It’s our exclusive bumper Bedford bank holiday weekend roundup and there’s plenty to do in the August sunshine.
From Music in the Meadows to a Viking invasion, a giant town-wide game of Cluedo to (one of) Europe’s largest vintage music festivals. We salute you, Bedford!
Friday – Monday
Right on our doorstep, in the village of Clapham, Twinwoods Festival is one of the largest vintage and music festivals in Europe. Although camping tickets have sold out, day tickets are still available. Dress to impress and soak up the retro atmosphere!
This Friday the legendary DJ FORMAT is back to Bedford in Esquires’ Room 2.Expect the finest selection in Hip Hop, Funk, Beats and Breaks. Stictly 18+ Tickets just £5.
From 10.15am there’s a Roller Derby taster session at Pilgrims Sports Centre on Brickhill Drive. You’ve got to be over 18 but there’s no experience necessary. The Bedfordshire Roller Derby team can lend you all the kit and teach you everything you need to know to play Roller Derby.
First session is free, so go along and bring a friend. Let them know you’re coming & they’ll reserve you some skates.
Gumbles children’s wristband fair is coming to Kempston for the first time this weekend and visitors can enjoy unlimited rides for an entry fee of just £7.99.
The fully enclosed fun fair means children can go about ‘free range’ as there is only one way in and out and with at least 11 rides and attractions, if you have two goes on everything it’s less than 40p per ride.
This Saturday, it’s animal encounters at The Foresters Arms, including the chance to hold an owl.
The wonderful Teaching Talons will be in the Foresters’ garden with a variety of invertebrates, small mammals, reptiles and an owl.This is a free event, but would love to suggest a £5 donation per family into our Prostate Cancer Charity Box. 2 – 5pm
CluedUpp – a giant, outdoor version of the board game Cluedo – is happening in Bedford this Saturday.
The Bedford version of the game is called “Sneaky Finders” and is set in the fictitious town of Millingham. Your team of detectives will be tasked with cracking the case as you stalk the streets, tracking down virtual witnesses and eliminating suspects.
The game begins at 10am and – depending on how good your detective team are – can last anything from one to four hours. Cost: £36 per team of up to six adults
The Roar Club & The Pad Presentsare very pleased (and very lucky!) to announce that they’ve managed to persuade the quite brilliant Sleeper to return for a special, intimate one-off date at Esquires this Saturday.Tickets: £20
Special Kinda Madness are coming back to Bedford Esquires for the third time on Saturday with their classic take on Madness and The Specials.
Playing a set from each band and producing a show that will have the audience up and dancing from the off, Special Kinda Madness will have everyone hankering after that exciting era of 2-Tone and ska.Tickets: £12
Music in the Meadows returns this Sunday with a performance from the Bedford Town Band. Refreshments are provided by sponsors, the Longholme, so pull up a deckchair, enjoy the sunshine and relax to the music. From 3pm. Free.
Bedford is lucky enough to have many statues by pre-eminent sculptors of their day. This weekend’s guided walk features Reflections of Bedford (commonly known as the Silver Faces) and the other ‘silent faces’ which you probably pass by regularly but know little or nothing about.
Meet at the Old Town Hall, St.Paul’s Square close to the gold plated letter box. Cost £3 per adult & children over 8 years old £1.50. Due to their popularity walks must be pre-booked at the Box Office.
May Blossom, vintage songbird, is paying a pre-Twinwoods visit to the Pavilion at the Park with her special guest Betty Bluebird.
No ticket needed, just pitch up, enjoy some of the Pavilion’s delicious food and drink and enjoy the vintage sounds.
Sunday Afternoon Session at Esquires features Fran Pegg and her five-piece band. From 5pm. Free entry.
Herd is celebrating the bank holiday with a sensational, souful Sunday – ending in a basement session with Craig Smith.
From 12 – 4pm, their usual Smooth Sundays will turn into a full-on Soul Alldayer till 9pm. The basement opens at 11pm with the Journey Men warming up for Craig Smith. It’s free entry for the day/early evening but you will need a £10 wrist band to stay past 11pm.
Come along and play Bedford’s longest-running SmartPhone quiz at the White Horse on Newnham Avenue this Sunday at 8pm.
Not only can you prove your braininess, but you’ll also be saving the planet by saving paper. You will need your smartphone or tablet (Android or Apple) to play this 100% cheat-free quiz.
There are prizes galore and it’s just £2.00 per person to enter – Team of 1 to 6 players.From 8pm.
Sunday & Monday
A Viking Invasion is taking place at the Danish Camp in Willington this Sunday and bank holiday Monday from 10am.
There will be a renactment, boat trips plus live music and a BBQ
Kathy Brown’s Garden at the Manor House in Stevington will be open to visitors on bank holiday Monday. Visitors can stroll around the beautiful grounds and enjoy some home-made cake, plus there will also be apple pressing at 2.30pm. Highly recommended.