A school hall became a temporary campsite when a group of Italian schoolchildren dropped in on their friends in Kempston.
The pupils and staff at Springfield Lower School in Orchard Street were delighted to meet up again with visitors from abroad.
The group had great fun setting up camp in the school hall - Springfield saw 17 italian children and four adults plus 20 of their own year 4 taking part in a ‘Mega Camping Experience’.
The school hall became a sea of canvas when the group arrived on Saturday, September 28, before departing last Thursday.
The children and staff are from Springfield’s partner school in Copertino, near Lecce, and this is the third year that the two schools have met up.
Head teacher Richard Benson said: “Our Year 4 children will have the chance to go to Italy in May next year and stay in the school there and sample lots of the cultural differences between the countries.”
The schoolchildren from Italy were treated to some traditional tastes and sights by their English pals.
The group spent a day in London doing the sights, enjoyed a day in school and spent another looking at historic Bedford.
Some traditional dishes were served including sausage, mash and baked beans, fish and chips, and cottage pie - made by the parents of year 4 children.