Your Bedford bank holiday weekend starts here: 24 – 27 May 2019


It’s another May bank holiday so here’s some inspiration for your three-day weekend. Live music, theatre, exhibitions, guided walks and a duck race…


Panacea centenaryThe Panacea Museum’s centenary exhibition, celebrating 100 years of the Panacea Society opens this week. Be among the first to see it. Open 11am – 5pm every Thursday – Sunday.


Psychobilly stalwarts, King Kurt hit up Esquires. Formed in 1981, they split in 1988 but have recently reformed. 7.30pm


This Feeling present a line-up of the best new music around including the Mysterinesfrom Liverpool, The Garratts, MONARCHSand the Dollymonsplus DJs playing the Radio X playlist.


Townsend Theatre present The Ragged Trousered Philanthropistat the Place Theatre this Friday. Neil Gore brings this witty, humorous and absorbing classic book to life in his one-man Magic Lantern show. Based on the famous book by Robert Tressell, it features political conjuring, music and songs echoing life in the building trades of Edwardian England.Tickets £12

As Shalamar, Howard Hewitt and Jeffrey Daniel sold over 25 million records worldwide and collected no less than 100 gold, silver and platinum awards. They always whip the crowd into a frenzy with classics such as “A Night To Remember”, “I Can Make You Feel Good”, “Friends”, “Make That Move”, “There It Is” and “I Owe You One”. Howard and Jeffrey, together with Carolyn Griffey – the daughter of Solar Records founder Dick Griffey, bring an exciting blend of funk, disco and soul to every live show. One of the most powerful and energetic acts on the circuit today and they’re at Bedford Corn Exchange on Friday. Tickets £25


The monthly Vegan Market takes place at the John Bunyan Museumthis Saturday. A great opportunity to eat, shop and meet at this one of its kind event. Free entry.


Pride, Inspiration, Hope: Bedfordshire Brickworks Day at The Higgins is at the Higgins this Saturday from 11am – 4pm.Explore all things Brickworks in a day filled with fun activities, music and talks. Enjoy a variety of folk songs and stories, including performances from local musicians, Invisible Folk.

Participate in an interactive panel discussion, where members of the public are invited to share memories and help build our wall of inspiration. Free entry

The Cheese and Chilli Festival is coming to Bedford Park this Saturday and Sunday.  Showcasing over 70 traders plus children’s entertainment, fun rides and inflatables plus live music, demonstration/talks, a chilli sauce competition, a chilli eating competition, a man V food challenge and various bars offering unique refreshments. The event will bring an amazing array of tastes, colours and experiences to town and is a ‘must go to event’. Come rain or shine, the event will be fantastic! 10am – 5pm Adults: £6 Children: £4

Children’s TV royalty Sam and Mark, as seen on CBBC’s Big Friday Wind-Up and Copycats, are taking to the road with a brand new live show this half term,Sam and Mark’s On the Road Show.

Join the BAFTA award-winning duo at the Quarry Theatrethis Saturday for an unmissable hour of entertainment jam packed with sketches, jokes and games in a show full of fun and laughs for all the family. 2.30pm £12


Come along on the Saturday to Riverside Square to support and take part in the Celebration of Disability Sports Activities. The event includes demonstrations, paralympic athletes, information Desk and live Entertainment. Free entry. From 10am – 4pm

Angus Deayton, Helen Atkinson Wood, Michael Fenton Stevens and Philip Pope reunite to take classic scripts from the award-winning BBC Radio 4 show Radio Active on the road following a sell-out and critically acclaimed run at Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

They’ll be at the Quarry Theatre this Saturday and all surviving members of the original cast reunite for this tour marking 40 years since its stage debut including Tickets: £20


Saturday at 7pm Our Minds Matter, The Place Theatre and ELFT join forces for a day of conversation and activities about positive mental health.

Afternoon events will be announced through their social media channels, but the day will culminate in a screening of CRAZYWISE followed by an interactive Q&A session with Mental Health professionals and Experts by Experience. You can register for a free, or on-the-door donation ticket here. 

Following on from the success of International Women’s Day, Feline Assemblywill be showcasing more talented womxn in music in what will be a Bank Holiday Party Special at the Third Place.

Feline Assembly have brought together an eclectic mix of raw talent DJing strictly vinyl and live vocals.

We all like to party and these womxn want an opportunity to show you how they do it, with stunning voices and awesome vinyl sets. It will be one big party groove. Bedford you are in for a wicked night!

7:30 Tremaine (Live Vocals) Soulful// 8:00 Jess Griffiths (DJ) Party in the House// 8:30 Diya (Live Vocals) Soul/Dance  // 9:00 Liv Lay (DJ) Reggae/Jungle// 10:00 Sue Miller (DJ) Beats & Breaks  // 11:00 Emma Foley (DJ) Funky House  // 12:00 Jess Griffith (DJ) Kicking the party

Twisted Wheel bring their Nomad Hat Tour to Bedford Esquires this weekend. Doors at 8pmTickets £10

Two great live acts playing in Esquires’ Danny’s Bar this Saturday night.  The Troubled Bonesand The MaybzFree Admission. From 8pm

Live music at The Kings Arms St Mary’s this Saturday from Life of Riley at 9pm.


Bedford Tour Guides’walk this Sunday takes in some of the impressive houses in town to find out who lived where & why these Bedfordians played an important role in its history. Walk begins at 11am and pre-booking is essential.


Billy and Bo are best of brothers. They both have big hair. Birds Nest Hair!

One day Bo starts school and Billy has no-one to play with. Suddenly a magical bird chirps out of his curly, birds nest hair. The bird grants him three wishes.

Fidget Theatre brings Billy’s fantastical wishes to life with their trademark wit and warmth, blending imaginative storytelling, puppetry and playful audience interaction. Birds Nest Billyis an adventurous, playful show for 3-7 year olds and their grown-ups at the Place Theatrethis Sunday. 2pm Tickets from £5

Higgins Bedford

From Open Fields to Fletton Bricks: a History of Landscapes in Bedfordshire from John Bunyan to Sir Malcolm Stewart by Brian Kerr. Discover the stories of two historical Bedfordians and how they navigated through a period of change in the town at the Higgins Bedford this Sunday afternoon.

Join Brian Kerr as he discusses John Bunyan’s use of Bedfordshire’s topography to inform his writing, and Sir Malcolm Stewart’s legacy in the village built for the workers at London Brick, Stewartby. From 2pm. Free entry.

The Sunday Afternoon Session at Esquires features Full Circle playing live and loud their mix of Blues / Rock / Funk original songs as well as a great mix of covers. You are guaranteed a high energy performance with a vibe that is second to none, so look out for them!From 5pm

Live music this Bank Holiday Sunday from the V I Peas at The Kings Arms St Mary’sfrom 6pm.

On Sunday, Decant Wine & Cheese Deli on Castle Lane hosts an 80s soul and lovers rock bank holiday special. Tuck into a cheese buffet while enjoying the best of the 80’s soul and lovers rock with a bit of English reggae and RnB thrown in. Bar service all night. From 6pm

DJ Lovebirds is at Herd this Bank Holiday Sunday from 9pm. Combining the energy and enthusiasm of a young man with the experience and know-how of a veteran, his grown-up sound is like taking a trip back to the seventies and eighties but in a gleaming and futuristic spaceship.

His musical selections draw on a lifetime of absorbing black music, and make for sets that are authentic, lived-in and real. Tickets here.


The annual Bromham Duck Race takes place this Bank Holiday Monday from noon – 4pm. A great family day out including three duck races, pony rides, bouncy castle, face painting, games, river rescue demonstration, side stalls, food and drink.


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