Summer Activities

The summer activities are an informal arrangement of photographic activities which are organised outside of the normal club calendar.

These casual, summer group meetings include local events, nature reserves, Photoshop evenings, sporting events and days out further afield. They are not usually instruction evenings although most members are more than happy to offer advice when asked.

Polo by Cliff Harvey

A typical evening might be to meet at the car park of a nature reserve at 6.30 pm or 7 pm. After a few minutes discussion the group sets off, probably dividing up into small groups of 2 or 3, and we spend the next two hours photographing or just enjoying the reserve. At a prearranged time we meet back up or find our way to the local pub.

All BCC members, non-photographic partners and non-members or potential members are welcome to most events, a few are for members only.

Ampthill by Moira McAneny

There may be a small charge to cover costs where applicable (e.g village hall hire) and should the event require an entry fee this will be the photographer’s responsibility.

Summer Event photos 20182017, 2016 and 2015

NB events can be changed at any time, details will be included in the emailed newsletters

2018 Summer Events
Join the Summer Group and be prepared to play your part. Contact Bruce or Linda for more details.

Herons and Woodland Walks @ Rushmere Country Park
May 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

There are some lovely woodland walks at Rushmere with abundant wild flowers and  rhododendrons in bloom.

There is a sculpture trail and if, thinking of next season’s competitions,  you are looking for something unusual there is ‘Woollen Woods’, a knitted trail of creatures native to Bedfordshire only for the week 26th May to 3rd June.

The heronry is can be seen from the high level viewing platform, nests with young can be seen – make sure to bring your longest lenses.

The £3 cost is for the car park – pay on the way out.  It closes at 8pm, just right to visit a local hostelry.

If you are going, can offer or need a lift, please let Linda know.  Arrive as early as you like but meet up outside the visitors’ centre at 7.45pm if you are going to move on to the pub.

High Street Showcase @ High Street
Jun 2 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Bedford’s Big High Street Showcase 2018

Saturday 2 June 2018

High Street, Bedford

Bedford High Street is set to be taken over by a very special summer festival of fun on Saturday 2nd June.

The annual event is organised by Bedford Borough Council and will feature entertainment and activities provided by a large number of volunteers, community groups and businesses. It’s intended that the day will help to promote Bedford’s town centre retailers, particularly the fantastic wealth of independent businesses, many of which are located in and around the High Street.

More information here

Vintage Cars Picnic
Jun 2 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Photo Opportunity from the Letchworth Garden City Classic & Vintage Car Club

BCC Exhibition Bromham Mill @ Bromham Mill
Jun 3 @ 10:00 am – Jun 30 @ 4:00 pm

Many BCC members have supplied images for this photographic exhibition. 

The exhibition and picturesque mill are free to visit every day between 10am and 4pm between 3rd to the 30th June

There is a car park, cafe and children’s play area

Bedford BC web site

The Mill and cafe get an 88% approval rating on Trip Advisor

It is a good photo opportunity too

International Kite Festival @ Russell Park
Jun 9 @ 10:00 am – Jun 10 @ 5:00 pm
Woburn Woodland, Flora and Fauna @ Horsepool Lane
Jun 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

From Horsepool Lane we will walk through woodland footpaths and along the perimeter of Woburn Safari Park before retracing our steps as the sun dips (hopefully).

This is a lovely walk through woodland with lots of wild flowers, different species of deer and views of some of the safari park animals.

Please contact Linda if you are going and if you need or are willing to offer a lift.

10K Run @ Russell Park
Jun 17 @ 9:00 am

An opportunity to practise your sports photography.  One of our own members is taking part.

More information here

Classic and Sports Car Show @ Bicester Heritage
Jun 23 @ 9:00 am – Jun 24 @ 6:00 pm
Bedford River Festival @ The Embankment
Jul 14 @ 11:00 am – Jul 15 @ 8:00 pm