Your Bedford weekend starts here: 11 – 13 January

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Ghost Valley RC

Get ready for another fun-packed Bedford weekend.

As well as theatre, live music and story-telling, there’s also the small matter of Bedford Town Football Club competing in the Second Round Proper of the FA Trophy at Chesterfield FC this Saturday. It’s the club’s biggest match for 19 years, so whether you’re heading up to the Spirerites for the game or will be following on the radio, let’s get behind the mighty Eagles from 3pm! #COYB

Bedford Town FC

Saturday and Sunday

Game Play Weekender at the Place Theatre (£15 ticket accesses the whole weekend’s activities)

Saturday – The Place will be filled with old computer games consoles whilst upstairs the team from Adventurers Wanted will be joining us for a session dedicated to discovering Tabletop Role Playing games. Learn more about creating characters, building worlds and how to get the most fun out of shared storytelling. With activities, games and opportunities to learn more about this exciting, immersive experience that’s fun for all the family.

On Saturday night please join us in the auditorium at 8:00pm where the Adventurers Wanted team will play through a live RolePlaying adventure of ‘Kids On Bikes’, Games Mastered by venue producer Alex Levene. This completely improvised live game will see our intrepid adventurers play as young teens, stuck in a boring suburban town, taking on the strange and otherworldly denizens of the night. Think Stranger Things, meets Goosebumps, meets IT… but all in your head

Sunday – The Place will be filled with old computer games consoles and board games, Bedford Board Gamers will be filling the rooms upstairs with a chance to get involved with a whole day playing some of the best and most exciting tabletop games for players from 6-60+ yrs old.

Ghost Valley RC

After a brilliant visit to the venue in July well be welcoming the team from Ghost Valley RC back with their live action remote-controlled car Mario Kart track, this time with an adults-only full competition for Sunday evening.

Note that this show is suitable for children 12+.

Friday

Tonight at the Place Theatre, Seth Kriebels Beowulf is an interactive performance-game inviting you to explore the world of a legendary story from our ancient past… without leaving your seat.  Illuminating the original epic, each show is unique, guided by your choices. An evocative soundscape accompanies your journey through strange lands, to discover forgotten monsters and bring a Viking heros tale back to life 1,000 years after his adventures. Why, after all these years, do we still tell each other stories about monsters that lurk in dark? 7.30pm

At Esquires tonight, Astroid Boys are one of the most exciting new artists in the UK today. The band have a DIY ethos rooted in the punk and hardcore scene, mixed with the raw, narrative approach of grime culture – their sound fuses together multiple perspectives, channeling their aggressions and woes into a platform for creative expression and escapism. This is a postponed show from Saturday 24th November – All tickets are still valid for this new date. Tickets £12 available from Slide Record Shop, Mario’s Hair Design and Esquires Bar

Astroid Boys

Saturday

Foster Hill Road Cemetery hosts Tea & Tales – the Scandal of Frank Spooner and other stories for grown ups this Saturday from 2.30 – 5pm.  Frank Spooner was Bedfordshire’s first Director of Education: young, capable and driven, but ultimately mired in scandal. Listen to this true Edwardian story as it unfolds day by day, hour by hour. Mark Steinhardt has been given access to the primary documents so he is able to bring these sad events fully to life. Spooner was a complicated man. How will the story end? Mark will balance the history with a couple of traditional tales which you will be able to enjoy with your tea and a mouth-watering selection of cakes. Everyone welcome. The price of £6.50 includes stories, tea and cake. (£5.50 for Members)

Everyone is welcome to attend the Extinction Rebellion Bedfordshire meeting at The Panacea Museum to discuss environmental concerns and further actions to bring awareness to the local public, media and ask local authorities to act with urgency regarding the impending climate breakdown to declare a climate emergency. Anyone interested in the environment and who feels powerless in light of governments inaction to address these issues, here is your chance to get involved to create positive changes. Extinction Rebellion is a nationwide movement. They are are a peaceful non violent organisation.  1.30 – 2.30pm. Meet in reception. Refreshments available.

Extinction Rebellion

Goodnight Venice are back at Danny’s Bar at Esquires for a night of rock n roll.
Support from FaceDown and The Maybz. 7.30pm Entry is free.

Goodnight Venice

Esquires is bringing back the Foo Fighters GB, following their sold out show in 2018. Celebrating the hits of the Foo Fighters in full volume, Foo Fighters GB have quickly established themselves as the UK’s finest and most talked about tribute to the Foo Fighters.  They’ve been rocking out festivals and music venues since summer 2015 with their charismatic and adrenaline pumping show. The resemblance and re-creation of their performance will leave you feeling like you’ve seen the Foos themselves. Entry £10 in advance from Seetickets or in person from Esquires Bar, Slide Record Store & Mario’s Hair Design

Foo Fighters GB

Sunday

Coming up this Sunday Star Club Rowing New Years head. First crews set off just after 8am for a busy day. Parking restrictions are in place on The Embankment from 7am and the Longholme Cafe will be running an express service on their bacon buns for rowers and spectators alike.

Star Rowing club

Cheap Thrill$ play the Sunday Session at Esquires. They’re a four piece rock, blues and soul covers band from Bedford, playing everyting from Aretha to Bonnie Raitt, Janis Joplin, Blondie and lots more!