Unique Bedford: Bedford Park, Park Avenue, MK41 7TB

Celebrating its 130th anniversary this year, Bedford Park is just a short walk from the town centre, covers 61 acres and is home to 18,000 trees and shrubs.  Throughout the year the park plays host to cricket, football, basketball, tennis, bowls, boot camps, Nordic Walking, running, yoga, triathlons, Mental Health Mates and weekly parkruns.

Bedford Park has hosted nearly 350 parkruns, with a total of 11,432 runners – an average of 246.9 per week. Parkrunners have covered a distance of 429,545km and counting.

At the heart of the park is the Pavilion, run by Bedfordshire Business Woman of the Year, Emma Garrett.  Serving great, locally-sourced food, the Pavilion hosts regular art exhibitions, supper clubs, book groups and does a great breakfast!  In 2017, the Pavilion served over 21,500 all day breakfasts, nearly 25,000 cups of coffee and over 21,000 cakes and biscuits.

Every Bank Holiday Monday, local historian Martyn Pearson leads guided walks around the park. These walks are buggy, wheelchair and dog friendly, so suitable for all the family. The walks begin and end at The Pavilion (meet from 10.30am for an 11.00am start).  Each summer the Park transforms into a concert venue (more info to come, plus the chance to win tickets to all three of this summer’s star-studded events) and also plays host to Shakespeare.  It is nothing if not versatile!

Adjacent to Bedford Park is Foster Hill Road Cemetery.  An informal guided tour takes place every Thursday morning from 9am and the space is haven for walkers, artists, photographers, historians, nature lovers, birdwatchers and anyone seeking peace and quiet.

 


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