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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.


Drop-in Deaf Space

9th & 23rd August

11am - 2pm, Free



Tibbs Dementia Art Activitea: Brushstrokes Art Exhibition

Continues until 30th September 2019

Outside Settlement Gallery - Free












View an incredible display of art works created by people living with dementia, recovering from strokes and their carers.


Two local groups, who have been meeting weekly at The Higgins Bedford, are showcasing their work in an exciting new exhibition. ‘Art-Activitea’, run by Tibbs Dementia Foundation has offered a variety of creative activities, as well as provided refreshments, support and good company. ‘Brushstrokes’, a group supported by The Stroke Association and the NHS, has encouraged participants to use painting and drawing to aid recovery from strokes and has highlighted the importance of supporting each other and togetherness. The artworks on display range from watercolours of local scenes to 3D and multi-media work. Each piece presents the unique individuality of the artist and their experiences with dementia and in stroke recovery.


Supported by The Harpur Trust.


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


  • Gardening for Wellbeing - every Monday afternoon (except bank holidays), 2pm – 4pm, free activity
  • Yoga Classes – every Monday (except bank holidays), 10.30am – 11.30am, £5, in our beautiful Wixamtree art gallery
  • Mindful Table Tennis – every Monday (except bank holidays) 2pm – 3pm, £2 - see below 
  • Steady and Social Tai Chi classes – every Tuesday 10am – 11am, £3, in our beautiful Wixamtree art gallery
  • Reminiscence Groups – second 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. Click here for more details.
  • Mindful walks - every Friday, 11am - 12pm, free activity, see below
  • Creative Writing Workshops – first Saturday of the month, 11am – 1pm, : Get involved in a class which reflects on the museum’s varied and inspiring collections. Click here for more details. FULLY BOOKED

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.