What’s on Bedford: 7 – 17 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, Bedford.

Thursday 7 March 2024

Exhibition & ‘meet the artists’: Faces – an exhibition by six local artists
Goldington Arts Centre Haylands Way, MK41 9BX @ 5pm – 7.30pm
Free entry

On Thursday 7 March, the Arts Centre Exhibition Space at Goldington Academy will host ‘Faces’, an exhibition of work by six local artists. The exhibition is open to all from 5pm – 7.30pm and there will be the chance to meet the artists involved.

Exhibiting artists this year are Giacamo Verdura, Mique Moriuchi, Mo Rahman (Squid Ink Doodle), Marta Plizga, Samantha Thompson and Yvette Rose Bramwell. Entry to the exhibition will be through the side entrance of the school on Haylands Way and there will be signage to the exhibition. 

Thursday 7 March 2024

Quiz: Esquires Monthly Music Quiz
Bedford Esquires @ 8pm
£2 per person / max six people per team

Brain cells at the ready, it’s Esquires music quiz and everyone’s welcome. Featuring music from the 50’s to the present, it’s £2 per person to enter with teams of up to a maximum of six people.

Cash prize for the winning team.

Thursday 7 March 2024

Live Music: FUSION – A combination of Bandeoke, Karaoke and Open Mic
The Cellar Bar @ 8.30pm / doors open @ 6pm / Happy Hour 6pm – 9pm
Free entry

The Cellar Bar’s FUSION night has something for everyone: a full karaoke setup with over 50,000 songs, sing with your friends or go solo, or why not sing with their house band, no backing tracks but the reassurance of having the words in front of you.

Finally, Bedford’s local musicians are welcome to come along for a jam session. This really is a night for all, a FUSION of musical style and experience.

International Women’s Day / Friday 8 March 2024

Live music: International Women’s Day celebration
Bedford Esquires @ 6pm – 1am
Entry: bar £2 /Emily Breeze £12.50 / Boombastic 90s night £6

Curated by Esquires’ manager, Jess, all three rooms at Esquires will be open to celebrate International Women’s Day.

The bar will host an all-female DJ lineup, followed by IWD-inspired musical bingo featuring songs by rock goddesses, pop divas and disco queens. A charity raffle will be held in aid of Refuge and they will be taking donations for Bedford All Women’s Centre.

Room 2 hosts Bristol-based pop-noir artist, Emily Breeze with support from Fe Salomon.

The main stage features the ever-popular Boombastic 90s night with the promise of pop gems, anthems and floor fillers.

International Women’s Day / Friday 8 March 2024

Dance music: DJ Tunesmith + Miss Soxee + Carlene + Lil Meesh
Herd, St Cuthbert’s Street @ 7pm til late
Free entry

Two members of the Eves’drop Collective will be hitting up Herd this Friday to kick off their annual International Women’s Day celebrations.

London-based Dj Tunesmith and Miss Soxee are part of Eves’drop Collective’s large crew of female DJs and singers who are regulars on London club and bar scene includingslots at The BBE store and TheBoatPod and at festivals such as We Out Here Festival.

They are joined London-based DJ Carlene who has DJ’d for some of the most loved UK House brands on the scene including Deep into Soul, Househead London, Mi Casa Es Su Casa, Queens and Unique Rhythms and Switch. Fairly new to the scene, Michelle Leckey (Lil Meesh) has built up her reputation playing at Deep into Soul, Mi Casa es si casa, Soul Society and is now a resident DJ of Luv Nites in Manchester.

Expect to hear some Deep and Soulful vibes, Jazz funk, soul, deep house, afrobeat, Hip Hop, House, Garage, Nu Jazz, boogie and Broken Beat.

Friday 8 March 2024

Live Music: Tiptoe Apollo
The Cellar Bar @ 8.30pm
Free Entry

Always keen to support new young acts, the Cellar Bar is delighted to welcome Tiptoe Apollo back to perform. They will be playing classic covers from Arctic Monkeys, Nirvana, The Strokes, The Cure, Foo Fighters and much much 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!

Saturday 9 March 2024

Interactive family fun: Science Labs 2024
The Higgins Bedford @ 11am – 4pm
Free entry but some events are bookable

Higgins Bedford
The Higgins Bedford (image: The Higgins Bedford)

To celebrate British Science Week, head to the Higgins for a range of free STEM activities for families.

Activities include dry-ice experiments, tabletop games, exploring geology and activities for under 5s hosted by Little Science Lab, Ready Steady Roll, The Good Life Garden, Bedfordshire Geology Group and more.

All activities are free, however the Dry Ice workshops and Get Growing workshops must be booked in advance.

Book online here please use promotional code HIGGINS30 to avoid paying a transaction fee.

Saturday 9 March 2024

Classical music: Philarhonia presents – Interactive Insights
St Paul’s Church, St Paul’s Square

The beautiful surroundings of St Paul’s church are the location for the final event in Philharmonia’s programme in Bedford and Kempston town centres.

At the Philharmonia’s Interactive Insight, a group of musicians will be taking the audience on a deep dive into one of the most recognisable pieces of classical music – the opening of Beethoven’s Symphony No 5.

The session will explore the motifs and structure of the piece, and provide otherwise unknown insight into one of Beethoven’s most well-known works. 

The interactive event is open to anyone who is keen to gain a more in-depth understanding of one of the best-loved pieces of classical music, particularly GCSE, A-level and life-long music students.

Saturday 9 March 2024

Creative community: Beds Urban Sketchers draw Castle Road
Meeting spot:  The Gordon Arms @ 10.30am – 1pm
Free to attend

Join the Beds Urban Sketchers on their monthly meet up, this time discovering the buildings, shops and services of Castle Road and surrounding streets. Urban sketching is about sketching your surroundings through observational drawing. There is no right or wrong way, just enjoy this mindful activity whilst also noticing new things you’ve never seen before as you’ve taken the time to stop and look.   

This is a volunteer-led group and is not taught. The group has complete beginners through to professional artists and it’s a welcoming and supportive environment.  It’s free to join in on any of our sessions, you just need to bring your own materials. We’re open to all ages, backgrounds and abilities. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Head to the Beds Urban Sketchers Facebook group @bedsurbansketchers to find the event meet up info, or email bedsurbansketchers@gmail.com to find out more. 

Saturday 9 March 2024

Live Music: Sophia Soul & Matt Bedford
The Cellar Bar @ 8.30pm
Free Entry. 

The wonderful Sophia Soul returns to The Cellar Bar this month. This modern-day diva has had an outstanding career in live vocals spanning over 14 years, having previously been the frontwoman for several successful groups and bands.

Afterwards, Cellar Bar regular Matt Bedford will perform some classic 80’s songs.

Saturday 9 March 2024

International Women’s Day weekender: Local legends
Herd, St Cuthbert’s Street @ 7pm til late
Free entry

Local legends Wendy Harris, Sharon De Leonardis and Bernie will be DJing the bar at Herd this Saturday as part of their Iinternational Women’s Day Weekender. Expect reggae, soul, R&B and jazz.

THe night continues in the basement with Ryussi, an electronic producer and deep tech / progressive house DJ from Luton, currently based in Bedford. Ryussi’s music has not only surpassed half a million plays on streaming platforms, but their music has also been supported on radio stations such as BBC Radio 1, KCRW L.A., Beds, Herts & Bucks, In2Beats and more.

With an eclectic taste in dance music and awareness of the dance floor’s magic, Ryussi has played at the iconic Amnesia in Ibiza, Lost Village Festival and Secret Garden Party. Tipped as “One To Watch” by DJ Mag in 2023, Ryussi’s career is proving to be on a steady trajectory, one focused on genuine artistic expression and unity amongst all.

Saturday 9 March 2024

Live music: The Monochrome Set
Bedford Esquires @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £15

The Monochrome Set formed in 1978, and were heavily influential in the post-punk scene that evolved after the initial scorched earth of punk. The band’s early releases were on the legendary Rough Trade Label before signing with Virgin offshoot Din Disc.

Though The Monochrome Set split in 1985 the next decade saw several reunions for both live gigs and further studio recordings. After a hiatus of over a decade the band reformed full time in 2010 and have since toured all over the UK, Europe, Japan and the USA, whilst also releasing seven new, critically acclaimed, studio albums.

Now in their 46th year, they are beginning a new series of gigs promoting their latest album and playing songs old and new.

The tour promotes their latest album, a collection of Marc Riley Sessions from 2011 to 2022. The band features original Monochrome Set members Bid (guitar/vocals) and Andy Warren (bass) with Athen Ayren on keyboards and Stephen Gilchrist on drums.

Saturday 9 March 2024

Live music: The 2tones Ska Band
Bedford Esquires @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £12

This month sees the return of Northampton’s legendary Ska outfit The 2 Tones to Bedford Esquires.

The eight-piece band formed in 2007 have been blowing away audiences with their unique treatment of classics from the Trojan and 2 Tone Labels mixed with a few cheeky modern classics. If your soundtrack of life has a few of these classics in it then you are in for a good ‘moon-stomping’ night out: Gangsters, Sally Brown, Tears of a Clown. Rat Race, Baggy Trousers, Pig Bag, Message to you Rudy, Ska Train, Town Called Malice, Red Red Wine, This Is Ska, 3 Little Birds, Nightboat to Cairo, Rat Race, Pressure Drop to name but a few.

The last time the band visited Esquires the show sold out in advance, so book now to avoid disappointment.

Sunday 10 March 2024

Dance music:  Retro Vibes
The Cellar Bar @ 3pm – 7pm
Free entry

Fancy dancing along to some 80’s/90’s retro bangers on a Sunday afternoon? Have a few drinks, party hard and still make it home at a reasonable hour? On the second Sunday of every month, the Cellar Bar will be transporting you back in time to an 80’s retro nightclub where night and day become one.

Come as you are, or get into the vibe with some 80s and 90s-themed outfits. The party starts at 3pm until 7pm and entry is free.

Sunday 10 March 2024

International Women’s Day Weekender: X3 vocal performances
Herd, St Cuthbert’s STreet @ 1pm
Free entry

Sunday afternoon at Herd wraps up their IWD celebrations for 2024 with three vocal performances from local singers.

ShErin is a mother and daughter act featuring Sheri who has sung in a few bands over the years and daughter Erin who has been doing performing arts since the age of 5. The duo first performed together at a BBQ party last summer and have now been asked to sing at Herd’s annual IWD festivities.

ShErin are joined by Tegan who will be singing classic soul and R&B hits, followed by Caroline who will end the afternoon with some dancefloor classics, plus soul and jazz. Between performances, DJ Laura will be dropping perfectly selected Sunday afternoon tunes on the decks.

Finally, you can enjoy the work of a variety of female artists and photographers whose work is on display throughout the restaurant throughout March.

Monday 6 February 2024

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

Bosnia, July 1995. Aida is a translator for the UN in the small town of Srebrenica. When the Serbian army takes over the town, her family is among the thousands of citizens looking for shelter in the UN camp.

As an insider to the negotiations, Aida has access to crucial information that she needs to interpret. What is at the horizon for her family and people – rescue or death? Which move should she take?

Tuesday 12 March – Saturday 16 March 2024

Community Theatre: 1984
The Place Theatre @ 7.30pm
Tickets: from £12

Winston Smith is in prison, found guilty of Thoughtcrimes against Big Brother. As part of his reconstruction, key moments from his past life are reenacted with the help of other thought criminals, so that everyone can learn from his mistakes. Including his biggest mistake of all: falling in love with Julia.

George Orwell’s classic dystopia 1984 is a still-resonant vision of the tolls of living under totalitarianism and frightening similarities can be drawn from what has been happening in countries across the world in recent years. 

Constructed almost entirely from dialogue taken from the original novel, this bold and powerful dramatisation restores the blazing heart of Orwell’s work: a doomed love story, with the lovers at its centre.

Tuesday 12 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 lunchtime concert features a recital by Holly Redshaw and Andy Mellor (bassoon and clarinet)

Wednesday 13 March 2024

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

Starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, this romance from Hollywood’s ‘golden era’ is one of the most recognisable films of all time.

During WWII, Rick, a nightclub owner in Casablanca, agrees to help his former lover Ilsa and her husband. Soon, Ilsa’s feelings for Rick resurface and she finds herself renewing her love for him.

Thursday 14 March 2024

Art lecture: ‘Venice: City of Pictures’ – A Gilbert Lloyd Lecture by Martin Gayford
Bedford School, Erskine May Hall @ 7.30pm
Free entry

Bedford School invites you to join them for a history of Venice through its most important creation: pictures.

Based on his recent Sunday Times Art Book of the Year, this lecture by Martin Gayford will take the audience on a visual journey through the history of the city known as ‘La Serenissima’, the ‘Most Serene’.

However, this is not a conventional chronicle of battles, rulers, sieges, and revolutions – though such events sometimes come into the story. It is given in the belief that the most interesting things that have happened in this place were artistic and visual. That is, they were to do with pictures.

Martin Gayford is a writer and art critic. His books include Michelangelo: His Epic Life (Penguin) as well as multiple publications on art and artists for Thames & Hudson, including books co-authored with David Hockney, Antony Gormley and David Dawson. He has visited Venice countless times since the 1970s, covered every Biennale since 1990, and even had portraits of himself exhibited there on several occasions.

Thursday 14 March 2024

Classical music: Spring Chamber Concert
Bedford School Music School @ 6.30pm
Free entry

Bedford School’s wide-ranging chamber groups come together for a varied evening of more intimate instrumental and choral music.

Ensembles will include piano trios and string quartets as well as the Guitar Ensemble, New Jazz Collective, and the Consort Choir, amongst others. 

Thursday 14 March 2024

Comedy: Alyssa Kyria: The Funny Mummy
The Quarry Theatre @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £12

Join the Funny Mummy for this hilarious one-woman comedy show, all about the bonkers world of parenting. From pregnancy to playdates, WhatsApp groups to school runs – if you’re a parent, and you need a laugh, then this show is for you!

Alyssa Kyria, aka The Funny Mummy, is the co-creator of Bring Your Own Baby Comedy and performs comedy to audiences across the country. Her comedy, music videos and sketches have gone viral on Netmums and Facebook and she has starred on BBC, ITV and SKY.

Friday 15 March 2024

Poetry and Spoken Word: The Bedford Competition Presentation of Awards Event
The Quarry Theatre @ 6.30pm
Tickets: Free, but book on the Quarry website

The Bedford Competition is a non-profit group that runs annual short story and poetry competitions for writers from around the world. Entries for 2022 came from over 40 countries and were judged by acclaimed writers and poets who will be presenting the awards at the Presentation Event.  Donations will also be presented to The Ridgeway School in Bedford for Disabled children, The International Refugee Trust and BDCBS – a local charity that helps people with cerebral palsy.

Stories and poems will be read by local actors and poets.

Friday 15 March 2024

Live music: China Crisis + Guests
Bedford Esquires @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £27.50

Formed in 1989, China Crisis had huge success in the early 80s with five Top 40 singles and three Top 40 albums, as well as commercial success worldwide.

The string of hit singles included African & White, Christian, Working with Fire and Steel, Black Man Ray, Wake up King in Catholic style & Wishful Thinking.

Friday 15 March 2024

Live Music: The Mojo Slide
The Cellar Bar @ 8.30pm
Free Entry

Formed in late 2011, The Mojo Slide is a group of musicians united in a passion for blues-inspired alternative music.

Hailing from Cambridge and St Neots, they write all their own music and play a mixture of classic rock ‘n’ roll, blues/rock and blues-rooted alternative.

Friday 15 March 2024

Live music: Mia Rae & Flipper EP launch
Bedford Esquires @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £6.50

Live DJs and performances throughout the night to celebrate the debut EP from Mia Rose & Flipper, R&B artists from Bedford.

Friday 15 March 2024

Live music: Radio Ga Ga
Bedford Corn Exchange @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £31.90

Have your finest hour, or two, as the Corn Exchange brings you Radio GAGA.

Be part of a night like no other at the concert you’ve been dreaming of! The ultimate celebration of one the biggest bands to have ever graced the stage – Queen. Radio GaGa recreates two magical hours live on stage, celebrating the magic, fun and showmanship of the band’s touring days.

Playing all your favourite hits including, Don’t Stop Me Now, I Want to Break Free, Somebody to Love, We Will Rock You and of course Bohemian Rhapsody.

Saturday 16 March 2024

Family-friendly: A428 Archaeology Shop
The Higgins Bedford @ 11am – 4pm
Free entry

Join archaeologists at The Higgins to learn more about their discoveries from the A428 excavations.

Learn what it was like to live in ancient Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire from archaeologists working on the dig. You can also meet their ‘finds specialists’, get up close with finds, and uncover the incredible stories they tell us about the past.

Want to pick up new skills that would help you survive in the Iron Age? You can ask the experts from Butser Ancient Farm, who’ll show you how people spun yarn and wove material for their clothes. Then have a go at some ancient crafts yourself, including basket weaving and making a brooch inspired by the archaeological finds.

There’s also the chance to step into the past through their immersive VR experience, developed exclusively for the A428.

Saturday 16 March 2024

Walking: North Bedfordshire Ramblers’ weekly walk
Willington Dovecote MK44 3PX @ 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 week’s ramble is a 6.5 mile circular walk around the village of Willington.

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

Saturday 16 March 2024

Children’s Theatre: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
The Quarry Theatre @ 2pm
Tickets: from £12

Drawing on the wealth of peculiar episodes from both Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, Box Tale Soup invite you down the rabbit hole into a timeless world of wondrous fantasy.

Carroll’s Wonderland floods onto the stage in a whirl of strange contraptions and curious characters. No matter how young or old, everyone will find their own moment of magic in Wonderland and make it safely home again – the only danger is, you may not want to leave!

Saturday 16 March 2024

Classical music: Bedford Choral Society Concert: Howard Goodall – Eternal Light and Morten Lauridsen – Lux Aeterna
Bedford Corn Exchange @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £17 & £14 (£1 less for concessions) / students £5 and one accompanying adult £5. Available from: tickets@bedfordchoralsociety.org.uk or the Box Office, Harpur Square, Bedford

Light as a powerful symbol of hope and comfort is at the heart of these two beautiful and contrasting requiems from living composers. Goodall’s weaves poetry and hymns into lyrical and at times dramatic melodies. Laurisden’s Renaissance-inspired, rich choral textures convey tranquillity. You will leave feeling moved and uplifted.

Saturday 16 March 2024

Live Music: St Patrick’s Celebrations
The Cellar Bar @ 8.30pm
Free entry

The Guinness will be flowing, and there’s great night of entertainment at The Cellar Bar to see in St Patrick’s Day with a bang!

The BLACK & GOLD is a new Irish supergroup with Samantha Hughes (banjo/vocals), Rich Taylor (guitar/lead vocals), Mary Wilcockson (fiddle), James Lewin (drums) and Dan McGrath (harmonica) playing songs by The Pogues, The Dubliners, American-Irish and upbeat trad tunes.

Then, as if that was not enough, the fabulous Joe Cullen doing some acoustic Irish folk classics. Oh, and did they mention they now have Guinness on tap!?

Saturday 16 March 2024

Dance music: Ultimate RnB – The definitive RnB tribute band
Bedford Esquires @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £14

Ultimate RnB are back at Esquires for a high-quality tribute to some of the greatest music ever made. Ultimate RnB is a full seven-piece live band featuring session musicians and vocalists that have played with some stone-cold soul legends.

This Midlands-based band consists of three outstanding lead vocalists in precise harmony, a top quality, full professional band lineup and an uber-tight rhythm section. Combined they recreate the live authentic RnB sounds of the 90s era.

Individual band members draw on their diverse musical backgrounds, having supported and billed with the likes of Jocelyn Brown, Mica Paris, Soul II Soul, Sister Sledge and Clean Bandit while touring nationally and internationally with the elite AMC Gospel Choir, top UK tribute band Ultimate Madness, dance phenomenon, Hacienda Classical and Lewis Capaldi.

The dynamic result is a high end performance, featuring hit songs from the most memorable artists of this genre: En Vogue, Lauryn Hill, Sisqo, Next, TLC, Boyz II Men – the list of favourites continues throughout this 90-minute show.

Support comes from the finest DJ this town has produced in a long time, MASS C, who will be spinning Hip Hop, Funk, Soul and Breaks before and after Ultimate RnB.

Sunday 17 March 2024

Live music: U18’s Open Mic
The Cellar Bar @ 5pm – 7.00pm / bar opens at 4.30pm
Free entry

The Cellar Bar is throwing its doors open to the next generation of Bedford musicians, with a dedicated junior open mic session for under 18s.

Whether you sing, play guitar, drums, or any other musical instrument, or are a band already, you are welcome to take part. 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, 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 March 2024

Music: King for a Day: The Nat King Cole Story
The Quarry Theatre @ 5pm
Tickets: £24

Featuring world-class live music, alongside narration and projected archive images and footage, this is the unique concert celebrating one the greatest vocalists and entertainers of the Twentieth Century: Nat ‘King’ Cole.

Starring acclaimed vocalist, Atila, alongside a world-class group of musicians, this thoughtful and entertaining new show takes a fresh look at the life and work of the timeless Nat ‘King’ Cole, whose vocal styling in songs such as Nature Boy, Unforgettable and When I Fall in Love defined a golden era of music and earned him a place in the history of American music as one of the most iconic vocalists of all time.

Following sell-out shows at London’s Hippodrome and Ronnie Scott’s, and featuring many of Nat King Cole’s most celebrated songs, stylish reworkings of his lesser- known gems, as well as rare archive images and footage, this is a unique evening of music celebrating one of music’s all-time greats.

Sunday 17 March 2024

Live music: St Patrick’s Day celebrations with The Barrys
The Burnaby Arms @ 4pm
The Bear @ 8pm
Free entry

The Barrys – Bedford’s “drunk-folk, acoustic-punk chaos creators” – bring their Irish bangers set to The Burnaby Arms and The Bear to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.

Guitars. Fiddle. Guinness. Slainte!

Sunday 17 March 2024

Live music: Life of Riley’s annual St Patrick’s Day gig
Bedfiord Esquires @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £10

Having formed in Bedford in 1991, The Life Of Riley are one of Bedford’s best-loved bands and are still going strong after over 30 years.

The band are a full-throttle nod to Irish folk music and dance-along shanties with dancing shoes compulsory.

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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