Dunstable Downs and Whipsnade Estate

Winter walking on Dunstable Downs Bedfordshire

Extensive chalk grassland in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Dunstable Downs and Whipsnade Estate

Things to see and do 

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What's on

Winter Solstice at Dunstable Downs Bedfordshire

Come and celebrate the winter solstice with us 

The Winter Solstice happens on a different day each year because the rotation rate of earth to sun varies slightly. It can be anywhere between Dec 20 and Dec 23 and this year it is Dec 21. So join us to celebrate with a procession, music and a mummers play. Book now in the What's On section.

Upcoming events

Christmas Carol Trail 2018

Sat 15 Dec 2018
Our Christmas trail, this year, is based on the carol - 12 days of Christmas so who will you be - a leaping Lord or a dancing lady? You could 'high-five' for the five gold rings or whistle with the eleven pipers.

Christmas crafts 2018

Sat 15 Dec 2018
Come along and make your very own winter/Christmas themed craft at the visitor centre

Trust10 10K run

Sun 16 Dec 2018
Are you a runner looking for a new challenge, an opportunity to train, or just inspired to get involved with outdoor activities and are new to running?

Christmas table decorations

Thu 20 Dec 2018
Make your own floral Christmas table decoration with the help of expert florists from Edlesborough Flowers.

Winter Solstice

Fri 21 Dec 2018
Start your winter solstice experience at the Chilterns Gateway Centre with carols, mince pies and a cup of traditional wassail

Boxing Day 'Burn Off Christmas' Walk

Wed 26 Dec 2018
Need an excuse to get outdoors and get rid of that bloated feeling? Then join us for a breath of fresh air on this approximately 2 hour walk led by one of our Rangers.
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Eating and shopping

Enjoy our shop and café after an autumn walk

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Wildlife at Dunstable Downs

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Dunstable Downs History

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