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 2019 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.
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.
London 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.
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.
Wrest Park – Bedfordshire’s best kept secret
A three-centuries old stately home set in 92 acres of restored gardens, Wrest Park is one of Bedfordshire’s best kept secrets and just 11 miles from Luton.
English Heritage have owned the park since 2006 when they began a 20-year restoration project partly-financed by a £1.14 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. It is the first major restoration project in a century.
You can enjoy the fruits of this effort all the year round. Some of the attractions on offer include: an Easter Adventure Quest, a St George’s Day Festival, a summer garden show, an autumn event and a Christmas Festival. Go to their web site for up-to-date news.
Entry is free for English Heritage members. Call 01793 414926 for details of group rates for Scout Groups.
Here is what one enthusiastic reviewer had to say about the park:
‘One of Bedfordshire’s best kept secrets, Wrest Park is a beautiful large country house with outstanding gardens, stacked in history and just a few miles from Luton or Bedford..
Ideal for families as there is a free play area and restaurant for all to enjoy. The children also lose themselves is the acres of gardens, trees and outside buildings.
The house is full of activities and information showing how things were hundreds of years ago. Our children lost themselves and had a fantastic time.
We now visit 2 or 3 times a month and especially enjoyable during the summer and autumn months. There are free concerts and live music. Take a Sunday picnic and enjoy.
Ensure you join the national heritage to gain the best from this beautiful landmark. Have fun.’
Tel: 01793 414 926