Visitor Information

Travel

The College Equestrian Center is a multi-purpose regional facility is located north of Bedford in Bedfordshire.
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By Rail

Bedford is located on the Midland Main Line. It is the northernmost stop on the Thameslink rail service to Brighton. East Midlands Trains also serve the station, providing trains to St. Pancras, Leicester, Nottingham, Sheffield and Leeds. It is also the terminus of the Marston Vale Line from Bletchley.
The station is served by three operators and managed by Thameslink.

By Road

The College Equestrian Center has good road access to the UK motorway network, enabling visitors to travel from the A1(M) or A6.
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From East
A428 to St Neots, carry on past St Neots on A428, you will go under road & railway bridges, past a crane storage on left, then over a roundabout by Tesco. At next roundabout turn Right on to B1428 (Great North Road), over at least 3 mini roundabouts then at mini roundabout immediately after pedestrian lights turn left on to Bushmead Road. Follow that for about 3.5 miles, then straight over crossroads, and after 1.5 miles you come to a T junction, turn Right. Church Road in Keysoe is 2 miles on the left
From South M1
J13 A421, and stay on that road for 13 miles until the last Bedford exit (A428 Bedford & Great Barford). First exit on roundabout at top of slip, then at next Roundabout (by "Go Outdoors" store on Right) Turn Right, carry straight over roundabouts for 2 miles, then at Roundabout for Kimbolton Road (it has trees in the middle and a pub called The Pheasant on other side) Turn Right, past Golf Course and carry on for 8 miles to Keysoe. Church Road is one mile into the village on the left.
From the South A1
After Tempsford bridge, take the A421 for Bedford at the Black Cat Roundabout (sign Milton Keynes A421) after 4 miles take the Bedford A428 exit (signed Bedford A428 Great Barford) Right at roundabout at top of slip, over other slip roundabout then at next Roundabout (by "Go Outdoors" store on Right) Turn Right, carry straight over roundabouts for 2 miles, then at Roundabout for Kimbolton Road (it has trees in the middle and a pub called The Pheasant on other side) Turn Right, past Golf Course and carry on for 8 miles to Keysoe. Church Road is one mile into the village on the left.
From the North M1 J15
A45 past Northampton & Wellingborough to Rushden, at big roundabout take third exit for A6 south. At next roundabout take first exit for Kimbolton (this route is subject to an 18 ton limit) take this road for 10 miles, then on the far side of Kimbolton turn right onto the B660 on the far side of Kimbolton turn right onto the B660 (sign Bedford Pertenhall B660). Church Road in Keysoe is 5 miles on the right
From the North M6
A14 Past Kettering carry on to J16 (Old Weston Kimbolton B660) take the exit slip and at T turn left for Kimbolton. Follow B660 to end T junction, then turn left through Kimbolton (18 ton limit) on the far side of Kimbolton turn right onto the B660 (sign Bedford Pertenhall B660). Church Road in Keysoe is 5 miles on the right
From the North A1
Past Huntingdon to Buckden roundabout, turn right for Grafham (Kimbolton B661) Follow that road to T junction at end in Great Staughton (by Snooty Tavern) Turn right for Kimbolton, as you approach Kimbolton turn left on B660 on the far side of Kimbolton turn right onto the B660 (sign Bedford Pertenhall B660). Church Road in Keysoe is 5 miles on the right.

 

The Show Venue

The College Equestrian Centre is a multi-purpose facility located north of Bedford in Bedfordshire. This ideal location benefits a large natural catchment area that includes the whole of East Anglia and the East Midlands together with Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Lincolnshire. From any direction road access is good.
The main facilities consist of an international size indoor riding arena, which has a quality surface suitable for all disciplines. It is ranked as one of the best regional facilities in the area. Outdoor all-weather arena, training arena, 85 permanent stables, with ample parking for cars and horse boxes and additional room for temporary stabling of over 150 stables.
Other on-site facilities include:  Show Office, Commentary Booth, PA System, upstairs viewing gallery and both male and female showering facilities.  A gallery Cafe overlooking the arena is open on show days serving a range of freshly cooked food, as well as a range of hot and cold drinks.
The College Equestrian Center

 

Stable Area & Stabling

The stables and associated areas are 'back stage' and not accessible to members of the public. In the interests of Health and Safety, please do not attempt to enter these areas.
A limited number of stables are available for day, over night and for the duration of the show. Stables can be booked, subject to availability by contacting The College Equestrian Centre,
The College Equestrian Center Stable Fees
Stabling Duration
Fees per Stable
The Show Duration
£80.00
Night Stables (Subject to 17:00 entry 16:00 depart)
£30.00
Day Stables (Subject to availability, 9:00 entry 17:00 depart )
£10.00

 

 

 

 

Hookup Fees  £20 per 24 hours
Telephone 01234 708400
email info@keysoe.com

 

Accommodation Options

There are a number of local accommodation options ranging from Bed & Breakfasts, self Catering, and Hotels. Follow the below link to download a complete list of available accommodation options.
Accommodation Options (PDF)

Car Parks

Daily car parking at The College Equestrian Centre is free. The main designated car park will be in front of the main arena.
Please allow ample time for your journey.

Food Outlets

On the perimeter Food Court Areas located of the arena area.
  • Cafeteria  – Staggered Opening from 7.00am – 10:00pm daily (TBC)

Pushchair Parks

Due to Health & Safety regulations under the venue licence, parents are advised that pushchairs must be stored in the designated complimentary Pushchair Parks while children are watching the show.  (Pushchairs may not be stored in the staging and gathering areas). Locations will be advised upon entry to the show, but they are generally located outside the arena with the designated picnic area.

Photography

Official professional photographers emmpix will be onsite during the duration of the event to capture unforgettable images. The use of cameras and any other filming or recording equipment free for all participating competitor.

Asthma

Asthmatics are advised that horses are the predominant feature of this event.

Disabled Visitor Information

  • Only ground levels of The Arena and are accessible to wheelchair users, via ramps or lifts.
  • For vehicles displaying blue badges parking is situated at or near the main entrances.
  • Please inform the venue at the prior to the time of arrival if you need a wheelchair space or have any special requirements, so that it can be arranged for everything to be ready on your arrival.
  • In addition, the ringside hospitality structure is accessible to disabled visitors.
  • For more information and bookings please call the disabled patrons number on 01234 708400.

 

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