Summer is here! Yay! Now smallest child is bigger I’m really looking forward to handing out with her and the boys. But the summer holidays are loooooooonnnnng, and expensive. Here’s my guide to the best free and cheap things to do with the kids and family days out in Bedfordshire. You’ll find family events in Bedford, Luton, Leighton Buzzard, Dunstable, Ampthill and more.
There’s so much going on I’ve split the counties into separate blogs otherwise this post would be really long. If you want to know what’s on in Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Oxfordshire just click the links. Keep checking the website or subscribe to get the updates right to your inbox.
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This is just a guide to the summer events. You can find all of my reviews of family days out and activities in Bedfordshire here.
What’s on in Bedford
There’s the Love Bedford Medieval Festival on the 27th and 28th July. There will be ferret racing, a living history display, sword fighting tournament and the King’s executioner.
At the Higgins Bedford you’ll be able to dig up the past at their FREE Festival of Archeology event on the 25th July then throughout the summer holidays there’s lots of things to do with the kids; performed story and craft sessions (£5 per child), Horrible Higgins Histories (£3 per child) and every Wednesday there are teen workshops (no adults required, £3 per child)
Help Curiosity the Cat needs help cracking the code at Moggerhanger Park in their FREE trail throughout the summer holidays. It’s all part of their Summer Full of Stories series of family activities. The cost of the activities varies and booking in advance is required.
What’s on in Luton & Dunstable
There’s a FREE open air cinema on the 10th August. Details are still tbc.
The council are putting on lots of events over the holidays. These include; Inflatable day (2nd August), National Play day (7th August, FREE), It’s a knock-out (12th August), B-Fest at Beecroft School (15th August, FREE) and finally Art Attack in Priory Gardens (22nd August). You can find all the details here
What’s on in Ampthill
Bug Lab 2019 is taking place in Ampthill Great Park on the 25th July. There will be a mini beast hunt and craft activity. £3 per child, pre-booking essential. There’s the explorer fun family challenge on the 31st July from 11-1 (Free event), and Bat Walks on the 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd August (£4 per person)
What’s on in Bedfordshire
Blackthorn Nursery near Leighton Buzzard is free to visit and they have ducks, geese, chickens and donkeys. On the 25th July, 9th/15th/23rd August they’ll also have face painting, a trail and story telling.
There are several things going on at Rushmere Country Park (reviewed here) over the holiday. There’s Bug Lab on the 24th and 29th July where you’ll be going on a mini-beast hunt and doing bug related crafts. £3 per child, over 4’s only, pre-booking required. Then there’s the FREE Explorer Challenge which is all about map reading and marker finding from 25/7 – 22/8.
Wrest Park (reviewed here) are bringing history to life with their summer of family activities. They’ll be changing each day but will include Myths and Legends, Secrets and Spies and Crime and punishment in the Victorian era.
There’s pond dipping at the Forest of Marston Vale country park on the 23rd July and 19th August. There are three sessions and it costs £4.50 per child. If you miss the event then you can hire an explorer pack for £5. They will also be hosting a mini-beast safari on the 9th August (£4.50 per child), and a pixie door trail on the 19th/20th/21st August (£3 per child)
We hope you have a great summer. Don’t forget to tell us via the Facebook page if you go on any awesome cheap family days out over the holidays
Hi, I’m Vicky. My husband and I live in Aylesbury with out three children; a 10 year old son, an 8 year old son and a 3 year old daughter. I (mostly) love spending time together as a family. We visit all kinds of places and we’re quite happy to drive a fair distance for a decent day out. A few years ago I decided to set up Free Time with the Kids as a way to share our experiences of these family days out. You know, the essential information you need to know before your visit that can be surprisingly hard to find out. Where do I park? How much will it cost me to get in? Are there any discounts available? Are there loos? Can I take a picnic or get food? My aim is to be your go-to guide for all your free and cheap family days out across Bucks, Beds, Oxon, Herts & slightly beyond. I really hope you find the reviews helpful. If there’s anywhere that you’d recommend please get in touch email@example.com or get in touch via Facebook