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Indoor Activities

Jackastory – Spring

7th February-17th April 2024

Venue: The Place Bedford

Address: Bradgate Rd, Bedford

Website: www.theplacebedford.org.uk/shows/jackastory-spring/

Listen to members of The Place team read their chosen children’s stories and discover some new favourites of your own. Each session runs for forty-five minutes to an hour, with a break for refreshments....

Indoor Activities

Jackastory – Spring

6th March-17th April 2024

Venue: The Place Theatre

Address: Bradgate Road, Bedford

Website: www.theplacebedford.org.uk/shows/jackastory-spring/

Listen to members of The Place team read their chosen children’s stories and discover some new favourites of your own. This will be a very relaxed event in an intimate and friendly atmosphere. Jackastory...

Easter

Easter Adventure Quest at Wrest Park

23rd March-14th April 2024

Venue: Wrest Park

Address: Silsoe, Bedfordshire

Website: www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/whats-on/wrest-park-easter-adventure-quest-23-mar-14-apr-242/

Visit for a cracking adventure quest at Wrest Park this Easter holiday. Hunt for clues in the castle grounds, track down the Easter eggs and get rewarded with a tasty chocolate treat. You can take on the...

Easter

Easter Egg Hunt at Dunstable Downs

29th March-14th April 2024

Venue: Dunstable Downs and Whipsnade Estate

Address: Whipsnade Road, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU6 2GY

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/essex-bedfordshire-hertfordshire/dunstable-downs-and-whipsnade-estate/events/d4a328af-35b2-40b5-9d45-60f12697ec5c

Make your way along the trail and find nature-inspired activities for the whole family. Prices are £3 per trail which includes an Easter trail sheet, bunny ears and dairy or vegan and Free From chocolate...

Easter

Easter Tea Party Trail

29th March-14th April 2024

Venue: Jordans Mill

Address: Bedfordshire

Website: jordansmill.com/events

Grab your apron, ready your spatula, and hop on over for an Easter celebration filled with fun. Can you help the meadow and woodland animals by answering the questions on your trail sheet? Can you work...

Easter

Easter Wonderland

29th March-12th April 2024

Venue: Mead Open Farm

Address: Stanbridge Rd, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 9JH

Website: www.meadopenfarm.co.uk/special-events/easter-wonderland/

Tumble into an immersive Wonderland adventure! Take an enchanted journey with Alice and friends including The Mad Hatter and The Queen of Hearts. Don’t be late to join the White Rabbit for his interactive...

Easter

Lamb Feeding Experience

29th March-15th April 2024

Venue: Herrings Green Activity Farm & Birds of Prey Centre

Address: Herrings Green Farm, Cotton End Road, Wilstead, Bedfordshire, MK45 3DT

Website: birdsofpreycentre.co.uk/product/lamb-feeding-experience-march-23rd-24th-march-29th-april-15th-10-30-2-00/

Spring into Easter with the lamb feeding experience, truly memorable for all ages. Head into the baby barn to bottle feed the lambs, take some fabulous photo opportunities and for question time with the...

Theatre & Cinema

Dogs Don't Do Ballet

13th April 2024

Venue: Stockwood Discovery Centre

Address: London Road, Luton

Website: www.culturetrust.com/whats-on/dogs-dont-do-ballet

Biff is not like ordinary dogs. He likes moonlight. And music. And walking on his tiptoes. This hilarious story of a small dog with a big personality and even bigger dreams is brought to life using beautiful...

Theatre & Cinema

Exciting Science

13th April 2024

Venue: Grove Theatre

Address: Grove Park, Court Drive, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU5 4GP

Website: www.grovetheatre.co.uk/exciting-science-i4583

This brand new, exciting and educational show will amaze and astound all ages from 4 years and upwards. Watch as they recreate a volcanic eruption, turn a vacuum cleaner into a missile launcher or take...

Theatre & Cinema

Treasure Island

14th April 2024

Venue: Grove Theatre

Address: Grove Park, Court Drive, Dunstable, Bedfordshire

Website: www.grovetheatre.co.uk/treasure-island-i4629

Join in aboard the Jolly Roger for a swashbuckling adventure like you've never seen before! Set sail with the talented cast of performers as they take you on an action-packed journey to find the legendary...

Arts & Crafts

Children's Painting Workshop: 'Sky's the Limit'

18th April 2024

Venue: Dunstable Downs and Whipsnade Estate

Address: Whipsnade Road, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU6 2GY

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/essex-bedfordshire-hertfordshire/dunstable-downs-and-whipsnade-estate/events/

Embark on an exciting journey into the world of art with Colour & Craft Art Parties - a fun-filled painting session perfect for kids of all ages! Guided by an artist, children will explore the magic of...

Outdoor Events

St George's Festival at Wrest Park

20th-21st April 2024

Venue: Wrest Park

Address: Silsoe, Bedfordshire

Website: www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/whats-on/wrest-park-st-georges-festival-20-apr-21-apr-24/

Immerse yourself in the story of England at this action-packed St George’s Day celebration. Enjoy a weekend of shows, battles, games, performances and activities culminating in England’s most legendary...

Theatre & Cinema

The Noise Next Door: The Adventure Academy… For Adventurers!

20th April 2024

Venue: The Quarry Theatre at St Luke's

Address: 26 St Peters St, Bedford

Website: quarrytheatre.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873651523

Enrol at the world’s most reckless and ridiculous school with comedy legends The Noise Next Door. Where will your adventure take you? Dangerous deserts? Treacherous tundras? Volatile volcanoes? It’s...

Indoor Activities

Crafts, Cake and a Cuppa

21st April 2024

Venue: Orchard Cottage

Address: 10 Cross End, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, Bedfordshire

Website: www.experiencebedfordshire.co.uk/whats-on/crafts-cake-and-a-cuppa-p2105561

A well-established and well-known craft fair with a great selection of unique items handmade by talented crafters, perfect for finding gifts for your friends and family or yourself. Free admission and...

Outdoor Events

Gentle Stroll: Blossom Watch

23rd April 2024

Venue: Dunstable Downs and Whipsnade Estate

Address: Whipsnade Road, Dunstable, Bedfordshire

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/essex-bedfordshire-hertfordshire/dunstable-downs-and-whipsnade-estate/events/

Share in the joy of blossom with this circular route to Whipsnade Tree Cathedral with fun facts along the way. Don't miss out on this seasonal spectacle with apple, plum and pear varieties in bloom, alongside...

Theatre & Cinema

Kaleidoscope

25th April 2024

Venue: Hat Factory Arts Centre

Address: 65 - 67 Bute Street, Luton

Website: www.culturetrust.com/whats-on/kaleidoscope

Blink. Blink again. What do you see? Kaleidoscope is a brand-new piece of theatre for babies inspired by research into how a baby's sense of sight develops and how they instinctively begin to categorise...

Indoor Activities

Farmers Craft Market Fun Day

28th April 2024

Venue: Cheddington Village Hall

Address: Church Lane, Leighton Buzzard

Website: www.experiencebedfordshire.co.uk/whats-on/farmers-craft-market-fun-day-cheddington-leighton-buzzard-p2103941

The Market will host an array of growers, farmers, home produce and local artisan crafts to browse, there is something for everybody! Also with a bouncy castle, face painting, games, Tombola, crazy golf,...

Theatre & Cinema

Pop Princesses

4th May 2024

Venue: Bedford Corn Exchange

Address: St Paul’s Square, Bedford, MK40 1SL

Website: www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk/events/pop-princesses-3/

A magical show where beautiful princesses become pop stars! Featuring a soundtrack of top pop hits from artists such as Little Mix, Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, Meghan Trainor and Miley Cyrus, plus songs...

Theatre & Cinema

There's A Monster In Your Show

7th-8th May 2024

Venue: Grove Theatre

Address: Grove Park, Court Drive, Dunstable, Bedfordshire

Website: www.grovetheatre.co.uk/theres-a-monster-in-your-show-i4575

Tom Fletcher's interactive adventures for big imaginations are leaping from page to stage, as the beloved 'Who's in Your Book?' series makes its debut as a brand-new musical show. A high-energy 50-minute...

Outdoor Events

Black to the Trails 2024

12th May 2024

Venue: Dunstable Downs and Whipsnade Estate

Address: Whipsnade Road, Dunstable, Bedfordshire

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/essex-bedfordshire-hertfordshire/dunstable-downs-and-whipsnade-estate/events/

The event has been designed and directed by Black Trail Runners for Black people, people of colour, and White allies who want to do their bit to diversify the UK trail running scene. Black to the Trails...

Outdoor Events

Dog Festival 2024

12th May 2024

Venue: Houghton Hall Park

Address: Park Rd N, Houghton Regis, Dunstable, LU5 5FU

Website: www.houghtonhallpark.org/events/dog-festival-2024

The popular Dog Festival is back for another year! Accolade Hounds will be hosting the fun dog show; there will be two rings, one for small dogs and one for big dogs. Classes cost £2 per dog and are payable...

Theatre & Cinema

Taylor Mania

12th May 2024

Venue: Bedford Corn Exchange

Address: St Paul’s Square, Bedford

Website: www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk/events/taylor-mania/

An award-winning extravaganza that plays tribute to one of the leading contemporary recording artists of our time. ‘Swiftie’ Katy Ellis with an incredible live band and dancers promises to deliver...

Theatre & Cinema

Handa's Surprise

17th-18th May 2024

Venue: Hat Factory Arts Centre

Address: 65 - 67 Bute Street, Luton

Website: www.culturetrust.com/whats-on/handas-surprise

Travel to Kenya and follow in Handa’s footsteps as she journeys to see her best friend Akeyo, in the next village. A blend of physical performance, puppetry, live music and song combine to create an...

Indoor Activities

Crafts, Cake and a Cuppa

19th May 2024

Venue: Orchard Cottage

Address: 10 Cross End, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, Bedfordshire

Website: www.experiencebedfordshire.co.uk/whats-on/crafts-cake-and-a-cuppa-p2105561

A well-established and well-known craft fair with a great selection of unique items handmade by talented crafters, perfect for finding gifts for your friends and family or yourself. Free admission and...

Outdoor Events

Kids Rule! at Wrest Park

25th May-2nd June 2024

Venue: Wrest Park

Address: Silsoe, Bedfordshire

Website: www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/whats-on/wrest-park-kids-rule-25-may-2-jun-24/

Visit for hands-on activities and fresh-air family fun! 10am - 5pm. Book online and save 15%. Free for English Heritage members.

Theatre & Cinema

Claytime

26th May 2024

Venue: The Quarry Theatre at St Luke's

Address: 26 St Peters St, Bedford

Website: quarrytheatre.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873651686

The award-winning Indefinite Articles present their work for the very young: Claytime, a play with clay where the audience are invited to participate. Each Claytime is totally unique - creating its own...

Theatre & Cinema

Ten In The Bed

29th May 2024

Venue: Hat Factory Arts Centre

Address: 65 - 67 Bute Street, Luton

Website: www.culturetrust.com/whats-on/ten-bed

Join the boat-bed’s disparate crew as they dream up playful tales of pirates, misunderstood sharks and fishing trips that hook some unexpected catches. This humorous and inventive new show celebrates...

Theatre & Cinema

Olaf Falafel’s Super Stupid Show (20% More Stupider)

30th May 2024

Venue: Hat Factory Arts Centre

Address: 65 - 67 Bute Street, Luton

Website: www.culturetrust.com/whats-on/olaf-falafels-super-stupid-show-20-more-stupider

Join comedian and children's author Olaf Falafel for an hour of kid's comedy which is now 20% more stupider than ever before. With family-friendly frivolity that will leave you feeling a lot less intelligent...

Theatre & Cinema

Comedy Club For Kids

1st June 2024

Venue: The Quarry Theatre at St Luke's

Address: 26 St Peters St, Bedford

Website: quarrytheatre.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873655722

Since 2005, the Comedy Club For Kids has been getting some of the best stand-ups and sketch acts from the international circuit to do their thing for an audience of children and their families… but without...

Theatre & Cinema

James Campbell - Don't Panic! We CAN Save the Planet

8th June 2024

Venue: The Quarry Theatre at St Luke's

Address: 26 St Peters St, Bedford

Website: quarrytheatre.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873653503

A new live comedy show that’s perfect for any child who wants to swap being an Eco Worrier for being an Eco Warrior. Based around his new book, children's comedian and author James Campbell presents...

Indoor Activities

Wonder Gigs

21st-22nd June 2024

Venue: Hat Factory Arts Centre

Address: 65 - 67 Bute Street, Luton

Website: www.culturetrust.com/whats-on/wonder-gigs

Wonder Gigs offer an uplifting and relaxing hour with a live musician playing beautiful acoustic versions of well-known folk, jazz and pop songs. Acoustic covers of popular songs are tailored for tiny...

Indoor Activities

History in the Park at Wrest Park

22nd-23rd June 2024

Venue: Wrest Park

Address: Silsoe, Bedfordshire

Website: www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/whats-on/wrest-park-history-in-the-park-22-june-23-june-24/

Visit for a fun-filled history weekend and enjoy family-friendly activities set in multiple time periods, live music and storytelling. Experience life in a Victorian kitchen with talks, displays and interactive...

Outdoor Events

Classics in the Park 2024

23rd June 2024

Venue: Houghton Hall Park

Address: Park Rd N, Houghton Regis, Dunstable

Website: www.houghtonhallpark.org/events/classics-in-the-park-2024

Set in the beautiful park it’s a day not to be missed, especially if you love classic cars. There will be a selection of craft and produce stalls, and the popular Stick Man trail for the kids. Entertainment...

Theatre & Cinema

Shelf: The Kids' Show

6th July 2024

Venue: The Quarry Theatre at St Luke's

Address: 26 St Peters St, Bedford

Website: quarrytheatre.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873653188

Join best friends Rachel and Ruby for a kids' comedy show that's fun for all the family! Rachel and Ruby use physical comedy and silly characters to bring sketch comedy to children of all ages – a fun...

Outdoor Events

Ampthill Charter Market

Venue: Town Centre Car Park

Address: Ampthill, Bedford, MK45 2EH

Website: www.ampthill-tc.gov.uk/history-and-tourism/market

Every Thursday from 8.00am. There is plenty on offer from household wares, fresh fish, fruit and vegetables, eggs, olives, dried fruit, nuts, award winning baked bread, cakes, pies and pastries, children's...

Sports

Bedford Junior Parkrun

Venue: Jubilee Park

Address: Moulton Avenue, Bedford, MK42 0JD

Website: www.parkrun.org.uk/bedford-juniors/

A free, fun, and friendly weekly 2k event for juniors (4 to 14 year olds) held every Sunday at 9:00am. Free to attend but please register before you first come along. Join in whatever your pace!

Indoor Activities

Bedford Roller Disco

Venue: Bunyan Sports Centre

Address: Mile Rd, Bedford, MK42 9TS

Website: rollbackworld.com/shop/bedford-roller-disco/#product-reviews

The kind of fun you can have on eight wheels. Come along with friends and family to enjoy and laugh your way into the afternoon at a family session. Every Saturday 3pm - 4:30pm. Entry is £4, skate hire...

Biggleswade Charter Market

Venue: Market Square

Address: Market Square, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 8AS

Website: biggleswadetowncouncil.gov.uk/services/markets/

The Charter Market runs on Saturdays, with an array of stalls to have a browse through, ranging from varying fresh food stalls, cards and gift wrap, haberdashery, plants and shrubs, gifts and ornaments,...

Sports

Houghton Hall Junior Parkrun

Venue: Houghton Hall Park

Address: Park Road North, Houghton Regis, Beds, LU5 5FU

Website: www.parkrun.org.uk/houghtonhall-juniors/

A free, fun, and friendly weekly 2k event for juniors (4 to 14 year olds) held every Sunday at 9:00am. Free to attend but please register before you first come along. Join in whatever your pace!

Indoor Activities

Lego Club

Venue: Bedford Central Library

Address: Central Library, Harpur St, Bedford MK40 1PG

Website: virtual-library.culturalservices.net/webingres/bedfordshire/vlib/0.children_teenagers/family_events.htm#bc

Come along and get creative! See what you can make! Held every Saturday, 11am - 3pm.

Sports

Leighton Buzzard Junior Parkrun

Venue: Parson’s Close Recreation Ground Pulford Rd

Address: Leighton Buzzard LU7 1AB

Website: www.parkrun.org.uk/leightonbuzzard-juniors/

A free, fun, and friendly weekly 2k event for juniors (4 to 14 year olds) held every Sunday at 9:00am. Free to attend but please register before you first come along. Join in whatever your pace!

Sports

Luton Sports Village

Venue: Luton Sports Village

Address: Butterfield Green Rd, Luton, LU2 8DD

Website: letsgowiththechildren.co.uk/places-to-go/luton-sports-village/

Head over with the family to have fun and keep fit. This multi-purpose facility has a sports hall, two pools, one a 50m eight lane pool with a diving facility, sometimes mats and balls, family fun sessions,...

Open Wednesdays at the Walled Garden

Venue: Luton Hoo Walled Garden

Address: Luton Hoo Estate, Luton, LU1 4LF

Website: lutonhooestate.co.uk/event/open-wednesdays-at-the-walled-garden/

See how far the garden has come since the Walled Garden Project began over 21 years ago. Entry includes a tour of the garden and historic service buildings. Take your time to explore or visit the garden...

Outdoor Events

Rushmere Country Park

Venue: Rushmere Country Park

Address: Linslade Rd, Heath and Reach, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 0EB

Website: www.greensandtrust.org/rushmere-country-park

A great place to discover nature with over 400 acres of woodland, heathland and meadows to enjoy. Go and view herons nesting in spring from the outdoor café terrace, discover fairy doors and the Giant’s...

Outdoor Events

Russell Park

Venue: The Embankment

Address: Bedford, MK40 3RH

Website: www.bedford.gov.uk/leisure-parks-and-sport/parks-and-open-spaces/parks-bedford-borough/russell-park

Located off Bedford Embankment and provides a range of sports facilities, recreation space, a community café and herbaceous gardens for all the family. With a play area, football pitches, putting green,...

Arts & Crafts

Saturday Papercraft Club

Venue: Flitwick Library

Address: 15 Coniston Rd, Flitwick, Bedford MK45 1QL

Website: virtual-library.culturalservices.net/webingres/bedfordshire/vlib/0.children_teenagers/family_events.htm#fl

Fun sessions involving designing, colouring, folding and cutting to make your own paper creations to take home. Suitable for ages 8-12 years. 10.30am - 11.30am. Next dates: 24th June and 8th July. Please...

Indoor Activities

Sunday Funday

Venue: Bedford Central Library

Address: Central Library, Harpur St, Bedford, MK40 1PG

Website: virtual-library.culturalservices.net/webingres/bedfordshire/vlib/0.children_teenagers/family_events.htm#bc

Sunday is fun day! Lots of fun for all the family with giant Lego, board games and puzzles available to enjoy. No need to book, just turn up. Every Sunday, 11.30am - 1.30pm.

Sports

Swimming lessons with Everyone Active

Venue: Various locations in Bedfordshire

Website: www.everyoneactive.com/courses-lessons/swimming-lessons/

Award-winning swimming lessons at your local Everyone Active leisure centre, for children aged from just 4 months old. Available at The Dunstable Centre, Houghton Regis Leisure Centre, Tiddenfoot Leisure...

Sports

Wardown Junior Parkrun

Venue: Wardown Park

Address: Old Bedford Road, Luton, LU2 7HA

Website: www.parkrun.org.uk/wardown-juniors/

A free, fun, and friendly weekly 2k event for juniors (4 to 14 year olds) held every Sunday at 9:00am. Free to attend but please register before you first come along. Join in whatever your pace!

Outdoor Events

Wild Church

Venue: The Leslie Sell Activity Centre

Address: Molivers Ln, Bromham, Bedford, MK43 8LD

Website: ccbedford.churchinsight.com/Articles/552833/Regular_Childrens_activities.aspx

Meets on the third Sunday of the month, 4:30-6pm. Wild Church is an interactive outdoor session with woodland activities, a toasty fire, food and fellowship. Spend time together in God's creation and pray,...

Outdoor Events

Woburn Farmers' Market

Venue: Market Place

Address: Woburn, Bedfordshire, MK17 9PZ

Website: www.familiesonline.co.uk/local/south-bedfordshire/listing/woburn-farmers-market

Held on the third Sunday of every month from 10.00am - 2.00pm. This market sells a range of goods from pet accessories to fresh fruit, breads and chutney. A craft fair is also held in the village hall,...

Outdoor Events

Woodside Animal Farm

Venue: Woodside Animal Farm

Address: Woodside Road, Slip End, Beds, LU1 4DG

Website: www.woodsidefarm.co.uk

A great family day out. Get up close and cuddly with the animals. Lots of outdoor adventure play for all ages! Crazy golf suitable for adults and children is open daily. For rainy days and when the kids...

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