Another week, another bank holiday. Roll on the three-day-weekend…
FridayIt’s the first Friday of the month, which means there’s another amazing flyer and Rob Gipson is bringing his Get a Groove On night to the Third Place.
At Esquires this Friday, Men of North Country are playing in Room 2. These funksters from Tel Aviv fuse soul, Northern Soul and mod music to produce an incredible live show. They’ve recorded a live session for Craig Charles’ Funk & Soul Show on BBC6Music and it’s now time for the soul boys to tour the UK. Tickets: £12
At 7.30pm on Friday and Saturday, High School Musical comes to the Bedford Corn Exchange. Performed by RARE, a youth musical theatre group. Will Troy and Gabriella make it to the auditions, or with Sharpay scupper their chances. Tickets from £14
Dad’s Army Radio Show returns to Bedford with three ‘new’ episodes. Based on the classic Perry & Croft sitcom, two actors play 25 characters in these classic radio episodes performed at the Quarry Theatre. 7.30pm Tickets:£14
Alabama 3 are back at Esquires. Heeding Woodie Guthrie’s maxim, Alabama 3 have never feared the reduction of their technology and have hit the road armed only with a battered acoustic guitar and harmonica, preaching Guthrie’s word that ‘this machine kills fascists.’
An unrivaled Marxist machine gun, Alabama 3 Acoustic are on a mission to get you mashed. Tickets: £17
Kick off the weekend in style with an all-night Bloc Party at Herd. Local DJs plus special guest playing underground/industrial/techno. From 9pm
Strictly for the early birds, join the Dawn Chorus walk at the Forest of Marston Vale at 4.30am. You’ll be looking and listening out for black caps, nightingales, song thrushes, terns, warblers and turtle doves on this guided walk around the Millennium Country Park. £4 per person – parking charges also apply
From 12 – 4pm it’s the annual Elstow May Festival at Moot Hall Green. This traditional village May Day event will see the May Queen crowned, followed by Maypole dancing. Enjoy the dog show, live music and a fun fair while daredevils can abseil down the bell tower to rasie funds for ActionAid.
Free Comic Book Day is back for 2019 and better than ever. Close Encounters on Allhallows will be giving away hundreds of books for free, as well as a range of special offers and discounts. To see the full list of FCBD titles, go to freecomicbookday.com/catalog
Saturday Afternoon Animation Workshops are taking place at Bedford Central Library this Saturday. From 2 – 3pm, join Bedford College students to create your own animation.
Please bring your own device (phone/tablet etc) with Stop Motion Studio downloaded so you can get creative straight away
Suitable for children aged 7 – 12 years.
This Saturday, catch Amy Leeder for her debut performance at the Foresters Arms on Union Street.
From 9pm, Funk Odyssey Band will be bringing the bank holiday party to the King’s Arms St Mary’s this Saturday.
On Saturday 4th May, British punk institution, the UK Subs return to Bedford Esquires. Guest support comes from The Bleach Boys. Tickets: £13
The incredible Cherry Lee Mewis and some of her band are back in Bedford this weekend as they play this special show at Esquires. Cherry will be performing tracks from her second album Southbound Train celebrating 10 years since its release. You can send your Southbound Train requests to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Bedford Tour Guides’ 2019 season of guided walks begins this Sunday. The first walk is entitled ‘I Never Knew That’, and encompasses all the information about Bedford and its many features that you never knew. Bedford has a story waiting to be told around every corner. This walk will give you answers to all those questions about the town but did not know who to ask.
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 here.
It’s Polish Heritage Day on Sunday 5 May and celebrations will start with a mass at the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and St Cuthbert followed by a traditional Polonaize dance at 12.30pm at the Harpur Suite. Everyone welcome.
Rev up and roll up to St Paul’s Square for the second Boyd’s of Bedford monthly bike meet. Following the success of the inaugural event last month, the bikers are ready to do it all again. Take a stroll into town to admire the mean machines – everything from trikes to touring bikes, scooters to superbikes. From 1pm.
From 2pm, Herd will be throwing open their doors and getting the bank holiday party started with the DJing legend, Kev Beadle. Rob Gipson will be kicking things off throughout the afternoon.
This Sunday is World Laughter Day and Cheryl Green of the Bedford Laughter Club will be celebrating at 11am at Waveney Green on Avon Drive. Everyone is welcome to join Cheryl for an hour of laughter. It really is the best tonic! Waveney Green, Avon Drive, MK41 7AE. For more information: email@example.com.
The superb Sunday Soul Sessions return to Esquires this Sunday from 3 – 8pm. Regulars, Geoff Ware and Hammie are joined by guests Alan Leighton and Tom Page.
It’s that time of year again when Bedford’s music fans raise a glass (or two) to Bedford’s Mr Music, Mr Sid Worth at Esquires. Sid’s old band The A band will be playing and introducing many special guests including Fran Pegg, Pete Bonas and members of the Workshop boys. From 5pm.
Swan Theatre Company present Poetry Reading at the Eagle Bookshop. An evening of prose, poetry and drama celebrating the joys and dramas of the garden in all its moods. From 7pm. Tickets: £5
Bank Holiday Sunday at The Kings Arms on St Mary’s features Out Of the Hat live from 6.30pm.
Bank holiday Monday
When the Charlatans’ Tim Burgess recommends a band, you sit up and take notice. That is how FRANKIIE came to the attention of The Roar Club and Club Biscuit, who are bringing the Canadian dream rock outfit to Esquires on the Monday 6 May as part of their first UK tour. Tickets: £7.50