For families

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What's on

We've got lots of events for kids and families throughout the year. Come along and join our countryside team for one of our guided walks or fantastic festival days.

Discover Natural Play

Chute wood is our new adventure playscape

Explore Chute wood and you will find a surprise in store. Our Rangers have been working hard to create a wonderful natural play area from drums to scramble walls. Come into the centre for directions.

Kite Festival

Our annual kite spectacular now extends over two days. Professional kite teams will entertain you, or you can browse around our craft marquee. Bring your own kite and experience the thrill of flying it yourself.

Fresh air fun

  • A boy running along with his kite © David Levenson

    Fly a kite on a windy day

    The Downs are famous for kite flying. Buy one in our shop and experience the thrill for yourself....

  • Come and find out what the wind catcher is all about © Kate Sheard

    Check out the wind catcher

    Learn more about our unique and environmentally friendly wind catcher in the visitor centre.

  • Watch the gliders take off and land at the bottom of Dunstable Downs © Kate Sheard

    Spot a glider

    The London Gliding Club is at the bottom of the Downs. Watch the skies for a glimpse.

Try a Bedfordshire clanger

Enjoy a Bedfordshire clanger at the Chilterns Gateway Centre

The Bedfordshire clanger was originally the food of farm labourers. It's made with suet pastry and a combination of savoury and sweet fillings at either end of the clanger.

It's great to share with all the family.

Look out for a Red Kite

The fork in the tail of the Red Kite beocmes obvious as it soars above © Caroline Searle

These rare and beautiful birds were reintroduced into the Chilterns between 1989 and 1994.

Enjoy a breath taking view

Drink in the glorious views of the open countryside of the Downs © Fisheye Images

The Downs are an amazing 797ft (243m) above sea level. How many counties can you see from here?