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After being closed for more than a year, Oasis Beach Pool will finally reopen to swimmers from tomorrow (Thursday). However, the unique flumes, wave machine and other water features won't be up and running...
Keys
A successful and established escape room is looking forward to confounding Bedford's puzzlers by opening up in Bedford town centre...
Oasis Refurb 2019
It's hot out there and a cool dip in a local swimming pool is just what the doctor ordered. Thank goodness then that Bedford's Oasis Beach Pool has finally re-opened. The pool closed...
Fireworks
Remember, remember the fifth of November, the annual celebration of Guy Fawkes' Night and the celebration of the thwarting of the Gunpowder Plot to blow...
The festive season officially kicks off in Bedford and Kempston this weekend (25 and 26 November) when the new Christmas lights will be switched on in Harpur Square and at the Saxon Centre in Kempston...
Kite Festival
The Bedford Kite and Motoring Festival will be returning for its biggest event this June, with activities taking place in Russell Park, the Embankment, Mill Meadows and on the River Great Ouse...
On Saturday, 22 July six local acts - from circus to opera to Bollywood dancers - will take to the streets at iconic locations throughout the town centre to entertain locals and visitors alike from 11.30am...
If you’ve been down to the woods in Kempston during lockdown, you might have noticed that some new colourful residences have popped up among the spring...
Bedfordshire is home to an all-new light trail set within the stunning grounds of Wrest Park, English Heritage's 18th-century stately home near Cople. From 1 December to 1 January, visitors...
Christmas
Now that the Christmas light switch-on has taken place, the festive season in Bedford has officially started and some all-important decisions need to be...
Bedford NICE Wonder Woman
The artwork for this year’s NICE comic convention has been released and it features one of Bedford town centre’s most recognisable landmarks...
New Wolverine Kits at ZSL Whipsnade 1
Bedford based photographer, Tony Margiocchi has captured these photos of two new baby wolverines being shown off by their mum at the nearby ZSL Whipsnade Zoo...