pavilion

Relaxed - Remarkable - Refreshing

Pavilion at the Park Bedford

Bedford Park

locally produced, seasonal food. We cook simple and imaginative dishes and high quality British cuisine.

Filtering by Tag: Circus of Illustration

Bedford Film Festival & some exciting news!

We've been quiet here for a while, but that's not because we've run out of things to talk about, or because Bedford has stopped being a tip-top place to be; we've just been busy. But we had to break radio silence to talk about the second annual Bedford Film Festival - which takes place this weekend at The Higgins! And in particular we wanted to draw your attention to the event tomorrow morning from 9.30 - a screening of Disney's Aladdin - with super-duper creative workshop afterwards hosted by the brilliant Circus of Illustration. Book your tickets online here - perfect Saturday morning entertainment for the kids!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xv0lflB2INg

It's Robin William's magnificent performance as the Genie of the lamp that makes the film a better than average Disney movie, but there is also a feisty Princess, suitably evil villain and a lovable monkey sidekick - what better way to remember the much-missed Williams than watching him triumph as the irreverent, all-singing, all-dancing Genie?

aladdin

There are lots of great films for the grown-ups too: don't miss the chance to see the critically acclaimed performance by Emma Watson in Palo Alto  - a full three weeks ahead of general release! The closing feature on Sunday evening is a hotly-anticipated fictitious documentary 20,000 days on earth  -24 hours in the life of musician and international cultural icon Nick Cave. It stars Nick Cave, Kylie Minogue and Warren Ellis. The screening is at 8.30pm - but come along to the drinks reception in the courtyard of The Higgins from 7pm to celebrate the final screening of the festival - mayor Dave Hodgson will be coming along to say a few words.

The Bedford Film Festival gang will be the first people to use brand shiny new permanent cinema facilities which have been installed by Bedford Borough Council and include a projector platform and window for anyone wanting to screen films at the venue.  This is really exciting for all film fans in Bedford: the Higgins is a great venue, and we look forward to many  more cinematic events there.

And our big news is that a NEW, IMPROVED AND VERY FANCY website is on the way - very soon. More blogs, more news, more brilliant illustrations of coffee cups. We'll be making a big old fuss about that in a couple of weeks on social media, so keep watching the Facebook page and Twitter feed. (Not constantly, obviously, We don't want to be responsible for any square eyes, missed social events or burnt-out batteries.)

Thanks to everyone who has ever read this blog, shared it, written a guest post or just laughed at one of our poorer jokes. See you over at the new online HQ very soon.

Best wishes and biscuits, the Kiosk at the Park team. xx

Time to get cracking: plans for the Easter Holidays!

It's the school holidays. It's time to think up a million and one interesting things to do without breaking the bank, or indeed, your sanity. Well, we've got ten things to get you thinking. And if you need more thinking time, come and do it in the fresh air at the Kiosk, with a piece of cake and a restorative hot drink. That's the best way to think, we find.

1. Go to the swings: visit the new playground at Russell Park. It's ACE. And frankly, if a slide is good enough for Dave the Mayor, (yes, he really did!) it's good enough for all of us...

Slide

2. Go to the theatre: check out the great kids theatre that's on over the next few weeks at University of Bedfordshire Theatre - the programme includes a production of The Just So Stories by Red Table Theatre on Sunday 6th April, 

Tressabrooks500

3. Go on an Easter egg hunt! Eggsplore is a new Easter Egg hunt around Bedford town centre on 12th April  -start at the BedPop shop (the old Pizza Hut building on the High Street) anytime between 10am and 3pm. For more info, check out their Facebook page here. There is also a bunny hunt for little ones, the Circus of Illustration will be on hand for drawing-based fun, and you can collect discounts at independents along the hunt!

4. Get on your bikes! Take the section of route 51 between Priory Country Park and Willington to the Danish Camp and burn off the pre-Easter snack-fest. (This option has the added bonus of wearing the kids out. At least for a bit!)

5. Visit our little free library! If you are doing a spot of spring cleaning, why not sort the books you've read but would love other people to read too - and donate them! You can swap them for other reading adventures-in-waiting.

6. Run away to the circus - at Willington!  Frosts Garden Centre at Willington are hosting a circus! Between Tuesday 15th and Sunday 20th April , with performances at 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm & 4.30pm. Book tickets (£5.99 per person) here.

circus

7. Go to the movies!(for less.) The showings at Cineworld on Saturday mornings are just £1.50! And on Saturday 5th April, these include: Sherman and Mr Peabody, Frozen and Justin and the Knights of Valour! More info here, but we advise you book online to avoid disappointment and popcorn-grief.

8. Go to the Museum! The Higgins is a great day out anyway - but during the holidays they have loads of extra creative activities including workshops where you can try watercolour paintings (8th April) or build a (model) tractor, (11th April) or learn all about wool, (15th April) or find out which trees different wood comes from, (9th April) and then a chance to bring the foyer of the museum into bloom with by making paper daffodils and flowers. (16th April). All workshops are suitable for children over 3, and cost £2.20 per child. More details here.

9. Bake a cake! If you need any inspiration, why not check out one of our favourite websites they draw and cook.com. Beautifully illustrated recipes, and a great way of engaging kids.

10. Build something incredible from Lego.  Anyone who fancies building a tiny version of Kiosk in The Park is very welcome to try! Here are the treats ready for you...

cakes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Halloween at The Kiosk

If you are in the mood for some spooky fun on Halloween (and let's face it, Halloween is the perfect time for spooky fun,) then look no further than the Kiosk, where the Circus of Illustration are hosting a spooky spectacular! Do go and check out the Circus of illustration's website - they are a friendly and extremely talented bunch of Bedford illustrators. The only people ever - probably - to have designed and made an illustrated fold-out doll of the Mayor of Bedford. (With or without beard.) Halloween

Off trick or treating? The Kiosk is the perfect place to stop off at on the way! We've got a fancy dress competition, AND a prize for the best-in-show pumpkin. There's also a spooky puppet workshop and scary facepainting.  And of course we do have our own rather marvellous range of treats: giant cookies, cupcakes, malteser squares, hot chocolate to warm your ghostly hands. What with that, plus The Circus of Illustration, who have plenty of tricks up their sleeves... we've got Halloween covered!

If you need a bit of home-made costume inspiration, why not try the suggestions here?

Photo: AllYou.com

And if you are hosting a ghoulish party of your own - be sure to check out one of our favourite bloggers' guides to Halloween fun. Single Slummy Mummy's blog of ghostly wisdom can be read here.

Last year the Circus hosted a spooky Drink and Draw session at The Kiosk. Here are a few artistic highlights...

pumpkin3 Pumpkin Pumpkin2 lantern 1

 

 

 

 

Summer opening times

pavilion open 9-5pm
the window stays open until 6pm

last food orders 3:30pm

Autumn opening times
as of October 1st

pavilion open 9-4pm
the window stays open until 5pm

last food orders 3:15pm

Mondays: Café opens at 10am

we are open 7 days a week and dogs are welcome on our heated veranda during the winter months

We occasionally close early for private bookings. Please always call us to book a table & avoid being disappointed!

01234 351104

find us on google maps

Privacy Policy