Pick up your copy of February’s Bedford Clanger now


The latest edition of Bedford’s arts and culture magazine, the Bedford Clanger is out now, featuring music, theatre, film and arts highlights from across the Borough this February.

Launched in 2011, the Clanger is your one-stop shop for the best of the Borough. Dedicated to shining a light on Bedford’s cultural diversity, independent retailers and off-the-beaten-track gems, it’s the best place to find out what to do, where to go and what’s new.

From this weekend, you can pick up a copy from libraries, museums, cafes, shops, pubs, theatres and more* and it’s also the perfect accompaniment to our weekly What’s On Guide, published online every Thursday.

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The printed edition of the Clanger ceased during lockdown but was relaunched in January with a brand new design by Bedford College graphics student, Ben Graham.

“We first saw Ben’s work on a design he created for the Pride of Place (POP) Bedford project,” said Clanger editor, Erica Roffe.

“We have a history of working with incredible designers from Bedford College and wanted to continue collaborating with emerging talent.

“Ben and I worked collaboratively on the magazine’s new design and layout and I couldn’t be happier with it.”

February’s front cover showcases Edward Bawden & Me, the latest exhibition to open at the Higgins Bedford. 30 contemporary artists, illustrators and printmakers were given access to the Higgins’ Bawden archive and asked to create their own work in response.

In addition, Bedford artists’ collection, the Circus of Illustration have also contributed a body of work to the exhibition.

It opens on 17 February and we can not wait to see pieces by Lulu Guinness, Mark Hearld, Rob Ryan, Morag Myerscough and Jonny Hannah (his tattooed cat features on our front cover) among the other artists’ work.

This month’s Great Bedfordian is Gemma Crawley-Roberts, owner of The Arc and You For Coffee and you can read all of her top Bedford-based tips on page 19.

We also have a mouth-watering review of Paris House, a Valentine’s bouquet competition from Rosehip Bespoke and highlights of the best of what’s on this February.

“We’re so excited to have been able to bring the Bedford Clanger back into print,” said Erica.

“It would not have been possible without our wonderful advertisers and contributions from members of the public and we are so grateful for their support.”

If your business would like to advertise in forthcoming editions of the Bedford Clanger, please email julia@bedfordindependent.co.uk. If you’re a reader, like what we do and would like to support us, you can contribute here.

*if you know of a shop, cafe, pub, post office or a suitable venue – particularly in the villages or new housing developments – to stock copies of the Clanger, please get in touch and we can drop some off.