What’s on Bedford: 14 – 24 April 2022

Our weekly roundup of what’s on over the next 10 days in Bedford, including the bank holiday Easter weekend.

Choose from comedy, theatre, live music, exhibitions and some great family-friendly fun.

Happy Easter!


Until Tuesday 19 April 2022

BedfordBID Easter Trail

BedfordBID hosts this year’s FREE Easter Trail, which features 12 locations across the town centre.

  • Collect your trail map from Gallone’s Ice Cream Parlour (The Arcade), Bellissima Accessories (Howard Centre), or St Peter’s Studio Dental Clinic (St Peter’s Street). Please check opening hours for individual locations before you arrive to collect.
  • Hunt for eggs hiding in the windows of the numbered locations, and then draw or write what you find inside.
  • When you’re done, head back to Gallone’s Ice Cream Parlour, where you will receive a sticker and an Easter-themed ice cream treat for every completed trail map.
  • While you’re hanging out at Gallone’s, the back of each map is full of fun puzzles and activities.

Complete trail submissions will also be entered into a Prize Draw to win £20 Love Bedford vouchers, which you can spend in over 280 locations across Bedford town centre. Don’t forget to include the email address of a parent/guardian, so they can contact you if you win.

Remember, it’s all free, and ‘helpers’ can buy hot drinks at Gallone’s for only £1.

Saturday 2 – Tuesday 19 April 2022. No booking is necessary.

Find out more on the Love Bedford website


Easter holidays

Easter at Shuttleworth

Those lovely people at Explore Bedford have put together an Easter holiday guide, with the best family fun days out, egg hunts, craft workshops and more.

Featuring what’s on at the Panacea Museum, Easter fun at Shuttleworth, workshops at the Higgins and the Love Bedford East Trail, there’s something for everyone, whatever the weather.

Find their full what’s on Easter guide at the Explore Bedford website here.


Thursday 14 April 2022

Musical theatre: Friends! The Musical Parody
Bedford Corn Exchange @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £30

Friends! The Musical Parody takes a hilarious look and remembers the TV phenomenon that ruled the 90’s and became a cultural institution with millions of fans across the globe.

The fun begins on an ordinary day at Central Perk, when a certain runaway bride, with the signature hairstyle, stumbles into the lives of five other friends and kicks the whole gang out of second gear. Ross, Chandler, Monica, Phoebe, Joey and Rachel, haven’t gone anywhere and are singing and dancing their way back into our hearts in a delightful musical parody that harnesses the nostalgia for the iconic TV show and takes it to hilarious new places.


Easter opening hours at the Higgins Bedford

If you’re planning a trip to the Higgins on Castle Lane this Easter weekend, here are their bank holiday opening hours. You can catch the Body & Soul exhibition of women in art, as well as the gallery’s latest Edward Bawden display (full details futher below).

Good Friday 15 April  – Closed

Easter Saturday 16 April – Open 11am – 5pm

Easter Sunday 17 April –  2pm – 5pm

Easter Monday 18 April – Open 2pm – 5pm


Friday 15 April 2022

Live music: Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard
Bedford Esquires @ 8pm
Tickets: £10

Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard’s singles have seen repeat BBC Radio 1 airplay from Jack Saunders, Annie Mac, and Gemma Bradley, heavy support from Jo Whiley (the band even performed at Maida Vale live-to-air on Whiley’s show) and Will Young on BBC Radio 2, John Kennedy at Radio X (where ‘You’ was recently added to the X-Posure playlist), as well as Steve Lamacq and Huw Stephens at BBC Radio 6 Music.
‘You’, ‘Crescent Man vs Demolition Dan’ and ‘New Age Millennial Magic’ also drew praise from the likes of NME, Clash, The Line Of Best Fit, DIY, Dork, Upset, and more.
Come see what all the fuss is about, when they visit Esquires on Friday 15th April.

Friday 15 April 2022

Live music: The Stones
Bedford Corn Exchange @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £20

The Stones’ are the UK’s No.1 and most authentic tribute to The Rolling Stones, bringing all the hits and timeless tracks to the big stage – from ‘Satisfaction’ and ‘Jumping Jack Flash’, to ‘Ruby Tuesday’, ‘Start Me Up’ and ‘Brown Sugar’ – the Greatest Tribute Band in the World pays tribute to the World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band.


Friday 15 April 2022

Live music: Annie Keating Band & Danni Nicholls
Bedford Esquires @8pm
Tickets: £12

Don’t miss this double headline show from two of the finest Americana singing, songwriting troubadours out there.

Annie Keating is from Brooklyn and was talent-spotted by BBC Radio’s Bob Harris. After appearing on his show she has played on the bill with John Hiatt, Dan Bern, Bon Iver & other greats, and toured extensively in England, Scotland, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands & Denmark.

Bedford’s very own Danni Nicholls grew up on the American roots music of her Anglo-Indian grandmother’s record collection and has been paving her way in the Americana/roots scene for over a decade.


Saturday 16 April 2022

Children’s theatre: Aidy the Awesome
The Quarry Theatre @ 11am and 2pm
Tickets: £12/£10/family ticket £40

Aidy is a normal eight-year-old girl… or so she thinks. One day she discovers a family secret that changes everything. Aidy and her granny embark on an adventure that turns their world upside down.

They even begin to question what normal is. After all, who wants to be normal when you can be SUPER!

Aidy the Awesome is a stunning aerial theatre show for all the family to enjoy. Watch as the performers fly, zoom and spin through the air!


Saturday 16 April 2022

Workshop: Egg Decorating for Ukraine
The Place Theatre @ 10am
Tickets: Donation via JustGiving

Decorating eggs at Easter is a workshop tradition that Creative Days have been looking forward to offering our community once again, following the pandemic. However,  it comes at a time when our days are now saddened by the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

It is heartening to know just how much generosity and support is already being offered by the kind people of Bedford. But as the devastation continues, here is something more that you and your family can do to help.

Come together to create and share hope for Ukraine. Decorate an egg for Easter.

This is a drop-in workshop for EVERYONE of any age (children must be supervised.)
Refreshments will be on sale.

All that is asked is that you donate what you can via JustGiving.


Sunday 17 April 2022

Live music: Go Your Own Way Fleetwood Mac legacy
Bedford Corn Exchange @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £24.50

Go Your Own Way is a brand new spellbinding show featuring the music from the legendary multiple Grammy Award Winning Fleetwood Mac.

Their rock n roll legacy is beautifully performed by a highly talented and acclaimed ensemble of musicians who will take audiences on a powerful journey through their incredible song book.

With hits including “Dreams”, “Don’t Stop”, “Everywhere”, “Rhiannon”, “Gold Dust Woman”, “Little Lies”, “Big Love” and many more.

Paying tribute to their “Rumours” line up of Stevie, Mick, John, Christine & Lindsey, which remains their most commercially successful to date, this show perfectly recreates the live energy and passion of Fleetwood Mac.


Monday 18 April 2022

Family fun: Dinosaur Adventure Live
Bedford Corn Exchange @ 11.30am / 2pm / 4.30pm
Tickets: £14

“The Greatest Prehistoric Show on Earth”

65 million years in the making… Are you ready for the adventure?

Join the intrepid Dinosaur Adventurers as they journey to a world of living, breathing, life-like dinosaurs.

Take a walk through the Jurassic era on an unforgettable interactive experience as you are introduced to some of the most incredible species ever to have lived on Earth.

Feel the excitement of meeting real life-like Dinosaurs face-to-face and hearing the
tremendous roar of a T-Rex. Learn their history and even feed them but watch out – you
could be on the menu.

This awe-inspiring show captivates both young and young at heart, immersing audiences in
an enthralling & realistic world of Dinosaurs.


Wednesday 20 April – Saturday 23 April 2022

Community Theatre: Escaped Alone
The Place Theatre @ 7.30pm
Tickets: from £10

Caryl Churchill has frequently written for the Royal Court Theatre so it was fitting that in 2016 the Royal Court began its 60 years anniversary season with her new play, Escaped Alone.

This is a one-act play about four 70-year-old women sitting in one of their gardens drinking tea and talking about everyday events. They talk to, at and over each other, discussing, questioning, laughing, contradicting and reminiscing.

On the surface, just four women drinking tea in the garden but during breaks in their light-hearted chat, the women describe their deeper fears about the world we live in.

Michael Billington wrote ‘This is Churchill at her best’ and the play is currently eighth on The Guardian’s list of the 50 best theatre shows of the 21st century.


Thursday 21 April 2022

Community Support: Grief Wellies Death Cafe 
The Place Theatre @ 5.3pm
Tickets: Free

A Death Café is an informal monthly gathering of people (often strangers) to talk about death over a cup of tea and a piece of cake. The topic of discussion is generated by the group and there is no agenda, objective or prescribed theme.

A Death Café is an open, accessible and confidential space for those interested in talking about anything in relation to death.


Thursday 21 April 2022

Theatre: National Theatre Live: Henry V
The Quarry Theatre @ 7pm
Tickets: from £13

Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) plays the title role in Shakespeare’s thrilling study of nationalism, war and the psychology of power. 

Fresh to the throne, King Henry V launches England into a bloody war with France. When his campaign encounters resistance, this inexperienced new ruler must prove he is fit to guide a country into war.

Captured live from the Donmar Warehouse theatre in London, this exciting modern production directed by Max Webster(Life of Pi) explores what it means to be English and our relationship to Europe, asking: do we ever get the leaders we deserve?


Thursday 21 April 2022

Live music: The Boo Radleys
Bedford Esquires @ 8pm
Tickets: £17

The Roar Club and Club Biscuit are delighted to welcome the newly reformed Boo Radleys to Bedford Esquires.

Hugely influential sonic adventurers, the Boos released a succession of albums in the nineties on Creation Records that encompassed Shoegaze (‘Everythings Alright Forever’), Britpop (Number 1 album ‘Wake Up’) and absolutely everything in-between (‘Giant Steps’ – Select Magazine & NME readers Album of the Year).

Read: Interview: Wake Up! The Boo Radleys are coming to Bedford…

Having split in 1999 following the release of ‘Kingsize’, original members Sice, Tim and Rob got the band back together in 2021 to release the EP ‘A Full Syringe and Memories of You’.

With a new LP ‘Keep On With Falling’ due shortly and a handful of live dates, we are excited to welcome the band back to a venue they last played 30 years ago. Boo Forever!


Friday 22 April 2022

Theatre: Howerd’s End
The Quarry Theatre @ 7.30pm
Tickets: from £13.50

 

Frankie Howerd was one of Britain’s most loved comedians for half a century. But he had a secret. And the secret’s name was Dennis.

This brand new play by Mark Farrelly (Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope, The Silence of Snow: The Life of Patrick Hamilton) takes you to the heart of Frankie and Dennis’ clandestine relationship, which lasted from the 1950s until Frankie’s death in 1992. It also affords a glorious opportunity to encounter Frankie in full-flight stand up mode.

Packed with laughter, but unafraid of truth, Howerd’s End portrays two humans’ journey through closeness, love, grief, and all the other things that make life worth living. Come and say farewell to a legend…and learn the art of letting go.


Saturday 23 April 2022

Live music: Luther – A Luther Vandross Celebration
Bedford Corn Exchange @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £24.50

The World’s premier show in celebration of ‘The Velvet Voice’, fronted by Harry Cambridge and his 10-piece band.

Experience all the hits from the amazing career of Luther Vandross, culminating in over 40 million album sales and eight Grammy awards including many of the greatest dance anthems and love songs ever written.

“Never Too Much”, “ Here and Now “, “Give Me the Reason”, ”I Really didn’t mean it”, ” Stop to Love”, “So Amazing”, ”The Best Things in Life Are Free”, ” Always and Forever”, ” Endless Love”, ”Ain’t No stoppin’ Us Now”, “Your Secret Love”, “Shine”, “The Closer I Get To You”, “Love The One You’re With”, ”Any Love”, “Superstar”, “Until You Come Back to Me”, ”Dance with My Father” and many many more.

Luther Vandross the legend lives on.


Saturday 23 April 2022

Live music: The DekkerTones
Bedford Esquires @ 8pm
Tickets: £10

The DekkerTones are a nine-piece ska/reggae/rocksteady/2tone covers band playing authentic ska and reggae from the late 60’s Trojan and Bluebeat scene right through to the 2tone era. Catch them in Bedford this St George’s Day.


Sunday 24 April 2022

Live music: The Fabulous Bonas Brothers play the Sunday Afternoon Session
Bedford Esquires @ 5pm
Free entry

The Fabulous Bonas Brothers, Pete and Paul, return to Bedford Esquires for their first Sunday afternoon session of 2022.


Until October 2022

Exhibition: Body & Soul
The Higgins Bedford
Free entry

Edvard Munch (1863–1944), Woman with a Brooch (Madonna), 1903 © The Trustees of the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery

A new exhibition exploring how women have been represented in art over the past two centuries, opens at The Higgins Bedford on 2 April.

Read: Body & Soul: Higgins’ new exhibition explores the representation of women in art

Highlights in the Body & Soul exhibition – all drawn from the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery Collection – include artworks by Edgar Degas, Edvard Munch, Dora Carrington, Stanley Spencer, Henri Matisse, Gwen John, Roy Litchenstein, Lucian Freud and Chila Burman.


Until January 2023

Exhibition: Edward Bawden: Artist Plantsman
Higgins Bedford
Free entry but timed tickets required

Every day, influential British artist and designer, Edward Bawden, would spend an hour in his garden at his home in Great Bardfield before starting work in his art studio. Plants and gardens were one of the most prominent and constant subjects of not only his work but also his life.

Drawn exclusively from the Edward Bawden archive, explore Bawden’s lifelong love of plants and gardens through a wide range of his work, including early wallpaper designs, well-known prints, advertising campaigns and private commissions.

From the grand gardens of Carthage and the botanical gardens at Kew, to Bawden’s own gardens at his parent’s home in Braintree and his beloved one-acre plot in Great Bardfield, discover Bawden’s passion for plants and gardens across decades of his work, featuring pieces that have never before been on public display.


Theatre highlights by Paula Walker

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