The Clanger Guide to What's On

What’s on… February 2018
At the Higgins:
Holocaust Memorial Day
Following Holocaust Memorial Day on 27th January, a month of events is taking place in Bedford including Anne Frank & Family, an exhibition of family photographs by Otto Frank, taken before World War Two.  The exhibition will be free to enter and will run until 18th February, accompanied by a programme of free events including first-hand accounts and personal stories from people affected by genocide in Rwanda, Srebrenica and World War Two. During February half-term The Higgins Young Peoples’ Panel (HYPP) will lead a series of drop-in activities for children and families on the theme of ‘the power of words’.

For a full listing of all of the Holocaust Memorial Events in Bedford visit


February Half-Term

Holiday Activities this February at The Higgins Bedford
This February Half-Term The Higgins Bedford’s holiday activities are taking inspiration from A Walk in the Woods.  All of the workshops start at 11am, 12noon and 2pm. There is no need to book and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

On Tuesday 13th February Teaching Talons will be at the museum with some real woodland creatures. On Valentine’s Day, local artist Damon Poulton will be helping children create a woodland themed Valentine’s card. On Friday 16th February it will be time to create a stunning mosaic tile with Qemamu Mosaics. All of these activities cost £2.70 per participating child.

On Thursday 15th February join Jo Roberts from the Forest of Marston Vale for a free tree identification walk and craft activity (sponsored by Oxford Brookes University) Walks start at 11am, 12noon, 2 and 3pm.

Not only is there plenty to keep children entertained during the half-term, but they can also eat free at The Higgins Pantry. Children eat free from the kids menu, with one paying adult ordering a main course or light lunch per child.


Take part: Walking Netball
Walking Netball has evolved from a growing demand for walking sports. It’s a slower version of the game and has been designed so that anyone can play it regardless of age or fitness level.

Walking Netball began in Bedford a year ago, and apart from the obvious health benefits of keeping active many friendships have blossomed.  Said organiser, Alison Brightman: “Players tell me that they look forward to our sessions and we have quite a few mothers and daughters who play together. One of our players was going through very gruelling cancer treatment when she joined us. She said that when she was young and going through a particularly stressful time at home it was sport that took her mind off the problems. She decided to try again and see if sport had the same effect and it has  – coming to Walking Netball has given her something positive to look forward to.”   Sessions take place on Monday mornings and Thursday evenings at the John Bunyan Sports Centre and cost £4. For more information on the Just Turn Up page of the website or email Alison

Circus of Illustration: Drinkin n Drawin
The Circus of Illustration’s popular Drink and Draw evenings return for 2018 and everyone is welcome. Taking place at the Three Cups on Newnham Street on the last Tuesday of every month, the forthcoming themes are Room 101 (Tuesday 27th February) and Pixel Perfect (Tuesday 27th March)


Skeptics in the Pub: Beer, drugs, and genetically engineered terminator cells
Thursday, February 15 2018 at 7:30pm

North End Social Club, 60 Roff Avenue, Bedford MK41 7TW
Mankind has been able to utilise biology to manufacture a range of products; Dr John Betts will be discussing how these applications have developed in complexity as our understanding of biology has advanced. John currently works at Sartorius Stedim Biotech in Royston (formerly TAP Biosystems) as a product development scientist working on novel, small scale robotic solutions for use in biopharmaceutical research and development.


The Fashion Loop: new crochet & knitting classes
The Fashion Loop (amazing fashion, design and sewing school right here in Bedford) has added fashion-focused crochet & knitting classes with Cheryl Carter to their workshops. “From February we’ve programmed classes for children and adults,” said Fashion Loop founder, Jay Carrera. “They’re a lovely way to meet people with similar interests, as well as learn new skills, with plenty of room to explore your creativity.” Cheryl has been designing and creating her own accessories since the age of 15 “I love the tangible and portable aspect of crochet,” said Cheryl. “It’s great to be able to create modern and fresh designs from such a traditional skill.” For more info about workshop dates and to book:

Murder Mystery at St Cuthbert’s…
St Cuthbert’s Hall is hosting a murder mystery with a difference on Saturday 24th February. Welcome to the Greek Island of ‘Fernando’ and the most chaotic wedding you have ever seen! Soon you will be shouting ‘S.O.S’ as ‘Mamma Murder’ has been committed! So ‘Chiquitita’s get the suspects to tell you the truth. Can you solve the crime? ‘Does Your Mother Know’? Once the murderer has been revealed ‘The Winner Takes It All’.
Get your 70’s glam-rock on and warm up your singing voices as this is a murder mystery with a difference, you’ll have a ‘Super Trouper’ evening singing along to all your favourite ‘Mamma Mia’ tunes!
Tickets are £22 per person and include 3 course meal:


Bears & Tales
Bedford’s Bears & Tales is opening in its new home on St Cuthbert’s Street this month – and we can’t wait.  With 60 covers, the space is significantly larger than their former premises on Lime Street, but owner Gareth Barber assures us that they will still be offering full table service and the best cocktails in town. With a refined menu and a Parisienne vibe, the décor will be a far cry from the industrial look of the Lime Street bar. Comfy cocktail chairs, bench seating and a lounge area by the front windows sound like the perfect place to sip one of Tom Faden’s creations.  Pop in for pre-theatre drinks, post-dinner cocktails, or settle in for the night.  Your new favourite cocktail is almost certainly on the menu.

Bears & Tales, St Cuthbert’s Street, Bedford MK40 3JG. To book a table call: 07471 681318


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