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/
Herrings Green Activity Farm & Bird of Prey Centre
Woburn Safari park
Days Out - Open Spaces
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
Knebworth House and Gardens
Shuttleworth Swiss Gardens
Days Out - Outside Swimming Pools
Letchworth Outdoor Pool
Hitchin Outdoor Pool
Days Out - Museums
Higgins Museum and Art Gallery
Bletchley Park code breaks
The National Museum of Computing
St Neots Museum
Stockwell Discovery Centre Luton
RAF Museam London you just need to pay for parking
Days Out - Activities
Box End Aqua Park
Eat and Bowl Milton Keynes
Elstow Tea Gardens offering afternoon tea in the historic village of Elstow
Gravity Trampoline Park Xscape
Flip Out Trampoline Park
Pirate Pitch and Putt Outdoor Golf
Ready Steady Roll board games café in Sharnbrook
Summerfields Miniature Railways
Xtreme 360 trampoling park
FREE things to do
Harrold-Odell Country Park
Rushmere Country Park - Parking is £3,
Social distance friendly walks in the chilterns avoiding the most crowded countryside car parks and footpaths.- Great Offley and Charlton walk
Social distance friendly walks in the chilterns avoiding the most crowded countryside car parks and footpaths.- Lilley and Warden Hill loop
Social distance friendly walks in the chilterns avoiding the most crowded countryside car parks and footpaths.- Pegsdon and Deacon Hills
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.
Stanwick Lakes just have to pay for parking
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.
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.
Bedford Priory Marina
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.
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.
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
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:
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:
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: