Easter holiday fun for all ages - and not forgetting the elephants

Elephants at Woburn Safari Park.
Elephants at Woburn Safari Park.

Easter egg hunts, natural history and the great outdoors beckon over the holiday weekend.

The John Bunyan Museum in Bedford is running a free Easter egg quiz for children with chocolate egg prizes.

The hunt for eggs and quiz runs from Saturday, March 28 until Saturday April 11, 11am to 4pm, Tuesday to Saturday (Closed Good Friday).

You can also pick up an application form for an art competition, and be inspired by John Bunyan - the closing date for entries is Friday, May 22.

The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday 11am until 4pm and admission is free.

Contact the Curator Nicola Sherhod on 01234 270303 or email curator@bunyanmeeting.co.uk


>> The beautiful Asian elephant herd at Woburn Safari Park will be championing the plight of their wild friends and relations as the ambassadors of Elephant Appreciation Weekend, which is being held from Good Friday, April 3 until Easter Monday, April 6. The park is hoping to raise more than £10,000 for the International Elephant Foundation, which funds scientific research, education programmes and the protection of elephants for future generations.

The Park’s beautiful elephants, including their most recent addition, six month old female calf Tarli, play a pivotal role in the preservation of their species.

The elephant team at Woburn Safari Park will be providing educational talks and visitors can take part in a range of fabulous elephant-themed activities and exciting games in return for a small donation. There will also be lots of prizes to be won.

Meanwhile the park’s favourite little friend, Peppa Pig, is returning on Monday, April 6 and visitors will find her at Elephant Meadow at intervals throughout the day for story sessions. On Good Friday, April 3, visitors can also meet the loveable character Yoohoo at intervals throughout the day when he visits Elephant Meadow, where they will be helping to educate young children with an environmental and global conservation message of respecting the natural world and surrounding habitats.

The big eyed, bushy tailed characters represent endangered, extinct and extraordinary animals.

>> British Military Fitness (BMF) is inviting families from the Bedford area to take part in a free session in Bedford Park on Sunday, April 5 at 9.30am.

The event is open to both BMF members and non-members alike, who are invited to bring their children along for an action packed session in the park where parents and children will be given various exercises they can do together.

Pete Gill, BMF Territory Manager, commented: “Parent and child sessions are a perfect way to get families together outside enjoying some fun filled exercise at Easter! This event is a perfect opportunity to bring together the widespread community, whilst having fun in the process.”

It is recommended people arrive at the event at 09.15am. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

For more information about British Military Fitness, please visit www.britishmilitaryfitness.com

>> Pets at Home in Bedford will be providing Easter holiday fun for children with a series of free pet workshops.