Activities on Offer!

'Symbol Spot' guides


Want to get out and explore Bedford or The Forest of  Marston Vale?

You can now learn a whole lot more AND keep the children entertained!

Symbol Spot is a way to get families out and understanding their local towns and country parks. 

What geology is there?

What about the History and Heritage? 

Pick up a booklet and some pencils and follow the guide!

Don't have to do it all in one go - come back another day!

Symbol Spot Bedford

Symbol Spot at the Forest of Marston Vale

Home Education Groups

X MArks the SPot

Looking for Home Ed Groups in the local Counties to help support your understanding and education of maps! 

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Girl Guiding helpers

Geology Map 1999, Nijar spain

I speak about my journey in Cartography, Geography and Geology at girlguiding meetings and then the teams help fill bags for X Marks the Spot Workshops.

if you would like me to give a talk to your group - please contact us!

Contact Captain Alice!!


Greensand Country Map

I can help run sessionsfor the Navigation badge or anything to do with Maps. I also host careers talks about being A Cartographer and Geologist.

STEM & Art Days

Trig Pillars

Understanding about STEM and Art - how the subjects are reliant on maps for showing off information!

Cartography for STEAM

Mindfulness Mapping


Map reading and making can be a therapeutic way of calming down. Looking at all the detail, colours, names and symbols. 

Creating your own master piece of Cartography is not only a great achievement but can also be a relaxing journey.

When people concentrate on colouring in or creating, it can bring the heart rate down..and people start to relax and unwind.


Contact Captain Alice for more information

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Events and Ideas

Downloads to copy and have some fun with!

"Map-tastic" after school club in Bedford

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'SYMBOL SPOT' BEDFORD! Can you spot over 70 businesses??

Booklet and Pencil Collection locations

Alice Gadney and Christina Rowe presenting Symbol Spot Bedford

Rogan's Books on Castle Lane

Delices Bakery by Lurke St. Car Park

Gallone's in The Arcade

Goldings of Bedford on the High Street

Don't to forget to find the symbol when you are in these places!

Spot those symbols, collect items and enter competitions!

Symbols for Symbol Spot Bedford

Spot the Symbols - they are places in Shops and in windows of a variety of places...see the Map in the middle of the Booklet !

Know YOUR town!

Map in the Symbol Spot Book

A fun, exciting way to explore Bedford Town. See the History, Old businesses, New businesses, Nature and environment! Spot the Symbols around the Town - which way will you go?

Making Maps look 540 years old!

I don't usually recommend scrunching up maps....BUT IT MAKES THEM LOOK OLD! Add dabs of Teabags..and then it looks even older..

Thanks to Yorkshire Tea, We can make them look spectacular! Every 'X' Marks the Spot attendee gets a Yorkshire Tea teabag!

NEW at Mini Map-Makers HQ!

New for 2018

Animal Map of the World

Celebrating our 1st Year!!

April 2017 marked the launch of Mini Map-Makers, a Mapping Education Services company based in Bedford, UK, created by Alice Gadney, Cartographer and Director of Silver7 Mapping.

Helping teachers save time and worry about getting the correct resources on the subject of Cartography and Map Skills. Aimed at 3 -18 year olds: with an exciting unique series of Workbooks and Workshops and other mappy items for the classroom - Puzzles, Books have been sourced by Alice! 

It is our aim for the children of the UK to have a good step up to being the best Future Cartographers in the World!  

Win prizes for the Best Maps or Best Colouring in!

Cartography encompasses the STEM  subjects and A (Art) - check out hte STEM and Art Section ..

see what fun we have!

Young Cartographers

Colouring in

'X' Marks the Spot Workshops are based in schools (External sites during Evenings and School Holidays) for 3-11 year olds (EYFS, KS1 and KS2). They are an exciting, fun, educational, inspirational, enjoyable and memorable way to introduce maps and map-making!

'Cartography for STEAM' Workshops - show off the diversity of subjects that Cartography reaches!

'Cartophiles for Primary' and 'Cartophiles for Secondary' is a whole school mapping box of resources for everyone to try out and gain more skills in Mapping.

Extra Map related games and stationary for the classroom or for a rainy day are also available.

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Symbol Snap Cards

Lots of exciting and interesting books and fun bespoke resources all about Maps to develop Map skills!

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