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The Forest of Marston Vale - Forest Centre

Open Now: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Open today: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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GREAT CYCLING

A nice place to cycle and have a picnic. Lots of benches and the paths around the akes are in good... read more

Reviewed December 16, 2018
Alan R
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Sandy, United Kingdom
The Forest of Marson Vale and Sailing Centre on the Lake

We went there rather late in the afternoon so could not enjoy it the full; the forest is... read more

Reviewed September 26, 2018
ewa_kot
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Papworth, Cambs CB23 3NZ
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A visitors Centre in the heart of the Forest of Marston Vale, with Lakeside Cafe Bar (serving a range of hot meals, cakes and snacks), gift shop, bike hire (and adapted bike hire), 8km of surfaced, level tracks and beautiful views. With picnic...more
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Station Road, Marston Moretaine, Bedford MK43 0PR, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have been coming to the Forest Centre for many years and using the cafe. Had to wait over 50 mins for 2 sandwiches and small bowl of chips. Customers arriving well after us got their food before us. Manager offered no apology and even argued...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As a company we were looking for a venue for our away day and the forest centre was the perfect location. It provided us with a spacious room to work in, delicious food at lunchtime and beautiful surroundings to take you away from daily working...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Nicolewillz
Reviewed December 27, 2018 via mobile

Just wanted fresh air and a walk with our teenage daughters. We found Forest centre on our way as we drove about. We liked the walk, a place to buy a drink and a path for cycling. They have bicycles for hire and an adventure...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 357christinee
ForestGrant, General Manager at The Forest of Marston Vale - Forest Centre, responded to this reviewResponded January 3, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to submit a review. It's great to hear you enjoyed your visit; I hope you and your family will be able to return soon.

Reviewed December 22, 2018 via mobile

I used to visit about 10 times per year spending between £30 and £50 per visit on food drink and bike hire. But I did really like the fact that it used to be a cheap option out for many families. Now that parking charges...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank dc94990
ForestGrant, General Manager at The Forest of Marston Vale - Forest Centre, responded to this reviewResponded January 3, 2019

I was disappointed to hear you will no longer be visiting a site which you so obviously enjoy. We are a small charity, creating and maintaining the Forest of Marston Vale and we're very proud of all we've achieved so far. We've planted 1.5 million...More

Reviewed December 16, 2018

A nice place to cycle and have a picnic. Lots of benches and the paths around the akes are in good condition. Not the longest but good. free parking too

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Alan R
Reviewed November 23, 2018 via mobile

If you are visiting the Forest of Marston Vale expecting to see a forest then you are going to be severely disappointed - there isn’t one. Should be renamed ‘The Puddle of Marston’.More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Japanesereds
ForestGrant, General Manager at The Forest of Marston Vale - Forest Centre, responded to this reviewResponded November 30, 2018

I was sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your visit. This Forest of Marston Vale is a ‘forest’ in a traditional sense, a patchwork of woodland and green space, mixed with farmland, villages and industry; its footprint covers 61 square miles. It’s about using...More

Reviewed October 23, 2018

Wonderful place to walk and the wetlands are a must - a little slice of peace ! Great cafe with tasty,reasonably priced snacks and meals. On our doorstep - we are extremely lucky.

Date of experience: October 2018
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ForestGrant, General Manager at The Forest of Marston Vale - Forest Centre, responded to this reviewResponded January 3, 2019

Many thanks for your kind words, we have a small team who work extremely hard and it's great to hear their efforts are appreciated.

Reviewed October 7, 2018 via mobile

And here we go another place that was enjoyable to visit but they put you off by charging parking charges. From £1 per hr as i recall. Shame their business model didn't allow for the fact that people needed to get there. Most people take...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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ForestGrant, General Manager at The Forest of Marston Vale - Forest Centre, responded to this reviewResponded October 8, 2018

Hello CB, We are a small charity and don't receive government or council funding to create and maintain our woodlands. We resisted the introduction of parking charges for many years but unfortunately in common with all organisations we have to raise enough each year to...More

Reviewed September 30, 2018

All I can say is, don't bother walking around the big lake. Most of the time you won't see it, and mostly you can't get near it without scrambling down a steep bank. Maybe in the winter with no leaves on the trees you might...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Colin C
ForestGrant, General Manager at The Forest of Marston Vale - Forest Centre, responded to this reviewResponded October 9, 2018

Thanks for your feedback. We are a small charity, creating and maintaining the Forest of Marston Vale and we're very proud of all we've achieved so far. We've planted 1.5 million trees and now have 11 sites which are accessible to the public free of...More

Reviewed September 26, 2018

We went there rather late in the afternoon so could not enjoy it the full; the forest is beautiful for a walk. We didn't go on the lake; we don't approve of speedboats. There is a large cafeteria - good access for disabled people and...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank ewa_kot
ForestGrant, General Manager at The Forest of Marston Vale - Forest Centre, responded to this reviewResponded October 9, 2018

Thanks for your feedback.We are a small charity, creating and maintaining the Forest of Marston Vale and we're very proud of all we've achieved so far. We've planted 1.5 million trees and now have 11 sites which are accessible to the public free of charge....More

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Phoenix271
June 1, 2016|
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Response from Diane H | Reviewed this property |
Although I paid with cash I do remember others using their debit and credit cards
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Shirley B
November 24, 2015|
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Response from Paul C | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there is space next to the main (on the left) car park. It's a grassed area but as others have said you might want to call ahead
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Liz B
July 11, 2015|
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Response from Sue H | Property representative |
Hi Liz - Both the building and the park are wheelchair friendly - like some of the above customers have said, there are a few areas where the ground is slightly tougher but in general all of our paths are level, and... More
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