Cultural delights for children abound in Bedford festival

A Boy and a Bear in a Boat, one of the shows coming to the June Arts Jam
A Boy and a Bear in a Boat, one of the shows coming to the June Arts Jam

Bedford is about to come alive with colourful and creative cultural fun for children at a special arts festival .

The June Arts Jam runs from the Friday June 3rd to Monday June 20 and offers a selection of shows and workshops in many locations across the town.

The festival is run by children’s theatre specialists Full House, who they have travelled the country to hand pick the most outstanding work for young people to bring it back to Bedford. The organisers promises a festival that will surprise, delight and educate audiences - whatever their age - with the aim of creating treasured family memories for many years to come.

Venues hosting June Arts Jam events include The Higgins Museum, The Place Theatre, Bedford Central Library, John Bunyan Museum and Queens Park Community Centre.

June Arts Jam programmer Ben Miles said: “Attending similar events to this when I was a child is what inspired me to work in the creative industries. I feel incredibly proud to now be in a position to select the best work that’s out there for children and bring it back to where I live.”

Full House Theatre director Harriet Hardie said: “Our children and families in Bedford deserve the very best. My company always strives to create outstanding theatre but we’re not the only ones in Bedford doing great stuff. June Arts Jam is an opportunity to learn and be inspired in a museum or library and be entertained by top quality theatre too”

Many of the events at June Arts Jam are offered free of charge as the festival has been funded by Arts Council England and the Harpur Trust.

Visit www.fullhouse.org.uk/whats for full listings and booking details.