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Family Activities


May Half Term 


  • Places are limited and must be booked in advance.
  • Book online or call the Box Office on 01234 718044 - line open Monday to Friday 11am-3pm.
  • Please use the code HIGGINS30 to remove the transaction fee.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Accompanying adults go free and do not need to book a place.
  • Please email if you need to cancel your place.
  • We are sorry, but cancelled tickets cannot be refunded.


Gardening Apron May 22


Garden Party

Tuesday 31 May

Workshops start at 11:15 am, 12:45pm and 2:15pm

£3.05 per child 


Design and decorate your own gardening apron. It has pockets!

Suitable for under 12’s.


Grandma Mo - Sunflower May 22


Storytelling with Grandma Mo

Wednesday 1 June

Workshops start at 11:15am, 12:45pm and 2:15pm

£3.05 per child


Listen to Grandma Mo’s story in the galleries, then make seedling pots and plant your own sunflowers. Suitable for 3 to 7 year olds.


crown May 22



Thursday 2 & Friday 3 June

2pm - 4pm

Free Entry

No Need to Book - Drop In


Decorate a hat or a crown for your own Jubilee celebrations. Suitable for Under 12s


Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please note space is limited and there may be a wait to join the activity.


RR 6866


Sunday Crafternoons

Sundays: 26 June,25 September, 23 October

2pm - 4pm

Free Entry

No Need to Book - Drop In


Join in monthly creative activities for families to enjoy together. Explore the amazing art and fascinating artefacts on display around the building, then use your imagination and a range of media and materials to get arty.


Different activities will be available each month and you are welcome to drop in at any time during the afternoon.


Activities are suitable for under 12s and children must be accompanied by an adult.


Please be aware that places are limited and there may be a wait to start.


Super Silly Museums!


super silly museums


The Higgins Bedford is delighted to be one of the winners of a book giveaway to mark the release of 'Super Silly Museums' by popular children’s author, Nick Sharratt.


Create your own adventure by seeing how many things you can spot from the book at The Higgins Bedford with this fun self-led trail.


Download the trail or pick up a free copy from reception. The book is available for young visitors to enjoy reading in the museum.


All Aboard!


Join The Higgins Bedford and Spectrum Community Arts and travel through a series of video workshops filled with movement, music and games themed around transport. Aimed at children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).


Subtitled versions are available to watch here.


Sensory Movement with Mel

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!



Sensory Adventure with Frankie

Calling sensory seekers! 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.



Learn a Dance Routine with Jade

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!



Arts & Crafts with Lila

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)



Sensory Music with Sarah

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


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.


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