What's On in June

Kite and Motoring Festivals plus Party in the Park
Saturday 1 – Sunday 2 June at Russell Park
Bedford International Kite Festival is back to Russell Park at the beginning of the month, joined by the inaugural Bedford Festival of Motoring. This year will also see ‘Party in the Park’ on Saturday evening, hosted by the team behind the dance stage at 2018 River Festival. Throughout the weekend there will be plenty to do for the whole family with inflatables, traditional funfair, bars, food and the craft marquee to explore.  For the first time at this event you will be able to take part on the river with come and try it activities by Canoe Trail.

Meanwhile along the beautiful Embankment, the Festival of Motoring will see veteran and classic cars, modern classics, supercars, sports cars, dragsters and hot rods, off road vehicles, classic racing cars, commercial, military, public transport, iconic vehicles and quite a lot more. bedfordfestivalofmotoring.com


Story Drawy at the Art Centre, Howard Street
Saturday 6 June from 3 – 4pm
Book your place at this month’s hugely popular Story Drawy with professional artist Mo Lea. Taking inspiration from a well-known children’s book, Mo will guide the children through creating their own work of art using different materials and methods. Booking essential on 01234 344784

Superhero scavenger hunt for the homeless
Sunday 9 June 10am – 4pm
Russell Park
On Sunday 9th June the SMART Prebend Centre will be hosting a family scavenger hunt to raise awareness and funds for the Bedford based homeless centre. For just £2, families can take part in the hunt plus there will be fairground games, stalls and refreushments. Everyone’s a winner as all those taking part will receive a prize pack. SMART would love you to come dressed as your favourite superhero, but it’s not essential. smartcjs.org.uk

The Black Tom Jumble Trail is back for a 5th Year!
Saturday 9 June from 11am
Come along to the ever-popular Black Tom Jumble Trail this month to pick up a bargain, buy some cake or just meet up for friends for a stroll around the area (and a drink at the pub). A jumble trail is a car boot sale – but on your street. Communities co-ordinate to set up stalls outside their houses to sell bric-a-brac, toys, vintage stuff, art, cakes or whatever…

Skeptics in the Pub: Talk Yourself Better – A confused person’s guide to therapy, counselling and self-help
Thursday 20 June at 7.30pm
North End Social Club, 60 Roff Avenue, MK41 7TW
Comedy writer and journalist Ariane Sherine endured a major nervous breakdown and suicidal ideation which led to the end of her journalistic career, and she didn’t write again for over three years. In this talk, she will tell the full story of how therapy and medication saved her life, prompting her to write her new book, Talk Yourself Better: A Confused Person’s Guide to Therapy, Counselling and Self-Help.
Ariane will also be signing copies of Talk Yourself Better after the talk.

‘Gaol! Out of Sight, Out of Mind’ at The Basement at Bunyan
Tuesday 11 – Saturday 22 June.
For those who live or work in Bedford, the forbidding walls of its prison are a familiar sight. Few of us make the connection with HMP Bedford today and the historical figures of John Bunyan and John Howard. The writer of ‘The Pilgrim’s Progress’, John Bunyan, was held in Bedford gaol for twelve years in the 17thcentury; and the great prison reformer and local man, John Howard, was first made aware of the appalling state of 18thcentury prison when appointed High Sheriff of Bedfordshire in 1773.

This exhibition includes  nformation and artefacts about John Howard, the exhibition will also feature an art installation by Sue Hogg inspired by Amnesty International’s campaigns against injustice and inequality.


Queens Park Community Orchard’s Multi-Cultural Parade
29 June: Procession 2 – 3pm Performances 3 – 5.30pm
The annual multi-cultural parade will take place on Saturday 29 June, celebrating the ethnic diveristiy of our town. The parade begins outside Tesco on Midland Road, making its way to the Queens Park Community Orchard at the Slipe on Ford End Road by 3pm. Once there, the party begins with stalls, demonstrations and performances until 5.30pm. For more info:

Parade  Tesco (Midland Road) to Queens Park

Creative workshops at épanoui
Throughout this month, épanoui is hosting the following creative workshops:

DSLR Magic with Faith Dwight (Wednesday 12 June), and Oil Painting with Anna Reed Fine Art (Thursday 20 June) . The cost of each workshop is £55 and you can find more infoarmion at epanoui.co.uk
On Monday 24 June, Hannah at épanoui will host the monthly creative meet up from 10 – 11.30am, an opportunity to meet like-minded individuals over a cuppa and biscuits. This is an informal event and open to all.


Round and Round the Garden events at the Higgins this month

Inspired by the current exhibition, Round and Round the Garden – A Celebration of Horticulture in Art, enjoy a variety of garden-themed events and activities this Summer at The Higgins Bedford.

On 1 June, the Higgins is holding a plant sale raising funds to improve the Castle Gardens and support the work of garden volunteers. Donated plants are welcome.

You can also Explore the Castle Gardens in a free tour on the 1st June to discover more about the volunteer-led project to rejuvenate the gardens and grounds.

On 19 June, join Professor of History of Art at Oxford Brookes University, Christiana Payne, for a free lunchtime lecture of the Round and Round the Garden exhibition, from 12pm to 1pm.

Enjoy an afternoon of free garden themed activities for families on 23rd June, including a seed bomb workshop with Jane Perrone. Entry for this event is free and runs from 2pm until 5pm.

Experts are on hand to answer all things gardening in an informal gardener’s question time with Jane Perrone, Kathy and Simon Brown. Your Garden Questions Answered is free for all to enjoy on 30th June from 2:30pm to 3:30pm.

Booking is essential for Garden Tours and the Lunchtime Lectures with Professor Christiana Payne. To book your place or make a donation towards the garden project, please email thehiggins@bedford.gov.uk.


Refugee Week 2019
From 15 June

The Refugee Week launch event will be taking place at the Higgins on 15 June from 11am to 4pm and is free to attend. Enjoy live music, talks, poetry, creative workshops and information to celebrate the beginning of Refugee Week in Bedford.

On 18 June (11am – 4pm) take part in the Knit-a-thon and meet other like-minded crafters to knit and crochet items such as hats, socks, gloves, and blankets for refugees across the globe. All of the items will be distributed by UK charity Knit for Peace. To register interest or to support the event with some knitting, please contact Gemma Hutton via email at gemma.hutton@bedford.gov.uk.

The You, me and those who came before Pop-Up Museum will be held on the 19 June at Bedford Central Library. Members of the public are invited to share and celebrate stories/objects that have been brought either by themselves or their family members from their home countries. Objects can include recipes, cookbooks, favourite coffee pots, toys, scarves, hats or photographs.

Enjoy This Noisy Isle on the 22 June, an outdoor treasure-hunt style performance for 7 to 11 year olds and their families, inspired by William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. This adventure explores the refugee crisis in a new and inventive way and is an interactive family experience. To find out more or to book tickets, please visit The Higgins Bedford website www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk.

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