[lead]Team Clanger love half term especially when there are loads of activities to choose from and here in Bedford and surrounding we are truly spoilt for choice![/lead]
We have rounded up lots of fun ideas to entertain your little ones (and you!) this half term! Some of these have a cost however alot are FREE!
Hopefully you won’t be hearing the chimes of ‘I’m Bored’ this coming week! Enjoy!!
Activities all week, story time (Wednesday 26th at 3pm) and a competition – design a witches hat for Winnie and the 5 best designs will receive a free Winnie the Witch Tote Bag. The winners will be called on Sunday 30th.
The Higgins, Bedford
The Higgins Bedford holds family join-in activities during school holidays. The sessions last for about an hour and cost £2.70 per participating child. Sessions start at 11am, 12 noon, 2pm and 3pm.
All children to be accompanied by an adult. No booking required. Sessions are designed for children that are age 3 and above. Children below 3 are welcome, though they may need a little more grown-up assistance with the activities.
Tuesday 25th October
Mask Masters – Craft a scary face inspired by creepy crawlies and beastly bugs.
Wednesday 26th October
Weird Wednesday – Something strange will be going on – games to play and fun to be had. Come dressed up in your weirdest monster outfit.
Friday 28th October
Mown and Grown – Create your own monster and bring it to life, just like Dr Frankenstein!
You can visit the Higgins Bedford for FREE during half term to see the collections and enjoy their latest exhibition, Picasso & the Masters of Print. Check out the website for opening times.
The Quarry Theatre
The Funny Thing About….
A stand-up show for children over 6, their parents and anyone who likes comedy without the rude words
Hold on to your socks, take the banana out of your ears and enjoy the best comedy for kids from the man who invented it.
James Campbell also writes the hilarious Boyface books; has appeared on TV programmes such as Blue Peter and has performed at the Royal Festival Hall, The Royal Albert Hall, on Broadway and the West End and even a tiny tent on the back of a hamster.
James’ show will find The Funny Things about everything including pets, couscous, spaniels, making your own yoghurt, bees, why we have hair and will answer questions such as:
Do Sausage Dogs eat sausages or do they just look at them and say, “I’m not eating that – it looks like my grannie.”
This show might include stories of lollipop ladies, giant catapults, and some of the worst drawings in the world including this terrible picture of a Labrador that looks more like Darth Vader.
Ready, Steady, Roll present Pop Up Board Game Cafe
Sunday October 30th, Noon – 4pm, Sharnbrook, £2
Join us for a colder and creepier Pop Up Board Game Cafe on All Hallows’ Eve Eve.
Enjoy Sandwiches, Jacket Potatoes or Halloween Roasted Pumpkin soup, finishing off with some cake while you play any games in our collection such as:
* One Night Ultimate Werewolf – One or more of you are secretly a werewolf, can you work out who it is and survive the night?
* Castle Panic – everyone must work together to protect the castle from hordes of Monsters.
* City of Horror – Gather up your survivors in a zombie apocalypse. Unfortunately, eventually, you’re going to have to feed someone to the zombies… sorry Grandma.
Ghosts, Ghouls and Goings On at Wrest Park
Monday 24th – Sunday 30th October, 11am – 4pm
Grab your cloaks and steady your nerves as your little horrors scare themselves silly this Halloween. Mysterious goings-on await you at petrifying Wrest Park. Meet our gruesome guides as they take you on a journey into the puzzling past – use all your wits to solve the riddles and claim your terrifying treat. Have a go at our creepy crafts and try your hand at carving your very own petrifying pumpkin to take away.
English Heritage Members – Free, Adult – £10.30, Child 5-15 yrs – £6.50, Concession – £9.70, Family – £28.10
Additional charge of £4 applies for pumpkin carving, sessions at 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3.30pm on a first come first served basis.
Kiosk at the Park and Theatrebugs bring you a Halloween Special
Friday 28th October. Two performances 10am and 10.45am, £3 per child.
Amelia will be entertaining the troops with singing, stories, puppets and bubbles with a Halloween theme. Halloween costumes are actively encouraged!
Please call The Kiosk on 01234 271877 to book your place!
Boo at Kiosk at the Park!
A perfect way to let the little ones dress up and take part if you don’t want to knock on doors!
Monday 31st October 4.30pm – 6.30pm
We’ll be on the look out for the best fancy dress costume at our Spooky Spectacular this Halloween so dust off your capes, bring out your broomsticks and join us for an evening of family games and craft activities.
We’ll be serving marshmallow mountains to keep you all toasty and Halloween cakes and treats galore.
Halloween Firework Spooktackular
Kids Fairground * Fireworks * Hog Roast
£10 family ticket, £4 adult and £2 child in advance
(On the gate add £5 adult and £12.50 family)
Horse and Groom, Clapham
Halloween Family Supper Club at Pavilion at the Park
Pavilion at the Park presents a family style Halloween Supper Club on Wednesday 26th October, fancy dress fun starts at 7pm
Join us for an evening of Halloween fun and games, a feast of pumpkin soup, hotdogs, jacket potatoes, corn on the cob, marshmallows and a chocolate fondue!
£10/head for four family members – every additional adult or child £5
Call 01234 351104 to book your place.
Bambino Pasta Making at Spaghetti Johns
Bambino Pasta Making with ‘Make and Take’ a Classic Lasagne. Mmmmmm!
Your child will learn about the ingredients and method used to prepare the classic lasagne ready to take home and bake.
Monday 24th, 10am and 3pm / Wednesday 26th, 10am and 3pm / Thursday 27th, 10am and 3pm Friday 28th 10am
Cost £13.95 per child which includes refreshments and a scoop of gelato at the end of the class. Duration approx. 1.5 hours
To book call: 01234 327323
15 Castle Lane, Bedford, MK40 3NT
Gallone’s Halloween Party
A party at an ice cream parlour – awesome!
Friday 28th October, 6pm – 7.30pm. £7
Fun and games, spooky slime foods and a fancy dress competition!
John Bunyan Museum – Crafty Creations in the Bunyan Basement
Loads of creative stuff hosted in the newly opened basement for young ones, older children and adults too!
Saturday 22nd October
Creative Paper Skills for Christmas. 10.15am, 11+ years, £10 and 1.30pm, Adults, £12
Monday 24th October
Felted Book Covers. 9.30am, 8+ years, £10
Wednesday 26th October
Fun with Illustrated Lettering. 10.00am, 7-14 years, £10
Working with Letters and Forms. 2.00pm, Adults, £12
Thursday 27th October
Fun Books for Christmas – Marbling. 10am, 11+ years, £10
Scary Stuarts, find out more about Superstition, Folklore and Food. 11am, 6+ years, £2
Fun Books for Christmas – Binding. 2pm, Adults, £12
To book call 01234 213722, email firstname.lastname@example.org
John Bunyan Museum, Mill Street, Bedford, MK40 3EU
Ride The Ghost Train!
Hop on and off at any station on the Marston Vale line plus at Ridgmont Station Heritage Centre there will be spooky crafts to enjoy!
£2.50 to include a cake and squash.
01234 832645 Facebook
Marston Monsters – The Forest Centre
Tuesday October 25th, 10am – 3.15pm
Join us collecting autumn leaves from the Country Park, then make a leaf mask to turn yourself into a Marston Monster!
Sessions are at 10am, 11.30am and 2pm and last approx 1hr 15 mins. £4 per child – parental supervision and booking essential.
To book, or for more info, call 01234 767037
The Forest Centre, Station Road, Marston Moretaine, MK43 0PR
Roxton Tots is an independently run group at Roxton Village Hall near Bedford and they want a regular session for younger children and generally more for young people to do in the area. The funds for the event are going towards doing just that.
Refreshments will be available for all. Your little ones can have a break half way through the party to have a drink and a hug before going straight back into the interactive kid’s disco.
Suitable for age 3-7 years. £3
6.30pm, Friday 28th October 2016 tickets available now here!
Deep in the rainforest we meet our hero Dr. Jones in search for the legendary lost Pumpkin and the secrets it holds. BUT so is evil the evil Pharaoh, Mustafa Gold.
A roller coaster ride of adventure ensues, both in the rainforest and in the haunted temple where our hero seeks his fortune, But beware you don’t anger the most evil spirit- Mustafa’s mummy! Bolder dodging, slap stick and things that go bump in the night all form the essential ingredients of this adventurous plot sure to delight youngsters and adults alike. A ghoulishly spooktacular production for this October half term!
£8 per person, St Cuthbert’s Hall, Bedford
The 5th Big Halloween Event at St Cuthberts Hall
Sunday 30th October, 11am – 3pm
FREE ENTRY! Punpkin carving, Halloween arts and crafts, Halloween treats, meet some creey crawlies, visit the bats, face painting and more!
St Cuthbert’s Hall, Newnham Street, Bedford, MK40 3JR
Today is the day of the Teddy Bears’ Picnic but one invitation has gone missing! Freddy Teddy is a little bear on a big adventure; join him on a fun filled musical journey through Teddy Bear Wood as he encounters all kinds of creatures who all seem to be wondering the same thing: “Why aren’t you at the Teddy Bears’ Picnic?”
Bring your favourite teddy and bags of enthusiasm to see if you can help solve the mystery of the missing invitation. Featuring live music, puppetry and loads of colour.
23rd October, 2.30pm. Tickets for this show are £10 for adults and £8 for children and concessions. Recommended for ages 2+
The Place Theatre and Squashbox Theatre present Tales from the Trees
Tales from the Trees is a terrific tangle of puppetry, storytelling, live music and comedy, with a theme that embraces natural history, folklore and ecology. Let Squashbox Theatre be your guide to the tremendous world of trees! Say hello to the friendly Forest Ranger, our resident outdoor expert; meet the mysterious old Wizard of the Woods, a friend to all the forest creatures; gaze at the beautiful Dryad, mystical spirit of the trees; encounter crazy characters, woodland wonders, and fantastic flora and fauna.
26th October, 2.30pm. Tickets for this show are priced at £10.00, with a concession price of £8.00. Recommended for ages 2+
This year’s children’s book festival returns at the fantastic Panacea Museum on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th October.
Featuring author workshops, creative fun and a dream marquee.
Download the brochure here – please note that some workshops need pre-booking. There are plenty of free drop in activities too!
The House of H.O.C.U.S at Willington Garden Centre
Have a howl with us this Halloween! Let our guide take you on a fun adventure filled with some ghost busting fun! Start off with some magical apple dunking, then get creative with some ghoulish pumpkin carving (Parents you will need to help in this area)… then onto our final room to bust some ghost moves! Places are limited so we recommend pre booking.
£9.99 Per child, £2.99 per adult
Bedford Central Library
Monday 24th October, 2pm – 4pm, Celebrating Shakespeare
Come and make a pop up card with theatre designer and illustrator Rebecca Hurst. Illustrate some of Shakespeare’s famous tales.
Learn new paper engineering techniques and complete a colourful artwork to take home.
For children aged 7 to 15, under 8s must be accompanied by an adult. Book your free place at the library.
Tuesday 25th October, 2.30pm – 4.30pm, Bedford’s Lost King
Are you a history detective?
Could you solve the mystery of Bedford’s lost King?
Join us for storytelling, illustrating and historical super-sleuthing!
Discover the world of Bedford’s lost King in this fun workshop for 7 to 12 year olds.
Under 8s must be accompanied by an adult. Book your free place at the library now!
Wednesday 26th October, 11am – noon, Monster Paper Pom Craft
Come along and make your own very scary Monster paper pom pom.
Fun for all the family.
Thursday 27th October, 11am – 11.30am, Rhyme Time
Join us for fabulous songs and rhymes.
Plus there will be monster colouring available all day.
Friday 27th October, 2pm – 3pm, Loom Band Craft
Join us to get creative with Loom Bands.
Plus there will be monster colouring all day.
Saturday 29th October, 11am – Noon, Lego Club
Love Lego? Come along and get building.
Plus there will be monster colouring available all day.
Monday 24th October, 2pm – 5pm, Autumn Collage
Join us to create a colourful collage.
Come and be creative.
Wednesday 26th October, 2pm – 3pm, Funny Bones Story and Crafts
We all love the Funny Bones family.
Join us to hear the story and then do the activity.
Friday 28th October, 2pm – 5pm, Frightening Friday Crafts
Spooky fun in the library – Dare to be there!
Saturday 29th October, 10am – noon, Make a Halloween Pumpkin Face
Drop in to make a pumpkin face to take home ready for the big night.
Monday 24th October, 10am – 3pm, Halloween Lego Challenge
Come and build a spooky house.
Tuesday 25th October, 9.30am – 11am, Doggy Tales
Gemma from The Dogs Trust will be visiting to share stories, crafts and a life sized dog.
For children aged 4 to 10 years old. Free tickets available from the library
Tuesday 25th October, 2pm – 5pm, Halloween Colouring
Drop in and enjoy some spooky colouring.
Thursday 27th October, 10am – 4pm, Autumn Wreath
Come and make a lovely autumnal wreath to take home.
Thursday 27th October, 2pm – 3pm, Crafty Cats
Alexandra from Cats Protection will be telling all about how to care for cats, plus a cat story and craft.
For children aged 6+. Free tickets available from the library.
Friday 28th October, 10am – 4pm, Pokemon Craft
Come and make your own Pokeball and look for hidden Pokemon in the library.
Saturday, 29th October, 10am – 3pm, Lego Club
Love Lego? Come along and get building.
Friday 21st, Monday 24th, Friday 28th & Monday 31st October, 3.30pm – 5.30pm, Lego Club
Love Lego? Come along and get building!
Saturday 22nd October, 10am – 3.30pm, Ghost Making
Drop in and make a friendly ghost – nothing too scary.
Monday 24th October, 10am – 4pm, Dangly Crows
Create a dangly crow to hang at home.
Monday 24th October, 2.15pm – 2.45pm, Story Time
Join us for fabulous story fun.
Tuesday 25th October, 11am – 11.30am, Rhyme Time
Rhymes and songs – come along and join in.
Tuesday 25th October, 11.30am – 4pm, Skeleton Crafts
Make a skeleton out of pasta.
Wednesday 26th October, 2pm – 5.30pm, Halloween Colouring Club
Drop in to create spooky Halloween pictures using chalk.
Thursday 27th October, 10am – 4pm, Pumpkin Crafts
Make a paper pumpkin to take home and put on the windowsill.
Friday 28th October, 10am – 3.30pm, Scarecrow Faces
Design and make a scarecrow face.
Saturday 29th October, 10am – 3,30pm, Bouncy Bats
Batty crafts for everyone to enjoy.
Monday 31st October, 2.15pm – 2.45pm, Storytime!
Join us for fabulous story fun.
Bedford TheatreTrain – Wicked Workshop
Tuesday 25th October, 1pm – 2.30pm, St Marks Church, Brickhill, MK41 7UY
Workshop with Harrison Clark from the hit musical Wicked! Suitable for 6-18 years.
Cineworld: Movies for Juniors
Support BBC Children in Need with Cineworld in Bedford. During half term, all proceeds taken from the special screenings of The Secret Life of Pets, Finding Dory and Ice Age: Colllision Course will go to BBC Children in Need. Tickets are just £2.00 per person, or £1.80 if you book via their app.