Just a quick intro from us this week, as there is a hell of a lot to get through!
Starting over in Bedford on Monday, the Bedford Film Society presents the award-winning French-Canadian film Monsieur Lazhar. Algerian immigrant becomes a stand in when a primary school teacher kills herself. The film shows the children coming terms with the loss and guilt without over sentimentality. Its £4 for the evening, and the show starts at 8pm, meaning you’ll just make it back in time for the last train. The event is being held at Trinity Theatre at The Bedford Sixth Form, a 10 minute walk from Bedford station. This film is also repeated on Tuesday.
On Wednesday you should head on over to the World of Bushcraft in Bedford for Craving a Swedish Kuksa Cup Workshop. That’s a wooden coffee cup to you and me! These fantastic noggin-type drinking vessels are surprisingly easy to make once you know how. It costs £30 per person and you need to book in advance. It kicks off at 2pm, and the World of Bushcraft is a bus ride from Bedford station.
The planners among you may want to stay on after this workshop, as at the Priory Marina in the evening there will be a talk from the CPRE on Protecting Bedfordshire’s Landscape through working with the planning system. It kicks off at 7:30pm, so you should get back in time for the last train. There is no charge for the event, but a donation of £2 is requested to cover costs. Priory Marina is a bus ride from Bedford station.
If that’s not your thing, you could always wander over to Goldington Road, as Bedford Blues play the British Army Rugby Team in the Mobbs Memorial Match. Kick off is at 7:45pm, and the usual ticket prices apply. You should make the last train home, as Bedford station is within walking distance.
Going onto Thursday, Bedford Creative Arts is hosting its Open Studios between Midday and 5pm. Come and see what Bedford Creative Arts has to offer, meet the studio artists, view the studios and find out more about their up coming programme. Its free, and will be taking place at the BCA building on Midland Road, a short walk from Bedford station.
The Embrioders’ Guild is having its monthly meeting. Well known author Maggie Grey willl speak on New Texture Techniques. Maggie has lots of new ideas for achieving texture in embroidery. These include both stitched surfaces and mixed media techniques, examining materials from wallpaper to dissolvables. There is a charge of £3 for visitors. The event starts at 7:45pm, and is being held St Mark’s Church Hall in Bedford, a bus ride from Bedford station.
At the other end of the line, Bletchley Park will be having a lecture starting at 7:30pm on German concrete defences in the Channel Islands. Chris Shaw talks about how they were built, what was right and what was not. Tickets cost £10 and must be booked in advance. Bletchley Park is a short walk from Bletchley station.
If that’s not your thing there is a Red Carpet VIP Night at Mojo Champagne and Cocktail Lounge. Starting at 8.30pm, Mojo presents the silkytalents of Jazz Vocalist, Christina Maria for an exclusive live performance. You need to contact the bar beforehand, and you will miss the last train back. The bar is within walking distance of Milton Keynes Central station.
Starting this evening and lasting until Saturday in the Milton Keynes Theatre of Comedy’s The Complete History of Comedy Part 2. The sequel to the sell-out comedy show in September 2012, they focus on the classic comedy creations of female comedy artists. These performances help to raise money for the Camphill Milton Keynes Community. The show starts at 7:30pm, with tickets costing around £10, and you may not get back for the last train. The theatre is a bus ride from Milton Keynes Central station.
To follow up last week’s event, the Milton Keynes Astronomical Society is holding an Astronomy in Oxford lecture on Friday evening at 8pm presented by Roger Hutchins. Admission is free, and the event is being held at Rectory Cottages in Bletchley, a short walk from the station. Due to the late finish of this event, you may not be able to get a train back.
Onto Saturday, and yet again Artworks MK come up with the goods with no less than 3 events on the same day: Advanced Contemporary Lace-making, Cloth of Stitch Day School and Whittling. Some events do charge, and you need to book them in advance. All events start at 10am, and the Artworks MK HQ is a bus ride from Wolverton station.
To get you into the Easter spirit early with The Webber Independent School who are hosting their Easter Family Fun Day. There will be ad Easter egg hunt, face painting, farmyard animals, make a vehicle, music, the Webber Challenge Quiz, cakes, refreshments and craft stalls. Admission is free, and its between 11am and 2pm. The school is a bus ride from Wolverton station.
Bletchley Park, meanwhile, has a day-long special event dedicated to the Battle of the Atlantic. This series of lectures and talks will delve into detail about one of the most important, but forgotten, battles of World War II. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and cost £45, with the event starting at 10am. Bletchley Park is a short walk from Bletchley station.
If you want to meet “some bloke of the telly” then head to Frosts Garden Centre where Diarmuid Gavin will be holding two free talks and demonstrations throughout the day, and will be happy to answer all of your gardening questions. The fun starts at 10:30am, is completely free, and the centre is just a short walk from Woburn Sands station.
Meanwhile, at the Forest Centre you can take part in some Willow Weaving. This involves weaving some willow sculptures in the sensory gardens at the Forest Centre. Entry is free, but you must book your place in advance. The fun starts at 10am, with the Forest Centre being walking distance from Millbrook station.
The sporting action of the day takes place at stadium:MK, where Milton Keynes Dons host Tranmere. Kick off is at 3pm, with the usual ticket prices applying. The nearest station is Fenny Stratford, a short walk away.