chistmas1With the nights drawn in and the temperature falling, Something for the Weekend returns for its weekly dose of fun on the Marston Vale Line. This week, it is accompanied by a special festive Christmas post to celebrate the festive month. Enjoy.

Starting off in Bedford, things are getting started for the festive season, as the Christmas Wreath Workshop is taking place at World of Bushcraft at Priory Marina. During this 2 hour session you will learn how to steam bend and set a hazel hoop – sounds fund. Its a 2pm start, you need to book in advance, and there is a charge. More details are on their website. The nearest station is Bedford St Johns – a 15 minute walk along the river (the river level should be much lower by now!).

In the same location, there is more crafty activities taking place at the same time! This one is for kids, where with the Wildlife Watch Group you can make some festive crafts. This is for kids, and the charge is £2 per child. We advise booking in advance, and the booking line is 01234 364213. This event is taking place at the Visitors Centre.

The Bunyan Meeting Church is hosting a special festive choir session starting at 7:30pm, with the Bedford Messiah Choir performing. This event is in aid of Breast Cancer Care, and refreshments are available. There is a charge for this event of £8.50 (£7 concessions). You should just make the last train back from Bedford, which is the nearest station.

Still in Bedford, where the Brickhill Community Centre is having its very own Christmas Fayre. There will be loads of stalls, cakes, a chance to see Santa, a bouncy castle, raffle, face painting and much more. There is a small charge for adults (50p) to enter, but all proceeds go to the Sue Ryder – St Johns Hospice in Moggerhanger. The Community Centre is a short bus ride from Bedford Station, with the fun taking place between 2pm and 4pm.

Yet another Christmas Fayre in Bedford, with the Bedford Girls School Association running its own on Cardington Road between 2pm and 4:3pm. There will be over 30 stalls, including cards, wraps, homemade preserves, seasonal plants, wreaths, jewellry…I could go on. It will cost £2 for adults to enter, but kids go free. The school is about a 10 minute walk from Bedford St Johns station.

Heading down the line, there are some extra special events taking place at the Forest Centre and Stewartby. Have a read of our Christmas post to find out more!

Coming towards the Bletchley end of the line, Frosts Garden Centre in Woburn Sands are giving you the chance to meet Rudolph and Pals, and the chance to meet the cast of Cinderella. This event is free, and takes place between 11am and 3pm, with Frosts being just a short walk from Woburn Sands station.

Pulling into Fenny Stratford, the Breeze – Special Bike Rides for Women sets off from the nearby Bletchley Leisure Centre at 10am. This is a leisurely ride around the lakes for women only (sorry, no guys or kids!), and is a great way to see the local area. Remember, you can carry your bikes on our trains at any time.

That’s your lot this week – no sporting fixtures. So until next week…

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