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raring2go.co.uk 3 Raring2go! WELCOME Welcome to the Spring Edition! Spring is finally here and it is great to be able to get outdoors and enjoy all that it has to offer… Spring flowers, Lambs in the fields and lots of Easter eggs! And this year, we are all Raring2go! There are plenty of ideas and suggestions throughout the magazine about places to go and things to do and in the What’s on guide on pages 4 and 17. You can also discover more about things to do on our website www. raring2go.co.uk/bedford-and-biggleswade and by following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Take a look at the Spotlight on St Neots feature on pages 26 and 27. Who knew that this local town had so much to offer for families! Please visit our website to subscribe to our monthly newsletters, enter our fantastic competitions and take advantage of our offers! Have a wonderful Spring and a very Happy Easter! Tilly xx 07855 952956 bedford@raring2go.co.uk p.s. Please remember to mention Raring2go! wherever you go! Copyright © 2022 by Gemini Print No part of the publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, mechanical or electronic, including photocopying & recording, or by any information storage & retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher. Published by Raring2go! Bedford Tilly Bartens Phone: 07855 952956, Email: bedford@raring2go.co.uk All information in the booklet is published in good faith. We do not guarantee the services and products from any business featured. Printers: Gemini Print: 01273 464884 Layout by Free Range Design: 01234 315493 General Competition Rules: No cash alternatives to prizes. Please refer to individual closing dates. Personal data only used to administer competitions. f Stay In Touch! Make sure that you re-subscribe so we can keep telling you about the great offers, competitions and things to do! @ www.raring2go.co.uk ? Are you getting your message across? Free Range design & print solutions helping you to crow about it I business cards I flyers I leaflets I logos I brochures I posters I banners I stickers I adverts... designed, printed, delivered. 01234 315493 I enquiries@freerange-design.co.uk www.freerange-design.co.uk

4 raring2go.co.uk Raring2go! WHAT’S ON? Apr Easter Wizard of Oz @ Mead Open Farm 2 – 22 Apr Get set for an enchanting Easter adventure as you join Dorothy and her friends in following the Yellow Brick Road through the magical land of Oz. See adorable baby animals and earn yourself a chocolate treat! meadopenfarm.co.uk Easter Adventures in Nature @ Wimpole Estate 2 – 18 Apr Head to Wimpole Estate this Easter and explore the gardens using your senses to discover nature. Build a home for nature, hop to it and wibble wobble like a lamb as you make your way along the trail. Pick up your Easter trail pack and complete the nature inspired activities. Finish the trail and collect your Rainforest Alliance chocolate egg or an allergen-free alternative at the end. nationaltrust.org.uk Easter Adventure Quest @ Wrest Park 2 – 21 Apr Explore the site to hunt for clues and challenges, and discover traditional Easter games like egg rolling and the egg and spoon race. Track down the Easter eggs and you’ll be rewarded with a chocolate treat and an adventurer’s certificate. english-heritage.org.uk Easter Egg Hunts @ Dunstable Downs 11 – 18 Apr Ready, set, spring! This Easter, join the National Trust for an exciting adventure in nature. There are 10 trail points for you to find around Dunstable Downs, each with a different fun activity. You will discover what’s so special about this area in spring, and earn a delicious chocolate egg. nationaltrust.org.uk Easter Panto The Wizard of Oz @ Grove Theatre 13 Apr Follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Grove Theatre for a fantastic all-new Easter pantomime version of The Wizard of Oz. grovetheatre.co.uk Dinosaur Adventure Live @ Grove Theatre 16 Apr 65 million years in the making …..Are you ready for the adventure? Join the intrepid Dinosaur Adventurers as they journey to a world of living, breathing, life-like Dinosaurs! grovetheatre.co.uk Easter Bunny Fly-In and Egg Hunt @ Shuttleworth 17 – 18 Apr Look to the sky at around 11:00 am to watch the Easter Bunny make their entrance! Follow the Easter Bunny into The Swiss Garden and see how many eggs you can collect. Then head to The Discovery Hub to collect your Easter Egg from the Easter Bunny. shuttleworth.org St George’s Festival @ Wrest Park 23 – 24 Apr Celebrate our green and pleasant land and immerse yourself in the story of England at the biggest, most action-packed St George’s Day celebration in the country. Enjoy a weekend of shows, battles, games, performances and activities culminating in England’s most legendary battle. Cheer on gallant St George as he mounts his mighty steed and takes on his fiery green nemesis in the ultimate, dramatic show down. english-heritage.org.uk

raring2go.co.uk 5 Raring2go! EDUCATION ity and learning culture. At Springbelieve you can inspire, empower, ate, achieve, nurture and belong. d Primary School 01234 306000. oices 2020 – SSE Arena, Wembley our children from Springfield sang in a oir with other schools from across the alongside professional performers. Artming at our concert included Tony who rose to fame through the 1980s andau Ballet), The Shires (a record- country duo originally from Bedfordd Ruti (winner of The Voice 2018 and oung Voices participant.) Reader and MC Grammar come to Springfield xcited and privileged to be working with a teacher called itchell who is world renowned. He has appeared on This and Good Morning Britain amongst other shows in the UK and er than Ellen in America. He is joining us to celebrate the are doing for our children to develop their reading and writWe look forward to our live performances from both Resilient n 27th March 2020 and MC Grammar will be performing live field for our children and families on 6th July 2020. Watch out nvites to the events! For more Information Contact: Springfield Primary School, 104 Orchard Street, Kempston, Bedford MK42 7LJ www.springfieldprimaryschool.org.uk 01234 306000 Exciting events at Springfield this Spring To help us celebrate 25 years of World Book Day MC Grammar himself will b in school with all the children and staff creating rap battles, teacher freestyling, rap workshops and perform his World Book Day Song 2022! We are very excited to announce the building works for our brand new outside EYFS area started Monday 21st February Coming soon… The Jungle Book Live Show Bringing a slice of the jungle into school with a live performance to ignite imaginations and excite our writers.

Raring2go! PLACES TO GO 6 raring2go.co.uk Easter crafts - paint an Easter egg decoration Tuesday 12th April, 11am - 2pm Easter egg hunt activity trail Friday 15th - Monday 18th April, 11am - 2.30pm Limited space available - booking is recommended Spring wildlife crafts and activity trail Tuesday 5th - Sunday 10th April, 11am - 2.30pm Limited space available - booking is recommended HALF TERM AT THE FOREST CENTRE book online now at marstonvale.org/events

raring2go.co.uk 7 Raring2go! CLUBS & CLASSES Kumon’s maths and English study programmes work to build your child’s confidence and inspire a passion for learning. Fees vary. Please refer to your local study centre. To unlock your child’s potential, contact your local Instructor for a free assessment. Bedford South Study Centre Kirsten Putman 01234 268 608 kumon.co.uk Call 01234 708893 for more info & to book JUNIOR TASTER SESSIONS 8-18 YRS / £36 EACH ARCHERY AIR RIFLES CLAY TARGET SHOOTING JUNIOR TASTER SESSION events are for the under 18s to spend 2 hours on site and experience our three target disciplines, Clay Shooting, Archery and Air Rifles. Minimum age is 8 years old and 4ft tall. The cost is £35 per child. You can either join an existing session or book a specific day for that special occasion such as a birthday party for six under 18s.

Raring2go! THINGS TO DO PLACE G 4 raring2go.co.uk Love the Earth 10 ways to love the Earth 1. Love Nature Having an appreciation of nature from an early age will help children see that our world is beautiful and worth their time and efforts. Local parks, woodlands and nature reserves are a great place to start. Ask youngsters to spot things from nature or print out a bug hunt, scavenger trail or animal detective sheet from our website www.raring2go.co.uk/kidszone Make art from what you find on your walk. Look out for children’s holiday workshops that encourage a love of nature such as pond dipping or forest schools. 2. Love Animals A great way to develop a love for animals is to see them with your own eyes. By visiting your local zoo, safari park or animal conservation centre you are helping to conserve endangered species here and abroad. Find out how their work supports animals from their websites. 5. Love Walking Getting out on foot is by far the best way to travel for the environment and is good for our health too. Get children to love walking by making it fun. Get a pedometer or download a free app to your phone so they can see how many steps they’ve taken. Try the Love Exploring free app www.loveexploring.co.uk which includes games and guided tours. 8. Love Recycling Get your children to help with sorting the recycling when they are old enough. It might seem a massive task to reduce the amount of plastics we use, but break it down so that children can see the small things they can do can make a difference. Take a reusable water bottle to school, don’t wrap sandwiches in cling film, if their school doesn’t recycle ask them to bring their lunch litter home so it can be recycled with household waste, use rechargeable batteries for their electronic toys and games instead of single-use batteries. Climate change is the topic of the moment but how can we help our children develop a love for the Earth without scaring them?

Raring2go! ADOPTION Raring2go! PLACES TO GO 5 10. Love Cycling Bikes are a sustainable transport option so get youngsters on a bike as soon as possible. Bikeability courses teach your child how to ride a bike safely and are run at locations across the country. Read our tips on how to ride a bike at www.raring2go.co.uk 9. Love Food Visit local working farms to see how our food is grown, meet the animals, buy local produce from the farm shop or pickyour-own fruit, veg and pumpkins or pay a visit to your local refill shop. Visit the Love Food, Hate Waste website for lots of tips including recipes to use up left-overs, storage tips and a useful portion planner for 1-2, 4-10 and 11-18-year-olds. www.lovefoodhatewaste.com 7. Love Pre-Loved Encourage children to be proud to wear ‘hand-me-downs’ from brothers and sisters, cousins and friends as ‘pre-loved’ items cut down on waste and your carbon foot print. Re-useable nappies work out cheaper the more babies that wear them! There’s loads of resale apps but why not consider giving your good quality used clothes to a local charity shop, so you are helping a local cause as well as the environment. Uniforms can be problematic as they are not accepted by all charity shops. Why not set up a a uniform swap at your school or you can sign your school up to Uniformerly www.uniformerly.co.uk 6. Love Gifts We all like a present to open but often they involve buying lots of plastic. If you are invited to a Naming or Christening ceremony consider buying a tree that could be planted in the child’s garden. They can then see how tall the tree has grown as they grow and if you buy a fruit tree, they can even eat fruit from it. The best time to plant a tree is in the colder months, get advice from your local garden centre. 3. Love Water Remember to turn off taps when brushing your teeth and that showers are more economical than baths. Litter can find its way into rivers, streams and canals and can make its way to the sea. To keep it from blowing into waterways join an organised litter pick or organise one yourself. www.keepbritaintidy.org 4. Love Local You don’t have to travel abroad to have fun, you can reduce your carbon footprint by getting together closer to home. We are so lucky in this area to have so many exciting places such as the ones in this magazine. Why not visit a different park, playground, or woodland each weekend?

10 raring2go.co.uk Raring2go! BRIGHT EMOTIONS Anxious Child? When our child is feeling anxious, their body thinks they are in danger or threatened so the fight, flight, freeze, response takes control. It’s important to try and help our child into a more relaxed and responsive state, but first we need to understand what’s going on! So, what happens when we go into the fight, flight, freeze, response? The amygdala (part of the brain) is like the bodies alarm system. We all have an inner alarm system, it helps us to recognise danger and tells our body to react, it’s an inbuilt survival instinct which keeps us safe. The stress hormone cortisol is released and were given a boost of adrenaline in preparation… but sometimes we can receive false alarms which means we can go into this response when it’s not required, this can happen multiple times during a day, all it takes is a certain trigger to set it off. Triggers for children can include things like… • Transitions (activity/place) • Sensory overload • Hunger or thirst • Sudden change • Lack of attention Ever tried talking to your child mid emotional outburst and not been able to get through to them? That’s because our child’s brain can cause their body to have a strong stress response to a situation, even when their logical mind can see that there is no threat. Their right (emotional) brain takes over whilst their left (logical) brain shuts off. They cannot respond whilst in this state. So what can we do? We can help our children in the moment by… Naming what we see. Validate their feeling, help them to put a name to it, and let them know that it’s okay to feel anxious. ‘I can see you’re feeling anxious/worried about going to school. It’s okay to feel worried’. Try to stay calm and soothing. Your child will learn from your response. Be aware of your own breathing, your tone of voice, and your body language (get down to their level). Encourage your child to talk about how they are feeling when they are feeling it. Ask them to describe in their own words what is happening. This supports both the left (logical) brain and right (emotional) brain to work together and make sense of what is going on, rather than the right brain taking over! We can continue to support our children by… Talking about the different body signals that can occur with anxiety - a tummy ache, headache, tight chest, shaky legs, heart racing. Visible or invisible, body signals are important, keeping us safe and alert to danger. Having outlets to express any worries, fears, anxiety. Have a worry monster at home. Encourage journaling and drawing feelings. Have time in the week where you can discuss these worries, problem solve and share your own experiences. Learning techniques to calm the body and mind. Breathing, distraction, mindfulness, grounding and challenging our thoughts are all techniques that can help in defusing the anxiety and body signals. These techniques develop more self-awareness and allows us to consciously respond to feelings of anxiety. Things to try at home Belly breathing - this activates the parasympathetic nervous system (which controls many bodily functions and aids body relaxation). Belly breathing encourages full oxygen exchange which slows the heart rate and lowers blood pressure. Grounding - working through the ‘5 Things’ technique can help your child regain control and focus on the present by using their senses. Name 5 things you can see. 4 things you can hear. 3 things you can feel. 2 things you can smell. 1 thing you can taste. Calm box - having a box of items that your child finds useful to help them calm. A stress ball, fidget toys, sounds/music, snow globe or mindful jar, playdough, calming scents (lavender, mint, orange, lemon), lights, breathing and grounding prompt cards, weighted blanket, or vest. Remember: When it comes to anxiety, the aim is to be able to manage it, not completely get rid of it. Sophie Whelan Director and Founder Bright Emotion CIC Not for profit community interest company focusing on emotional literacy for children 5-11years. www.brightemotions.co.uk Facebook – Bright Emotions CIC Instagram - @brightemotions_ brightemotions@hotmail.com

raring2go.co.uk 11 Raring2go! PARENT CARER FORUM We hold regular Coffee Mornings, events and training sessions for parents to come along, give their views, meet other parents and to empower your to advocate for your child. If you would like to find out more or become a member please contact us or complete our online membership form by scanning this QR code or using this link : www.bbpcf.co.uk/contact Borough. We feed back your views to Education, Health, Social Care and other departments that provide SEND services. We are passionate about improving services for our children & young people, we’ve all had different experiences so we need to hear your views. communications@bbpcf.org.uk www.bbpcf.co.uk 07943 524553 Bedford Borough Parent Carer Forum (BBPCF) work in co-production with Bedford Borough Council and Bedfordshire CCG to improve services for children age 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. We represent the whole community and all ar as of SEND from Dyslexia, ADHD and Autism to Profound and Multiple Disabilities. If you are a Parent Carer of a child with any additional needs, whether they are diagnosed o not, you are welcome to become a member of the forum Contact | Bedford Borough Parent Carer Forum (bbpcf.co.uk). As a member we need to hear about how local services are working for your child and any issues you encounter, we need feedback on lived experiences. We then pick up any themes and feed this back at the various meetings we attend with all of the local services. We can also signpost Parent Carers to services who help support them. We also provide free training for parent carers on a huge variety of subjects to empower you as a parent carer and we arrange regular get togethers with local services to discuss what the services offer and to enable parents to talk directly to them and ask any questions they may have. We always arrange these get togethers and training based on r cent feedback from parent carers and what they are telling us are their burning issues. BBPCF run an annual survey for our members and most recently had over 500 responses from Parent Carers in Bedford Borough. The survey covers all of the areas of support children with SEND should receive and we find out what is and isn’t working at the moment based on lived experiences. The results of the Annual Survey that we carried out at the end of 2021 have now been published as an ‘Outcomes Report’ and hightlights the current main areas of concern and it forms what we will be prioritising for the year ahead. You can see a copy of our Outcomes Report 2021 on our website www.bbpcf. co.uk/reports ‘Thank you for all your support, Bedford Borough Parent Carer Forum have really help me understand what is happening and wher to get the right support.’ parent carer ‘My main positive is our Parent Carer Forum and how well they connect with everyone.’ professional egular Coffee Mornings, events and training parents to come along, give their views, meet nts and to empower your to advocate for your ou would like to find out more or become a r please contact us or complete our online p form by scanning this QR code or using this e voice for Par nt Car rs f childr n & young people 0h Special Educational Need or Disabilities in Bedford We feed back your views to Education, Health, Social nd other departments t at provide SEND services. re p ssionate about ving services for our en & young people, ve all had different riences so we need hear your views. communications@bbpcf.org.uk www. bbpcf.org.uk 07943 524553

12 raring2go.co.uk Raring2go! BOOK REVIEWS Billy and the Mini Monsters Go to School by Zanna Davidson Illustrated by Melanie Williamson Age 6+ £5.99 Meet Billy and his mini monsters in this fun adventure from the hilarious series for young readers. The mini monsters help Billy to overcome his fears and worries, in this case the school bully Basil Brown. Each of the adorable monsters has their own distinct personality, skills and even scare factor. They are bright, colourful, not scary, but a little bit naughty. At the start of each story, we are introduced to the gang: Captain Snott, Gloop, Fang-Face, Trumpet, Peep and Sparkle-Bogey. These are great stories to read aloud too, both as bedtime stories for younger children and for classes in school, especially if you enjoy using funny voices and making silly faces. Popular with both boys and girls, they are brightly illustrated stories with short chapters and mini comic strips interspersed, which makes them a fantastic introduction to chapter books for new independent readers. Other titles in the range include, Monsters in the Dark, Monsters Go Swimming, Monsters Go to a Party, Monsters Go Green, Monsters Go Camping To view the full series, buy books online, download free activities and classroom resources visit www. thebookballoon.co.uk 100 Things to Know About Space by Alex Frith, Alice James & Jerome Martin Illustrated by Federico Mariani & Shaw Nielsen Age 8+ £9.99 Did you know that Sagittarius B2 tastes of raspberries, or that snow on Mars falls as cubes? Find out these and other amazing facts, like how to escape a black hole in 100 Things to Know about Space. This visually stunning book with bright infographic -style illustrations is one of Usborne’s 100 Things To Know range. There are detailed facts on each page, along with an index and glossary. These help children learn how to navigate a non-fiction book and learn an important skill. In addition, there are also Usborne Quicklinks, to specially selected websites, which provide even more interactive information. The 100 facts in this book are wide and varied and will keep even the most reluctant reader engaged. The pages may be packed with information, but they are fun and informative, and the bite-size chunks of text make it great to dip in and out of. Fantastic for school or at home, even teenagers and adults will enjoy exploring the fun and informative facts. You can even use this book to test your wits against each other by making up quizzes using the book or download some of the free activities with done for you quizzes. Others in the range include: Oceans, Planet Earth, Saving the Planet, Food, History, Numbers Computers and Coding, Science, Human Body. To view the full series, buy books online, download free activities and classroom resources visit www.thebookballoon.co.uk For more information on any of the books, resources or services available from Heidi – Independent Usborne Partner, please scan the QR code.

raring2go.co.uk 13 Raring2go! FOSTER CARE Local children need you! centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/foster 0300 300 8181 Vulnerable babies, children and teenagers in your community need foster carers, could that be you? Do you have a caring nature and space in your heart and home for a child in need? If you answered yes, fostering with Central Bedfordshire Council could be the new adventure that you may have been looking for. Children of all ages need foster carers, someone they can rely on to give them love, comfort and support, while we work with their birth families to plan a safe and secure future for them. We will always try our best to reunite children with their families, sometimes this isn’t possible. This is why having a warm and welcoming foster carer, who has the child’s best interests at heart, is so important. Currently, we are urgently seeking people who can care for: Babies Babies need someone who can give them a safe, calm and loving home, an environment where they can thrive and meet their early development. Siblings When siblings need a foster home we will always try and find a home for them together. It’s vital for their long-term mental wellbeing and provides them with stability. They can help each other to feel secure and know that their sibling is safe, with them. Teenagers Teenagers are so often overlooked and thought to be more difficult than younger children to care for. This is not always the case. They need open minded people to help them navigate their teenager years. Interested? Fostering comes with an extensive support package, including a foster carers fee, an allowance for the child, a comprehensive training programme and someone to talk to 24/7. Find out more by visiting www. centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/foster or call the team on 0300 300 8181. We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.

14 raring2go.co.uk Raring2go! HELP THE ENVIRONMENT Sign up to our newsletter for a chance to win a bundle of It's Our Planet Too goodies, visit itsourplanettoo.co.uk Become an eco hero today A blue whale’s heart can weigh as much as a car! A tiger’s stripes are like it’s fingerprints, no two tigers have the same pattern! An elephant’s trunk contains over 100,000 muscles! www.itsourplanettoo.co.uk Gorillas are 10 times stronger than an average human! Did you know? Inspire your children to love and care for our environment. Let's help them become eco heroes who are empowered to make a difference... Eco tips and tricks to live a greener life Sustainable products for eco heroes Supporting conservation efforts Lots of FREE downloads A fun learning tool

raring2go.co.uk 15 Raring2go! CLUBS & CLASSES Bedford North 07341 583675 kumon.co.uk Boost your child's confidence Kumon's Maths and English study programmes work to build your child's confidence and inspire a passion for learning. To unlock your child's potential, get in touch for a free assessment. Bedford North Study centre 07341 583 675

16 raring2go.co.uk Raring2go! THINGS TO DO https://www.facebook.com/groups/raring2grow Raring2grow! HOME GARDENING IDEAS FOR FAMILIES ‘Gardening is the purest of human pleasures’ Francis Bacon www.raring2go.co.uk For more great tips click here to visit our Raring2grow! Facebook page Raring2Growing your own The last couple of years have seen many of us have a go at ‘growing your own’. There have been some really good results too, not only in terms of the delicious end product but also for the mental health benefits gardening gives us all. So if you haven’t tried it yet, here are a few ideas to help you set up your very own ‘Raring2grow garden’… Where to plant out? Where you choose to ‘plant out’ is up to you, it can be as small as a pot, window box, grow bag or a plot in the garden, size doesn’t matter as long as it's a sunny spot. When is the best time to start planting? March, April and May are the best months in which to sew your seeds. Always read the back of the seed packet for planting information as it can differ. What are the easiest plants to grow? Hardy vegetables are a good choice. Tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, spring onions, runner beans, broad beans, peas & salad greens. Also, strawberries, courgettes and beetroot are all popular, there’s so much choice. What other plants to consider? For Spring, snowdrops, tulips, crocus, hyacinths and daffodils are just a few beautiful plants that will offer colour and variation to your garden with very little effort. How to involve the kids? Getting children involved in growing their own vegetables gives them a real sense of responsibility and helps them appreciate the value of eating home grown produce and eating healthy, so involve them from the off, planting seeds in their left over yoghurt pots is a great message about recycling. I’m sure we all have happy memories about seeing the cress seeds growing in junior school! Here's wishing you every success with your Spring planting! For more hints, tips and shared experiences visit our facebook page Raring2grow!

raring2go.co.uk 17 Raring2go! WHAT’S ON? May Shuttleworth Season Premiere Air Show 2022 @ Shuttleworth 1 May The air show season is almost here and the Season Premiere is always worth the wait! Expect a thrilling air display from historic aircraft, fantastic children’s activities, and a chance to explore the beautiful Shuttleworth Swiss Garden. There is something to keep the whole family entertained! shuttleworth.org Summer Camping @ Mead Open Farm Starting in May Camping it back on the farm on selected weekends during May, June, July and August. meadopenfarm.co.uk James Campbell: The Funny Life of @ Quarry Theatre 21 May A stand-up comedy show for children over 6, their parents and anyone who likes comedy without rude words. quarrytheatre.org.uk Kids Rule! @ May Half-Term @ Wrest Park 28 May – 5 Jun Get ready for a right royal knees-up at this Kids Rule events this May half-term. Celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with costumed storytellers, hands-on activities and fresh-air family fun. english-heritage.org.uk Jun Shuttleworth Jubilee Flying Circus Air Show @ Shuttleworth 5 Jun Jubilee Flying Circus is a truly unique day out. Where else could you enjoy a variety of wonderful circus acts, take a relaxing stroll around a beautiful regency garden, admire the period features of a grand mansion house, before being dazzled by a show-stopping air show featuring barnstormers and incredible wing walkers? Whether a flying circus means to you the Red Baron or the Ministry of Silly Walks, you’ll find it all at the Jubilee Flying Circus. shuttleworth.org Paint Rush event in aid of Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice @ Riverside Park, St Neots 26 Jun Join Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice to paint the town in rainbow colours at the ultimate summer event of the year, Paint Rush! Enjoy familyfriendly 5k route which you can run, jog, walk or even skip while working your way through obstacles and being showered in multi-coloured paint. sueryder.org What’s on in St Neots? St Neots Street Food Festival – Sunday 29th May at St Neots Rugby Club www.streetfoodfest.co.uk/ St Neots Jubilee Party in the Park – Saturday 4th June 12-8pm Regatta Meadow www.visit-stneots.co.uk/st-neots-events/ St Neots Festival Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th June, Riverside Park. St Neots inaugural festival of music, arts and unexpected delights www.stneotsfestival. co.uk/ Save the date! Summer Band Concerts take place in Riverside Park on Sunday afternoons May-September, 2.304.30pm. Free & open to all. visit-stneots. co.uk/st-neots-events for further info. Please go to www.raring2go.co.uk/ bedford-and-biggleswade/whats-on for all the latest information and details of what’s on in the area

18 raring2go.co.uk Raring2go! HAYFIELD HOMES The first release at Hayfield Park will be available for off-plan sales from Saturday 12th March. Located in the picturesque Bedfordshire village of Bromham, the development of 80 premium homes will offer a greener way of living, thanks to air source heat pumps, energy-efficient underfloor heating, electric vehicle fast-charging points and ultra-fast broadband. Accessed off Stagsden Road within the Borough of Bedford, a range of three and fourbedroom family homes will be included in the first release. Two-bedroom bungalows will be included in future releases. The spacious development will also incorporate landscaped Public Open Space, and a fully equipped children’s play area. Off-plan sales will be taken from a dedicated Sales Lounge that has been created at Hayfield Gate in the Bedfordshire village of Clifton, where Hayfield is underway with the final phase of the construction programme. A large interactive model of the Hayfield Park scheme and touchscreen will enable interested parties to take a closer look at the site layout and various house designs. Kelly Sharman, Sales and Marketing Director of WhatHouse? ‘Housebuilder of the Year’ Hayfield said: “We are very excited about the launch of Hayfield Park, as it will enable us to bring a more eco-efficient way of living to Bedfordshire. In contrast to the highly sophisticated interiors, the architectural detailing for the 80 homes will be traditional, to maximise kerb appeal and reflect the style of homes in this sought-after village. “The number of people who have registered their interest in this scheme has broken all our previous records. Appointments are being made on a first come, first served basis, enabling proceedable buyers to choose their preferred home and plot, while benefitting from pre-showhome prices. The first houses will then be available to move into during the autumn.” Hayfield Park is within easy reach of the range of amenities and schooling within Bromham, which is one of the larger villages within the area. Located only two miles away is Bedford Railway Station – a key hub for London commuters – which provides a 47-minute commuter service into London St Pancras. Specification features include a range of built-in Bosch appliances to all kitchens, impressive bi-fold doors to the larger homes, ROCA bathrooms, Minoli ceramic tiles, heritage bronze ironmongery, Farrow & Ball paint and Ring doorbells. The Hayfield Park Sales Lounge is located at Haycock Gardens, Clifton, Bedfordshire, SG17 5QN. From Saturday 12th March, it will be open seven days a week from 10am – 5pm. To book an appointment, or register your interest, please call 0800 161 5548. Alternatively, you can register online at www. hayfieldhomes.co.uk. Hayfield Introduces a Greener Way of Living to Bedfordshire

raring2go.co.uk 19 Raring2go! COMMUNITY SUPPORT CHILTERNS CHALLENGE Take on a Transitions UK challenge at any level 30thApril 2022 SKYDIVE MultipleDates Available To signup for your challengeof choice, visit www.transitionsuk.org/events Transitions UK supports disadvantaged young people with our Achieve, Aspire, Attain & Affirm Projects. Get involved and be the support that changes young lives Transitions UK is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation. Charity Registration Number 1160105 PaintRush 26 June 2022 Riverside Park St Neots Run, walk or jog and paint the town of St Neots rainbow coloured at Sue Ryder St John's Hospice big summer event! Family friendly PaintRush promises to be full of splashes of colour & fun obstacles along the grassy 5k route. Minimum age 5 years old. For more information: email: stjohnsfundraising@sueryder.org visit: sueryder.org/paint Sign up now to get our Early Bird offer

20 raring2go.co.uk Raring2go! WHAT’S ON? John Bunyan Museum and Library tells the story of the Bedford man, John Bunyan, famous prisoner, preacher, and author of The Pilgrim’s Progress. This year is the 350th Anniversary of Bunyan’s release from prison and the purchase of the site on which Bunyan Meeting, the church he was Minister to and helped to found, still stands today. Follow us on social media, and keep an eye on our website for special posts, events, and activities throughout the year. Join us this Spring School Holiday for our free Easter Egg Quiz or get creative on 7th and 14th April with our Crafty Thursdays. Our craft activities are £2 per child, 11am-3pm, no booking required. Please visit our website for more information. Can’t wait? We have lots of family friendly trails to help explore the museum, just ask at the front desk when you arrive. Can’t visit us in person? Visit our YouTube Channel and explore the stories told through our ‘Bunyan’s Hidden Highlights Series’. We’re open Tuesday-Saturday* 11am- 4pm. Last entry 3:45pm. *Closed Good Friday John Bunyan Museum & Library, Bunyan Meeting, Mill Street, Bedford, MK40 3EU 01234 270303 curator@bunyanmeeting.co.uk www.bunyanmeeting.co.uk/museum Twitter - @JBunyanMuseum Facebook – @JohnBunyanMuseum Explore the life and legacy of John Bunyan, the 17th century tinker, soldier and preacher who was imprisoned for his beliefs, and wrote the world famous: The Pilgrim's Progress. : Easter Activities at John Bunyan Museum

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raring2go.co.uk 23 Raring2go! EDUSPORTS Founded by Chris Ashdown, Edusports is a local activity service, inspiring education through sport. Whether you are an individual, group, school or corporate, we have activities from watersports to residential experiences to adventure in the great outdoors for everyone! During school holidays, Edusports offers Multi Activity Days (M.A.D) for boys and girls from the age of 8 years up to teenagers (depending on the activity). It’s a chance for them to get outdoors and take part in wide range of activities including: • Watersports; • Orienteering; • Soft archery; • Making fires and cooking food; and • trips to other local and national attractions The programme changes during the year, in the summer it is likely to involve more water sports, whilst in the winter, it could be more around land based activities. If it’s raining, do we still go outside? Yes! How about snow? Yes! Sometimes, this can lead to the best activities! Our fun and exciting holiday programmes, are based around three key factors: safety, enjoyment and fun! As well as the many activities that we run on our days, we also run a variety of activities like overnight residential experiences and a variety of different trips. Our trips can take us to a variety of different places, depending on where the kids you would like to go! Alternatively, we also run a mixture of days based around a specific theme, for example, Science or the Outdoors. Our Adventure Camps are great if you do not want the fun to stop! We host a range of camps from fun, adventure camps to Duke of Edinburgh Expeditions and retreats. Not all of the adventure camps are just for kids, adults are included too! Edusports also provide bespoke adventure Birthday Parties. These can range from a few hours to overnight! The choice is endless: paddle boarding, canoeing, river trips, kayaking, climbing, fire making and cooking on it! We can also take care of arranging the invitations and food. Here’s what a parent said about her son’s party: “An excellent birthday party tailored exactly to what the birthday boy wanted taking away all the stress. Thank you will definitely be back!!” For young people and adults aged between 14 and 25, we offer the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award can be a life-changing adventure, an excellent addition to your CV and a chance to experience new things and challenge yourself. Check out our website for more details and to find out more about what Edusports has to offer! We’d love to see you soon at one of our activities! Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @edusports1 07910 809 144 chris@edusports.co.uk www.edusports.co.uk Kids love Edusports!

Create a weekly Meal planner This will help you easily manage your family outgoings, and also make meal times easier to prepare for. Make a weekly shopping list This will save you money, and ensure that no unlisted items are purchased, so you should have hardly any waste. Easy no? Be aware of the dates on your fresh items Be smart when you are shopping by always checking the use by dates. Simply check the produce at the back of the shelves/ fridges in the supermarket as they will always place the nearest dates to the front. First in, first out Prioritise your meal planner to match with the expiry dates of the produce. Freeze the items that are close to the expiry date To make sure you don’t waste any items that are close to going off, why not freeze them until you are ready to use? Measure your portions and make double If you measure out per person, you will probably find you’ll have more produce left over. So why not make more than you need, to create the same meal for the following week. Freeze your left overs Never throw anything away that can be used for another meal.Whether it be for lunch, dinner or just a snack, it really is worth keeping it in the freezer for another time. Create a tasty snack Veg that is close to its ‘eat by’ date will make a delicious and tasty soup. Leftover fruit is great for making a smoothie. Make saving waste fun Incentivise your children to eat all of their meals- maybe have a wallchart with stars, and at the end of the week, they get a treat. Keep track of what’s in your cupboard and what’s in your freezer Make a note of what you haven’t used, or have sitting in your cupboard so you don’t buy the same thing next time. We’re feeling pretty smug as already we are ahieving our goal. So, here’s wishing you every success in saving your money, cutting food waste and helping the environment! Every year we throw away tonnes of food and drink from our homes, which if we manage it effectively, could save you money whilst also helping the environment! We’re on a mission at Raring2go! to save money and reduce household waste on a weekly basis, so here are our top tips for great ways to cut your food waste… Cutting food waste!

raring2go.co.uk 25 Raring2go! RECIPIES Click here for further details of Heritage Open Days Step 1Preheat the oven to 170˚C (335˚F) and prepare your Bundt tin by brushing the inside with melted butter, dusting with flour and shaking out the excess (or use cake release spray) Step 2Cream the butter, sugar, zest and flavourings together in a stand mixer or by hand until very pale and fluffy. Step 3 Beat in the eggs gently one by one until fully incorporated. Step 4In a separate bowl lightly mix the almonds, flour and baking powder to distribute all evenly then gently mix into the wet ingredients. Step 5Pour into the tin, level off and bake for approximately 35–45 minutes, until cooked through. Use a cake tester in the centre to check. Turn the cake out and leave it to cool on a rack. Step 6Meanwhile mix your fondant sugar, zest, orange blossom and water to a dripping (but not runny) consistency Step 7Pipe all over your cake so the fondant flows into the crevices and over the pattern of your Bundt. Decorate with flowers. About the bake Our friend Juliet Sear from ITV's 'Juliet Bakes' has shared this recipe with us. Flavoured with a splash of orange blossom water and the zest and zing of orange, this Bundt is both fresh and floral. It seems only fitting to decorate it with delicate edible flowers (primroses look particularly impressive) and a drizzle of sweet fondant icing. This recipe is brought to you courtesy of our good friends at www.bakingmad.com Check them out for lots of exciting baking recipes. How to make this delicious ‘Juliet Bakes’ inspired Bundt Cake Raring2make! FUN IDEAS FOR MAKING THINGS TOGETHER ‘Cooking and baking is both physical and mental therapy’ Mary Berry www.raring2go.co.uk Delicious Bundt Cake by Baking Mad and ‘Juliet Bakes’ Ingredients you’ll need 250g Butter 200g Allinson's plain white flour 50g Ground Almonds 1 tsp Baking powder 225g Billington's Unrefined Golden Caster Sugar 1 tsp Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract 2 tsp Nielsen-Massey Orange BlossomWater 1 orange Zest of orange 4 Medium eggs For the Fondant 200g Silver spoon fondant icing sugar 1 tsp Nielsen-Massey Orange BlossomWater 1 orange Zest of orange 2 tspWater to loosen to desired consistency Handful Crystallised flowers (i used primroses) Utensils you’ll need for this bake Stand mixer, hand whisk or bowl and wooden spoon, Bundt tin, Pastry brush, Piping bag

26 raring2go.co.uk Raring2go! SPOTLIGHT ON ST NEOTS St Neots is Cambridgeshire’s largest and fastest growing town. Located just 18 miles west of Cambridge near the Bedfordshire border, close to major road and rail routes, St Neots is ideally placed for day trips from the surrounding area. St Neots’ historic centre is nestled along the banks of the River Great Ouse. It boasts one of the largest Market Square’s in England, which houses the thriving (twice monthly) Farm and Craft Market and weekly Charter Market. The centre has several courtyards running off the main high street, featuring thriving independent shops, restaurants, and cafes. Visitors can enjoy a trip to the awardwinning museum, take a ride on the Riverside Miniature Railway, and enjoy outdoor pursuits in the beautiful Riverside Park. The town’s Visit St Neots website provides up to date information on local events, things to see and do, shops and restaurants. visit-stneots.co.uk Days out in St Neots Farm & Craft Market Held in the Market Square from 8.00am to 1.00pm on the second and fourth Saturday of each month. This thriving market features local producers and craft makers from the St Neots area. Products sold include locally reared meat, poultry and game, salad and vegetables, regional cheese, sweet and savoury pies, bread, bakes and cakes (including vegan cakes), award-winning fudge, chilli sauces, chutneys, pickles, handmade soaps, flowers, plants and crafts. The market has a programme of entertainment with music, workshops and children’s crafts. For further details follow the market on facebook @StNeotsMarketDay Riverside Park Riverside Park covers 29 hectares of green space and has a beautiful mile-long waterside frontage close to the town centre. The park has a popular café, large car park, two play areas, the Riverside Miniature Railway, a skateboarding complex and seasonal Summer Band Concerts, Sunday afternoons May – September. 2.304.30pm. For details of upcoming concert dates go to visit-stneots.co.uk/st-neots-events Riverside Miniature Railway is run entirely by volunteers. The railway operates weekends and school holidays. For further details & operating times visit: riversiderailway.co.uk or Facebook: @RiversideMiniatureRailway St Neots Museum tells the story of this busy market town on the River Great Ouse, from prehistoric times to the present day. The Museum attracts over 11,000 visitors a year and won Cambridgeshire’s Best Small Museum Award in 2019. Housed in the former Victorian police station and Magistrates

raring2go.co.uk 27 Raring2go! SPOTLIGHT ON ST NEOTS Court, featuring Edwardian police cells that visitors can experience, the museum’s permanent displays bring to life the history of the area, featuring hands-on activities for children as well as an active programme of temporary exhibitions and thriving shop, selling arts and crafts by local artists. Open 11.00am to 4.00pm Tuesday to Saturday. stneotsmuseum.org.uk Escape Room & Town Trails The Museum operates a popular seasonal ‘escape room’ experience from the former Police cells. They also run guided history tours, ghost walks and have a ‘hidden St Neots’ family trail, which is available for free download from their website. To book visit: stneotsmuseum.org.uk Priory Centre The Priory Centre is the town’s principal community venue. The centre provides a facility for theatre shows, community events and parties. The onsite café is open to the public 10am – 3pm offering breakfast, lunch, and snacks. The Priory Centre’s riverfront terrace provides unrivalled views of the river and Riverside Park: priory-centre.com Facebook @The-Priory-Centre Shops, Restaurants & Cafés St Neots has many thriving independent shops, cafes, and restaurants in the town centre. For a full list of shops and places to eat and drink go to: visit-stneots.co.uk Pocket Park This 18-hectare park has several types of habitats including grassland, wildflower meadow, woodland, hedgerow, reedbed and flatland as well as play and fitness areas. A weekly Parkrun is held here every Saturday at 9am: parkrun.org.uk/pocket/ Explore by Bike Explore the riverside and surrounding countryside by bike. National Cycle Network routes (12 & 51) travel through St Neots and lead to Grafham Water. Sustrans also offer seasonal, guided bike rides, ideal for families. cambridgeshire.gov.uk and sustrans.org.uk All Aboard Boating Local boat hire is availiable from Eaton Socon Lock, near the Rivermill Tavern. Enjoy the outstanding beauty of the River Great Ouse by boat. No experience needed. To book visit: allaboardboathire.co.uk Beyond St Neots Just beyond St Neots centre there are several well-known attractions including Xtreme 360 trampoline park, Wyboston Lakes Resort and Spa, Ride Leisure water sports centre, Paxton Pits Nature Reserve and Southlake Aqua Park. Seasonal Events St Neots has an impressive number of annual events, attracting visitors from near and far, for details of upcoming events go to visit-stneots.co.uk @visitstneots: St Neots Town Council Office, Priory Lane, St Neots, Cambs, PE19 2BH. 01480 388 911 enquiries@visit-stneots.co.uk www.visit-stneots.co.uk f