A road trip from Bedford to Silverstone

Bedford is the place to be this summer with a fully packed programme including Formula 1™ this July, just a road trip away. Do not miss the roaring engines of Silverstone arena.

Welcome the national superstar and last year’s Formula 1™ winner Lewis Hamilton and his fierce Mercedes when they enter the arena on the first weekend of July. The experience is sure to excite and give you an adrenaline rush like no other. Cheer Hamilton and the other British drivers on for the win!


The popular arena is home to one of the fastest circuits in the world, and has over a million visitors every year. The track was founded in 1948 when The Royal Automobile Club leased an airfield from the Air Ministry. Dedicated employees turned the wartime airfield into a racetrack, and the first ever race was that same year. Since then, the crowds have grown bigger, drivers are better and the cars are faster. You are guaranteed an incredible day out at Silverstone Circuit.

Formula One™

There is good reason to partake in this sporting event loved by so many around the world. Even though the racing is definitely the main event, there are also several other things to do at the track. To make this thrilling weekend even better, don’t miss the Madness concert Thursday, 2nd July, at Silverstone.


A visit to the F1 Village will keep you busy with several activities and an array of merchandise. The E-Zone is a crowd pleaser with fun family activities. As for food and drinks, there is an abundance of stalls offering tasty meals such as burgers, Mexican and Chinese food.

Events at the track

The versatile arena hosts several popular events during the season, so you should check out their events calendar. Most are related to car races, but the type of cars differ. Here you will find anything from mini-coopers, classic cars, trucks, supercars and superbikes. Sometimes the track is taken over by people, for example during the Wings for Life World Run. Join in on the arena tour, which takes you behind the scenes, up on the winners’ podium and out onto the track. You will be amazed at how majestic it all feels from down on the ground, looking up at the thousands of seats.

Are you a racecar driver?

If you feel an unstoppable urge to be in the front seat of an insanely fast car, fear not, it is possible. You can either bring your own car and test its limits or hop into a slightly faster vehicle. You can receive coaching and tips from skilled drivers and even get your own Racing License, or have a tailor-made driving experience, which is perfect if you are planning to host an event at the arena. If you are not a racecar driver, maybe the hot ride or pleasure flight can tempt you? Rent a small helicopter and fly the Silverstone Circuit. The package includes an introductory brief on how to fly the helicopter. In other words, there is a thrilling experience for everyone at the track, which will give any visitor an unforgettable experience.

After spending a thrilling day at the track, you can take the one-hour drive back to the charming city of Bedford and retreat to the comforts of the Park Inn by Radisson Bedford. This is the perfect place to stay for exploring the English countryside and enjoying road trips to the cities of Oxford, Cambridge and Birmingham.