The Legstraps (www.thelegstraps.co.uk) is located a little further on from The Chequers via a public footpath through open pasture land. Formerly called The Rose & Crown, the pub has always been known locally as The Legstraps or sometimes just “The Straps”. Farm workers tied string or leather straps around their trouser leg bottoms to stop pests climbing up their legs at harvest time. There used to be a rack to hang them up in the old public bar. The bar area offers a relaxed and stylish environment that can be used to enjoy your favorite tipple; whether it be cask ales, a glass of wine or maybe even a cocktail. The restaurant offers a contemporary menu using the freshest seasonal produce meaning guests can expect an exciting and constantly evolving menu.
St Helena Restaurant (www.sthelenarestaurant.co.uk) located in the village of Elstow is a short cab ride from The Stable Yard. It offers a unique dining experience in an elegant, period country house, with conservatory, fine paintings and antiques. Ideal for that special occasion, business dinners or lunches, or just simply a night out. The Head Chef, Steve Barringer was a 2011 Professional Masterchef Finalist, and has created a tempting innovative menu ideal for any Masterchef fan to experience.
Box End Park (www.boxendpark.com) is a 10 minute drive from The Stable Yard and offers something for everyone, incorporating premium water ski and wakeboarding facilities, lakeside bar, fine dining restaurant and meeting rooms like no other venue. Set in one hundred acres of rural Bedfordshire and developed from a long established agricultural business, Box End Park is owned and run by a local farming family.
Bodyflight (www.bodyflight.co.uk) is an experience you can’t get anywhere else. An adventure centre that has been growing since 2005 adding activities that are perfect for a great day out for families, friends and parties. You can Fly, Surf, Race, Jump and Climb in one venue a short car journey from The Stable Yard.
The proximity to a number of family oriented experiences makes The Stable Yard an ideal get away for the family.
Woburn Safari Park (www.woburnsafari.co.uk) is approximately 10 miles from The Stable Yard located on the edge of a beautiful market town offering a great range of restaurants and bistros together with shops, antique and craft fairs during the year. The house at Woburn and the Safari Park are again national attractions and offer something for everyone.
The Marston Vale Millennium Country Park covers 225 hectares and is a fabulous mix of woodland, grassland, meadow, lakes and wetland habitats criss-crossed by 17 kilometres of traffic free, surfaced cycle paths, grass footpaths and bridle ways. There’s a fantastic surfaced path that takes walkers through the beautiful Wetlands Nature Reserve – the jewel at the heart of the Country Park click here for Map. A great day out in the heart of the Forest and we’re officially one of the best parks and green spaces in the country!
Cyclists – Enjoy the ‘figure of eight’ surfaced track which is fully signposted; two 4 km loops that start and finish at the Forest Centre with maps situated at every entry point into the Park. There is a range of adult’s and children’s bikes available for hire, including children’s seats and child buggies click here for more information. National Cycle Network Route 51, runs through the Park. This is a linear route that connects Oxford and Cambridge and in Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes and Sandy via Bedford, following rights of way and quiet roads. More information
Horse Riding – Horse owners can enjoy 4km of grass bridle paths and there’s plenty of room for horse boxes in the Centre’s large car park.
Walking – There are surfaced paths, numerous grass footpaths and bridleways totalling 17km of varying combinations around the Millennium Park. There’s a signpost and map at every entry point. There is a wide variety of guided walks and outdoor events throughout the year; call reception on 01234 767037 or have a look at the events calendar for more details.
Xscape Milton Keynes (www.xscape.co.uk) is 10 miles from The Stable Yard and offers a multitude of activities from bowling, the world famous Snozone and a casino. There are also plenty of places to shop, eat and drink late into the night.