What's on highlights this month

Here’s our pick of things to see and do this month…..enjoy!  You can also see more at our events listing here.

TRACE / Two contemporary artists coming together to explore the distorted reality of self identity
The Basement @ Bunyan, Bedford  (free entry)
Tuesday 10 – Saturday 21 March 2020
Following on from their joint exhibition in 2015, Fiona Wilson and Jean-Luc Almond present their second exhibition ‘Trace’ which embraces two different approaches to figurative art but with similar underlying themes.

Often working from life, Fiona may choose to leave out certain features of the figure or even erase them to aid the balance of the composition. Jean-Luc often obscures features or hides them within shadow leaving just an essence showing through. Both processes aim to provoke the viewer to search deeper within and challenge the way we view figurative art.

Exhibition is open daily between 11.00am and 4.00pm (except Sunday & Monday) at The Basement @ Bunyan from Tuesday 10 to Saturday 21 March 2020.

Edwardian Culture and the Panacea Society
Panacea Museum (free entry)
26 March – 26 July 2020
The new exhibition at the Panacea Museum explores what it was like to be a middle class woman in Edwardian England, and the values bestowed upon them as they survived World War I and entered into the 1920s.

The exhibition considers how women were perceived during this period looking at the employment opportunities available to women, their role within the family, how they spent their leisure time, and finally the roles available for women in religion and politics.

The exhibition examines the story of the three key women who set up the Society: Mabel Barltrop, Rachel Fox, Ellen Oliver and objects on display will include clothing worn by members, embroidery and other home items.


Edward Bawden: Architectural Elements
Edward Bawden Gallery, Higgins Bedford (free entry)
8 February 2020 – 24 January 2021

A new exhibition showcasing Edward Bawden’s passion for architecture opened at the Higgins Bedford in February. It features prints, advertising campaigns, private commissions, personal Christmas cards and wallpaper designs, some of which have never been on display at The Higgins Bedford before and explores Bawden’s interest in architecture through a variety of mediums, displaying his originality, wit and skill in giving character to the

The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of gallery tours later in the year, offering more insight into the works on display. Visit The Higgins Bedford website for more details


Skeptics in the pub: Heading for Extinction
Thursday 19 March at 7.30pm
North End Club, Roff Avenue
Robin Launder of Extinction Rebellion (XR) will present a picture of the ecological and climate emergency that we are facing, and what we can do about it.

Robin Launder is a school speaker for Humanists UK and a ‘faith tutor’ at Eton College running humanist sessions for students who do not want to attend Sunday chapel. In addition, he is also an activist and speaker for Extinction Rebellion (XR), the  ecological and climate activist group.


 Castle Comedy is moving to Central Square Bedford
Castle Comedy – which launched in 2012 at The Gordon Arms Ent Shed – is on the move to its new home at Central Square on Lime Street.

The established comedy club has played host to household names including Katherine Ryan, Joel Dommett, James Acaster, Josh Widdicombe, Sara Pascoe and Zoe Lyons.

Castle Comedy host, Paul Revill said, “Teaming up with Central Square is the start of an exciting new chapter for Castle Comedy. The best comedians will keep coming to Bedford and I’m sure everyone will love the shows at our stunning new home”

 The shows will continue to be held on the second Thursday of each month and Central Square will be offering a pre-show dinner & drink offer.

The next show with tickets available is on Thursday 9 April when Castle Comedy celebrates its 8th birthday with headliner Hal Cruttenden.

To book tickets www.castlecomedy.co.uk
Central Square, 15 Lime Street, Bedford MK40 1LD

Holi – the Indian festival of colours
Sunday 29 March from 1.30pm – 4.30pm
St Mary’s Gardens, St Mary Street
At a unique event in Bedford town centre, the Hindu Society of Bedford will celebrate HOLI – an Indian cultural festival of colours.

Beginning at 2pm with a traditional drum roll (dhol), stories about Holi will be told. This will be followed up by lighting of the sacred Holy fire and then the fun with colours begins. To take part, you will need to register on their Eventbrite page and pre-order the organic colour powders. Everyone is welcome to join in this colourful celebration of multi-cultural Bedford. To register search Bedford Holi Festival on Eventbrite.co.uk


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