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A Place of Wellbeing

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 and the Harpur Trust to develop a programme of activity and events to enhance wellbeing.


Weekly Wellbeing Activities









Mindful Table 





Gardening for Wellbeing





2pm – 3pm





2pm - 4pm














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




Takes place every Tuesday. Places limited to 26.



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. 


Saturday Wellbeing 

22nd February, 21st March, 1pm-4pm, Free Entry

Enjoy some down time with a variety of relaxing and sociable activities to help improve feelings of general wellbeing. No need to book, just turn up. All are welcome.


Wellbeing Saturday - Sound Bath


Creative Art (Family Friendly)1pm-4pm

22nd February: Fun with Brusho painting

21st March: Paper crafting


Traditional Table-top Games (Family Friendly)1pm-4pm

Play with family, friends and other gamers in a range of exciting and fun board games including jigsaws, Scrabble and Snakes and Ladders.


Wellbeing Walk, 2pm-3pm

Stroll along the beautiful riverside with our volunteer walkers (meet at Higgins reception)


Tea Party Poetry, 2pm-4pm

Join Satwinder and give a voice to your thoughts and emotions through poetry writing. No experience needed. (Not suitable for young children)


Percussion Workshop, 2pm-2:45pm

Have fun with Nathan making music by learning simple patterns and beats. No experience needed. (Donations welcome)


Sound Bath, 3pm-4pm

Focus on the sounds and vibrations of individually played instruments to relax and unwind. (Donations welcome)


Deaf Space with Access Bedford

Fridays: 31st January, 14th & 28th February, 13th & 27th March, 24th April, 15th & 22nd May, 12th & 26th June, 17th & 31st July, 11am - 2pm, Free Entry


access bedford deaf space


Click here for a step-by-step guide on how to get to the Higgins Bedford, designed with the help of Autism Bedfordshire.


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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 or ring 01234 718618.