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A Place of Wellbeing

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With the support of the Harpur Trust and the Panacea Charitable Trust


Break The Stigma Open Day

Saturday 26th May 11am - 4pm

On 26th May 2018 join us for Break The Stigma Open Day. The day will run from 11 am – 4 pm and will include open-mic live music and poetry, poetry workshops, art workshops, yoga, table-tennis and information stalls offering advice on wellbeing


The event is part of a series of collaborations between Break The Stigma, a local campaign led by Ben Salmons from East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) to encourage everyone to be more open about their mental health, and The Higgins Bedford. The museum also hosts a display of artwork, creative writing and poetry produced during a series of workshops in 2017 and hosts free art workshops on Thursdays and Saturdays.


Break The Stigma Day


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.


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) 3pm – 4pm - see below 
  • Mindful walks - see below
  • Gardening for wellbeing every Monday afternoon (except bank holidays) from 2pm – 4pm – free activity
  • Reminiscence groups – first 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


Break the Stigma Art Workshops

In partnership with East London NHS Foundation Trust, The Higgins are hosting a series of art workshops that aim to tackle discrimination and prejudice surrounding mental health. These workshops are free to attend and open to all. To book a place email Damon Poulton damonp.arts@gmail.com

Thursdays 2 - 4pm

Saturdays 11am - 4pm

Break The Stigma Saturday Sessions

Break The Stigma Thursday Sessions



Click here to download or print more details


We thank the Harpur trust for supporting the expansion of wellbeing activity at The Higgins Bedford.


Break The Stigma - challenging prejudice and discrimination around mental health


The Higgins Bedford celebrated World Mental Health Day with the launch of our new mindful art display, created by service users and people with a lived experience of mental health issues. The artwork was created over a series of workshops in partnership with Dr Ben Salmons; Break the Stigma Campaign lead at East London NHS foundation and Damon Poulton; local artist.


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.