Bedford Creative Trail: Easter holiday fun for all the family

Goldington Arts Ambassadors' Creative Arts Trail. Image: Goldington Academy/Katie Allen
Goldington Arts Ambassadors' Creative Arts Trail. Image: Goldington Academy/Katie Allen

A new creative arts trail, designed by Goldington Academy Arts Ambassadors, shines a spotlight on the wealth of places to discover and explore in Bedford this Easter.

The Bedford Creative Trail is a student-led project, alongside illustrator, Katie Allen. The students chose the venues to include, produced illustrations, decided on fonts and finalised the colour palettes.

The physical map, which is supported by Bedford Town Centre Priority Fund, can be picked up from businesses and cultural venues across Bedford.

A digital version of the map is also available to view on the ‘@CreativeArtsGoldington‘ Instagram page.

The trail launched on 19 March – creating the perfect opportunity for families to use it to explore Bedford during the Easter Holidays and a fun, free activity for all ages.

“People are welcome to go to all, or just one of the venues, there are no rules,” said the head of creative arts at Goldington Academy, Melissa Lopez. “Our aim is to encourage people to visit these wonderful creative venues we are so fortunate to have in Bedford and to hopefully discover something new along the way. 

“There is a badge to collect at The Higgins for taking part and we would love to see photos of people taking part in the trail using the hashtag #BedfordCreativeTrail and tagging ‘CreativeArtsGoldington’.”

Students who took part in the project said they were looking forward to people discovering new things thanks to the map.

“The Bedford Creative Trail is a wonderful thing to be part of,” said 13-year-old Frank. “It makes me proud to know people will be discovering all the amazing art venues and quirky shops they perhaps didn’t know about before, all through our artwork on the trail map. We are incredibly lucky to live near so many great venues.”

Bea, 14, said she loved creating the map. “Make sure to tag ‘Creative Arts Goldington’ on social media so we can enjoy seeing you take part!”

Illustrator Katie Allen helped the students bring the map and trail to life. “It’s been amazing working with the Goldington Arts Ambassadors,” she said. “They worked together as a team and approached the project with the same process and professionalism as any commission I would undertake. They’re certainly the next generation of Bedford creatives.”

The article originally appeared in the April 2024 edition of the Bedford Clanger
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