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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.


All Write! Creative Writing Workshops

21st, 28th February &

7th, 14th ,21st March

10.30 am - 12.30pm, Free


Join our writing for wellbeing workshops with author, teacher of creative writing and Higgins volunteer, Derek Niemann. Have fun with words and fire up your inner creativity.  No experience necessary - just turn up!


Booking Essential, please contact Wellbeing Co-ordinator, Vicki Blair via 01234 718618 or vicki.blair@bedford.gov.uk




Every Monday from 18th February -

25th March, 2pm - 4pm

£5 Per Person


Art and Tea sessions for people with dementia and their carers. No need to book, just turn up and have fun.


For more information, contact 01234 210993


Working in Partnership with Tibbs Dementia Foundation


Eating Disorder Recovery Fayre and Workshops

Eating Disorder Recovery Week -

2nd March, 11am - 3pm


Join us to meet local Recovery services, hear inspiring stories of recovery and meet others as we learn, listen and break down the barriers to recovery.


Email: elft.recoverycollege@nhs.net Telephone 01234 263621



saturday stress bustingSaturday Stress Busting

23rd February, 23rd March

1pm - 4pm, Free


Join us for a variety of sociable and relaxing activities to help improve your feelings of wellbeing.


1pm - 4pm: Creative art sessions
Paper crafting & mindful colouring. Or bring in your own work. Traditional table-top games including chess, jigsaws, dominoes & Scrabble. Lacemaking with Aragon Lacemakers.

2pm - 3pm: Mindful Yoga session
Stretch & relax with Alex. No experience needed.

2.30pm - 4pm: Tea Party Poetry
Join Satwinder and give a voice to your thoughts and emotions through poetry writing. No experience needed.


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 – 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 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.