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A Place of Wellbeing


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A Place of Wellbeing

Museum = Happy

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, Tibbs Dementia Foundation and the Harpur Trust to develop a programme of activity and events to enhance wellbeing.


Weekly Wellbeing Activities











Mindful Table Tennis



Gardening for Wellbeing




2pm – 3pm


1pm - 3pm










Takes place every Monday (except bank holidays)



Takes place every Monday (except bank holidays)


Takes place every Monday (except bank holidays)


Steady and Social Tai Chi



Postponed until 15th October



Back Down Memory Lane at Made in Bedford, Number Thirteen




Remember When...Reminiscence Sessions


10:30am - 12pm






11am – 12:30pm

Free (£1 suggested donation)





Free (£1 suggested donation)

Takes place every last Thursday of the month at Made in Bedford, Number Thirteen, St Paul’s Square, Bedford. Tea and biscuits provided Find out more details here.


Takes place every second  Thursday of the month. Tea and biscuits provided. Find out more details here.


Mindful Walks

11am - 12pm


Takes place every Friday


Sketch Fridays

Every Friday, 12pm – 4pm, Free Entry

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 Saturdays

23rd November, 25th January, 22nd February, 21st March, Free Entry

Enjoy some ‘down time’ and join in a variety of relaxing and sociable activities including:

1pm – 4pm: Arts & crafts and table top games (suitable for families)

2pm- 3pm: Join our volunteers for a walk along the river.

2pm – 4pm: Tea Party Poetry sessions. (not suitable for young children)

3pm – 3.45 pm: Mind & Body Fusion Pilates to improve whole body strength and flexibility. Mats provided. Age 18+ £3 per session


A Write at the Museum – A Fun Day of Creative Writing with Author Derek Niemann

Saturday 9th November, 11am – 4:30pm

£10 – Booking Essential

Enjoy a fun day of creative writing and improve feelings of wellbeing. Inspired by the museums’ collections, author Derek Niemann will guide the group. 18 places available, no experience needed. Download more details here.


To book your place, please use our online booking system or call in to Bedford Central Box Office at 27 Harpur Street, Bedford or telephone 01234 718044.


Drop-in Deaf Space

25th October, 8th & 22nd November, 13th December, 11am - 2pm, Free Entry



Tibbs Dementia Art Activitea: Brushstrokes Art Exhibition

Continues until 24th November 2019

Outside Settlement Gallery - Free Entry












View an incredible display of art works created by people living with dementia, recovering from strokes and their carers. Art-Activitea, collaborative project between Tibbs Dementia Foundation and Brushstrokes has encouraged participants to use art to aid recovery from strokes, highlighting the importance of support and togetherness. The works on display range from watercolours of local scenes to 3D and multi-media. Each piece presents the unique individuality of the artist and their experiences with dementia and in stroke recovery. Find out more details here.


Supported by Stroke Association, the NHS and The Harpur Trust.


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 telephone 01234 718618.

Keep an eye on this page as we are developing our wellbeing programme all the time.