What’s on Bedford: 20 – 30 April 2023


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.

Thursday 20 & Friday 21 April 2023

Theatre: Fox
The Place Theatre @ 8pm & 10.30am
Tickets: from £10

Inspired by true events, Katie Guicciardi’s Fox is a brutally honest and insightful exploration of new motherhood in an increasingly isolating society. A sharply observed drama that examines our complex relationship with ‘help’ – our desire to give it and the need to seek it for ourselves.

First produced at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2019, Fox was praised for being “a really poignant and insightful piece” (Three Weeks). The play explores sensitive themes of postnatal depression and includes mentions of
baby loss.

Thursday 20 April 2023

Community: Death Café
The Place Theatre @ 7pm
Tickets: Free

Join The Place Theatre team for their Death Café every third Thursday of the month. 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. For further information email Adie Mueller at adiemueller@gmail.com or visit the Death Café Website at https://deathcafe.com/

Thursday 20 April 2023

Theatre: NTLive presents Good
The Quarry Theatre @ 7pm
Tickets: from £12.50

David Tennant (Doctor Who) makes a much-anticipated return to the West End in a blistering reimagining of one of Britain’s most powerful, political plays.

As the world faces its Second World War, John Halder, a good, intelligent German professor, finds himself pulled into a movement with unthinkable consequences. Olivier Award-winner Dominic Cooke (Follies) directs C.P. Taylor’s timely tale, with a cast that also features Elliot Levey (Coriolanus) and Sharon Small (The Bay). Filmed live at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London.

Thursday 20 April 2023

Talk: Bedford Skeptics in the Pub present: The Life & Legacy of George Peabody with Christine Wagg
North End Social Club, Roff Avenue @ 7pm
Free entry, donations (and non-skeptics) welcome

Born into a poor family in Massachusetts, George Peabody moved to London and established himself as a successful banker. In his old age, Peabody won worldwide acclaim for his philanthropy. He founded the Peabody Trust in Britain, providing housing for the poor. The Peabody Trust continues his work to this day.
Christine will outline the life and achievements of George Peabody, the history of the trust and some of the notable properties it owns.
Christine Wagg is the Peabody Trust’s historian and has a background in property law.

Thursday 20 April 2023

St Paul’s Church, St Paul’s Square @ 7.45pm
Tickets: Adult £18, Student (full time, 18-25) £5, Young person (under 18) £3

Mathilde Milwidsky is described as ‘an exceptional talent’ by Maxim Vengerov. She has performed as a soloist across Europe, and in the UK at venues such as Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Royal Albert Hall and live on BBC Radio 3 for the 2015 BBC Proms.

Bedford Music Club is delighted to bring her here in person following a fabulous recital that they live-streamed during the long Covid lockdown.

Thursday 20 April 2023

In conversation and book signing: John Robb – The Art of Darkness: the history of Goth
Bedford Esquires @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £10

Author/music scribe/TV presenter and bass player for perennial post-punk survivors The Membranes, John Robb is a man who cannot sit still.

John has previously written best-selling books including ‘Punk Rock: An Oral History’ and ‘The North Will Rise Again: Manchester Music City 1976-1996’ and his latest opus is the 650-page ‘The Art Of Darkness: The History of Goth’, an in-depth account that he feels presents the first major and comprehensive overview of Goth music and culture and its lasting legacy, covering the music, culture and history of the scene from its post-punk heyday to the modern times.

Starting with a night out in a Goth club, it then takes us on a deep dive into the wider culture, exploring the social conditions that created ‘Goth’ in the post-punk period.

The book is built mainly around the 80s post-punk Goth period featuring interviews with Andrew Eldritch, Killing Joke, Bauhaus, The Cult, The Banshees, The Damned, Einstürzende Neubauten, Johnny Marr, Trent Reznor, Adam Ant, Laibach, The Cure, Nick Cave and many others.

It looks at the music, style and the political and social conditions that spawned the culture and the great music, fashions and attitudes – clubs that defined it, and is also a first-hand account of being there at some of the legendary gigs and clubs that made the scene happen.

The host for the evening will be Jason Foster who will be conducting the initial Q & A before opening the night up to the audience.  Jason has previously played in loads of bands in and around Bedford over the last 30 years and possesses a great musical knowledge, Jason previously hosted the fantastic evening with Don Letts at the venue back in 2021.

Friday 21 April 2023

Eid: Eid celebrations in Bedford
Bedford Park/Allens Park/Addison Park @ 9am
Weather permitting

To celebrate the start of Eid, prayers will be held in three parks in Bedford, with facilities for male and female worshippers. Congregations will also be held at Mosques around Bedford.

After the Eid prayer and sermon is delivered the assembled guests will share breakfast together.

Friday 21 April 2023

Folk Music: That’s All Folk: Jim Ghedi
The Place Theatre @ 8pm
Tickets: £13

Jim Ghedi hails from Sheffield, South Yorkshire and although clearly well-versed in the history of Folk music, he stands out as a potential torchbearer for a new generation of respectful yet experimental performers. A truly unique talent for tapping into the rich history of folk music to extract and create timely, political and contemporary alternatives.

Friday 21 April 2023

Comedy: Chris McCausland – Speaky Blinder
Bedford Corn Exchange @ 8pm
Tickets: £19/£17

Fresh from Channel 4’s Scared of the Dark, blind comedian Chris McCausland brings his stand-up show about life, family, and loads of other nonsense to the Bedford Corn Exchange.

Chris has performed at the Royal Variety Performance, and Live at the Apollo and been a contestant on Would I Lie to You?, Have I Got News for You and QI.

Friday 21 April 2023

Theatre: Watson: The Final Problem
The Quarry Theatre @ 7.30pm
Tickets: from £13

1894. Watson is alone. His beloved wife Mary and the great Sherlock Holmes are both gone. But London seethes with false reports and rumour.  It is time to set the record straight.

So Watson tells his tale… a tale of long-buried secrets, betrayal and death. For there is a shadow in the gutters of London. A spider’s web of poisonous intrigue lies across the city. Someone is playing a long game and Holmes and Watson face their greatest-ever challenge.

But as Watson unravels the story, is the game really over?

Watson is performed by Tim Marriott (The Brittas Empire; Allo, Allo) and directed by Bert Coules (BBC’s The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes; Cadfael; Rebus).

Friday 21 April 2023

Live music: FURY + Electric Black
Bedford Esquires @

Fury are a Heavy Metal band from the West Midlands, UK. Their love of the old-school metal of Iron Maiden and Metallica are clear, but the rich and soulful voice of Julian Jenkins sets the band apart from the rest. Songs with clear purpose and strong visuals will transport you to another time, another reality, or another universe.

Friday 21 April 2023

Live Music: Ben Kelly
The Cellar Bar @ 8.30pm. Doors open at 5pm.
Free Entry

The very versatile Ben Kelly joins us at The Cellar Bar for a night of Rock, Blues and Country, music for all tastes and ages. Come down and show your support for this talented musician.

Saturday 22 April 2023

Music: Record Store Day events
Slide Record Shop, The Old Arcade / Beerfly, St Cuthbert’s Street / Oxfam Bookshop, St Paul’s Square
All day

As part of the annual national celebration of record stores, Bedford is once again getting in on the action with events across the town centre.

The team from Roll Your Own Records is teaming up with their pals at Slide Record Shop and Beerfly to have a knees up. There will be DJs in Slide in the morning, and then they’ll move across town to Beerfly on St Cuthbert’s Street for the afternoon.

Meanwhile, on St Paul’s Square, the Oxfam Bookshop is hosting a mini record fair, featuring vinyl albums fromeveryone from Elton John to The National, 12” singles from the 1980’s, 7” vinyl singles from the 1970’s to the 21st Century and CD’s from the ‘80’s, 90’s and 2000’s. This includes some limited editions, signed albums and vinyl bought on previous Record Store days.

“We have been very lucky with donations of music in the past couple of months’ said Debbie Taylor, Shop Manager of the Oxfam Bookshop in St Paul’s. “We thought that having a ‘mini’ record fair in our limited space would give a great opportunity to sell these records and make a good amount towards alleviating poverty around the world.”

Saturday 22 April 2023

Walk: North Bedfordshire Ramblers’ weekly walk
Lodge Road, Sharnbrook MK44 1JP @ 1:30pm

North Bedfordshire Ramblers following a footpath alongside a summer meadow towards a rural church
Joining North Bedfordshire Ramblers is a great way to explore the county and beyond (image: North Bedfordshire Ramblers)

Six-and-a-half-mile walk. Walking through Colworth Woods, over to Odell Great Wood and back along the Ouse Valley Way. Hopefully see some bluebells to see in the woods. For more information contact Margaret Sawyer 07780 933729.

Saturday 22 April 2023

St George’s Day: Come In, St George
The Higgins Bedford @ 11am – 3pm
Free entry

A celebration of English tradition at The Higgins Bedford, to mark St George’s Day.

Featuring a ‘Memories of Morris’ (11am – 12.30pm) talk and discussion about how Morris dance in Bedfordshire has changed over the past 50 years.

From 1.30pm – 3.00pm ‘Celebrating St George’ ‘will see entertainment for all the family. A display of morris dancing in the courtyard by local teams Hemlock Morris, Red Cuthbert Morris and Golden Hare Morris, each with its own unique approach to Morris. The entertainment will culminate with a traditional mummers’ play by the Barfront Guizers in which St George (Hooray!) and a Valiant Knight (Boo, Hiss!) argue over who killed the dragon.

Saturday 22 April 2023

Comedy: Jokes and Laffs: April Comedy Night
The Place Theatre @ 7pm
Tickets: £14.99

An evening filled with laughter and more. Showcasing the very best of established and new comedy talents – both homegrown and international, while also making sure to cater for all comedy lovers of all ages and backgrounds.

Performing on the night are President Obonjo (compere) Elroy Welsh, Jimmy James Jones and Geoff Schumann. There is a bar, music and catering from Dudu Bar Lounge on the night.

Saturday 22 April 2023

Live Music: Five Five Six
The Cellar Bar @ 8.30pm. Doors open at 12 noon.
Free Entry

Five Five Six return to the Cellar Bar, bringing a rocking night of legendary rock tunes.

Saturday 22 April 2023

Live music: Daft Funk ‘live’ – a retrospective celebration of Daft Punk
Bedford Esquires @ 8pm

I love Daft Punk, you love Daft Punk. Esquires was never gonna get to be able to book Daft Punk, so they’re putting on the next best thing! DAFT FUNK LIVE
Dedicated to recreating the sounds and atmosphere of a Daft Punk ‘LIVE’ experience, the band’s meticulously crafted stage productions feature authentic costumes and synchronised custom light shows, with over 1500 LEDs, and a three-metre pyramid. Incorporating live guitars, synths, and drums, they weave crowd-pleasing homages along with unique mixes of Daft Punk’s greatest hits.
In light of the recent split of the official robots, the equally mysterious ‘Daft Funk LIVE’ will continue to perform Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger – their work is never over.
“…totally superb, an incredibly detailed performance giving you a Daft Punk explosion of sound & colour. ”

Sunday 23 April 2023

Walking: The Jewel In Bedford’s Crown guided walk
Bedford Town Centre @ 11am at the gold postbox in St Paul’s Square
Tickets: £3/£1.50

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 £3.00 per adult or £1.50 for children over 8. All walks must be pre-booked.

Sunday 23 April 2023

Dance music: Sunday Soul Sessions
The Wellington Arms, Wellington Stree @ 4pm til close
Free entry

Sunday Soul Sessions at the award-winning Wellington Arms this St George’s Day.

Your hosts Geoff and Hammie with guests Brian Goucher Stuart Darlow and Robin Storr. Playing original quality soul music while top quality burgers are served in the garden from Crown and Heel.

Sunday 23 April 2023

St George’s Day celebration: The Feelgood Band play the Sunday Afternoon Session
Bedford Esquires @ 5pm
Free entry

The Feelgood Band

What better way to spend St George’s day? The welcome return of The Feelgood Band to Bedford Esquires.

Sunday 23 April 2023

Live music: Autumn Fires
Bedford Esquires @ 7pm
Tickets: £10

Milton Keynes pop punkers Autumn Fires are performing a headline set at Esquires as part of their UK tour this spring with Royals. Joined by special guests Royals and Diversion.

Tuesday 25 April 2023

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

Featuring a piano recital from Yoko Sakakura.

Tuesday 25 April 2023

Art: The Circus of Illustration’s Drink and Draw – Flower Power
The Park pub, Kimbolton Road @ 7.30pm
Free (donation appreciated)

The Circus of Illustration’s monthly Drink and Draw is back and everyone (over 18) is welcome. This month’s theme is ‘Flower Power’ and they will be drawing flowers from life in any style you like: realism, abstract. Just come along and express yourself!

Any skill level,  free, no need to book, just turn up. Equipment and resources are provided in a no-pressure, relaxed atmosphere to chat, drink and doodle.

Tuesday 25 April 2023
Addison Centre, Kempston MK42 8PN @ 11.00am
£10.00 for guests
Arts Society accredited lecturer, Pamela Campbell-Johnson, will be speaking about our love affair with civic and domestic buildings of the 1920s and 1930s – including Battersea Power Station.

Wednesday 26 April 2023

Music: Bedford Music Hub Composition Showcase
The Place Theatre @ 7pm
Tickets: £5

Bedford Music Hub are delighted to be working in partnership with the Philharmonia Orchestra to share the incredible talent in our local schools.

10 young composers will have their original compositions performed live by world- class players from the orchestra and receive feedback from a panel of experienced composers.

Wednesday 26 April 2023

Film: Cinema @ 3 St Peter’s presents – Jean de Flourette
3 St Peter’s Street @ 7pm
Tickets: £12/£10.50/£9/£6

In this acclaimed French drama, the enterprising Ugolin Soubeyran (Daniel Auteuil) returns to his native countryside after serving in the military.

Intent on growing expensive flowers, he conspires with his uncle, Cesar (Yves Montand), to gain access to a hidden spring on a neighboring property. When their initial attempt to buy the land fails, they must contend with Jean de Florette (Gérard Depardieu), who arrives with his family to work the coveted plot and turn it into a profitable farm.

Wednesday 26 April 2023

Drag: Miss Palma Violet and Miss Lushes Lips
The Cellar Bar @ 8.00pm. Doors open at 7.00pm.
Free entry

Come and join the laughter, fun and entertainment with two fabulous local drag queens – Miss Palma Violet and Miss Lushes Lips.

The night will feature live cabaret, lip syncing, adult fun and games, insult comedy, raffle, disco and much, much more.

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

Wednesday 26 April 2023

Live music: The Bug Club
Bedford Esquires @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £12.50

Esquires is delighted to welcome one of their absolute faves, The Bug Club back to Bedford following their sold out Room 2 show earlier in 2022.
This time the band are upgraded to the club’s main stage and for good reason – they’re one of the most exciting and talked about bands of the moment.
The band have received huge support from the likes of BBC 6Music, with countless playlists and live sessions. They released their excellent second album ‘Green Dream in F#’ to critical acclaim in October and come to us as part of an extensive UK tour.
No pretence with this band – come and see them, it’s going to be a lot of fun and everyone will be dancing.

Thursday 27 April 2023

Cruise the Ouse: Fish and Chip Lunch Cruise
John Bunyan Boat, Priory Marina @ 12pm
Tickets: Adult £26

John Bunyan Boat

Have a relaxing lunchtime cruise along Bedford’s picturesque countryside and the Embankment, to discover Bedford’s unique pyramid.

Navigating the Town lock and then past the 12th century mound of Bedford Castle, the John Bunyan Boat will head under the historic Town Bridge as it makes its way along to Queens Bridge while passengers enjoy a fish and chip lunch.

Thursday 27 April 2023

Live music: The Last Days of Disco
Bedford Corn Exchange @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £24.50

The greatest disco show on earth, a complete history of the genre from the 70s into the last days of disco in the 80s. A setlist like no other show, featuring classics from Irene Cara, Lipps Inc, Debarge, the Pointer Sisters, Shalamar, Evelyn Champagne King, Kool and the Gang, Stephanie Mills, Stacey Lattishaw, Chic, Earth Wind and Fire and many more.

Thursday 27 April 2023

Live music: Saul Adamczewski (Fat White Family / Insecure Men)
Bedford Esquires @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £15

Saul Adamczewski (Fat White Family, Insecure Men) is coming to Bedford Esquires in support of the future cult classic ‘Adventures in Limbo’.
A strict limited edition of 500 black vinyl copies of his debut solo album are available only on this tour. Ticket bundles will be on sale in advance and only if any are left will they be available at the shows merch stall on a first come, first served basis (limited to 1 per person)
*The album can only be purchased alongside a ticket and collected at each show.

Friday 28 & Saturday 29 April 2023

Children’s Theatre: Seedheart
The Place Theatre @ various times
Tickets: from £8

Meet Grey. The journey begins as Grey finds themselves trapped inside a jar. They try to remember how they got there and how they could be free…

Indigo Moon Theatre’s latest show tells the important tale of human impact on the environment and questions what we can do to restore our once-green planet, with interactive chaos in the laboratory along the way!

Watch as the story unfolds (literally) from a single suitcase and follow Grey’s journey to a better future with magical pop-ups, puppetry and interactive scenes.

Friday 28 April 2023

Live Music: Samantha Hughes
The Cellar Bar @ 8.30pm. Doors open at 5.00pm.
Free Entry

Despite this being her first gig at the Cellar Bar, Samantha has previously performed at the Twinwood Festival and the Festival of Vintage. plus she was previously a British champion on the mandolin and banjo – which we think is pretty impressive!

These influences can be seen in her style of guitar playing. Samantha’s set will be part acoustic so you are in for a treat as she plays a selection of Rock n Roll, Country, 50s/60s and Blues, spreading some good old-fashioned music from years gone by.

Friday 28 April 2023

Theatre: Eastendless
The Quarry Theatre @ 7.30 pm
Tickets: from £12.50

Finally – the scandalous truth behind EastEnders revealed!

Gasp as walk-on actor Tony Coventry lifts the lid and spills his beans!  Obsessed fan Tony Coventry has every EastEnders episode on video, but when he lands a bit part on the show, his dream job soon turns into a nightmare.

Tim Fountain’s hilarious play is a blackly comic look behind the scenes of Britain’s favourite soap.

Friday 28 April 2023

Live music: The Searchers live in concert – Thank you tour 2023
Bedford Corn Exchange @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £29.50

When the Searchers announced the end of their touring years in 2018, they left behind them a legion of devoted fans and supporters who were shocked and saddened that they would no longer be able to enjoy the concerts and the music that over six decades had become such an important part of their lives.

Thankfully, The Searchers have decided to return for just one more tour in the Spring of 2023 as a fit and proper way of showing appreciation to all those who gave them a wonderful and successful career.

Don`t miss your very last chance to catch the final appearance of a truly legendary band. Appropriately the tour, at the request of The Searchers themselves, has been given a title, ‘thank you’.

Friday 28 April 2023

Live music: Ghost Dance
Bedford Esquires @ 8pm
Tickets: £16

Until 1982, Anne Marie Hurst was the backing vocalist for the Goth Rock group the Elements in Keighley UK. In December 1982, she helped form Skeletal Family and then co-founded Ghost Dance with Gary Marx (formerly of The Sisters of Mercy).

Ghost Dance released several indie chart hit singles through Karbon Records, which were later compiled on the ‘Gathering Dust’ album. In 1989 they signed to Chrysalis Records and released the ‘Stop The World’ album and two more singles.

In 2019 Anne Marie reformed Ghost Dance with ex Harlequyn members, Tim Walker, Phil Noble and Dave Wood, then in 2020, Stephen Derrig (formally of Original Sin) completed the line up and work commenced on a new album.

Support for the evening comes from Venus Fly Trap.

From Saturday 29 April – Sunday 7 May 2023

Family-friendly: Free Coronation crafts
Bedford Central, Bromham, Kempston, Putnoe, and Wootton libraries
Free entry

From Saturday 29 April families are invited to visit Bedford Borough Libraries for free fun Coronation-themed craft activities, including creating royal bookmarks, window decorations, and scratch art.

There will also be additional crafts, such as creating bunting and colouring, in all the libraries from Tuesday 2 to Friday 5 May during staffed hours.

All children are welcome, even if they are not yet library members, and all activities are free. Parents and carers must remain with children under 14. It’s free for people of any age to join Bedford Borough Libraries. A parent or guardian will need to complete a form for children to join a library during staffed hours. It is also possible to join online at any time and then collect a library card during staffed hours.

Saturday 29 April 2023

Walk: North Bedfordshire Ramblers’ weekly walk
Felmersham Rd, Radwell MK43 7HD @ 1.30pm

North Bedfordshire Ramblers following a footpath alongside a summer meadow towards a rural church
Joining North Bedfordshire Ramblers is a great way to explore the county and beyond (image: North Bedfordshire Ramblers)

Six-mile walk. Enjoy lovely views in this area. Please bring a drink, snack or lunch as we always have a break.

For more information contact Margaret Sawyer 07780 933729.

Saturday 29 April 2023

Music: That’s All Folk: Megson – The Herald
The Place Theatre @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £14

Join award-winning folk duo Megson in their unique collaboration with playwright andactor Kieran Knowles.

A local newspaper journalist at The Herald uncovers the fascinating life stories of its readers whilst searching for that big scoop that will make his career.

Megson’s arresting and intelligent songs come to life as the stories, whilst Knowles’ narrative looks to answer what purpose the media has in the 21st century.

Four times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and winners of the Spiral Earth Awards MEGSON (aka Debs Hanna (Vocals, Whistle, Piano Accordion) and Stu Hanna (Guitar, Mandola, Banjo) gained a reputation not only for their evocative songwriting, but for their exquisite musicianship and northern humour.

Saturday 29 April 2023

Live Music: The Tendons
The Cellar Bar @ 8.30pm / doors open at 5pm
Free Entry

The legendary Tendons make their debut at The Cellar Bar. This promises to be a loud, punk-rocking night! Arrive early as we expect a full house.

Saturday 29 April 2023

Classical music: Philharmonia Orchestra – Santtu-Matias Rouvali conducts Shostakovich
Bedford Corn Exchange @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £15 – £39

Santtu-Matias Rouvali – conductor
Randall Goosby – violin

Sibelius – Karelia Suite
Tchaikovsky – Violin Concerto
Shostakovich – Symphony No. 9

The Philharmonia’s Principal Conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali is at the helm for Sibelius’s Karelia Suite – full of folk-inspired melodies – and Shostakovich’s Ninth Symphony. Completed in 1945, the symphony is a bittersweet reflection on the state of Russia at the time. Russia may have won the war, but with Stalin still in charge, it was not the victory and peace most Russians had ultimately hoped for. Written at a time when open defiance was unthinkable, Shostakovich channelled his thoughts into his music, which is characteristically sardonic and rife with irony. Neo-Classical in its construction, with five movements (rather than four) and only 25 minutes in length, it veers away from the usual symphonic format, this symphony is completely devoid of grandeur, with a much more complex emotional landscape in its place.

Inimitable violinist Randall Goosby joins the Orchestra again after making his debut last season, this time playing Tchaikovsky’s brilliant and only Violin Concerto. Inspiration for the piece came from Tchaikovsky’s stay amongst the breath-taking scenery of the mountains over Lake Geneva in Switzerland, where he was seeking refuge at the time to recover from depression after the breakdown of his marriage.

Impassioned and full of sweeping melodies, this is a work into which the composer poured a world of emotions.

Saturday 29 April 2023

Music: Swinging at the Cotton Club
The Quarry Theatre @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £24

Featuring The Lindy Hop Dance Company & The Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra

Take a step back into 1920s and 30s New York City and through the doors of Harlem’s hottest nightclub, The Cotton Club!

‘Swinging at The Cotton Club’ is an action-packed show celebrating the music and dance of the Cotton Club – New York’s most celebrated nightclub of the Jazz Age.

Saturday 29 April 2023

Live music: The Leylines
Bedford Esquires @ 8pm
Tickets: £14

Heart-pounding revelry from The Leylines – a high-energy folk rock band from the West Country. The band mixes raucous violin, dynamic quitar riffs and acerbic lyrics all of which culminate in a whirlwind show that will get heart, and mind, pounding.
The band have a reputation of playing rowdy, high-energy shows, and with their infectious feel-good tunes, The Leylines are firm favourites of the festival and independent venue circuit.
The Leylines are: Steve (vocals/acoustic guitar), Hannah (violin/keys/bs), Dan (lead guitar/bvs), Sean (bass quitar/bvs) and Dave (Drums)
Head to Esquires and meet you fave new band!

Saturday 29 April 2023

Classical music: Bedford Sinfonia
St Paul’s Church, St Paul’s Square @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £6 – £13


Bedford Sinfonia are delighted to return to St. Paul’s Church for a varied and exciting evening of music.

The concert will open with Sibelius’ Suite ‘Pelléas et Mélisande’. Composed in eight short movements, the suite contains beautiful melodies and is prefaced by a slow, stately opening movement made famous as the theme tune to ‘The Sky at Night’.

Next, the organist of St. Paul’s Church, Ian Runnells, willperform Poulenc’s Organ Concerto. This is a powerful work full of contrasts, from whirlwind virtuosity to great chordal passages – perhaps echoes changing times, written as it was as the world moved towards World War Two.

The concert will end with Beethoven’s fabulous Seventh Symphony. Described by Wagner as ‘the apotheosis of the dance’, the work sparkles with lively rhythm, its four movements building in momentum and intensity to a whirlwind finale.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Saturday 29 April 2023

Live music: Antarctic Monkeys
Bedford Esquires @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £12

Formed from a jamming session, the Antarctic Monkeys became a phenomenon in their own right, travelling the UK and Europe with numerous tours. The demand is now more than ever.

Firmly established on the tribute scene, their live show has the power, passion and the creative edge to whip audiences into a frenzy when delivering the powerful tunes of the Arctic Monkeys as the way they should be.

Rarely is there a tribute band that can rival the original yet these four lads mimic Turner, Cook, O’Mally and Helders style perfectly.

Bank Holiday Sunday 30 April 2023

Live music: The Pride
Bedford Esquires @

The Pride

The Pride return to Esquires for the first time since the band headlined The Patio Party in August 2022. Expect the finest in Reggae and Ska, with the band tearing through some of the finest music ever made. Perfect Bank Holiday Sunday vibes.

Bank Holiday Sunday 30 April 2023

Live music: Shonen Knife
Bedford Esquires @ 8pm
Tickets: £15

Esquires is thrilled to be welcoming back the simply brilliant, power-pop force of Shonen Knife in 2022 as part of their 40th Anniversary Tour.

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

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.

Until 2024

Exhibition: Edward Bawden – Planes, Trains and Automobiles
The Higgins Bedford @ Tues – Sat: 11am – 5pm/Sun: 2pm – 5pm/Closed Mondays
Free entry

The Titfield Thunderbolt 1952 by Edward Bawden. Image: The Edward Bawden Estate
The Titfield Thunderbolt 1952 by Edward Bawden. Image: The Edward Bawden Estate

Let Edward Bawden transport you in this exhibition celebrating all things travel.

Drawn exclusively from the Higgins Bedford’s Edward Bawden archive, see large linocuts of London’s iconic stations and an array of wonderful vehicles from hot air balloons to jumbo jets and tall ships to cruise liners.

Read: New Edward Bawden ‘trains, planes and automobiles’ exhibition to open this weekend

Theatre highlights by Paula Walker

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