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Summer 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. 

 

Holiday Activities and Food Programme - Summer 2021

Bedford Borough Council has received funding from the Department for Education to provide an exciting range of opportunities for children and young people in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM) and for those with other vulnerabilities such as children with SEND, Looked After Children or with other children's services involvement. All activities are FREE of charge with lunches provided for all eligible children!

To view the range of opportunities 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 https://bedfordburrow.wordpress.com/2018/02/24/from-priory-country-park-to-danish-camp-following-the-rail-line-to-sandy/


Grafham water blue badges holders are required to pay for parking  

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/service.page?id=sRDKcbVDcPQ


Jordans Mills - Historic Mill and Gardens

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/service.page?id=CEdGMLlKxFw

 


Knebworth House and Gardens

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/service.page?id=f33n6zfE__0


Shuttleworth Swiss Gardens

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/service.page?id=bQpsA-l5oZU


Wrest Park

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/service.page?id=LxzvDjN15jM

Days Out - Outside Swimming Pools

Days Out - Museums

Days Out - Activities

FREE things to do

 Ampthill Park 

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/service.page?id=2KZLt7NAktA


Harrold-Odell Country Park

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/service.page?id=YZg0gTU_-nw


Rushmere Country Park - Parking is £3, 

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/service.page?id=QjCR6HI7r_g


Social distance friendly walks in the chilterns avoiding the most crowded countryside car parks and footpaths.- Great Offley and Charlton walk

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/service.page?id=H9-angCIOFs


Social distance friendly walks in the chilterns avoiding the most crowded countryside car parks and footpaths.- Lilley and Warden Hill loop

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/service.page?id=PdGBX5Rjils


Social distance friendly walks in the chilterns avoiding the most crowded countryside car parks and footpaths.- Pegsdon and Deacon Hills

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/service.page?id=QZxy26C6Vto

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.   

https://bedfordburrow.wordpress.com/2018/02/24/from-priory-country-park-to-danish-camp-following-the-rail-line-to-sandy/


Stanwick Lakes just have to pay for parking 

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/service.page?id=E5zyX_yf05Q


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. 

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/service.page?id=Fw-D0X00rao


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. 

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/service.page?id=BYhMPYL-Dgg


Bedford Priory Marina 

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/service.page?id=cFBzw8TkUtk


Bedford Park 

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/service.page?id=fs0WWBBTaXY


Russell Park 

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/service.page?id=NiNuzo3gl00


The Embankment 

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/service.page?id=EtmBtYCh_G8

FREE SEND Specific Activities

To view the full range of FREE exciting activities for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or a Disability click here

Things to do at home

Project 229 - Online Activities 

We have partnered with Project 229 to coordinate a timetable of online activities that children can engage with at home.

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/site.page?id=f6n58hlibqM


Spectrum Community Arts 

Join The Higgins Bedford and Spectrum Community Arts for a summer of free, fun online activities for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

Travel through a series of pre-recorded video workshops filled with movement, music and games themed around transport.

https://www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk/Whats_on/Family_Events.aspx


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 

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/service.page?id=r4NhaZEGzzk


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:

https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2020/03/kids-nature-activities-self-isolation/


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:

https://www.geocaching.com/play


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: 

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/50-things-to-do