The Legstraps (www.thelegstraps.co.uk). The restaurant offers a contemporary menu using the freshest seasonal produce. This means guests can expect an exciting and constantly evolving menu. 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. 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.
St Helena Restaurant (www.sthelenarestaurant.co.uk). Located in the village of Elstow, only a short taxi ride from The Stable Yard. It offers a unique dining experience in an elegant, period country house with a conservatory, fine paintings and antiques. Ideal for that special occasion, business dinners or lunches, or just simply a night out. Their Head Chef Lorenzo with his team Mohammed, Vita, Ivan and Abdelrahman have created an inspiring and tempting menu for you to enjoy, with innovative flavours and textures. Extra seating is now available in their elegant dining room and new contemporary conservatory. Outdoor seating is also available in their Walled Garden, or on the lawn for a pre-dinner drink, or coffee after your meal.
A Little Adventure
Box End Park (www.boxendpark.com). A 10 minute drive from The Stable Yard. 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 (https://twinwoodsadventure.com/fly). 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. Only a short car journey from The Stable Yard.
Xscape Milton Keynes (https://xscapemiltonkeynes.co.uk/). 10 miles from The Stable Yard. It offers a multitude of activities from bowling, the world famous Snozone and Casino. There are also plenty of places to shop, eat and drink late into the night.
The proximity to so many family oriented experiences makes The Stable Yard an ideal getaway for the family.
Beautiful Scenery & Exercice
The Marston Vale 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 bridleways. There’s a fantastic surfaced path that takes walkers through the beautiful Wetlands Nature Reserve . The jewel at the heart of the Country Park. There are seasonal maps on the site. A great day out in the heart of the Forest and they’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.
Route 51 National Cycle Network, runs through the Park. This is a linear route that connects Oxford and Cambridge. In Bedfordshire it links Milton Keynes and Sandy via Bedford, following rights of way and quiet roads.
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 their reception on 01234 767037 or have a look at the events calendar for more details.
A few of the things close by:
Woburn Safari Park (www.woburnsafari.co.uk). The Safari Park is about 10 miles from The Stable Yard. Located on the edge of the beautiful market town of Woburn. The house and the Safari Park is only accessible by car. Drive through the Road Safari wild animal reserves. Wind up your windows, buckle up and get ready to meet the wildlife as your Safari adventure begins in the Savannah Grasslands reserve. Then head to the leisure area and Foot Safari and park for free. There are many exciting activities are included in your ticket price. Woburn village also offers a great range of restaurants and bistros together with shops, antique and craft fairs during the year.
The Shuttleworth Collection (www.shuttleworth.org). Opened to the public in 1963. The exhibits are within six large hangars and the engineering workshop. Shuttleworth is home to a living working collection of exhibit of aircrafts and vehicles from 1904 onwards. With regular air show events. The Shuttleworth Collection is a registered charity, self-funded through daily admission and airshows ticket sales. You can buy admission tickets at their Visitor Centre or book a tickets online. It has a restaurant, playcentre and a gift centre that makes for a great family day out.