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Explore Bedford Borough this Summer!  - Workshops and activities to keep kids entertained over the holidays

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 9th August

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 24th August.

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 Workshop

12th August

Join-in and learn more about felt making with local artist Anne Maria.

Deidre Porter Hanson - Art Workshop

16th, 19th and 30th August

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 Bedford.

Lisa Tilley – Art Workshop

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 take home.

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 workshops.

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 http://www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk/

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 2016.

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 route.

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 Challenge

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 events visit:


Summer Sports Courses

The Bedford Borough Council Sports Development Unit is offering a wide range of activities this summer. 

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 more! 

For the full list of courses and information on how to book please click here.

Days out

Bedford Borough also has a number of places the whole family can enjoy. Click the below for more information.

Parks and Open Spaces

Sports Clubs and Swimming Pools

Bromham Mill

Stevington Windmill

Moot Hall and Village Green

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Borough Hall Exterior

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