Flumes, Yellow Screamer and Flume of Doom sound good for a start, combine this with an outdoor pool, lazy river ride, wild waves and parent and toddler sessions.
Bedford Park (1 miles)
Green Flagged park with everal play areas, a skateboard facility, wildlife area, multi use games area and BMX zone, plus areas for football, rugby, tennis, cricket, basketball, rounders and bowls.
The Bunyan Sports Centre (1 miles)
The Bunyan Sports Centre
Sports Centre offering a number of sporting activities with kids' sessions and lessons available. Junior Gym, Family Roller Skating Sessions and Birthday parties available. Sports include squash, badminton, basketball and more!
Bromham Mill (2 miles)
Guided Tours, Baking and craft activities for pre booked groups available throughout the year. Picnic area and plenty of space to just play. Please note limited opening times.
Priory Country Park (2 miles)
Priory Country Park
is an established green area of 360 acres, made up of lakes, meadows and woodland. Activities include Walking; Fishing; Dog walking; Cycling; Sailing; Canoeing and Kite Flying.
Canoe Trail (4 miles)
A company for canoeing, kayaking and stand up paddleboarding. Crafts for hire, plus tuition and guided tours available.
The Stables Equestrian Centre (4 miles)
The Stables Equestrian Centre
offers friendly tuition in general riding, show jumping, dressage and cross-country. Lessons begin at 4 years but pony rides are available for over 2s.
Birds of Prey Centre (4 miles)
Birds of Prey Centre
A centre with over 200 birds of prey from around the world with flying displays and other activities. Experience Days available, including some that are especially for kids.
Danish Camp (4 miles)
Relaxing days on the riverbank with live jazz music, river trips and boat hire, barbeques and bouncy castle, weather permitting! In winter, stunning views, snowy boat trips and hot food in the family lodge restaurant.
Flow House Bedford (5 miles)
Flow House Bedford
Come and try FlowRiders on which you can bodyboard and flowboard (surf). Let their expert instructors teach you to ride the waves and the best part is that no matter how old you are, it’s great fun!
Summerfields Miniature Railways (5 miles)
Summerfields Miniature Railways
On public running days children and parents alike can come and watch and ride on real miniature steam trains. There are 3 separate outdoor tracks for different gauges of train. It is run by the Bedford Model Engineering Society.
Marston Vale Millenium Country Park (5 miles)
Marston Vale Millenium Country Park
250 acres of woodland, wetland and grasslands excellent for family rambles and exploration, hunting mini beasts and playing outdoor games. Plus hard surfaced cycle path trails suitable for push and wheel chairs too!
Marston Vale Forest Centre (6 miles)
Marston Vale Forest Centre
is a beautiful conservation area set within the Millennium Country Park, suitable for all ages, with a Lakeside cafe, picnic area, adventure playground, gift shop, cycle hire and seasonal events. Excellent disabled access, free entry and parking, dogs and horses welcome. Brand new Tower Hide and Woodland...
Thurleigh Farm Centre (6 miles)
Thurleigh Farm Centre
is a diverse experience with a huge variety of animals but also trampolines, roller blading rink, crazy golf, maize maze, pony rides, indoor and outdoor playgrounds, fire engine ride and pedal kart track, plus seasonal activities like bottle feeding lambs.
Ampthill Spy Mission Treasure Trail (7 miles)
Ampthill Spy Mission Treasure Trail
Can you and the kids solve the Ampthill self guided spy mission Treasure Trail? Follow the Trail as you hunt out the answers to solve the clues as you explore Ampthill and save the day!
Harrold Odell Country Park (7 miles)
Harrold Odell Country Park
A 144 acre country park sandwiched between the villages of Harrold and Odell 10mls NW of Bedford. It features 2 picturesque lakes and a stretch of the River Great Ouse with wheelchair and pushchair friendly paths round the main lake and outdoor play areas.
Brook Stables Riding School (7 miles)
Brook Stables Riding School
is a Riding School and Pony Club Centre. We have a great team of horses and ponies to suit both children and adults of all abilities. Peaceful setting with direct access to miles of woodland trails.
Jubilee Play Centre (8 miles)
Jubilee Play Centre
High activity equipment for older children, plenty of adventure play fare for kids and much has designed to be suitable for every level of physical ability or disability.
The Roman Sandy (8 miles)
The Roman Sandy
is an open exhibition free to all which displays locally discovered Roman artefacts in an interesting fashion.
Jungle Jims Playland (8 miles)
Jungle Jims Playland
2 separate play zones for differing age ranges, with loads of features in both and terrific additional activities during school holidays. Smaller kids' zone also had daily led activities of it's own.
Woburn Safari Park (9 miles)
Woburn Safari Park
Come to Woburn Safari Park and meet the wildlife, with over 80 species of wild animals roaming in 300 acres of beautiful parkland.
The Lodge (9 miles)
An RSPB reserve with minor exhibitions and seasonal, child oriented events in The Lodge itself, as well as outdoor trails and bird or wildlife spotting. Be sure to pick up an RSPB Explorer Backpack!
Hoo Hill Maze (10 miles)
Hoo Hill Maze
30 metre square 6 foot high maze with paths suitable for wheel and push chairs so no-one is left out of this gentle family adventure.
Emberton Country Park (10 miles)
Emberton Country Park
With the timeline wall, habitat and church trails, adventure play areas and wide open country side, if you've got kids that like to run and run this one is for you!
Cracker Jacks (10 miles)
Multi level adventure play plus sensory room, gaming area and dedicated toddler and baby zones.
Brewsters Fun Factory (10 miles)
Brewsters Fun Factory
Indoor play facility attached to a family restaurant, with a multi level adventure play zone featuring the classics like climbing and sliding plus dedicated toddler area.
Go Ape Woburn (10 miles)
Go Ape Woburn
The UK's No.1 Forest Adventure. Award winning outdoor adventure activities. Families and friends can enjoy a day out like no other. Fly down zip wires, leap off Tarzan Swings and tackle obstacles whilst enjoying some of Britain’s most breathtaking scenery.
HULA Animal Rescue (10 miles)
HULA Animal Rescue
An educational trip into the sad necessity to rescue animals, with plenty of happy, loved and rehabilitated furry guests to visit with, including cats, dogs, sheep, pigs, ponies, chickens, and more. Special themed Open Days held every month.
Cafe Kidz (10 miles)
Indoor play fun for under 7s with a main climbing maze and features plus an enclosed crawlers' domain. Crawl, hdd, run and slide your way to fun and fitness on loads of multi colour multi use play equipment. Parties too: hooray!
Leos Funzone (11 miles)
Indoor play centre with multi levels packed with fun features such as slides, swings, and spinning panels, climbing walls, wobble floors, ball pools, interactive games, and much more! Separate stimulating play area for babies and toddlers.
Big Rock Climbing Centre (11 miles)
Big Rock Climbing Centre
offers the best indoor climbing facilities around, including roped climbing walls up to 11m high, multiple low level bouldering areas and a dedicated kids' climbing area!
St Neots Museum (11 miles)
St Neots Museum
Find out all about St Neots in this small but fascinating museum. A number of hands on activities for kids plus police cells to visit! Free entry for local residents.
Woburn Abbey and Gardens (11 miles)
Woburn Abbey and Gardens
Visit a historic 16th century abbey and 28 acres of beautiful grounds. 22 rooms to investigate, some amazing gardens and a deer park. A relaxing and interesting place to take the kids.
Woburn Open Air Swimming Pool (11 miles)
Woburn Open Air Swimming Pool
is a seasonal, heated lido. The pool is a good size, 22m x 10m, 1 to 2m deep, in a lovely setting adjoining the Estate with plenty of space for picnics, sunbathing and games.
Crafty Monkey (11 miles)
Pottery painting and build a bear studio brings the fun factor to St. Neots. Great for family outings (babies to great grandparents will enjoy!), for baby hand and footprints, for personalised gifts and to make your very own cuddly toy. It's also a fantastic birthday party venue.
Eat n Bowl (12 miles)
Eat n Bowl
The 16 lane bowling alley set across 2 floors offers Moonlight Bowl on Friday and Saturday nights from 7pm, where bowlers can enjoy a real party atmosphere with ultra-violet lights and dance tunes.
Willen Lake and Park (12 miles)
Willen Lake and Park
Beautiful lakeside park offering, windsurfing, sailing, canoeing, water skiing, wakeboarding, cycle hire, fishing, miniature railway, mini golf and playground! Wow!
Aerial Extreme Milton Keynes (12 miles)
Aerial Extreme Milton Keynes
is a high ropes adventure course involving a series of challenging obstacles set at varying heights above the ground. You'll find yourself tackling fun obstacles such as rope bridges, scramble nets, zip wires, swinging logs and balance beams, plus many more!
Gullivers Land (12 miles)
A family theme park designed to cater for families with children between the age of two and thirteen. All its rides and attractions are designed to offer the whole family a full day out of fun and excitement.
Eat n Play (12 miles)
Eat n Play
Part of Eat 'n' Bowl bowling alley, they have slides, rides, mammoth balls and a separate baby area. Kids welcome under 147cm.
Splash Leisure Pool (12 miles)
Splash Leisure Pool
Their cool 25 metre leisure pool features a beach entry and a cool flume slide, plus spray umbrella and play jets! So add in lessons, swim club, Toddler Splash sessions plus an enormous inflatable assault course pulled out on special occasions!
Thanks for all the great things to do in Bedford with kids you keep sending in.
Now we have the easter and summer holidays fast approaching, we're trying to find the best days out and as many fun things to do with kids as possible, especially cheap and free family friendly places to visit this year - theme parks, waterparks and swimming pools, museums, indoor playcentres and softplay for toddlers, petting farms, wildlife parks and zoos, aquariums, horse riding, castles, steam railways, pottery making and ceramic cafes, roller and ice skating rinks, karting tracks, snowdomes, dry and indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, activity centres, outdoor play at the best local parks, ten pin bowling alleys and all the other best family tourist attractions, that you can visit at the weekend.
Also teachers may find the site useful for ideas for the best places to take their classes on school journeys with many historical and educational atractions listed
So, if you've been for great days out with the kids, or a school trip, which isn't shown above, just send in an email and we'll add it on so people visiting on holidays and all the other children in Bedfordshire can enjoy the great day out as well.
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