What’s on Bedford: 14 – 24 March 2024


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 14 March 2024

Art lecture: ‘Venice: City of Pictures’ – A Gilbert Lloyd Lecture by Martin Gayford
Bedford School, Erskine May Hall @ 7.30pm
Free entry

Bedford School invites you to join them for a history of Venice through its most important creation: pictures.

Based on his recent Sunday Times Art Book of the Year, this lecture by Martin Gayford will take the audience on a visual journey through the history of the city known as ‘La Serenissima’, the ‘Most Serene’.

However, this is not a conventional chronicle of battles, rulers, sieges, and revolutions – though such events sometimes come into the story. It is given in the belief that the most interesting things that have happened in this place were artistic and visual. That is, they were to do with pictures.

Martin Gayford is a writer and art critic. His books include Michelangelo: His Epic Life (Penguin) as well as multiple publications on art and artists for Thames & Hudson, including books co-authored with David Hockney, Antony Gormley and David Dawson. He has visited Venice countless times since the 1970s, covered every Biennale since 1990, and even had portraits of himself exhibited there on several occasions.

Thursday 14 March 2024

Classical music: Spring Chamber Concert
Bedford School Music School @ 6.30pm
Free entry

Bedford School’s wide-ranging chamber groups come together for a varied evening of more intimate instrumental and choral music.

Ensembles will include piano trios and string quartets as well as the Guitar Ensemble, New Jazz Collective, and the Consort Choir, amongst others. 

Thursday 14 March 2024

Comedy: Alyssa Kyria: The Funny Mummy
The Quarry Theatre @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £12

Join the Funny Mummy for this hilarious one-woman comedy show, all about the bonkers world of parenting. From pregnancy to playdates, WhatsApp groups to school runs – if you’re a parent, and you need a laugh, then this show is for you!

Alyssa Kyria, aka The Funny Mummy, is the co-creator of Bring Your Own Baby Comedy and performs comedy to audiences across the country. Her comedy, music videos and sketches have gone viral on Netmums and Facebook and she has starred on BBC, ITV and SKY.

Friday 15 March 2024

Poetry and Spoken Word: The Bedford Competition Presentation of Awards Event
The Quarry Theatre @ 6.30pm
Tickets: Free, but book on the Quarry website

The Bedford Competition is a non-profit group that runs annual short story and poetry competitions for writers from around the world. Entries for 2022 came from over 40 countries and were judged by acclaimed writers and poets who will be presenting the awards at the Presentation Event.  Donations will also be presented to The Ridgeway School in Bedford for Disabled children, The International Refugee Trust and BDCBS – a local charity that helps people with cerebral palsy.

Stories and poems will be read by local actors and poets.

Friday 15 March 2024

Live music: China Crisis + Guests
Bedford Esquires @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £27.50

Formed in 1989, China Crisis had huge success in the early 80s with five Top 40 singles and three Top 40 albums, as well as commercial success worldwide.

The string of hit singles included African & White, Christian, Working with Fire and Steel, Black Man Ray, Wake up King in Catholic style & Wishful Thinking.

Friday 15 March 2024

Live Music: The Mojo Slide
The Cellar Bar @ 8.30pm
Free Entry

Formed in late 2011, The Mojo Slide is a group of musicians united in a passion for blues-inspired alternative music.

Hailing from Cambridge and St Neots, they write all their own music and play a mixture of classic rock ‘n’ roll, blues/rock and blues-rooted alternative.

Friday 15 March 2024

Live music: Mia Rae & Flipper EP launch
Bedford Esquires @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £6.50

Live DJs and performances throughout the night to celebrate the debut EP from Mia Rose & Flipper, R&B artists from Bedford.

Friday 15 March 2024

Live music: Radio Ga Ga
Bedford Corn Exchange @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £31.90

Have your finest hour, or two, as the Corn Exchange brings you Radio GAGA.

Be part of a night like no other at the concert you’ve been dreaming of! The ultimate celebration of one the biggest bands to have ever graced the stage – Queen. Radio GaGa recreates two magical hours live on stage, celebrating the magic, fun and showmanship of the band’s touring days.

Playing all your favourite hits including, Don’t Stop Me Now, I Want to Break Free, Somebody to Love, We Will Rock You and of course Bohemian Rhapsody.

Saturday 16 March 2024

Family-friendly: A428 Archaeology Shop
The Higgins Bedford @ 11am – 4pm
Free entry

Join archaeologists at The Higgins to learn more about their discoveries from the A428 excavations.

Learn what it was like to live in ancient Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire from archaeologists working on the dig. You can also meet their ‘finds specialists’, get up close with finds, and uncover the incredible stories they tell us about the past.

Want to pick up new skills that would help you survive in the Iron Age? You can ask the experts from Butser Ancient Farm, who’ll show you how people spun yarn and wove material for their clothes. Then have a go at some ancient crafts yourself, including basket weaving and making a brooch inspired by the archaeological finds.

There’s also the chance to step into the past through their immersive VR experience, developed exclusively for the A428.

Saturday 16 March 2024

Walking: North Bedfordshire Ramblers’ weekly walk
Willington Dovecote MK44 3PX @ 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

This week’s ramble is a 6.5 mile circular walk around the village of Willington.

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

Saturday 16 March 2024

Children’s Theatre: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
The Quarry Theatre @ 2pm
Tickets: from £12

Drawing on the wealth of peculiar episodes from both Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, Box Tale Soup invite you down the rabbit hole into a timeless world of wondrous fantasy.

Carroll’s Wonderland floods onto the stage in a whirl of strange contraptions and curious characters. No matter how young or old, everyone will find their own moment of magic in Wonderland and make it safely home again – the only danger is, you may not want to leave!

Saturday 16 March 2024

Classical music: Bedford Choral Society Concert: Howard Goodall – Eternal Light and Morten Lauridsen – Lux Aeterna
Bedford Corn Exchange @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £17 & £14 (£1 less for concessions) / students £5 and one accompanying adult £5. Available from: tickets@bedfordchoralsociety.org.uk or the Box Office, Harpur Square, Bedford

Light as a powerful symbol of hope and comfort is at the heart of these two beautiful and contrasting requiems from living composers. Goodall’s weaves poetry and hymns into lyrical and at times dramatic melodies. Laurisden’s Renaissance-inspired, rich choral textures convey tranquillity. You will leave feeling moved and uplifted.

Saturday 16 March 2024

Live Music: St Patrick’s Celebrations
The Cellar Bar @ 8.30pm
Free entry

The Guinness will be flowing, and there’s great night of entertainment at The Cellar Bar to see in St Patrick’s Day with a bang!

The BLACK & GOLD is a new Irish supergroup with Samantha Hughes (banjo/vocals), Rich Taylor (guitar/lead vocals), Mary Wilcockson (fiddle), James Lewin (drums) and Dan McGrath (harmonica) playing songs by The Pogues, The Dubliners, American-Irish and upbeat trad tunes.

Then, as if that was not enough, the fabulous Joe Cullen doing some acoustic Irish folk classics. Oh, and did they mention they now have Guinness on tap!?

Saturday 16 March 2024

Dance music: Ultimate RnB – The definitive RnB tribute band
Bedford Esquires @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £14

Ultimate RnB are back at Esquires for a high-quality tribute to some of the greatest music ever made. Ultimate RnB is a full seven-piece live band featuring session musicians and vocalists that have played with some stone-cold soul legends.

This Midlands-based band consists of three outstanding lead vocalists in precise harmony, a top quality, full professional band lineup and an uber-tight rhythm section. Combined they recreate the live authentic RnB sounds of the 90s era.

Individual band members draw on their diverse musical backgrounds, having supported and billed with the likes of Jocelyn Brown, Mica Paris, Soul II Soul, Sister Sledge and Clean Bandit while touring nationally and internationally with the elite AMC Gospel Choir, top UK tribute band Ultimate Madness, dance phenomenon, Hacienda Classical and Lewis Capaldi.

The dynamic result is a high end performance, featuring hit songs from the most memorable artists of this genre: En Vogue, Lauryn Hill, Sisqo, Next, TLC, Boyz II Men – the list of favourites continues throughout this 90-minute show.

Support comes from the finest DJ this town has produced in a long time, MASS C, who will be spinning Hip Hop, Funk, Soul and Breaks before and after Ultimate RnB.

Sunday 17 March 2024

Live music: U18’s Open Mic
The Cellar Bar @ 5pm – 7.00pm / bar opens at 4.30pm
Free entry

The Cellar Bar is throwing its doors open to the next generation of Bedford musicians, with a dedicated junior open mic session for under 18s.

Whether you sing, play guitar, drums, or any other musical instrument, or are a band already, you are welcome to take part. It’s a chance for you to perform on a stage in front of an audience with a full pa, drum kit, amps, lighting.

Hosted by none other than Mat Roberts, Mat will be on hand to offer support and advice, as well as doing a few jam sessions of his own.

Under 18’s are welcome in the bar from 5.00pm until 9.00pm on Sundays for Junior Open Mic.

Sunday 17 March 2024

Music: King for a Day: The Nat King Cole Story
The Quarry Theatre @ 5pm
Tickets: £24

Featuring world-class live music, alongside narration and projected archive images and footage, this is the unique concert celebrating one the greatest vocalists and entertainers of the Twentieth Century: Nat ‘King’ Cole.

Starring acclaimed vocalist, Atila, alongside a world-class group of musicians, this thoughtful and entertaining new show takes a fresh look at the life and work of the timeless Nat ‘King’ Cole, whose vocal styling in songs such as Nature Boy, Unforgettable and When I Fall in Love defined a golden era of music and earned him a place in the history of American music as one of the most iconic vocalists of all time.

Following sell-out shows at London’s Hippodrome and Ronnie Scott’s, and featuring many of Nat King Cole’s most celebrated songs, stylish reworkings of his lesser- known gems, as well as rare archive images and footage, this is a unique evening of music celebrating one of music’s all-time greats.

Sunday 17 March 2024

Live music: St Patrick’s Day celebrations with The Barrys
The Burnaby Arms @ 4pm
The Bear @ 8pm
Free entry

The Barrys – Bedford’s “drunk-folk, acoustic-punk chaos creators” – bring their Irish bangers set to The Burnaby Arms and The Bear to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.

Guitars. Fiddle. Guinness. Slainte!

Sunday 17 March 2024

Live music: Life of Riley’s annual St Patrick’s Day gig
Bedfiord Esquires @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £10

Having formed in Bedford in 1991, The Life Of Riley are one of Bedford’s best-loved bands and are still going strong after over 30 years.

The band are a full-throttle nod to Irish folk music and dance-along shanties with dancing shoes compulsory.

Monday 18 March 2024

Film: Bedford Film Society presents – Beasts
The University of Bedford, Polhill Avenue @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £69/annual membership, £5/day guest

A French couple move to a Galician town in search of a closer relationship with nature. However, a conflict with their neighbours, the Anta brothers, causes tensions to grow until the situation reaches a point of no return.

Tuesday 19 March 2024

Live music: Tuesday lunchtime concert
St Paul’s church, St Paul’s Square @ 1pm
Free entry with retiring collection (suggested donation £5)

This week’s lunchtime concert features a piano recital from Lorraine Augustine.

Tuesday 19 – Sunday 24 March 2024

Exhibition: Everyday People
POP Studio 4, 4 Market Hall, The Arcade, MK40 1NS @ 10am – 4pm
Free entry

A collaborative exhibition brought to you by the artists of POP STUDIO4, each exploring and interpreting the title ‘Everyday People’ in their work. This exhibition explores the intersection of art and everyday life at a time of uncertainty and change.  Society is constantly evolving, but are we all everyday people?  

There will be work from artists  Emily BaxterFiona WilsonGiacomo VerduraMo Rahman and Talia Giles who you will have a chance to meet throughout the exhibition.  Opening hours will be 10am – 4pm, Tuesday 19th March – Sunday 24 March.  

POP STUDIO4 is part of the Pride Of Place Bedford project.  To find out more, head to the website or Instagram.  

Tuesday 19 March 2024

Talk: Bedford National Trust Association presents Nicky Perfect – ‘The Art of Communication, Hostage and Crisis Negotiation’
Addison Centre, Kempston @ 2.15pm
Bedford National Trust Members £3.50 / National Trust Members £4 / non-members £4.50

Nicky Perfect spent many years as director of the UK Training of the National Hostage and Crisis Negotiation Course. She was the first female to be posted to this role and trained police officers to deal with life-and-death situations from crime in action to kidnapping.

Everyone welcome. No need to book. There is plenty of parking. Tea and biscuit on arrival.

For further information contact Betty Thomas on 01480 860 421.

Wednesday 20 March 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.

Thursday 21 March 2024

History talk: Why did the Roman Empire become Christian? – Illustrated talk by Frank Livesey
Chapter House, St Peter’s Church, MK40 2TX @ 7.30pm
Free to members of Bedford Branch of the HA (Historical Association) / Non-members welcome with a donation (suggest £3)

Frank Livesey is a well-known local speaker who will address one of the key questions of the latter Roman Empire. Frank worked in a College in Uganda after reading History at Oxford, before returning to teach History at Bedford School. Subsequently, he was Head of History at Downside School for 8 years. In Spain he was Deputy Head of an International College in Madrid AND Later appointed a Lecturer in Church History at a Theological College in Sydney. Whilst there he completed an MA in Asian Studies at New South Wales University. The last years of his career were spent in International Schools in Hong Kong.

Thursday 21st March 2024

Skeptics in the Pub Bedford: Good Homes for All – Or Just The Lucky Few?
North End Social Club, Roff Avenue @ 7pm
Free entry but donations appreciated

The hand of a builder placing bricks as they build a wall

Everybody deserves a decent home they can afford. But the young and lots of others are missing out with sky-high house prices and heavy mortgages. People are paying huge rents for often squalid places with little future security. Shelter has declared a national housing emergency.

So what is this housing crisis, what are the causes and how are we going to sort it? This presentation will try to give some answers.

We will look at how the country responded to housing crises after the two world wars with a mission to build ‘Homes for Heroes’. And what we can learn from the successes and failures of council homes and private housebuilding over the years.

Examples from abroad and home will show how we can do things differently and better. We will discuss what our politicians and others should do now to end the crisis.

David Bevan’s background is in building conservation, urban design and planning. He worked in the private and third sectors and managed heritage, environment, conservation and design sections at Bedfordshire County Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council.

Thursday 21 March 2024

Comedy: Richard Herring
Bedford Corn Exchange @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £22

Richard Herring has enjoyed phenomenal success as a writer and performer and is an innovator in the world of podcasts. Join the “Podfather” (Guardian), “King of the Internet” (Time Out) and “The UK’s online comedy pioneer” (The Times) as he chats with hilarious star guests at venues all over the country.

RHLSTP sees him interview top comedians in front of a live audience for his podcast but includes all the chat that is too controversial for broadcast! Previous guests include Stephen Fry, Michael Palin, Katherine Ryan, Dawn French, Stephen Merchant, Kathy Burke, Grayson Perry, Nish Kumar and James Acaster. The show regularly receives 1 million downloads a month, won three Chortle Internet Comedy Awards and is the only non-BBC show to ever win a Sony Best Comedy Award.

Friday 22 March 2024

Theatre: Austen’s Women: Lady Susan
The Quarry Theatre @ 7.30pm
Tickets: from £14.50

From the award-winning creators of Austen’s Women, A Christmas Carol, I, Elizabeth, Female Gothic, Christmas Gothic,and A Room of One’s Own. 

Austen’s Women are back – in a brand-new show! Devil-may-care Lady Susan, the coquettish black widow, hunting down not one, but two, fortunes; oppressed, rebellious daughter Frederica; long-suffering sister-in-law Catherine; family matriarch Mrs De Courcy; and insouciant best friend, Alicia. Return to the Regency (or rather, Georgian) in this darkly comic tale of society and the women trapped within it; their struggles, their desires, their temptations and manipulations – and at the vanguard, Lady Susan: charming, scheming, witty, and powerful; taking on society and making it her own.But has she met her match?

Based on Jane Austen’s first full-length work from 1794, and created entirely from letters, the piece is performed by Rebecca Vaughan and directed by Andrew Margerison.

Friday 22 March 2024

Live music: Popes of Chillitown + Easydread + The Tics + Guests
Bedford Esquires @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £12

Popes of Chillitown play ska/dub/punk with a progressive edge. Impossible to tie down and with enough energy to power a small city, their songs drag you through punk, two-tone, rock, hip-hop, reggae, drum & bass, dub, metal and more.

Renowned for their energetic live shows, they have amassed a loyal following over the years. Since 2011, Popes have released three well-received albums, two EPs, toured the UK with US legends Fishbone, Voodoo Glow Skulls & The Slackers as well as doing extensive headline touring of their own across the UK & Europe.

Friday 22 March 2024

Live Music: Cosmic Pixies
The Cellar Bar @ 8.30pm
Free Entry

Indie/party/rock band the Cosmic Pixies are at the Cellar Bar this week for their debut performance.

Purveyors of good time rock and roll, classic indie covers and originals, the band plays classic upbeat covers from artists such as Bowie, Beatles, REM, Manic Street Preachers, Iggy Pop, Oasis, Stranglers, Pink Floyd, Foo fighters, etc.

Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 March 2024

Children’s Theatre: Spot’s Birthday Party
The Quarry Theatre @ 2pm & 5pm on Saturday; 11am & 2pm on Sunday
Tickets: from £14

Sam Bradshaw Productions presents a brand-new live show from everyone’s favourite pup, Spot in his largest stage adaptation yet, Spot’s Birthday Party. Spot is having a very special birthday party and you’re invited! With party hats, songs, dancing and lots of interactive party games, this is going to be the best birthday party ever!

Based on the beloved Eric Hill classics Where is Spot and Happy Birthday Spot, this brand-new adaptation brings your favourite pup and his friends to life in an interactive and accessible show suitable for ages two plus and their grown-ups. 

Saturday 23 March 2024

Crafts: Craft and Gift Fair
Christ the King Parish Hall, Harrowden Road, Bedford, MK42 0SP @ 1pm to 4pm
Free entry

Part of Bedford Borough Welcoming Spaces with free tea, coffee, squash and biscuits. Cash cake stall. Raffle in aid of TASC (the ambulance staff charity)

Saturday 23 March 2024

Dance: Swingsters’ Spring Ball welcomes The Godfather of Swing
Cotton End Village Hall, The Playing Fields, Cotton End, Bedford MK45 3AU @ 8pm
Tickets: £25/£22 

The Godfather of swing, Mr Ray Gelato and his Quartet are coming to Cotton End this month, and there’s the chance to take part in two dance workshops so you’ll be able to hit the silky-smooth dance floor like a pro!

At 3.15pm there’s a Balboa workshop –  a smooth and subtle dance made up of small intricate steps, often danced to faster-tempo music. From 5pm – 7pm, learn Lindy Hop, a dance with its roots in swing-era Harlem in the 1930s. Both workshops are £20/per person or take part in both for £35. To book your place, email dance@swingsters.co.uk.

The main event swings into action at 8pm with the legendary Ray Gelato and his band taking to the stage. They have had an illustrious and very successful career, including a long-established residency at London’s world-famous Ronnie Scott’s, where the band performs every Christmas. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Saturday 23 March 2024

Live Music: Cameo + Last Laugh Lane
The Cellar Bar @ 8.30pm / late close
Free Entry.  Late close.

First up at the Cellar Bar’s double-header is Cameo, back for another solo performance. Singing classic rock/pop songs from Dolly Parton to Fleetwood Mac to The Chili Peppers and so much in between.

Then, Last Laugh Lane return to The Cellar Bar playing classic throwback indie anthems of the 2000’s including The Killers, Arctic Monkeys, Kaiser Chiefs, Razorlight, Kings of Leon.

Saturday 23 March 2024

Club night: Common People – 90s indie club night
Bedford Esquires @ 9pm
Tickets: £4

It’s. the 90s indie club night at Esquires and we wanna get loaded, we wanna have a good time!

Expect DJs playing to best in 90s indie, Britpop, Madchester, baggy sounds and big beat, from the greatest era of music to have ever existed!

As we’re all a bit older, this event runs from 9pm – 1am, so we can all wake up the next day without needing a week to get over the headache.

Expect dancefloor fillers from 90s stalwarts: Suede, Blur, Pulp, Elastica, Ash, Sleeper, Stone Roses, Echobelly, Ocean Colour Scene, Shed 7, Super Furry Animals, The Bluetones, Longpigs, Oasis, Happy Mondays, Divine Comedy, Manic Street Preachers, Supergrass, Teenage Fanclub, Garbage, Space, Fatboy Slim, Lightning Seeds, Mansun, Menswear, Kula Shaker, Prodigy, Primal Scream, and loads, loads more…

If you have tickets to the sold-out Tom Meighan show upstairs, entry is free!

Easter and Holy Week – Palm Sunday 24 March 2024

Palm Sunday: Procession from St Mary’s Gardens @ 9.55am
St Paul’s Church @ 10.15am and 5.30pm

Easter is a time for celebration in the CHristian calendar. All are welcome to services throughout Holy Week at St Paul’s church. Palm Sunday is marked by a procession from St Mary’s Gardens, over Riverside Bridge towards the church at 9.55am. This will be followed by Sung Eucharist at 10.15am and the Stations of the Cross at 5.30pm.

Sunday 24 March 2024

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

The Shade is a dynamic four-piece playing authentic progressive rock covers in an increasingly processed and manufactured music scene. The band is made up of seasoned, highly skilled musicians with many years of experience on stages worldwide and in recording studios.

Sunday 24 March 2024

Theatre: Stage Write: Spring 2014
The Place Theatre @ 7.30pm
Tickets: Pay What You Can from £5

StageWrite is a hothouse for the development of new writing for theatre, designed to help plays grow from page to performance. It supports writers in the process of getting their work up on its feet and in front of an audience for the very first time.

Plays are performed script in hand to allow for a more developed experience than a rehearsed reading (where actors simply read the play out loud). StageWrite presents two plays over the course of one evening, performed by professional actors, and includes a short Q&A session after each piece to allow the audience to give feedback and the writers to discover more about how their work is received.  Every time StageWrite happens, it’s different – the nature of profiling brand new work!  Follow on Instagram (lifeboxtheatre) and Twitter (@lifeboxtheatre) for updates.

At the Higgins Bedford

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.

Exhibition: On The Wings of a Wire Bird
Higgins Bedford
Free entry

Artist Sophie Gresswell with one of the pieces from her new exhibition at the Higgins Bedford. Image: Bedford Borough Council
Artist Sophie Gresswell with one of the pieces from her new exhibition at the Higgins Bedford. Image: Bedford Borough Council

A new exhibition in the Higgins’ Sir William Harpur Gallery is the result of a year-long journey that has taken artist, Sophie Gresswell, from Luton to the island of St Helena and finally to Bedford.

On the Wings of a Wire Bird opened on Saturday, 3 February and weaves together the threads of empire, destruction, survival, and the enduring impact of Commonwealth heritage on the British identity.

Read: Local artist explores “rich thread of mixed heritage” in new exhibition at The Higgins Bedford

At the Panacea Museum

Exhibition: ‘Panacea: A Cure for All Ills’
Thursday – Sunday @ 10am – 4pm
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

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

Guitar, open mic night

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 the to Cellar Bar from 7.30pm.

Theatre highlights by Paula Walker

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