What’s on Bedford: 21 – 31 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.

Until 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.  

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 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.

Friday 22 March 2024

Live music: Pussy Plays…… Again: Album Release Show
Bedford Esquires @
Tickets: £8/£10

Pussy were formed in the mid-1960s in Hertfordshire, UK, by drummer Steve Townsend, singer Dek Boyce and bassist Jez Turner. They released their debut album, Pussy Plays in 1969 which is now a highly sought-after slab of psych rock vinyl.

Fast-forward 55 years, and they have reformed to release Pussy Plays….. Again. This show is the official launch party for the new release. Physical copies of the album will be available for purchase on the night.

Support comes from Bedford’s indie disco quintet, Carbon Daydreams who are no stranger to the Esquires stage

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

Creative fun: Crafternoon with Marisa Straccia
The Higgins Bedford @ 2pm – 4pm

Join professional artist Marisa Straccia and the amazing volunteers at The Higgins for an Edward Bawden-inspired Crafternoon to create some beautiful collages just in time for Easter.

The design is based on a Bawden print that you can see at the Edward Bawden and Me exhibition at The Higgins, so make sure you check it out whilst you’re there.

This is a free art workshop that is perfect for all the family. All materials will be provided. Drop in any time between 2 and 4 pm.

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.

Monday 25 March 2024

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

The Good Boss looks at human behaviour through the lens of a nondescript workplace. Greed, rage, injustice, duplicity and even love are aired in this fascinating – and very funny – film.

Tuesday 26 March 2024

Art talk: The Arts Society North Bedfordshire presents Vivienne Lawes: Clarice Cliff
The Addison Centre, Kempston @ 10.45am for 11am
New members welcome / guests £10

Art lecturer, Vivienne Lawes. Image: The Arts Society
Art lecturer, Vivienne Lawes. Image: The Arts Society

The Arts Society North Bedfordshire is a group of like-minded people with a shared curiosity for the arts. Open to all, monthly lectures are on a variety of art topics.

This month’s event features a talk by Vivienne Lawes on Clarice Cliff, the doyenne of Art Deco. She was not only a great innovator but set the bar for ceramics as a commercial art form

Tuesday 26 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 concert features a violin recital by Fumi Otsuki.

Tuesday 26 March 2024

Live Music:  Songwriting Showcase
The Cellar Bar @ 7pm
Free Entry. 

Songwriting Showcase at the Cellar Bar is a night of original music performed by local Bedfordshire acts, celebrating and sharing the unique songwriting talent that exists in the area.

The night is hosted by Mat Roberts, who has himself written and recorded hundreds of original songs throughout his 30+ year career in music.  He will be joined by three up-and-coming acts from around Bedfordshire, playing a half-hour slot each, followed by a Q&A opportunity.

Plus, there will be an opportunity for other musicians to showcase their original material.

Tuesday 26 March 2024

Art: The Circus of Illustration’s Drink and Draw – Field Guides
The Park pub, Kimbolton Road @ 7.30pm
Free (£2 donation appreciated)

For the Circus of Illustration’s March Drink & Draw they’re channelling their inner geologists, botanists, archaeologists and zoologists.

Document your observations in your trusty Field Guide to take back to the academy on your return. You’ll need detailed drawings, specimens and notes to mark the discovery of the century!

Organisers will provide a load of ideas to get you inspired, as well as the materials – you just need to bring yourself!

Drink and Draw is for all grown ups!
– Chat with new people who like creative stuff
– Do some no-pressure doodling and get inspiration from others.
– Equipment provided
– All abilities welcome
– No membership, no signing up

Wednesday 27 March 2024

Comedy: Simon Says Comedy Night featuring four fabulous acts
The Cellar Bar @ 8pm
Tickets: £10 on the door / £8 in advance

The Cellar Bar’s 2024 comedy season kicks off with another four outstanding comics: Stephen Catling, Tasha Cluskey, Nick Kirk and headliner Tom Ward. As ever, the night is 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.

Wednesday 27 March 2024

Film: Notting Hill (1999)
Cinema @ 3 St Peters @ 7pm
Tickets: £12/£10.50/£9/£6

A classic 90s Richard Curtis rom-com starring Hugh Grant as William Thacker, a British bookseller, and Julia Roberts as Anna Scott, a famous American actress. Known for its charming blend of love, laughter, and unforgettable moments, the film explores themes of fame, privacy, and the possibility of love between two very different worlds.

Thursday 28 March 2024

Comedy: Hello, Hi – A Sketch Show
The Place Theatre @ 7.30pm
Tickets: from £12

Award-winning sketch duo Grubby Little Mitts are here with their latest show: Hello, Hi! 

Traverse the perils of employment, friendship, and love; be dazzled with ear-splitting music; try not to be sick if you see too much flesh. At once slapstick, sitcom and surreal, the normal rules of engagement do not apply in this biting hour of sketch at breakneck speed.

Previous accolades: Winners of the Amused Moose Comedy Award 2022 for Top Debut Sketch Show. 

Thursday 28 March 2024

Shopping: The Arc X Clemency Jude Disco Swish
The Arc, Howard Street @ 7pm
Tickets: £14.25

Clemency Jude is back with another sensational clothes swish, this time with added D*I*S*C*O!

Order your ticket from eventbrite, drop your old clothes off at the Arc before the event and take home a bag full of new clothes on the night. Two local female DJs will be playing on the night and there will be delicious food from Crown and Heel Burgers.

Emma, owner of Clemency Jude, set up clothes swap events in Bedford to encourage sustainable shopping and any clothes left over provide inspiration for her recycled and repurposed handmade designs. Win-win!

Good Friday 29 March 2024

Family fun: LEGO: The Brick People
The Quarry Theatre, St Peter’s Street @ 10am / 11.30am / 1pm / 2.30pm / 4pm
Tickets: £5

If you or any members of your family are LEGO fanatics, then the Quarry Theatre is the place for you this month. The event, hosted by The Brick People, features various LEGO activity tables, self-building activities plus timed speed or tower builds with the best builders making it onto the leaderboard. The Brick People will also be bringing some of the creations by themselves and their network of LEGO enthusiasts from all over the country. Sessions take place throughout the day and you can book your place at the quarrytheatre.org.uk

Good Friday 29 March 2024

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

Comedy nights are back the Burrow as Bedford Blues continue to showcase more than just rugby at Goldington Road.

Every last Friday of the month, the Burrow will be home to some fantastic local talent. Standard bar and food menus will be available and laughs and entertainment are guaranteed.

Ben Van der Velde is a stand-up comedian, actor, improviser and presenter. Over the past decade, he has spread joy and nonsense to all four corners of the British Isles, as well as Greece, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, Estonia, Latvia, Finland and Norway.

Good Friday 29 March 2024

Live music: The Buzzcocks – Singles Going Steady Tour 2024 + guests
Bedford Esquires @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £30

Few have had the longevity and sustained creative energy to produce the seemingly endless stream of truly original and fantastic pop songs that Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle have delivered as The Buzzcocks over the last four decades.

Original and best. With the untimely passing of Pete Shelley in December 2018, Buzzcocks have continued to play live shows with founding member, Steve Diggle, taking over vocal duties to front the band. Steve has sung with the band from the very beginning, writing 50 songs, including hits “Promises”, “Fast Cards” & “Harmony in my Head”. He will be joined by the long-term current line-up of Danny Farrant (Drums) & Chris Remington (Bass) performing all the classic ‘SINGLES GOING STEADY’ and much more.

“I am going to raise the mast & set the sails for the next voyage of the good ship, Buzzcocks” – Steve Diggle

Good Friday 29 March 2024

Dance music: The Latin Spring Fiesta
Herd, St Cuthbert’s Street @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £5

Miguel Muziq, a London-based guitarist, DJ, and producer, has a decade-long career remixing for stars like Usher/ J Lo and touring Europe.

Known for his unique DJ and guitar sets in Southern Spain, his 2021 debut album “An Angel’s Healing” charted at No. 6 on the UK Jazz Chart and introduced Miguel’s sound to the world. Influenced by Latin America and his Mediterranean roots, Miguel will be bringing his international show to Herd on Good Friday.

Don’t miss the after party featuring the biggest Reggaeton, Salsa, Bachata, Baile Funk, Dembow and RnB hits…

Good Friday 29 March 2024

Live Music: 8 Foot Under
The Cellar Bar @ 8.30pm
Free entry

A feast of 70s classic rock, punk, glam and even a bit of prog. Dig out your first-time-round flares and cheesecloth shirts for a Good Friday to remember!

Good Friday 29 March 2024

Live music: Cam Cole (MVT fundraiser / all ticket money going to Music Venue Trust)
Bedford Esquires @ 7:30pm
Tickets: Pay what you can

Guitar-wielding, busking maestro, Cam Cole is back at Esquires, raising money to help support The Music Venue Trust. After appearing as himself in the Golden Globe-nominated TV series “Ted Lasso”, Cam found that during the pandemic his audience had more than doubled in size.

Saturday 30 March 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 30 September 2024

Walking: North Bedfordshire Ramblers’ weekly walk
Great Denham MK40 4FA @ 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 6-mile circular walk from Great Denham begins by heading south to the River Great Ouse, walking along to QE Bridge then over the river and back to Kempston Mill alongside the river, then following the river back to the car park. Really level ground, no stiles or gates.

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

Saturday 30 March 2024

National Theatre Live: Vanya
The Quarry Theatre @ 2pm
Tickets: £15

Andrew Scott (Fleabag) brings multiple characters to life in Simon Stephens’ radical new version of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya.  Hopes, dreams, and regrets are thrust into sharp focus in this one-man adaptation which explores the complexities of human emotions.

Filmed live during its sold-out run in London’s West End.

Saturday 30 March 2024

Live music: THANK + The Panama Papers + Cold Caller
Bedford Esquires @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £10

From Leeds, Thank make loud noise that is uncompromising, brutal, dexterous and gets right up in everyone’s faces. Anger is an energy indeed and Steve Lamacq has described them as “mischievous agit-rock philosophers.”

The band embodies a sound that is like nothing else, merging noisy instrumentation and witty lyricism, with lead vocalist Freddy Vinehill-Cliffe moving between singing, shouting, speaking and screaming. There’s much fun to be found in Thank’s music, particularly when you catch Vinehill-Cliffe comically singing lines like, “Oh sweetheart, can we dismantle capitalism another day? I’m tired, and dinner’s getting cold”.

Yet, their dedication to creating interesting sounds, whether that be abrasive, nightmare-inducing instrumental breakdowns or bizarre synth outbursts, assert Thank as one of the most fascinating and unique guitar bands of recent years.

Saturday 30 March 2024

Live Music: Vintage Stuff + Samantha Hughes
The Cellar Bar @ 8.30pm  
Free entry

Vintage Stuff make their Cellar Bar debut this Easter weekend, sharing their passion for live music with new audiences.

Joining Vintage Stuff on the bill is Cellar Bar regular, Samantha Hughes who will be playing a selection of Rock n Roll, Country, 50s/60s and Blues, spreading some good old-fashioned music from years gone by.

Saturday 30 March 2024

Dance music: Lush Liquid Drum & Bass Presents: Lenzman + LSB + MC Fox
Bedford Esquires @ 9pm
Tickets: £10/£20

Lush Liquid are bringing their heavyweight Drum & Bass line ups to Esquires this month. Their first event features rising star, Lenzman, LSB and special guest MC, Fox.

Sunday 31 March 2024

Live music: The Workshop Boys Play The Easter Sunday Afternoon Session
Bedford Esquires @ 5pm
Free entry

The Workshop Boys are looking forward to returning to Danny’s Bar for an Easter Sunday Session at Esquires. Formed by former members of Los Marbles and Cuttin’ Out, The Workshop Boys have become one of Bedford’s best-loved bar bands.

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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