The long summer holiday is upon us and it is a scorcher. Here are our top tips on how to have a great day out in Bedford with the kids without it breaking the bank and some great family dining at Riverside Bedford.
Free Virtual Reality Experience
Last chance: Closes 10th August
Head to Riverside Bedford and take in The Virtual Orchestra, a virtual reality installation running until 10 August. The installation allows you to play along with segments of the orchestra as well as sit on stage with them in 360° virtual reality. The Virtual Orchestra event is free and open every day.
Check out the website for details of opening times, guided tours, fringe events and live performances.
Latest Movies at Vue just £4.99 or £3.99 on Mondays
If you are overheating why not catch the latest blockbuster in one of Vue Bedford’s air conditioned screens. Tickets are just £4.99 (plus 50p if you book in advance) all day every day except Monday – when they are just £3.99*.
*Bank holidays and other exclusions apply. See http://myvue.com/legal for details.
Celebrated artist Edward Bawden’s lifelong preoccupation with all manner of creatures – from delicate insects to farm grazers and domestic pets, and from exotic jungle and desert dwellers to fantastical shape-shifting beasts – are the focus of an enchanting free exhibition drawn from the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery Collection.
Edward Bawden Gallery – Free Entry.
Stop by Riverside for Sunday lunch then take a stroll down the River to the Mill Meadows Bandstand where you can sit and relax listening to some traditional bandstand music between 3 pm and 5 pm. Runs until 19 August
Circular River Walk
Take a circular walk along the River Great Ouse from Riverside to Kempston Mill and come back on the other bank. The walk is about 5 – 6 miles and takes about 2 and half to 3 hours. Rewards galore await with a choice of great restaurants and bars at Riverside. Or for something shorter, try this self-guided of Bedford Town Centre’s historical landmarks.
Fun creative writing workshops in August
Is your child the next J.K.Rowling or Malorie Blackman? Do they love making up stories and creating imaginative, faraway lands? Then look out for creative writing workshops with Explore Learning in August.
And that’s just one of many free events for children of all ages at Bedford Central Library this summer.
Shop Don’t Drop
Whether you’re looking for a new summer outfit, gifts or back to school, you’ll find a great selection of shops in Bedford Town Centre.
Kid-friendly Menus at Riverside Bedford Means Great Family Dining
Make it a day to remember with lunch or dinner at one of these great Riverside restaurants. Riverside Bedford is great for family meals with lots kid-friendly menus to choose from so you’ll be sure to find the perfect place for your family.