Bedfringe becomes latest event to get the greenlight for 2021


A year ago to the day, it was announced that Bedfringe 2020 would not be able to take place due to the impact of Covid-19 (coronavirus) on public spaces.

One year on and the organisers are delighted to announce that from Thursday 22 July – Sunday 1 August, the International Bedford Festival will take place – Covid willing.

For the 14th year running (let’s forget about 2020), a programme of comedy, theatre, live music, film, dance, physical theatre, spoken word and poetry will be brought to the heart of Bedford.

The Quarry Theatre will host 150+ events in 11 days across three venues and organisers are pretty sure there will be something for everyone.

Many of the confirmed 2020 acts are already signed up for this year’s event, including Ivo Graham, Castle Comedy, Worbey & Farrell, Patrick Monahan, Dave Alnwick and The Amazing Bubble Man.

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Anyone can apply to perform in this year’s festival (still plenty of slots left), and you can find out more by visiting

Festival director James Pharaoh explained that Covid-safe precautions were being taken, with shows in the main auditorium capped at 45 for social distancing.

“If any restrictions are lifted in June, some shows may transfer to the studio and more tickets will go on sale for each event.

“Events in the garden space may be broadcast live via YouTube to reach a wider audience. We may even see some world premier Zoom shows.”

The Bedford Independent is proud to be among this year’s Bedfringe sponsors, including Bedford School (principal sponsor), The Harpur Trust, Woodfines, WeCanCreative, Rosetta Publishing, KSK, Brewhouse, LCH Production Services, Future Legend Media and Hyspec.