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Summer of Play: The Dunstable Downs Sports Village

Visit our very own Sports Village and inspire a spirit of play that can be continued throughout the season and beyond.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event

Summer of Play returns from Monday 22 July-1 September!

This year, see our Estate transform into a Sports Village with free, outdoor activities like football, cricket, hockey, tennis, athletics, volleyball, soft archery (Wednesdays only), and frisbee golf (Fridays only) for you to get stuck into.

Activities are self-led, just pick up the equipment from the Sports Village Welcome Area.

Alternatively join one of our coach-led activities delivered by local sports groups*

Before you compete, stop by our Visitor Centre to create your very own team flag!

Car parking charges apply, free for National Trust members.

Summer of Play is sponsored by Starling Bank.

*Pepperstock Archers soft archery sessions: 27 July, 12.00pm-4.00pm 03 August, 12.00pm-4.00pm 31 August, 12.00pm-4.00pm

*Let’s Get Going nature-based games: 05 August, 11.00am-1.00pm 12 August, 11.00am-1.00pm 19 August, 11.00am-1.00pm 26 August, 11.00am-1.00pm


The basics


Well behaved dogs on leads welcome.

Meeting point

Head to our Visitor Centre to pick up your map and team flag craft!

What to bring and wear

This event is outdoors. Please dress appropriately for the weather.


The field is flat and accessible.

Contact info

Chilterns Gateway Centre

Upcoming events


Traditional Afternoon Tea at the View Café 

Treat yourself to a traditional afternoon tea overlooking the Downs.

Event summary

20 Jun to 31 Jul 2024
14:00 to 16:30
+ 29 other dates or times

Ranger's Ramble: Wild Flowers and Flutterings 

Join one of our rangers to explore our chalk grassland and its treasures.

Event summary

21 Jun 2024
10:30 to 13:00

Heritage Day 

Dunstable Downs has a fascinating history, and it’s time we shouted about it! Join the celebration on 29 June.

Event summary

29 Jun 2024
10:30 to 16:00

Adult Mindful Nature Connection Walk 

Experience the wellbeing of a deeper connection to nature through natural mindfulness.

Event summary

12 Jul 2024
10:30 to 12:30