Introducing… Bedfringe 2018

Since 2007, Bedfringe has seen over 2,000 acts pass through its doors, well and truly establishing it on the world fringe map.  We’re thrilled that it’s back for 2018 and as ever, here’s our guide to what’s on when.

From Wednesday 18th to Sunday 22nd July, the Quarry Theatre at St Luke’s will host the 12th International Bedford Festival Fringe, bringing a hand-picked programme of comedy, theatre, live music, film, dance & physical theatre, spoken word and poetry to the heart of Bedford.  With over 60 shows programmed into this year’s five day festival it’s going to be a big one!  View the programme and find out more info at

Want to know what we recommend at Clanger HQ? Read our top tips here and if anything takes your fancy, click straight through to the box office.

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Bedford’s children rise to the Culture Challenge!

The design for this year’s Bedfringe artwork was handed over to the children of Bedfordshire with the help of Kayte Pippett and the Culture Challenge.  The winning artwork was submitted by Makaiya Kosic of Shortstown Primary.  Makaiya’s design features on the front cover of the programme, posters & flyers.  Runners up Tesfa Bernard & Isabelle Brazier will also have their artwork featured and all three received a book bundle presented by Rogan Books.

Director’s Picks

As ever, we asked Bedfringe Director, James Pharaoh to give us his top tips for this year’s festival.  Over to you, James:

“So… my picks for this year are BGT winner, Lost Voice Guy (now sold out),  Gary Delaney (Mock the Week Favourite) and Fringe legend Pip Utton with his brand new play And Before I Forget I Love You, I Love You.  The Garden Stage is back (hopefully we will have better weather!) with a relaxed vibe; think hay bales… maybe some deck chairs… festoons, a chill out zone if you like. Come along, take a punt and see something a bit different!”


Bedfringe alumni:

You never know who you’re going to see at Bedfringe – and what dizzy heights of stardom they are destined to reach.

Bedfringe has been responsible for supporting many up-and-coming acts including Pappys (BBC sketch show) Howard Read (CBBC’s “Little Howard’s Big Question“), Simon Brodkin (AKA ‘Lee Nelson’), Adam Brown (Ori in Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit”), Patrick Monahan (winner of ITV 2011 “Show Me The Funny”), The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre Company (Edinburgh Fringe favourites), Simon Munnery, Jack Whitehall, Jan Ravens, Barry & Stuart (BBC1’s “The Magicians”) and world record breaker Sir Tim FitzHigham (Clint Eastwood’s “Hereafter”), Josh Widdicombe, The Noise Next Door, Pete Firman, Joel Dommett and Vikki Stone.

Were you lucky to catch some of these acts here in Bedford first?

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