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Halloween Half Term holidays activities 2021

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. 


Halloween Activities

Bedford Halloween Trail with a chance to win £20 Love Bedford Voucher

Can you find 12 Halloween Creatures in shop windows across the town centre? Draw or write the symbol you see in each of your numbered pumpkins on your map!

Big Wild Halloween at  RSPB The Lodge Sandy 

Help Alan the Partridge find guests, ingredients and creepy facts to make the best Halloween Party ever.Our Big Wild Halloween activity packs can be purchased for £3 in the Visitor Information Centre or the Gatehouse Shop (10:00-16:00 daily). They include Alan's Halloween Party trail, a Halloween activity booklet, a bat mask, a pencil and a certificate, to make this a spooky day out for all the family.

You can combine the activity pack with some refreshments from the Gatehouse Shop, a Fantastic Fungi Trail spotter sheet (£1) and a trip to our natural play area for a full day out.

FREE Creepy spider pizza onine cookery class 

Saturday 30th October 5pm to 6pm

Foodbreak has orginasied a FREE kids Halloween baking workshop. It's online so you can join from the comfort of your own kitchen. There will be detailed step by step instructions to follow, as well as a live Q&A and chat.To sign up and get the grocery and equipment lists to get you ready for the class visit

Halloween Trick or Treat Trail Shuttleworth Swiss Gardens 

For the first time ever this October, experience the hangars and grounds of Shuttleworth like never before at this brand new spooktacular children’s Halloween event.

This safe and exciting way for children to experience Halloween with trick or treat areas, actors telling stories, collecting clues to solve the mystery of the lost Pilot, special sound effects and much more.

New Pumpin Patch in Moggerhanger 

There is a straw bale maze, ride on tractors, bouncy balls things, a tent with scarecrows and free colouring. Also a bar and a food van. Cost: £2.50 per person and then you pay for your pumpkins. To book your tickets visit

Spooky Woodland Walk At Wrest Park

As the days shorten and the evenings grow darker, join our ghost-hunting storytellers on a family friendly walk through the shadows of Wrest Park's grounds. With well-told tales full of spooky and strange goings-on, this Halloween walk is sure to get you into the spirit of the season.

This is an outdoor early evening tour lasting around 45 minutes. Please wear suitable clothes and shoes. Ideal for those looking for a more light hearted event this Halloween including families with children aged 5-12. For any questions, please visit our Spooky Woodland Walk FAQs.

The Wizards Of Once Halloween Quest At Wrest Park 

Head to Wrest Park for a fantastical day out this Halloween half-term. Explore the gardens on our brand-new adventure trail inspired by Cressida Cowell’s bestselling Wizards of Once series. Will you find the ingredients for the Spell to get rid of Witches and uncover the location of the Cup of Second Chances? Come along in frightful fancy dress to enter our competition and maybe win a prize. It’s going to be a really wizard day out!

Holiday Activities and Food Programme - October 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 - Open 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. 

Danish camp reopening

Grafham water blue badges holders are required to pay for parking

Jordans Mills - Historic Mill and Gardens


Shuttleworth Swiss Gardens

Wrest Park

Days 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: