Have a go with Harpur

Despite the weather, thousands of people flocked to Bedford Park on Sunday for the  inaugural Have a go with Harpur Day, a free community event which we organised following the success of our 450th anniversary celebrations.

With over 60 Bedford-based organisations taking part, all offering taster sessions, fun activities and have a go sessions, there was something for everyone.

We provided a number of free activities including human hamster balls, a climbing wall, bungee run, mobile potholing cave and an inflatable assault course, all of which proved very popular.

We also hired a stage and invited local groups to perform  throughout the day demonstrating a variety of dance clubs from line dancing to

ballet, plus there were African drumming workshops, bands and vocal groups to keep the crowds entertained.   Our two marquees housed a variety of charities and voluntary groups, whilst many more organisations and local businesses brought along their own gazebos and put on an array of activities, from a cycling course to walking football matches and basketball sessions, a silent disco performance, choir performances and much more.

The Have a go with Higgins art workshops proved popular throughout the day with local artist Anne-Marie Stijelja (who is also involved in our art project), had children (and parents), creating clay monsters.  The Philharmonia Orchestra meanwhile, invited people to experience an orchestra performance via virtual reality headsets, and there were history based activities courtesy of John Bunyan Museum.  A full list of exhibitors can be found here.

External Relations Manager Sarah Elam said “This was our most exciting event yet and had a real family feel to it.  Many of the charities and voluntary groups taking part have received grant funding from the Trust, and providing events such as this is another way in which we feel we can support them; giving them a platform to showcase what they do.  At the same time we are keen to raise awareness of what we do as a charity for and within Bedford Borough”.

Mayor Dave came along to the event and presented prizes for a ‘Win a mini for the weekend competition’.  He thanked The Harpur Trust for putting on the event adding that he hoped it would become a regular feature in the Bedford calendar.


Special thanks to Bedford Camera Club for supplying the pictures of the day.