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Family Join-In Activities

All children to be accompanied by an adult. No booking required. Sessions are designed for children that are age 3 and above. Children below 3 are welcome, though they may need a little more grown-up assistance with the activities. 


May Half Term

Black History Month 30 - Sharing the Stories

In the lead up to an exhibition in October that will celebrate 30 years of Black History Month, our BHM Working Group will be sharing stories, music and activities for all the family


Saturday 27th May

Tales from the West Indies –The Coomacka Tree

Multisensory storytelling experience of this traditional folk tale with Simon Bedeau

Drop-in: 11: 00 - 12:30 and 1:30 - 3pm, Garden Room

Tales and Songs from the Caribbean

Caribbean folk tales and songs with Nodeen Salmon

Drop-in: 11:30am - 12.15pm; 12.30 – 1.15pm, Barbican Studio


Retired nurses share their reflections on 3 different aspects of their professional experiences: preparation for ‘coming over’ to England; arrival and training, and what happened once qualified; with the Retired Caribbean Nurses Association

Drop-in: 1.30 – 3pm Barbican Studio


Family Activity Workshops
Each day, workshops start at 11am, 12 noon, 2pm and 3pm.

Workshops last for about an hour and cost £2.70 per participating child. 
No need to book. Buy tickets on the day
All children must be accompanied by an adult


Tuesday 30th May    30 Years of Discovery

Mosaic workshop and introduction to 30 years of Black History Month with Dionne Ible of Qemamu Mosaics


Wednesday 31st May    Notable Locals

Learn about notable local people from the African and Caribbean community and have fun making your own postcard journal with Pauline Stepney


Friday 2nd June     Anansi and The Plantain

Mask making and story-telling with Pauline Stepney as Mama Sunshine


June Arts Jam

4th – 24th June

Bedford’s June Arts Jam is back for 2017! Running from 4th – 24th June, Full House Theatre is bringing a fine selection of performances and activities for children and their families to cultural spaces in Bedford, all for free or at a low cost.

Enjoy wide-eyed wandering with Day Dreamers at The Higgins, a playful and immersive audio performance made for and with children. For little ones One Little Word at Wootton and Kempston Libraries is a beautiful and gentle story of friendship, power struggles and the rich world of creative play. Children with inquisitive minds will love Tales of Birbal at the John Bunyan Museum, ancient stories akin to Aesop’s Fables, using puppetry, music and storytelling. At St Cuthbert’s Hall Happily Ever After will delight older children with its hilarious and poignant story of a Prince who falls in love with another Prince. Full House Theatre’s own The Elves and The Shoemaker at The Place Theatre is a toe-tapping and topsy-turvy story that will delight young and old alike.

For more info visit http://www.fullhouse.org.uk/


Summer Holiday

22nd – 25th August and 29th August – 1st September

In the spirit of the Short Brothers, Burnaby and a host of Victorian artists, we will be exploring at The Higgins Bedford this summer.

Join in with family friendly activities, create in art and craft workshops and explore the amazing collections in the museum and art galleries.


Art and Craft Workshops:

Tuesday 22nd August

Wednesday 23rd August

Friday 25th August

Tuesday 29th August

Wednesday 30th August

Friday 1st September


Workshops start at 11am, 12 midday, 2pm and 3pm and last about one hour.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Cost £2.70 per child, accompanying adults go free!

No need to book, buy tickets on the day.


‘This place is really amazing with all the little activities for kids’ (Keira)

‘On a scale of 1 to 10 I would write 10/10’ (Luca Phillips Age 8)


Click here for details of Saturday Archaeology Workshops for 8 - 16 year olds