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Weekend: An indoor beach, potato race and a Chelsea award-winner are among events and activities to enjoy around the county

Willington Pre School pupils test out the new beach at Frosts Garden Centre.

Willington Pre School pupils test out the new beach at Frosts Garden Centre.

Spuds at the ready – the country’s only annual potato race takes place later this weekend.

The Flitton Potato Race dates back generations but was revived in 2010, taking runners on a one-mile course from Greenfield to the White Hart pub carrying sacks of spuds weighing up to 20kg.

The first team prize is a barrel of beer.

A total of 150 children will be competing in the Tatties In A Bucket and Design a Potato Head competitions.

The event takes place on Sunday, June 22 – for more visit www.flittonpotatorace.co.uk.

Clophill Open Gardens run this weekend with a record number of gardens.

Entry is £5, with programmes on sale at the village green, Methodist church, church gate and village hall.

It was a day at the seaside for the youngsters of Willingtots Pre-School who helped celebrate the launch of the beach at Frosts Garden Centre in Willington.

Grabbing their buckets and spades, they spent the morning playing in the sand, building sandcastles and enjoying an ice cream.

Frosts is bringing back the beach to give families all the fun of the seaside, right on their doorstep! Children can spend the day building sandcastles and playing traditional outdoor games. Frosts has even made the beach ‘great-British-weather-proof’ – it is fully undercover so come rain or shine the whole family will keep dry and shaded.

The beach is open all day every day until the end of the summer holidays and admission is free.

There will be activities each week starting on Wednesday, July 23 with Paint Your Own Money Bank, with the fun continuing until Wednesday, August 27. Visit www.frostsgardencentres.co.uk.

Renowned willow weaver Rachel Carter will be taking her award-winning RHS Chelsea Flower exhibition to the Woburn Abbey Garden Show this weekend.

Set against the beautiful background of Woburn Abbey with its 28- acre garden, Rachel’s stand will showcase her attractive hand-crafted bronze and copper sculptures.

Hand woven copper alliums emerging from lush foliage in various shades of green will form the backdrop to the distinctly designed stand.

The entrance to the stand will be flanked by handmade timber plinths showcasing two more spherical bronze pieces.

The exhibition is on Saturday and Sunday, June 21 and 22, opening from 10am until 5pm on both days.

Visit www.rachel carter.co.uk for more details.

The Guide Dogs for the Blind Bedford fundraising group is hosting a quiz night and raffle on Friday, June 20 at 7pm.

Bring a team - entry is £9 per person including a fish and chip supper and it is at Trinity Arts and Leisure Centre, Bromham Road, Bedford. Call Nicola Mackie on 07866 414214.

A royal Rolls Royce will make a public appearance at the Bletsoe Country Fete.

The car, a 20hp Barker cabriolet, was ordered by King Edward VIII in 1923 when he was Prince of Wales. The restored vehicle will join a fleet of historic cars at the event on Saturday, June 21.

A celebration of motoring through the last 100 years takes place in Haynes on Sunday, June 22.

More than 100 vintage vehicles will drive a 2.7-mile circuit of country roads before lining up on the village playing fields.

The event will also feature traditional stalls, traders and arena displays. Entrance is £2.

An open event is being held at St Martin’s Church, Clapham Road, Bedford on Sunday, June 22, as part of Open Church Sunday.

The church, which was built in the Victorian era and now 125 years old, will be open between 2pm and 5pm.

Refreshments and guides will be available. Visit www.openchurchsunday.co.uk

On Saturday, June 28, a summer fair is being held at St Martin’s, from 2pm until 4pm with stalls and refreshments. Admission is free.

Singer Johnny Red will be performing his successful 1950’s solo rock n roll on Saturday, June 21 at Stewartby Club.

Classic Rock n Roll songs are the main part of the show.

Entry is free. Call the club on 01234 768261.

Pit your wits and raise money for a good cause with a charity quiz evening at the MS Therapy Centre in Barkers Lane, Bedford on Friday, June 27.

Entry is for teams of six. Tickets are £4 including nibbles and there will be a bar and raffle. Call 01234 325781 to reserve your place. It starts at 7pm for 7.30pm.

 

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