Your Bedford weekend starts here: 10 – 12 May 2019

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Pack away your brolly, the weather forecast is looking great, so get out and about with our top tips for your perfect Bedford weekend…

Friday

Get your weekend off to a great start this Friday with another funky night of rare groove at The Third Place. Paul Miller will be Hitting the Groove. Entry is free.

From 8pm at Esquires, two great bands are lined up in the bar. It’s a welcome returns for both We Are GIANTS and All The 1’s

Over at the Bedford Corn Exchange, experience a night full of fun with the Live/Wire The AC/DC Show.

The hugely successful and unique six-man tribute to rock music’s greatest band AC/DC, complete with cannons, a wall of Marshalls’ and over two hours of High Voltage Rock ‘n’ Roll in a show critically acclaimed for its closeness in look and sound to the real thing. Tickets: £15

StageWrite, one of Bedford’s annual theatrical highlights, returns to The Place Theatre for its 7th year. Run by local companies LifeBox Theatre and No Loss Productions, StageWrite 2019 brings you new work selected from emerging and established writers from all over the UK.

Four performances will take place as double bills over two nights (Thursday and Friday) and will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the writers, directors and actors. Previous plays from the festival have gone on to be developed and performed to sell out audiences at Bedfringe and also in London venues and at Reading Fringe Festival. 7.30pm Tickets: £8

Saturday

LYLM19Bedford is celebrating Love Your Local Market this weekend, with free facepainting and balloon modelling at the market in Harpur Square, plus Gumbles fairground rides. The handmade in Bedford market will be in residence, alongside the traditional Saturday Charter Market on St Paul’s Square.

As part of National Cemeteries Week, the Friends of Foster Hill Road Cemetery will be leading two walks through the cemetery this Saturday at 11.30am and 2.30pm.

These walks will try to cover all aspects of the cemetery’s life (or death). They will look at military memorials, complete family groups, local worthies, children and just curious ones. You will learn how and why the cemetery came into existence, its organisation and its future. This is an idle stroll around the cemetery to fascinating places and there should be something to interest everyone.

The walks are free and last approximately 1.5 hours. Meet at the Chapel 10 mins before the start of the walk. There will be refreshments available at the end of the walks for a small charge.

Please note: The cemetery ground is uneven so please wear appropriate shoes. When viewing memorials, please do not lean on them.

The St Cuthbert’s Arcade is celebrating its very own independents’ day this Saturday and everyone’s invited! From 10am – 4pm there will be arts and crafts demonstrators, children’s entertainers, costumer characters and more.

Saturday & Sunday

Calling all budding scientists! Gallones ice cream parlour in the Old Arcade is hosting robotics workshops this weekend. You’ll have the opportunity to release your imagination and use creativity to design a unique creation and then build working machines and test them in action.

Workshops start at 10.30am and bookings are via this Eventbrite link.

Matty Archer DJs at Herd this Saturday from 10pm.

From 8pm, Elijah Miller is playing an acoustic session ahead of his EP release ‘IDONTLIKETHECOLD’ at Third Place in Bedford. Since his success with his latest single ‘Alfred Benson’ Elijah has been back in the studio writing and recording new material with his next EP set to be released on the 31st of May. This event is free entry and 18+

On Saturday at 7.30pm, the Bedford Sinfonia performs at St Peters Church. The evening is entitled, Small But Perfectly Formed and features Soloists Emily Groom (violin) Alex Collins (violin) and Conductor Michael Rose. The programme includes Schubert’s Overture in the Italian Style in C, Bach’s Double Violin Concerto, Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll and Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 (‘Jupiter’)

Wired play live at the King’s Arms St Mary’s this Saturday from 9pm

Sunday

Bedford Flea
Pick up a bargain

This Sunday, the Bedford Flea will be back in St Paul’s Square from 11am – 4pm. Stallholders will be selling everything from furniture to clothes, collectables to vinyl and the Affordable Art Market will showcase some of Bedford’s best artists.

Pop across the road to Made in Bedford at Number 13 to buy some locally made loveliness and pick up some vegan-friendly food. Next door, the Oxfam shop has an amazing range of second-hand books and vinyl to browse and buy.

Sunday Afternoon Session at Esquires features Vintage Stuff, Bedford-based Blues/Rock band that refuses to grow old. From 5pm. Free entry

Your Bedford weekend is brought to you by the Bedford Clanger in association with Explore Bedford