Incorporating the Higgins Bedford, the John Bunyan Museum and the Panacea Museum, the Cultural Quarter also boasts great independent shops, restaurants and businesses. Throughout the weekend there will be lots going on, including interactive games and challenges at Baby & Play, story-time and book-related activities for all ages at Rogan’s Books and pasta-making demos throughout the day at Spaghetti John’s
You already know that we’ll have the best of Bedford’s designers, artists, makers and crafters all under one BedPop roof, but this year we’ll be introducing lots of new sellers and we’ve tweaked the layout to make your shopping experience even better. Choose from fine art prints, ceramics, jewellery, glassware, homewares, gifts, cards and more. Commission personalised items in time for Christmas and meet Bedford’s creative community.
There are a couple of spaces left for vendors and for information and to book email firstname.lastname@example.org
Join Charles Dickens in the atmospheric Victorian surroundings of Cecil Higgins’ house as he reads from his Christmas stories.Father Christmas
The Big FC will be visiting the BedPop Christmas Shop with his Recycling Grotto on Saturday to decide who’s going to make this year’s ‘nice’ list. Fast-track your way into his good books by bringing along a used toy in good working order so that Santa and his elves can donate to a local charity. You can also pop your letter to Santa in our polar post box. Saturday 2nd December 11am – 12pm 12.30pm – 4.30pmMusic and entertainment
From choirs to Christmas carol sing-a-longs, the stage will be set in the Higgins’ courtyard for live music. Roll Your Own Records will be manning the (Christmas) decks in our market hall, creating the essential festive playlist. Saturday all day.
Let it snow…
If we’re all really good and cross our fingers extra hard, it might even snow over the weekend. You’ll have to come along to the Higgins courtyard throughout the weekend to find out if our wish comes true…
Food glorious food!
All of Castle Lane’s independent restaurants have exclusive lunch-time offers for BedPop visitors, so make sure you arrive hungry and pop into the Higgins Pantry, Riverside Grill, Spaghetti John’s, Baja or Thali + Tandoor. Visit their websites and check Facebook for individual offers soon!
How to get here:
A Very BedPop Christmas takes place in and around the Higgins Bedford, bringing festive fun to the heart of the Cultural Quarter on Castle Lane.
The Higgins Bedford, Castle Lane, Bedford, MK40 3XD
01234 718618 thehigginsbedford.org.uk
By bike or on foot: Castle Lane is just off Bedford High Street and the Embankment, adjacent to the beautiful River Great Ouse. There are bike racks at the Higgins Bedford and outside Riverside Grill (just next door).
By train or bus: Castle Lane is just 10 minutes’ walk from Bedford train station and the bus station. Follow signposts to the Higgins Bedford.
By car: Bedford is easily accessible from both the M1 and A1.
Parking: Nearest car parks are at Lurke Street and St Peter’s Street. Enjoy 2 hours’ FREE parking in all council-owed car parks every Saturday and parking is FREE all day on Sunday. For more information about location of car parks and charges: bedford.gov.uk/transport_and_streets/parking
BedPop is a not-for-profit events production company, dedicated to raising the profile of Bedford through creative pop up projects. We turn spaces into places and work with lots of different people to make good stuff happen in our town. To find out more about our events and to get involved (we LOVE collaborating!) check out bedpop.co.uk
Thanks to Rogan’s Books and Councillor David Fletcher for their contribution towards producing this programme.