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10 things to do in and around Bedford that won’t break the bank:

1- Bedford Park Run. Kick start your Saturday with a 5km Parkrun or Sunday with a 2k Junior one (arrive at the bandstand by 8.50am for the briefing and 9am start on the Saturday and the junior one on a Sunday is at Jubilee Park, also meet at 8.50am)

2 – A trip to one of Bedford’s Libraries.

3 – Bird Watching at Priory Marina

4 – Mowsbury Park and Putnoe Woods with sports pitches, tennis courts, play park, outdoor gym area, bike track and a cafe.

5 – Invest in Bedford Treasure Trail (£6.99) – download from here – an engaging way for children to learn about Bedford’s past.

6 – Check out Movies for Juniors at Cineworld or Vue Bedford, weekends and school holidays.

7 – Visit the Deer Park at Woburn, park for free on Park Street and when you’ve sighted the Deer you can visit antique shops and cafés in picturesque Woburn.

8 – Russell Park – adventure playground and Putting (collect at the Kiosk in the Park where you can also grab a coffee and a cake)

9 – The Higgins Art Gallery & Museum for regular exhibitions and workshops.

10 – Head to Moor Lane or Kempston skate parks with your skate boards or scooters.