Stockwood Discovery Centre explores the history of the region from prehistoric times to the evolution of Stockwood House and the Farley estate. Interactive displays accompany local historical exhibitions kept in Discovery Hall and across the centre; including the Mossman carriage collection - the largest of its kind in the UK. The Garden Cafe offers fresh, locally-sourced food and has a great children's play area. One memorable aspect of the Centre is the Improvement Garden, where work by Scottish artist Ian Hamilton Finlay (1925-2006) is on permanent display.
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At its most southern point, Bedfordshire is only 35 miles from London Waterloo, so there’s a good reason for the UK’s fifth busiest airport to be called London Luton Airport. The county is one of England’s smaller in terms of area, but more than makes up for it in terms of business HQs and visitor attractions. Among the most popular of these, and among the top attractions in the UK, is ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, founded in 1931, and now covering around 600 acres.
Along similar lines Woburn Safari Park opened more recently (in 1970) and is just over half the size. Fans of old flying machines or cars will enjoy a visit to the Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden, a tiny village near Biggleswade. Among the oldest examples in the collection are a pioneering French Blériot XI from 1910, and a number of early French and German automobiles from the very late 19th century.
Bedford itself is located on either side of the River Ouse, and has a large Italian population, descended from those who came to work at a local brick factory in the 1950s.
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