The borough exists of one large urban area that compromises Bedford and the adjacent town of Kempston, surrounded by a rural area with many villages. There is plenty to discover should you decide to venture afield from your glamping destination. Priory County Park offers wildlife walks and birdwatching from lakeside hides all in 300 acres of lakes, grassland, and woods. For those keen on fishing, head to Harrold-Odell Country Park which has lakes with fishing platforms as well as a bird hide, play areas, a skatepark, and a cafe.
Shuttleworth Collection is well worth a visit to spot some Edwardian cars and aircraft, or head to Russel Park which is a landscaped historic garden and open field with tennis facilities and a putting green. Wherever you decide to go, there is plenty to entertain young and old.
Under 30 minutes from the M1 and less than an hour from Greater London, New Barn Farm is easy to get to but feels secluded and remote. It's ideal for families of animal lovers, as you can meet and groom horses during your stay and there's a mini-zoo by your parking spot. A holiday at this location is all about getting back to nature, and you might see and hear badgers, foxes, a variety of owls, woodpeckers rattling the trees and small stocky Muntjac deer, all from the safety and comfort of your tent. For those with a special day to plan, New Barn Farm makes a beautiful countryside wedding venue.
If you fancy a return to civilisation, visit the small, bustling market town of Olney, the nearby university towns of Oxford and Cambridge, or the racetracks at Silverstone and Towcester. If you'd like to feel the wind in your hair on the way, New Barn has a veritable fleet of bikes to aid in adventuring.