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A Place of Wellbeing


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A Place of Wellbeing

Museum = Happy

With the support of the Harpur Trust and the Panacea Charitable Trust


The museum is developing its role as a place of wellbeing for local people. Just being in a museum increase peoples’ happiness and sense of wellbeing. We have been working with local organisations and people including the Sports Development Unit at the Council; the Bedfordshire and Luton Recovery College; mental health services; Autism Bedfordshire; Access Bedford and Tibbs Dementia Foundation to develop a programme of activity and events to enhance wellbeing.


Saturday Stress Busting

26th January, 23rd February, 23rd March 2019

1pm - 4pm, Free


Saturday Stress BustingJoin us for a variety of sociable and relaxing activities to help improve your feelings of wellbeing. We will be enjoying meditative yoga, creative art activities and playing some traditional table-top tennis games.


This programme is being shaped by you, so feel free to suggest any creative activities that you want to try and we will see what we can do.


Creative Art Session: Junk Journaling Drop-In

Create your own junk journals to record and document your thoughts, memories, an occasion or an event that has touched you.


Share craft ideas and tips and get creative. No artistic skills or expertise needed. Materials provided or bring your own.


Tea Party Poetry

2.30pm - 4pm

A therapeutic session where you can give a voice to your emotions and feelings through creating your own poetry.


Saturday Stress Busting afternoons are open to all but we aim to create a relaxing and supportive atmosphere for people to feel comfortable in. No unaccompanied or young children please.


Sketch Fridays

Every Friday, 12pm – 4pm    


Drawing and sketching are great ways to de-stress and relax. Explore the works in our beautiful galleries and be inspired to create your own work of art.  Materials are provided, or you can bring your own. Please do not bring paint or materials that might cause damage to the collection. 


Wellbeing Activities

Please note there is a small, charge for each activity unless indicated


  • Creative writing workshops – 11am – 1pm, first Saturday of the month: Get involved in a class which reflects on the museum’s varied and inspiring collections. Click here for more details.
  • Yoga classes – every Monday (except bank holidays) 10.30am – 11.30am in our beautiful Wixamtree art gallery
  • Steady and social Tai Chi classes – every Tuesday 10am – 11am in our beautiful Wixamtree art gallery
  • Mindful table tennis – every Monday (except bank holidays) 2pm – 3pm - see below 
  • Mindful walks - see below
  • Gardening for wellbeing every Monday afternoon (except bank holidays) from 2pm – 4pm – free activity
  • Reminiscence groups – first Thursday of every month 11am – 12pm with tea and biscuits. Join Lydia Saul, our Keeper of Social History, with reminiscence boxes and sessions on themes from the past – free activity

Mindful Table Tennis


Click here to download or print more details


Click here for a step-by-step guide on how to get to the Higgins Bedford, designed with the help of Autism Bedfordshire.


We thank the Harpur Trust for supporting the expansion of wellbeing activity at The Higgins Bedford.

For details on any of these activities, please email Vicki.blair@bedford.gov.uk or ring 01234 718618. Keep an eye on our website as we are developing our wellbeing programme all the time.