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Half Term fun and sculptures at The Higgins Bedford

Join Kevin the Platypus this half term for five fun trails inspired by the weird and wonderful objects at The Higgins Bedford.

Each trail contains an I-Spy activity alongside fun facts and craft sheets based on a theme. Including toys and games, creepy crawlies, hats and Halloween.

The Halloween trail will be available throughout half term week. With four more being released each day from Tuesday 27 to Friday 30 October.

The Higgins Bedford has included a ‘Kevin’s Create at Home Challenge’ at the end of some of the trails. This offers the opportunity for children to get creative in the comfort of their own home.

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New ‘Symbol Spot’ Hunt on the Marston Vale Line this half-term

London Northwestern Railway (LNR) in conjunction with Mini Map-Makers and the Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership (CRP) has developed ‘Symbol Spot’ to help keep kids entertained during the half term break,

Launching during half term, young explorers are encouraged to put their ‘spotting’ skills to the test and search for hidden disks across the railway network.

It has been designed to encourage families to get outdoors and spend some time learning together. Children will embark on a journey which will allow them to gain new valuable skills, discover more about map reading, the train timetable and rail safety, and most importantly have fun.

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The Higgins Bedford celebrates Black History Month 2020

To mark Black History Month 2020, The Higgins Bedford is putting on a Black History Month Trail in partnership with the Legacy of Windrush Descendants (LOWD) Learning Hub and Nubian Teachings.

The Black History Month Trail introduces visitors to historic and modern day black people, inspired by the exhibitions and displays across the galleries at the museum. It opens on 6th October.

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Marston against Crime to hold a community garage trail sale

Marston against Crime will be holding its first community garage trail sale on 10 October to raise funds for the group and for Marston Moretaine.

What is a garage trail sale?

Individual houses turn out their unwanted goods and sell from their front garden garage or drive. The sellers keep all proceeds they make.

The fund raising part comes from the garage trail entry fee. It costs £5 to enter you home on the garage trail map. Maps will be on sale for £1.

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Willen Observation Wheel, a new visitor attraction in Milton Keynes

The Willen Observation Wheel (WOW MK) opened on Saturday 12 September 2020. The 10-minute rotation gives the riders views across the lake and onto the city beyond.
WOW MK has 24 gondolas, which can sit up to six people at a time. Each complete rotation of the wheel takes approximately 10 minutes.

WOW MK is open every day between 11am – 7pm. The wheel is be located on the events lawn close to Splash ‘n’ Play, at Willen Lake.

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New term at the Big Bold Youth theatre school

A new term has started at the Big Bold Youth theatre school. With classes in Bedford and Newport Pagnell, its mission is to provide affordable and accessible drama activities for young people.

Theatre school director, James Smith, said that it’s not all about becoming an actor, adding that being involved can increase a child’s confidence and to build friendships.

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Celebrate the lives of loved ones with a Walk to Remember

People across Bedfordshire are putting their best foot forward this October and walking in honour of their loved ones to raise money for a local hospice. Walk to Remember 2020 will see people walk a route that means something to them to remember the life of someone special.

It’s being organised by Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice in Moggerhanger near Bedford. The Hospice cares for people with life-limiting conditions as well as supporting their families.

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The Greensand Trust receives National Lottery Heritage Fund boost

A grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Heritage Emergency Fund will help ensure that local environmental charity The Greensand Trust survives and is able to continue playing a role in the local area.

The Greensand Trust manages many sites across the Greensand Ridge and surrounding areas in Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, including several Sites of Special Scientific Interest and Scheduled Monuments.

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