Fun Palaces return to Bedford with free Airship Dreams workshops at the Higgins

Edit: Due to circumstances beyond their control, this event will now take place on Saturday 16 October. All other details – including book information – remain the same.

Fun Palaces – the nationwide celebration of culture at the heart of communities – make their ‘cautious return’ to Bedford next month, after a year off, thanks to the global pandemic.

Fun Palaces first took place in Bedford in 2015, and each October have ‘popped up’ at the Higgins, Bedford Central Library, Harpur Square, the Quarry Theatre, the John Bunyan Museum and the Panacea Museum.

Events have been run by volunteers from organisations ranging from school groups to Network Rail, English Heritage and Bletchley Park.

After a year off due to coronavirus restrictions, Bedford’s Fun Palaces are enjoying a cautious return to the Higgins with a creative workshop inspired by the Airship Dreams: Escaping Gravity exhibition.

Artist – and long-time Fun Palaces collaborator – Anne-Marie Abbate, will be running workshops to create and decorate your own airship paper lantern with a futuristic design.

“We will be using tissue paper and glue to make our designs,” said Anne-Marie. “So be sure to wear your messy clothes!”

The workshops take place on Saturday 16 October and are completely free. Booking is essential.

Each workshop starts at 11:15am, 12:15pm, 1:45pm and 2:45pm.

You can book your free tickets online here or call the Box Office on 01234 718044 (line open Monday – Friday 11am – 3pm).

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