Local Activities…

You don’t have to go far to find exciting Group or Section activities. This page covers many of the activity centres within an 18-mile radius of Luton.

Luton Hoo – the home of Luton Sea Scouts and a 50 acre lake.


Designed by landscape artist Capability Brown 300 years ago, Luton Hoo boasts over 1,600 acres of parkland including a specially constructed 50 acre lake and a stately home.

It is here, beside the water, that Luton Sea Scouts spend their summers enjoying water activities.
You can join them and learn kayaking, raft building and power boat action at special water activities days.

A new list for 2017 has just been published. To book and find out more go to: www.firstluton.co.uk and click on the Training Page.

Youth Group visits to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo


At ZSL Whipsnade Zoo we give youth groups such as Beavers, Cubs Scouts and Explorers room to explore and learn all about our hundreds of animal species. See the challenges animals face in the wild, how our conservation programmes are helping and what you can do to save the planet. Ask about our special group visits.

And don’t forget the extra special day on Saturday 24th September when we play host to Cub Scouts celebrating their 100th birthday.

For more information go to: www.zsl.org/zsl-whipsnade-zoo.

About Woodside Animal Farm


You can get up close and personal with our animals at Woodside Animal Farm. Feed them, pet them and even cuddle them during our ‘Cuddly Encounters’ hands on sessions.

As well as our wide range of farm, zoo and exotic animals there are tractor and trailer rides, animal demonstrations, a mini fun fair, crazy golf and lots of outdoor play fun. For rainy days and when the kids just want to run wild there’s the heated indoor soft play centre and cafe serving hot meals and snacks, a selection of rich and warming coffees and a tempting range of delicious cakes and treats.

Our well stocked gift shop has a good range of gifts, toys and pocket money treats. Our award winning poultry centre stocks a vast range of livestock, feed and accessories, and our friendly helpful staff are on hand to give you all the advice you need!

You can find out more at: www.woodsidefarm.co.uk.

London Gliding Club, Dunstable

Steeped in history, the London Gliding Club has been based at the foot of the Dunstable Downs since the 1930’s.

E 0811 Hannah Pike with instructor Andrew SampsonLondon Gliding Club welcomes new members and we believe we offer an ideal place to meet friends and to enjoy the wonderful sport of gliding. Our facilities are top notch, both on the ground and in the air. We are conveniently close to London, and have sufficient airspace to provide excellent local and cross country flying.

With free reciprocal membership, loads of gliders, tugs and winch cables – a visit to the Dunstable Downs is always a good idea! We have an excellent restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch (and yummy cakes). To top it all we are open 364 of the year.

We welcome groups such as Explorer Scouts to enjoy a gliding session with our gliding instructors. It’s a chance to learn a skill that takes you on a fantastic journey around the skies above Bedfordshire.

For your chance to take part contact us at: www.londonglidingclub.co.uk!

Dunstable Downs – for kite flying and more


Stand on top of Dunstable Downs for a view that will simply take your breath away. These Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) are designated for the quality of their chalk grasslands.
As well as two Scheduled Ancient Monuments (Five Knolls and Medieval Rabbit Warrens) there are many other historical features and the site has much to offer you.

The chalk grasslands of the Downs have miles of footpaths and several circular walks, a fascinating history and an abundance of plants and wildlife.

Dunstable Downs is within the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and the highest point in Bedfordshire.

The wind-swept ridge provides ideal conditions for a variety of air sports, especially kite flying. On calmer days it’s the ideal site to enjoy the view and a picnic.

For one day on Saturday 9th July Scouts can enjoy kite flying and the best entries get a chance to compete at the National Championships in August.

Please note: Chilterns Gateway Centre is owned by Central Bedfordshire Council and managed by the National Trust.

Go to: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunstable-downs for more information.

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