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Blanket DigDigging Up the Past at The Higgins Bedford

Thursday 25th July

Blanket digs at 1pm & 2:30pm

Free Entry - no need to book


Celebrating Festival of Archaeology 2019 - What clues to the past are under our feet?


Discover how archaeologists find fascinating clues to our past lives in our YAC designed stratigraphy model and take part in a blanket dig. (Suitable for families)


Summer Holiday Activities 2019

Enjoy creative workshops and activities this summer based on the exhibitions and collections in the galleries for both children aged 5 and above and teenagers aged 12 to 16 years old.


Places are limited for all workshops and can be booked in advance by buying a ticket at The Higgins Bedford reception desk. Spare tickets can be purchased at the desk on the day. We are currently unable to take bookings online or over the phone.


Activities for Children

Stories from the Wynding Wixam Tree

Every Wednesday 24th July - 28th August

11am & 2pm, £5 Per Child (Free for Accompanying Adults)

Use your imagination, get crafty and transform yourself into a magical garden visitor, then gather at the Wynding Wixam Tree for spectacular stories performed by the Theatre of Widdershins. Different stories are performed each week, from fantastical adventures to traditional fairy tales.


24th July: Stone Soup

31st July: The Princess & The Pea

7th August: Granny Dumpling

14th August: The King With Stinky Feet

21st August: Pigs & Bears don't come in pairs

28th August: Three Billy Goats Gruff


Horrible Higgins Histories

Every Friday 26th July - 30th August

11am, 12:30pm & 2pm, £3 Per Child (Free for Accompanying Adults)

Travel through time with Kevin the Platypus, explore the collections at The Higgins and get creative in horribly historical family workshops.


Friday 26th July: Surprising Stone Age

Friday 2nd August: Remarkable Romans

Friday 9th August: Impressive Invaders

Friday 16th August: Medicinal Medieval

Friday 23rd August: Vain Victorians

Friday 30th August: Spectacular Space Age – with Little Science Labs


Activities for Teenagers

Teen Creativity Workshops

Every Wednesday 24th July - 28th August

12:30pm, £3 Per Person (No Parents Required)

Enjoy creative writing, and arts & crafts workshops and explore different art and media styles. Meet local artists, authors and the Professor of History of Art at Oxford Brookes University, and gain insights into the professional arts world.


24th July: Get creative with local artist Lisa Tilley

31st July: Mixed media with local artist Kemi Onabule

7th August: Mixed media with Kemi Onabule

14th August: Creative writing with professional author Derek Niemann

21st August: Explore Cyanotype printing

28th August: Meet Professor Christiana Payne from Oxford Brookes University and create paper sculptures inspired by the exhibitions.


Sponsored by Oxford Brookes University.

Inspired by our current exhibition, Round and Round the Garden, browse a variety of garden themed children books now available on The Virtual Library


Booklist for children under 6 years old.

Booklist for children aged 6 - 12 years old.