The Higgins Bedford
Explore Bedford Borough this Summer! -
Workshops and activities to keep kids entertained over the
The Higgins Bedford
This summer will be fun-packed with family
activities at The Higgins Bedford with over forty workshops from
25th July until 2nd September.
The Higgins Bedford will host three workshops
on all the days listed below at 11am, 12.15pm and 2.15pm. Workshops
costs £2.70 per participating child and all children must be
accompanied by an adult.
Ready Steady Roll
26th July; 2nd and
Spend time with your family at this board game
bonanza. Board game experts Ready Steady Roll will provide a number
of games suitable for all ages and groups.
Teaching Talons Takeover
10th, 17th and
Teaching Talons will be bringing animal
encounters to The Higgins Bedford, with owls, small mammals, creepy
crawlies and reptiles. A chance to meet the animals is accompanied
by educational talks and facts, presented in a fun and exciting way
to teach children the importance of protecting our planet.
Anne Marie Stijelja – Art
Join-in and learn more about felt making with
local artist Anne Maria.
Deidre Porter Hanson - Art
16th, 19th and
Artist Deidre Porter Hanson will be at The
Higgins Bedford leading some art workshops. Deidre is one of the
artists that worked with schools to create the artworks in
Recording Bedford, the Harpur Trust Schools Art
Competition exhibition currently on display at The Higgins
Lisa Tilley – Art
27th July; 3rd,
23rd and 31st August
Get crafty and creative with local artist
Lisa. Children will be given the chance to create something
inspired by the collections at The Higgins Bedford that they can
Throughout the holidays there will also be
free creative activities, quizzes and trails to keep everyone
entertained and to help you explore The Higgins Bedford. You can
have a go at portrait drawing in Beautiful Bodies. Build an
imaginary FutureBedford; what will Bedford look like in 850 years’
time? Explore the Higgins Bedford with the 850th Trail and find out
what Bedford was like back in 1166!
Look out for Access Bedford – the team will be
at the art gallery and museum offering free drop-in sign language
The Higgins Bedford is free to visit. Open
11am – 5pm Tuesday to Saturday, 2 – 5pm Sundays and Bank Holiday
Mondays. To see more information about The Higgins please visit
Sustran Schools Art Trail
Pupils from schools in Bedford have worked
together with Sustrans to create an art trail around The Grange
Estate near Danish Camp. Their art work will be displayed on a
circular walking and cycling route throughout the month of August
Enjoy some fresh air this summer and have an
adventure spotting the art work in the trees while walking,
scooting or cycling around the 3 mile, entirely off-road, circular
The start of the art trail is from
Danish Camp, Chapel Lane, Willington, Bedford,
where you can collect a map of the route from.
Please note that Danish Camp is open Tuesday to
Sunday 9am – 5pm. (Bike hire is available from Danish Camp)
Summer Reading Challenges
The Big Friendly Read
Bedford Borough libraries are getting ready
for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, which asks 4-11 year olds
to borrow and read library books over the summer.
The Challenge has a new theme each year and
this year, it is The Big Friendly
Read, delivered in collaboration
with The Roald Dahl Literary Estate to celebrate what would have
been his 100th birthday!
The Big Friendly Read, Summer Reading
Challenge 2016 will feature some of Roald Dahl's best-loved
characters and the amazing artwork of his principal illustrator,
Sir Quentin Blake. It will encourage reading on a giant scale.
To take part in the Challenge, all children
need to do is sign up at their nearest library. They’ll receive a
special collector’s folder. As they borrow and read at least
six library books over the summer, they can collect six special
cards to complete their folder. After reading six library books
children will collect a Big Friendly Read Certificate; if they read
twelve library books they will be rewarded with a pair of amazing
rainbow glasses; and by reading a mammoth eighteen library books
children will receive a Big Friendly Read medal!
Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture,
Councillor Sarah-Jayne Holland said ‘The Big Friendly Read is a
great way to keep children entertained during the school holidays,
while also improving their reading skills. I would like to
encourage parents to support their children and their local library
this summer by getting involved.’
ImagiNation Read Me! Summer Reading
Young people aged between 11 – 18 years are
invited to take part in a similar challenge. ImagiNation, which
combines reading and arts activities, is also running over the
summer holidays. ImagiNation has been designed for young
people to encourage both reading for pleasure and creating pieces
of art inspired by books.
Young people can join the activity in their
library where they will collect their free imagiNation log and
choose from a huge range of exciting books. The log offers a choice
of activities designed by young people to get the imagination
flowing, including the opportunity to contribute to a giant artwork
and earn a collectable lanyard. Young participants can also share
their art and ideas online at http://www.imaginationeast.org.uk/
The Summer Reading Challenges starts in all
Bedford Borough Libraries on Saturday 16th July and will continue until
Saturday 10th September.
There’s a whole programme of events and
activities planned at your local library for families over the
summer to celebrate the Summer Reading Challenge. To find out
more about The Big Friendly Read Summer Reading Challenge and
Summer Sports Courses
The Bedford Borough Council Sports
Development Unit is offering a wide range of activities this
The Summer Sports Courses offer a range
of different courses for both complete beginners or for those who
have had some previous experience.
There are all kinds of different
options including tennis, crickets, dance, water sports and
For the full list of courses and information on how to book
please click here.
Bedford Borough also has a number of places the whole family
can enjoy. Click the below for more information.