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All Aboard! - Summer Holiday Fun Activities

Monday 26 July - Monday 23 August

Free, Online Event


Join The Higgins Bedford and Spectrum Community Arts for a summer of free, fun online activities for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).


Travel through a series of pre-recorded video workshops filled with movement, music and games themed around transport.


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All video workshops will be uploaded on this page each week of the summer holidays for children and young people to watch at their leisure.


Note: Neither Spectrum Community Arts, The Higgins Bedford or Bedford Borough Council own the music used in these videos. It is being used purely for performance purposes and not for profit.


Week 1 (Monday 26 July) - Sensory Movement

This sensory movement video is aimed at people of any age who love to dance and use fun, sensory based props! The dances are inspired by transport and we will be dancing like airplanes, bikes and much more. Come along and use noisy shakers, colourful scarves and other props to explore fun ways of transport!


You will need the following props during this video:

  • Scarves, tea towels or something else to ‘swish’ with
  • A long object to hold eg a rolling pin or stick 
  • Shakers (or some rice, lentils or dry pasta in a jar or Tupperware)
  • Pom poms



A subtitled version is available to watch here.


Week 2 (Monday 2 August) - Sensory Adventure

Calling sensory seekers under 18!! Help Frankie follow the map to find the hidden treasure! This adventure will stimulate your senses as we journey up the river using props, music and movement! ALL ABOARD!


Week 3 (Monday 9 August) - Learn a Dance Routine

On your marks, get set, GO! Join Jade to learn a fun, accessible dance routine! Aimed at those with disabilities and additional needs - get your engines revving as we dance down the highway together!


Week 4 (Monday 16 August) - Arts & Crafts

Up, up and away! Join Lila to make your own hot air balloon in this fun crafts session inspired by Colonel Frederick Burnaby’s air adventures. (Adult supervision required)


Week 5 (Monday 23 August) - Sensory Music

Whoo Whoo – All Aboard! Get ready to sing, play and move in this sensory music session. We’ll be climbing aboard a stream train and flying high in a hot air balloon. Bring an instrument or even a tub of pasta and let’s shake, rattle and roll together!


These workshops are part of Bedford Borough Council’s Summer of SEND, a celebration of all things Special Educational Needs and/or Disability (SEND) across Bedford.


All Aboard Zoom Celebration

Monday 23 August

10:30am - 11:30am

Free, Online Event

Booking Essential


To round off the summer holidays, join Spectrum Community Arts in a free Zoom celebration for a fun, accessible adventure for all to enjoy.


There will be dance, drama, music and games, full of adventure and imagination to explore transport themed fun. 


This hour-long virtual performing arts workshop is aimed at children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities.


Places for the All Aboard Zoom Celebration are limited. Book your place here. If you need any help to book onto this event, please email


Explore with Kevin the Platypus


Explore The Great Ouse and Going to Town exhibition with Kevin the Platypus.


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Available FREE from The Higgins Bedford this summer, two fantastic activities packed with things to do that help families explore the local area and find out more about the wonderful town of Bedford.


Explore The Great Ouse


The river that runs through Bedford is the main reason the town is here and is one of our finest features. Take a stroll along the river and discover the spots where artists stood as they created the works that are now on display at The Higgins Bedford. See for yourself how much the area has changed over hundreds of years.


This self-led trail is packed full of creative ideas and things to do for all the family. Just perfect for a day out together by the river.


Free copies of Explore The Great Ouse can be collected from The Higgins Bedford reception or you can download a copy here.


I Spy – Going to Town


The latest in The Higgins ‘I Spy with Kevin’ series. Spot the details hidden in wonderful paintings of the local area on display at The Higgins Bedford and find out more about the works themselves.


Find out how to take part in Arts Award’s Discover at Home challenge and earn your Arts Award Discover certificate.


A great way to discover works of art and get creative over the summer holidays.


Free copies of I Spy – Going to Town can be collected from The Higgins Bedford’s reception or you can download a copy here.


Tales of Colonel Frederick Burnaby


Join Vicki as she reads a story from the Tales of Colonel Frederick Burnaby. The famous Victorian Bedfordian was known for his great strength and daring, world-wide travelling adventures, hot air ballooning escapades and eventful military career. A ‘larger than life’ man, who was very much of his time. (Suitable for ages 7+)


Part 1



Part 2