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“We’ve hired the UK’s best lighting and set designers to create the show with so much production it’ll take over seven articulated lorries to deliver!
(L-R) Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith Badminton Olympians at Bedford's FatCap Smokhouse.
A Bedford restaurant got a welcome surprise this week when two of Team GB's Olympic Badminton stars came along for a date night treat. Lauren Smith and Marcus Ellis, who competed in the...
Bedford’s iconic music venue Esquires reopens its doors on Saturday 14 August after 16 long months of closure. The event forms part of Esquire’s FoodDrunk festival. Owner Gareth Barber said they were “looking forward to showing everyone what we've been up to...
Bedford Creative Arts (BCA) have launched the Airship Dreamers club to help local children explore Bedford’s Airship history. The club forms part of BCA’s Airship Dreams: Escaping Gravity...
Bedford Rock Choir rehearsals resumed in person this week following the relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions. Members of the Bedford, Milton Keynes and Hitchin choirs were delighted...
Music in the Meadows is returning to the newly renovated Mill Meadows Bandstand on Bedford's riverside this Sunday (8 August). For the next five weeks, there will be a two-hour...
Swimming Summer Children
Bedford Borough Council says eligible children who receive income-related free school meals can access free holiday club programmes during the summer holidays. A mix of activities...
While the last 18 months have been hard for everyone, they have also helped put into sharp focus the things that we really value and hold close. Local author, Sam Binnie, finished writing her latest...
Organisers have denied that they are trying to override the conditions of their entertainment licence as they bid to hold a third music event at an historic venue. The licence for Tofte Manor, between Sharnbrook...
Local music promoters have called for more support for their industry, as they welcome a motion to support live music signed by 22 MPs from across all parliamentary parties...
The Oakley Arms in Harrold might seem like an unlikely place for Paul McCartney to debut one of the Beatles' biggest hits, but 43 years ago, that's exactly where Hey Jude was heard for the very first time...
Rogan's Books
Children isolating from school due to Covid-19 (coronavirus) restrictions will still be able to take part in Friday's BookTastic events, thanks to the quick-thinking festival organisers. The annual children's book festival, BookTastic...