What’s on Bedford: 7 – 17 September 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.


Thursday 7 September 2023

Live music: The Courettes + guests
Bedford Esquires @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £15

The Courettes are an explosive garage rock duo from Denmark and Brazil who blend an exciting concoction of garage, surf, 60s girlie pop and riot grrrl attitude. Composed of the husband-and-wife partnership of vocalist/guitarist Flavia Couri (from Brazil) and drummer/backing vocalist Martin Couri (from Denmark, where they are based).


Thursday 7 September 2023

Quiz night: Esquires’ Monthly Music Quiz
Bedford Esquires @ 8pm
£2/person maximum of six people per team

Head to Esquires for their monthly music quiz featuring music from the 50’s to the present day. Cash prize for the winning team.


Friday 8 September 2023

Musical theatre: If they could see me now: the words & music of Dorothy Fields
The Place Theatre @ 7pm
Tickets: £15/£12

After a thirty-five-year hiatus, actress and singer Suzanne Noble, 62, is touring her musical tribute to the legendary lyricist Dorothy Fields. If they could see me now: the words & music of Dorothy Fields is a celebration of her timeless songs, including classic hits like “Hey, Big Spender,” “I Can’t Give You Anything but Love,” and “A Fine Romance.”

Directed by Melinda Hughes and accompanied by seasoned West End musical director Paul Maguire, “Noble brings Fields’ fascinating life story to life with an irresistible earthy charisma. The audience is transported back in time as Noble recounts Fields’ career highlights (and lowlights) and performs some of her most iconic songs.” (Cabaret Scene)

With over 40 years of collaborations with some of the biggest names in music, including Jerome Kern, Jimmy McHugh, and Cy Coleman, Fields is a true legend of the American songbook. This warm and nostalgic musical puts Fields firmly back in the spotlight, where she belongs.

Suzanne Noble’s tribute to Dorothy Fields is more than just a musical performance. It is a heartfelt tribute to one of the most influential lyricists of the 20th century. Fields wrote some of the most memorable songs in American popular music and her words continue to be beloved by audiences around the world.


Friday 8 September 2023

Live Music: Limelight Band
The Cellar Bar @ 8.00pm, doors open at 6.00pm
Free entry

This Bedford-based covers and function band features lead singer and Cellar Bar regular Cameo Williams. Limelight play floor fillers, sing along anthems and party-starting hits from across the ages and genres.


Friday 8 September 2023

Live music: Carbon Daydreams EP launch
Bedford Esquires @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £8

Carbon Daydreams celebrate the release of their debut EP Harbour Nights with a special EP launch party on release day, at their hometown venue of Bedford Esquires.

“Bedford based five-piece Carbon Daydreams draw on their variety of experiences to create their own fresh brand of inventive indie/alt disco, with no two tracks sounding the same.”

Over the past two years the band have gigged non-stop, picking up support slots with the likes of Desperate Journalist, Wrest, The Woodentops and My Life Story along the way.


Friday 8 September 2023

Comedy: Mark Watson – Search
The Quarry Theatre @
Tickets: £20

Mark Watson’s 12-year-old son has just got a phone. His 70-year-old dad has been through the most frightening experience of his life. Both a dad and a kid himself, around the midpoint of his life, the Taskmaster star and multiple award-winner – now also famous as one-third of YouTube cult sensation No More Jockeys – returns. 

He’ll consider the search for meaning that we’re all on, with or without Google. There’ll be a lot of jokes, and a show that’s different every night.


Friday 8 September 2023

Live music: Fleetingwood Mac
Bedford Esquires @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £15

After their sell-out show in 2022, Fleetingwood Mac return to Bedford Esquires this Friday – giving a modern twist to the sound of the legendary Fleetwood Mac.

The band’s aim is to introduce the songs to a new generation of Fleetwood Mac fans, who, like themselves, weren’t even born when the band were in their prime.

“We do not go on stage pretending to be Fleetwood Mac, instead we go on as who we are, five musicians who love the music, and want to share the music of one of the worlds greatest bands to a wider audience.”

Come and see for yourselves what all the fuss is about!


Saturday 9 – Sunday 17 September 2023

Walking: Bedfordshire Festival of Autumn Walks
Throughout Bedfordshire
Free

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

September sees the launch of the Bedfordshire Festival of Autumn Walks.

The Festival, offering over 30 walks, will run over nine days between 9 – 17 September with a plethora of walks to suit all ages and
abilities, from long walks, short walks, well-being and interest walks.

Walks are scheduled in the mornings and afternoons in addition to all-day walks and most do not require booking in advance. “The perfect
way to explore our beautiful little county on foot,” say the organisers.

Read: Explore the county on foot at this year’s Bedfordshire Festival of Autumn Walks


Saturday 9 September 2023

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


Organ Recital by Richard Pilliner (St John the Evangelist, Shirley, Croydon). Free with a retiring collection.


Saturday 9 September 2023

Live music: Lakshya Mohan: StringFEST – Festival of Bowed, Plucked & Hammered Instruments
The Place Theatre @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £17/£15

Lakshya Mohan is considered one of the finest Sitar Maestros of India. He made his UK debut at the Royal Festival Hall in 2022 for the centenary celebrations of Ravi Shankar, performing with Anoushka Shankar, John McLaughlin. He received training from the lineage of Maihar “Gharana” (school) of music, which goes back to the famous musician “Tansen”, who was the most prominent figure of Indian classical music in Mughal courts of India during the 16th century.

Lakshay Mohan has also performed at prestigious venues worldwide, including Symphony Space New York, Berklee College Boston, Central Conservatory of Music China, Abbey Theatre Dublin, to name a few.

Joining Lakshya Mohan is Gurdain Rayatt. Having grown up and trained in a family of tabla players, Gurdain Rayatt is a disciple of maestro Pandit Shankar Ghosh and is a professional tabla player based in London. He has been fortunate enough to have accompanied the leading Indian classical musicians and dancers on the world stage today and has performed in prestigious festivals and venues in both pure classical and cross-cultural bands and music collaboration projects.


Saturday 9th September 2023

Live Music: Last Laugh Lane
The Cellar Bar @ 8.00pm. Doors open at 6.00pm.
Free entry

Last Laugh Lane is playing some of the best 2000s indie tracks at The Cellar Bar.

Expect to hear songs such as; the sports stadium anthem – Seven Nation Army, the g.o.a.t – Mr Brightside, the instantly recognisable – ‘Ruby’ and ‘Sex of Fire’, the head-bangers – ‘When The Sun Goes Down’ and ‘Let’s Dance To Joy Division’, and of course, the song they are named after, ‘Fluorescent Adolescent’.


Saturday 9 September 2023

Live music: Jonathan Mayer, Sitar
St. Andrew’s Church, Kimbolton Road @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £12

Indian classical music is steeped in over 2,000 years of tradition and this concert will explore the exotic ragas and talas of North India with a concert by two of the finest exponents within the genre.

Jonathan began his musical training at the early age of 5 with violin from his grandfather Albert Hepton, piano from James Methuen-Campbell and composition from his father. At the age of 16 he started his sitar training under the western sitarist Clem Alford who was a disciple of Sachindra Nath Saha from the Senia gharana. In 1993 Jonathan began studying composition from Andrew Downes as well as sitar at the Birmingham Conservatoire where he gained a B.Mus (Hons). After graduating he studied Imdadkhani gharana technical proficiency under Ustad Wajahat Khan and finally settled into the Senia veen-kar Gharana under the extremely knowledgeable maestro the late Pandit Subroto Roy Chowdhury.

Jonathan is joined by Denis Kucherov, musician, producer of Dairafest, teacher & composer. Denis plays Indian percussion instruments, as well as African, Persian and modern handpan and electronic music.

Denis is one of the best performers of traditional music in Europe. He began studying classical music and tabla at the age of 14. His first teacher was Hashmad Ali Khan, who, seeing his young talent, invited him to India for further improvement.


Saturday 9 September 2023

Live music: United By Music Tour/Kerrang! present Conjurer
Bedford Esquires @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £8.50

Kerrang! in collaboration with Music Venue Trust / The National Lottery Present… Conjurer live at Bedford Esquires as part of the #UnitedByMusic tour.


Sunday 10 September 2023

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

A busy St Paul's Square hosting Bedford Flea market on a sunny September day
A sunny September Saturday in St Paul’s Square at Bedford Flea (image: Bedford Flea)

September’s installment of your one-stop shop for all things flea, art & produce. At Bedford Flea you’ll find a smorgasbord of unique, second-hand goods that fall under antiques, vintage, collectables, bric-a-brac & curiosities. It’s all about the one-offs so if you see something you like, don’t delay!

​​The affordable art section features talented artists with fresh ideas – from photography to glass, intricate oil paintings to contemporary illustration. And, all based within a stone’s throw of Bedford.

From freshly baked bread and cheese, locally brewed cider and distilled gin, to sauces and condiments, cakes and skincare, the local produce section is bursting at the seams. Live music too!


Sunday 10 September 2023

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

Join the Association of Bedford Tour Guides for one of their fascinating weekly walks. Each walk is 90 minutes to two hours in 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 10 September 2023

Villages: Biddenham Show
St James’ VA Primary School & The Village Hall, Main Road, Biddenham @ Midday
Entry: £2.50 pp/under 12s free

The Biddenham Show is held every year for the benefit of the Village. It retains the charm of a traditional village show, combining classes to enter, stalls, entertainment, food and drink. There is something for everyone, old and young.

Children’s Fancy Dress • Circus Skills Workshop • Human Fruit Machine • Bottle Stall • Fun Dog Show• Bouncy Castle • Tennis Skills • Hot Food Stalls • Candy Floss & Ice Cream • Beer, Cider and Pimms Tent • Teas and Cakes (Village Hall) • Music DJ • Raffle • A variety of Craft and Gift Stalls.


Sunday 10 September 2023

Theatre: Persuasion
The Place Theatre @ 7pm
Tickets: £15

DOT Productions brings its new adaptation of Jane Austen’s Final novel ‘Persuasion’ to The Place Theatre this September.

We follow the story of Anne Elliot who was persuaded by friends and family to end her engagement to Frederick Wentworth. Seven years later over many humorous encounters, they meet again….will they once again be persuaded to stay apart or will love conquer all?

This production is told in DOT’s renowned style and is bound to delight all Austen Fans.


Sunday 10 September 2023

Live music: ANGEL DU$T + POWERPLANT
Bedford Esquires @ 7pm
Tickets: £16

Angel Du$t (ft. members of Turnstile and Trapped Under Ice) head to Esquires this September, with very special guests, Powerplant.

Justice Tripp, vocalist/guitarist for Baltimore, Maryland’s Angel Du$t, has never been one for making rock albums, at least not in the traditional sense. For Tripp, an album is not a singular, rigidly defined work, but rather an ever-evolving experience, a grab bag of creative tricks and treats that’s enjoyable whether its contents are savoured individually or all at once.

The way Tripp sees it, Angel Du$t are neither hardcore nor a supergroup: just a revolving lineup of like-minded peers and ride-or-die friends, making guitar music, rocking the f*ck on forever.


Tuesday 12 September 2023

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 free lunchtime recital features the saxophone quartet, Four in a Bar.


Wednesday 13 September 2023

 

Wednesday 13 September 2023

 

Wednesday 13 September 2023

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

The fabulous La La Land continues the Cinema at St Peter’s Los Angeles season this September.

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone play jazz musician Sebastian and actor Mia as they pursue their desire to follow their dreams and do what they love.


Wednesday 13 September 2023

Live Music: Queenergy
The Cellar Bar @ 8.00pm/Doors open at 7.00pm
Tickets: £11.50

We’re thrilled to have Queenergy perform at The Cellar Bar as part of their Bohemian Tour.  They are the UK’s Premier Sound-a-Like tribute to one of the most iconic rock bands of all time, Queen.

Queenergy was formed in 2020. Since then they have worked relentlessly to bring you the best sound and show of any Queen tribute around. Which leads us to today, after countless shows, packed festivals and rave reviews, the band is rolling into 2023 and packing the calendar to bring this show to you.

Only customers with a valid ticket, with a valid QR code will be allowed admission.


Wednesday 13 September 2023

Theatre: Piece of Work by James Rowlands
The Place Theatre @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £15/£12

James has been touring his storytelling theatre shows for half his adult life. This tour was different though. Returning home after his first stint away, he received a letter that exploded his life, and the tour became a search: for the person who sent it, for a sense of where he comes from, and to maybe save a life.

In PIECE OF WORK James explores how the landscapes we exist within effect the way we think and feel; how searching for something is an end in itself, regardless of whether the search is successful. It’s about our sense of home, and the hope that makes our lives liveable.

Featuring James’ captivating mix of storytelling, music and comedy (as well as Shakespeare’s Hamlet) this show follows the critically acclaimed LEARNING TO FLY which toured the UK following a sell out run in Edinburgh.


Thursday 14 September 2023

Comedy: British Comedian of The Year: Bedford Heat
The Quarry Theatre @ 8pm
Tickets: £14

Castle Comedy and the Quarry Theatre host the British Comedian of the Year: Bedford Heat. This competition has the biggest comedy prize in the UK, a whopping £10,001.

This will be a special show where some of the UK’s best acts do their best 10-minute sets in the hope of going through to the final for the chance to win the mega cash prize! The standard of entrant has been outstanding, with established headliners putting themselves forward and some of the most exciting upcoming talent. The quality will be sky high.

Judging at each heat will be by you, the audience.


Thursday 14 September 2023

Comedy: Tom Davis – Under Dog
Bedford Corn Exchange @ 8pm
Tickets: £21

Grab one of the few tickets still available to see Tom Davis live in Bedford. The star of King Gary, The Curse, Murder in Successville and podcast Wolf and Owl with Romesh Ranganathan is bringing his Under Dog show to the Corn Exchange.


Friday 15 September – 11 October 2023

Exhibition: Bright Electric Beasts
The Arc, Howard Street @ seven days a week
Free entry


Local artist Mo Lea has produced a new body of work entitled ‘Bright Electric Beasts’. Each of the animals featured has been created using traditional pencil drawing techniques on textured paper, with additional digital enhancement.

Colours have been inverted, saturated and enhanced and Mo has made stunningly vibrant images that seem to glow on the dark backgrounds.

Come and enjoy the exhibition at The Arc emporium under Lurke Street car park. As a bonus you can grab a fresh coffee and some homemade cake while your browse.


Friday 15 September 2023

Live music: Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac tribute
Bedford Corn Exchange @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £24.50

A small number of tickets still available for Go Your Own Way – the brand new spellbinding show featuring the music from the legendary multiple Grammy Award-winning Fleetwood Mac.

The band’s rock n roll legacy is performed by a highly talented ensemble of musicians who take audiences on a powerful journey through Fleetwood Mac’s incredible song book.

Paying tribute to their “Rumours” line up of Stevie, Mick, John, Christine and Lindsey, you’ll hear hits including “Dreams”, “Don’t Stop”, “Everywhere”, “Rhiannon”, “Gold Dust Woman”, “Little Lies”, “Big Love” and many more.


Friday 15 September 2023

Theatre: Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads
The Quarry Theatre @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £15/£12

Laugh Out Loud Theatre Company take on two of Alan Bennett’s popular monologues from his ‘Talking Heads’ series.

Her Big Chance – Meet Lesley, an actress. She has just completed a video (‘targeted chiefly on West Germany’) in which she plays Travis, a career girl who enjoys life, spends a remarkable amount of time topless and shoots a man with a harpoon gun. She tells all, blind to the sinister undertones of her story as well as to her own self-delusions and gullibility. 

A Chip in the Sugar – Graham, a middle-aged bachelor, emotionally unintelligent and chronically dependent on his mother, finds life difficult enough at the best of times. When Mother meets an old flame and seems set to marry him, Graham’s old insecurities rear their ugly heads.

Alan Bennett is a master of observation and his plays explore the inner world of people, their hopes, fears and petty grievances. They are funny, poignant, relatable and sad at the same time and are as relevant as ever in today’s world.


Friday 15 September 2023

Live music: Joe Cullen
The Cellar Bar @ 8.30pm, bar opens at 6.00pm
Free entry

He rocked the place last time he played so it’s no surprise Joe is back at The Cellar Bar.  Playing covers by Ed Sheeran, The 1975, Oasis, Harry Styles, The Killers, Coldplay plus more…


Friday 15 September 2023

Comedy: Paul Zerdin – Puppetman
The Quarry Theatre @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £20

The America’s Got Talent winner is back with a brand-new comedy show for 2023. 

Join Paul and an array of ‘funny and sharp-tongued’ (The Observer) creations including Sam, Albert, Baby, Roger the bodyguard and an urban fox, as he takes to the road with a show which promises that ‘when you are not laughing, you will simply be left in awe’ (Three Weeks).

As seen on Lost Voice Guy’s Christmas Comedy Club (ITV), Michael McIntyre’s Big Show (BBC1), The Royal Variety Performance (ITV), and Tonight At The London Palladium (ITV).


Saturday 16 September 2023

Magic: Morgan & West’s Massive Magic Show For Kids
The Quarry Theatre @ 2pm
Tickets: £12.50/£10.50

Roll up, roll up! Morgan & West are back with a massive magic show for kids (and their childish grown-ups)! 

Expect gawps, gasps, and guffaws in this relentlessly funny and fantastical magic-filled extravaganza, guaranteed to delight those aged five and 105, and indeed everyone in between!

Morgan & West have shown their scientific skills in Unbelievable Science (national tour), brought good will to all with their Great Big Christmas Magic Show (national tour), attempted to escape The Slammer (CBBC), and even fooled Penn & Teller (ITV/CW Network).This season they’re hitting the road with their brand new magic show full of their trademark wit, whimsy, and wall-to-wall silliness.

Conjuring capers, mysterious magic tricks, larger than life laughs, and fantastic facial furniture all crammed into one hour of non-stop fun for all the family.


Saturday 16 September 2023

Live music: The Wandering Minstrels present – “The World of Gilbert and Sullivan”.
Blunham Parish Church @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £10 from shelaghashley@btinternet.com


‘The Wandering Minstrels’, one of the UK’s foremost G&S companies, present a great treat for Gilbert and Sullivan fans! Songs and scenes
from many of the Savoy Operas, including ‘HMS Pinafore’, ‘The Mikado’, ‘The Pirates of Penzance’, ‘The Yeomen of the Guard’, ‘The Gondoliers’, ‘Iolanthe’ and ‘Utopia, Limited’.

Don’t miss two hours of Savoy favourites, combining the biting wit of W. S. Gilbert and the enchanting music of Sir Arthur Sullivan, beautifully sung and presented in period costume. It promises to be a delightful evening!

Refreshments are available. Proceeds to Blunham Church.


Saturday 16 September 2023

Live music: Legend of Barry White – Let the Music Play
Bedford Corn Exchange @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £24.50

Direct from the USA comes this critically-acclaimed tribute to the legendary Barry White features the incredible vocalist William Hicks also known as “the big man with the big voice”

100 million records sold, 20 gold and 10 platinum singles – the world loves Barry White and Barry White loved the world.

You’re the First, the Last, My Everything; Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe; You See the Trouble with Me; Never, Never Gonna Give You Up; Just the Way You Are; What Am I Gonna Do With You and, of course, Let the Music Play… you’re never more than a song away from another million-selling hit.

William is joined on stage by his Soul Unlimited Orchestra and support comes from the stunning Motown trio The Supreme Dreamgirls.

“William’s vocal and deliverance is phenomenal and this show is simply stunning” Eddie Holland (Motown Legendary Songwriter Holland-Dozier-Holland).


Saturday 16 September 2023

Live music: Five Five Six
The Cellar Bar @ 8.30pm
Free entry

They are back!

If you’ve not seen Five Five Six at The Cellar Bar before, you are in for a treat, get ready for a great night of legendary rock tunes.  The Cellar Bar literally rocks when these guys play!


Sunday 17 September 2023

Walking: “I Never Knew That” guided walk
Bedford Town Centre @ 11am at the gold postbox in St Paul’s Square
Tickets: £3/£1.50

Bedford Town Centre from above
Bedford Town Centre Image: Bedford Borough Council

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 17 September 2023

Live music: Hits from the Blitz
Quarry Theatre @ 3pm
Tickets: £16.50

The Quarry Theatre will be swinging along to the “Hits from the Blitz” show when this unique “feel-good” 1940’s show, as featured at Dame Vera Lynn’s Charity Gala Nights, comes to town.

War-time tunes & “sing-a-longs” are brought to life by the singers and multi-instrumentalists of the “Five Star Swing” band, featuring Simone from the latter days of the Ivy Benson Orchestra plus Chris Smith (Jnr) composer and arranger for Glenn Miller’s Brother, Herb and the BBC Radio Big Band.


Sunday 17 September 2023

Theatre: StageWrite Autumn 2023
The Place Theatre @ 7.30pm
Tickets: Pay what you can £3 – £15

StageWrite is a hothouse for the development of new writing for theatre, designed to help plays grow from page to performance. It supports writers in the process of getting their work up on its feet and in front of an audience for the very first time.  

Plays are performed script in hand to allow for a more developed experience than a rehearsed reading (where actors simply read the play out loud). 

StageWrite presents two plays over the course of one evening, performed by professional actors, and includes a short Q&A session after each piece to allow the audience to give feedback and the writers to discover more about how their work is received.  Every time StageWrite happens, it’s different – the nature of profiling brand new work!  

Suitable for 16+


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

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