Your Bedford weekend is here: 12 – 14 July 2019

Music in the Meadows
Music in the Meadows (photo taken pre-Covid)

It’s one of our favourite weekends of the year, so come on over to Bedford and join in the fun…


Cult Fiction

Cult Fiction are at Bedford Esquires this Friday. They’re a five-piece UK/Midlands based tribute band celebrating the music of The Cult right across their career up to and including the latest album.

If you want Sanctuary…They sell it!

Live And let Rock are quite simply the Ultimate Tribute to Rock, playing the largest anthems from the rock spectrum. Tickets: £11


Cloud Nothings+ Guests are at Bedford Esquires this Friday.
Tickets: £12


Taste Bedford

If you want the best street food, amazing music and family-friendly fun, head to Mill Meadows (opposite the Embankment pub) on Saturday for this year’s Taste Bedford festival. 

Now in its third year, the hugely popular event attracts thousands of foodies to Bedford’s embankment to enjoy food, drink and entertainment. From mac n cheese to Punjabi street food via vegan sweet and savoury treats, there’s something for everyone, plus enjoy professional chef demos in the Food Theatre.

Headliners, The Scruff, will be on the Victorian bandstand, so pull up a deckchair, grab some food and let them entertain you! From 11am – 5pm. Entry free.

Ashley Falls

At Esquires tonight, there’s an awesome night of pop punk to kick start the summer.
Ashley Falls– 23:00 – Close
(INTERLUDE) – 21:55
Insomniacs – 21:15
Diversion – 20:30
(There will be around a 1 hour interlude in the show as there is an orchestra upstairs.)

Jilted Generation

Jilted Generation – The Definitive tribute to The Prodigy – Saturday 13th July The best Prodigy tribute in the land are touching down on the Esquires main stage on Saturday 13th July!

Jilted Generation painstakingly recreate the sights and sounds of one of the UK’s best loved bands, with all profits from this show going to the local branch of mental health charity Mind.
Tickets: £8

Dr Dre 2001

No Strings Attached present a LIVE orchestral rendition of DR. DRE: 2001

Accompanied by DJ’s, singers, and lyricists – this is not your average orchestral event.This is the combination of a traditional Orchestra merging with a modern live hip-hop music event. Tickets: £22.90

The Pad Presents LoadedFrom 11pm, the The Pad team are back together for a night of indie dancefloor destroyers from the past to the future! Why? Because we want to have a good time. At Esquires.

For 15 consecutive years, The Pad stood tall as its own oasis in a sea of high street dirge, laying down the finest music every Saturday at their Loaded sessions.

Expect to hear Arctics, Beastie Boys, Stone Roses, Fatboy Slim, Idles, Blur, Foals, Strokes, Libertines, Daft Punk, Bowie, Blondie, Fontaines DC, Jamie T, Florence and everything in between.


Music in the MeadowsThe Music in the Meadows free summer bandstand concerts return to Mill Meadows on the Embankment this weekend, with entertainment from the Salvation Army Band.

From 3 – 5pm, everyone’s welcome to come along and bring the family – and a picnic – to enjoy two hours of traditional bandstand music in this lovely spot on the banks of the River Great Ouse.

This week’s guided walk takes you along the banks of the jewel in Bedford’s crown, the River Great Ouse.

During the Victorian & Edwardian periods the banks of the River Great Ouse in Bedford was the place to spend one’s leisure time. Whether promenading or pleasure boating, the Embankment was the place to be seen.

This entertaining and informative circular walk along the banks of the River Great Ouse, described as being one if the finest riverside settings in England, takes in the Victorian Embankment, the bridges & ornamental gardens.

Meet at the Old Town Hall, St.Paul’s Square close to the gold plated letter box. Cost £3 per person, must be pre-booked at the Box Office. More information on their website.

Bonas BrothersThe Bonas Brothers make a welcome return to Esquires at the Sunday Afternoon Session this week.

Next week:

Roll on Monday and the launch of Bedfringe

Brought to you in association with Explore Bedford and the Bedford Clanger.