Friday, July 6, 2018

Refugee Week Event


On the 17th June, we hosted an event to celebrate 20 years of Refugee week. At the Harpur suite we enjoyed various activities including live music, poetry, art, theatre, a fashion show, language workshops and food from around the world. 





The day was a great success, with many commenting on our efforts to portray the contributions and challenges of Bedford's refugee past and present. 

‘It was such a great experience, I loved it. Makes me want to do more for the community. You should be very proud!’

‘Today was amazing, really positive representation of refugees-great work!’

‘Well done to all. What a superb event, especially the variety of food!



Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Summer Activities 2018

Explore with Kevin the Platypus
Every Wednesday from 25th July – 29th August
11am, 12.30pm, and 2pm 

£2.70 per child



STEM Specials
Every Friday from 27th July – 31st August
11am, 12.30pm, and 2pm 

£5 per child


Explore with Kevin at The Higgins Bedford this summer and take part in a range of activities including visiting the Settlement gallery, exploring the Somewhere in England exhibition, crafting a clay pot, designing Victorian styled toys, and creating a kite to fly.


These activities are aimed at children aged 5 to 13 and are unsuitable for children aged 3 and under. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Entry for these activities cost £2.70 per child and accompanying adults can take part for free. Places can be booked in advance. To book, please purchase a ticket at The Higgins Bedford reception desk. Unfilled places will be offered on a first-come, first served basis on the day.



Inspired by STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), The Higgins Bedford has joined with popular local providers in hosting spectacular family activities. Experience animal encounters, become mini map makers and little scientists in the labs this summer.

These activities are aimed at children aged 5 to 13 and are unsuitable for children aged 3 and under. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Entry will cost £5 per child but will be free for accompanying adults. Places on STEM Specials will go quickly and we recommend booking in advance. To book, please purchase a ticket at The Higgins Bedford reception desk. Unfilled places will be offered on a first-come, first served basis on the day.


Find out more information about family activities this summer here: https://bit.ly/HigginsFamilyEvents

Bedford River Festival 2018

The Higgins Bedford at The River Festival


Saturday 14th July

and

Sunday 15th June (Extended hours 11am - 5pm)

River Festival Raft Race



This year the River Festival marks its 40th anniversary on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th July, and is recognised as one of the largest outdoor events of its kind in the UK with the last Festival in 2016 seeing over a quarter of a million people enjoying this free Festival on Bedford’s Embankment. This year 2018’s Bedford River Festival will be bigger than ever before, with the Festival expanding further down the River to include St Mary's Gardens.

The Higgins Bedford will be part of a marquee in St. Mary's Gardens where there will be a host of activities to enjoy, including an Adventure Village with a low rope course, a canoe trail, giant games, circus skills and bushcrafts activities.

If the hustle and bustle of the River Festival becomes too much, The Higgins Bedford will have some chill out space and wellbeing activities to enjoy. It’s a great place to retreat from the crowds, noise and weather. Extended opening hours on Sunday (11am – 5pm) will make it even easier to visit.


Follow us at The River Festival here: bit.ly/#BedfordRF18

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Refugee Week 2018


Refugee Week Celebration



Sunday 17th June
1pm - 6pm
Harpur Suite
Free Event


This year we are celebrating 20 years of Refugee Week. Join us for a free event taking place at the Harpur suite with various activities relating to Bedford's refugee past and present. The day will include live music, poetry, art, theatre, a fashion show, language workshops and food from around the world. 

Living Library

Tuesday 19th - Wednesday 20th June
11am - 3pm
Bedford Central Library
Free Entry


As part of Refugee Week, the Higgins Bedford team will be at Bedford Central Library on Tuesday 19th June and Wednesday 20th June sharing the collected stories and experiences of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. 

Find out more information about Refugee Week here: bit.ly.HigginsRefugeeWeek
or contact the Project Coordinators:

Pauline Stepney pauline.stepney@bedford.gov.uk  

Friday, May 25, 2018

Bawden's Beasts

Tuesday 29th May 2018

11am, 12.30pm, 2pm.


Explore with Kevin this Half Term on Tuesday 29th May the Beasts in the Bawden gallery at The Higgins Bedford. Join local artist Victoria Houghton and create fantastical clay creatures inspired by Bawden's Beasts. 
















Each session will start at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm. This activity is suitable for children aged 5 and above and must be accompanied by an adult.

Entry for this activity will cost £2.70 per child and accompanying adults can take part for free. Places can be booked in advance. To book, please purchase a ticket at The Higgins Bedford reception desk. Unfilled places will be offered on a first-come, first served basis on the day.

Find out more information about Half Term activities at The Higgins Bedford here:
bit.ly/HigginsFamilyEvents

Friday, May 18, 2018

De-Stress Day Event

To support this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, we hosted an event to help people to unwind and feel less stressed on Wednesday 16th May.

We enjoyed various relaxing activities and games like jigsaw puzzles, dominoes and even a few rounds of Rota; a game similar to Tic-Tac-Toe that was played by the Ancient Romans including the famous poet Ovid.



We also had arts and crafts activities including drawing, colouring mandalas and crocheting,


Some of the artefacts which people had access to are from the time of the Ancient Romans, the Middle Ages, and the Victorians. It was a lot of fun trying to guess which pieces belonged to which era, with some surprising results.

We hope you are feeling a little less stressed and have enjoyed the day as much as we have. 

Our next event for Mental Health Awareness will be a Break The Stigma Open Day on Saturday 26th May which aims to address the discrimination surrounding mental health. Find out more about the Break The Stigma campaign here 
 
For more information about Mental Health Awareness and Wellbeing events at The Higgins Bedford bit.ly/HigginsWellbeing


Friday, May 11, 2018

Museums at Night

Thursday 17th May

7.30pm


Join us in a free event consisting of a talk about The Short Brothers, who were the first in the world to make production aircraft including hot air balloons built in Cardington. There will also be a book signing by Liz Walker, great 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'. 

Afterwards enjoy an evening visit to the exhibitions and galleries at The Higgins Bedford which will be open until 8.30pm.

Find out more about our current exhibitions at The Higgins Bedford bit.ly/HigginsExhibitions

Half Term Activities

Tuesday 29th May
Wednesday 30th May
Friday 1st June,
11am, 12.30pm, 2pm

Explore with Kevin at The Higgins Bedford this Half Term and take part in a range of activities including exploring the Beasts in the Bawden gallery, exploring the Settlement gallery, designing prehistoric pencil cases and creating your own personalised top hat.
These activities are suitable for children aged 5 and above but must be accompanied by an adult. Entry for these activities cost £2.70 per child and accompanying adults can take part for free. Places can be booked in advance. To book, please purchase a ticket at The Higgins Bedford reception desk. Unfilled places will be offered on a first-come, first served basis on the day.

Find out more information about our Half Term activities at The Higgins Bedford bit.ly/HigginsFamilyEvents

De-Stress Day

In recognition of this years Mental Health Awareness Week focusing on Stress we are hosting a free event on Wednesday 16th May running from 11am - 3pm. Join us for various relaxing activities including, drawing and sketching in the galleries, colouring mandalas and handling museum artefacts.

For more information about Mental Health Awareness and Wellbeing events at The Higgins Bedford bit.ly/HigginsWellbeing


Break the Stigma Open Day

The Higgins Bedford, together with The Harpur Trust, The Panacea Charitable Trust and ELFT (East London NHS Foundation Trust) are hosting a Break the Stigma open day on Saturday 26th May running from 11am - 4pm with free entry. Break the Stigma is a campaign that aims to address the discrimination surrounding mental health and to encourage everyone to be more open about their own mental health. 
Come along and take part in many fun activities including art and poetry workshops, yoga, table tennis and live music. 

Find out more about the Break The Stigma campaign here www.facebook.com/LetsBeOpenAboutMentalHealth