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Great Denham is situated on the banks of the River Great Ouse, in a loop carved out by the river flow. Though there is evidence of Neolithic, Roman and Saxon settlements, it remained mainly undeveloped until the Bedford Golf Club’s course and golf village was built in the 1990s. In the past it was part of nearby Biddenham parish, but in April 2007, the new Parish of Great Denham was created to serve a growing community.
At the heart of the village, a community centre, shops, offices, pub and library are planned, in addition to the medical centre and primary school that are already open. A large country park is also envisaged, along with sports pitches and youth facilities. New cycleways are being created and road links improved, while a new bridge across the River Great Ouse, opened in 2010, connects Great Denham with Kempston. Once the largest village in England, Kempston is now a thriving town of around 20,000 people and offers a variety of shops, schools, churches, an outdoor leisure centre, swimming pool and other amenities. The charming village of Biddenham lies to the north of the golf course and is well known for its quaint thatched cottages and village pond. A traditional village pub, The Three Tuns, offers excellent food and drink.
For greater shopping and leisure opportunities, living at Portfolio puts you around 4 miles from the centre of Bedford. This historic county town owes its origins and continued development to its setting by the River Great Ouse and it remains an important and attractive feature. Granted its charter in 1166, the town still hosts a range of markets, in addition to its comprehensive offering of big name retailers and smaller independent traders. Castle Quay, close to the riverside, offers an exclusive range of shops, galleries and restaurants, while other leisure options include riverside walks, boat trips, parks, museums, cinema and a host of sports clubs and facilities. A number of festivals and events are also a feature, such as the Bedford River Festival and the International Kite Festival. For an even greater range of shops and entertainment options, Milton Keynes is less than 20 miles away.
With some of the county’s finest countryside and visitor attractions literally on your doorstep, this is an ideal location for all the family. Within easy reach there are idyllic walks such as the Ouse Valley Way, heritage sites including Woburn Abbey, formal gardens such as Wrest Park at Silsoe and watersports at Box End Park. The exotic wildlife at Woburn Safari Park remains a popular family day out, while there are numerous villages, country pubs and a rich rural landscape waiting to be explored.