What’s on Bedford: 7 – 17 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 the Cellar Bar for their sponsorship of the What’s On Guide.

Until Sunday 10 December 2023

Festive family fun: Bedford Christmas Tree Festival – Kings & Queens
St Paul’s Church, St Paul’s Square @ Thursday – Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday noon – 4pm
£3 / under 16s free

We Three Kings – Lemon & Ginger’s 2023 tree

The ever-popular and much-anticipated Christmas Tree Festival is back at St Paul’s church this December and, in honour of this year’s Coronation, the theme is Kings and Queens.

From Wednesday 6 to Sunday 10 December, visitors can enjoy over 60 royal-themed trees decorated by local groups, schools, organisations and businesses, all vying for the coveted ‘best tree’ award.

Read: A right royal celebration at this year’s Bedford Christmas Tree Festival

See some of this year’s fabulous trees: By royal appointment: Bedford Christmas Tree Festival in pictures

Thursday 7 December 2023

Dancing: Planet Swing featuring The Untouchables
The Dance Hall, Wixams Retirement Village, Bedford Road, Bedford, MK42 6EA @ 8pm
Tickets: £12

Planet Swing generic dance and event poster (Swingsters)

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 7 December 2023

Festive fun: Neil Sands’ Christmas Memories
Bedford Corn Exchange @ 2pm
Tickets: £13

An unforgettable afternoon of nonstop nostalgia, filled with more songs and carols more stunning costumes and more festive fun than ever before, taking you back to the time when Christmas was the most wonderful time of the year.

So after Rocking Around The Christmas Tree, you can watch Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire, or take a Sleigh Ride to a Winter Wonderland to the sound of Jingle Bells, meeting Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer and Frosty The Snowman on the way, before dreaming of A White Christmas.

Then be transported back to a heart-warming Victorian Carol Concert including Silent Night, Oh Come All Ye Faithful, Deck The Halls, Away In A Manger, Ding Dong Merrily On High and so many more including  a rousing version of The Twelve Days of Christmas. Wrapping everyone in the true spirit of Christmas. It wouldn’t be Christmas without pop hits like Slade’s Merry Christmas Everybody, Elton’s Step Into Christmas, Wizards I Wish it Could Be Christmas Every Day, and Shakin Steven Merry Xmas Everyone. The festive hits just rock on and on.

Thursday 7 December 2023

Quiz: Esquires Monthly Music Quiz
Bedford Esquires @ 8pm
£2/player, maximum of six players per team

Head to Esquires for their monthly music quiz, featuring music from the 50’s to the present. Teams of up to six people. £2 per person to enter. Cash prize for the winning team.

Thursday 7 December 2023

Fusion: A night of Bandeoke, Karaoke and Jam sessions
The Cellar Bar @ 8pm / doors open at 6pm for Happy Hour
Free Entry to The Cellar Bar

Fusion, is a combination of Bandeoke, Karaoke and Jam sessions with a chance to win £100 cash in the Cellar Bar’s new game Jackpot Joker.   

Whether you’re a seasoned musician or just like to get up and sing your heart out, this night is for you.  With a catalogue of 50,000 songs with lyrics, there’ll be a full band to accompany you if you want. 

If you are a musician who wants to turn up and jam, there’ll be a full drum kit and amps available. Just bring your instruments…plug in and go.

Friday 8 December 2023

Film: Children’s Cinema Sessions
Great Denham Community Hall, 86-88 Saxon Way, Great Denham, MK40 4GP
Tickets: £1.50 (includes a drink and popcorn, no charge for adults or siblings under 2 years old)


Great Denham’s monthly Children’s Cinema sessions welcome all children and their parents/guardians to come and enjoy a family film each month, with popcorn and a drink for the little ones included in the price (no charge for parents/guardians).

The films are always PG or U rated and clues to the movie are advertised on the Great Denham Community Hall social media pages in the week leading up to the session. Can you guess this week’s festive film?

Friday 8 December 2023

Theatre: Oh, Whistle and I’ll come to You, My Lad
The Quarry Theatre @ 7.30pm
Tickets: from £13

Two ghost stories by M R James. Performed by R M Lloyd Parry.

M R James is acknowledged as the master of the English Ghost Story. He first performed his supernatural tales to friends at Christmas in King’s College, Cambridge. Now Nunkie Theatre Company have brought two of these unforgettable spinechillers back to life.
Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad – a tale of nocturnal horror on the Suffolk coast – is considered by many to be James’s masterpiece. It is beautifully complemented here by The Ash Tree, a story of witchcraft and vengeance down the generations.

Friday 8 December to Sunday 24 December 2023

Theatre: Alice in Wonderland
The Place Theatre @ various times (see website for details)
Tickets: from £10

The Pantaloons are back again for another exciting winter season at The Place Bedford. Follow the critically acclaimed Pantaloons down the rabbit hole for their own hilarious take on Lewis Carroll’s nonsensical novel. All the unusual suspects are here: the mirthful Mad Hatter, the perpetually late White Rabbit, the quarrelsome Queen of Hearts and, of course, the adventurous Alice herself.

A delightfully anarchic show that gets curiouser and curiouser with live music and audience interaction. A perfect addition to your Christmas celebrations, guaranteed to be a delight for the whole family.

Friday 8 December 2023

Live music: Thank You for the Music – a tribute to ABBA
Bedford Corn Exchange @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £28

Calling all Dancing Queens, this is your night to say, Thank you for the Music!

This international smash-hit tribute show brings all ABBA’s number one hits to the stage in a production like no other. The hugely popular show, now in its 20th year, combines the unmistakable harmonies, colourful costumes, and dazzling performances by our all-star cast.

Join us for the party of the year, you can dance, you can jive, and have the time of your life as we bring you all the hits, including Waterloo, Dancing Queen, Super Trouper, Mamma Mia, Knowing Me, Knowing You, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, The Winner Takes It All and many many more!

Friday 8 December 2023

Live music: Bedford Christmas Tree Festival Concert
St Paul’s Church @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £20 in aid of St Paul’s Church and Bedford Hospital Charity & Friends

This year’s Festival Concert features the popular Woburn Piano Trio, including members of the world-class Philharmonia Orchestra. This is a truly memorable evening for concertgoers to enjoy the beautiful trees at night in the majestic setting of St Paul’s while raising money for two incredible charities – St Paul’s church and Bedford Hospital Charity & Friends.

The Woburn Piano Trio is Emily Davis (violin), Karen Stephenson (cello) and Sophia Rahman (piano).

Friday 8 December 2023

Live music: Uncle Funk’s Disco Inferno
Bedford Esquires @ 8pm
Tickets: £22

Uncle Funk’s Disco Inferno are the world’s undisputed number one live disco band. Featuring fire effects, acrobatics and the incredible Disco Inferno band, Uncle Funk’s Disco Inferno show is an amazing energetic, choreographed tribute to the greatest era of music – DISCO!

Regularly booked for Glastonbury Festival, Standon Calling and many other huge events/festivals – please note we might not be able to have all the pyro inside the venue!

Friday 8 December 2023

Live Music: Samantha Hughes
The Cellar Bar @ 8.30pm / Doors open at 6pm / Happy Hour 6pm – 9pm
Free Entry

The Cellar Bar is delighted to welcome Samantha Hughes back for an evening of rock n roll, country, 50s/60s and blues music.

Samantha has previously performed at Twinwood Festival and the Festival of Vintage and – impressivley – was previously a British champion on the mandolin and banjo!

These influences can be seen in her style of guitar playing and part of the set will be acoustic.

Friday 8 December 2023

Dance music: Rewind – Garage Anthems
Bedford Esquires @ 9pm
Tickets: £4

Re-e-wind! An entire evening of classic Garage floor fillers.

Saturday 9 December 2023

Family fun: Festive Football Fun Day
Bedford College, Cauldwell Street, MK42 9AH @ 12.30pm – 3.30pm
Free entry

Fun inflatables, food and drink, craft stalls and more.

Saturday 9 December 2023

Walking: North Bedfordshire Ramblers’ weekly walk
Clapham Park MK41 7GE @ 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 circular 6.5 mile walk through the North Bedfordshire countryside.

Please bring a drink, snack or lunch as there’s always a break during the walk. For more information contact Margaret Sawyer 07780 933729 or check out North Beds Ramblers on social media or on their excellent website.

Saturday 9 December 2023

Film: The Snowman featuring a live performance from Hitchin Band
The Quarry Theatre @ 11.45am &1pm
Tickets: from £5

“The Snowman” by Raymond Briggs is published by Puffin Image © Snowman Enterprises Ltd www.thesnowman.com

A young boy can’t believe his eyes one winter’s night when a snowman comes to life and an unforgettable adventure begins…
Enjoy a special screening of the timeless classic animated film, The Snowman, featuring a live performance of Howard Blake’s musical score, specially adapted for brass band and performed for you by the Hitchin Band together with a pianist and young solo singer.  

Since 2017 Hitchin Band has performed The Snowman to over 7,000 people.  For many, it has become a must-see family tradition marking the start of Christmas.

Saturday 9 December 2023

Live Music: Double Header – Helen Lester & Mat Roberts with J37
The Cellar Bar @ 8.30pm / bar opens at 6pm / Happy Hour until 9pm / 3am close
Free Entry

It’s the Saturday night doubleheader at the Cellar Bar and first up is the wonderful Helen Lester, making her debut at the club. Helen will be performing a wide range of material from across the decades, blowing you away with her powerful vocals and upbeat style. Expect a bit of everything from Motown, pop, sisco, soul and more.

Following Helen is the one and only Mat Roberts and his band J37 for a night of classic covers and party songs.

Saturday 9 December 2023

Live music: The Drifters
Bedford Corn Exchange @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £30

Following their phenomenally successful recent tour, which included dates at London’s Royal Albert Hall and arenas around the UK, The Drifters are back on tour with a brand-new show performing all their classic hits from the last six decades.

The legendary group have been inducted into the Rock & Roll of Fame, performed for the President of the United States and listed among the Greatest Artists of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine.

Don’t miss their brand-new tour performing all the classic hits such as ‘Saturday Night at the Movies’, ‘You’re More Than A Number,’ ‘Come on Over to My Place’, ‘Up On The Roof,’ ‘Under the Boardwalk’, ‘Kissin’ In The Back Row’, ‘Save The Last Dance For Me’, ‘Down On The Beach,’ ‘Hello Happiness’ and many, many more!

Saturday 9 December 2023

Live music: The Devout – Depeche Mode tribute band
Bedford Esquires @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £15

Europe’s premier Depeche Mode Tribute, The Devout, return for another performance at Bedford Esquires.

Saturday 9 December 2023

Music: The Upbeat Beatles
The Quarry Theatre @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £24

The Upbeat Beatles are second to none – powerhouse vocals, precision harmonies and tight musicianship. The guys have an easy, happy rapport with any crowd, giving them a reputation to be envied as the best in the business.

There isn’t a band to touch them – eight bars of “Twist and Shout” and you will know why; no other band can perform this song like The Upbeat Beatles. The show takes you through the Fab Four’s long and winding road from the early Cavern days through Beatlemania, America, Sergeant Pepper to Abbey Road, with narrative and full multi-media presentation.

If you love The Beatles you’ll love this show, and if you don’t love The Beatles you’ll love this show!

Saturday 9 December 2023

Live music: Hallan + guests
Bedford Esquires @ 8pm
Tickets: £10

Portsmouth’s finest, Hallan, are riding high off the back of the release of their latest EP ‘The Noise of a Firing Gun’ their second on tastemaker label Nice Swan (Sprints, Sports Team, Courting, Pip Blom).

The thrilling quartet have built on acclaimed debut EP ‘Reporting Live From The Living Room Floor’, with their newest work seeing the band experiment with production elements and shift their gaze towards synthesised sounds of the ‘80s, whilst retaining their post-punk edge.
Leaving the mundanity of the 21st century behind and turning to real-life events of the past, Hallan bring attention to the stories of historical individuals within their new EP.

Sunday 10 December 2023

Film: The Muppets Christmas Carol
The Place Theatre @ 3pm and 5.30pm
Tickets: £5

Come to The Place Theatre for a joyous singalong screening of The Muppets Christmas Carol! A retelling of the classic Dickens tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, miser extraordinaire. He is held accountable for his dastardly ways during night-time visitations by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future.

Arguably the greatest version of Dicken’s classic tale of loneliness and redemption ever, we you are invited to an evening of hot chocolate, mince pies and Muppet mayhem. The fun will begin before the showing, perfect fare or a family night out or, if you find yourself on your own, why not come along and meet a room full of likeminded Muppet movie fanatics. Arrive in time to stock up on mince pies!

Sunday 10 December 2023

Music: The Glenn Miller & Rat Pack Era
The Quarry Theatre @ 3pm
Tickets: £27

Recapture the sounds of a bygone era as the Nick Ross Orchestra presents ‘an unmissable evening of music and song’ – the Classic Big Band Sound of the 40s & 50s with a liberal “sprinkling” of very special Christmas Big Band arrangements. Enjoy some music in the bar before the show and during the interval with Ryan McCaffrey (piano), Dave Jenkins (guitar) and Les Cirkel (bass).

Sunday 10 December 2023

Live music: Cheap Thrill$ play the Sunday Afternoon Session
Bedford Esquires @ 5pm
Free entry

Cheap Thrill$ make a welcome return to Esquires for a rock and blues filled Sunday afternoon session.

Monday 11 December 2023

Come and Sing: Music and Mince Pies
Bunyan Meeting Church, Mill Street, Bedford @ 2.30pm
Tickets: £5 on the door

Sing and enjoy some mince pies at the Bunyan Meeting Church. Collection in aid of IMPAKT and Bunyan Meeting Church.

Monday 11 December 2023

Games night: Backgammon & Rummikub
The Cellar Bar @ 7fpm   
Free Entry

The Cellar Bar is launching an evening of the classic games, Backgammon and Rummikub. Experienced? Beginner? Not too sure how to play? Don’t worry, there will be people on hand ready to help show you.

Tuesday 12 December 2023

Live music: Bedford School’s St Cecilia’s Concert
The Great Hall Bedford School @ 6.30pm
Free entry but booking required. Book here

Bedford School invites you to join them for their annual showcase concert given by the Upper School’s orchestras and bands. All of the school’s main instrumental ensembles will be performing and it promises to be an action-packed night. 

Wednesday 13 December 2023

Live Music: Oh-Aces (Oasis Tribute Act)
The Cellar Bar @ 8.30pm / doors open at 7pm until late
Tickets: £10, available from the website

Hailing from Hertfordshire, “Oh-aces” are the UK’s most authentic tribute to “Oasis”, right down to the clothing & guitars.

The night will feature a live performance of your favourite Oasis hits right from the start in 1994 up to their latest album release in 2008, including ‘Wonderwall’ and ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’. Nice one!

Thursday 14 December 2023

Dancing: Planet Swing featuring The Last Chance Ragtime Band
The Dance Hall, Wixams Retirement Village, Bedford Road, Bedford, 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 14 December 2023

Live music: The Loveless ft Marc Almond
Bedford Esquires @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £25

Esquies is welcoming back The Loveless to its main stage this December, one of only a handful of intimate dates to launch their brand new album, ‘Meet The Loveless’.

Marc Almond and long-term guitarist/sideman Neal X have recruited Punk icon Iggy Pop’s stupendous rhythm section, Ben Ellis and Mat Hector, to form “The Loveless”.

Drawing material from Marc’s immense back catalogue with nods to T. Rex, Iggy, David Bowie, 60s R&B and Garage Rock, it’s a thunderous return to their primeval rock roots.

Friday 15 December 2023

Live Music: DOUBLE HEADER – Megapint? & Mat Roberts
The Cellar Bar @ 8.30pm / doors open at 6pm until late / Happy Hour 6pm – 9pm
Free Entry

Kicking things off at this Friday night doubleheader are Megapint?, delivering another incredible performance. Covering everything from Nirvana and Red Hot Chili Peppers to David Bowie and The Beatles, their set will feature versions of well loved classics from contemporary rock to new wave grunge.

Next up is ‘Bedford Musical Royalty’ Mat Roberts to keep the party going past 12am, playing a mix of classic anthems and party tunes, you’ll be dancing into the small hours!

Friday 15 December 2023

Live music: Spear of Destiny
Bedford Esquires @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £20

Set to mark forty years since their formation this year, Spear of Destiny have been making a stir with their punk-influenced power-rock since 1983. Emerging from the wreckage of iconic post-punk band Theatre Of Hate, the original duo — Kirk Brandon and Stan Stammers — named themselves after the weapon used by Roman centurion Longinus as he pierced the body of Jesus as he hung on the cross.

The band released their ninth studio album ‘Morning Star’ in 2003, followed by ‘Loadestone’ and ‘Imperial Prototype’ in 2005 and 2007 respectively.

Now in 2023, the current Spear of Destiny lineup is the longest serving to date, featuring Adrian Portas (New Model Army/Sex Gang Children), Craig Adams (Sisters of Mercy/The Cult/The Mission) and Phil Martini (Jim Jones and the Righteous Mind), as well as Clive Osborne on saxophone and Steve Allen-Jones on keys.

Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 December 2023

Theatre Workshop: Panto Workshop
The Place Theatre @ 10am
Tickets: £40 for both days (inc food)

Join fantastic workshop leaders for this full weekend exploring everything Lewis Carroll. What happens when the weird and wonderful characters from the world of Carroll collide? Let’s find out!

This two-day workshop for young performers aged 10-16 will make sure all participants develop skills in physical theatre, puppetry and movement through the wonderful work of Lewis Carroll. 

Workshop takes place over Saturday & Sunday, but you only need to purchase a single ticket for the Saturday to join on both days. As part of the workshops participants will work together to make their own short scenes. These will be performed before the matinee performance of Alice in Wonderland, at 2pm on Wednesday 20 December.  There will be a morning rehearsal from 11:30am – 1pm on that day.

Saturday 16 December 2023

Walking: North Bedfordshire Ramblers’ Mince Pie walk
Blunham Church MK44 3NQ @ 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

Park and meet near St Edmunds or St James, Park Lane, Blunham followed by a 4.5 mile walk to Great Barford.

Join North Beds Ramblers for mulled wine and mince pies afterwards with tea and coffee (available for a small donation to the Church and also donations appreciated for the use of the Church).

Carol singing optional!

Please bring a drink, snack or lunch as there’s always a break during the walk. For more information contact Margaret Sawyer 07780 933729 or check out North Beds Ramblers on social media or on their excellent website.

Saturday 16 December 2023

Choral music: Bedford Choral Society: A Ceremony of Carols
Bunyan Meeting Church @ 3pm
Tickets: £8

Bedford Choral Society’s Christmas concert is conducted by Ian Smith with piano accompaniment by Tim Grant-Jones.

Thet will be singing Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, with the Bedford Youth Chorus directed by Naomi Jones. The audience is invited to join in for a selection of well-known carols. There will be seasonal refreshments.

Saturday 16 December 2023

Singing: Opus 18 Community Choir Christmas Concert
Priory Methodist Church, Newnham Avenue, Bedford, 2.30pm
Tickets £10 (under 14s £5)

Get in the festive spirit with Opus 18 Community Choir with guests, Biddenham Handbell Ringers.

Saturday 16 December 2023

Live music: Lost in Music
Bedford Corn Exchange @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £27.50

Immerse yourself in the magic of the music of the 1970s and embark on a musical journey straight to the heart of Disco!

Relive some of the greatest songs of all time from artists such as Donna Summer, Gloria Gaynor, Earth, Wind & Fire, Sister Sledge and Chic This show boasts a sensational live band, incredibly talented cast and stunning vocals and is sure to have you dancing in the aisles.

So, come dressed to impress as we celebrate the golden age of Disco.

Saturday 16 December 2023

Live Music: The King Blues + So Good
Bedford Esquires @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £22.50

The King Blues are back and they’re pissed off again, returning to the road with the Weekend Warrior Tour. Expect a full headline set of old classics. Joined by brat-pop viral sensation So Good.

Saturday 16 December 2023

Live Music:  Double Header – Duzzy Avocado & Danny Barton
The Cellar Bar @ 8.30pm / bar opens at 6pm / Happy Hour until 9pm / 3am close
Free Entry

Duzzy Avocado are making a welcome return to The Cellar Bar, combining original songs with some inquisitive covers, thoughtfully dipped in folk and country, with intricate three-part harmonies and vivid violin melodies.

The female four-piece are able to seamlessly fuse classic sounds with a modern twist, encompassing a wide range of influences and styles and keeping the audience hooked from start to finish. Having brought their talents to festivals and high profile shows already in their fledgling career, Duzzy Avocado is bound to become your new favourite band and are almost certainly not one to be missed.

Next up is the wonderful Danny Barton, playing a mix of acoustic crowd pleasers and new material.

Saturday 16 December 2023

Live music: Foo Fighters GB
Bedford Esquires @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £12

Foo Fighters GB

Foo Fighters GB return to Esquires for their annual gig after numerous sold out shows at the venue.

Celebrating the hits of the Foo Fighters in full volume, Foo Fighters GB have quickly established themselves as the UK’s finest and most talked about tribute to the Foo Fighters, the greatest rock band on the planet. Foo Fighters GB have been rocking out festivals and music venues since summer 2015 with their charismatic and adrenaline pumping show!

The resemblance and re-creation of their performance is leaving audiences believing they have seen the Foo Fighters themselves.

Sunday 17 December 2023

Game Play: RPG Youth Club
The Place Theatre @ 10am
Tickets: from £4

Love games, fantasy, stories and play? Want to be the hero (or villain) you’ve always imagined? Want to meet people who share your interests?

A great opportunity for young people to engage in creative problem solving in a fun, welcoming supervised space. Great for developing speaking and listening skills, team building and developing storytelling and creativity.

Dungeons & Dragons, and other Table Top Role Playing Games (TTRPGs) are a great alternative to videogames, challenging young people to work together, teaching English and Maths skills, and helping young people socialise with like-minded young people. A great low-cost hobby, where all necessary equipment will be provided and young people will get hands on learning in how to play these entertaining, player-led, story- based games. No prior experience necessary. Age: 10-18

Sunday 17 December 2023

Live music: U18’s Open Mic
The Cellar Bar @ 5pm until 7pm / bar opens at 4.30pm
Free entry

Whether you sing, play guitar, drums, or any other musical instrument, or are a band already, you are welcome to join the Cellar Bar’s Under 18s open mic session. You just have to be under 18!

It’s a chance for you to perform on a stage in front of an audience with a full pa, drum kit, amps, lighting.

Hosted by none other than Mat Roberts, a legend of the Bedford music scene. Mat will be on hand to offer support and advice, as well as doing a few jam sessions of his own. Under 18’s are welcome in the bar from 5.00pm until 9.00pm on Sundays for Junior Open Mic.

Sunday 17 December 2023

Live music: Who Stung Sting + Duzzy Avocado play the Sunday Afternoon Session
Bedford Esquires @ 5pm
Free entry

A special double header for the legendary Sunday session at Bedford Esquires with Who Stung Sting and Duzzy Avocado.

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.

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

Theatre highlights by Paula Walker