The Higgins Bedford

The Higgins BedfordWe’re back again with a week of events goodness taking place across our line. And to start with there are two excellent events that you really should know about.

The biggie is the biggest thing to happen to the line since the Community Rail Partnership was formed – the grand opening of the Ridgmont Station Building on Tuesday this week. So come along and have tea in the cafe, have a quick look around the Heritage Center, and just enjoy the building. Doors open at 9am every day this week, with the Heritage Centre opening at 10am. The building shuts at 5pm. So please come along and see us.

The Bedfordshire Walking Festival also takes place this week, with loads of walks across the line. As we’ve posted on this before, we won’t bore you with the details again, but needless to say that the many walking routes around our line are a great way to get out and explore the Marston Vale.

An event for the kiddies takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday this week – Dinosaur Zoo at The Stables MK. Direct from Australia, Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo brings these awesome pre-historic creatures to the stage as you’ve never seen them before, up close and personal! From cute baby dinos to teeth-gnashing giants,observe and interact with these extraordinary life-like dinosaurs in this entertaining and highly imaginative live show. Tickets cost from £12.50 and can be booked online, with two performances each day. The nearest station is Woburn Sands, which is within cycling distance of the venue.

One for train fans is on Thursday, when at Milton Keynes Museum they will be spending a day celebrating 175 years of the Wolverton Works. Admission is from £6, and the nearest station is Wolverton, which is within walking and cycling distance.

Starting on Thursday, and lasting until Saturday, our friends at Bletchley Park are doing something great for Heritage Open Days – they are offering Milton Keynes residents free entry! By stimulating curiosity and discovery, connect people with their local heritage and help foster a sense of belonging and pride. The nearest station is Bletchley, which is within walking distance. Just bring your proof of address.

There are also lots of other places across the line that will be open from Thursday to Saturday for Heritage Open Day. Places in Bedford and Milton Keynes are the most notable, and most are accessible from our little line. So check them out.

On Saturday there are a number of events on across our line. The Parks Trust are hosting the Milton Keynes Regatta. This has a mix of senior, junior, mens, and womens events, along with refreshments and a barbeque. It starts at 10am, with free entry. The event is taking place at The Watersports Centre on Caldecotte Lake, a walk or cycle ride from Bow Brickhill station.

Meanwhile, over at stadium:MK Milton Keynes Dons host Notts County. Kick off is at 3pm, and the usual ticket prices apply, with tickets being available online. The nearest station to stadium:MK is Fenny Stratford, which is within walking and cycling distance.

The Stables MK have another event for the kids on at 2pm – The Three Billy Goats Gruff. The perplexing questions of fairytales are explored and explained by the wonderful Theatre of Widdershins with the help of fun, laughter, some gorgeous puppets and a soundtrack that will stick in your head long after you’ve left the theatre. Tickets can be bought online. The nearest station is Woburn Sands, which is within cycling distance of the venue.

Over in Bedford, the Higgins is running Crafts of the High Street. There will be Stained Glass Window taster sessions, Rush weaving demonstrations and workshops, Brickwork samples, Sign writing, Shop front joinery, Lace making, tours of the Lime Kiln and basket weaving. It’s free and runs from 11am to 3pm. The Higgins is within walking and cycling distance of Bedford St Johns station.

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