Your Bedford Weekend starts here: 1 – 3 November 2019


Here’s our exclusive roundup of what’s on this weekend. Comedy, theatre, poetry (at the new Eagle Bookshop) plus plenty of ‘spooktacular’ Halloween shenanigans.

From Sunday, preparations for Remembrance Sunday commence, with two events including a ceremony at Foster Hill Road Cemetery for the Highland regiments who lost their lives while billeted in Bedford.



Halloween themed children’s cinema
Great Denham Village Hall
3.30pm / £1.50 per child

This afternoon it’s the Halloween themed Children’s Cinema at Great Denham Village Hall.

The PG-rated film will be a surprise, but if you want a clue, ‘there are some ghoulish goings on put we hope they enjoy their stay…’

Entry includes popcorn/sweets and a drink. Doors open at 3pm and film starts at 3:30pm.

Quiz NightQuiz Night
Great Denham Village Hall
7.30pm / £3 per person

Tonight is the popular Great Denham Quiz Night. A maximum of 10 to a team with a cash prize for winner and runner up.

The Cureheads vs Siouxsie & the Budgiees
Bedford Esquires

+ DJs spinning the best in 80’s & alternative sounds until 2am

As part of Esquires’ monthly tribute club it’s the  return of The Cureheads who will be performing the best of The Cure live with very special guest support Siouxsie and the Budgiees for a Halloween Special.

The Floyd Effect – Pink Floyd Tribute Show
Bedford Corn Exchange
7.30pm / £22

 Pink Floyd’s recording career spanned almost three decades and, for its 2019 tour, The Floyd Effect has chosen two of the band’s most remarkable albums to create its Wall Around The Moon tour.

Forty years after its release, The Wall (1979) remains a classic of the genre, and the band will be spotlighting this together with a complete, unbroken performance of the iconic Dark Side Of The Moon (1973) – two albums that between them have sold 75 million copies worldwide. Concerts will also include tracks from albums such as Wish You Were Here, Animals and The Division Bell, delighting Pink Floyd fans everywhere.

Halloween Silent Disco
Bedford Esquires
10.30pm / £5

The DJ teams from both The Pad and Esquires are teaming up for a very special tonight with their annual Halloween Silent Disco! Three DJs will be playing indie, hip hop, 80s, cheese, pop punk, garage and rock plus Halloween and some nasty surprises…

Dress code – dress to distress!

Friday and Saturday

Panacea centenaryAlbany Road
The Place Theatre
7.30pm / £12/£10

In 1814 Joanna Southcott died, leaving a selection of her prophecies sealed in a box that she said should be opened in a time of national danger by 24 bishops of the Church of England.

In 1919 Mabel Barltrop, having learned about Joanna Southcott’s box, founded The Panacea Society in Bedford.

Albany Road, like An Evening with Jane Austen in 2017 and last year’s Vote! is a new play devised and performed by Certain Age to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Panacea Society. The play deals with a fascinating piece of Bedford’s history and will focus on Joanna Southcott and Mabel Barltrop, two women with strong beliefs who had the charisma to attract large groups of supporters.


The Noise Next Door at Sea
The Quarry Theatre at St Luke’s
2pm / £10/£8

The Noise Next Door are the U.K’s premier improv comedy troupe and they will be delighting family audiences with their shiny new family show.

Join their crazy crew for an adventure on the high seas as they need your help to chase down the fearsome Captain Bloodbeard.

The Noise Next Door will take audience suggestions – the more random and silly the better – and transform them into jaw-dropping scenes and mind-blowing songs in the blink of an eye that are equal parts swash-buckling and side-splitting.

With mermaids, magic, sea-shanties and swords, this anarchic afternoon with the quickest wits in comedy is one you’ll treasure forever.

As seen on BBC1’s ‘The One Show’ and ITV1’s ‘Tonight at the Palladium’.


Herd Halloween Party
Herd, St Cuthbert’s Street
9pm / free

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at Herd – their annual Halloween party with DJ Souprovydor.

As always there’s a prize for best fancy dress. Entry is free but space is limited, so come early. Last entry is absolutely 1am.

Banton EP release show
Bedford Esquires
7pm / £5

Come on down the Bedford Esquires on Saturday 2nd November to celebrate as Banton’s debut EP is released into the wild. Support from The Courts and The Quids.

The Noise Next Door – REMIX!
The Quarry Theatre at St Luke’s
7.30pm / £12.50/£10.50

Fresh from their swash-buckling family-friend afternoon show, the boys are back on Saturday evening with a brand spanking new, full length adult evening show.

Eight-time sell-out veterans of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and regular visitors to the Quarry Theatre, The Noise Next Door leave audiences everywhere in awe of their lightning-quick wit and totally original comedic talents.

Taking audience suggestions, the cheeky and charming quartet, transform them into fantastically funny scenes and songs in the blink of an eye with a perfect blend of ludicrous characters, witty one-liners, epic stories, and explosive physicality.

Highly recommended!


Bedford Pipe Band – Highland Division Service of Remembrance
Foster Hill Road Cemetery

You are invited to join with Bedford Pipe Band for their Remembrance Service for all service personnel, and especially to commemorate the young men of the Highland regiments who died in Bedford from a measles epidemic whilst under training, and awaiting departure for the Front.

The pipers will be present, together with representatives of the Services.

Meet at the Chapel from 10am. The Parade is planned to form up around 10.30am and the two minute silence will be at the Cross of Sacrifice at 1am

There will be refreshments in the Chapel at 11.25am.

The parade will take place out of doors and all attending should be adequately clothed.

Parking at the Chapel will be restricted to invited guests who are in receipt of a car pass. All others should park in the car park in Foster Hill Road.
Please email – if you have restricted mobility and are unable to walk up to the Chapel.

Swan Poetry: Romans
Eagle Bookshop, St Peter’s Street
7pm / £5

Members of Swan Theatre Company and guests present an evening of poetry, lightly spiced with prose and drama, in the appropriately bookish surroundings of the Eagle Bookshop, at its new premises on St Peter’s Street, Bedford.

What did the Romans ever do for us? From Julius Caesar to The Life of Brian – poetry, prose and drama reflecting on the glories of Rome and building towards Swan’s production of Julius Caesar later in the month.

Vintage Stuff @ Sunday Afternoon Session
Bedford Esquires
5pm / free

Bedford based Blues/Rock band that refuses to grow old

Bedfordshire Festival of Remembrance
Bedford Corn Exchange
7.30pm / £18

Bedfordshire Royal British Legion invites you to join with them in our own County “Festival of Remembrance” raising money for the Poppy Appeal.

This year the Legion encourages everyone to “Remember Together” to commemorate the service and sacrifice that many of our friends, Allies, and Commonwealth nations made alongside Britain in defence of its freedoms, values, and the way of life we enjoy today.

At the heart of “Remember Together” are the British, Commonwealth and Allied Armed Forces, the men and women of the resistance, the Secret Service operatives, and the incalculable civilian support that carried us thorough this nations darkest hours.

This year marks the 75th anniversaries of some of the most extraordinary battles in history:  Monte Cassino, Kohima and Imphal, Arnhem through to D-Day and the liberation of Europe.

This year’s performance is packed with music and back by popular demand are the amazing D-Day Darlings who will be taking us through those classic wartime melodies for you to sing along too, with music from Bedford Brass and the Bedford Pipe band who will entertain you, along with a special tribute from guest appearance from a George Formby tribute to “keeping the home front alive”

Performances on the evening too by the choir of “Alive and Kicking” and the Beds & Herts Army Cadet Corps of Drums.

With a cast of 200 this is really going to be a memorable Act of Remembrance.

Your Bedford Weekend is in association with the Explore Bedford
and the Bedford Clanger

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