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The local area guide to living in Henlow

Tucked away in Central Bedfordshire is the charming, spacious village of Henlow. St. Mary the Virgin is a beautiful, ancient 13th century church in the town’s centre, though Henlow Grange, a historic manor home now converted to a Champney’s range health resort and spa, is perhaps Henlow’s most well-known attraction. The village is home to quite a few families, some living in the area due to the RAF Henlow military and training base.

The village’s charm and unique character is in part created by the River Ivel’s various streams that run through and alongside it. To the east of the village, a cluster of lakes are interspersed with the river, and along with providing a beautiful stroll for walking enthusiasts, the area is home to a host of birds and woodland creatures. The enchanting Swiss Gardens, a peacock settlement, a grotto, an RSPB Nature Reserve and several interesting museums are all part of the parish’s unique countryside allure.

Information about the local residents

Henlow is a village and civil parish in the ward of Arlesey. Henlow’s total population is 3,815, out of Arlesey’s 14,572. Nearly 85% of the working-age population is employed, and the most common Occupations in Henlow are Associate Professional & Technical, Professional and an equal showing for Managers and Senior Officials and Skilled Trades.

Most Professionals work in the fields of Science, Research, Engineering, Technology, Education, Business, Media and Public Service. The Associate Professional & Technical Occupation field is largely due to the Protective Service classification from RAF Henlow.

The parish community is very engaged, with several clubs and societies. These include Scouts (Beavers and Cubs), Guides (Rainbows and Brownies), a junior football club, Henlow Village Drama Group, Henlow Singers, the Women’s Institute, a cricket club, a bowls club and the Henlow Flying Club.

Nearby schools

Henlow has three schools within its own boundaries: Raynsford C of E Academy, Derwent Lower School and Henlow C of E Academy. These each cover primary education, with Henlow Academy extending to secondary. The closest sixth forms are Samuel Whitbread Academy, only 1.5 miles away in Shefford, and Etonbury Academy, a comprehensive school less than two miles away in Arlesey.

Etonbury Academy performs admirably at Key Stage 2, with 82% of pupils achieving, at least, level 4 in reading, writing and maths, and Samuel Whitbread performs quite well at Key Stage 4, with 90% of pupils performing as middle to high attainers.

The area is literally teeming with schools should you wish to consider more options. According to the UK Department for Education, there are 51 schools within a five-mile radius.

Getting around

Henlow has excellent transport links, located just off the A507 and only a short drive to the A1. Most residents travel by car, but bus services are available and Arlesey train station is only 10-15 minutes from the high street on foot. The station has regular timetables, stops in nearby towns and provides a direct service to London Kings Cross in only 40 minutes. By car, London can be reached in just under an hour, Luton in 23 minutes and Milton Keynes in 27 minutes.

Local shops

There are a few shops, pubs and restaurants along the High Street, including Ansell Village Stores, the local convenience store and post office. The pub and bar selection include The Crown gastro-pub, Engineers Arms, The Five Bells and the Bird in Hand Hotel. Up Langford road towards Langford and across from Baulk Wood is the Langford Garden Centre.

There is a lovely park in the centre of the village, Henlow Golf Course, a cricket pitch and the Henlow Grange, the historic old manor converted into a luxury health resort and spa. Shopping choices, particularly for groceries, are extended in Bedford to the north and Hitchin to the south. The area is so well connected, however, that there are plenty of towns and variety within easy reach.


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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.