What’s on Bedford: 13 – 23 June 2024

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Your weekly what’s on guide for Bedford and the surrounding area from the Bedford Clanger.

Never miss a thing in Bedford ever again. From theatre to film, live music to art exhibitions, The Bedford Clanger what’s on guide lands every Thursday and is the only guide you need to know what’s on and what’s happening across the Borough for the next 10 days.

The Bedford Clanger’s What’s On Guide is kindly sponsored by The Cellar Bar.


Thursday 13 June 2024

Exhibition: Wixams Academy GCSE and A-level students’ end of year show
Wixams Academy, Green Lane, MK42 6BA @ 4pm – 7pm
Free entry

An exhibition showcasing Wixams Academy Year 11 and Year 13 art and photography exam work.

Students who have submitted work includeLuke, who says he would like to become an art teacher when he leaves school and Amy (picture above) who said: “I love art and the freedom it gives to explore different textures and media.”


Thursday 13 June 2024

Film/musical: The Colour Purple
Stevington Cinema Club, Stevington Village Hall, Court Lane, Stevington MK43 7QT @ 6.30pm
Tickets:

Based on the Pulizer prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, The Colour Purple is set in the deep American South between the wars and tells the tale of Celie, a young Black girl born into poverty and segregation. 

Raped repeatedly by the man she calls ‘father’, she has two children taken away from her, is separated from her beloved sister Nettie and is trapped into an ugly marriage. But then she meets the glamorous Shug Avery, singer and magic-maker – a woman who has taken charge of her own destiny. Gradually Celie discovers the power and joy of her own spirit, freeing her from her past and reuniting her with those she loves.

Please note this is not a remake or the original 1985 Steven Spielberg film but a screen version of the recent Broadway musical.


Thursday 13 June 2024

Comedy: Castle Comedy with headliner Paul McCaffrey
The Quarry Theatre @ 8pm
Tickets: £16


A classic mixed bill of TV names and rising stars for this outing of Castle Comedy, hosted as ever by Paul Revell. Paul McCaffrey ( Live at the Apollo, Impractical Jokers, Russell Howard’s Good News and Stand up Central on Comedy Central) is a regular on the radio and he also co-hosts the hit ‘What’s Bothering you Now?’ podcast with Seann Walsh.

Esther Manito (Live At The Apollo, The Stand Up Sketch Show, Hypothetical) is an Arab Essex girl who will challenge every single preconception of what that means. Completing the line-up is Jack Hester. This British Comedian of the Year 2023 finalist is a high-energy Irish comic and one of the rising starts of the UK circuit.


Thursday 13 June 2024

Dancing: Planet Swing featuring The Cody Lee 3
The Dance Hall, Wixams Retirement Village, Bedford Road, Bedford, MK42 6EA @ 8pm – 10.30pm
Tickets: £12.99

An evening for dancers and music enthusiasts alike. Cashless bar, plenty of seating (night club set up) and dance floor. Book in advance and come along at 7.15pm for a 45 minute dance class in Balboa, one of the original swing dances of the era. For the main event, just turn up – pay cash at reception – have fun, no booking needed.


Thursday 13 June 2024

Live music: The Luke Combs Experience
Bedford Esquires @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £20

Embark on a journey through heartland melodies and raw country storytelling with ‘The Luke Combs Experience’ – an electrifying tribute to one of country music’s brightest stars. This unforgettable evening the features the chart-topping hits and soul-stirring ballads of Luke Combs, delivered with unmatched passion and authenticity.

Sing along to hits like: The Kind of Love We Make’, ‘Beer Never Broke My Heart’ to ‘Beautiful Crazy’ and ‘Growin’ Up’, ‘Gettin’ Old’ and ‘Fast Car’. Whether you’re a country music fan or not, we’re sure that you’ll be singing and dancing the night away.


Friday 14 June 2024

Music: The Carole King & James Taylor Story
The Quarry Theatre @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £20

The friendship between James Taylor and Carole King played a vital part in both of their incredible careers. We delve into the music that came out of this relationship producing genre defining hits such as I Feel The Earth Move, Natural Woman, So Far Away, It’s Too Late, Up On The Roof, Tapestry, You’ve Got A Friend, Fire And Rain, Sweet Baby James, Something In The Way She Moves and many more. 

Journey through the music and lives of two undisputed legends of music in this show about nostalgia, musical brilliance and the power of friendship.


Friday 14 June 2024

Live music: Sambroso All-Stars present Buena Vista Social Club
Bedford Esquires @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £18

Is there a more iconic Cuban album than Buena Vista Social Club’s eponymous debut? Winning the Grammy for Best Traditional Tropical Latin Album, it remains a high watermark not just for Cuban music but world music as a whole, having been only one of two non-English speaking albums to be included in Rolling Stone’s 500 greatest albums of all time list.

Doing this album any sort of justice is no easy task, but there isn’t anyone better than Sambroso Noda, the beating heart of London’s Cuban community and flourishing music scene. He has whipped up a bonafide ‘all star’ group of Cuban musicians who will pay their own unique and loving tribute to the landmark album.

The seven-piece all star band promise to mesmerise the crowd with their combination of Cuban Son, Latin Jazz and Rumba, from Cuba’s Golden era.

FFO: Buena Vista Social Club, Cuban & Jazz music


Friday 14 June 2024

Live music: Mark Calder and Cameo
The Castle, 17 Newnham Street @ 8.30pm
Free entry

The fabulous Mark Calder and Cameo will be at the Castle on Friday, singing an array of acoustic covers for all to enjoy


Friday 14 June 2024

Live Music: Zenana
The Cellar Bar @ 10.00pm
Free entry

Zenana at Slide Record Shop with manager Steph Daniels and Anita's brother, Michael. Image: Steph Daniels
Zenana at Slide Record Shop with manager Steph Daniels and Anita’s brother, Michael. Image: Steph Daniels

Local band Zenana, made up of Anita Gabrielle Tedder, Penny Griffiths and Ruth Elder, formed in 1983 and disbanded in 1987.  They played local pubs and clubs such as The Point in Milton Keynes and The Angel in Bedford, while in London they appeared at the Hippodrome, Dingwalls and Le Beat Route.

They recorded one single – Witches in 1986 which never charted… until a Bristol-based DJ called Kiernan Abbott found the single in a record shop in Cornwall and thought it was brilliant.  He then proceeded to play it in clubs around the world.  It led to Anita and her brother digitising and remixing the original recording.

Read: New record deal and “overnight success” 38 years after 80s girl band split

And now the band are reforming for their first full gig in nearly 40 years and will play exclusively at The Cellar Bar in Bedford. So if you want to see history in the making and step back into the 80’s, get yourselves there for an unforgettable night!

The 80’s vibe will continue after Zanana’s set, with Matt Bedford returning to perform some classic 80’s dance tunes.


Friday 14 June 2024

Live music: Alien Chicks + ESSIE + Party Police
Bedford Esquires @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £8

The addictively energetic Alien Chicks explore genres such as punk, jazz and math rock at Esquires this Friday.


Saturday 15 June 2024

Theatre: An Evening of (Very) Old Radio
The Quarry Theatre @ 7.30pm
Tickets: from £13.50

The BBC is 100 years not out – just – but with no recordings from its first decade, comedian/writer Paul Kerensa (BBC’s Miranda, Not Going Out, Top Gear) retells and recreates its first broadcasts. 

Experience the first drama (starring Father Christmas), comedy (cockney character ‘Our Lizzie’), sport (horse-racing), children (starring Susan the blue cat with yellow spots) and much more. 

Expect century-old gramophone players, radios and jokes, plus rare clips and live re-enactments, from drunken opera to the forgotten first DJ. 

Paul has advised the BBC on their own history (on Radio 4’s The Media Show and Six O’Clock News) and continues to write for today’s BBC comedy shows. But he’s happiest at the 1922 BBC, when it had 30,000 listeners but only four employees.


Saturday 15 June 2024

Live Music:  An evening of country music by Samantha Hughes + Sam & Kate
The Cellar Bar @ 8.30pm
Free entry

Get your dancing boots on guys and gals for a fantastic night of country music.

Samantha Hughes will kick things off with some classic covers by the likes of Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, The Chicks, to name but a few!

Then Sam & Kate take over to play some modern country songs by Zach Bryan, Noah Kahan, Taylor Swift, Morgan Wallen, Luke Combs, Jelly Roll, Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton. Ye ha!


Saturday 15 June 2024

Live music: 999 + guests
Bedford Esquires @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £12

Last seen at Esquires in 2009, punk originals 999 are back at the venue on Saturday 15 June some 15 years later and 48 years after they formed!


Saturday 15 June 2024

Live music: The Floyd Effect Tour – They Told Us What to Dream
Bedford Corn Exchange @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £27.50

With members who have worked with the likes of David Bowie, Janet Jackson, Jon Bon Jovi, Brian Adams and Keith Emerson, and others who have performed on Broadway and in the Royal Albert Hall, The Floyd Effect has returned in 2023/24 with its most ambitious tour to date: They Told Us What to Dream.

After kicking off the evening with side one of Animals, The Floyd Effect performs the whole of Wish You Were Here. The second set then features a complete, unbroken performance of perhaps the greatest album of all time, Dark Side Of The Moon, as well as other tracks lovingly recreated from Pink Floyd’s acclaimed live shows.

Sit back and enjoy The Floyd Effect as the band takes you on a journey through some of the most revered music ever written. Unless you were there the first time around, it was never as real as this.


Sunday 16 June 2024

Walking: “The Life and Times of John Bunyan” guided walk
Bedford Town Centre @ 11am at the gold postbox in St Paul’s Square
Tickets: £4/£2 (Please use the code HIGGINS30 to remove the transaction fee)

Discover the story of Bedford’s most famous son who was imprisoned for his non-conformist preaching. Visit the site of the cottage in which John and his family lived, the churches in which he worshipped and the site of the gaol in which he spent 12 long years and began to write one of the best selling books in history, The Pilgrim’s Progress.

Join the Association of Bedford Tour Guides for one of their fascinating weekly walks. Each walk is of 90 minutes to two hours duration and covers a distance of one or two miles. Most walks are suitable for people who are less mobile.


Sunday 16 June 2024

Film: Six Inches of Soil
Stevington Village Hall, Court Lane, Stevington, MK43 1QT @ 2pm. Doors open at 1.50pm
Ticket price: Free, but please register for a ticket, so that we have numbers

Six Inches of Soil is a Cambridge-made feature-length food and farming documentary, which features farmers and experts across the UK.

This special screening will be followed by an opportunity to put questions to the director, Colin Ramsay and the co-aughor of the book, Priya Kalia. Tea (and maybe even cake!) will be served at the interval. 

The film tells the story of remarkable farmers, communities, small businesses, chefs, and entrepreneurs who are leading the way to transform how our food is produced and consumed through agroecology.  Agroecology is an approach to farming that includes ‘regenerative’ farming techniques that work in harmony with, rather than against, nature. It focuses on local food systems and shorter supply chains and aims to keep carbon in the ground to create resilient systems in the face of climate uncertainty.


Sunday 16 June – 14 July 2024

Sport: All England games screened live
The Cellar Bar (times vary)
Free entry

The Cellar Bar is showing all the Euros 2024 England games live in their fully air-conditioned bar.

Games will be shown on TVs in the bar, stage and backroom areas, with immersive sound throughout.

To get you in the party mood we also have Mat Roberts performing live before and after the games on 16 and 25 June, as well as after karaoke on 20 June. Come on England!

Normal Happy Hour deals do not apply.


Monday 18 – Sunday 23 June 2024

Exhibition: Refugee Week 2024 – Deadreckoning
St Paul’s Church, St Paul’s Square
Free entry

DeadReckoning 2023. Image: Gurnoor-Singh
DeadReckoning 2023. Image: Gurnoor-Singh

A nationally touring art installation that has been exhibited at Tate Modern and the British Museum comes to Bedford to honour asylum
seekers who have lost their lives crossing the sea. As part of Refugee Week (18 – 23 June), Bedford Creative Arts (BCA) has commissioned socially-engaged artist Bern O’Donoghue to bring her emotive participatory art installation, DeadReckoning, to Bedford.

Read: From Tate Modern to St Paul’s church for Refugee Week art installation

Visitors to St. Paul’s will be encouraged, through the collaborative process and through conversations, to consider not only the experience of migrants and refugees, but also to think about how those of us living more secure lives might engage supportively with refugees.

O’Donoghue says, “It is in the small and the simple where human scale may be found, where one mind is changed, and we begin to change the world.”


Wednesday 19 June 2024

Drag: Fanny’oke and Boozy Bingo
The Cellar Bar @ 8pm / bar opens at 7pm
Free entry

Fanny Burns is back and ready to entertain! Drag queen Fanny will bring her own spin on karaoke and bingo, it’s hilarious and good fun and the bingo cash jackpot has been well over £100. £2 per card of six tickets, meaning six chances of winning.  Raffle tickets for Fanny’s Flaps game are just £1.

This show contains adult humour and swearing and is strictly an over 18’s event,


Friday 21 June 2024

Quiz: Summer Quiz Night
The Place Theatre @ 7pm
Tickets: £3

Raising money for their Raise the Roof campaign, The Place Quiz Night is back! Join them for a relaxed evening in teams of up to 6 people and help raise money for the theatre.


Friday 21 June 2024

Live music: Fran Pegg & Mark Ayles
The Castle, 17 Newnham Street @ 5.30pm
£2/person / maximum six people per team

Acoustic tunes from the duo of Fran Pegg and Mark Ayles.


Friday 21 June 2024

Live Music: Bad Hombre
The Cellar Bar @ 6pm til late
Free entry

Bad Hombre are a high-energy trio formed in 2012 and with over 250 gigs under their belt. This will be their debut gig at the Cellar Bar, performing Surf, Pop, Rock, Mod, Indie, Punk & New Wave covers.

Expect to hear your favourite tunes from The Jam, Stereophonics, The Kinks, The Fratellis & Kaiser Chiefs amongst many others. The band’s energy is infectious, dancing shoes and drinking hats are recommended!


Friday 21 June 2024

Live music: Roslie Cunningham + guests
Bedford Esquires @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £12

This Friday sees the welcome return of Rosalie Cunningham to Esquires.


Friday 21 June 2024

Live music: I’m Alive – the ultimate Celine Dion tribute concert
Bedford Corn Exchange @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £30.80

The Ultimate Céline Dion tribute concert with an incredible full live band and starring the highly acclaimed vocalist January Butler.

With dazzling costumes, jaw dropping vocals and a sensational ‘live concert’ feel, this show will take you on a two hour electrifying journey through Céline’s life and career as we travel through four decades of hits.

Packed with Worldwide platinum selling hits including “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now”, “I’m Alive”, “Think Twice”, “My Heart Will Go On”, “That’s the Way It Is” “The Power of Love” “River Deep, Mountain High” and many more hit songs and arrangements performed by January who has taken her years of studying the movements, mannerisms and intricate detail of Queen Céline and packaged it into a show which is only second to the real thing.


Friday 21 June 2024

Live music: The Dekkertones + Dr Ska
Bedford Esquires @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £14

Dekkertones

THE DEKKERTONES are back at Bedford Esquires on Friday for some ‘Midsummer Madness’ on the longest day of the year.

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.

Packing out venues around the region this mighty warhorse of Ska and Reggae play a set of over two hours getting the party started in the room every time and for lovers of that music this is a night not to be missed !


Saturday 22 June 2024

Walking: North Bedfordshire Ramblers’ weekly walk
Keysoe Row West, MK44 2JJ @ 1.30pm

Ramblers of all abilities are sure to find a walk to suit at the Bedfordshire Festival of Autumn Walks. Image: North BedfordshireRamblers
Ramblers of all abilities are sure to find a walk to suit at the Bedfordshire Festival of Autumn Walks. Image: North BedfordshireRamblers

To meet up, drive to the end of Keysoe Row West and keep going along road and meet at the fence of Thurleigh Air Field. The walk is 6.8 miles between Riseley and Keysoe. Plenty of fields so may be muddy.

Check out the North Bedfordshire Ramblers’ excellent website for further information.


Saturday 22 June 2024

Music: My Girl The River – Album Launch
The Place Theatre @ 7.30pm
Tickets: from £12

Join My Girl The River, Bedford’s own genre-blending acoustic duo, to celebrate the upcoming release of their third album, a collection of singles and unreleased songs entitled ‘Songs About Space’. Kris and Joe will be joined by other musicians on the night to perform the new album and some favourites from their first two releases. Expect stories, laughter, harmonies, tears and a sing-a-long or two. 

Special guest, Bedford guitarist Charlie Luscombe, will provide some lovely fingerstyle guitar in the foyer upon arrival and during the interval.

My Girl The River is the work of Louisiana to Nashville to London songwriter and performer Kris Wilkinson Hughes along with husband, bassist Joe Hughes. Described as ‘Nashville meets southern gothic’ and with ‘sugared espresso’ vocals, Kris’ songwriting has been compared to Jason Isbell and Lucinda Williams. She is not afraid to discuss the many facets of the human condition in her songs.

From grief, to loneliness, to love and self belief, even Nashville Hot Chicken, all grounds are covered. A powerful storyteller. She has supported artists such as Laura Cantrell and Suzanne Vega on tour and performed at the Bluebird Cafe, Jazz Fest, Isle of Wight and Black Deer Festivals.


Saturday 22 June 2024

Choral music: Bedford Choral Society Concert: Carl Orff – Carmina Burana and Poulenc – Gloria
Bedford Corn Exchange @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £17 / £14 / students £5 and one accompanying adult £5

Bedford Choral Society Corn Exchange. Image Becky Kerr photography

Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, composed in the 1930s, is best known for its rousing ‘O Fortuna’ opening but there is much more to enjoy in this colourful, highly rhythmic and boisterous choral work. 

Also written in the 20th century, Poulenc’s Gloria animates a traditional sacred piece with a sense of drama and fun. Both will be performed by Bedford Choral Society, Bedford Youth Chorus and accompanied by Bedford Sinfonia, conducted by Ian Smith.


Saturday 22 June 2024

Live music: Wych Elm + Dog Race + Freya Beer
Esquires Bedford @ 7.30pm
Tickets:

A pixie-esque howl atop a grungey bass infused rumble that emanates from the shadows. This three-piece from Bristol are pure aphotic aural gratification. Aligning menace to melody, desire to (their beguiling din) and spooky curiosity to their lyrics – a powerful package.

Bedford/London five-piece Dog Race’s latest single ‘It’s The Squeeze’, a cold-sweat invocation of modern anxieties and personal suffocation. Their previous singles found champions in the likes of The Line of Best Fit, Clash, Notion, Dork, So Young and Anthony Fantano, as well as BBC Radio 1 and playlisted on BBC Radio 6.

Hailed as ‘a raw and thrilling new talent’, Freya Beer is a singer-songwriter from West London. Inspired by art and literature, alternative fashion and music. Freya distils her disparate influences through a gothic soul and devil-may-care spirit that dares to dream in the darkness.

FFO: Mannequin Pussy, Pretty Sick, Lowertown, Sir Chloe


Saturday 22 June 2024

Live music:  Last Chance Ragtime Band
The Cellar Bar at 8.30pm
Free entry

Returning once more to The Cellar Bar, is the fabulous The Last Chance Ragtime Band.

In their own words: We are a stomping Lindy Hop Jazz Band from Bedford. We play the best swing music especially crafted. Can’t wait!


Saturday 22 June 2024

Dance music: Footloose 80s
Bedford Esquires @ 8.30pm
Tickets: £7.50

After a SELL OUT return, Footloose 80s is back at Esquires with a Most Excellent 80s Party!!

A night of the biggest pop hits and anthems from the decade that brought you Pacman, Mr T and the Rubix Cube! With the awesome light show, visuals and good times you expect from our events!

Expect the best of: Whitney, Duran Duran, Culture Club, Haircut 100, Spandau Ballet, Journey, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Dolly Parton, Adam Ant, Bon Jovi, The Human League, Kylie & Jason, Tiffany, Bryan Adams, Dexys, Lionel Richie, Chaka Khan, Kim Wilde, Madness, Kagagoogoo, the Jam, A-ha, Bros, Bowie, Springsteen, Astley, Erasure and many more…

Fancy Dress – why not?!? GO WILD!


Sunday 23 June 2024

Walking: “The Life and Times of John Bunyan” guided walk
Bedford Town Centre @ 11am at the gold postbox in St Paul’s Square
Tickets: £4/£2 (Please use the code HIGGINS30 to remove the transaction fee)

Bedford has many impressive statues and memorials. They cannot speak for themselves but our guides can tell you their story and why they take their place in Bedford’s history. 

Join the Association of Bedford Tour Guides for one of their fascinating weekly walks. Each walk is of 90 minutes to two hours duration and covers a distance of one or two miles. Most walks are suitable for people who are less mobile.

Children of all ages are most welcome on all of the walks but those aged 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Each walk costs £4 per adult or £2 for children over 8. All walks must be pre-booked.


Sunday 23 June 2024

Live music: Coffee with Jam open mic
The Place Theatre @ 3 – 5pm
Free entry

The Place’s new open mic Coffee & Jam session is brought to you by Dan and Sheryl as part of the theatre’s Raise the Roof fundraising campaign.

Join them for a chilled jam session; participation welcomed but not compulsory

No booking is required – just turn up and enjoy. Bar open – Vibes chilled.


Sunday 23 June 2024

Live Music: Sunday Chillout Session – Bring Your Own Vinyl
The Cellar Bar @ 3pm – til late
Free entry

“We think we’ve got a pretty good sound system at The Cellar Bar,” says owner Marcus. “So what better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than listening to vinyl records, even better to listen to your favourite album!

“We provide the DJ, decks and the PA, just bring your own vinyl and let us do the rest!”


Sunday 23 June 2024

Live music: Matthew and the Atlas + Foreign Fields
Bedford Esquires @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £15

Founded by Matt Hegarty, Matthew and the Atlas was borne of the late 00’s folk rock movement as he became a regular in the West London scene.

Since then, he has released four albums, traversing a range of musical territories from classic acoustic folk, to dramatic synth-laden electronica, and urgent guitar led alt-rock. The common thread has been a song-writing style that marries a subtle melodic sensibility with lyrics full of natural imagery and dark emotional heft – all delivered in his striking and distinctive vocal. In the process Hegarty has quietly built a major cult following in Europe and the US.


At the Higgins Bedford

Exhibition: Rediscovering Black Portraiture
The Higgins Bedford
Free entry

Virgin of Guadeloupe 1745 recreated by Peter Brathwaite. Image: Getty Publications

The newest exhibition at the Higgins began as a diversionary lockdown project in 2020 and can now be seen at Kensington Palace, the Bodeian Library in Oxford and now in Bedford.

It features the work of Manchester-born professional opera singer, Peter Brathwaite, who has lived in the Black Tom area of Bedford since 2018.

With all his singing work cancelled during the pandemic, Peter began looking for an outlet for his creative talents and started recreating famous and lesser-known Black portraiture paintings using as props whatever he could find around his house.

It was inspired by the Getty Foundation’s lockdown project, but quickly took on a life of its own, gathering a large international online following. You can explore the project at his Instagram page @peter_brathwaite.

And from Saturday, 18 May, they will form part of an installation at the Higgins Bedford which will lead visitors through the main collections and into Cecil Higgins’ house, with Peter’s interpretation of The Paston Treasure at its heart.

Read: ‘Rediscovering Black Portraiture’ at the Higgins Bedford this May


Exhibition: Edward Bawden & Me
The Higgins Bedford until
Free entry

Sussex Lustreware are among the featured artists at the Edward Bawden & Me exhibition at the Higgins from 17 February. Image: The Higgins Bedford
Sussex Lustreware are among the featured artists at the Edward Bawden & Me exhibition at the Higgins from 17 February. Image: The Higgins Bedford

Brand new work by some of the biggest names in contemporary British art, illustration and textiles are on display at an exhibition at the Higgins Bedford in celebration of the work of one of Britain’s most inventive and influential artists

Entitled Edward Bawden & Me, the exhibition has been curated by Bawden’s good friend, illustrator and printmaker, Chris Brown and also features work by local artists’ collective, the Circus of Illustration.

Read: Star-studded new Edward Bawden exhibition opens at the Higgins Bedford

You can also read the full article in the February issue of The Bedford Clanger.


At the Panacea Museum

Exhibition: ‘Panacea: A Cure for All Ills’
Thursday – Sunday @ 10am – 5pm
Free entry

Free healing. Image: Panacea Museum

The current exhibition at the fascinating Panacea Museum explores the ministry which gave the Panacea Society its name.

Originally titled ‘The Community of the Holy Ghost’, their more famous name came later, connected with their international Healing offer. The Society sent out linen squares, blessed by their leader Octavia, these were placed in water to make a therapeutic elixir.  

This exhibition explains the origins of the Healing, how it became so well-known, and why it finally ended.
Entry to the museum and exhibition is free. More information about visiting the museum can be found on their website here.


Every Thursday

Cocktails, Quiz Night & Karaoke
The Cellar Bar from 5.00pm

Pit your wits against The Cellar Bar’s resident quizmaster to see if you can win the jackpot every Thursday from 8pm. £2 per person entry and a maximum of six per team. The winning team will win the jackpot PLUS a round of shots. Followed by Karaoke til close


Every Saturday

Food & drink: Cocktail mixology masterclass
The Cellar Bar @ 3pm / doors open at 12 noon
£30 per person

Cocktails. Image: bridgesward/Pixabay
Cocktails. Image: bridgesward/Pixabay

The Cellar Bar’s resident mixologist, Marley, will explain how to create some outstanding cocktails for your tasting enjoyment. Then, it’s your turn to put what you’ve learned into practice by making (and drinking) three cocktails!


Every Sunday

Live Music: Open Mic Night
The Cellar Bar @ 7.30pm
Free Entry

Every Sunday, join Mat Roberts for the Cellar Bar’s weekly Open Mic night. An opportunity for new and experienced performers to get up on stage and perform.

So whether you think you are the next Tom Grennan or just want a good night of entertainment, head to the Cellar Bar from 7.30pm.


Theatre highlights by Paula Walker