Flitwick is a small town in central Bedfordshire.
Commuters are drawn to the area due to its convenient transport links. There are trains from Flitwick station direct to London St Pancras within just 40 mins, and junction 12 of the M1 is just 4 miles from the town too.
There are good amenities in Flitwick, including a Tesco supermarket, Barclays bank, post office, Co-op, many smaller shops, as well as an open-air market that runs every Friday.
There are three primary schools and a middle school in Flitwick, whilst Redborne Upper School (with an Ofsted rating of outstanding) is situated nearby on the Ampthill/Flitwick borders.
Local residents enjoy using the leisure centre for its swimming pool, gym, four-court sports hall, and its many sporting activities both indoors and outdoors. There are many classes to choose from too.
Flitwick has many pubs, restaurants, cafés and takeaways, as well as a good range of exciting places to choose for a meal, such as Indian Lodge, Spice, The Crown, The Bumble Bee, Flitwick Lounge Coffee house, and The Swan.
For those wanting to visit larger towns and cities, Flitwick is equidistant between the larger towns of Bedford and Luton (each being about 10 miles away) as well as Milton Keynes (within 14 miles) with its theatre district, modern shopping centre and leisure complex.
There are plenty of green spaces to enjoy in Flitwick, including Millennium Park in the town centre, with its play area and skatepark. Flitwick Moor (and Folly Wood) Nature Reserve is a site of special scientific interest and the largest wetland area in Bedfordshire. It has fen, meadow, and wet woodland, and is a popular place for families and walkers to visit.
If you want to get away for a short break, there’s a shuttle that will take you from Flitwick straight to the holiday village, Center Parcs Woburn Forest.
Flitwick Manor was rebuilt in the 17th century and is a Grade II listed building that has now become a hotel. Part of its grounds are now Manor Park. It was bought by the council so that everyone can enjoy the nature trails and discover the sculptures within its woodland. Also found in Manor Park is The Mount, which is the former site of a timber motte-and-bailey castle.
Flitwick was mentioned in the Domesday Book as “a hamlet on the River Flitt” and has grown over the centuries, now having a population of 14,000 people. Flitwick Mill is said to have been built by the Monks of Dunstable and was also mentioned in the Domesday Book.
The Grade I listed Church of St Peter & St Paul dates back over 800 years. It was restored in the 1990s and now has The Friends of Flitwick Parish Church raising funds for the upkeep of the building.
There are proposals for the redevelopment of the town centre and train station, and this is sure to make Flitwick an even more desirable place to live.