Culture

All the latest culture news from across Bedford Borough. Everything you need to keep you up to date with what’s happening in Bedford Borough on your mobile or desktop via the Bedford Clanger and the Bedford Independent.

The Bedford Independent was founded to provide the people of Bedford Borough with a modern news desk that would give them easy access to genuine and unbiased Bedford news. We are independent in ownership and opinion.

Our mission is to inform and inspire the people of Bedford. To do this we will work hard to bring them the news that matters to them from our town centre to the most rural of the Borough’s villages.

Our editorial team are NCTJ trained and follows a standards code set out by the independent press regulator IMPRESS Standards.

A notorious Bedford outlaw that has given his name to the local area when he was hanged is the subject of a local podcast that has just been released. The podcast Weird in the Wade has investigated...
During the first two weekends of March, musicians from Bedford’s resident orchestra will be stepping out of the concert hall and into shopping centres, libraries, gyms and barbershops to bring...
Sussex Lustreware are among the featured artists at the Edward Bawden & Me exhibition at the Higgins from 17 February. Image: The Higgins Bedford
Brand new work by some of the biggest names in contemporary British art, illustration and textiles will be on display at a new exhibition opening at the Higgins Bedford this month in celebration of the...
Artist Sophie Gresswell with one of the pieces from her new exhibition at the Higgins Bedford. Image: Bedford Borough Council
A new exhibition in the Higgins’ Sir William Harpur Gallery is the result of a year-long journey that has taken artist, Sophie Gresswell, from Luton to the island of St Helena and finally to Bedford...
The John Bunyan Museum reopens for the 2024 season on 20 February. Image: John Bunyan Museum
The John Bunyan Museum in Bedford will reopen for the 2024 season this month, with a new-look gift shop and entrance. Situated next to the Bunyan Meeting on Mill Street, the museum tells the fascinating story...
Panacea Museum new entrance on Newnham Road. Image: Panacea Museum
One of the most fascinating museums in the UK will reopen on Thursday (1 February), giving visitors a glimpse into the lives of members of the secretive Panacea Society. The Panacea Museum tells the...
Picturing High Streets Archive 'Garlick Bros' - a ghost sign for Garlick Brothers, Monumental Masons, on the north elevation of 46-50 Prebend Street, Bedford Image copyright Nicola Bailey. Source Historic England Archive
A photo of Prebend Street in Bedford has been selected to join the Historic England Archive, the nation's archive for England's historic buildings. Since September 2022, people across England have...
A street portrait by Bedford-based photographer, Cameron Scrimgeour, has been featured by the British Culture Archive as part of its 'Document Your Community' project. The photograph features...
Dance students. Image: University of Bedfordshire
This Black History Month, the University of Bedfordshire campus on Polhill Avenue will host a free creative showcase celebrating the history of Black arts through dance and performance, open to the public...
The Cultural Roots Sound System Museum - a remarkable showcase of reggae music history, sound system culture and the evolution of technology - has opened at the Higgins Bedford...
Bedford's annual comic-con (comic book convention) is returning to the Corn Exchange this September after a four year hiatus. The internationally recognised NICE Comic-Con takes place on Saturday 2 and...
Since 12 July, an empty shop in Bedford town centre has been transformed into a creative hub in the heart of the town. Two years in the making, Pride of Place (POP) Bedford is proof of the adage, 'build it...