Egg-citing Easter Activities in Bedford

There’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained during the Easter holidays in Bedford this April.

  1. All of Bedford Borough Libraries have loads of crafty activities throughout the hols. You can find all the info here and click on these downloadable pdfs:

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2. The BIG Easter Egg Hunt with Bedford Chronicles

Until Saturday 22nd April 2017

Virtual ‘eggs’ are hidden across Bedford and the aim of the game is to find them all. Just download the free app, set your location and the hunt can begin. There is a map to help navigate and clues to help users find the hidden eggs.  Once all the virtual ‘eggs’ have been collected, players can enter into a free prize draw to be in with a chance to win a real chocolate Easter egg or two!  The app can be played by anyone who has access to an Android or iPhone and is completely free to download from the Bedford Chronicles website, or via Google Play or Apple Store.

 3. Easter at The Higgins Bedford

The Higgins will be celebrating all things Picasso during the Easter Holiday, as the block-buster exhibition Picasso & the Masters of Print draws to a close.

Easter Holiday Family join-in activity session last for about an hour and costs £2.70 per participating child.

Friday 7th April – Bag yourself a Picasso! – Get inspired by the prints on display and decorate your own bag to take away. Sessions at 11am, 12noon, 2pm and 3pm

Tuesday 11th April – Make a Mini Miro. – Create paper sculptures in the style of Miro. 11am, 12noon, 2pm and 3pm

Wednesday 12th April – Print Masters. – Design a printing tile and have a go at printing with it. Sessions at 11am, 12noon, 2pm and 3pm

Monday 17th April – Picasso Portrait Party – A drop-in workshop where you can create your own Picasso style portrait. The Monday workshop is a little bit different because the museum is open from 2pm – 5pm – This workshop will run between 2pm and 4pm. Participants can join in any time during the workshop. Cost is £2.70 per participating child. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

4. Colouring fun

Love Bedford are adding a splash of colour to Harpur Square this Easter from Monday 10th – Wednesday 12th April. Pop along between 11am and 4pm to colour in the Love Bedford Easter mural and take part in the ‘Mini Egg’ hunt for a chance to win a £50 Love Bedford voucher.  On Easter Saturday (15th April) there will be free face painting  at Boots Corner from 11am – 4pm. For more details:

5. Free Easter Egg Trail at John Bunyan Museum

Hunt the coloured cardboard eggs among the displays at the John Bunyan Museum and then rearrange the letters on them to find the mystery word or phrase to win a chocolate egg and sticker.  There are lots of other quizzes for children to do too. Just ask the friendly steward on duty.

The Museum’s free Easter Egg Hunt runs from Saturday 1st to Saturday 22nd April.

The Museum is open from 11am to 4pm, Tuesday to Saturday (closed on Good Friday).

6. A Most Magnificent Original Victorian Magic Lantern Show

At The Panacea Museum

On Thursday 6th April, travel on a journey back in time, a time before cinema and television and witness first-hand Victorian state-of-the-art technology, an authentic Magic Lantern Show.  Learn about this Victorian craze for Magic Lanterns and watch as images seem to appear from nowhere.  The show is interactive so be prepared to join in the fun. You can also make your very own Flip Book.

Starts at 10.00am (lasts approx 1hr 30mins)
For children aged 5 and over.

To book:

7. Secrets and Spies ( Keep it under your hat) 

At the John Bunyan Museum

Thursday 13th April

Secrets and Spies WW2 – Mission Bedford

A fun Easter holiday workshop

Find out about the secrets of Bedford during WW2, bombs, spy schools, hidden radio stations and much more

There will be making, creating and participating

Starts at 10.30 ( lasts approx 1hr 30mins)
Limited space
For children aged 6 and over.

Book via the website


8. Relive Bedford’s Passion Play

This time last year, over 100 people from many different churches and community drama organisations worked together to stage the first Passion Play to take place in Bedford for over 30 years.

As the anniversary approaches, Hope Bedfordshire would like to invite you to a free screening of the performance. The film was created by media students at Bedford College and will be shown with a short “Making of…” documentary at the end.

The screenings will take place on the 15th April 2017 at The Place Theatre on Bradgate Road. There will be three showings; at 2pm, 4pm and 6pm.

For further information and to book free tickets please visit

9. Redelivered Mail Art Show

Mail Art is – according to Wikipedia – a populist artistic movement centred on sending small scale works through the postal service. It initially developed out of the Fluxus movement in the 1950s and 60s, though it has since developed into a global movement that originally came to Bedford in 2012. This month, Mail Art is ‘redelivered’ to Bedford, thanks to artist Anne-Marie Stijelja.  “The exhibition at the Basement @ Bunyan will be a chance to see the original artwork from the 2012 show, plus new submissions,” said Anne-Marie.  “All of the pieces will be for sale for £5, with profits going to the CHUMs charity.”  Following the first Mail Art show at 24 Mill Street (a We Are Bedford pop up venue), the exhibition has been posted to various venues throughout the world, returning home for its final outing. Don’t miss your chance to snap up a bargain from Wednesday 5th – Saturday 8th April.

Basement @ Bunyan, Bunyan Meeting, Mill Street, Bedford MK40 3EU

10. Meet the Dinosaurs!

The dinosaurs are coming to the Forest of Marston Vale!

Come along and have your picture taken with the prehistoric beasts and jeep, or even become an archaeologist and discover dinosaurs of your own with some prehistoric fossil dusting.

£3 for children accompanied adults free.

Running all day (10am – 4pm)

More info:

11. A Spring Surprise – Kids’ Outdoor Activity at Marston Vale Forest Centre

Tuesday 11th April from 11am

Follow the woodland trail to discover a spring surprise hiding in the Country Park. There will be riddles to solve and amazing animal facts to discover on this spring walk. Wear warm clothes and boots. £4 per child.

Sessions last 1hr 15mins approx, and start at 10am, 11.30am and 2pm. Booking and parental supervision essential

For more info:

12. Easter Trail at the Marston Vale Forest Centre

Sunday Apr 16, 2017 – Monday Apr 17, 2017
11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Get outdoors this Easter weekend and follow our Easter Trail to win a chocolate treat – only £2 per child, no booking required. Running 11am – 3pm continously – pop into Reception to pay and collect your Trail sheet!

For more info:

13. Martson Vale Community Railway

Days Out

14. Love Bedford Easter Activities

Take part in the Love Bedford Easter Egg Trail from 10th April (more info and entry form here).

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