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.


Christmas cup cake decorating

With visits from Father Christmas, enchanted woodland trails and exciting festive workshops, there are plenty of activities to entertain the family this Christmas.

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.

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?

Christmas Burn Off Walk

Deep, crisp and even

26 December, 11am-1pm

Over indulged this Christmas? Walk off those extra calories with the countryside team over Dunstable Downs.

Meet at the Chilterns Gateway Centre

£2 booking advisable:01582 500920