Dunstable Downs and Whipsnade Estate

Spring on Dunstable Downs Bedfordshire

Important notice -

We are sorry to say that there won't be any hot food in the cafe from 2.30pm tomorrow (May 24) due to maintenance work in the kitchen. Cold food and drink available as usual. Apologies for the inconvenience.

Extensive chalk grassland in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Dunstable Downs and Whipsnade Estate

Things to see and do 

Dunstable Downs things to see and do

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What's on

A family exploring at Bodnant Garden, Clwyd, Wales

Marvellous May on Dunstable Downs 

Bring the children to enjoy Marvellous May here, on Dunstable Downs

Common Blue butterfly

Playing our part in celebrating National Meadows Day 

Take a trip across scenic landscapes, playful woods and stunning wildflower grassland meadows

Upcoming events

Marvellous May trail

Mon 28 May 2018
10:00-17:00
May is a magical month on the Downs as the wildflower meadows begin to bloom and the orchids emerge on the chalkland hillsides

50 Things Club

Sun 03 Jun 2018
14:00-15:30
On the first Sunday of every month we hold a '50 Things to do before you are 11 ¾' event.

Glow-worm walks

Fri 22 Jun 2018
22:30-23:30
Have you ever seen a glow-worm? On warm summer evenings the females climb slowly up long grass stems. They look quite magical as the last two segments of their tails glow to attract males.

Orchid Walk

Sat 30 Jun 2018
11:00-13:00
Dunstable Downs has more than its fair share of orchids and June is a great time to see them.

National Meadows Day

Sat 07 Jul 2018
11:00-15:00
We are playing our part in celebrating National Meadows Day so come along and join us to learn more about these incredible chalk grassland meadows.

Sharpenhoe Orchid Walk

Sat 14 Jul 2018
11:00-13:00
The whole Dunstable Downs area is a haven for orchid spotters so come along and see how many you can find.
Dunstable Downs and Whipsnade Estate

Eating and shopping

Dunstable Downs and Whipsnade Estate

Wildlife

Wildlife at Dunstable Downs

Dunstable Downs and Whipsnade Estate

History

Dunstable Downs History

Dunstable Downs and Whipsnade Estate

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