What’s on Bedford: 23 November – 3 December 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.

With thanks to our What’s On Guide sponsors, The Cellar Bar, Bedford.

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...

Thursday 23 November 2023

Dancing: Planet Swing featuring Big Mama’s Door
The Dance Hall, Wixams Retirement Village, Bedford Road, Bedford, MK42 6EA @ 8pm
Tickets: £12

Suitable for dancers and music enthusiasts alike with plenty of seating (night club set up) and dance floor.

Come along at 7.15 for a 45-minute dance class in Balboa – (additional payment) – one of the original swing dances. Book in advance for the dance class – The main event is just turn up – pay cash at reception and have fun!

Thursday 23 November 2023

Theatre: Hot Orange
The Place Theatre @ 4pm and 7.30pm
Tickets: from £10

An immersive exploration of friendship and the moment you fall in love.  It’s summer. It’s hot. Like really hot. Like ice pop after melting ice pops hot. Like orange midday sun hot. 

Across the divide of a scorched basketball court two girls meet, shoot hoops and discover their shared obsessions make them inseparable friends. But will faith, growing pains and the darker reactions of others get in the way of that long, hot, orange summer? 

A decade later the past walks back into view when 18-year-old Amina is confronted by her childhood best friend Tandeki. Can they reignite the spark of friendship by untangling their hurt feelings, or are some heartbreaks just too hard to mend?  Follow Amina and Tandeki as they navigate what it takes to sustain love and friendship beyond childhood idealism and the moment you fall in love. 

Thursday 23 November 2023

Live music: bdrmm + guests
Bedford Esquires @

bdrmm are a four-piece band based in Hull and Leeds with nods to The Cure, Deerhunter and DIIV, plus references to RIDE and Radiohead. There are also echoes of krautrock and post-punk, from The Chameleons to Protomartyr, plus the proto-shoegaze of the Pale Saints’ ‘The Comforts Of Madness’.

‘Bedroom’ became one of the underground hits of lockdown, according to The Guardian, with rave reviews everywhere from blogs to broadsheets.

Friday 24 November & Saturday 25 November 2023

Children’s theatre: The Jungle Book
The Place Theatre @ 11am and 1.30pm each day
Tickets: £8

A tale of wisdom in our eternal quest for love, identity and belonging. You may think you know JUNGLE BOOK, but Indigo Moon Theatre’s version is inspired by the poetry & spirit of Rudyard Kipling’s original books. 

Fearless and free, Mowgli the ‘man-cub,’ finds fun and friendship as he learns to live by the Law of the Jungle. Follow Mowgli’s wild adventures in the dangerous world he inhabits, brought to life with inventive shadow theatre, powerful original music and colourful digital projections. 

A contemporary tale: it offers us wisdom in our eternal quest for love, identity and belonging. Find out more about this inspirational and accessible art form and its use of puppets and multiple light sources after the show.  Age Guidance: 4+

Friday 24th November 2023

Live music:  Double Header featuring Megapint? + Mat Roberts
The Cellar Bar @ 8.30pm / bar opens @ 6pm / Happy hours 6pm – 9pm
Free entry

Kicking things off at the Cellar Bar’s double header is Megapint? for another incredible performance.  Covers everything from Nirvana and Red Hot Chili Peppers to David Bowie and The Beatles plus featuring versions of well-loved classics from contemporary rock to new wave grunge.

They are followed by ‘Bedford Musical Royalty’ Mat Roberts to keep the party going past midnight, playing a mix of classic anthems and party tunes, you’ll be dancing into the small hours!

Friday 24 November 2023

Live music: Beans on Toast
Bedford Esquires @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £16.50

Beans on Toast will return to Bedford this month, once again captivating hearts and minds with his tales of love, politics and the human experience, Beans is unafraid to challenge the status quo with his irreverent wit and soul-stirring lyricism.

Like a modern-day minstrel, Beans on Toast takes to the road on a captivating journey across towns and cities of the UK. His songs, the celebration of the human spirit and a call for unity resonate deeply in the hearts of listeners, leaving them inspired and moved. Inviting us to reflect, laugh and remember that amidst the chaos, there is still hope and beauty to be found.

Friday 24 November 2023

Live music: Under the Boardwalk
Bedford Corn Exchange @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £23.50

Direct from the USA, Under the Boardwalk is a tribute concert to all the vocal groups of the 60s with all the greatest hits from The Drifters, Temptations, Stylistics, the Four Tops, Tavares, the O Jays, the Platters, Gladys Knight and the Pips, along with the greatest hits of Stevie Wonder, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, James Brown and Wilson Pickett. With high stepping choreography and fabulous vocals from the Icons of Soul who are joined by our Queen of Soul Miss Pamela Ivonne-Cole who celebrates Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Diana Ross, Gladys Knight along with other Soul Divas.

Capturing all the energy and magic of the golden soul and Motown era it is a genuine authentic concert style show… done as it was back in the day with a whole lotta soul.

Saturday 25 November 2023

Festive family fun: Christmas light switch-on
Harpur Square @ midday onwards

(image: Bedford Borough Council)

The festive season is here and officially kicks off from midday in Bedford town centre in anticipation of the Christmas lights switch on at 5pm.

Have a go at free Christmas Crazy Golf on Silver Square, have your group or family photo taken in the Christmas Snow Globe and look out for Santa, who will be getting ready to take up residence in his Harpur Centre grotto.

The Love Bedford Stage in Harpur Square will be live from noon with local singers, school choirs and dancers providing the afternoon’s entertainment At 4pm, Lissie Allsopp will take to the stage to entertain the crowds with a collection of Christmas favourites to get everyone in the festive mood.

At 5pm Mayor Tom Wootton will press the button to illuminate Bedford followed by some sing-along favourites with LIssie. DJ Tom (we don’t think this is the Mayor, but who knows!?) will spin some classic Christmas anthems to keep the party going.

Refreshments will be available on Harpur Square, plus there will be offers and discounts for you to enjoy at our town centre hospitality establishments.

The Cinderella Panto characters will be mingling in the crowd and The Corn Exchange Booking Office will stay open until 6.30pm for a special Cinderella Panto discount of £2 off per ticket. Offer only available to visitors to the Lights Switch On event.

Read: Your essential guide to festive fun in Bedford this Christmas

Saturday 25 November 2023 – Wednesday 3 January 2024

Festive family fun: WinterWonderland
Bedford Park / parking @ Queen Street car park (two hours free every day/all day every Sunday)
Entry: £2

The Ferris Wheel at this year's WinterWonderland in Bedford Park
The Ferris Wheel at this year’s WinterWonderland in Bedford Park

The biggest real ice rink in the county and a 36m high Ferris wheel are just two of the attractions at Bedford’s Winter Wonderland, due to open on Saturday, 25 November.

The festive event is taking place in Bedford Park and hopes to attract local visitors as well as families from further afield for a one-stop Christmas day out.

The 600sqm ice rink is the biggest in Bedfordshire and is fully covered, so skaters can enjoy the ice, whatever the British weather throws at us.

In addition, there is a Christmas Tree Maze – featuring 200 festive firs and Santa’s Grotto, plus fairground rides for thrill-seekers and younger children too.

Read: Your essential guide to festive fun in Bedford this Christmas

Saturday 25 November 2023

Folk music: The Bookshop Band
The Place Theatre @ 8pm
Tickets: £13

The award-winning Bookshop Band write and perform songs inspired by books. Formed in September 2010 they released their first album two months later and have since released 13 albums collaborating with over 100 authors, including Philip Pullman, Louis de Bernieres and Margaret Atwood. 

The band have been working with producer and musician Pete Townshend (The Who) on their 14 studio album, due for release in late 2023. 
Between them Beth Porter and Ben Please bring the books to the stage along with a multitude of instruments, including cello, harmonium, glockenspiel, guitars and ukuleles which, along with their distinct voices, create a cinematic sound that draws the audience right into a highly intimate performance, at once touching and mesmerizing, heart-wrenching and funny.

No previous knowledge of the books is required as the band guide the audience through the stories behind each song’s inspiration.

Saturday 25 November 2023

Dancing: Swingsters presents – Devil’s Cut Combo at The Cotton Club
Cotton End Village Hall, Bedford, MK45 3AN @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £15

Licensed bar, silky smooth dance floor, dance lessons (check out the website for more details and cost), DJ and UK Jump Blues four-piece, the Devil’s Cut Combo – what more could you want?!

The band have been filling vintage dance floors across Europe and turning heads across the globe, driving an infectious beat of authentic early 50’s RnB, Rockin’ Jump Blues and Boogie Woogie ….. all night long! Their effortless style and authenticity raises the bar on the 50’s roots music circuit attracting attention from the swing dance scene, blues aficionados and rockabilly crowds alike.

Saturday 25 November 2023

Live music: Ultimate Coldplay
Bedford Esquires @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £14

Following a sold out show at Esquires in 2022 Ultimate Coldplay are returning to Bedford this November.

Since launching in 2017 Ultimate Coldplay have been widely recognised as being the world’s most accurate Coldplay tribute. They are frequently described as the ‘next best thing’ to one the UK’s most famous bands. Performing at countless festivals across the country plus Butlins shows, theatre tours and 02 academies the band has continued to go from strength to strength.

Ultimate Coldplay are the only Coldplay tribute featuring a true look-a-like Chris Martin, who plays piano and guitar like Chris, sings like Chris and even dances like him! The other three members of the bands, all look-a-likes, faithfully replicate note for note all the biggest hits including ‘Paradise’, ‘Fix You’, Viva la Vida’, ‘My Universe’ and ‘Yellow’.

Saturday 25th November 2023

Live Music:  Double header featuring Samantha Hughes + Bubounce
The Cellar Bar @ 8.30pm / bar opens @ 6pm / Happy hour until 9pm
Free Entry.  Bar opens at 6.00pm, Happy Hour until 9.00pm.  3.00am close.

Samantha Hughes is back to The Cellar Bar, kicking things off with a selection of Rock n Roll, Country, 50s/60s and Blues, sharing some good old-fashioned music from years gone by.

As if that wasn’t enough, Bubounce, the Bedfordshire-based ska band – will also be bringing the energy. Expect an amazing explosive performance of the best in classic Ska tunes.

Sunday 26 November 2023

Festive family fun: Christmas lights switch on
The Saxon Centre, Kempston @ midday onwards 5pm

fairy lights
There is nothing that can’t be improved by chucking some fairy lights over it…

Kempston light switch-on takes place on Sunday 26 November from 12pm to 6pm as Kempston Town Council hosts the Kempston Christmas Light Switch On at the Saxon Centre.

From midday, there will be Family fun with stalls, food and entertainment. The Christmas tree lights will be switched on at 5pm.

Read: Your essential guide to festive fun in Bedford this Christmas

Sunday 26 November 2023

Live music: The Feelgood Band play the Afternoon Session
Bedford Esquires @ 5pm
Free entry

The Feelgood Band return to Esquires for this week’s Sunday Afternoon Session.

Monday 27 November 2023

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

Offered a plea deal by the FBI, William O’Neal infiltrates the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party to gather intelligence on Chairman Fred Hampton.

Visit the Bedford Film Society website to sign up to become an annual member (£69/year). Alternatively, anyone can turn up before showtime (7.30pm) and pay £5 on the door as a non-member.

Tuesday 28 November 2023

Lecture: The Arts Society of North Bedfordshire presents: “We Are Amused” – a panorama of Victorian leisure, from the parlour to the seaside to the nursery with Bertie Pearce
The Addison Centre Kempston @ 10.15am for 10.30am start
Members free/guests £10 per lecture per person

Even though ‘work’ was the bedrock of Victorian progress and improvement, Queen Victoria’s reign saw the greatest upsurge in leisure pursuits ever witnessed.

People earned more money and worked shorter hours than ever before and with the birth of the railways and a desire to be health conscious, it was a golden age for the art of entertaining oneself and being an amateur in the true sense of the word. This talk celebrates a pre-television age when the ability to amuse and entertain was paramount.

Tuesday 28 November 2023

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

Piano recital from Nicolas Ventura. Free with a retiring collection.

Tuesday 28 November – Saturday 2 December 2023

Theatre: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (adapted by Scott Davidson)
Sharnbrook Mill Theatre @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £15 (very limited tickets available. Friday and Saturday now sold out)

Meet Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, the four March sisters, who are our Little Women. Let Sharnbrook Mill Theatre transport you to the 1860s when young ladies were meant to do as they were told and behave in a certain genteel way, only Jo has other ideas.

This classic, much-moved play, set during the American Civil War, will lead you on a journey through the March family’s lives as they
navigate friendship, love, loss, romance, sadness, happiness and financial difficulties. But one thing endures throughout, their love for each other.

See how the sisters adapt to life’s challenges, but on their terms, even if not everyone agrees. Condoleezza Hankins, its 20-year-old director, says “Little Women is a story that I and so many love. It is filled with such depth and meaning, with morals we can all still relate to today. “My vision is to capture those moments that make us fall in love with the characters and make us desperate to know how their side
of the story ends.

“I hope we can put on a piece where we can all smile, laugh and cry together!”

Tuesday 28 November – Saturday 2 December 2023

Community Theatre: A Christmas Carol
The Place Theatre @ 7.30pm
Tickets: from £10

In Dickens’ great ghost story for Christmas, Ebenezer Scrooge is haunted by three spirits and faces up to his past, present and future.

An acclaimed dramatisation of Dickens’ well-loved Christmas story – more faithful to the original than any other published version and making skilful use of traditional carols to underscore the action.

Tuesday 28 November 2023

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

The days are getting chilly and wet. The birds are flying south. Squirrels are hoarding nuts and bears are getting fat! Winter is coming and if we could, we’d simply snuggle up with some cocoa, in a warm woodland den and snooze until the Spring.

We want to see your creative creature comforts for a homey hibernation at our next drink and draw.

Drink and draw is free to attend, but this Christmas they will be collecting donations for the charity Shelter. Shelter believe everyone should have a home, somewhere safe and secure. Shelter offer help, advice, and legal services for those who are homeless.

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

Wednesday 29 November – Friday 1 December 2023

Theatre: A Christmas Carol – adapted by Karen Louise Hebden
The Quarry Theatre @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £10/£8

Bedford School invites you to join their boys as they perform this well-loved Christmas story for three consecutive nights at the Quarry Theatre.

This new stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’ famous novel is far more faithful to the original than any other published version. It is a gothic tale that will captivate audiences with skilful acting and stagecraft – a show not to be missed!

Wednesday 29 November 2023

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

After receiving a license to kill, British Secret Service agent James Bond (Daniel Craig) heads to Madagascar, where he uncovers a link to Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen), a man who finances terrorist organizations.

Learning that Le Chiffre plans to raise money in a high-stakes poker game, MI6 sends Bond to play against him, gambling that their newest “00” operative will topple the man’s organization.

Wednesday 29 November 2023

Drag Showcase: Miss Palma Violet and Miss Lushes Lips
The Cellar Bar @ 8pm / doors open at 7pm
Free entry

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

An evvening of Live Cabaret, Lip Syncing, Adult Fun and Games, Insult Comedy, Raffle, Disco and much more.

Thursday 30 November 2023

Dancing: Planet Swing featuring The Gary Wood Swing Band
The Dance Hall, Wixams Retirement Village, MK42 6EA @ 8pm
Tickets: £12

Suitable for dancers and music enthusiasts alike! Cashless bar, plenty of seating (night club set up) and a dance floor. Come along at 7.15pm for a 45-minute dance class in Balboa (additional payment), one of the original swing dances.
Book in advance for the dance class, but for the main event, just turn up and have fun, no booking needed.

Thursday 30 November 2023

Drag: Drag Race UK Viewing Party – The Finale!
The Barley Mow @ 8pm
Free Entry

Start your engine hunnies because the Barley Mow viewing party of this year’s Ru Paul’s UK Drag Race is reaching its climax.

Enjoy the season 5 finale with the one and only Eddie OK Adams this Thursday – it’s free entry and there’s free pizza.

So sashay your way down, pull up a chair and may the best drag queen win…

Friday 1 December 2023

Community: National Romanian Day
Harpur Square and Harpur Suite @ midday – 8pm
Free to attend

Romanian Union Day, celebrated annually on 1 December, is a national holiday that symbolizes the unity of the Romanian people and the realization of their national aspirations. It is a day of reflection, pride, and celebration of the shared history and identity of the Romanian nation.

On Friday, 1 December, a celebration of Romanian culture will take place in Bedford town centre. Romanians are now the fourth largest community in Bedford and everyone is invited to come and find out about their culture and traditions.

Food from local Romanian shops will be on sale in Harpur Square from midday. From 4pm the Harpur Suite will open with an exhibition and information stalls. At 6pm the Romanian flag will be raised over the old town hall followed by the traditional dance called ‘Hora Unirii’, which will be performed by a troupe of professional dancers. From 6.30pm, the celebrations will move into the Harpur Suite for more dancing, singing and children activities.

Everyone welcome.

Friday 1 December 2023

Live music: 80s Live!
Bedford Corn Exchange @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £27.50

You’ve made it through the wilderness, somehow, you’ve made it through and now we’re never gonna give you up at the biggests 80s paty show in the UK.

Travel back in time to one of the most iconic eras of music, for the night out you have been dreaming of – put your hands together and get into the groove as ‘Electric Dreams’ perform over two dozen chart topping anthems from artists including Wham!, The Weather Girls, Culture Club, Rick Astley, Madonna, Duran Duran, Soft Cell, The Human League, A-Ha, Tears for Fears and more.

Blending pop and soft rock, the show includes hits such as Girls just Wanna have fun, Edge of Heaven, Tainted Love, Love Shack, Living on a Prayer, The Final Countdown, Don’t You Want Me Baby, Relax, Never Gonna Give You Up, It’s Raining Men, Rio and the list goes on.

With a sensational cast and live band, this is just what the doctor* ordered.

*Doctor Doctor (Thompson Twins), Dr Robert (Blow Monkeys) or Dr Beat (Miami Sound Machine) – which 80s doctor, we’re not sure.

Friday 1 December 2023

Live music: Wolfsbane + The Spangles
Bedford Esquires @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £15

The band were formed by schoolmates Jeff Hateley and Jase Edwards in 1984. Joined later by Blaze Bayley and Steve Danger, Wolfsbane was born with a mission to form the greatest band in Tamworth. With Steve came a van… and they were on the move! Tamworth was not enough. Nowhere near enough!!

Fast forward to 2023 and the band have reformed and they’re on the road again.

Friday 1 December 2023

Live music: Cameo
The Cellar Bar @ 8.30pm / bar opens @ 6pm / Happy hours 6pm – 8pm
Free entry

Cellar Bar favourite Cameo is back for another solo performance, with a beautiful voice and some cracking party tunes.  Singing classic rock/pop songs from Dolly Parton to Fleetwood Mac to The Red Hot Chili Peppers and so much in between, be ready for a great party night.

Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 December 2023

Festive fun: A Very Merry Bedford Christmas Market Weekender
Riverside Square, Harpur Square,
Free entry

This festive extravaganza is brought to you by Love Bedford, the team behind Bedford Flea, Affordable Art and Local Produce Market, and Bedford Borough Council. 

Festivities will include live music, street food, mulled wine, antiques, vintage, art and crafts, gifting, locally produced food and drink, flowers, wreaths plus the Love Bedford Express Land Train.

The hugely popular Bedford Flea, Affordable Art and Local Produce Market will form the base of the market, so you will find Flea, Local Produce, Street Food and live music in Harpur Square. And over on Riverside Square there will be an Affordable Art and Makers tent full of talented local artists, jewellers and ceramicists.

The Council’s own Bedford Markets will be hosting a festive craft and gift fair from the Harpur Suite alongside seasonal entertainment throughout the town and the weekly Charter Market on St Paul’s Square and Midland Road.

Read: Your essential guide to festive fun in Bedford this Christmas

Saturday 2 December 2023

Festive family fun: Great Denham’s Winter Wonderland
Great Denham Community Hall, MK40 4GP @ 2pm – 6pm
Free entry

Ticket price: The event itself is free to attend but we’re selling tickets for Santas Grotto £3.50 (includes crafts and a present) and Kiddies Fair rides (unlimited turns) £3

Everyone from the local and wider community is invited to come along and enjoy Great Denham Community Hall’s annual Winter Wonderland community event. 

There will be lots of stalls, tasty treats, face painting and our very own Community Choir performing carols to finish our event off.  Tickets are also on sale for a visit to see Santa (£3.50), which includes making crafts and a gift from Santa himself, as well as children’s fair rides to keep the little ones entertained (£3 for unlimited rides).

Saturday 2 December 2023

Festive music: Unisong Christmas Concert
St Owen Church Bromham @ 2pm
Tickets £10 (under 14s £5)

Unisong is a mixed, adult community choir in Bromham, Bedford which offers a warm welcome to everyone, regardless of musical ability or experience.

They are holding a Christmas concert at St Owen’s Church in Bromham with a fundaising raffle for BECHAR (Bedford Concern for the Homeless and Rootless). Ticket price includes refreshments.

Saturday 2 December 2023

Live music: From the Jam
Bedford Corn Exchange @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £32.50/£37.50

From the Jam were formed in 2006 when Russell Hastings and Rick Buckler (ex-The Jam drummer), who were touring as The Gift, joined forces with Bruce Foxton (ex-The Jam bassist and songwriter), to form From The Jam. Russell Hastings has been the only frontman to work with both Rick Buckler and Bruce Foxton since Paul Weller.

All Mod Cons was the third studio album by The Jam and was released in 1978. The LP featured singles Down In The Tube Station At Midnight, ‘A’ Bomb In Wardour Street, and David Watts. From The Jam will be performing the whole All Mod Cons album in full along with more hits and fan favourites of The Jam.

Saturday 2 December 2023

Live Music:  Double Header – Tiptoe Apollo & Five Five Six
The Cellar Bar @ 8.30pm / bar opens @ 6pm / Happy Hour until 9pm / 3am close
Free Entry.  Bar opens at 6.00pm, Happy Hour until 9.00pm.  3.00am close.

Tiptoe Apollo head to The Cellar Bar this week for their debut performance. They will be playing classic covers from Arctic Monkeys, Nirvana, The Strokes, The Cure, Foo fighters and many more.

They played at The Dublin Castle as a support act in September 2022 and were asked to go back and headline in November. They are officially the youngest band to ever perform or headline there. Not to be missed!

They will be joined by Five Five Six (pictured) making their return to the Cellar Bar. Get ready for a great night of legendary rock tunes.

Saturday 2 December 2023

Live music: Special Kinda Madness
Bedford Esquires @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £14

Special Kinda Madness

Special Kinda Madness make a welcome return to Bedford Esquires with their classic take on Madness and The Specials.

Performing a truly authentic set from each band, Special Kinda Madness combines the phenomenally energetic stage presence of The Specials with the wonderful iconic tunes of the Madness ‘Nutty Boys’. Playing a set from each band and producing a show that will have the audience up and dancing from the off, Special Kinda Madness will have everyone hankering after that exciting era of 2-Tone and ska.

Saturday 2 December 2023

Club night: Start! – From the Jam and Special Kinda Madness after party
Bedford Esquires @ 10.30pm
Tickets: £4

On Saturday 2 December, Bedford town finds itself with some big crowds out and about watching live music with From the Jam and The Skids performing at the Corn Exchange and Special Kinda Madness at Esquires.

To continue the fun late into the night, the legendary Esquires Night Club will open for a post-concert after-show Party straight after the gigs.

Kicking off from 10.30pm, Esquires will be hosting two rooms of music with four DJs spinning the finest sounds of Brit Pop, New Wave, 60s, 70s, 80s, 2Tone, Reggae, Ska, Trojan, Indie Bangers, Funk, Soul and more.

Pad Room: Kev Bailey (The Pad Nightclub) + Pete Burridge (Esquires)

Bar: Benjamin Sonny Fay + Matty Davis (Fay / Davis)

Tickets free to all Special Kinda Madness gig goers and free before 11:30pm for all other customers / £4 after.

Sunday 3 December 2023

Poetry: Swan Poetry Evening: Another Midwinter Chill
The Eagle Bookshop @ 7pm
Tickets: Free but please book via The Place Theatre website

Join the Swan Poetry Society for their monthly reading of poems reflecting the season. Listen to poetry, song and tales to chill your blood and disturb your sleep.

This monthly event takes place at The Eagle Bookshop in St Peter’s Street.

Sunday 3 December 2023

Ballet: Crown Ballet presents Swan Lake
Bedford Corn Exchange @ 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Tickets: £24/£26

Crown Ballet presentsthe most famous Ballet of all time: Swan Lake.

One of Tchaikovsky’s best-known works, Swan Lake features some of ballet’s most memorable music and breath-taking dance.

Swan Lake is a tale of two young women, Odette and Odilie, who resembles each other so strikingly one can easily be mistaken for the other.

It is the compelling legend of a tragic romance in which a princess, Odette, is turned into a swan by an evil curse. Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful young woman he is instantly captivated – will his love prove strong enough to break the evil spell that she is under?

Swan Lake is full of mystery and romance and has captured the imagination of generations over the years and it continues to attract worldwide audiences, young and old.

A wonderful matinee or evening out and memories which you will cherish long after the final curtain falls.

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.

Until 2024

Exhibition: We Are Ten
The Higgins Bedford, Castle Lane
Free entry

The Higgins begins its 10th birthday celebrations with an exhibition featuring old favourites and rarely seen works from the collection, all chosen by organisations, groups and individuals who have worked with the museum and gallery over the last decade.

The exhibition runs for the next year, with special events planned next month to mark the exact date the museum reopened in 2013. Watch this space for more information.

Until 7 January 2024

Exhibition: Quilla Constance – Teasing Out Contingencies
The Higgins Bedford until January 2024
Free entry

Don’t miss your chance to see eight new large-scale paintings and a costume installation by Bedford artist Quilla Constance (also known as QC) at The Higgins Bedford until 7 January 2024.

As British society becomes increasingly polarised, this exhibition seeks to cross social borders, confront stereotyping, and challenge gender, racial and class inequalities.

QC states “Teasing Out Contingencies seeks to create exciting new narratives to explore: what is British society now and where are we going?” – These are timely questions as we emerge from the Covid 19 pandemic, and as we re-examine our relationship with the British monarchy in the wake of the Queen’s passing and the Coronation of King Charles III.

Read more here: Don’t miss the Teasing Out Contingencies exhibition at The Higgins Bedford

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.

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