Find out what’s on this month in Bedfordshire. Your guide to the best events, festivals and days out. Things to see and do in Bedfordshire.
Bluebell walks at Landpark Wood, April – May
A tranquil spot near Whipsnade with a carpet of vibrant bluebells in spring and birdsong in the canopy. Park at Whipsnade Heath and take the circular walk to the wood via Dunstable Downs. Plan your visit.
John Bunyan Spring Cruises, from 12 April
John Bunyan boats have launched a programme of spring cruises. The season sees the return of three favourite cruises; Eye Spy cruises on 12 April from Sovereigns Quay and in the three time slots, during the afternoon, a jazz cruise on 22 April, always popular so book early to avoid disappointment and afternoon cream tea cruises will leave from Priory Marina for a two-hour cruise to Cardington and back on 1 and 2 May.
Two new cruises include a curry cruise in conjunction with the Thali & Tandoor restaurant on 12 May and the first History cruise will take place on 4 May commencing in Bedford Mercure Hotel then joining the John Bunyan Boat at St Mary’s Gardens. Local historian David Fowler will then provide commentary and explanations on the history of Bedford and sights seen from the river.
Look for other cruises in the year such as a Gin Tasting Cruise in July. Book here.
Comedy at Leighton Buzzard Brewing Co, 14 April, 12 May, 9 June, 14 July & 11 August
Pop along for a laugh and a pint of beer. The comedy evening hosts different upcoming comedians on a Thursday evening, once a month. Book tickets here.
Dinosaur Adventure Live at The Bedford Corn Exchange, 18 April, 11.30am, 2pm & 4pm
Join the intrepid Dinosaur Adventurers as they journey to a world of living, breathing, life-like
Dinosaurs. Walk with them through the Jurassic era on an unforgettable interactive experience as they introduce you to some of the most incredible species ever to have lived on Earth. Feel the excitement of meeting real life-like Dinosaurs face-to-face and hearing the tremendous roar of a T-Rex. Learn their history and even feed them but watch out – you could be on the menu. This awe-inspiring show captivates both young and young at heart, immersing audiences in an enthralling & realistic world of Dinosaurs. Book here.
Open National Garden at 22 Elmsdale Road, Bedford, 23-24 April
Topiary garden greets visitors before they enter a genuine Japanese Feng Shui garden inc bonsai. View a large collection of Japanese plants, Koi pond, lily pond and a Japanese Tea House. The garden was created from scratch by the owners about 20 years ago and has many interesting features inc Japanese lanterns and the Kneeling Archer terracotta soldier from China. Pre-booking available.
St George’s Day Festival at Wrest Park, 23-24 April
Celebrate our green and pleasant land and immerse yourself in the story of England at the biggest, most action-packed St George’s Day celebration in the country. Enjoy a weekend of shows, battles, games, performances and activities culminating in England’s most legendary battle. Cheer on gallant St George as he mounts his mighty steed and takes on his fiery green nemesis in the ultimate, dramatic show down. Visit Wrest Park as they demonstrate everything quintessentially English and celebrate England’s legendary patron saint. Click here to book tickets.
Ghost Hunt at Moot Hall, 23-24 April, 7.30pm-12.30am
Come a long to this event and enjoy using a whole range of ghost hunting equipment! There will a number of seances and then you’ll get the chance to use the equipment in your own time. Snacks and drinks will be available all night. Find out more.
Family Film Club: Hop at Hat Factory Arts Centre, 30 April, 10.30am
Blending state-of-the-art animation with live action, Hop tells the comic tale of Fred, an out-of-work slacker who accidentally injures the Easter Bunny and must take him in as he recovers. As Fred struggles with the world’s worst house guest, both will learn what it takes to finally grow up. Price: £6 Adult, £6 Child or 4 for £20. Book here.
Season Premiere Air Show, 1 May, gates open at 9.30am
Blow away the winter cobwebs and get set for what promises to be an exciting show. Expect a thrilling
air display from historic aircraft, fantastic children’s activities, and a chance to explore the beautiful Shuttleworth Swiss Garden. There is something to keep the whole family entertained. Book tickets.
Open National Garden at Townsend Farmhouse, Steppingley, Bedford, 1-2 May
Country garden with tree lined driveway and many perennial borders. Pretty cobbled courtyard with a glasshouse and a Victorian well 30 metres deep, viewed through a glass top. Colourful display of tulips and spring bulbs in early May and a spectacular evening of lanterns, diya lamps and flower rangoli in late October. Pre-booking available.