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Chapterhouse theatre Company presents ‘the seCret Garden’ thursday 22 auGust 2019 at the swiss Garden, old warden park, bedfordshire

BEdFoRd iS GETTinG A CoLouRFuL And ExCiTinG MEdiEvAL FESTivAL AT ThE CASTLE Mound ovER ThE wEEkEnd oF JuLY 27Th & 28Th, FundEd BY ThE BedfordBid (BuSinESS iMPRovEMEnT diSTRiCT).

Bedford’s Castle Mound makes for a great

The most enchanting story, loved by children and adults alike, is presented here at the Swiss Garden, the perfect setting for fantasy and fairytales.

Join young Mary Lennox on her journey of discovery as she travels to her uncle’s house deep in the Yorkshire countryside, where unexpected friends and very magical creatures help her unlock the mystery of the secret garden. Alive with music and song and an array of specially designed puppet creatures, Mary’s story and The Secret Garden promises to capture the very spirit of summer and to be one of the highlights of this season’s events programme.

Picnic with family and friends

in the picturesque surroundings of the Swiss Garden. Bring a low- backed chair, and wrap up warm - even summer evenings get chilly! Coming with friends? Groups

of 10 or more will receive a 10% discount. Please call 01767 627933 or email to book your group’s place.

£16 - Adult £11 - Child (5-16 years)* £46 - Family Ticket (2 adults, 2 children) *Children under the age of 5 are FREE!

More information 01767 627933 thesecretgarden/

Life’s a beach at Bury Lane

Bringing all the fun of the seaside to the borders of South Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire. The Beach @ Bury Lane is the exciting, brand new, children’s adventure zone for ages 0-12 years. The large summer outdoor play area offers diggers, trampolines, bungees, go karts, climbing boulder, sandy beach and much more! The Beach is one of a kind, with a huge range of play equipment for children to enjoy. The fully enclosed safe and secure area is adjacent to the well- established Bury Lane Fun Barn which means there is an on-site cafe for hot and cold food and drinks, clean toilets and baby change facilities. Outdoors there is an Ice Cream and Refreshments Hut and the Beach Shop provides everything you need from buckets and spades to sun cream lotion. Say goodbye to airport queues and lost luggage and plan your summer holiday days out with the kids at The Beach @ Bury Lane. Visit Bury Lane (A10 Melbourne By-Pass), Melbourne, Royston, or for more information and details on opening hours and prices visit

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setting for a Medieval Festival Love Bedford Medieval Festival is being run by organiser David Smith, who has considerable experience in staging Medieval festivals. “Bedford’s Castle Mound makes for a great setting for a Medieval Festival,” said Mr Smith, “and the fact that is historically authentic has really helped persuade some great re-enactment groups and performers to come to Bedford for the weekend.” The groups and performers that will be there include the Medieval Combat Society, The Wythe Retinue, God’s Company of Tabor, the King’s Executioner, Talonted Feathers, A Merrie Noyse Minstrels, and England’s most famous Medieval Fool, Juggler, and Jester, the legendary Devilstick Peat Fibbs.

There will be colourful tentage and living history encampments, circus skills school for children, music and dance, have a go archery, ferret racing, craft demonstrations, the preparation and serving a a medieval feast, the chance to hold a hawk or an owl, black powder artillery demonstrations, and a medieval sword fighting tournament which will quite probably end in a nasty melee or “free for all” with last man standing getting the prize. The King’s Executioner will be looking to explain the horrors and indignities of punishments meted out to criminals or just to those who attracted the King’s displeasure back in the rather brutal middle ages, and if you want to find out more about anything medical or surgical then be sure to visit the camp of the Hussites (God’s Company of Tabor), a mercenary band of soldiery taking refuge in England from their uprising against the Teutonic Knights in central Europe - their battle scarred warriors have had to become well versed in such things. The frolics and jollity will be centred on Castle Mound and its surroundings by the river, but will spread into the town centre, as the re-enactors may well wish to explore the shops, and wandering minstrels look to find folk to entertain. Put the dates in your diaries and bring your cameras!

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