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Heritage Week

Explore Bedfordshire’s Secret History for Free!


Discover the hidden stories behind some of Bedfordshire’s most iconic buildings and places at a series of special free events celebrating the county’s local heritage during Heritage week!


From Thursday 10th to Sunday 13th September local heritage properties will throw open their doors to the public as part of the nationwide ‘Heritage Open Days’ events.


Tours, walks and talks will provide a unique insight into the foundations of Bedfordshire. Events include items such as free archaeological walks around Bedford Town Centre, sneaky peeks behind the scenes at Stevington Windmill and Bromham Mill along with a Treasure Hunt through Archive material relating to 1-4 St Pauls Square. For those would-be detectives, learning about past crimes in Willington at Willington Dovecote may entice you! What’s more is that all events are free of charge!


Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said “There are an array of fantastic buildings and historic sites across the local area. Each of the locations involved in Heritage Week has its own fascinating story and this is a great opportunity to learn more about our local history and our historical landmarks!


These events are free to attend so I hope lots of people will be able to take a look behind the scenes and discover some of the stories that have become part of our local heritage.”

To find out more information about the participating sites, dates, times and activities, leaflets can be found within Bedford Borough libraries, The Higgins Bedford, the Travel & Tourism Centre at the Bus Station and participating properties. Alternatively, please visit our Heritage webpage for more information and to download a leaflet.


For further property and event listings in Bedfordshire and beyond, please go to http://heritageopendays.org.uk/



Archive Treasure Hunt: The Secrets of 1-4 St Paul’s Square

The Old Council Chambers, Old Town Hall, St Paul’s

Square, Bedford, MK40 1SQ

Thursday 10th: 10.00am to 4.00pm


St Paul’s Church: Heritage Exhibitions & Bike ‘n Hike

St Paul’s Square, Bedford, MK40 1SQ

Thursday 10th & Friday 11th: 10.00am to 4.00pm; Saturday 12th: 10.00am to 4.30pm; Sunday 13th: 2.00pm to 4.00pm


Hidden History: An Archaeological Amble around Bedford Town Centre

The Higgins Bedford, Castle Lane, Bedford, MK40 3XD

Friday 11th: 11.00am until 12.00 noon (max 15 people)

Contact: 01234 718618 / thehiggins@bedford.gov.uk


The Panacea Museum: Film Screenings & Tours

9 Newnham Road, Bedford, MK40 3NX

Thursday 10th, Friday 11th & Saturday 12th: 10.00am to 4.00pm.

Film screenings held at 2.00pm each day (max 30 people)

Contact: 01234 353178 / museum@panaceatrust.org


John Bunyan Museum & Bunyan Meeting: Pilgrim’s Progress Exhibition

Bunyan Meeting, Mill Street, Bedford, MK40 3EU

Thursday 10th, Friday 11th & Saturday 12th: 11.00am to 4.00pm


Foster Hill Road Cemetery: An interesting place to find out about the past

The Gatehouse, Foster Hill Road, Bedford, MK41 7TD

Saturday 12th: 11.00am to 4.00pm (registers only)

Sunday 13th: 1.00pm to 5.00pm (guided walks)


Bromham Mill & Café: Guided Tours

Bridge End, Bromham, Bedfordshire, MK43 8LP

Saturday 12th: Open 10.00am to 4.00pm

Tours 1.00pm & 2.30pm


Stevington Windmill: See how it works

2 Windmill Lane, Stevington, Bedfordshire, MK43 7QZ

Sunday 13th: 2.00pm to 4.00pm


Moot Hall: Step into the World of John Bunyan

Church End, Elstow, Bedfordshire, MK42 9XT

Saturday 12th: 1.00pm to 4.00pm


Willington Dovecote & Stables: Crime in Willington in the Past

Church End, Willington, Bedfordshire, MK44 3PX

Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th: 1.00pm to 5.00pm


Ridgmont Train Station - Heritage Centre, Exhibitions & Tea Rooms

Station Road, Ridgmont, Bedfordshire, MK43 0XP

Thursday 10th, Friday 11th, Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th: 10.00am to 4.00pm

Contact: 01525 287121/


Moggerhanger Park: House Tours

Park Road, Moggerhanger, Bedfordshire, MK44 3RW

Thursday 10th: Tours 11.30am & 2.00pm (Tours last 50 minutes. Max 20 per tour)


Ailesbury Mausoleum and Crypt

Church Road, Maulden, Bedfordshire, MK45 2AU

Sunday 13th: 3.00pm to 5.00pm


Queen Anne’s Summerhouse

The Warren, Shuttleworth Estate, Old Warden,

Bedfordshire, SG18 9EB

Friday 11th, Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th: 10.00am to 4.00pm


St John the Baptist Church: Views from the Tower and Guided Tours

Cockayne Hatley, Bedfordshire, SG19 2EA

Saturday12th: 11.00am to 4.00pm

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