A weekend of scientific fun in store for town’s youngsters

A publicity image promoting Bedford Fun Palace

A publicity image promoting Bedford Fun Palace

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Bedford is about to get its ‘fun’ on as the BedPop Fun Palace announces a whole host of activities for all ages, designed to celebrate arts, culture and science.

The full programme for the festival, which takes place on Saturday and Sunday, incorporates dozens of free activities hosted by artists, scientists, computer programmers, curators, illustrators, crafters and performers.

Highlights include an engineering challenge between engineers from Network Rail and students at Mark Rutherford Upper School, contemporary cross-stitch with Mr X Stitch, an exclusive preview and live installation of the new JMW Turner watercolours exhibit at The Higgins and a maths/drama workshop with internationally renowned Theatre de Complicité at the Quarry Theatre.

There’s also a chance to contribute to a quilt of Bedford and discover the ‘Home of the Awakened Mind’, an installation at The Higgins in association with students from Beauchamp School.

Sign up for coding workshops at Bedford Library, join story times with Novus Theatre’s James and the Giant Peach and get hands-on with history thanks to English Heritage.

Get robotic at Animal Gallery with the Circus of Illustration and design your own BedPop bot. Take the Culture Challenge or pedal-power your own smoothie in 
Harpur Square.

Erica Roffe, from BedPop Fun Palace, said: “We’re thrilled to be able to bring so many excellent free activities to Bedford through collaborating with so many local businesses and organisations. We are passionate about sharing the art, culture and scientific excellence that is on our doorstep and giving children a wide variety of hands-on experiences.”

Support for the Fun Palaces has come from local businesses and arts organisations including Bedford Creative Arts, You Can Book Me and Colworth Park in Sharnbrook, a state-of-the-art scientific research facility.

Fun Palaces were conceived in the 1960s as a ‘laboratory of fun’ and ‘a university of the streets’.

Parents interested in Bedford Fun Palace can find out more at http://funpalaces.co.uk/discover/bedpop-fun-palace.