What's On!

Draw Some More…
Where: Basement at the Bunyan
When: Exhibition 1st-5th August
Drawing Day 5th August 11am-4pm
Join the Circus of Illustration as they look back on six years of Drink and Draw!
This summer, the Circus of Illustration is putting on an exhibition of the best and barmiest of Drink and Draw’s past (yes, they’ve kept them all!)! Highlighting some of the collective’s favourite activities, the week will culminate in a drop-in drawing day for artists (and non-artists) of all ages. Decorate a sweet box, design a superhero top-trump card, make a cute finger puppet or a creepy tarot card. There’s sure to be something for everyone! All ages welcome.

Free to all. (Donations welcome!)  

Connecting With Your Wild Side
This summer there are plenty of opportunities to get outdoors and connect with your wild side within Bedfordshire.  A rare chance to embrace a digital detox or boost your fresh air miles.

Canoe Trail, is an award-winning family-run watersports business on the River Great Ouse.  They have over 65 canoes, kayaks and stand up paddle boards (SUP’s) so there is plenty to choose from and you can also grab refreshments at the newly refurbished Longholme Café on route. Canoe Trail has a wild campsite on the river which is perfect for family canoe and camp activities. So whether you fancy a splash about on the river or a two day canoe and camp experience you can find out more by visiting www.canoetrail.co.uk.

Want to make the most of the great outdoors? There is lots going on this summer at the Forest of Marston Vale with nature walks and kids’ activities. You can either join a planned session or head out for a walk around their nature reserves. Reward yourself with a slice of cake and a drink in the café afterwards.  It is great place to entertain the kids at low cost for an afternoon or day. Visit http://marstonvale.org/

Further afield spanning the county is Bedfordshire’s long distance walk of 40 miles on the Green Sands Ridge starting on the Grand Union Canal near Leighton Buzzard and finishing in Gamblingay, Cambs.  Along its route are some of our finest green spaces with Rushmere Park, Ampthill Park and Clophill Woods to name a few.

Make a plan, embrace your wild side, pack a picnic and go for it. It’s all an adventure…


Summer at Wrest Park
This August, the Bank Holiday Bands will be providing the backdrop to a relaxing long weekend on Sunday 27 and Monday 28 August. Whether you’re picnicking with friends, or taking a spring stroll, you’ll transported back in time with fantastic big band players.

The summer season ends with a compelling outdoor theatre performance of Jane Eyre on Friday 1st September. The audience will be enthralled as they see young governess Jane, arrive at the mysterious Thornfield Hall deep in the Yorkshire moors, meeting enigmatic Mr Rochester and so begining this most unforgettable of love stories.

For more details and prices, visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/wrestpark.


Summer fun at the Higgins Bedford
The ever-popular holiday activities return to the Higgins Bedford this summer, and in the spirit of the Short Brothers, Colonel Burnaby and a host of Victorian artists, the theme is EXPLORING. Join in with family friendly activities, create your own masterpiece in art and craft workshops and explore the amazing collections in the museum and galleries

Events this year are taking place on 22nd, 23rd, 25th, 29th, 30thAugust and 1st September and the timed sessions are at 11am, 12 midday, 2pm, 3pm Tickets  cost is £2.70 per child (accompanying adults go free!) and they can be purchased on the day.

Guided Tours of the Higgins
On Wednesday 2nd August, join curator Victoria Partridge for a lunchtime tour of Romance & Rebellion: the Art of the Victorians.  1pm – 1:45pm, Booking essential

On 5th and 26th August and 9th and 16th September, Tate tour guide (and Higgins volunteer) Andrew Rodgers, will be offering 10 Minute Tours of Romance and Rebellion: the Art of the Victorians.  Tours start at 2pm, 2:30pm, 3pm and 3:30pm, no booking required.


Skeptics in the Pub: Smashing Physics
The Large Hadron Collider – What have we learned and what’s next?
Thursday, September 21 2017 at 7:30PM
North End Social Club, 60 Roff Avenue, MK41 7TW

The Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Geneva is the biggest piece of scientific kit ever built. It continues to explore the structure of matter at the smallest distances and highest energies. ProfessorJon Butterworth will describe what we have learned from it so far – including the remarkable discovery of the Higgs boson – how we did it, and why it matters.  He will also talk about what might happen next…


BedPop Record Shop at Herd
On Saturday 19th August, the BedPop Record Shop will be popping up at Herd on St Cuthbert’s Street from 9am – 6pm.  Alongside the usual array of top-notch vinyl vendors, the day will feature a roster of the town’s best DJs, plus a little something to whet your whistle from sponsor, Charles Wells.  Records, music, beer and burgers. What more could you want?

Herd, 25 St Cuthberts Street herd.cool  bedpop.co.uk

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