Wild Orchid

Wild OrchidWith the second week of the Easter break now upon us, there is still loads on across the line. Here is the latest…

As is tradition, we start off on Monday. Carrying on from last week Frosts Garden Centre in Woburn Sands is running Sweet Treats until Friday, where kids can decorate their own gingerbread men. These sessions run daily for the rest of the week, and can be booked online. The Garden Centre is just a short walk from Woburn Sands station.

Another event that is running all week, in fact it is running every day until 22nd September, is Jurassic Golf at thecentre:MK. Located in Queens Court, Jurassic Golf is a thrilling 12 hole adventure golf course, complete with one roaring and moving Tyrannosaurus Rex and 11 static life size dinosaurs, artificial rocks, crushed military plan, a stranded military jeep and lush vegetation, creating the mood of a land that time forgot. Family tickets cost £4.50, and other tickets are available. The course is open from 11am until closing. The nearest station to thecentre:MK is Milton Keynes Central, a bus ride away.

Onto Wednesday (the only things happening on Tuesday are Sweet Treats and Jurassic Golf at thecentre:MK), where Artworks MK are hosting a workshop on Contemporary Monsters. Join artist Edith Garcia in this one day workshop that explores working with the figure in clay. The event runs from 11am to 3pm, and costs £25. Booking in advance is advised. The workshop takes place at Artworks MK, which is a bus ride from Wolverton station.

Some family theatre is taking place at Stantonbury Campus Theatre, where you can see The Saga of Noggin the Nog. This is about how young Noggin became King of the Nogs and sailed to the Land of the Midnight Sun to find his bride. A company of Viking story tellers recreate this charming world. Family tickets cost £23, and other tickets are available. Stantonbury Campus Theatre is a bus ride from Wolverton station.

If you’re into your wildflowers, then head on over to Priory Country Park in the evening for a talk on Wild Orchids of Bedfordshire and the Chilterns from the local wildlife trust. It all kicks off at 7:30pm, meaning that you will have plenty of time for the last train home. There is no charge, but a voluntary donation of £2 is advised. The nearest station is Bedford, a bus ride away.

If history and archaeology are more your thing, head to Putnoe Heights in Bedford for 7:30pm for a talk on the archaeology and historic environment of the Greensand Ridge, which runs just to the south of our railway. Finding out about this diverse ridge won’t cost you a penny, and you should make it back in time for the last train too. The nearest station is Bedford, a bus ride away.

Thursday sees the Forest Centre’s only event of the week, where kids can design their own Bluebell Wood. Design your own spring woodland and make a bluebell, while also finding out where you can enjoy bluebell woods in the Marston Vale. Sessions run throughout the day, costing £2.50 per child, and payment must be made in advance. The Forest Centre is a lovely walk from Millbrook station.

Lovers of classical music had best head over to the Bunyan Meeting Church at 7:45pm as the Bedford Music Club have a performance from the Carducci Quartet. One of the most promising young chamber ensembles in the business, the Anglo-Irish Carducci Quartet have already won several prizes, given a host of concerts and radio broadcasts throughout the world. Adult tickets are £18, less for children and concessions, and you are advised to book in advance. The Bunyan Meeting Church is within walking distance of Bedford station, from where you should be in time to catch the last train.

Heading into Friday now, and we start in Bedford where a new art and craft club for kids is opening up. Art Adventurers is running one of its first sessions, where kids aged 4-9 years old can do some crafts on Garden Creatures. The session runs between 10am and Midday, and costs £6.50 per child. You must book your place in advance. The session is taking place in the Cauldwell Community Centre, a short walk from Bedford St Johns station.

Onward to Saturday, and if you fancy visiting a museum with a difference head to the Panacea Museum’s Open Day in Bedford. Find out about the history and background of this unique religious society that existed until recently in Bedford. During the day you will have access to the various Panacea buildings. Entry is free, and it runs from 10:30am to 4:30pm. The Museum is on Newnham Road, within walking distance of Bedford station.

Bedford is the place for sporting action on Saturday. Bedford Blues host Leeds, with kick off at 3pm. The usual ticket prices apply, and Goldington Road is within walking distance of Bedford station. If football is more your thing, Bedford Town are at home against Frome Town, kick off at 3pm with all the normal ticket prices. The nearest station is Bedford St Johns, a bus ride away.

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