Here’s all you need to know for Bedford Park Proms today

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Bedford Park Proms 2020
(photo credit:Martin McKay)

This year’s Bedford Park Concerts comes to an end tonight with a very special Bedford Park Proms

The annual family event celebrates its 25th anniversary tonight making it one of the longest running Proms events in the country.

Thousands if people of all ages from far and wide have been treated to rousing music from some of the country’s greatest classical musicians and singers over the years and tonight will be no different.

Popular Tenor Wynne Evans will entertain the crowds alongside soprano Victoria Joyce and the London Gala Orchestra, with chorus from Bedford Choral Society.

As is tradition with Bedford Park Proms tradition it will all end with a spectacular laser and firework show.

“This is a fantastic line-up for this year’s event, we’re thrilled to have Victoria performing alongside Wynne this year,” said promoter Mark Harrison.

“The Bedford Park Proms always provides a night to remember, and we’re looking forward to bringing back traditional favourites to celebrate our 25th anniversary, from the Bedford Choral Society as well as a stunning fireworks and laser show to bring the evening to a close.”

If you’re going tonight, here’s all your need to know.
Gates and set times
  • 4:30 pm – Gates open
  • 5:05 pm – Forever Tenors
  • 5:45 pm – Joe Bygraves
  • 6:25 pm – Bedford Rock Choir 
  • 7:30 pm – Bedford Park Concerts
  • 8:30 pm – Intermission, 30 minutes
  • 10:30 pm – Concert concludes

Map

Bedford Park Concerts Map 2021

Food and drink

Bedford Park Proms is a picnic style concert and your own drinks (including alcohol) and picnics are allowed.

There will also be food and drink stalls inside the concert arena.

Chairs

One fold up/picnic style chair per person is allowed, you can also bring picnic blankets or tables for your picnic.

Private marquees and gazebos are not permitted.

Are we able to return to our vehicles during the concert?

If you need to return picnic tables and other items to your car during the interval you are welcome to do so.

You will be given a pass when you leave the arena, please keep this pass safe as you will not be allowed back in without it.

Children

All children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. No more than four under 16s per adult.

Parking

There is no onsite parking inside Bedford Park, however, there are plenty of local car parks which you can use. To find a car park head to Bedford Borough Council’s parking website.

If you are getting a taxi, please use De Pary’s Avenue for drop off and collection, which is opposite the main entrance to the park.

COVID-19

A COVID passport will not be required to attend the concerts. As the Prime Minister has stressed, the coming weeks will require a significant degree of personal responsibility.

If you do feel unwell, have covid symptoms or have been advised to self-isolate you should not attend the event.

Tickets

Tickets have been transferred from the original show date and you just need to bring your paper or electronic ticket along.

Some tickets may be available from the box offices at Bedford Park on the date of the show.

Speaking to the Bedford Independent, Mark Harrison thanked music fans for their patience during concert delays and rescheduling.

“It was never going to be an easy task to get all our artistes to align but we’ve done it. We are so happy to be able to bring Bedford Park Concerts back to the park in 2021.

“I cannot thank our loyal customers enough for all the messages of support and encouragement over the last 15 months.

“It has been an incredibly difficult time for the events and live music industry and we can’t wait to see you all this year, just a little later than planned in September!”

Tomorrow, the annual concert series closes with the 25th anniversary of Bedford Park Proms with Wynne Evans, Victoria Joyce and the London Gala Orchestra, plus a laser and firework show spectacular.

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