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Flitwick is a small town and civil parish in
Bedfordshire, England. It is mentioned in the Domesday Book as "a hamlet
on the River Flitt". The spelling Flytwyk appears in 1381.
The nearby River Flit runs through Flitwick Moor, a
nature reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Flitwick has seen a large expansion in its population in
recent years, but its retail facilities have not kept up with this growth. The
local council has drawn up plans to redevelop the town centre to improve its
retail offering . At present, it has a Tesco, a Barclays bank, a Co-op,
which provides a secondary food source to the community and many smaller shops
and estate agents, many in close proximity to the railway station. There is an
open-air market every Friday selling local produce, which is set up on the car
park of the village hall. The open-air market has a variety of stalls such as
fishmongers, baker, haberdashery, and fruit and vegetables.
There is a sports centre with a 25-metre swimming pool with
kids pool attached. The leisure centre also has a gym, squash courts with
leagues and gymnasium. A new leisure centre was built for opening in early
March 2015. The existing leisure site is earmarked by Central Beds Council for
downsizing and over 55 assisted living accommodation.
Flitwick Town Council own and operate from The Rufus Centre
on the outskirts of the town on Steppingley Road. The Centre is also a busy
conference and special event venue with office space to lease.
Flitwick has four pubs; the Crown, the Swan, the Bumble Bee
and the Blackbirds. The Blackbirds is a 17th-century building with a large beer
garden and children's play area. The pub formerly known as the Wheatsheaf
re-opened as an Indian restaurant called the Indian Lodge. A
membership-operated social club, The Flitwick Club, is situated on The High
Street, opposite the Drivestyle yard.
Center Parcs Woburn Forest opened in July 2014 on the
outskirts of Flitwick at Warren Wood.
Flitwick is 5 mi (8.0 km) from junction 12 of the M1
The main bus services are as follows:
42 (Grant Palmer) provides an hourly daytime service Mondays
to Saturdays providing a connection to: Westoning, Harlington, Toddington,
Ampthill, Houghton Conquest, and Bedford. Mondays to Saturdays – no Sunday
42 (Stagecoach) provides an hourly daytime service Mondays
to Saturdays to Ampthill, Kempston and Bedford. Mondays to Saturdays – no
44 (Grant Palmer) Bedford via A6 to Bedford, Wilstead,
Flitwick, Silsoe (Monday - Friday Only)
200 (Grant Palmer) provides a two hourly service to
Ampthill, Shefford, Clifton and Biggleswade. Mondays to Fridays only.
Flitwick has a station on the Thameslink line (First Capital
Connect took over the franchise on 1 April 2006, taken over again on 14
September 2014 by Govia Thameslink Railway). Trains go north to Bedford and
south to Luton, St Albans, London, Gatwick Airport, Three Bridges, East
Grinstead and Brighton making it a popular place to live for commuters.