Millennium Country Park – Marston Vale
A true slice of tranquillity!
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 relax and take in the scenery every year.
Highlights include 8km of all-weather walking/cycle tracks, 4km of bridleway, and the wetlands reserve – a specially-managed wildlife conservation area.
The park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, although the car park is locked at 6pm each night and when the Forest Centre is closed.
Forest of Marston Vale – A Brief History
Spanning 61 square miles between Bedford and Milton Keynes, The Forest of Marston Vale’s foundations were forged in 1991 by a partnership between various parties including the Forestry Commission, Countryside commission, and Bedfordshire County Council, and was designated as one of England’s twelve new Community Forests. With just 3% woodland cover at its inception, the target is to reach 30% by 2031, creating wider social and economic regeneration through an attractive landscape that can be enjoyed by all.
The Millennium Country Park and Marston Vale Forest Centre were completed in 2000, providing a visitor attraction, and a home to the Forest of Marston Vale Trust – the charity that oversees the running and management of the forest.
Marston Vale Forest Centre Amenities
The Forest Centre is the nucleus of the site, and offers http://premier-pharmacy.com/product-category/weight-loss/ ample parking for those wishing to travel by car. The reception desk provides means for paying the small entrance fee to the wetlands reserve (£2.50 for adults, £1.75 for children and concessions), hiring wheelchairs, and all other general enquiries. Upstairs houses the various conference rooms, suitable for up to 120 people.
Lakeside Café and Bar
Serves meals and snacks, locally-made cakes and treats, and a full range of hot and cold drinks (including draught beers, bottles ciders, and wines). Plenty of indoor and outdoor seating is provided, and dogs are permitted, provided they are kept on a lead outside.
Take in the beautiful scenery with a selection of cakes, scones and tea/coffee for £12 per person. Please note that booking is required.
The park is perfect for cycling around, and with the conveniently-located cycle hire facility, there’s no excuse not to! Items for hire include tandems, hand cycles, tricycles, quad cycles, and wheelchair transporters, with prices starting at £7 for adults and £5 for children.
The centre’s function rooms are available to hire for weddings, conferences, parties, and wakes, with all profits going back into the Forest of Marston Vale.
Forest Centre Opening Times
All details are correct as of July 2015
|Winter (GMT) Monday – Friday||8:00am – 5:00pm|
|Winter (GMT) Saturday & Sunday||10:00am – 5:00pm|
|Summer (BST) Monday – Friday||8:00am – 6:00pm|
|Summer (BST) Saturday & Sunday||10:00am – 6:00pm|
|Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day||Closed|
Revised times operate during school holidays.
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