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Summer Holidays

Please see the Summer Holiday round up.  We included a range of free and paid activities you can access in Bedford Borough and surrounding areas. 

 

 

Days Out - Activities

Days Out - Farms/Safari Parks/Zoo

Days out - Museum

Day Out - Outdoor Pools and Water Activities

Days Out - Outdoor spaces

Ampthill Park


Bedford Park


Cycle/Walk following Route 51 from Priory Marina to the Danish Camp 

There is a walking/Cycling following Route 51  that follows the old railway line from the Marina to the Danish camp and there is free parking at Aspects or the Priory Marina.  

Follow signs from the entrance to the marina turn first left by the recycling facilities and follow that road and you pick up the path as you walk/ride over the bridge.  Don't forget a bike lock for when you on site. 

For more info click here the map is at the bottom of the page  


Grafham water 

Blue badges holders are required to pay for parking  


Harrold-Odell Country Park


Jordans Mill Historic Mill and Gardens


Millennium Country Park and forest of Marston Vale 

The park is free, however there is a charge for parking blue badges holders are  required to pay. 


Priory Marina


RSPB The Lodge Sandy


Rushmere Country Park 

Parking Charges apply 


Russell Park 


Shuttleworth Swiss Gardens


Stanwick Lakes 

Parking Charges apply 


The Embankment 


Walks from Woburn

Some of the walks have passing views of Woburn Abbey and pass through the deer park. The walk start from the FREE car park in Park Street.  


Wrest Park 

It is FREE to access the large wide open spaces, toilets and the adventure playground which is located opposite the cafe.  You just pay to view the house and the gardens.  


FREE Online resources using your library card

Online FREE services 

Are you aware of  the range of FREE online services giving you access to thousands of e-books, audiobooks, magazines and newspapers - all you need is your library card number and PIN. Don't have a PIN? Request one here you just need your library card number and postcode.

  • Emagazines - Choose from over 2,000 free e-magazines - download them or read online via the web or Libby app on your tablet or phone - anytime and anywhere!
  • Pressreader - Thousands of national and international newspapers and magazines to be read online or downloaded
  • Freegal - Millions of tracks to be streamed for up to 5 hours a day or download 5 tracks a day to keep

Please visit the Virtual Library to find out more.

FREE SEND holiday activities

We are providing a range of FUN SEND holiday activities please click here for more information 

Summer Holiday Activities at The Higgins Bedford

Summer Holiday Activities

Enjoy the summer holidays at The Higgins Bedford for creative and STEM activities for children and teens.

 

  • Places are limited and must be booked in advance.
  • Book online or call the Box Office on 01234 718044
  • Please use the code HIGGINS30 to remove the transaction fee.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Accompanying adults go free and do not need to book a place.
  • Please email thehiggins@bedford.gov.uk if you need to cancel your place.
  • We are sorry, but cancelled tickets cannot be refunded.

 

Kevin’s Creation Station

 

Explore The Higgins Bedford with Kevin the Platypus and get creative in our arty crafty workshops.

 

Recommended for ages 7+. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Modelling Clay with Victoria Houghton

Tuesday 2 August 

Workshops at 11:15am, 12:45pm, 2:15pm - (lasts for about an hour)

£3.05 per child, Booking Essential

 

KCS Clay Model VH

 

Have a go at different modelling techniques and create a spectacular Bawden peacock.

 

Batik with Creative Days

Friday 12 August 

Workshops at 11:15am, 12:45pm, 2:15pm - (lasts for about an hour)

£5 per child, Booking Essential

 

KCS Batik CD

 

Discover the wonderful world of Batik and create a unique piece of artwork to keep forever.

 

Repeat Pattern Prints with Katie Allen

Tuesday 23 August 

Workshops at 11:15am, 12:45pm, 2:15pm - (lasts for about an hour)

£5 per child, Booking Essential

 

KCS Printing KA

 

Create pattern prints inspired by the gorgeous plates in the Design gallery.

 

Lacemaking with Aragon Lacemakers

Fridays: 5 & 26 August

Workshops at 11:15am & 2:15pm - (lasts for about two hours) 

£3.05 per child, Booking Essential

 

Pillow and bobbins

 

Learn lace-making techniques and create your own pillow lace bookmark to take home.

 

Personalised Pencil Cases

Tuesday 30 August

Workshops at 11:15am & 2:15pm - (lasts for about an hour)

£3.05 per child, Booking Essential

 

KCS Pencil Case

 

Decorate your own bug themed pencil case.

 

Creation Station for Teens

 

Join local artist and illustrator Katie Allen and have a go at something new.

 

Recommended for ages 12+. Children 12 and over do not need to be accompanied.

 

Drypoint Etching with Katie Allen

Tuesday 9 August

Workshops at 11:15am, 2:15pm - (lasts for about an hour)

£5, Booking Essential

 

CS teens Etch KA

 

Make your own miniature intaglio etching inspired by the Body and Soul exhibition.

 

Modern Brush Calligraphy with Katie Allen

Tuesday 16 August

Workshops at 11:15am, 2:15pm - (lasts for about an hour)

£5, Booking Essential

 

CS teens Callig KA

 

Get creative with text and learn the basics of brush calligraphy.

 

Summer STEAM

 

Join Little Science Lab and others for STEM inspired activities with an arty twist.

 

Recommended for ages 7+. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Take Flight with Little Science Lab

Thursday 4 August

Workshops at 11:15am, 12:45pm, 2:15pm - (lasts for about an hour)

£5 per child, Booking Essential

 

STEAM Flight LSL

 

Discover the science of flight and design your own magnificent flying rocket.

 

Discovering Nature with the Wildlife Trust

Thursday 11 August

Workshops at 11:15am, 12:45pm, 2:15pm - (lasts for about an hour)

£3.05 per child, Booking Essential

 

STEAM Wild Life Trust c Amy Lewis

 

Discover the extraordinary life of birds of prey, challenge yourself to recognise unusual natural history objects and enjoy a nature themed craft.

 

Sun Prints with Little Science Lab

Thursday 18 August

Workshops at 11:15am, 12:45pm, 2:15pm - (lasts for about an hour)

£5 per child, Booking Essential

 

STEAM Sun Prints LSL

 

Discover the science of using light to print images before cameras were invented and create stunning prints inspired by nature.

 

Star Gazing

Thursday 25 August

Workshops at 11:15am, 2:15pm - (lasts for about an hour)

£3.05 per child, Booking Essential

 

STEAM Cons Projector

 

Discover the patterns we find in the stars and make a constellation projector.

 

Optical Illusions

Thursday 1 September 

Workshops at 11:15am, 2:15pm - (lasts for about an hour)

£3.05 per child, Booking Essential

 

STEAM Opt Illus

 

Discover how the eye can be tricked and make Victorian style optical illusion toys.

The Place Bedford

The Place Theatre Bedford has a wide range of events on over the Summer Holidays to see the full list please visit their What's On page here