Bedfordshire

Properties and events in Bedfordshire

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Ailesbury Mausoleum and Crypt

St Mary's Church, Church Road, Maulden, Bedfordshire, MK45 2AU
In person
Pre-booking not required

Ailesbury Mausoleum and Crypt was built by Thomas Bruce, the first Earl of Elgin in 1656 as a memorial to his second wife, Diana.

All Saints Church

High Street, Houghton Regis, All Saints Church, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU5 5BJ
In person
Pre-booking preferred

We have trained volunteer guides to carry out tours of the church and tower. Display panels in a designated heritage zone. The tower will be open and viewing from the roof will be allowed; weather permitting and risk assessed.

Biggleswade from Bikes to Buses

The Bigg Theatre and White Hart Car Park, Market Square, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 0JL
In person
Pre-booking not required

This event will be a display of transport and communications related to Biggleswade

Commonwealth War Graves Tours – Cranfield (St Peter & St Paul) Churchyard

St Peter & St Paul Church, Court Road, Cranfield, Bedfordshire, MK43 0DR
In person
Pre-booking required

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission cares for the graves of 4 First World War and 11 Second World War casualties in the St Peter & St Paul Churchyard in Cranfield. Join this tour to hear their stories and learn about the history of the Commission.

CWGC Tours 2024 - Cranfield (St Peter and St Paul) Churchyard

Saint Peter and Saint Paul Church, Court Road, Cranfield, Bedfordshire, MK43 0DR
In person
Pre-booking required

Join us for a Commonwealth War Grave Commission tour of Cranfield (St. Peter & Paul) Churchyard.

Danesborough Hillfort Guided Walk

Starts from Edgewick Farm Barn, Woodland Way,, Woburn Sands, Bedfordshire, MK17 8QQ
In person
Pre-booking required

Walk from Woburn Sands to the Iron-Age hillfort of Danesborough Camp, high on the Greensands Ridge. Visit the place where an ancient tribe of Britain lived 2000 years ago and learn about the huge fortification they built. Sturdy footwear essential.

Foster Hill Road Cemetery

The Gatehouse, Foster Hill Road, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK41 7TD
In person
Pre-booking not required

Discover a large historic cemetery with 40,000 graves dating back to 1855. Cemetery records will be available to view on the open day as well as guided and self guided walks available.

Houghton House Tour

Hazelwood Lane, Ampthill, Ampthill, Bedfordshire, MK45 2EY
In person
Pre-booking not required

Houghton House today is the shell of a 17th-century mansion commanding magnificent views, reputedly the inspiration for the ‘House Beautiful’ in John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress.

Panacea Museum Behind the Scenes

The Panacea Museum, 11 Newnham Road, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK40 3NX
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Behind the scenes tours; discover collections and archives not on display and find out how we look after artefacts left behind by the Panacea Society. Saturday 7th September FREE

Ridgmont Station Heritage Centre Open Days

Ridgmont Station Heritage Centre, Station Road, Ridgmont, Bedfordshire, MK43 0XP
In person
Pre-booking not required

An award-winning Victorian (1846) station house and booking office restoration in the Gothic Cottage Orné style, with Museum (Original Victorian Booking Office with historical displays & temporary exhibitions) Vintage Tea Room, Gift Shop & Garden.

St Charalambos Greek Orthodox Church Open Day

Lower Harpenden Road, East Hyde, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU2 9QS
In person
Pre-booking preferred

We once again open our doors for everyone to come and see our beautiful church, a former Anglican Church built in 1841, and now the sole Greek Orthodox Church in Bedfordshire.

St James Parish Church - Laser Ground Imaging Talk

St James Parish Church, School Lane, Husborne Crawley, Bedfordshire, MK43 0UY
In person
Pre-booking not required

A talk on Light Detection And Ranging (LiDAR) Digital Mapping by Andy Mason with examples from around Husborne Crawley. Overhead laser imagery can be manipulated to remove later buildings & vegetation to show hidden features such as Roman roads.

St James Parish Church Open Day + Bike n Hike + Ride n Stride

St James Parish Church, School Lane, Husborne Crawley, Bedfordshire, MK43 0UY
In person
Pre-booking not required

Our beautiful medieval church will be open for visitors, including the bell tower - uniquely built of greensand that is still GREEN – plus the Elizabethan marble tomb of John Thompson and his wife with their effigies – rare in a parish church.

St John the Baptist Church, Cockayne Hatley

Cockayne Hatley Church, Cockayne Hatley, Church Farm Lodge, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SG19 EA
In person
Pre-booking not required

Visit this delightful medieval church in a quiet rural setting with remarkable Flemish woodwork installed in the 19th century.

The Walled Garden at Luton Hoo Estate

The Walled Garden, Luton Hoo Estate, The Estate Office, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 4LF
In person
Book on day

We will open the doors of our unique Capability Brown designed Walled Garden and historic service buildings. Visitors will be able to take their time at this unique site, learn a little of the rich history from our displays.

Travelling through time: connecting people and places in Turvey’s history

Meet at the west end of Turvey Bridge, Turvey, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK46 4HT
In person
Pre-booking required

Join us on a guided walk exploring Turvey’s history. Discover how places in the landscape today reveal the routes, connections and networks of people in the past.

Willington Dovecote & Stables

Dovecote, 28 Church Road, Willington, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK44 3QB
In person
Pre-booking not required

The stables and dovecote at Willington were built during the late 1530s as part of the new manorial complex commissioned by Lord of the Manor, John Gostwick. The dovecote is one of the largest and best-preserved 16th century dovecotes in England.

Woburn Heritage Centre, exhibition

Bedford Street, Woburn, Bedfordshire, MK17 9QL
In person
Pre-booking not required

Exhibition displaying information about the devastating great fire in Woburn of 300 yrs ago which resulted in the rebuilding of the town in the classical Georgian style of the day.