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Christmas Holidays ideas

Things to do over Christmas

Below, we have listed activities that you and the kids can do at home, free activities you can do outside and and paid for activities available across Bedford Borough and surrounding areas. 


Christmas Events

FREE Festival Christmas Trail in Bedford Town Centre 

This Christmas, Bedford Borough Council in partnership with Love Bedford have set up a festive Christmas Trail across Bedford Town Centre.

The Christmas Trail lets families explore the town centre to find the twelve Christmas characters that have been hidden in the windows of some of your favourite town centre businesses.

If you would like to take part in the Christmas Trail, you can download a copy of the trail sheet by clicking here christmas-trail or collect a copy of thr trail from Bedford Central Library.

Wrest Park - 26th Dec to 3rd of Jan Christmas Adventure Quest including in admission price or free if you’re a member


Explore our historic places with a festive family-friendly adventure quest. Follow the trail, find the clues and discover our amazing stories and secrets. This year our Christmas quest will be available throughout the festive season. You can join the quest at the following places from 27 Nov - 2 Jan 2022

Free website Norad Santa including Tracking Father Christmas on Christmas Eve

Each year, free website Norad Santa opens its doors at the start of December there's a virtual Santa's Village for kids to explore from the 1st of  December  - full of games, videos and music to keep them entertained in the lead up to Christmas, including tracking Father Christmas on Christmas Eve.

ELF Escape Wildlife Trail 

Wrap up warmthis December and join us at Grafham Water for our Elf Escape Wildlife Trail! Follow the map to find that Elf that has escaped form his shelf and discover some winter wildlife facts along the way!  All explores will leave with a festive surprise!

Sat 4th of December to Friday 31st of December

£3 per child 

10am to 3pm daily 

Marlow Car Parl 

PE28 0BH

SPECIAL RELAXED PERFORMANCE of Beauty and the Beast on the 30th of December at 5pm

SPECIAL RELAXED PERFORMANCE of Beauty and the Beast  at 5pm on the 30th of December - all the same panto fun but with a bit less bang, thud and crash - as an all-inclusive panto theatre company we want EVERYBODY to have access to our show.  The corn exchange have specific arrangement in row E seats 19-28 for wheelchairs however if these sell out they will arrange some more. 

For this and for all the pantomime performances where you are attending with a child or young person with SEND you can claim a FREE carers ticket. You have to telephone the box office  between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday on 01234 718044 there is a transaction charge of £3.15 per order.  Evidence of the child or young person SEN or Disability e.g. a letter will need to be presented with the tickets at the performance, or your Bedford Borough Children with Disabilities card. To apply for a card click here

HAF Christmas 2021

Bedford Borough Council is funding a range of activities across October Half Term 2021. These activites are FREE to all children who are eligible for income related free school meals (to view eligibility click here )

Please note that places are limited, and will be awarded on a first come first served basis

To view the range of activities please click here

Days Out - Farms/Safari Parks/Zoo/

Days Out - Outdoor spaces

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.

Grafham water blue badges holders are required to pay for parking

Jordans Mills - Historic Mill and Gardens


Shuttleworth Swiss Gardens

Wrest Park

Day Out - Museums

Days Out - Activities

FREE things to do

Ampthill Park

Bedford Central Library

Bedford Park

Bromham Library

Harrold-Odell Country Park

Kempston Library

Millennium Country Park and forest of Marston Vale 

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

Priory Marina

Rushmere Country Park - Parking is £3,

Russell Park

Stanwick Lakes just have to pay for parking

The Embankment

Walk/Bike ride to the Danish Camp from Priory Marina free parking at Aspects or Priory Marina maybe pack a picnic to have at the marina after all that exercising. 

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.

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.

Wootton Library

Things to do at home

Online activities at the Higgins 

Enjoy  online jigsaw puzzles that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home. Find more jigsaws here.

Music for Bedford Borough 

The Council Music Service has created a website full of fun musical activites and how to learn to play guides

Woodland Trust 

Is your child a lover of nature? Do they love to hunt for creepy crawlies, or watching the birds in the sky? Then the Woodland Trust have pulled together lots of fun games, activities and craft ideas that you can do in the garden or local parks and woods that they will love. The ‘Nature Activities for Kids’ blog on their website has been a huge hit with many families during lockdown:

Treasure Hunt 

Do your kids (and you) love treasure hunts? Well, if so how about joining the ‘world’s biggest treasure hunt’? Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use an app on their mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches" or "caches", at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world. Once you find the geocache, you write your name in the log book and seek out the next one! Great fun for all the family:

National Trust 

The national Trust have pulled together a wonderful list of “50 things to do before you are 11 ¾” which is full of activities, craft ideas and challenges that you can do either at home or in any of the parks, English Heritage or National Trust sites nearby: