Festive Shopping and Free Family Christmas Crafts at The Higgins Bedford


Museum Shop Sunday returns to The Higgins Bedford on Sunday 28th November, inviting the public to join in some festive shopping and free family Christmas crafts.

Museum Shop Sunday is a great way for shoppers to support their local museum this Christmas. The Higgins Bedford joins over 1,600 cultural venues worldwide to celebrate Museum Shop Sunday and highlight the vital role of shops in sustaining arts, culture and heritage attractions.

The Higgins Bedford shop has a range of bespoke and creative items inspired by the museum’s collections and exhibitions and offers the perfect opportunity for shoppers to purchase a unique Christmas gift for that special someone from 2pm – 5pm.

There is a wonderful selection of Christmas cards and greeting cards designed by artists and printmakers such as Tabitha Mary, Eric Ravilious, Edward Bawden and William Burges.

The ever-popular advent calendars by Angela Harding and Emily Sutton are stocked alongside beautifully designed tea towels and notecards.

Special gifts are available in the shop, including bespoke 1000 piece jigsaws designed from artworks in the collections, origami kits, tote bags featuring prints of the Cardington Sheds, toys and books ranging from Bedford’s heritage to artists in the collections.

Shoppers can also pick up the new Higgins 2022 calendar featuring artworks of Bedford through the centuries, several of which are currently on display in the Going to Town exhibition.

Museum Shop Sunday is the first of a series of Sunday’s inviting families to take part in free family crafts designing paper stars to add to their Christmas decorations at home.

Christmas crafts are on Sundays 28th November, 5th and 12th December. Booking is not required and families can visit anytime between 2pm – 4pm.

Cllr Doug McMurdo, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said: “We’re looking forward to introducing our Sunday events at The Higgins Bedford and can’t wait for people to join us this weekend for Museum Shop Sunday.

“There’s lots on offer in the shop at The Higgins Bedford, from Christmas cards and calendars to tea towels and tote bags. Come and visit The Higgins Bedford for some festive shopping on Museum Shop Sunday and show some support for your local museum and art gallery.”

Visitors can find out more about Museum Shop Sunday and free family Christmas crafts on The Higgins Bedford website at www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk