Explore the Forest Forest Centre and Millennium Country Park Opening times and directions Opening times and directions Opening Hours Christmas and New Year 2018/19 Christmas Eve 10am - 2pmChristmas Day & Boxing Day - ClosedThurs 27 & Fri 28th 10am – 4 pmSat 29th & Sun 30th 10am - 5pmMon 31st 10am - 2pmNew Year's Day - Closed (The gate will be open from 9.30am - 5pm on Boxing and New Year's Day) Winter 2018/19 Weekdays – 9am to 4pmWeekends – 10am – 5pmGate Closure – 5pm Last orders in the Lakeside Cafe are 15 minutes before closing. Car parking Charges – Become a Friend of the Forest for free parking Up to 1 hour £1 Up to 3 hours £2 Over 3 hours £3 Over night £5 Please note - there is a 15 minute grace period for drop offs/collections/using the bottle banks. Simply enter your registration and the length of time you'd like to stay on the payment machines - there is no need to display the ticket as it's automatic number plate recognition. The machines accept cash or cards (chip and pin and contactless) - unfortunately these machines do not give change. You can also pay on the Pay By Phone website or app (Location: Marston Vale, Bedford Number: 800979). The car park closes promptly at 5pm unless there is an evening event on , in which case the gate will close after the last guest leaves. However, the Park is accessible 24/7, 365 days a year on foot, for horse riders and cyclists. Please note: if your car is locked in the Centre’s car park overnight you can collect it the following morning - to arrange release before the car park reopens, please call 07966 000326. A £25 release fee is payable to the member of staff upon their arrival. Directions By road - From J13 of the M1, follow the A421 towards Bedford/Cambridge and exit at Marston Moretaine. From the A1, follow the A421 towards Milton Keynes and exit at Marston Moretaine. You’ll see brown signage for the Forest Centre. At the roundabout, take the exit into Marston Moretaine (Beancroft Road); at the next junction turn left and then almost immediately right (Station Road). Follow the road and after approx. 500m you'll see the road to our entrance on your left (Gold Furlong). Take a right on this road, and you'll be on our driveway. The best satnav postcode to use is MK43 0PS, however as the road layout has recently changed this may take you through the neighbouring housing estate, so keep an eye on the signage! By rail – The Forest Centre is approx. a 15 minute walk from both Millbrook and Stewartby stations and you can bring your bike with you! Click here for more information about train times. Please note, the trains do not run on Sundays. By bus – Depending on where you are travelling from, you'll need to look at the Central Bedfordshire website, or the Bedford Borough website. The closest bus stops to the Forest Centre & Millennium Country Park are: Gold Furlong (10 minute walk) - Bus: C12Social Club (20 minute walk) - Buses: 2, 6B and C12Tylecote Close (20 minute walk) Buses: 53, A1, C10, C11 Some bus services are not regular, so please check the timetables before travelling. By Bike - The Forest Centre & Millennium Country Park are easily accessible via Route 51. For more information, call 01234 767037 or email us.