Plenty to Do at Woburn Heritage Centre

Woburn Heritage Centre

Armed with your new Museum Explorer passport, are you looking for a place to visit, now that the summer holidays are here? Why not give Woburn Heritage Centre museum a go? Don’t be fooled by our size! We may be a small museum, tucked away in the quiet picturesque village of Woburn, but we have plenty to entertain, educate and enlighten our visitors – of all ages!

Housed in Old St Mary’s church on Woburn’s main street, Bedford Street, Woburn Heritage Centre makes the most of its rich surroundings. The museum, full of fascinating displays and artefacts, the mapped graveyard with well over a thousand graves, and even the village itself, are all used in the quizzes, trails and worksheets on offer in the museum.

“The Woburn Backpack Trail” is an opportunity to find out more about the Georgian village of Woburn. For a £5 refundable deposit, our younger visitors can take out a backpack full of useful detective equipment, such as binoculars and a magnifying glass, and use them to discover fascinating facts about the village. (Perhaps accompanying adults might like to take a “Woburn Village Trail” leaflet and discover a few things for themselves.)

The recently mapped graveyard is a fascinating resource for children and adults alike. Our “Graveyard Detective” worksheet helps to focus children’s attention as they wander around the graves, some of which are hundreds of years old.

In the museum itself, there’s plenty to keep children amused. Our “Mouse Trail”, now in its second year, is very popular. Many adult visitors also enjoy taking part – even insisting on getting their certificates when they have successfully completed the trail! In addition, we have on offer quizzes called “Find the Face” and  “Museum I-Spy”, plus word searches, crosswords and colouring activities.

So – a trip to Woburn Heritage Centre is about as far removed from the image of stuffy, boring museums as you can get. It is a fun day out for all, with plenty to keep children of all ages interested, amused and occupied. And best of all – it is free!

Why not grab your Museum Explorer passport and come and find us at Old St. Mary’s Church, Bedford Street, Woburn? We have our passport stamp all ready.

Open April-October. Weekdays 2pm-4pm. Weekends and Bank Holidays 10am -5pm.

Summer Fun at Stotfold Watermill

Stotford Watermill

Now that Summer is really here, there is lots for young people to enjoy at Stotfold Watermill and Nature Reserve – from pond dipping to craft workshops, from grinding their own flour with a hand quern, to picnicking in the Nature Reserve and watching the creatures and plants that live there.  Young visitors can also follow the Milly Mouse Trail and discover the secrets of the Mill.  The season culminates in September with the Annual Haymaking Day, now in its third year.

One exciting new venture is the Mill’s participation in the Museum Passport scheme.  This aims to encourage visits to the Mill and to other museums in the area by showcasing the activities on offer.

Each child is given a passport at the first museum they visit, with a special stamp.  Every time they visit one of the museums on the list, or take part in one of the Children’s Challenges, they get another stamp. They can do as many challenges as they wish at each place!  And, once all the challenges have been completed, your child will get a special certificate recording the achievement.

So, come along with your children, to pick up a free passport and find out more about Summer fun for kids of all ages, in Stotfold and across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Essex.

Details of events at Stotfold Watermill and Nature Reserve:

  • Pond dipping in the Nature Reserve, Wednesday, 5th August, Session 1: 10-12 am; Session 2: 2-4 pm. 

Find out about the exciting creatures that live in our ponds.  All equipment provided.  Suitable for children over 5, who must be accompanied by an adult at all times.  FREE, but must be pre-booked. 

  • Arts and Crafts Day, Tuesday 18th August, 10-4 pm

Create beautiful and ingenious art and craft items under expert guidance. Session 1: 10-12 am; Session 2:  2-4 pm  Pre-booking essential.  Cost: £2 per child.

  • Make hay while the sun shines.Saturday 26th September, 1-4 pm

Enjoy the traditional country craft of hay raking and making haystacks in the Nature Reserve. Come along earlier and bring a picnic lunch to enjoy before you start.  Suitable for children over 7, who must be accompanied by an adult at all times.  Suitable clothing and footwear required and bring a rake, if possible.  Free admission.

***Book via events@stotfoldmill.com or by telephoning 01462 734541 (answerphone).