What’s on Bedford: 24 March – 3 April 2022

We might have one less hour this weekend (don’t forget to put your clocks forward on Saturday night), but there’s still plenty to cram into the next 10 days. Thanks to our friends at Explore Bedford, we’ve also got a round-up of the best family-friendly fun over the Easter holidays.


Thursday 24 March 2022

Live music: Music on Thursdays presents Phoenix Piano Trio
St Paul’s Church @ 7.45pm
Tickets: £2 – £18

Phoenix Piano Trio is one of today’s leading ensembles, praised for performances with a ‘musical narrative of tremendous, involving depth’.

Beethoven’s Archduke Trio plus music by Haydn and Frances-Hoad
Haydn: Piano Trio in E flat, Hob XV:30
Cheryl Frances-Hoad: The Forgiveness Machine
Beethoven: Piano Trio in B flat, Op.97 (‘Archduke’)

Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s The Forgiveness Machine was commissioned by the Phoenix Piano Trio as part of their Beyond Beethoven Project. Her work is very closely modelled on the second movement of Beethoven’s Archduke Trio and comprises a set of loosely structured variations, many of which are motivically very similar to Beethoven’s.

Tickets are available in advance from Bedford Music Club’s membership secretary, Keith Jones on (01234) 708109, online via Ticketsource, or on the door.

Friday 25 March 2022

Live music: Enola Gay
Bedford Esquires @ 8pm
Tickets: £10

Belfast-based Irish noise rock/post-punk four-piece, Enola Gay, head to Esquires this month.

The band have already crafted a unique sound that has drawn widespread acclaim from key industry figures and music fans around the globe, culminating with them being chosen to perform at IMW, ESNS, and SXSW for their 6th, 7th and 8th performances ever.

BBC 6Music’s Steve Lamacq has touted them as one of the next big acts, so don’t miss out.

Saturday 26 March 2022

Culture: Tea Party Poetry
The Higgins Bedford @ 2pm – 4pm
Free entry but booking essential

Join in free sessions of writing poetry alongside tea and treats in a small sociable group. Give a voice to your thoughts and emotions inspired by a different theme each session.

No experience is needed to join in. Sessions are suitable for ages 16+.

To book your place, email vicki.blair@bedford.gov.uk or call 01234 276362.

Saturday 26 March 2022

Live music: Bedford Choral Society present Bach B minor Mass
Bedford Corn Exchange @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £6 – £16

Bedford Choral Society returns to the Corn Exchange to perform Bach’s B minor Mass.

“This monumental work is a synthesis of every stylistic and technical contribution the Cantor of Leipzig made to music.”

Saturday 26 March 2022

Live music: The Skinner Brothers + guests
Bedford Esquires @8pm
Tickets: £10

Saturday 26 March 2022

Theatre: The Event
The Quarry Theatre @ 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Tickets: from £12

A man stands on stage in a pool of light and attempts the ultimate magic trick: disappearing while remaining in full sight. 

As he wittily deconstructs the theatrical experience – his part, and ours – inside the theatre and in the real world… are we on our own private stages? Are we a part of what’s happening or merely watching? Apart. 

The Event is a funny and thought-provoking journey through the fourth wall and into the vast unseen territory that lies right before our eyes. A Fringe First winner at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Sunday 27 March 2022

Music: Roll You Own Records Sunday Session
Herd, St Cuthbert’s Street @ midday
Free entry

Andy and Dave from Roll Your Own Records are back with guest DJs at Herd on Mothering Sunday for their first open-invite knees up in a long time.

If you’d like to play some records on the day, email rollyourownuk@gmail.com. Vinyl only, all styles welcome.

Herd will be serving their Sunday roasts all afternoon, so why not book a table to treat your mum or head to the bar for a relaxing afternoon of top tunes.

Sunday 27 March 2022

Live music: Lexie Green and the Indigo Blue play the Sunday Afternoon Session
Bedford Esquires @ 5pm
Free entry

Esquires welcomes back Lexie Green and her band for a Sunday Afternoon Session.

Over the past few years Lexie has built up a strong reputation for her live performances, whether performing solo or with her band of friends (Steve, Sam, John and Kat).

Her fun-filled and happy presence shines through, winning over venues and audiences alike.  Loving nothing more than to write and perform great music,  bring a smile, raise an audience to their dancing feet and make you feel like you are a huge part of that moment.

Sunday 27 March 2022

Family entertainment: Super Slam Wrestling 2022
Bedford Corn Exchange @ 3pm
Tickets: £10/£15

An afternoon of non-stop action awaits when all of your favourite heroes and villains of All Star Super Slam Wrestling meet in a giant Over the Top Rope – King of The Ring at Bedford Corn Exchange.

It’s every man for himself. Friend against friend and foe against foe. Unlike a Royal Rumble, a King of The Ring match features all the wrestlers in the ring from the beginning. The only way for a wrestler to be eliminated is to be thrown over the top rope onto the floor.

The last man standing in the ring will be crowned the King of The Ring. Anything goes as the wrestlers battle for supremacy. One thing is for sure, it will be sensational!

Sunday 27 March 2022

Live music: Sunday Night Jam
Bedford Esquires @ 8.30pm
Free entry

Have you and your friends just joined a band? Have you got two or three songs together that you’d like to try out in front of a crowd or are you a singer/songwriter/duo that’s just started out?

Or maybe you’re an established local act that just wants to get up and play a few covers, just for fun? Simply introduce yourself to host Mat Roberts and let him know you’d like to play.

It’s the liveliest Jam in town. Bring your instruments but full backline is provided.

Monday 28 March 2022

Film: Bedford Film Society presents: The First Cow
University of Bedfordshire Theatre @ 7.30pm
Tickets: Free for members/guests £4.50

Mark Kermode said, “[this] offbeat gem about an unlikely friendship founded on biscuits is a satisfying fable of America’s past and present.”

Tuesday 29 March 2022

Live music: Lunchtime concerts
St Paul’s Church @ 1pm
Free entry with a retiring collection (suggested £5) in aid of church funds

This week’s lunchtime concert at St Paul’s church, Bedford, features Mezzo Sporano, Annabel Astridge.

Wednesday 30 March 2022

Live music: Salvation Army’s Easter Concert
Salvation Army, Commercial Road @ 6.30pm
Free entry

William McCarthy is learning the Cornet as part of the Just Brass project

The Bedford Salvation Army’s Easter Concert this Wednesday will feature young musicians alongside guest Euphonium soloist, Andrew Scott and the Bedford Congress Hall Band.

Audience seating will be on a first-come-first-served basis and although entry is free, any donations will go towards the ‘Just Brass’ scheme.

‘Just Brass’ is a global initiative aiming to transform young lives through music. It is run in partnership with local schools and the community.

Just Brass offers free Brass music lessons to children looking to learn a brass instrument. The concert will feature players who are learning Cornet, Trombone, Euphonium, Tenor Horn, Baritone and Basses.

Thursday 31 March 2022

Wine tasting: Fine French wine tasting and private art view
3 St Peters @ 7pm
Tickets: £30

Enjoy a relaxing evening tasting a selection of fine French wines paired with delicious French cheeses while viewing a collection of figurative and semi-abstract paintings, drawings and works in clay exploring themes of indulgence and pleasure-seeking by artists Fiona Wilson, Sarah Sayer, Natalie Wells and Amanda Silk.

7pm – doors open to view artwork with 1er Cru Champagne
8pm – Wine tasting with cheese pairing

Friday 1 April 2022

Adult entertainment: Drag Queen Bingo
Herd, St Cuthbert’s Street @ 7pm
Tickets: £30 including dinner

After its riotous launch earlier this year, Drag Queen Bingo returns to Herd and a wild night is guaranteed. Enjoy a couple of games of bingo followed by a cabaret. £10 non-refundable deposit required when booking.

Friday 1 April 2022

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

Currently A-Listed on BBC 6 Music, Bambara is a post-punk band currently based in Brooklyn, New York.

Formed in 2009 in Athens, Georgia, the band spent the latter part of 2018 supporting Idles on their US tour and followed up in 2019 by releasing a swarm of incredible singles, including one of last year’s finest ‘Serafina’.

Friday 1 April 2022

Live music: The Pop Punk Still Sucks Spring Tour
Bedford Esquires @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £8

The first hometown headline show at Bedford Esquires on the spring “Pop Punk Still Sucks” tour with the boys in Project Revise, Until You Disappear and support from the amazing Diversion.

Friday 1 April – Sunday 3 April 2022

Gameplay: TTRPG Livestream Weekend 
The Place Theatre @ various times
Tickets: Free

After the success of their 24hr Tabletop Roleplaying Game Stream last year, the Gameplay team are back in 2022 for more games!

Starting on Friday 1 April, The Place Gameplay team will run games throughout the weekend, with a rotating cast of players exploring different game systems and stories. Stay tuned to find out which games they will be playing and the times they will play them at.

Success or failure helps dictate the direction that the story unfolds, making roleplaying games a vessel for collaborative storytelling.

Saturday 2 April 2022

Children’s theatre: Slime
The Quarry Theatre @ 11am and 1.30pm
Tickets: £7.50/£9.50/£30 family ticket

In this playful interactive adventure for young children and their families, young theatre-goers can expect to get stuck in with slime, as they help Slug and Caterpillar to work together to form an unlikely friendship, despite their differences.

Slug and Caterpillar are starving, and the only leaf left in the garden is just out of reach. Slug thinks they should work together, but caterpillar has other ideas.

Slugs are gross, they’re covered in slime and have terrible taste in music. Enter the undergrowth to squish, squelch and play in this fully immersive and accessible experience, with British Sign Language integrated throughout.

Suitable for 2-5-year-olds.

Saturday 2 April 2022

Exhibition: Body & Soul
The Higgins Bedford until October 2022
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.

Saturday 2 April 2022

Exhibition: Archipelago: Take Part Queen’s Park Community Exhibition
The Higgins Bedford until 12 June 2022
Free entry

Still from the Archipelago film of the Allotted sequence © Caroline Wendling

A new exhibition celebrating the vibrancy of Queen’s Park opens at the Higgins Bedford this month.

Using film, embroidery and clay, curated by artist Caroline Wendling the exhibition is a collaboration with residents as part of the Take Part Queen’s Park project.

“Queen’s Park is like an archipelago [a group of islands] – a place where people who each have their own cultures and traditions come together to form one unique, vibrant and unified community,” said Caroline Wendling.

Delivered by Bedford Creative Arts in partnership with The Higgins Bedford and funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation, The Harpur Trust and housing association bpha.

Saturday 2 April 2022

Live music: Girls in Synthesis
Bedford Esquires @ 8pm
Tickets: £10

Girls In Synthesis have quickly forged a fearsome reputation as one of the most exciting and volatile live acts in London.

In equal parts frantic, considered, ear-splitting and melodic, the group take their cues from the early DIY punk and post-punk pioneers to keep everything in-house; artwork, videos, performances and recordings are created entirely by the group and their handful of trusted collaborators, with their three hand-packaged vinyl E.P releases selling out in days on pre-orders.

Their explosive shows have seen them handpicked for support slots with bands as disparate as Bad Breeding, Slaves, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, Wolf Alice, Warmduscher and Damo Suzuki.

Sunday 3 April 2022

Poetry: Read Poets Society – Games People Play
The Eagle Bookshop @ 7pm
Tickets: Free

From the nursery to the grave, in school, at work, in life, in death – we all play games – some warm, some friendly, some mean, and spiteful.

Games People Play  – human psychology – or sport, chess, cards and love? Playing the game fair and square or cheating?

Poetry, prose and drama playing with the GAMES PEOPLE PLAY.

PLEASE NOTE: Read Poets Society occurs at the Eagle Bookshop, on St. Peter’s Street.

Sunday 3 April 2022

Live music: Crosstown play the Sunday Afternoon Session
Esquires @ 5pm
Free entry

Crosstown make their Esquires’ debut. No strangers to the venue, the club is looking forward to welcoming Carl, Mark and Nigel to the Sunday afternoon Session.

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.

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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