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Arriva in Beds and Bucks

Connecting Communities in Beds and Bucks

At Arriva, we want to tackle loneliness and bring communities closer together by highlighting some of the brilliant organisations, museums, community groups and centres across our regions.

We believe these centres and groups are at the very heart of their local communities, and the wonderful people supporting them are doing amazing things to bring local people together.

Here, we’ll look into some fantastic centres and groups doing great things in Beds and Bucks. So, whether you’re looking for a new hobby, a fun day out, or would really like someone to talk to, our guide might have exactly the right centre or group for you.

From support centres for women, to community activity groups for retirees, we have found a range of valuable activity centres and groups – providing excellent services for the people of Beds and Bucks. We hope this list will help everyone in Beds and Bucks who may be feeling cut-off or lonely find the support, community and friendship they need.

To help you get to these great community centres and groups, we have provided a website address, map entry and Arriva bus route for each. All of these great centres and groups can be reached by hopping on one of our buses.

Please use the information below to discover more about these fantastic regional classes, activity centres and support groups.


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Hart Hill Nursery School

Help your child enjoy a great start to their school life with the help of the Family Workers at Hart Hill Nursery School. Providing expert support for parents and kids alike, the school aims to make the transition into nursery as simple as possible.

Offering child-specific support, your Family Worker will address areas where your child may need a little bit of assistance and develop plans so they can thrive.

You’ll also be given greater insight into what you should be looking for in your child’s development, so you have a clearer set of signposts as they grow. Your Family Worker can also introduce you to the Five to Thrive initiative, a series of key messages which help support positive parenting.

Family Activities at Hart Hill Nursery School offers a wide range of different services and classes, from cooking sessions to baby massage and Stay and Play sessions. So, if you want to chat with other new parents or enjoy an afternoon of craft activities with your child, Family Activities at Hart Hill Nursery School is a fantastic place to go in your community.


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Luton All Women’s Centre

Supporting women and girls living in Luton who face any type of disadvantage or inequality, the Luton All Women’s Centre provides help, guidance and assistance for those suffering violence and abuse. A specialist team provides this advice and can offer a range of helpful services including interventions. The Luton All Women’s Centre will work with women and girls in the long term, with the ambition of improving their overall quality of life in the immediate future and coming years.

One-to-one counselling services, mental health support and group sessions are all available, as are specific courses for women who are suffering in forced marriages or are the victims of honour-based violence. This robust and extensive list of services means that the Luton All Women’s Centre can tailor a package to the specific person who needs their help.

The group sessions can also help the women and girls of Luton find others who may be suffering from similar problems, creating a support network and building bonds. These group sessions can take the form of specific workshops or just recreational activities, helping attendees work through any issues they have, or just have a little downtime and relax.


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Aylesbury Multicultural Centre

At the heart of Aylesbury’s diverse community, the Multicultural Centre aims to bring everyone together in a safe and supportive environment. The centre is home to seven meeting rooms and a large events hall, where a number of different groups congregate to worship, seek support, partake in classes or just get together.

Located close to the town centre, and on the X8 Aylesbury to Oxford bus route, the Multicultural Centre is the ideal place for you to hold your next event or congregation. Current events range from Black Dragon Martial Arts to the Elderly West Indian Lunch Club – demonstrating the versatility of the centre.

New events and groups are being added all the time, so be sure to check up on the link below to discover if there’s something you’d really like to attend at Aylesbury Multicultural Centre.

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Bucks County Museum

Intriguing and delighting Bucks and beyond since the mid-19th century, the Bucks County Museum has long showcased interesting exhibitions and hosted great activities. First opened by the Bucks Archaeological Society, the museum works to tell the historical tale of the beautiful county of Bucks.

Despite its long and storied past, the museum always has one eye on the future and its main objective today is to represent all parts of the Bucks community. With exhibitions and stories from the local Hindu, LGBTQ, disabled and Muslim communities, the museum hopes to build a more connected and better represented Bucks.

And, to really represent the locals that it serves, the museum actively encourages the communities of Bucks to donate their stories and objects to the exhibitions and gallery space. It’s this continuously evolving approach to storytelling that keeps the Bucks County Museum relevant and a truly inspiring place for every local to visit.




Active Luton – Full of Life Club and Active Retired Club

Designed to keep everyone in Luton active, fit and having fun; Active Luton organises a variety of sporting clubs and activities across a range of different sites. From health centres and educational services to keep-fit classes for retirees, Active Luton does it all. Partnering with Sport England, the Stroke Association and Age Concern Luton amongst many others, the organisation has the community’s best interests at heart, and goes the extra mile to help everyone in Luton.

The organisation is supported by a series of amazing individuals who are keen to offer opportunities to Luton residents of all ages and backgrounds – keeping them active, engaged and healthy.

Two of Active Luton’s fantastic programmes are the Full of Life club and Active Retired club, boasting an array of different activities, from line dancing and walking football to table tennis and keep fit. 

Active Luton takes place in a selection of different venues across the town, so be sure to check out the full details in the link below and make sure you don’t miss out on your favourite activity or class.

Retired Club
Find out more: Active Luton Retired Club
Address: Inspire: Luton Sports Village, Butterfield Green Road, Luton, LU2 8DD
Catch the Bus: 100/101 Luton to Stevenage

Full of Life Club
Find out more: Active Luton Full of Life Club
Address: Luton Sports Village, Butterfield Green Road, Luton, LU2 8DD
Catch the Bus: 100/101 Luton to Stevenage


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U3A (The University of the Third Age)

The U3A (The University of the Third Age) is a great way to learn new skills, enhance your knowledge and meet likeminded people. Operated exclusively for people of retirement age, the organisation operates in several sites in Beds & Bucks, providing activity groups for its registered members*.


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Arriva Bus Route


Buckingham U3A


60/X60 Aylesbury to Milton Keynes


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Dunstable U3A


31 Luton to Dunstable; A Luton Airport to Luton and Dunstable; F70/F77 Luton to Bletchley & Milton Keynes


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High Wycombe and District U3A


300 Aylesbury to High Wycombe


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Leighton Linslade U3A

32 Leighton Buzzard town service

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Marlow & District U3A 


800/850 High Wycombe to Reading


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Bourne End & District U3A


35/37 High Wycombe to Maidenhead


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Mid Bucks (Aylesbury) U3A


9 Aylesbury to Stoke Mandeville Hospital


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Wendover Buckinghamshire U3A


8/8A Aylesbury Town Centre to RAF Halton


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Weston Turville U3A


8/8A Aylesbury Town Centre to RAF Halton


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* The information listed in the table above is for the main location of each U3A group in said region. Please check the appropriate website for details about a specific activity group, as the process for joining or attending varies from group to group – as can the location.

We hope this guide to the great groups and activities in your local area has helped you find somewhere you can connect with like-minded members of your community. Whether you’re looking to keep active or fancy a day of cultural exploration, hopefully this guide has shed a little light on where to go in Beds and Bucks.

Our Connecting Communities project is growing fast, with new organisations, community centres and local projects added regularly, and all accessible by bus. If you know of an organisation, group or project that you think does an excellent job of enriching the lives of local people, we want to hear from you, so please contact us on [email protected]

If you’d like to find out more about Arriva’s services through Beds and Bucks, head over to our homepage. Or, to find out more about loneliness and social isolation, head back to our main feature page, here.