Flying Colours

Flying ColoursI’m trying to do this between the gardening and the dog walking, so sorry for the lack of an introduction!

Onto Tuesday, and in Bedford there is a Natural History Walk taking place at the Foster Hill Road Cemetery. Its a walk lead by the Park Ranger to see what interesting plants, trees, insects and birds live on this beautiful site. It starts at 2:30pm and is free. The nearest station is Bedford, which is within walking distance.

To Thursday, where in Milton Keynes The Parks Trust is holding one of its monthly Women’s Walking Network walks. Walks are normally 4-5 miles and at a moderate pace, costing £1 per person. This walk starts at 10am, and is at Caldecotte Lake, a walk from Bow Brickhill station.

On Friday, art lovers best head on over to Bedford, where at Bedford School there is the Flying Colours Exhibition. Despite it being a private view, all are invited! This exhibition will run until 3rd July, with opening times of 9:30am to 4pm weekdays, and 9am to 12:15pm on Saturdays. The nearest station is Bedford, within walking distance of Bedford School.

In the evening, the Bedford Art Society will be meeting, where Norman Rossiter will demonstrate his love of the countryside and natural history – both the subject of his paintings. The cost is £5 for visitors, and the event starts at 7:30pm at Putnoe Heights Church. This is a bus ride from Bedford station.

Into the weekend, and on Saturday the Panacea Museum and Garden is having an open day. Visit the various Panacea buildings that include The Members Chapel, with its interesting stained glass window and clock tower; the Founders House, with all its original Edwardian period settings and the large multi-room exhibition at Castle side, laid out over two floors. Admission is free and it is open from 10:30am to 4:30pm. It is located at 9 Newnham Road, which is within walking distance of Bedford station.

The early starters will want to head to the Forest Centre for a Wildlife Walk. The Country Park is in its spring glory right now so why not accept this invitation to explore the flowers, butterflies, dragonflies and of course birds that can be seen there, in the company of friendly and very well-informed volunteers? It starts at 8am, and costs £3 per person, with early booking advised. The nearest station is Millbrook, a lovely walk away.

For a change, you could pop down to Stewartby where the Wildlife Trust are offering you and your family the chance to become a Nature Detective. Navigate your way through the nature trail and uncover clues to find out who lives at Randalls Farm Nature Reserve. There is no charge for entry, but there is a suggested donation of £6 per family. You must book your place in advance. Randalls Farm is within walking distance of Stewartby station.

Lovers of shadow puppets will want to head to Bedford to see Slapdash Galaxy at Bedford Theatre. This is the tale of Sam and Junior, two brothers who must flee their war torn planet, and embark on an epic journey across the galaxy. Show times are at 2:30pm and 7:30pm. Tickets cost from £7 and can be booked online. The nearest station is Bedford, which is within walking distance.

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