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raring2go.co.uk 3 Raring2go! WELCOME Welcome to the Summer Edition! I can hardly believe that school is nearly out for Summer and we can look forward to some fun times with our families! There are so many great things to do and places to visit right on our own doorsteps. We’ve been working with some great local businesses and organisations to bring you this edition and give you lots of ideas to keep the kids amused and make memories. We will also be sharing lots of other ideas so be sure to follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook so that you don’t miss out! Please visit our website to subscribe to our monthly newsletters, enter our fantastic competitions and take advantage of our offers www.raring2go.co.uk/bedford-andbiggleswade. Have a fantastic summer! Tilly xx 07855 952956 bedford@raring2go.co.uk p.s. Please remember to mention Raring2go! wherever you go! Copyright © 2023 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. tara@freerange-design.co.uk www.freerange-design.co.uk

4 raring2go.co.uk Raring2go! GIFT IDEAS Bug Hunt There’s lots of bugs all around us, so why not do your very own bug hunt. Create your own crib sheet, listing 5 or 6 bugs you’d like to find in your back garden… Garden Olympics - 5 make your own ideas Balance Beam- a long piece of wood on the grass. Bean Bag throw Relay Race Hurdle Race Gymnastics Garden Sleep out We all love sleeping in a tent right? When the weather’s good, set up the camp and have lots of fun! Bird Spotting Robins, Sparrows, Black Birds and so many more visit our gardens on a daily basis, so download the RSPB ‘Go Birdwatching’ activity sheet and see how many different birds are visiting you every day! Click here. https://www.rspb.org.uk/globalassets/downloads/wildchall enge/activity-sheets-2021/english/327-0546-20-21-wildchallenge_go-birdwatching.pdf Build a Bug hotel Bricks, wooden pallets, leaves, twigs, all you can find in the garden to make a fabulous Bug Hotel. Click here to learn more. https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2019/09/how-tobuild-a-bug-hotel/ 1 3 2 4 5 10 fun Summer fam

Garden Miniature Golf course For those Tiger Woods wannabes, make the most of Summer and create your own golf course in your back garden. All you need is golf clubs and balls, plastic cups, obstacles i.e bricks, plastic bottles, drainpipe, anything that you can make a ramp with… Learn to…roller-skate, ice-skate, ride a bike, play cricket/rounders/netball/basketball A great time to learn something new from skating to ball games, take your time, the pressures off, just enjoy learning a new skill. Make a picnic on a budget When the weather is fine and warm, we all love to get out and about, so making a picnic to take a long is a fun cheap thing to do. Click here for ideas. https://raring2go.co.uk/2023/06/10-great-picnic-ideasfor-the-family/ Write a story For the wet or cooler days, get the kids story writing, letting imaginations go wild and enjoy their own creative juices flow. Garden boardgames Twister, scrabble, Draughts, Dominos, snakes and Ladders, there’s so much fun to be had making these for the garden. 7 6 8 9 10 mily activities to try!

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ROARsome Crafts Tuesday 25th July 11am-12pm/1pm-2pm Tickets £4 per child Jurassic Trail Tues 1st-Mon 7th August 11am-12pm/1pm-2pm Tickets £3 per child Sealife Crafts Thursday 10th August 11am-12pm/1pm-2pm Tickets £4 per child Farm Yard Trail Tues 15th-Mon 21st August 11am-12pm/1pm-2pm Tickets £3 per child SUMMER At The Forest Centre

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Raring2go! PLACES TO GO 14 raring2go.co.uk Join us at the John Bunyan Museum and Library this summer for family friendly activities, trails, and exhibitions. Discover ‘hidden treasures’, ‘fun facts’, and much more in our summer exhibition: ‘Selected Works’: a celebration of the John Bunyan Museum Collection. Our favourite stories and objects, old and new, from the Museum and Library collection will be on display in the Basement at Bunyan Gallery from Friday 7th July 2023. Open 11am-4pm, Tuesday-Saturday. Free Entry. Our Crafty Thursdays return every week this August. Be inspired by our collections and stories with a new creation to make and keep each Thursday. Including a special session run by our ‘Footsteps of Bunyan’ partners ‘Impact – Christians supporting schools’ on 17th August. From 11am-3pm. Drop in- no booking required- £2 per participating child. In collaboration with Full House Theatre we are also inviting our visitors to participate in the ‘History Hunters Challenge’, with different activities to completed at each site. The challenge is free; you can start at any time, in any order you want; and complete the challenge at your own pace during museum opening hours. To download a copy of the Trail or for more information, visit: https://fullhouse.org.uk/currentshow/history-hunters-challenge/ We wish you a very happy summer holiday and look forward to seeing you! John Bunyan Museum is open Tuesday-Saturday. 11am- 4pm. Last entry 3:45pm. 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

Raring2go! PLACES TO GO raring2go.co.uk 15 Tel: 01234 888 931 www.poweracademyofdance.com Come along and join in with a variety of fun and creative activities for the family to celebrate our first ten years. For further details and how to book see our website www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk

16 raring2go.co.uk Raring2go! WHAT’S ON July See Bing & Flop @ Gulliver’s Land Bing and Flop will be making special appearances each day at Gulliver’s Land, Milton Keynes throughout 2023. They will be voooshing by at selected times each day. gulliverslandresort.co.uk Summer Holiday Activities @ The Higgins Art Gallery & Museum Join in with a variety of fun and creative activities for the family to celebrate their first 10 years! thehigginsbedford.org.uk Summer Fete @ Church of the Transfiguration, Kempston 15 Jul There will be lots to do for the whole family including a children’s area, Bouncy Castle (weather permitting), face paints and tattoos, raffle, Tombola, BBQ, tea room, entertainment arena and lots of stalls to browse. The Beach @ Frosts (Willington & Woburn Sands) Until 3 Sep Get your bucket and spade at the ready and join the resident lifeguards for two hours’ worth of fun and games on the fully covered beach. This year there is a brand new play area suitable for toddlers. With plenty of seating for the grown-ups to relax, the restaurant team will bring food and drink waitress served to your table so you can relax while the little ones play. This is the perfect summer treat for everyone! frostsgardencentres.co.uk Jackastory @ The Place Bedford Selected dates throughout Jul & Aug Listen to members of The Place team read their chosen children’s stories and discover some new favourites of your own. You are welcome to bring your own book suggestions with you too. Each session runs for forty-five minutes to an hour, with a break for refreshments. This is a very relaxed event with young, and old, being invited to join the readers on the stage in an intimate and friendly atmosphere, on a mound of comfortable cushions! theplacebedford.org.uk Family Walkers Cruise on the John Bunyan Boat Selected dates throughout Jul, Aug & Sep Family walkers cruises are a great way to give mum, dad and grandparents something to keep the little ones occupied during the school summer holidays. Cruise one way, then take a gentle stroll in your own time back to Priory Marina watching the swans and other wildlife along the bank. bmkwaterway.org Tuesday Family EyeSpy Cruises on the John Bunyan Boat Selected dates throughout Jul & Aug Cruise by Bedford’s landmarks along the Embankment and the wildlife on the Great River Ouse. bmkwaterway.org

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Raring2go! PLACES TO GO 18 raring2go.co.uk Marston Vale Line Due to Resume in the Autumn Train services were suspended following an announcement that Vivarail (the company which maintains the trains) had gone into administration. As Vivarail directly employed the maintenance staff, it was no longer safe to operate the trains. London Northwestern Railway (LNR) have sourced Class 150s to run on the Line. An hourly rail replacement bus service (all stations and limited stop) is operating in the meantime. Check out the Marston Vale CRP website for the timetable. Please purchase rail tickets from a staffed station, the Ticket Vending Machine (TVM) at unstaffed stations (card only) or via https://www. londonnorthwesternrailway.co.uk/tickets-discounts/ticket-types Tickets purchased online can be collected at any TVM. Please note the bus drivers are unable to issue rail tickets. Millb Lidlington Ridgmont Aspley Guise Woburn Sands Bow Brickhill Fenny Stratford BLETCHLEY MILTON KEYNES Central LEIGHTON BUZZARD John Bunyan Community B John Bunyan Museum The Higgins Bedford Woodland Walks National Animal Welfare Trust Frosts Garden Centre Woodland Walks Bletchley Park Woburn Sands Emporium MK Dons FC Grand Union Canal Ridgmont Station Heritage Centre Leighton Buzzard Steam Railway BIRMINGHAM NEW STREET V Cin Green Ridge W Folly Woo Scenic Brickworks Village LONDON EUSTON @marstonvalecrp 01234 832645 stephens@bedsrcc.org.uk www.marstonvalecommunityrail.org.uk f Please make your views known over the ongoing lack of train services to LNR via https://www.londonnorthwesternrailway. co.uk/contact-us/customer-relations

Raring2go! PLACES TO GO raring2go.co.uk 19 BEDFORD BEDFORD St Johns Kempston Hardwick Stewartby brook Kids World Boat m The Forest Centre Millennium Country Park Kimberley College Panacea Museum Laser World Vue nema Riverside Bedford nsand Walk od Walk FOREST FAMILY FUN DAY 2nd Sept See page 10 2 for 1 discount at Bletchley Park with a valid rail ticket! 25% off at Gallone’s in The Arcade and The Pavilion at the Park in Bedford with your valid rail ticket! Discover New Local Walks! From many of the Marston Vale Line stations there are some fabulous walks that can be enjoyed by all the family. Check out the Let’s Go! website - www.letsgo.org.uk for full details One of our favourites is: Forest Centre to Lidlington & Folly Wood Check out www.marstonvalecommunityrail.org.uk/days-out. Refreshments available at the Forest Centre and the Green Man in Lidlington We would love to hear all about your adventures using Let’s Go! Why not share your photos and stories with us on our Facebook page?

20 raring2go.co.uk Raring2go! PICNIC IDEAS I want to share with you some of my picnic ideas for the summer holidays. Let’s get the kids involved in making their own picnic lunches, it’s fun and teaches them valuable skills in preparing and cooking food. I love using Wraps – they are more versatile than sandwiches, and a great way to use up leftovers. I sometimes put leftover chilli and curry in mine! But here’s a few other ideas: Tuna, sweetcorn, and mayo Ham and grated cheese Hummus and grated carrot A sweet alternative, chocolate spread and sliced strawberries, yum! Why not chop up some carrot and cucumber sticks, you can prepare these the night before, I normally put them in a container in a little water, it keeps them from drying out. How about some cheesy treats? Grab a roll of readymade pastry, I love using rough puff pastry, cut it into 3 strips, roll each one out and sprinkle with grated cheese, fold and repeat at least twice. Take a pizza cutter to slice the pastry into 1cm strips. Twist each strip and place on a lined baking tray for 10-15 minutes. The kids will love making these! If you have any leftover pastry from the cheese straws, cut some squares, chop up 2 apples, add some cinnamon and brown sugar to the apples, place the mixture in the middle of the pastry and fold over to make apple turnovers, a quick and easy treat. Kids always love rice crispy cakes, why not let the kids make some for picnicing too! It can be so expensive buying drinks out, so go prepared, have water bottles, or recycle other drinks bottles that you have. Most places will refill a water bottle for no charge and kids are always thirsty. If they don’t like water on its own, which I have confess that I don’t! Then use juice drops which are absolutely great. The leading brands are expensive, but Aldi and Lidl do their own versions which I use and they last for ages. Why not pop some ice cubes in to keep your drinks cool too! Recycle any food containers, and reuse as lunch boxes, get the kids to their names on. If all else fails we have a great range of affordable lunch options that can be collected or delivered so that you are ready to go for a fabulous day out! Julia Creme Brew Lait - Bespoke Catering in Bedford 07808 398778 julia@cremebrewlait.co.uk cremebrewlait.co.uk Perfect Picnics

raring2go.co.uk 21 Raring2go! BOOK REVIEWS Now onto the fun part… Chapter 25 recommends! You Have the Power, Leah Williamson (10-14 years old) £9.99 In the summer or 2022, Leah Williamson (captain of the women’s England team) led the Lionesses to victory in the European Championships – now she wants to show you that you can achieve anything you put your mind to, both on and off the pitch, no matter what people say. Breakfast Club Adventures: The Ghoul in the School, Marcus Rashford (9-11 years) £6.99 The Breakfast Club Investigators haven’t managed to solve a mystery in months and Marcus is worried that the group is going to break up. So when Gbenga, the captain of the school basketball team, comes to ask for their help, Marcus knows this might just be the investigators last chance to prove themselves! Gwen & Art are NOT in Love, Lex Croucher (12+ years) £8.99 Gwen, the quick-witted Princess of England, and Arthur, future lord, have been bethrothed since birth. When Gwen catches Art kissing a boy and Art discovers where Gwen hides her diary (about Bridget Leclair, the kingdom’s only female knight), they become reluctant allies. By pretending to fall for each other, their mutual protection will be assured. A Better Day, Dr Alex George (10+ years) £9.99 What if we could think of mental health in a positive way? Sweep away the rain clouds. Talk about what’s on our minds. And care for our mental health in the same way we look after our bodies. In this empowering and hopeful handbook, Youth Mental Health Ambassador Dr Alex George is here to show us how. The above recommendations are available instore. Pop in and quote ‘raring2go’ for 10% all book purchases until 31st August 2023. For Chapter 25 events & Book Club go to: www. chapter25bookshop. com Hello! I’m Sian and I am the owner of the new independent bookshop in Barton-le-Clay, Chapter 25 Bookshop. I have loved reading for as long as I can remember; it’s always been a hobby and a passion of mine. So, when the idea came to me that I could open my own bookshop, I went for it! It has been a wonderfully positive experience and I’m working on creating a great community of book-lovers in the area. From our upcoming author events to our monthly book club, there are lots of opportunities to involve yourself in the book world, perhaps make a new friend or a reading buddy for your next read.

22 raring2go.co.uk Raring2go! RECIPE 2 Raring2go! Ingredients 300ml Double cream 175g Condensed milk 2 tsp Peppermint extract 100g Dark chocolate chips Green food colouring (a couple of drops) Raring2make! FUN IDEAS FOR MAKING THINGS TOGETHER ‘Cakes are healthy too, you just eat a small slice’ Mary Berry www.raring2go.co.uk Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream For more great recipe ideas please visit our website: www.raring2go.co.uk The method you’ll follow • Step 1: Whisk the double cream, condensed milk, peppermint extract and food colouring together until soft and fluffy. • Step 2: Gently stir in the chocolate chips. • Step 3: Spoon into an air tight container or loaf tin covered in cling film and freeze overnight. It’s up to you how you serve it, on its own, in a cone, whatever you do, be sure to be ready to make an extra batch , it will go down a treat with the family! Recipe supplied by Bakingmade.com

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24 raring2go.co.uk Raring2go! WHAT’S ON Summer Evening Picnic Air Show @ Shuttleworth 15 Jul This Summer Evening Picnic Air Show is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a picnic within the beautiful paddocks, culminating in a spectacular air display, as the vintage Collection and visiting aircraft swoop overhead. With delicious food, family friendly activities and unique exhibits, there will be plenty to enjoy. shuttleworth.org Shaggy’s Summer Spectacular @ Mead Open Farm 22 Jul – 3 Sep Have an absolute ball with water zorbing, boogie to your favourite tunes at the new “Battle of the Beats” Silent Disco, pose for a selfie with Shaggy the mascot and end an epic day out with a foam party! meadopenfarm.co.uk Summer on the Farm @ Herrings Green Farm 22 Jul – 5 Sep Herrings Green Activity Farm is home to one of the largest collections of Birds of Prey in the UK. Take a walk over to the farm where you can visit many breeds of farm animals; donkeys, sheep, goats, alpacas, pigs, llamas, ponies and many more. This Summer there is an action-packed daily program which will entertain all of the family, bringing you close to the beautiful birds and animals. birdsofpreycentre.co.uk Children’s Bookmark Competition @ Chapter 5 book shop 24 Jul – 24 Aug Children’s bookmark competition. Pop into Chapter 25 Bookshop to grab a blank bookmark to take home and design yourself. Drop it back into the shop once done and the winners bookmark will get printed, for use in the shop! chapter25bookshop.com Summer Camping @ Mead Open Farm Selected dates in Jul & Aug Become “Happy Campers” and explore Mead Open Farm this Summer. meadopenfarm.co.uk ROARsome Crafts @ Forest of Marston Vale 25 Jul Become a prehistoric painter this summer holidays and try your hand at some dinosaur themed craft activities at the Forest Centre! We provide the art and craft supplies and a dino decoration - you just need to let your imagination run wild with fantastic designs! Tickets include all materials for crafting, and the finished product to take home at the end of the session. marstonvale.org Summer of Play @ Wimpole Estate Everyday until 31 Aug Discover new ways to play at Wimpole Estate this summer; from family favourites to new adventures as you explore the gardens. Challenge yourselves to different ways of moving, and have a go at some of the games Wimpole Hall’s own children used to play throughout its history. nationaltrust.org.uk Summer @ Dunstable Downs Everyday Dunstable Downs is a great place to visit for a day out, enjoy the views, a picnic, fly a kite the list is endless. They are also sure to have some great activities planned too! Keep an eye on their website! nationaltrust.org.uk

raring2go.co.uk 25 Raring2go! THINGS TO DO Our easy bug hotel is probably as simple and as easy as it gets – there are many prettier and cleverer bug hotels out there, but sometimes, you just have to make do with what you have and also make it easy for the kids to join in. Materials • A large plastic bottle cut into two cylinders, • String for hanging • sticks & twigs • pine cones • bark • pieces of moss Use anything else you can find – bamboo with it’s holes, make natural straws, which are great hidey hole for insects and bugs! Other bug hotels include other materials such as corn and drilled pieces of wood – to provide different nooks and crannies. I love the one from Garden Therapy. Have a look for inspiration. In essence, I would say: “think natural”, “think nooks and crannies”, “think what will last” (e.g. paper could go soggy and leaves will go brittle and break/ disintegrate). It is great to use things from YOUR local environment, as you are looking to attract bugs and beetles and insects from the same local environment. How to make a Simple Bug Hotel: 1. Cut the bottle down to size We cut our bottle down to shape (may I add, that I actually drank 2 litres of fizzy water, especially for this task as we accidentally threw out our last bottle in the recycling?? Argh!) 2. Arrange your materials Arrange by size and texture – we snapped our twigs to make them a little smaller. Had larger and bigger ones. 3. Hotel location If you plan to hang your bug hotel, loop some garden twine round and then start layering your bug hotel. We did one hotel for on the ground and one for hanging from a tree to see if would attract different creatures. 4. Make the insect hotel nice and cozy Stuff it to make it nice and firm, so it doesn’t get blown about! For more great ideas click here https://www. redtedart.com/ Make a Bug Hotel

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28 raring2go.co.uk Raring2go! COMPETITIONS Summer Competitions To enter all of these fantastic competitions and many more go to www.raring2go.co.uk/Bedford-and-biggleswade/competitions Win an Aqua Park Pass for 4 people at Box End Park Enjoy an action packed visit to Box End’s Aqua Park, a splash-tastic time guaranteed! The kids will love it (and the grown-ups too)! Hire of wetsuits included and booking is essential. Closing date: 31st July 2023 Looking for what’s on you’ll find out here in your go-to guide for you and your child

raring2go.co.uk 29 Raring2go! COMPETITIONS Win Tickets to the Wizard of Oz Win a family ticket to Immersion Theatre’s fantastic performance of “The Wizard of Oz” at Ascott House, Bedfordshire on the 16th August Join Dorothy on her quest to the Emerald City as she and her loyal friends: the brainless but cheeky scarecrow, the cowardly lion, and the heartless (literally!) tin man, navigate through a magical land in search of the mighty and mysterious, Wizard of Oz. With the Wicked Witch of the West determined to stop them by any means necessary, however, will the spirit of friendship triumph over evil? Win Tickets to Twelfth Night Win a family ticket to Immersion Theatre’s fantastic performance of William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” at Moggerhanger Park, Bedford on the 12th August Duke Orsino loves Olivia. Viola loves Orsino. What’s Viola to do? Why, disguise herself as a man in order to get close to the Duke, of course! There’s only one small problem. Oblivious to this, Orsino sends Viola – who he believes to be a man called Cesario – to woo Olivia on his behalf. In true Shakespeare fashion, Olivia immediately falls desperately in love with Cesario and so follows a wild, whirlwind comedy of love triangles, mistaken identities, and the mayhem of love! Throw in an identical twin, live music, audience participation, and yellow stockings, and you have all the ingredients for an unmissable production. Closing date: 31st July 2023 With lashings of audience participation, dazzling costumes, an original script, and plenty of laughter, this faithful re-telling promises to have you shouting, clapping and singing along to a host of brand-new songs as Immersion Theatre presents a fantastic treat for all the family. Closing date: 31st July 2023

30 raring2go.co.uk Raring2go! WHAT’S ON August Jurassic Trail @ Forest of Marston Vale 1 – 7 Aug Join the dinosaur safari! The dinosaurs have escaped in the park, can you find them all before they cause any damage? 10 different dinos have been stomping and flying around the Sensory Wildlife Garden! Spot them all and complete the trail sheet to win a prize. marstonvale.org Carnival Air Show @ Shuttleworth 6 Aug This event will bring the spirit of the carnival to the green and pleasant countryside of rural Bedfordshire, with all the fun of the fair and the thrills of the circus – prepare to be thoroughly entertained! There will be a stunning full air display with carnival theme, you will also have access to a host of other activities located around the Shuttleworth estate, including access to the Shuttleworth Collection and Gardens, and magnificent Shuttleworth House. shuttleworth.org Crafty Thursdays @ John Bunyan Museum Every Thursday throughout August Get creative with family friendly crafts at the John Bunyan Museum. £2 per child – no need to book! bunyanmeeting.co.uk Sealife Crafts @ Forest of Marston Vale 10 Aug Let your little ones get creative this summer holiday at this sea life themed craft session! All art and craft supplies provided and souvenirs ready for decoration - you just need to let your imagination run wild with the design! marstonvale.org Farm Yard Trail @ Forest of Marston Vale 15 – 21 Aug Ready, steady, get mooooo-ving...! The farmer needs to herd his animals back in to count his chickens (and cows, and sheep, and horses). Can you help him herd them back? Spot them all and complete the trail sheet to and win a prize. marstonvale.org Wrest at War @ Wrest Park 19 - 20 Aug Attention! Head to Wrest Park for an action packed weekend as you’re propelled into wartime Britain. Experience WWI and WWII through the grounds of Wrest Park, train like a solider and hear stories of the battlefield as you wander through the living history encampments. english-heritage.org.uk September Forest Family Fun Day @ Forest of Marston Vale 2 Sep 10.00 am – 4.00 pm Lots of fun for all the family including the opportunity to meet Bluey and Bingo at various intervals throughout the day. marstonvale.org 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