What’s on Bedford: 18 – 28 April 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.


Until Sunday 27 April 2024

Festival: Bella Ciao! A festival of Italian culture
Various venues
Tickets from the website bedfordmusicclub.com

Bedford’s Italian heritage is being celebrated this month by Bedford Music Club’s Bella Ciao! festival – a joyful combination of Italian culture and classical music.

This “love letter” to Italy comprises 30 events at seven different venues throughout the town centre from 15 – 27 April. From opera to jazz, cinema to poetry, local history to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, there’s something for everyone to immerse themselves in la dolce vita right on our doorstep.

The festival takes its name from the Italian protest song, Bella Ciao! which was originally sung by 19th-century workers, later becoming a symbol of resistance to Fascism and Italy’s re-emergence as a modern democracy.

The packed programme can be found at the Bedford Music Club website (bedfordmusicclub.com) and includes film screenings, concerts, talks, walks and more.

Magnifico!


Thursday 18 April 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.


Thursday 18 April 2024

Community: Death Café
The Place Theatre @ 7pm
Tickets: Free, but reserve on website

A Death Café is an informal 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.

The Death Café at The Place Theatre takes place every third Thursday of the month.


Thursday 18 April 2024

Dancing: Planet Swing featuring The Blues Hawks
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.


Friday 19 April 2024

Live music: Bingo Fury
Bedford Esquires @ 7.30pm
Tickets:

The Pad Presents team are bringing Bingo Fury to Bedford – an artist who’s on many tastemakers’ lists for 2024.

Bingo Fury conjures a glitzy – altogether seedy – Broadway sheen. Influenced by classic songwriters as much as pioneers of alternative experimentation, the songs can often land like a jazz standard that got lost multiple times on its journey to the present day. Some pit stops are obvious: the haunting balladry of Nina Simone and Leonard Cohen, and the arresting no-wave of James Chance and The Lounge Lizards.

FFO: Michael Kiwunaka, Herbie Hancock & Leonard Cohen


Friday 19 April 2024

Live music: Cheap Thrill$
The Cellar Bar @ 8.30pm
Free entry

Cheap Thrill$

Cheap Thrill$ are making their debut at The Cellar Bar this month. They are a female-fronted, four-piece classic rock, rhythm & blues band from Bedford, playing songs by The Stones, Blondie, AC/DC, The Police, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Led Zeppelin, the Beatles and more.


Friday 19 April 2024

Music: Happy 100th Birthday Rhapsody in Blue
The Quarry Theatre @ 7.30pm
Tickets: from £14.50

Worbey & Farrell are internationally acclaimed concert pianists with a wicked sense of humour. They are accredited Steinway artists, regulars on television and BBC Radio 3 and have entertained all over the globe, with their blend of sparky comedy and sensational piano playing.

They are known throughout the capital as ’The high-society pianists”.

In this exuberant show, suitable for all ages and musical tastes, they bring their unique touch to the world’s greatest music. Prepare to be moved, delighted, and amazed at the sight of the piano keys on a giant screen. But above all prepare to laugh with joy at the sheer ingenuity and style of these masters of the piano. You’ve never seen a piano played like this before!


Friday 19 April 2024

Live music: London Calling play The Clash
Bedford Esquires @ 8pm
Tickets: £20

‘Give ‘Em Enough Rope’ – 45th Anniversary Tour 1978-2023

London Calling play the The Clash’s 1978 album, Give ‘Em Enought Rope, in full to celebrate its 45th anniversary.

The Clash released their acclaimed second album in 1978 and it went to #2 in the UK Charts and was the first album by the band to be released in the USA. Sounds Magazine named the album as the ‘Best Album of the Year’. NME voted it the ’87th Greatest Album of All Time’ retrospectively in 1993.

London Calling, the world’s premiere tribute to The Clash, will be paying homage by playing the album in its entirety in sequence. They will then go on and play the best of the rest including all the hit singles and more such as Should I Stay or Should I Go, Rock the Casbah, I Fought the Law, White Man in Hammersmith Palais, Complete Control, Clash City Rockers, Train in Vain, and, of course, London Calling.


Saturday 20 April 2024

Indie shopping: Record Store Day 2024
Slide Record Shop, The Old Arcade @ 8am

Record Store Day (RSD) will be celebrated once again at Slide Record Shop in Bedford’s old Arcade, with doors opening for dedicated music fans at 8am.

It’s the sixth Record Store Day that owners Nerys Bannister and Warren Alsop have hosted since opening the independent record store in 2017 and it’s a highlight of the year for customers and Slide’s owners alike, with queues anticipated from 4am ahead of thebefore the 8am launch.

Record Store Day is an annual celebration of record shop culture, with special vinyl releases made exclusively for the day. Slide Record Shop will be kicking things with the Roll Your Own Records DJ’s from 8am and then an intimate in-store performance from Low Girl. There’ll also be giveaways for those hardy early queuers, including limited edition prints of Katie Allen’s beautiful 2024 poster.

As ever, Roll Your Own Records will be taking the after-party to Beefly (St Cuthbert’s Street). Cheers!


Saturday 20 April 2024

Walking: North Bedfordshire Ramblers’ weekly walk
Ashmead Road car park, Brickhill MK41 7GE @ 1.30pm

Seven-mile circular ‘bluebell’ walk through Browns Wood.

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


Saturday 20 April 2024

Comedy for kids: The Noise Next Door – The Adventure Academy for Adventurers
The Quarry Theatre @ 2pm
Tickets: £12.50/£10.50

Enrol at the world’s most reckless and ridiculous school with comedy legends The Noise Next Door. Where will your adventure take you? Dangerous deserts? Treacherous tundras? Volatile volcanoes? It’s all up to you in this side-splitting, globe-trotting hour of entertainment that is fun for all ages.

The Noise Next Door are twelve-time sell-out veterans of The Edinburgh Fringe and have appeared on ‘The One Show’ (BBC One) and ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ (ITV1). They have also appeared alongside the likes of Michael McIntyre, Katherine Ryan, Romesh Ranganathan and Harry Hill. 

For for all ages (5+)


Saturday 20 April 2024

Comedy: The Noise Next Door: Freewheeling
The Quarry Theatre @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £16/£14

Quarry regulars [they literally just performed there this afternoon – Ed], The Noise Next Door are back, so buckle up… you’re in for a hell of a ride! The quickest wits in comedy are here to take you on a totally improvised tour around your weirdest and wildest ideas.

The Noise Next Door are going hell for leather in this brand-new show as they race through a priceless parade of off-the-cuff gags, scenes and songs, all based on your suggestions.

The Noise Next Door are twelve-time sell-out veterans of The Edinburgh Fringe and have appeared on ‘The One Show’ (BBC One), ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ (ITV1), and ‘Roast Battle’ (Comedy Central).


Saturday 20 April 2024

Live Music: Double Header – Bazooka Joe & Cameo
The Cellar Bar @ 8.30pm
Free entry 

For the last 14 years, Bazooka Joe have been exciting UK audiences with their versatile repertoire of 80s classics, embodying the spirit of the decade. Expect hits from Duran Duran, The Specials, Madness, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake, Human League to Queen, The Jam, Simple Minds and much more!

Afterwards, the amazing Cellar Bar favourite Cameo is back for another solo performance, so expect some cracking party tunes. Singing classic rock/pop songs from Dolly Parton to Fleetwood Mac to The Red Hot Chili Peppers be ready for great party night.


Sunday 21 April 2024

Walking: “The Silent Faces of Bedford” guided walk
Bedford Town Centre @ 11am at the gold postbox in St Paul’s Square
Tickets: £4/children over 8 £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 our 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 21 April 2024

Family fun: Bedford Comic Con and Toy Fair
John Bunyan Sports Centre @ 10am – 4pm
Tickets: Adults £12/£10 / Teens £10/£8 / Children £5/£6 / under 5s & carers free

The BEDFORD COMIC CON & TOY FAIR returns to THE JOHN BUNYAN SPORTS CENTRE on
Sunday 21

st April! The event is suitable for all ages, a great place for pop culture & toy collectors and a fantastic family day out with some super fun goings on! A must for all fans of popular TV & Film, it’s a chance to see the iconic Ghostbusters ECTO-1 along an opportunity to see Transformer Movie’s BUMBLEBEE on display! There will also be a chance to relive those console memories in the Retro Gaming Zone, or show off an amazing costume in the cosplay competition!
With a hall full of stalls selling all sorts of geeky, crafty and retro merchandise and so much more there will be plenty to see and buy! There are some amazing FREE activities including Facepainting and Lightsaber training all day! If you are looking for something to do this weekend, a fantastic day out that is suitable for all the family then do come along to The JOHN BUNYAN SPORTS CENTRE for some SUPER FUN at THE BEDFORD COMIC CON & TOY FAIR!

The first show took place in the summer of 2022, now Striking Event’s Comic Cons and Toy Fairs continue to go from strength to strength visiting numerous cities and towns across the Midlands and the South with over 40 events planned for 2024. Bringing the thrill and
excitement of comics cons to local communities, Striking Events are successfully taking the stress and travelling out of a comic con experience. Come and experience the fun of one-day comic cons for yourself!


Sunday 21 April 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 21 April 2024

Music: Duo Petti
The Quarry Theatre @ 2pm
Tickets: £20 (under 18s free)

Erika Petti is well known for her live performances across Italy as a solo artist, as a songwriter and as a collaborator with various bands. Trained as a jazz singer, she also has interests in Black Music (funk, blues, soul) from which her Hard Times Blues Band was born. Her latest album, Sophisticated, pays homage to Michel Legrand, Burt Bacharach and Duke Ellington.

Manuel Petti took up the accordion fisarmonica at the age of six and is now also one of Italy’s leading composers and arrangers for the instrument as testified by his latest album, Courage.

This concert is part of the Bella Ciao festival of Italian Culture


Sunday 21 April 2024

Film: Bella Ciao, Song of Rebellion (Andrea Vogt, 2021)
The Quarry Theatre @ 4.30pm
Tickets: £5

A documentary film about the roots and rise of the most popular revolutionary song in the world. Bella Ciao has a long history rooted in popular culture and, like all folk songs, touches deep emotions of ordinary people. 

In all its versions, Bella Ciao has always been loved, never taken too seriously and with its many different versions, been a source of fun and public participation. With more than 20 interviews on three continents, this historic documentary traces the cultural history of the song and investigates its international success, using archival film and performances of its different expressions.

This screening is part of the Bella Ciao festival of Italian Culture


Sunday 21 April 2024

Live music: Glam Rampage play the Sunday Afternoon Session
Bedford Esquires @ 5pm
Free entry

Glam Rampage is another band making their Sunday afternoon debut at Esquires. They are a five-piece 70s glam rock band, taking us through all the hits of the era.


Tuesday 23 April 2024

Celebration: St George’s Day
The Castle, Newnham Street @ 10am – 11pm
Free entry

The Castle pub will be hosting a patriotic day to celebrate St George, the Patron St of England and all things English.

They will be open from 10am serving a traditional English breakfast with traditional patriotic sing-a-longs throughout the day.


Tuesday 23 April 2024

Friends of the Higgins talk: Victoria Partridge on William Burges in the Cecil Higgins Collection
Barbican Studio at the Higgins Bedford @ midday
Free to Friends of the Higgins / guests

Higgins Bedford
The Higgins Bedford (image: The Higgins Bedford)

Victoria Partridge, keeper of fine & decorative art at the Higgins Bedford will give a talk on the museum’s collection of pieces by William Burges, one of the greatest Victorian art architects. From Wikipedia: “The Higgins holds a particularly fine collection, begun with a large number of purchases from the estate of Charles and Lavinia Handley-Read, including the Narcissus washstand,[229] Burges’s bed and the Crocker Dressing Table.[230]

“The most recent acquisition by the Bedford Museum is the Zodiac settle (1869–70), painted by Henry Stacy Marks. The Museum paid £850,000 for the settle, comprising a £480,000 grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, £190,000 from the Trustees of the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery and £180,000 from the Art Fund[231] after the British government imposed an export ban on the work.”

The talk will be followed by tour of the exhibition. Event sponsored by AGNEWS GALLERY LONDON


Wednesday 24 April 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/children over 8 £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.

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.


Wednesday 24 April 2024

Film: Cinema @ 3 St Peter’s presents – Breakfast at Tiffany’s
3 St Peter’s Street @ 7pm
Tickets: £12/£10.50/£9/£6

“Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is a 1961 romantic comedy film directed by Blake Edwards and starring Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly, a young New York socialite.

The film explores themes of love and identity, following Holly’s complex relationship with a struggling writer played by George Peppard. Known for Hepburn’s iconic performance and fashion, the film’s charm and wit make it a timeless classic. It won two Academy Awards, including Best Original Score and Best Original Song for “Moon River.”


Wednesday 24 April 2024

Comedy Night: Simon Says Comedy featuring Ceyla AB, Gareth Neale, Don Biswas + Mike Cabozzola
The Cellar Bar @ 8pm / doors open at 7pm
Tickets: £10 on the door / £8 in advance

The Cellar Bar’s 2024 comedy season kicks off with another four outstanding comics, including headliner, Celya AB (you can hear her on the Off Menu podcast here).

Also on the bill, Gareth Neale, Don Biswas and Mike Cabozzola, all hosted by Mr Sparkly Boots himself Simon Hall

Tickets are non-refundable and you will be asked to show your ticket with QR code on the door.  Only people with a valid ticket will be allowed entry to the venue.


Thursday 25 April 2024

Folk: Three Acres and a Cow
The Place Theatre @ 7pm
Tickets: £17/£14/£11

Three Acres and a Cow is a history of land rights and protest in folk song and story. The show connects the Norman Conquest and Peasants’ Revolt with current issues like the housing crisis, reparations, climate breakdown and food sovereignty via the Enclosures, English Civil War and the Industrial Revolution.

Part TED Talk, part history lecture, part folk club sing-a-long, and part storytelling session, come and share in these tales as they have been shared for generations.


Thursday 25 April 2024

Dancing: Planet Swing featuring Minnie and the Moochers
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.


Friday 26 April 2024

Comedy: Comedy Nights in The Burrow at the Blues ft Alistair Barrie
The Burrow at the Blues; Goldington Road (MK40 3NF) @ 7pm / first act @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £14.50

One of the top headliners on the international comedy circuit, Alistair has performed in over 40 countries including acclaimed performances in Australia, Cape Town, Mumbai and the legendary Comedy Cellar in New York.

He is a regular at London’s world-famous Comedy Store. “Properly smart comedy for grown-ups. By a properly smart comic,” said The Scotsman.

Standard bar and food menus will be available; laughs and entertainment guaranteed at the home of Bedford Blues.


Friday 26 April 2024

Theatre: The Freshwater Five
The Place Theatre @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £16/£13

Five fishermen. £53 million of cocaine. An ongoing fight for justice. A tale of our deteriorating coastal communities. An enthralling, poignant and poetic retelling of the infamous Isle of Wight tragedy, inspired by the award-winning Guardian podcast.

In 2011, five fishermen on the Isle of Wight (Jamie Green, Jon Beere, Daniel Payne, Scott Birtwistle & Zoran Dresic) were sentenced to a total of 104 years for conspiracy to import £53m worth of cocaine. They have always professed their innocence and this powerful new play seeks to heal the divide and explore the state of our coastal communities.


Friday 26 April 2024

Comedy: Priorite à Gauche
The Quarry Theatre @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £15

Back in Bedford by popular demand, Priorité à Gauche – France’s premier acoustic pop/rap/rock sensation – make ANOTHER one-off special appearance here in Bedford.

The hugely popular Perrier award-winning spoof French musical duo bring you sixty magnifique minutes crammed with all the hits that made them into the stars they think they are today.


Friday 26 April 2024

Live music: House of All (Ex-The Fall Supergroup) + Guests
Bedford Esquires @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £18

A band that continues the bloodline of The Fall –  with all of its members’ time served within the ranks of the legendary post-punk band to form an (almost all) Ex-The Fall supergroup. Featuring Martin Bramah, Peter Greenway, Si Wolstencroft and the classic rhythm section of Paul Hanley & Steve Hanley.

FFO: The Fall, Gang of Four & The Wedding Present


Friday 26 April 2024

Live Music: Lord Baker
The Cellar Bar @ 8.30pm
Free entry

An incredible soul and ska show that will get you dancing from the first song. Lord Baker really knows how to entertain and the Cellar Bar guarantees you will not be disappointed! 


Friday 26 April 2024

Live music: Killa P + Illaman & Pitch 92 + Dotz + Ffs Ytho + Guests
Bedford Esquires @ 7pm
Tickets: £12 / £16

FDE 5th Anniversary Bash featuring Killa P, Illaman & Pitch 92, Dotz, Ffsy tho + special guests.


Saturday 27 April 2024

Walking: North Bedfordshire Ramblers’ weekly walk
Meet at Bedford train station @ 8.20am

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

The 2024 Unlock Walk is visiting West London and specifically the London boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea and Hammersmith and Fulham for a 7.5mile walk.

Maybe take lunch and drinks and also some coins to make donations to the churches as you follow the route. There is usually a quiz for you complete as you walk.

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


Saturday 27 April 2024

Community: The Big Bumper Book Sale
The Place Theatre @ 10am
Tickets: Free

Come and join the Place team for their first Big Bumper Book sale in aid of their Raise the Roof campaign. Browse a huge selection of second-hand books including fiction, non-fiction and children’s books.

Pick up a bargain and relax with a cuppa and a piece of cake while you enjoy your latest purchase! All proceeds go towards their Raise the Roof campaign.


Saturday 27 April 2024

Walk: Mental Health Mates Bedford – Walk & Talk Meet Up
The Pavilion, Bedford Park @11am
Free to attend

Mental Health Mates is a peer support group set up by journalist, author and mental health advocate, Bryony Gordon, back in 2016. There are over 100 MHM groups across the UK, including here in Bedford

The MHM walks in Bedford take place on the final Saturday of each month, meeting at The Pavilion At The Park and finishing back there afterwards for an optional drink and chat.

The walks are free to attend and just turn up to, you can talk as much or as little as you wish about anything, and everyone is welcome regardless of diagnosis or not.


Saturday 27 April 2024

Theatre: Flo Smith – Now and Then
The Place Theatre @ 7.30pm
Tickets: from £12


It’s 1969 and a woman looks back on her life in London. From the Boer War to The Summer of Love, Flo Smith, daughter, sister, wife, mother, widow and grandmother recalls with horror, humour, tears and joy those turbulent times at home and in the world beyond her front door.

The show is based on the book of the same name written by Christopher Saul and taken from the real-life audio recordings he made of his paternal grandmother, Flo Smith, when he was a drama student working on his dissertation. He sat in her cosy living room in North London, drinking copious amounts of tea and listening avidly while spool after spool of his tape recorder was filled with her recollections.

Flo told of her Victorian childhood, her marriage to a young man who was later seriously wounded in the First World War, her struggle to put food on the table for her hungry children in the 1930s, and her harrowing experiences of the London Blitz.

For the times, it was a common enough story and yet, for all that, a unique one too.


Saturday 27 April 2024

Music: R.E.M. By Stipe – unplugged
The Quarry Theatre @7.30pm
Tickets: £15.50

R.E.M. remain one of the world’s most enigmatic bands.  With a string of peerless albums; one eye on the underground and one eye on the soaring chorus; it’s safe to say we will never see their like again.  From The One I Love through to The End of the World and more besides. 

Whether it’s playing major festivals or appearing on the One Show, performing for Michael Stipe himself, Stipe are the definitive R.E.M. tribute – a complete band, and encyclopaedic knowledge of the back catalogue.


Saturday 27 April 2024

Dance music: Get Ready! 60s/70s Motown, Soul & Disco Night
Bedford Esquires @ 8pm
Tickets: £6

This week sees the launch of Get Ready, from the team at Boombastic Events. Featuring the biggest hits of 60s/70s Motown Soul and Disco, featuring the biggest floorfillers of the era including The Jacksons, Al Wilson, Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, Rick James, Chic, Sister Sledge, The Temptations, James Brown, Diana Ross, The Supremes, The Marvelettes, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Ray Charles and more…


Saturday 27 April 2024

Live Music: Forever Young + Helen Lester
The Cellar Bar @ 8.30pm  
Free entry  

Forever Young is a classic rock covers band based near Milton Keynes, performing covers by Pink Floyd, The Stone, The Kinks, Blondie and more.

In the second half of the double-header, Helen Lester returns to The Cellar Bar. Performing a wide range of material from across the decades, Helen will blow you away with her powerful vocals and upbeat style. Expect a bit of everything from  Motown, pop, disco, soul and more.


Saturday 27 April 2024

Live music: Roddy Woomble (Idlewild)
Bedford Esquires @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £17

Almost Nothing is a new band from Scottish musician and writer Roddy Woomble.

Deviating from his indie and folk roots, this exciting new project ploughs into a more synth-pop direction. Roddy will also be doing a set of solo material, so it’s almost two gigs for the price of one.
The debut album was written and recorded throughout 2021/22 in collaboration with four different producers – Scott Paterson (Protection), Andrew Wasylck, Le Junk, and Luciano Rossi.


Sunday 28 April 2024

Walking: The Rise and Fall of Bedford Castle guided walk
Bedford Town Centre @ 11am at the gold postbox in St Paul’s Square
Tickets: £4/children over 8 £2 (Please use the code HIGGINS30 to remove the transaction fee)

Hometown tourist
Castle Mound

The Norman Conquest of Britain witnessed the introduction of castles to the landscape and in Bedford,  a major castle was built in the 12th century.  Walk through the old castle grounds, see the mound on which it once stood and hear the story of the castle and its demise in the siege of 1224. This year witnesses the 800th anniversary of the Great Siege of Bedford Castle in 1224.

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 our 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 28 April 2024

Live music: Soul on Sunday 60’s & 70’s Motown & Soul
The Cellar Bar @ 3pm
Free entry

Head to the Cellar Bar for an afternoon of pure 60s & 70s Motown and soul with DJ Stevo at the helm. What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

From 3pm until 7pm.


Sunday 28 April 2024

Live music: Split Whiskers play the Sunday Afternoon Session
Bedford Esquires
Free entry

Split Whiskers have their roots firmly planted in Chicago blues, crossing boundaries into rock, Americana and more than a hint of the Delta.

The band’s fame is spreading and they are becoming one of the busiest bands at blues venues around the UK, in particular in great demand on the Festival circuit. Their superb musicianship, along with their infectious humour on stage, promises a great afternoon entertainment.


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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