What’s on Bedford: 5 – 15 October 2023

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Your weekly what’s on guide for Bedford and the surrounding area from The Bedford Clanger.

Never miss a thing in Bedford ever again. From theatre to film, live music to art exhibitions, The Bedford Clanger what’s on guide lands every Thursday and is the only guide you need to know what’s on and what’s happening across the Borough for the next 10 days.

With thanks to the Cellar Bar, Bedford for sponsoring our What’s On Guide.


Thursday 5 October 2023

Folk Music: That’s All Folk presents Daoirí Farrell
The Place Theatre @ 8pm
Tickets: £17

The Place Bedford is very excited to welcome Daoiri Farrell back to the venue after his 2017 gig coincided with his BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – Horizon Artist win the previous night.

Since then he has gone from strength to strength and it’s commonly accepted that the Dublin-born singer and bouzouki player is one of most important singers to come out of Ireland in recent years. He is returning with more captivating and beautiful music to wow local audiences.


Thursday 5 October 2023

Theatre: Monsters in our Midst – Tales of True Crime with Geoffrey Wansell
The Quarry Theatre @ 7.30pm
Tickets: from £16

Join Geoffrey Wansell, one of the country’s foremost true crime writers and broadcasters, for an evening in which he explores what makes a murderer. 

As the authorised writer of works on some of the nation’s most well-documented cases, Geoffrey will draw on his unprecedented knowledge of and access to the tapes and evidence that led to the capture of some of the UK’s most notorious serial killers. And through this fascinating and unique insight on the crimes that made the headlines and the people behind them, examine the broader questions about the
psychology of such individuals, how they evaded justice for so long, and indeed those cases where justice gets it wrong. 

With a Q&A session with Geoffrey himself, this is a must-see show for anyone with an interest in true crime.


Friday 6 October 2023

Live Music:  Matt Bedford
The Cellar Bar @ 8.30pm/bar opens at 6pm for ‘Happy 2 1/2 Hours’
Free Entry. 

Matt Bedford will be performing once again at The Cellar Bar, serving up another great night of 80’s and current music covers. 


Friday 6 and Saturday 7 October 2023

Theatre: Comedy of Errors
The Place Theatre @ Friday 7.30pm, Saturday @ 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Tickets: from £12

Cartoonish capers in Shakespeare’s funniest farce! Two sets of shipwrecked twins – who lost their doubles years ago – unknowingly end up in the same place at the same time.

Chaos ensues; but will the searching siblings find each other in the end? Expect silly slapstick, abundant anachronisms and memorable music nestled amongst Shakespeare’s poignant poetry as the critically acclaimed Pantaloons put their own inimitable spin on this classic comedy.


Saturday 7 – Saturday 21 October 2023

Shopping: Bedford Magic Tenner
Everywhere!
£10 offers from 59 participating businesses

After the huge success of Bedford’s Fiver Fest events, organisers Totally Locally have launched this year’s campaign: The Magic Tenner.

The event, which runs for two weeks, sees nearly 60 local businesses with special offers for £10.

The campaign is all about how money flows around the local economy and highlighting just how much impact local businesses and shops have in the community.

Not only a chance to grab a great bargain, explore new shops you might not have visited before and support your Bedford indie faves, but also a great way of meaningfully supporting the local economy. Win win!


Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 October 2023

Charity event: Pop-Up Art Exhibition & Sale
MS Therapy Centre, Barkers Lane, Bedford @ 10am to 5pm
Free entry and free car parking all weekend

The annual charity art exhibition features original works for sale by 86 local and national artists. Last year’s event helped to raise over £9,600 for the MS Therapy Centre. Each artist will showcase up to four hung artworks alongside an array of unframed works and creative cards.

Browse over 320 hung works and sculptures, 330 mounted pieces and 1,300 cards alongside a competition of artwork submitted by five local primary schools. There will also be live art demonstrations.

You can also buy raffle tickets with a chance to win a photo shoot, bowls coaching, a watercolour workshop, a restaurant voucher, and hampers of goodies. The cafe will be serving drinks, homemade sandwiches and cakes


Saturday 7 October 2023

Walking: North Bedfordshire Ramblers’ weekly walk
Cople, MK44 3TH @ 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

A moderately challenging circular walk through meadows, woodlands and the Greensands Ridge with great views to Bedford.


Saturday 7 October 2023

Family fun: Fun Palaces 2023
The Higgins Bedford @ 11am – 4pm and the Panacea Museum @ 11am – 1pm and 2pm – 3pm
Free entry but some events at the Higgins may need to be booked. Please visit the Higgins website here for more details.

Fun Palaces
Get hands on with art and science…

Fun Palaces first popped up in Bedford in 2015 and, this October, they are are back and ready to join the nationwide celebration of art, culture, science and community.

The Higgins Bedford and the Panacea Museum are set to explode with free and fun cultural activities for all with an exciting day of skill-sharing, community connections, and the creation of tiny revolutions [Yes! – Ed].

Individuals of all ages and backgrounds are invited to participate in an array of free drop-in events at the Higgins including:

  • Meet and greet the curators of the Cultural Roots Sound System Museum: This fascinating exhibit will be on display at The Higgins Bedford from 7 October to 28 April.
  • Art Workshop with Local Artist Fiona Wilson: Explore your artistic side inspired by the beautiful Sonia Delaunay print in the current We Are Ten exhibition.
  • Willow Weaving with Bob Collins: Learn the art of willow weaving from the brilliant Bob Collins.
  • The Mend Up Crew: Bring along your clothes that need mending and receive expert advice on how to fix and mend them.
  • Plant Stall: Discover great bargains for your home and garden at the plant stall.

At the Panacea Museum, take part in the Fabulous Foliage printing sessions with artist Anne-Marie Abbate. Have a go at making art on their incredible antique printing press using foliage and dried leaves from the museum’s very own ‘Garden of Eden’.

Fun Palaces events are made possible by the collective efforts of many local people who are eager to share and celebrate their skills with the community.

It’s an opportunity for residents to master new skills, reconnect with old friends, and make new ones while celebrating the passions and enthusiasms of our diverse community.


Saturday 7 October 2023

Comedy: Comedy Club for Kids
The Quarry Theatre @ 2pm
Tickets: from £8

Since 2005, the Comedy Club 4 Kids has been getting the best stand-ups and sketch acts from the international circuit to do their thing for an audience of children and their families… but without the rude bits!

It’s just like a normal comedy club, but it’s on in the day, kids are allowed in, and thus there is a higher than usual chance of heckles like “why is that your face!?” The line up for this show will be Bec Hill, Foxdog Studios and Tiernan Douieb.


Saturday 7 October 2023

Music: A Century of Swing
The Quarry Theatre @ 7.30pm
Tickets: from £22

Join the UK’s hardest swinging band Down for the Count All-Stars for “one hellova celebration of vintage music” (TimeOut London) as they return to The Quarry Theatre for another celebration of A Century of Swing. 

You’ll hear a brand new selection of songs from the likes of Count Basie and Glenn Miller alongside vocal classics from singers such as Louis Armstrong and Peggy Lee, all presented with Down for the Count’s own unmistakable brand of wit and humour.


Saturday 7 October 2023

Music: Come & Sing – Fauré’s Requiem
St. Andrew’s Church, Kimbolton Road, Bedford, MK40 2PF @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £5 (audience ticket); £10 (singers)

Come and Sing offers a chance for singers from far and wide to join in music-making, rehearsing and performing a work in one day under the expert guidance of conductor Ian Smith.

If performing is not your thing, why not come and listen to the results?

This year singers will be tackling Fauré’s Requiem and  Bruckner’s Psalm 150, featuring soloists: Lottie Greenhow (soprano) & Dominic Keating-Roberts (baritone) and ccompanied by Paul Searle Barnes.


Saturday 7 October 2023

Live Music: The Tendons with special guests Citizen Keyne and Tri Subversion
The Cellar Bar @ 8.00pm/bar opens at 6.00pm for ‘Happy 2 1/2 Hours’
Free entry

Legendary Bedford punks, The Tendons, return to The Cellar Bar for what promises to be an amazing night of live and unbridled music.

The Bedford legends are joined by Citizen Keyne from Milton Keynes, this time also supported by Tri Subversion making their Cellar Bar debut.


Saturday 7 October 2023

Live music: Vigilantes + Daybreak + Motion
Bedford Esquires @ 8pm
Tickets: £8

Vigilantes will be coming to Bedford this month with support from Daybreak and Motion, bringing their brand of moody pop for the introverted heart.

“Vigilantes’ are a soundtrack approved of by the indie giants. Vigilantes are continuing the British tradition of taking American sounds and stuffing it with classic British tone.”


Sunday 8 October 2023 – March 2024

Family fun: Virtual Escape Room
Bedford High Street
Free to play

Take part in Bedford Creative Arts’ virtual escape room and use your smartphone to open The Vault! Clues can be found throughout the High Street, unlocking the hidden history of Bedford town centre as well as giving you the code for the vault. Perfect for anyone from nine to 99 years old.

In addition, you can use your smartphone to ‘activiate’ BCA’s ghost sign murals on Lime Street and Mill Street.

Find out more here: BCA unveils virtual ‘escape room’ on Bedford High Street


Sunday 8 October 2023

Shopping: Bedford Flea, Affordable Art and Local Produce Market
St Paul’s Square @ 10am

Bedford Flea
Pick up a bargain at Bedford Flea

Hello Autumn! The seasonal change is being fully embraced by Bedford Flea and they’ll have everything you need to start cosying up as the days get shorter and the nights draw in.

The Local Produce section will have the best of Bedford and beyond; locally grown flowers, fresh bread, chutneys and jams, hot sauces, cakes and bakes, artisan food and drink, including gin and rum, plus body care, candles and home fragrance.

The Affordable Art section will be filled with 12 different artists, from painters to illustrators with opportunities to commission your own artwork too.

Last but not least, the Flea section will be bursting at the seams with the best antiques, vintage, collectables, clothing, records and all the treasures you never knew you needed.

Wabadub Grub will be serving up their super tasty Mexican street food and new hot food stallholders will be announced very soon.

Adding the soundtrack to the day is the ‘Seeing Eye Music Stage’ offerig up free live music whilst you browse, sponsored by Seeing Eye Rum. Don’t miss your chance to sample and buy some of their delicious spiced blend.


Sunday 8 October 2023

Entertainment: Red Cuthbert Morris Dancers
From midday at locations throughout the town centre

We’re dancing in town this Sunday 8 October. Why not combine a trip to Bedford Flea, Affordable Art & Local Produce Market with watching us?

1200 inside Harpur Shopping Centre

1245 Harpur Square outside Bedford Borough Libraries

1430 Silver Square (The Faces)


Sunday 8 October 2023

Walking: “The Rise and Fall of Bedford Castle” guided walk
Bedford Town Centre @ 11am at the gold postbox in St Paul’s Square
Tickets: £3/£1.50

Hometown tourist
Castle Mound

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 8 October 2023

Hobbies: The Bedford Comic Con and Toy Fair
John Buyan Sports Centre @ 9.30am/10am/10.30am – 4pm
Advance tickets: adults/£10, teens & students/£8, kids,Blue Light Card holder and OAP/£5, carers & under 5’s/free
On Day: adults/£12.50, teens & students/£10 Kids, Blue Light Card holder and OAP/£6, carers and Under 5’s free

The Bedford Comic Con and Toy Fair returns to The John Bunyan Sports Centre – a fantastic family day out with some super geeky goings on, suitable for all ages.

Get your photo with the Back to the Future DeLorean, play in the retro gaming zone, get your face painted as your favourite Avenger, have a drink with a bar of angry Gremlins, learn to play Pokemon or showcase your amazing costume in the cosplay competition!

There will be well over 100 stalls selling all sorts of geeky merchandise and so much more.


Tuesday 10 to Saturday 14 October 2023

Community Theatre: Frankenstein
The Place Theatre @ 7.30pm
Tickets: from £10

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is a brand-new, fast-paced adaptation which combines an authentic telling of the Frankenstein fable with the tragic story of Mary Shelley’s early life.


Tuesday 10 October 2023

Theatre: Moments (Work in Progress sharing)
The Quarry Theatre @ 7.30pm
Tickets: from £12

After more than 12 years of working together as Theatre Re, making six shows and touring to 16 countries across three continents, the company is taking a moment to stop… and ask themselves: Why?

Why do they do what they do, why is it important and why should they keep doing it? At the intersection of a TED Talk and Theatrical Performance with their trademark style combining striking imagery and action with original live music, they are going straight in with the big questions exploring happiness, the nature of time and what lies beyond language.

The development of this new project is funded by Arts Council England, co- commissioned by London International Mime Festival, and supported by The Point Eastleigh, Shoreditch Town Hall, The Lowry Salford and the University of York. 


Tuesday 10 October 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 recital by Yuanwei Ping (piano).


Tuesday 10 October 2023

Socialising: Singles Night: 40 years plus
The Cellar Bar @ 8.00pm  
Tickets:  £5

The Cellar Bar Singles Night is a unique event to mingle with like-minded individuals.

Whether you are looking for the next Mr or Mrs Right, or simply want to find someone who shares the same interests, the singles night provides a great relaxed environment in which to do so.

This is a very relaxed event, no games, no name badges, just decent music, a nice atmosphere and great drinks!

This is NOT a matchmaking event, merely opening up The Cellar Bar to enable like-minded individuals to meet in a nice, welcoming environment


Wednesday 11 October 2023

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

It’s Hollywood in 1927 and an egomaniacal film star develops a relationship with a young dancer against the backdrop of the golden age of cinema’s silent era.

The film won seven BAFTAs and five Oscars and concludes Cinema at 3 St Peter’s LA Season.


Thursday 12 October 2023

Comedy: Pete Firmin: TrikTok
The Quarry Theatre @ 7.30pm
Tickets: from £18

With over 175 million online views and countless TV appearances under his belt, Pete is firmly established as the UK’s top comedy magician. 

You may have seen him on ITV1’s Tonight at the London Palladium and The Next Great Magician, BBC1’s The Magicians, The John Bishop Show and The Sarah Millican Television Programme, or caught one of his massively popular viral videos on social media.

Pete is an award-winning performer who is not to be missed live. Expect an evening of jaw-dropping magic and laugh-out-loud comedy. TrikTok takes Pete’s magic from the small screen to the stage and gives audiences a chance to see his critically acclaimed magical skills in the flesh.


Thursday 12 October 2023

Comedy: Castle Comedy
The Gordon Arms @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £12

Castle Comedy is back at the Gordon Arms and as ever, there is a stellar line-up featuring a classic mixed bill of TV names and rising stars.

Josh Pugh – English Comedian of the Year winner and star of Mock The Week, Comedy Central Live, Rosie Jones’s Disability Comedy Extravaganza and Dave’s Hypothetical.

Josh has amassed over five million views on his Twitter videos and regularly headlines the biggest clubs in the country. He has just
recorded Live at the Apollo and is heading on a national tour next year.
  
Alex Kealey – mixes smart political material with self-deprecation and incisive observations. He has been featured in The Times’ Top Jokes of the Edinburgh Fringe. 
 
Katie Price – a fast-rising comedian who reached the finals of the LGBTQ Comedian of the Year award.


Thursday 12 October 2023

Live music: Ferocious Dog
Bedford Esquires @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £20

After some legendary gigs in the past at the venueFerocious Dog makes a welcome return to headline Esquires as part of their AW2023 Tour.

Ferocious Dog are a six-piece band performing a vibrant vein of Celtic-folk-infused punk rock, comfortably slotting in between Billy Bragg and The Levellers.

However, like The Levellers and New Model Army (also listed as an influence), Ferocious Dog have a broad spectrum of influences, tied together by the band’s left-leaning convictions and a shared desire to communicate through music.


Friday 13 October 2023

Live music: Megapint?
The Cellar Bar @ 8.30pm/bar opens at 6pm for ‘Happy 2 1/2 Hours’
Free entry

Megapint? are back at The Cellar Bar for another incredible performance.  Covering everything from Nirvana and Red Hot Chili Peppers to David Bowie and The Beatles, their set features versions of well-loved classics from contemporary rock to new wave grunge.


Friday 13 October 2023

Live music: HENGE + Dogshow
Bedford Esquires @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £15

Attention Humans! This is HENGE.

We are not from this world.

We bring you music from distant planets.

We offer this gift for the edification of humankind… so that eventually your species may put an end to war and set up new homes in space.

Extra-terrestrial joymongers – HENGE – have been delighting audiences in the UK and Europe since they landed on Planet Earth seven years ago. Their scintillating live performances earned them ‘Best Live Act’ at the Independent Festival Awards and they have since cemented their reputation with two acclaimed albums, numerous tours and regular main-stage festival appearances.

Their music escapes definition but occupies a space between rave and prog-rock that nobody knew existed. It is energetic, subversive and invigoratingly playful, jovially going ‘where no one has gone before’. Ultimately, HENGE are spreading a message of hope which leaves audiences feeling amused and uplifted in equal measures.


Saturday 14 October 2023

Walking: North Bedfordshire Ramblers’ weekly walks
Priory Park MK41 9DJ @ 10am
Swineshead MK44 2AA @ 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

There are two North Beds Ramblers walks taking place this week.

The morning walk is a circular 10-miler beginning at Priory Country Park and heading out along the Great River Ouse to Willington. At Cople, there will be a lunch stop at Water End (6 mile mark) followed by a walk to the lovely village of Cardington, historic houses and church. You can see the memorial to those who perished on the R101 airship.

The afternoon walk begins in Swinshead and is 5.5 miles to Upper Dean and back.


Saturday 14 October 2023

Live music: Saturday organ recital
St Paul’s church, St Paul’s Square @ noon
Free entry with retiring collection (suggested donation £5)

Featuring an organ recital by Stephen King, organist from Brentwood Cathedral.


Saturday 14 October 2023

Workshop/Talk: Ultimate Dinosaurs
The Quarry Theatre @ 2.30pm
Tickets: from £15 Use the promo Code DINO at the checkout to get a 20% discount on all tickets for this show

Dinosaurs is the hit sold-out stage show starring dinosaur aficionado Dr Ben Garrod. Get ready to go on an exciting pre-historic adventure as Ben talks you through the deadliest predators that ever roamed the planet.  Yes, dinosaurs such as Tyrannosaurus rex, Allosaurus and Spinosaurus would have walked or swam right where you are now!

Pitting the knowledge of unwitting parents against their all-knowing kids, Dr Ben presents an interactive, educational and highly entertaining show using film footage from the BBC’s ‘Planet Dinosaur’.  So come and test your knowledge against Dr Ben in this hit ,live, interactive show which is bigger and better than ever.

Age guidance: It’s aimed primarily at key stage 1 and 2 (ages 5-12) but suitable for all ages.


Saturday 14 October 2023

Dancing: The Cotton Club presents Grandma’s Wooden Leg
Cotton End Village Hall, MK45 3AN @ 7.30pm til 11.30pm
Tickets: £15

Join the Swingsters for a swinging Sixties party night featuring the star-studded line-up of Grandma’s Wooden Leg featuring the talents of Karl Green (Herman’s Hermits – “I’m Into Something Good”, “There’s A Kind Of Hush”), Alan Warner (The Foundations – “Build Me Up Buttercup”, ” Baby Now That I’ve Found You”), Roger “Snifs” Nicholas (Gidea Park/The Foundations – “Beach Boy Gold”, “Seasons Of Gold”). Mark Forton (Edison Lighthouse – “Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes”, “It’s Up To You Petula”) and Terry Jackson (Backbeat).


Saturday 14 October 2023

Live music: Craigan Brothers & Friends
The Cellar Bar @ 8.30pm/bar opens at 6.00pm for ‘Happy 2 1/2 Hours’
Free entry

Making his cellar bar debut is Chris Craigen. 

For the first set, Chris will be joined by some very talented friends. On guitar, Jon Mason from MegaPint?, Chris Phelps from Queenergy and former The HomeGrown drummer Seb Hensman. This set will consist of covers in the style of Queen, Elton John and The Goo Goo Dolls.

Chris’ brother Andy, former frontman of The HomeGrown, will be joining on stage for the second set. in his first gig since The HomeGrown parted ways. Songs in the style of The Libertines, Billy Bragg and Frank Turner will feature.


Sunday 15 October 2023

Walking: “Bedford’s Movers & Shakers – a Bromham Road walk” guided walk
Bedford Town Centre @ 11am at the gold postbox in St Paul’s Square
Tickets: £3/£1.50

Bedford Sixth Form is on the site of the former Bedford High School for Girls on Bromham Road. Image: Google Streetview October 2021
Bedford Sixth Form is on the site of the former Bedford High School for Girls on Bromham Road. Image: Google Streetview October 2021

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 15 October 2023

Live music: Thr3e play the Sunday Afternoon Session
Bedford Esquires @ 5pm
Free entry

Firmly rooted in 60’s/70’s British Blues, but with influences ranging from old blues to the more recent, Thr3e make a welcome return to the Esquires Sunday Session.


Sunday 15 October 2023

Live music: Junior Open Mic
The Cellar Bar @ 5pm/bar opens at 4.30pm
Free entry

The Cellar Bar has had some great young musicians perform in its unique underground entertainment venue, so they figured why not offer a dedicated junior open mic session to under 18s.

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

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

Under 18’s are welcome in the bar from 5pm until 9pm on Sundays.


Sunday 15 October 2023

Circus: Cirque – the greatest show
Bedford Corn Exchange @ 5pm
Tickets: £29

Escape the ordinary and enter the world of the extraordinary!

Escape with us for a night like no other, where we take you into a world where musical theatre meets jaw-dropping circus spectacular.

Showstoppers from everyone’s favourite West End and Broadway hits combine with breathtaking, amazing aerialists, incredible contortionists, and thrilling trapeze artistes.

This award-winning, smash-hit circus musical is fun for all the family featuring songs from The Greatest Showman to Moulin Rouge, Hairspray to Rocketman the Musical.

Roll up, roll up and book your seats now for an unforgettable night out truly like no other.


Every Thursday

Cocktails, Quiz Night & Karaoke
The Cellar Bar from 6.00pm

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: Mixology Masterclass
The Cellar Bar @ 3pm – 5pm
£40 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.

There may also be some treats along the way!

You will receive a list of cocktails the week before booking. Please note, you will need to pick three of the same cocktail for all participants.

Groups of three or less may be asked to share with others in the same session.


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.

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


Theatre highlights by Paula Walker