poppyThe kids have been back at school for a week. If they were anything like me they are sick of it already. So get them out and about on our line with the following events.

The museums in Bedford are really kicking into gear tomorrow. Firstly, you have Panacea Society opening their museum on Newnham Road between 11am and 4pm. Admission is free, but places need to be booked in advance. Also, the John Bunyan Museum is having its annual Christmas Craft Fayre and Open Day. It’s £1 entry, with accompanied under 14s free, and things kick off at the museum on Mill Street at 10am. Both museums are within walking distance of Bedford station.

If you love nature (birds in particular), the Forest Centre is the place to be early on Saturday morning. As the Scandinavian migrants begin to arrive, the Forest Centre are doing a Fieldfares and Redwings Guided Walk. Starting at 8am, this walk led by local experts will teach you all about the birds, and who to watch out for to really tell that winter is coming. It’s £3 per person and you need to book in advance. The Forest Centre is a 20 minute walk from Millbrook station.

If you fancy a short trip off our line, Cedar’s Upper School in Leighton Buzzard is having its Christmas Craft and Gift Fayre tomorrow. The fayre will have a festive feel with live music and with nearly fifty stalls there will be a wide variety of quality gifts available. Admission is free, and the school is a short walk from Leighton Buzzard station. Change at Bletchley to get the train to Leighton Buzzard.

Over in Milton Keynes, the popular Archaeology Day is taking place at Central Library. This event featuring stands, displays and activities from local societies, museums and the Portable Antiquities Service. The fun kicks off at 10am, and the nearest station to the library is Milton Keynes Central.

The crafting theme on the line continues apace, with thecentre:MK into the 3rd day of a special Craft Fair. This craft event will encompass a wide selection of hand crafted items by nationally selected artists, designers and craftsmen. They will be complemented by several feature demonstrations areas. This event will take place in Middleton Hall, and the nearest station is Milton Keynes Central.

Onto sport now, and the main event on the line this Saturday is at stadium:MK, where the Milton Keynes Dons face a tough home tie against Sheffield United. Kick off is at 3pm, with the stadium being within walking distance of Fenny Stratford station. You may also want to look out for, and welcome, some Blades fans on our services after their train journey from Sheffield to Bedford.

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