Activity Days in Bedford for 8-15 year olds

The award winning, family run, Canoe Trail has teaming up with Bedford Borough Council to offer activities for 8-15 year olds, encouraging them to be fit and healthy this summer holidays! Their sessions include the super popular Wet N Wild and, new for this year, Woodland Wild (read on to find out details)
It can be difficult sometimes to engage kids of this age and keep them active but these full day activities (running from 9:30 – 4:30) can encourage kids to be active and have fun whilst experience something unique. With loads of interesting bits specifically chosen for this age group these activites are popular, with this week selling out so make sure you get in contact to register and book your place.
12th – 16th August
Wet N Wild at The Embankment, Bedford
£30 per day or £120 for the week
19th – 23rd August
NEW FOR 2019 at Woodland Wild, Matchstick Wook
£30 per day or £120 for the week
27th -30th August
Wet N Wild at The Embankment, Bedford
£30 for the day or £100 for the week

About the activities 

‘Wet N Wild’ Course

Based on Bedford’s stunning Victorian Embankment this programme will include canoeing, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding in a fun, safe and progressive learning environment. Canoe Trail’s instructor team have vast experience and qualifications to make sessions enjoyable, fun and inspiring. These sessions will also include some simple bushcraft sessions on the riverbank whilst exploring Bedford’s stunning river Great Ouse. The ‘wet and wild’ course provides fantastic opportunities for young people to enjoy the outdoors and re-wild themselves immersed in nature.
‘Woodland Wild’ Course
Based from our private woodland in Willington this programme will include a wide range of team challenges, bushcraft activities as well some days spent doing watersports. Canoe Trail’s instructors are experienced in bushcraft with expert sessions on fire lighting, carving and camp fire cooking to name a few. This week will also include sessions on shelter building, low ropes and archery. It will also of course include a couple of days of watersports activities, we are after all a watersports and adventure business after all. The ‘woodland wild’ course provides fantastic opportunities for young people to enjoy the outdoors and re-wild themselves immersed in nature.

About Canoe Trail’s Adventure School

The award winning  is run by husband and wife team Ashley and Richard (a professional adventurer with over 10,000 miles on the trail) providing water sports  and adventurous activities which was voted Top52 things to do in the world by Lonely Planet. They run youth programmes including Princes Trust, Duke of Edinburgh Scheme and Adventure School which they developed with Sport England offering technical skills and life skills for young people.

Sir Ran Fiennes (World’s Greatest Living Explorer offered these words about Adventure School…)
“Adventure School is a fantastic programme for young people offering a blend of outdoor activities and all important life skills. I have long maintained on my expeditions that selecting people with the right personal attributes is the key to success as you can teach and train the technical aspects.  I am convinced that Adventure School will provide many young people with the foundation and grounding in life skills such as team work, leadership, problem solving and decision making to give them the best start in life. It will change lives and help prepare them for future challenges. Happy adventuring.”
  • 1000 young people attend the Adventure School Programmes each year
  • Over 100 young people completing duke of Edinburgh each year
  • Voted Top 52 things to do in the world by Lonely Planet for family activities
    Voted Top 3 destination to Stand Up paddle board in the UK by Red Bull Magazine
  • Private riverside woodland for camping, outdoor activities and bushcraft
    Archery, airguns and team challenges
    Experienced and highly qualified instructor team


Summer of Fun at Mead Open Farm

I was proper chuffed to be invited to check out Mead Open Farms Summer of Fun!

I used to be a member a few years ago and always really enjoyed it there but haven’t been in ages so it was nice to go again and see all the lovely changes they have done.

The Summer of Fun allows the family to have a holiday at home at ‘Funtins’ with holiday maker ‘Barry’ and Funtins purple coat ‘Holly Bobs’ (I like what they did there). You can join them around the park at a show and games that run throughout the day.

All the kids in the audience really enjoyed the show and there were loads of silly fun, interaction and participation to get them involved (my 6 year old was right up there laughing away!). Kids also get the chance to play games like limbo and welly whacking (amazing!) with Barry and Holly at different times in the day in the field near the crazy golf. The games also had load of audience participation so if you have little ones that enjoy getting involved theres lot of opportunity for them to do so.

The best part of the day for me was watching my girls living their best life in the foam party! Honestly it was something I would never think they would get the chance to do and they LOVED it! It went on for a good while and they were all having a great time which was lovely to see.

There was loads that we wanted to do and didn’t get chance to but we all had a lovely time, even my 6 month old was squealing at the sight of the lambs). Its a great, full, summer day out and adding the foam mad it was such a fun and different experience for them. Make sure you take a towel and spare clothes – some kids in there were in their swimming stuff!