What's On Highlights

Stargazing Evening
Wednesday 9 May from 7pm, stargazing from 8.30pm at Ready Steady Roll, 

Join astronomer Seb Jay in the peaceful Sharnbrook countryside to learn about the stars and constellations visible this summer, and discover planets you can see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope. Ready Steady Roll, Ivy Lodge, Sharnbrook, Bedford, MK44 1ND readysteadyroll.co.uk


June Arts Jam – Family Treasure Hunt
Bedford Central Library from 16 May – 16 June
Children’s Festival June Arts Jam is back with lots of stuff to do and things to see for families in Bedford! New to the festival this year is the June Arts Jam family treasure hunt in Bedford Central Library. The trail is free to enter and available from 16th May to 16th June. Treasure maps can be collected from Bedford Library, John Bunyan Museum and The Higgins. Completed trail maps can be brought to any June Arts Jam performance for children to collect a free prize.

For more info visit fullhouse.org.uk or call 01525 630783


At the Higgins Bedford:
May Half term:
Family Workshops start at 11am, 12:30pm and 2pm £2.70 per child accompanying adults can take part for free.
Tuesday 29 May
Bawden’s Beasts – Kevin’s made lots of friends with the beasts in the Bawden gallery. Join local artist Victoria Houghton and create a clay creature inspired by Bawden’s Beasts.
Wednesday 30 May
Hats off to Higgins! – One of Kevin’s favourite stories about Cecil Higgins is that he had his Rolls Royce car specially adapted so that he could wear his top hat while driving! Make your very own personalised top hat and wear it as you Explore The Higgins with Kevin.
Friday 1 June
Prehistoric Pencil Cases – Some of Kevin’s friends have been around for a very, very long time. Explore Settlement gallery and find out more about them, then print a pencil case with prehistoric designs.

*Places can be booked in advance. To book, please purchase a ticket at The Higgins Bedford reception desk in person. Unfilled places will be offered on a first-come, first served basis on the day.

The Physical Education Women of Bedford
Thursday 10 May 2018, 11.15am -1pm
£5.70 (concessions £4.60) Booking essential
Stephanie Daniels and Anita Tedder, former Bedford PE Students and published members of the International Society of Olympic Historians, will talk about some of the amazing women associated with the University of Bedfordshire. The talk will be followed by a 50 minute film ‘Bedford Physical Training College During World Wars One and Two.’
The Short Brothers, Aviation Pioneers 1884 – 1917
Free Event – 17 May at 7.30pm
Talk and book signing by Liz Walker, great niece of the Short Brothers and author of A ‘Short’ Story – The Lives and Works of the Short Brothers. Pioneering Aeronautical and Balloon Engineers and Manufacturers’.

Call 01234 718618 or email thehiggins@bedford.gov.uk to book your place.

Pre-Edfringe Supper Club with comedy writer, Paul Mayhew-Archer
Friday 11 May at Pavilion in the Park
Comedy fans will not want to miss this incredible opportunity to meet award-winning screen writer and documentary maker Paul Mayhew-Archer, writer of such favourites as The Vicar of Dibley, Spitting Image, Miranda and a screen adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book, Esio Trot, starring Dustin Hoffman. Having been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease seven years ago, Paul is keeping his spirits up by looking for the comedy in the situation – and taking his stand up show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this summer. Cost per ticket £35 (£15 per ticket goes to Carers in Bedfordshire)
For more information and to book tickets: eventbrite.co.uk and search Paul Mayhew-Archer supper club.


Museums at Night 
Thursday 17 May 2018 5 – 8.30pm
Free Entry Enjoy this opportunity for an evening visit to The Higgins Bedford. All of the galleries and exhibitions will be open until 8.30pm.


Friends of the Higgins Lecture:
Tuesday 29 May
Robin Ravillious – A Chronicle of Rural Life: James Ravilious’s photographs of North Devon in the 1970s and 80s
Meetings start promptly at 7.30pm at The Higgins Bedford (No booking required)
Tickets – Friends £3, Guests £8


Bedford Language Centre open day
Wednesday 23rd May 6.30 – 8pm
Castle-Newnham School in Pollhill Avenue
The Bedford Language Centre is hosting an informal and fun-filled open day this month.  The centre is going from strength to strength and now offers students the chance to learn nine languages, including French, Italian, Spanish, German, Portuguese and Modern Greek, Mandarin, Russian and Polish.  To book your free trial on the 23 May go to bedfordlanguagecentre.co.uk or phone 07985 113996


In conversation at Rogan’s Books: Alice Skinner
Monday 14 May
Alice Skinner is an activist-illustrator and visual artist based in London. She will be ‘In Conversation with’ Rachael of Rogan’s Books on Monday 14 May to talk about her work, including her latest book ‘The Revolution Handbook’. A copy of the book is included in the price of the ticket, and Alice will be available to sign copies after the event. Tickets are available on Eventbrite (search ‘Alice Skinner’).
Rogan’s Books, 26 Castle Lane, MK40 3US rogansbooks.co.uk


Skeptics in the Pub:
14 years undercover on the frontline of the War on Drugs
Thursday 17 May at 7.30pm
Neil Woods worked undercover on the streets of the U.K. infiltrating some of the nation’s most violent drug gangs. Neil is now chairman of LEAP UK, and a board member of LEAP in the USA. They campaign to reform our drug laws, but in order to do that, the public need to be informed about what is really going on
North End Social Club, 60 Roff Avenue, Bedford MK41 7TW

Community Itfar
Saturday 19 May, Islamic Centre, Westbourne Road, MK40 4PQ
6-8pm (exhibition) 8-10pm (Itfar)
In 2016, Queens Park Community Orchard organised Bedford’s first community Itfar, an event to celebrate Ramadan and to share awareness about the Muslim faith.  An ‘itfar’ simply means breaking the fast, and everyone is welcome to come along, This year’s event is raising money for Friends of Refugees and all refugees are welcome.
For further information: Asif 07828 187484 Marie-Ange 07787 774167

How We Do It exhibition
21 May – 14 June, Eagle Gallery, Castle Road, Bedford, MK40 3QP
The highlight of the Eagle Gallery’s ‘How We Do It’ exhibition is a three-day event, over the Bank Holiday weekend, of artists’ demonstrations. This drop-in event features demonstrations on the portrait, printmaking, collage, painting with wool fibres, watercolour, ceramics, stitching and experimenting with acrylic, culminating on Monday afternoon with an illustrated talk by architect and artist Anthony Mackay on designing a city. eaglegalleryartists.co.uk.

Art Under the Bed
Tuesday 1 – Saturday 12 May 11am – 4pm
Basement @ Bunyan
Curated by the Basemet @ Bunyan’s Artist in Residence, Anne-Marie Stijelja, Art Under the Bed is a sale of original artwork by local artists. These are artworks that have previously been stored under the beds, behind the wardrobe, in the spare room or elsewhere in the artist’s home and are now re-emerging to be sold for half of their original price. An excellent opportunity to purchase unique artwork.
Basement @ Bunyan, Bunyan Meeting, Mill Street, Bedford MK40 3EU

Crafty Cruise
Saturday 9 June 2.30pm – 6.30pm
Book your space now for what is sure to be a popular cruise for all yarn-crafters. Take your latest cross-stitch, crochet or knitting project, or start something new, inspired by the peaceful surroundings. The four hour cruise from Priory Marina to Willington & return costs £30 and a clotted cream tea is included in the price.
Book with friends and meet like-minded crafters aboard the John Bunyan Boat. For more information or tickets contact Sharron padraigin.handmade@gmail.com




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