Uk Travel Ideas: Bedford, Bedfordshire

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Sarah Dawson

Sarah is our in-house blogger. She loves exploring new countries and in her spare time she likes to share stories of her travels on her personal travel blog: http://thenorthernnomad.com/


We asked our customers to put forward their top recommendations for our upcoming UK singles getaways. We had some fabulous entries and our holiday experts are busy putting them to good use, while planning our latest getaways here in Blighty.

Here is John Dare's recommendations for the market town of Bedford, in Bedfordshire:

 

Travel Inspiration & Things to do in Bedford

 

Must eat here (food recommendation)…

 
“For great gastropub food it has to be the Enbankment Hotel. For a very special dining experience try the Michelin starred Paris House on the nearby Woburn Estate.”
 

Must visit (history/culture)… 

 
“An evening airshow at the historic Old Warden Airfield. On calm summer evenings the oldest flying machines on earth take once again to the skies. An atmosphere of time past found at no other airshow.”
 

Must experience (nightlife/event)…

 
“The bi-annual river festival. One of the largest free events in the UK. Water based activities, theatre, live music, re-enactments, great food stalls etc. All on or adjacent to the beautiful River Great Ouse.” 
 

Must sleep here (accommodation)…

 
"The Swan Hotel. A historic coaching inn with all the modern amenities including a spa. Situated on the banks of the River Great Ouse."
 

Must photograph (iconic/beautiful area)…

 
“Herds of rare deer emerging from autumnal mists on the Woburn Estate.”
 

Must talk too (local hangout)…

 
“Many great pubs and cafes. The Wellington Arms, an award winning traditional pub with a huge selection of real ales and friendly locals. Meet Bedford's literati. ‘Cafe with Art’ while feasting on cakes to die for.”
 

Wild card (other tips)…

 
"Visit the Panacea Museum and get a glimpse into the mysterious Panacea Society. A strange messianic cult that was based in Bedford.”
 
“Arrange a tour of the Cardington Hangars, once the largest free standing buildings in the world. This was where the ill fated R101 Airship was built and where today airships for the 21st century are being developed. Top Gear fans may recognise the hangars as the place where James May commenced his flying caravan journey.”