Your Bedford weekend starts here: 12 – 14 April 2019

Star Seekers

We’ve nearly got that Friday feeling, so it’s time to start planning your perfect Bedford weekend. Family activities, live music, theatre, Record Store Day and Doctor Who. As usual, there is something for everyone!


As part of the Higgins’ Easter holiday activities, artist Katie Allen will running Pop Art print-making workshops throughout the day. Workshops take place at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm.  The cost is £3 per child and can be booked in advance by purchasing a ticket from the Higgins’ reception. The museum is currently unable to take bookings over the phone or online.

Bonnie & Clyde – The Musical is at the Place Theatre this Friday and Saturday and tells the story of America’s most notorious lovers and bank robbers, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. Frustrated with their poor, ordinary lives, Bonnie and Clyde both dream of the excitement they have seen in the movies and their mutual desire for fame sets them on a mission to chase their dreams. This Bedford Drama Company product features a superb soundtrack of blues, gospel and rockabilly music. 7.30pm Suitable for 15+. Tickets £15

V – Raising Money for Teenage Cancer has been organised by a group of Bedford College students.  The aim of this event is to raise as much money as possible for Teenage Cancer Trust. From 6.30pm £5

In Esquires bar on Friday check out Rylands HeathLiam Rowlandsand Domenico Borromeofrom 8.30pm. Free Admission

From tonight (and every 2ndFriday of the month) Leigh the Flava will be dishing up some Gourmet Soul at Herd on St Cuthbert’s Street.

Over at the Third Place, Paul Miller’s night of rare groove, funk and soul returns. Paul will be Hitting the Groove from 9pm.


On Saturday 13 April, Slide Record Shop will be a hive of activity as part of the annual Record Store Day celebrations.  Last year’s event saw eager customers queuing the length of the Arcade, hoping to get their hands on the prized limited-edition vinyl.

Sharing in the RSD19 fun, Full Metal Skillet @ Roosters  and Beerfly on St Cuthbert’s Street are hosting a block party from noon. Full Metal Skillet will be serving Filipino street food for a fiver and Beerfly has 10% off beers bought in-store with if you show them your RSD purchases. Roll Your Own Records are DJing at Slide Record Shop in the morning and at Beerfly in the afternoon. You can also earn yourself a free tea or coffee if you show your RSD purchase to any of the bar team at the Embankment. It’s the Embankment’s tenth birthday weekend, so there’s bound to be a party going on there too!


The fifth annual Bedford Who Charity Con takes on Saturday, including special guest appearances from Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred, Janet Fielding, Louise Jameson, Carole Ann Ford, Michael Jayston and Mike Tucker. Run for and by fans, this is an amazing opportunity to meet and chat to the guests in a friendly, relaxed and informal event. With overwhelmingly positive feedback, Bedford Who Charity Con is definitely not to be missed. All profits are donated to Bedford Foodbank. So far, they have raised over £13,000 for the charity. 10am – 5.30pm Adults:  £42.50 14-18s and full time students:  £22.50 Under 14s:  £15 Family tickets from £50 University of Bedforshire Theatre, Polhill Avenue, Bedford MK41 9EA For further information: for details

At Esquires this Saturday, London Calling, the premier UK Clash tribute band will be will be paying homage to the platinum-selling London Calling LP by playing the entire double album in track sequence, followed by a ‘best of’ set to include classic songs like ‘I Fought The Law’ ‘White Man In Hammersmith Palais’ ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go’ ‘Clash City Rockers’ ‘Complete Control’ and ‘White Riot’. 8pm Tickets: £10 Tickets also available from Esquires Bar, Slide Record Shop and Mario’s Hair Design

SuburbiaAt the King’s Arms on St Mary’s, this Saturday, SUBURBIA will be playing from 9pm.

At the Corn Exchange, and featuring the world’s leading Elvis performer Chris Connor, the Word Famous Elvis Show will leave you speechless, taking you back in time to The King’s heyday. If you are an Elvis fan and appreciate authenticity and respect for Elvis then this show is for you. Every cast member performs live with no sheet music in sight and with Elvis in their hearts and soul.

You are invited to Marty MacDonald’s Farm (at the Harpur Suite) today for Pongo’s Party. Today is the day that Pongo the Pig has been waiting for – that’s right, it’s his birthday! He’s been dropping hints to his friends all year, so is looking forward to a fantastic party… but the trouble is, nobody seems to remember! Come dressed in your best party clothes and help make Pongo’s Party a day to remember, by joining in a show full of fun, songs and laughter – play in a huge children’s band and take part in the town’s biggest ever game of pass the parcel! With a colourful farmyard and host of loveable puppet characters, Pongo’s Party is a family show particularly suitable for 2 – 7 year olds – and includes a special guest appearance by the Easter Bunny himself! 2pm. Adults £10.50 Child £9.50


The Star Seekers are at the Place Theatre this Sunday. Alph, Betty and Gammo need your help to save their space station, collect all the orbs and delve into the great unanswered question of the universe: what do astronauts really have for tea?Inspired by our childhood wonder of the universe, award-winning The Wardrobe Ensemble have created a unique theatrical experience for children. Fresh from a run at the National Theatre, The Star Seekers is an interactive show that explores the limitless majesty of galaxies, the solar system, shooting stars and planets through songs, silliness and anti-gravity antics.  Performances at 2pm and 6pm Adults: £5 Children: £8.50

The Sunday Afternoon Session at Esquires features Maxwell’s “Machines” – the name of the new band formed by Don J Maxwell, founder member of “MaxwellHammer&Smith”.Joining him on drums and vocals is X “DragonForce” drummer, Dave Mackintosh and on guitar and vocals is “Fletch” Fletcher, both session man and producer. From 5pm

Coming up:

RSC As You Like ItRSC Live: As You Like It at the Quarry Theatre
Wednesday 17 April
This is the Quarry Theatre’s very first Royal Shakespeare Company live broadcast. Come into the forest; dare to change your state of mind. Rosalind is banished, wrestling with her heart and her head. With her cousin by her side, she journeys to a world of exile where barriers are broken down and all can discover their deeper selves. Director Kimberley Sykes (Dido, Queen of Carthage) directs a riotous, exhilarating version of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy. Tickets: £14.50

Skeptics in the Pub: the Unifiying Theory of Gay
Thursday 18 April at 7.30pm
For decades, science has been fascinated by the LGBTQ+ community. What makes gay people gay? How does sexuality affect one’s behaviour, appearance, or ability to raise children? These are the questions that science has asked and the answers have had an impact not only within the scientific world, but also on public policy and the rights of LGBTQ+ citizens. Join scientist Cerys Bradley, a part time comedian and full time gay, as they look at the science conducted in answer of these questions
North End Social Club, 60 Roff Avenue, Bedford MK41 7TW

Bad Manners

BAD MANNERS + Easydread
Thursday 18th April – Bedford Esquires
Kick off the bank holiday weekend in ska style as the mighty Bad Manners return to the main stage at Esquires on Thursday 18th April! Bad Manners were at their peak during the late 1970s and early 1980s, during a period when other ska revival bands, such as Madness and The Specials, The Beat and The Selecter filled the charts. Bad Manners spent 111 weeks in the UK singles chart between 1980 and 1983 with hits including “My Girl Lollipop”, “Lip Up Fatty”, “Ne Ne Na Na Na Na Nu Nu”, “Lorraine”, “Just A Feeling”, “Walking In The Sunshine”, “Can Can” and “Special Brew”.  Tickets are £20 adv +BF – Advance tickets highly advised, we cannot guarantee there will be any on the door!

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