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Events at Marston Vale

Venue: Marston Moretaine, Beds
Date: 01 Dec 2017 - 28 Feb 2018
Times: Various

DECEMBER 2017
Health Walks
Wednesdays 10.30am
Free, no need to book. Most walks start at Reception but some elsewhere – see notice board or ring  01234 767037.

Santa's Enchanted Forest Grotto
Saturday 18 November to Sunday 24 December    All Day
For the first time at the Forest Centre,  the elves and fairies are already preparing for Santa’s arrival at our all new, outdoor grotto!  With a cheeky snowman as your guide, go on a magical adventure to find Santa Claus in the Enchanted Forest…Children £10/ Adults £4. Booking essential.  For available dates and to book go to www.sortmybooking.com/enchantedforest/web-booking/calendar/  

Christmas Lunches
Friday 1 December to Friday 22 December    Midday to 3pm  (weekdays only)  
Treat yourself to a Christmas lunch with family or friends at the Forest Centre – for only £13.95 a person (£5 deposit, per person on booking)
We are now taking bookings. For menu, booking arrangements and other info, go to http://marstonvale.org/book-your-christmas-lunch-now/
 
Christmas Tree Festival
Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 December    11am to 3pm
Local, home-made gifts & crafts, Santa’s Grotto, crafts for kids, face painting and live music.   
Free entry & parking - donations welcome
 
Sunday Stroll
3 December at 10.30am
A gentle walk around the Park
£1, About 2 hours. Booking not required. 01234 767037

Volunteer Task - Millennium Country Park
Thursday 7 December   9.30am to 3.30pm
Meet at the Barn at Forest Centre.
Email anna.charles@marstonvale.org if you wish to come.

Volunteer Task - Millennium Country Park
Sunday 10 December   9.30am to 3.30pm
Meet at the Barn at Forest Centre.
Email anna.charles@marstonvale.org if you wish to come.

Christmas Party Night
Saturday 16 December    7pm to Midnight
Celebrate the festive season in style with a delicious, 3-course meal and DJ till late.
7pm arrival – Carriages at midnight
Fully Licensed Bar – free parking.  £29.95 per head.
For menu go to  http://marstonvale.org/events/christmas-party-night-2/
To book ring 01234 767037 or email info@marstonvale.org

Carols in the Cafe
Monday 18 December    2pm to 4pm
Join St Mary's church choir for some carols, mince pies and mulled wine!

Volunteer Task - Grange Estate
Tuesday 19 December    10am to 3.30pm
Meet in Dovecote Car Park. Email darrenwoodward@marstonvale.org or call 01234 762603.

Volunteer Task - Millennium Country Park
Thursday 21 December   9.30am to 3.30pm
Path clearance - meet at the Barn at Forest Centre.
Email anna.charles@marstonvale.org if you wish to com

Winter Bird Walk
Thursday 28 December    8am to 11am
£4 per person, £1 off for Volunteers, Members and concessions. 01234 767037 to book but pay leader on day.

JANUARY 2018
Health Walks
Wednesdays 10.30am
Free, no need to book. Most walks start at Reception but some elsewhere – see notice board or ring  01234 767037.

Sunday Stroll
7 January at 10.30am
A gentle walk around the Park
£1, About 2 hours. Booking not required. 01234 767037

Learning Lunchtime Talk - 20th Century Firefighting
Monday 8 January    11am to Midday
Norman Tarling looks at the fascinating history of the profession that’s saved countless lives, from the creation of the world’s first municipal fire brigade in Edinburgh, to the first steam fire engine. Approx. 1 hour, with time for questions.
Free, but, as there is a cost involved in putting on these events, donations to the Forest of Marston Vale are much appreciated.

Learning Lunchtime Talk - Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway Park
Monday 15 January    11am to Midday
Jane Hamilton, Chair of the Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway Trust, will provide an up-to-date perspective on the progress which is being made towards making the Waterway Park, between the two towns, a reality.
Approx. 1 hour, with time for questions.
Free, but, as there is a cost involved in putting on these events, donations to the Forest of Marston Vale are much appreciated.

Freddie Mercury & Brian May Tribute
Friday 26 January    7.30pm to 10pm
Dean and Andy are ‘Queen UK’ in a stunning tribute to the late Freddie Mercury  and the world’s greatest guitarist, Brian May.  To see them in action, go to http://www.queentributeact.co.uk/video-queen-tribute-act.
Tickets £15 – Doors 7.30pm, Show 8pm – 10pm (with 30 min interval)
01234 767037 or info@gmail.com  for booking or info,   

Learning Lunchtime Talk - The Heritage of Bedford River Valley Park
Monday 29 January    11am to Midday
Darren Woodward and Mervyn Askew look at the rich heritage that exists within the Bedford River Valley Park covering a range of periods from the Neolithic and Bronze ages, to Roman and Post-Medieval all the way through to the Industrial Period.
Approx. 1 hour, with time for questions.
Free, but, as there is a cost involved in putting on these events, donations to the Forest of Marston Vale are much appreciated.

FEBRUARY 2018
 
Health Walks
Wednesdays 10.30am
Free, no need to book. Most walks start at Reception but some elsewhere – see notice board or ring  01234 767037.

Sunday Stroll
4 February at 10.30am
A gentle walk around the Park
£1, About 2 hours. Booking not required. 01234 767037.

Public Tree Planting
4 February    11am to 3pm
We're back at Waypost Wood, Cranfield for another public tree planting event!
Free shuttle buses run from/to the Forest Centre throughout the day and refreshments are available on site.
Please do not drive to Waypost Wood as there is no parking – either walk or cycle up, if you live in Cranfield, or get the shuttle bus from the Forest Centre.
It’s completely free – we provide tools and training. Wear appropriate footwear as it could be muddy!
For more information go to http://marstonvale.org/events/public-tree-planting-3/
 
Learning Lunchtime Talk - Wildlife & Landscapes of East Anglia
Monday 5 February   11am to Midday
Local photographer and Friend of the Forest Barrie Mason returns to talk about the stunning scenery and variety of wildlife in the East Anglia area.
Approx. 1 hour, with time for questions.
Free, but, as there is a cost involved in putting on these events, donations to the Forest of Marston Vale are much appreciated.
 
Learning Lunchtime Talk - Metal Detecting Finds in Bedfordshire
Monday 19 February   11am to Midday
From ancient items found in the Forest of Marston Vale, to those from the wider Bedfordshire area. Our CEO Nick Webb returns to talk about some of his best finds.
Approx. 1 hour, with time for questions.http://www.marstonvale.org
Free, but, as there is a cost involved in putting on these events, donations to the Forest of Marston Vale are much appreciated.
 
Learning Lunchtime Talk - The Domesday Book in Bedfordshire
Monday 26 February   11am to Midday
‘Eric the Bald and Jocelyn the Breton:  The Domesday Book in Bedfordshire’
The arrival of the Norman elite in 1066 changed the land distribution and land use throughout England and in Bedfordshire we can gain an insight into this period through the Domesday Book. Brian Webb looks at existing Norman sites to unravel the important changes in land ownership and use and their influence on our modern countryside.
Approx. 1 hour, with time for questions.
Free, but, as there is a cost involved in putting on these events, donations to the Forest of Marston Vale are much appreciated.

Check out www.marstonvale.org for more information and to book.

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