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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...


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, 


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.


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 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...








Bedford Film Festival - Supporting Film Variety

More exciting news on the 'interesting things to do at the weekend in Bedford' front! Did you know that Bedford now has its very own FILM FESTIVAL? And it is taking place from 27th-29th September - that's right - this weekend! This exciting proposition was dreamed up just a couple of months ago by a small group of friends who wanted a bit more variety in the range of films being shown in Bedford. Cineworld is great, and all, but national chain multiplexes don't always scream 'variety'. Film festival founding member Paul says: "The ethos behind Bedford Film Festival is variety. We didn’t want to focus on one genre or subject because variety is after all what makes Bedford great... Documentaries aboutHip Hop, Snow Boarding, Adam Ant’s battle with depression, and legendary recording studios, help give us a reality check with uplifting and inspiring true stories before we escape into feature films from Britain, Cuba and the US."

As well as the films themselves (full programme here) the team have also organised workshops and talks, including a visit from Martin Stellman, writer of Quadrophenia, talking about the classic film and its legacy. There are lots of opportunities for film students to learn skills such as lighting a set, or make up for films. These workshops will be run by industry experts and exclusive to Bedford Film Festival - an opportunity not to be missed!

Kiosk at the Park had a good nosey around the programme for the weekend, and we've decided that our must-see-three are:

Wayland's Song - a film shot in Bedford! This is exciting on many levels, but playing spot-the-location is going to be particulaly fun! There is also the fact that this is directed by one of the founding members of Bedford Film Festival, Richard Jobson.

For the kids: Turbo - the story of a speed-freak snail who likes to live life in the fast lane! This is being shown 3 weeks ahead of its general release - so you'll need to get in the fast lane yourself to see it - tickets are selling quickly! It's being shown at 1pm on Saturday 28th at The Higgins. Book tickets online here.


For the bigger kids, we love the look of Dead Cat, a film about childhood sweethearts reunited in their 30s and trying to figure out whether it is love, or merely nostalgia. Described as:

"Directed by Stefan Georgiou and starring Sebastian Armesto (both hotly tipped in Screen International’s Star of Tomorrow 2011), Dead Cat is a winsome, entertaining take on contemporary relationships, and a breezy shot in the arm for British comedy."

Dead Cat

But to be honest, they all look good. And this is a rare opportunity to see a wonderful variety of films in great local locations. Hurrah for Bedford Fim Festival!

If you'd like to get into the spirit by purchasing some popcorn, don't forget we sell Portlebay Popcorn in a variety of delicious flavours here at the Kiosk! Pop down and get some ready for the weekend...

One of those simple things in life that just seems to make you smile!

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!

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