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Halloween Half Term Activities

Wednesday 27, Thursday 28, Friday 29 October

Sessions start at 11am, 12:30pm, 2pm

Free Entry, Booking Essential


Join us at The Higgins Bedford for free spooky craft activities. Suitable for all children over 5. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Haunted High Street - Decorate a spooky shop to display at home, The Higgins or maybe even in town for everyone to see*.


Halloween Scavenger Hunt - Make a creepy fortune teller and explore the galleries on a Halloween Scavenger Hunt. How many bats, cats and witches hats can you find?


Both craft activities are available during each session and are free to take part. Places are limited and must be booked in advance.


  • Wednesday 27 October - Fully Booked
  • Thursday 28 October - Fully Booked
  • Friday 29 October - Fully Booked


Book your free tickets online here or call the Box Office on 01234 718044 (line open Monday - Friday 11am - 3pm).


*you can choose to take your model home or leave it with us to put on display at The Higgins or in town. We are sorry, but we won’t be able to return any models left with us.


Our October Half Term Activities are free to participants as part of the wider HSHAZ programme taking place in Bedford. In 2020, Bedford Borough Council received £1.76 million from Historic England as part of the High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) scheme. The grant is being used to deliver building works to regenerate Bedford High Street, alongside a cultural programme that encourages residents to engage with Bedford’s local heritage.


The Mo-Joe Children's Book Event

Saturdays: 6 November & 4 December

11:30am & 2pm

Free Entry, Booking Essential


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Meet Grandma Mo and Siamese Joe at The Higgins Bedford. 


Mo is a feisty, adventurous grandma who flies planes, parachute jumps, plays the bagpipes, sends monsters packing and is forever rescuing her beloved cat, Siamese Joe.


Siamese Joe is an arrogant, cowardly, vain, yet loveable, cat who gets himself into all sorts of pickles.


Grandma Mo and Siamese Joe will be at The Higgins Bedford reading fun stories about their adventures together.


The Mo-Joe picture book series will be on special offer and visitors will have the opportunity to get their copies signed by the author and illustrator, Mo Kerr and Nora Haikala. The perfect Christmas gift for children aged 3-7.


Book your free tickets online here or call the Box Office on 01234 718044 (line open Monday - Friday 11am - 3pm).


Children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults do not need a space booked for them.


Explore with Kevin the Platypus


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


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Available FREE from The Higgins Bedford, 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.


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+)


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Part 2