It's A Bug's World  

Shortstown, Bedford

Sunday 6th May 2018


This will be our 5th event as It's A Bug's World returns to Shortstown, transforming the Village Hall into an animal lover's paradise. The event, provided by Black Cricket Animal Services, is an informal, educational and interesting exhibition suitable for the whole family with static and interactive animal displays. Come along and meet a wide variety of guests from around the world including snakes, lizards, millipedes, cockroaches, tarantulas and lots of other beautiful creatures!

Just a few of the items and activities being held at the event:

DWA / Venomous Animal Talk. Delivered by the highly experienced and exceptional Ross Deacon, the talk is for the over 18s from beginners to the more advanced keeper and those with a general interest. The talk will be accompanied by demonstrations using snakes and the focus will be on basic to advance handling and husbandry, to policies, procedures and council licencing. Ross will also be happy to answer your questions. Places are limited for this 1 1/2hr talk. Pre-booking is required. £7 per per person* includes entry into the It's A Bug's World event. To be held in the Education Room;

Black Cricket Kids Club will be hosting an interactive animal handling session. Suitable for children aged 5 - 13 who would like to meet a range of bugs and find out more about them. All participants will be given a goodie bag to take home. Places are limited for this hour long experience. Pre-booking is required. £6 per child (discount available for registered members of BCKC)* includes a goodie bag (one parent / carers per family can attend the session, however if you wish to attend the It's A Bug's World event before or afterwards, admission fees apply). To be held in the Education Room;

Static and interactive displays of invertebrates from around the world;

Interactive displays and animal handling;

Animal keepers and owners available to provide information about how to care for a range of animals properly at home;

Invertebrates for sale for the beginner and the more experienced;

Animal equipment, treats and other animal goods available;

Taxidermy, skulls and other interesting artefacts;

Gifts and goodies; 

Children's entertainment;

The local reptile, amphibian and invertebrate group;

Little Lizard Rescue information - the local rescue;

Display information about a wide range of animals from around the world;

Children's creative corner;


*** In 2018 we shall be welcoming Custom Aquaria, Cambridgeshire Nutrition UK and Bedfordshire Natural History Society for the first time ***

If you are interested in having a table or would like to participate in one of the activities in the Education Room, please use the contact form below.

Admission Costs 

It's A Bug's World event £1.50 per person (over 18s). Pay on the door only.

IHS Anglia talk - DWA / Venomous Keeping and Handling £7 per person (over 18s only). Includes entry into the It's A Bug's World event. Pre-book in advance.

Black Cricket Kids Club session £6 per child (children between 5 years and 13 years old). Pre-book in advance. **£5 entry if your child is a registered member of the Black Cricket Kids Club


Sunday 6th May. 10.00-16.00

It's A Bug's World is organised by volunteers for the enjoyment of the local communities. Proceeds will go to animal rescue.

Shortstown Village Hall




MK42 0QL

Please be aware that parking at the Village Hall is extremely limited. There are two free car parks in the New Cardington development (5-10 minute walk away). Should you park in residential areas, please ensure that you park sensibly and respectfully.

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