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.

50 things walks

wellies are a must for puddle jumping

First Sunday of every month. 2 - 3.30pm.

No booking needed. Meet at the Gateway Centre.

With activities such as den building and wild art, there's always plenty to keep the children entertained.


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.

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.

Winter Walks

Deep, crisp and even

Blow away the cobwebs after a festive break with a crisp winter walk. With outstanding views and a cafe for lunch, a hearty stroll across the highest point in Bedfordshire may be just what you need.