Summer of creative fun starts at The Higgins

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Creative fun begins this weekend when The Higgins Bedford will be a buzzing hive of activity.

The art gallery and museum is host to the first Bedford Children’s Book Festival, and it all kicks off on Saturday, July 5.

The day will be packed with activities for children, all focused around books, reading and a love of the written word. There will be book readings from local and national authors, books signings and illustration workshops.

Saturday also sees local artist and illustrator, David Litchfield, making a start on The Higgins Bedford’s new exhibition, Imagined Cities. Inspired by the theme of cities in the exhibition programme, the gallery will be transformed as an imagined cityscape appears on walls and plinths throughout the space.

There will be another opportunity to join David at a creative workshop at The Higgins Bedford on 20th August. Monster Metropolis is a 2-hour workshop for children aged 8+. This is just one of many activities for children and families at the art gallery and museum, where there will be activities throughout July and August. These include the chance to make your very own Routemaster Bus, A Space-Helmet and Egyptian Headdresses. Utopia Creative Arts will be at The Higgins Bedford on Friday 1st August for Showtime, a 2-hour workshop where children aged 8+ will have the chance to make their own amazing carnival masks.

Events include:

Imagined Cities

Connections Gallery – Entry Free

Saturday 5th July – Sunday 14th September

We’re turning the Connections Gallery into a giant artwork – with your help! Inspired by the theme of cities in our exhibitions programme, we want you to create an imaginary cityscape across the gallery walls. Illustrator David Litchfield (The Beano, the Daily Telegraph, Anorak Magazine) will start things off and the artwork will grow and develop over the summer with your contributions.

Great Creates: Artist-led Workshops

1am – 1pm or 2 – 4pm

Suitable for children aged 8+

£6 per child

Booking is essential for these 2 hour workshops.

Friday 1st August


Make amazing carnival masks with Utopia Creative Arts

Wednesday 20th August

Monster Metropolis

Create fantastical drawings of future cities with amazing illustrator, David Litchfield.

Holiday Activities

Family Join-in Sessions

These creative activities take about one hour.

Sessions start at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm and run on a first come, first served basis.

Last admission is ¾ hour before the end of the session.

Suitable for ages 3+. All children to be accompanied by an adult.

£2.20 per participating child.

Tuesday 29th July

Cézanne, Gauguin, Gone!

Time flies making a clock inspired by French painters!

Wednesday 30th July

Re-Fashion Paris

Create French fashion clothing of the future.

Tuesday 5th August


Make mini mosaic coasters.

Wednesday 6th August

Pharaoh Style

Make Egyptian headdresses and jewellery.

Friday 8th August

Potty Gods

Make clay pots and finger-puppets inspired by ancient Cyprus.

Tuesday 12th August

Hold Very Tight!

Make a model Routemaster Bus.

Wednesday 13th August


Create your own London game.

Friday 15th August

Midnight Capital

Help create a vision of London at night in our Foyer window.

Tuesday 19th August


Design and make a space helmet, so that you can ‘Boldly Go…’