Established in May 2017 The Longholme operates café services, public events and hire options on lake & land through boat & bike hire.

We are a family run site with a focus on quality food and comfortable surroundings.  We offer an inclusive menu featuring brunch favourites and foods that cater for dietary requirements and preferences. Take a look on our website to see this seasons main menu, don’t forget to take a look at the everchanging cake fridge for sweet treats and off menu items!

Childrens menu available. Our courtyard area boasts comfortable pallet seating, heaters and blankets in the winter and sheltered seating. In the Summer time we offer deck chair seating lakeside on busy days.

Our coffee is ground to order every time and for every cup we sell a small amount is donated to global charity causes, in the growing regions around the world.

We are a dog friendly venue and offer complimentary treats for our fury friends alongside water bowls.

We are open 7 days a week.


Hire one of the iconic Viking boats and get the kids out on the water for 30/60 minutes boat hire this summer. The boats are open from April – October generally subject to fair weather conditions, there is no need to book just come along on the day. If the weather is a looking off please call in advance to check the service is running 01234 9549132.

The lake itself is shallow, set on 5.8 acres and built as a labour project. Donated to the town in 1923 as a result of the generosity of the Rotary Club and its members, in association with the Charles Wells brewery now managed by Bedford Borough council & volunteers. In recent years the lake has bloomed with wildlife and is home to a wide range of birds, fish and wild animals – including otters! When you hire your boat your free to row across the waterway and lose yourselves on an adventure that really could place you anywhere.


  • £10.00 for 30 minutes hire for upto 4 people
  • £15.00 for 60  minutes hire for upto 4 people
  • A refundable deposit is required, life jackets are available. This is a self-row/peddle service

For the most up to date information please visit – information submitted March 2019



Bike hire is closed for the season. ‘check back in spring 2020 for updates’

For the most up to date information please visit – information submitted October 2019

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