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Summer holidays activities round up

Summer Holidays 2020 are certainly going to be a bit different this year, but after these past few months of lockdown, now more than ever families will be looking for activities and clubs to keep the children occupied and spend some quality time together outside of the family home. Of course, whilst it has been lovely to spend time with the children at home, it is also nice to find activities to keep them occupied and give everyone a little break from each other every once in a while!

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

The page is being updated throughout the Summer so please do keep checking to find events and activities for you and your family. Latest updates will be in BOLD.

Things to do at home


Bedford & District Cerebral Palsy Society
Virtual Summer Playscheme Activities

Bedford & District Cerebral Palsy Society are proving a wide range of free and a few paid Virtual Summer Playscheme Activities

The virtual timetable is for everyone to join in with. There really is loads on offer and most of it is free of charge to you. You can have a look at the full overview of virtual activities by clicking on the link here

http://bdcps.charity/…/20…/07/Virtual-timetable-Overview.pdf

Bedford Borough libraries summer reading challenge 

The Silly Squad website lets you record your reading (including E-books and Audiobooks) release rewards for books you have read plus there are lots of fun activities as well.

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/service.page?id=euyRlU9yNsg

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

Holiday Clubs

Dance and Drama workshops held at Castle Newnham School (Polhill Avenue Site) 10th - 14th August

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/service.page?id=yjySbqYDgO0

Box End Park 

Wednesday & Friday mornings - Learn to kneeboard & Wakeboard

Summer Activity Days Tuesday & Thursday mornings - Stand up Paddle boarding & Aqua Park

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

Shooting Star  performing and creative arts club specifically designed for children and young people with complex needs and learning difficulties. Starts on the 4th of August 

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/service.page?id=q5HZX3ksUZA

Bedford & District Cerebral Palsy Society (BDCPS) Summer playscheme, limited capacity due to social distancing measures - 

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/service.page?id=72SkM1U_06I

Bedford Mencap Summer Playscheme

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/service.page?id=kTZdK3Vvhhs

Overdale Tots Pre –School holiday club for children aged 2-11

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/service.page?id=Y8z2aY6mYWg

 

Premier Education based at Goldington Academy

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/service.page?id=6hqCZJ2AVWs

SSG Holiday Activity Days

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

Days Out

Farms/Safari Parks/Zoo

Graveley Fruit Farm Pick Your Own (PYO)

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

Grove Farm Pick Your Own (PYO) 

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

Whipsnade Zoo 

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/service.page?id=6mqCa16zZDw

Herrings Green Activity Farm & Bird of Prey Centre - reopening Coronavirus update

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/service.page?id=3_-BiJKGOeo

Woburn Safari park

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

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

Museums

Bletchley Park code breaks

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/service.page?id=cFBzw8TkUtkTo

St Neots Museum 

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/service.pageid=yzhFum6ukNk&localofferchannel=4-4

Activities

Summerfields Miniature Railways

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/service.page?id=2H9dJxhYFHE

Xtreme 360 trampoling park St Neots offering a summer pass for £49.99 with 3 hours access daily until the 4th of September.

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

Box End Aqua Park

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

Elstow Tea Gardens fancy afternoon tea in the historic village of Elstow 

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/service.page?id=3qLDW8O2_bU

Pirate Pitch and Putt golf MK

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

Ready Steady Roll board games café in Sharnbrook

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/service.page?id=Xl0xCwPQ4CI

Woburn Lido outdoor swimming pool now open 

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/service.page?id=kPCuUZO9bTI

Free things to do

Bedford & District Cerebral Palsy SocietyVirtual Summer Playscheme Activities

Bedford & District Cerebral Palsy Society are proving a wide range of free Virtual Summer Playscheme Activities

The virtual timetable is for everyone to join in with. There really is loads on offer and most of it is free of charge to you. You can have a look at the full overview of virtual activities by clicking on the link here

http://bdcps.charity/…/20…/07/Virtual-timetable-Overview.pdf

Ampthill Park 

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

Countrydays Virtual Fieldwork and will also be a limited number of places available to come and do the activity at The Leys YOU MUST REGISTER BY FRIDAY 31ST JULY

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/service.page?id=PoBI0UxZfs0

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 free, however 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 - Beefeater pub, play park and toilets currently closed

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

Bedford Park including a list of open and closed activity

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

Russell Park including what is opened and closed at the kiosk updated

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

Travel

 

If you are flying away for a summer holiday, we put together a handy guide on all the SEND special assistance available at local and london airports, train services and the Sunflower lanyard scheme, alll guides have been updated with the latest coronavirus guidance.   

Airports https://tinyurl.com/vqnvm8y

Gatwick Sensory Room currently closed due to coronavirus https://tinyurl.com/y5uxsufd

Sunflower Lanyard https://tinyurl.com/y4cbshtk

Trains https://tinyurl.com/yyy4v2f3