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Stories in the Gallery

Sundays: 21 April, 19 May, 16 June

Start at 2:30pm  Free   No need to book

Toby’s Tall Tales: Join trained actor and teacher Toby in the art gallery on a creative exploration of stories.

Toby will engage children with immersive story reading and help children create their own stories using puppets, drawings and songs. Ideal for ages 1-5.


Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Please be aware, space in the gallery is limited and is offered on a first come, first served basis.


Holiday Creative Activities for Families

Farms and Gardens

Join local artists for fun art and craft workshops inspire by the animals and plants you can find in our new Edward Bawden and Me exhibition. Children must be accompanied by an adult, but adults do not need to book a place. All workshops last about an hour and start at 11:15am, 12:45pm and 2:15pm. Booking Essential, always use the promotional code HIGGINS30 to avoid paying a transaction fee.  

 Tiny Gardens

Tiny Gardens with The Goodlife Garden

2 April £5.50 per child

Create a tiny garden perfect for fairies and elves. Take your garden home and watch it grow!

Recommend ages 3+


Bubble Painting with Ross Bolwell-Williams

Bubble Painting with Ross Bolwell-Williams

3April £3.30 per child

You and the family are invited to paint…by blowing bubbles! Transform your very own cutouts into multicoloured masterpieces. All ages and abilities are welcome!


Garden Birds with Creative Days

Garden Birds with Creative Days                

4 April £5.50 per child

Create a little garden bird (or maybe a peacock!) with Philippa from Creative Days. Discover how to make a 3-D bird with beautiful plumes through observational drawing of real feathers and paper manipulation techniques. Suitable for children aged 5 upwards. 


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Pollinator Paradise with The Wildlife Trust BCN

9 April £5.50 per child

Discover what a pollinator is and how to transform your garden into a pollinators’ paradise.  Create a beautiful butterfly feeder and learn how to make wildflower seed bombs. Aimed at children aged 5 to 12 years old.


Model farms with Jacqui Saunders Love


Model Farms with Jacqui Saunders-Love

10 April £5.50 per child

Come along to discover fun paper-sculpting techniques and make your own 3D model farm. Aimed at children aged 5 to 12 years old.



Clay animals

Clay Animals with Anne-Marie Abbate

11 April  £5.50 per child

Get creative with clay.   What’s your favourite farm animal - cow, donkey, sheep, pony, goat, pig or chicken? Which one will you make? Aimed at children aged 5 to 12 years old.


Booking is essential for ALL of our Easter Activities, always use the promotional code HIGGINS30 to avoid paying a transaction fee.  


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May Half Term – Our River

Tuesday 28, Wednesday 29, Thursday 30 and Friday 31 May

More details coming soon. 

Join The Bedford River Project and other local artists for workshops that celebrate our cherished River Great Ouse.



Summer Holidays – The Siege of Bedford Castle

Dates to be released in July

800 years ago, Bedford Castle was under siege. Come and join in with a variety of castle themed fun and creative activities for the family and discover the story.


All workshops last for an hour and are suitable for ages 5 to 12. Check our website and social media for up-to-date details on availability and charges for holiday activities. To book a place on all holiday activities visit the website at or call the Box Office on     01234 718044 (open Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 4pm).   


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Puggle Club

Creative activities for Early Years (5s and under)

5 April, 3 May, 7 June, 5 July, 2 August, 6 September

A chance to get creative, have fun, and socialise! 

It’s a drop-in activity, so no need to book. Just pop in any time between 10:30am and 12:30pm and stay for as long as you like.  

Please be aware some activities might not be suitable for under 36 months.


Children must be accompanied by an adult, come and join in the fun.

All activities are subject to availability, if the room is getting a bit full, we might ask you to wait until there is space. For more information click here


Please contact  or call 01234 718618 for more information.


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Sunday Crafternoons

18 February, 24 March, 21 April and 19 May

Free Entry.  Drop in anytime between 2pm and 4pm.  Children must be accompanied by an adult. No need to book!


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.


Eye spy with Kevin

I Spy with Kevin the Platypus

Kevin the Platypus has been with the museum for well over 100 years and he still loves exploring.

Pick up a free ‘I Spy’ trail and discover awesome objects and amazing art all over the galleries and collections. There are many themes to choose from.



Super Silly Museums!

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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+)


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