Historic Moot Hall to host ghost hunts and lacemaking in new season

Moot Hall, Elstow, which reopens on April 5.
Moot Hall, Elstow, which reopens on April 5.

Ghost hunts and lace-making demonstrations are among events planned as the historic Moot Hall prepares to reopen for a new season.

Art exhibitions, concerts, meetings, festivals, training courses, musical evenings all begin as the centre at Elstow throws open its doors on Saturday, April 5.

On the opening day there will be a new exhibition of Bedfordshire lace-making. The exhibition, which features the Aragon Lace Makers’ model of Bunyan’s Cottage, will include demonstrations from 2pm until 4pm.

Moot Hall now also has two new on-line archives available to the public.

The first archive contains diverse information, such as Paranormal Investigations at Moot Hall Elstow; Historical information about Local families such as the Bunyans, Hillersdens and Radclyffes; Elstow Gospel Mission and Elstow Bunyan Meeting.

These and many more documents can be viewed at www.bedford.gov.uk/moothall

The second, is a re-launch of the Elstow picture archive. This contains a large number of old Elstow May festival photographs, dating back to the 1920s; old photographs and illustrations of Elstow; Moot Hall’s collection of images and paintings; plus more recent photographs of the village.

This archive can be viewed at http://s1330.photobucket.com/user/moothallelstow/profile/

Cllr Doug McMurdo, portfolio holder for leisure and culture, at Bedford Borough Council, said: “Moot Hall is an extremely popular location, particularly in the warmer months. It is surrounded by beautiful grounds; perfect for family picnics.

“Those taking part in the lace-making can soak up the atmosphere in this 15th century Tudor timber-framed building, while socialising and generally having fun.”

Moot Hall is managed by the events team at Bedford Borough Council who can be contacted on 01234 718044. Alternatively, you can send an email via moot.hall@bedford.gov.uk