Have a go with Harpur – new Trust event

Sunday 10th September, 11am-4pm, Bedford Park

Following on from the very successful 450th anniversary events, Trustees of The Harpur Trust have agreed to fund a small number of community events and projects over the next two years.

The first of these will be Have a go with Harpur.  This free, one day community event is open to all and will enable people of every age and background to have a go at something new, choosing from dozens of free activities and tasters provided by local charities plus community and sports groups from across the borough.

A stage will provide the platform for dance groups and choirs to show off their talents and there will be a range of audience participation activities such as yoga/pilates and Tai Chi. An activities tent will be the focus for arts, crafts and history workshops.

The Trust will be operating a climbing wall, zorbing (human hamster balls), a portable cave for potholing, archery and a football penalty shoot-out goal plus plenty of giant board games, all of which will be free (so please expect a bit of a queue at peak times).

The event is very much based on the Trust’s Run and Fun event which took place at Priory Country Park last May and which attracted some 3000 people over the course of the day.

There will be food stalls on hand and activities will be close to the Pavillion café.  But there will be plenty of space for picnickers too if the weather is fair.

Interested in taking part as an exhibitor or offering a taster or demonstration?  Please download our exhibitor pack:  Harpur’s have a go day – exhibitor pack


What other events and projects will we be offering this year?

This summer, the Trust will also be launching its second Art Competition for schools.  This very popular project attracted 1400 entries from 46 schools last year and culminated in an exhibition at the Higgins Bedford.  We also hope to bring back Orchestra Unwrapped, the Philharmonia’s superb concert series for children. The concert held in December, enabled an audience of 700 children from state primary schools to access music from this world-class orchestra as well as providing inset  training for their teachers.

Why are we offering these events?

Even though we’re one of the largest Charities in the UK, everything we do is for the Bedford area. Using the legacy of our founder Sir William Harpur, our aims are clear and simple.

Our vision is of Bedford as a place where everyone has pride in their community and is inspired and supported in realising their potential.  We help people to improve their lives by:

  • Providing, promoting and supporting education
  • offering help and relief to anyone who is sick, in need, hardship or distress
  • providing recreational facilities with a social welfare purpose

We give around £1million per year in grants to support local projects and to help improve the lives of others.  Many of the organisations which we have funded are involved in the Have a go with Harpur day and we are proud to be working with them to offer a diverse range of opportunities and activities.

Photos courtesy of Bedford Camera Club.