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Here you'll find our occasional musings, along with our complete 'Featured Journeys' archive. Please feel free to peruse at your leisure and leave a comment if you wish!

  1. Millennium Country Park – Marston Vale

    View of Stewartby Lake in the Millennium Country Park..

    The Millennium Country Park is truly one of the highlights of the Forest of Marston Vale. Set in 225 hectares of mixed woodland, grassland, meadow, lakes and wetland habitats, it offers a hugely diverse array of flora, fauna, and wildlife to behold. It’s also a true local success story, having totally transformed the landscape from the barren industrial wasteland previously occupied by the London Brick Company, to a place where thousands of people come to… Continue reading »

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  2. Houghton House, Ampthill

    Image of Houghton House Ampthill.

    Houghton House makes for a great afternoon out. Located just 1 mile north of Ampthill, Bedfordshire (and about 8 miles south of Bedford), it commands fantastic views of the Marston Vale and surrounding areas. Houghton House was built in a mixture of Jacobean and Classical styles (presumably by John Thorpe) for Mary Sidney Herbert, Dowager Countess of Pembroke (sister of Sir Philip Sidney), in about 1615. The three-story brick structure features stone facings, and grand… Continue reading »

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  3. Broadway Hotel Letchworth

    Image of The Broadway Hotel Letchworth.

    There’s not many establishments that could claim to be closer to the centre of town than The Broadway Hotel! Located on Broadway itself, and just a stone’s throw from Letchworth Garden City railway station and the iconic Broadway Gardens, it’s ideally positioned for anyone wanting to stay close to the action! The hotel was built in 1961 in a Georgian style, and was the first licenced premises in the town (the ban on selling alcohol… Continue reading »

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  4. St Paul’s Church, Bedford

    Image of St Paul's Church, Bedford.

    As one of Bedford’s great landmarks, St Paul’s Church stands as proud today as it ever has. Flanked by St Paul’s Square (A6) and the High Street, it’s a common site for many who pass through Bedford by road or foot, overlooked by Bedford County Court, Bedford Citizen’s Advice Bureau and Bedford Corn Exchange. The church’s roots date back to the first part of the 13th century (although it is thought that a place of… Continue reading »

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  5. Stevington Windmill – A Day in the Country

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    If you fancy a day out away from the hustle and bustle of the town, you may like to consider a visit to Stevington Windmill. Stevington is a village just shy of five miles north of Bedford, laying equal distance from the A6 and A428, along the course of the River Great Ouse. It’s accessible via the number 25 bus service (currently run by Grant Palmer), taking about 14 minutes to reach from Bedford town… Continue reading »

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  6. Flutters Bingo Hall, Biggleswade

    Image of the entrance to Flutters Bingo Hall Biggleswade.

    Everyone loves a bit of bingo! And where better to have a flutter than at Flutters Bingo, Biggleswade, situated in the old cinema on Station Road. Flutter Bingo Hall History The premises was originally built as the Regal Cinema, which opened its doors to the public on the 27th July 1936, with comedy film star Will Hay in attendance. It seated 744 patrons, and was seen as the premiere entertainment spot in Biggleswade for many… Continue reading »

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  7. Hitchin Town FC

    Image of the football pitch at Hitchin FC.

    The legendary Top Field, situated between Fishponds Road (A505) and Bedford Road (A600) is home to the venerable Hitchin Town FC. Forming part of the upper boundary of the town centre, it’s in close proximity to Hitchin Swimming Pool and Butts Close. Hitchin Town FC – The Early Years Hitchin’s football legacy can be traced back as far as 1865, when Hitchin FC was formed. Without a fixed ground, early matches were played on Butts… Continue reading »

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  8. Ibis Stevenage Review

    Image of the entrance to the Ibis Stevenage.

    Located right in the heart of the town, the Ibis hotel Stevenage is perfect for anyone needing a room for the night – for personal and professional engagements alike. It’s easily accessible by road (Danestrete is just off of the junction between the A602 (Lytton Way/Six Hills Way), the A1070 (Six Hills Way), and the B197 (London Road), and Stevenage railway station is a short 3 minute walk away. In 2011 the hotel was refurbished… Continue reading »

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  9. Letchworth Hall Hotel

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    Set within eight acres of beautifully-landscaped gardens, the Letchworth Hall Hotel & Spa is the perfect retreat from modern-day life. This beautifully-restored manor house was completed in 1625, and still retains many of its original Jacobean features. The history of the site can be traced as far back as the 12th century however, when a Norman manor stood proud. The hotel boasts a total of 87 luxurious bedrooms (each individually designed), two full banqueting suites… Continue reading »

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  10. A Lovely Day Out at Standalone Farm Letchworth

    Image of the sign at the entrance to Standalone Farm Letchworth.

    I love farms! They take me back to my childhood, when I spent countless weekends on my grandad’s farm in Wiltshire. Having been asked to look after the grandchildren for the weekend, I thought I’d take the opportunity of introducing them to the sights and sounds (and smells!) that had become so familiar to me, all those years ago. I phoned Take Me Home James, and arranged for a car to come pick us up… Continue reading »

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