Biggleswade itself has an interesting past history and during
the 18th Century was an important coaching centre, courtesy of the
nearby Great North Road along which stood many inns, some of which
still remain today.
The town itself plays host to a mix of both independent and
chain stores with out-of-town superstores and a retail park. The
Saxon Pool and Leisure Centre is close by, whilst additional
sporting amenities include both rugby and football clubs. Golfing
enthusiasts will appreciate the John O'Gaunt Golf Club situated
between the town and nearby Sandy, recently voted one of the top
100 golf clubs in the country.
The countryside surrounding the town is considered some of the
prettiest in the UK, with winding country roads leading to quaint
villages, traditional pubs and farm shops. Nearby Old Warden boasts
some of the most picturesque scenery, with its traditionally
thatched cottages remaining. Home to the quintessentially British
'cream tea' after Anna Maria Russell, the 7th Duchess of Bedford
popularised the custom in the mid 1700's, the area has become
famous for its enormous range of tea shops, golf clubs and stately
homes in which to indulge the most traditional of pastimes.