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Story Telling Sundays

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Story Telling Sundays Join us for online Story Telling Sundays to create and tell your own imaginary story inspired by a piece of art or object from the collections at The Higgins Bedford (Art Gallery & Museum).
Virtual Event
Sun 24 Jan

’An LGBT+ Life: How it was, How it is’ with LGBT+ Poet Laureate Trudy

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’An LGBT+ Life: How it was, How it is’ with LGBT+ Poet Laureate Trudy Explore the experiences of the LGBT+ community from the 1970s up to the present time with LGBT+ Poet Laureate Trudy Howson in this free virtual event.
Virtual Event
Mon 1 Feb

Craft Club - Collage

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Craft Club - Collage Treat yourself and join local illustrator, Katie Allen, for Craft Club! A relaxing, creative session where you can learn new crafty techniques, re-visit old ones, or just enjoy some colourful...
Virtual Event
Thu 11 Feb

The Old Rectory, Westoning - Open Garden for NGS

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Ancient box and yew hedges surround the colour co-ordinated beds of this 2 acre garden. Spring is greeted by hellebores and daffodils with magnolias blooming in profusion.
The Old Rectory, Westoning, Westoning MK45 5JW
Sun 21 Mar

Steppingley Village Gardens - Open Garden for NGS

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Steppingley is a picturesque Bedfordshire village on the Greensand ridge, close to Ampthill, Flitwick and Woburn.
Steppingley Village Gardens, Bedford MK45 5AT
Sun 25 Apr, Sun 30 May, Mon 31 May

Season Premiere Drive-In Display – Sunday 2nd May 2021

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Season Premiere Drive-In Display – Sunday 2nd May 2021 2021 sees the return of the award-winning Drive-In Air Displays from the Shuttleworth Trust. Back in the air with all your Shuttleworth favourites and the odd visiting surprise!
The Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden Aerodrome SG18 9EP
Sun 2 May

The Old Rectory, Wrestlingworth - Open Garden for NGS

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4 acre garden full of colour and interest. The owner has a free style of gardening sensitive to wildlife.
The Old Rectory, Wrestlingworth, Sandy SG19 2EU
Sun 9 May, Sun 23 May

Spies and Intrigue Evening Drive-In Airshow – Saturday 15th May 2021

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Spies and Intrigue Evening Drive-In Airshow – Saturday 15th May 2021 2021 sees the return of the award-winning Drive-In Air Displays from the Shuttleworth Trust. Salute the bravery of the local SOE agents who flew from local Tempsford in aircraft such as our...
The Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden Aerodrome SG18 9EP
Sat 15 May

Secret Garden - Open Garden for NGS

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Profiled in the RHS The Garden, alpine lovers can see a wide collection of alpines in two small scree gardens, front and back of bungalow plus pans.
Secret Garden, Bedford MK41 6AZ
Sat 15 May

Church Farm - Open Garden for NGS

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Mixed colourful planting to the rear of the house including a long sunny border of drought tolerant plants and large topiary subjects.
Church Farm, Bedford MK45 5HD
Sun 16 May

Orchard Grange - Open Garden for NGS

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Orchard Grange is a late Georgian rectory in the pretty estate village of Old Warden. A yew-edged formal garden with alliums and roses sits next to a gravel garden with drought-resistant planting...
Orchard Grange, Biggleswade SG18 9HB
Sat 29 May

Ascott - Open Garden for NGS

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Combining Victorian formality with early C20 natural style and recent plantings to lead it into the C21, with a completed garden designed by Jacques and Peter Wirtz, and also a Richard Long
Ascott, Leighton Buzzard LU7 0PP
Mon 31 May, Mon 30 Aug

The Manor House, Stevington - Open Garden for NGS

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The Manor House Garden has many different rooms, including six art inspired gardens. Early roses and wisteria along with several different Clematis montana will festoon the walls and pergolas;...
The Manor House, Stevington, Bedford MK43 7QB
Mon 31 May

22 Elmsdale Road - Open Garden for NGS

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Topiary garden greets visitors before they enter a genuine Japanese Feng Shui garden including bonsai. Large collection of Japanese plants, Koi pond, lily pond and a Japanese Tea House.
22 Elmsdale Road, Bedford MK43 9JN
Sat 5 Jun, Sun 6 Jun, Sat 3 Jul, Sun 4 Jul

Bedford Heights - Open Garden for NGS

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Originally built by Texas Instruments, a Texan theme runs throughout the building and gardens. The entrance simulates an arroyo or dry riverbed, and is filled with succulents and cacti, plus a...
Bedford Heights, Bedford MK41 7PH
Sat 5 Jun

Southill Park - Open Garden for NGS

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Southill Park first opened its gates to NGS visitors in 1927. A large garden with mature trees and flowering shrubs, herbaceous borders, a formal rose garden, sunken garden, ponds and kitchen garden.
Southill Park, nr Biggleswade SG18 9LL
Sun 6 Jun

Cublington Gardens - Open Garden for NGS

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A group of diverse gardens in this attractive Buckinghamshire village listed as a conservation area. Cherry Cottage is adapted for wheelchair gardening with raised beds and artificial grass.
Cublington Gardens, Leighton Buzzard LU7 0LF
Sun 6 Jun

Flying Festival of Britain Drive-In Air Show – Sunday 6th June 2021

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Flying Festival of Britain Drive-In Air Show – Sunday 6th June 2021 2021 sees the return of the award-winning Drive-In Air Displays from the Shuttleworth Trust. A celebration of innovation and remembering the 1951 Festival of Britain when the Collection’s Comet...
The Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden Aerodrome SG18 9EP
Sun 6 Jun

70 Mill Lane - Open Garden for NGS

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This is a split level garden, near to where the old Greenfield mill was situated. The planting is cottage style, with a small pond.
70 Mill Lane, Bedford MK45 5DF
Sat 12 Jun and Sun 13 Jun

192 Kimbolton Road - Open Garden for NGS

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A third of an acre cottage garden specialising in many varieties of roses. There are also vegetable and soft fruit patches and an orchard. The garden includes over 90 roses.
192 Kimbolton Road, Bedford MK41 8DP
Sat 12 Jun, Sat 11 Sep

69 Mill Lane - Open Garden for NGS

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Deceptively long back garden, recently re-loved from neglect with most of the planting less than three years old.
69 Mill Lane, Bedford MK45 5DG
Sat 12 Jun and Sun 13 Jun

Royal Oak Cottage - Open Garden for NGS

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¾ acre garden created on the land of an old beer house, with wildlife in mind. There are old orchard trees, herbaceous beds, a small oriental garden and a vegetable plot.
Royal Oak Cottage, Bedford MK43 9BB
Sun 13 Jun

Hollington Farm - Open Garden for NGS

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Two acre country garden. Semi formal near house with small parterre, pergola, pond and borders. Planting is massed perennials, shrubs and roses. Outer areas are wilder with mature trees.
Hollington Farm, Bedford MK45 2BE
Sat 19 Jun and Sun 20 Jun

A Scurry of Chipmunks Evening Drive-In Air Show – Saturday 19th June 2

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A Scurry of Chipmunks Evening Drive-In Air Show – Saturday 19th June 2 2021 sees the return of the award-winning Drive-In Air Displays from the Shuttleworth Trust. Once ubiquitous as the RAF’s primary trainer and first mount of many a trembling cadet, the Chippy is...
The Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden Aerodrome SG18 9EP
Sat 19 Jun

Barton le Clay Gardens - Open Garden for NGS

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Three beautifully landscaped gardens with picturesque streams, bridges and waterfalls over a natural river.
Barton le Clay Gardens, Bedford MK45 4NR
Sun 20 Jun

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