Your guide to Woburn

Things to do in Woburn 

Written by Kate Chaundy

Recorded in the Domesday Book back in 1086 as a small hamlet, Woburn today is a beautiful and thriving village full of quaint shops, excellent restaurants and steeped in history. Situated just off the M1 at Junction 13, it’s accessible from Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire and well worth the visit. Whilst exploring, make sure you stop off at the various independent gift, art and antique shops that line the main street or a tipple in one of the many village pubs.

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Places to visit in Woburn 

Woburn Abbey and Gardens: Set in the tranquility of a 3,000 acre deer park, Woburn Abbey has been the family residence of the Earls and Dukes of Bedford for nearly 400 years and is currently home to the 15th Duke his family. There are 22 rooms on public display and Woburn Abbey houses one of the most important private art collections in the world. In 1804 Humphrey Repton created the designs for Woburn Abbey Gardens. Today his designs can be enjoyed within 28 acres of award-winning, beautiful and historic gardens. www.woburnvillage.co.uk

Farmers Market: If you are lucky enough to be visiting on the third Sunday of the month, make sure you visit the Woburn Farmers’ Market held on ‘the Pitchings’ in the village centre. Here you will be able to buy local foods and products directly from farmers and experience the long-standing market tradition of the village. www.woburnvillage.co.uk

The Woburn Hotel: Located in the heart of the Georgian village of Woburn, The Woburn Hotel, with four AA stars, is the gateway to The Woburn Estate and the home of afternoon tea, popularised in the 1840s by Duchess Anna Maria, wife of the 7th Duke. www.woburnvillage.co.uk

Woburn Golf Club: For serious golf fans with time to spare or those interested in looking around a club with an impressive tournament history, having hosted in excess of fifty Professional Tournaments. The club offers mid-week green fee packages for individual golfers and small groups. www.woburngolf.co.uk

Paris House: For a relatively small village, Woburn has several excellent and high-quality eating establishments so you’re really spoilt for choice. If you’re looking for a fine-dining experience and are willing to spend a little more, visit the exquisite Paris House situated in the grounds of the Abbey. The house was originally displayed in the Paris Exhibition of 1878, the design based on the Renaissance half-timbered architecture of the Cheshire region of England and was erected in prefabricated sections of the Tudor style and pegged together. The 9th Duke of Bedford fell in love with the building and had it dismantled and shipped over to be rebuilt here in the Abbey’s grounds. Michelin recommended, modern and innovative British dining. www.parishouse.co.uk

 

Things to do with kids in Woburn 

Woburn Safari Park: Woburn Safari Park is home to over 80 species of animals, including many that are endangered, such as the Eastern mountain Bongo and Grevy’s Zebra. With activities that suit the whole family, start the day on the road safari where you can see lions, tigers and bears before heading off on the foot safari where you can hear keeper talks and see a number of different animal demonstrations. www.woburnsafari.co.uk

It may not be until June but pop the Woburn Village Open Gardens Day and Scarecrow Competition in the diary as it’s not one to be missed. Wander the town and find the dozen gardens open around the village, some with amazingly designed scarecrows where you can vote for your favourite. 10.30-5.30pm, £5 entry, June 17 2017. www.woburnvillage.co.uk 

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