The weekend’s nearly here, so here’s our exclusive roundup of the best of what’s on in and around Bedford.
Join a guided walk at Foster Hill Road Cemetery or in Bedford town centre, check out Shirley Bassey or the Bee Gees tributes at the Corn Exchange, see Spear of Destiny at Esquires, the incredible Christina Biano at the Quarry Theatre, plus lots more live music, DJs, theatre plus a whole day of wellbeing at the Higgins. Enjoy!
It’s Friday the 13th… At the Quarry Theatre, ‘enjoy’ spine-tingling tales of the supernatural from E.F. Benson’s brilliant collection of ghost stories, Night Terrors.
Masterful storytelling from Gerard Logan, who from the deceptive comfort of an easy chair will transport you to a darker, more sinister world where the unexpected and the unexplainable will intrigue and disturb. The tales are dramatic, haunting and hugely memorable. Tickets: £12.50 Age 14+
The Girl from Tiger Bay – this Friday at Bedford Corn Exchange – tells the unique story of Dame Shirley Bassey’s incredible rise to stardom and her magical career spanning 65 years. The ultimate ‘rags to riches’ tale, you will be dazzled by this epic musical show, chronicling this remarkable artiste’s journey from the back streets of Cardiff’s Tiger Bay, to the glitz and glamour of Monte Carlo Bay.
The Girl from Tiger Bay, features stunning dancers, spectacular replica costumes and a sensational saxophonist. Using powerful live performance, narrative and footage, this is a truly unmissable show. Tickets: £20
Four great acts for this Autumn showcase in the Bar at Esquires: The Know and The Maybz have featured regularly at the club’s open mic/jam nights and Twenty20 went down a storm at a recent Sunday afternoon session with Full Circle. Acoustic act Dom Borromeo,- no strangers to Esquires themselves – will start the night off. 8pm. Free entry
Roll Your Own Records are back for their quarterly session at Herd, Bedford. Give them a shout if you want to play a set; all styles and abilities welcome. Vinyl only as ever.
Friday and Saturday
Lilies on the Land is based on real events and interviews with surviving Land Girls, those young women conscripted during WWll to serve as labourers on the nation’s farms.
Some loved it: some hated it. Some had a tolerable time with reasonable hosts: others were treated as slave labour. From out of this experience come four girls with stories to tell – some funny, some sad but most merely illustrating life on the farm in that long-ago era – “during the war”. And throughout, we hear the music and songs from that time.
Before each performance in the foyer, there will be a live performance of songs from the period, so come along early to get ‘In the Mood’.
Friday at 7.30pm / Saturday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets: £12
It’s Wellbeing Saturday at the Higgins Bedford on Castle Lane this weekend. This week’s programme features:
1pm-4pm Creative Art & table top games – free
1.45pm-2.45pm – Relaxing music Sound Bath – taster session – free
2pm-3pm – Wellbeing walk along the river – free
2pm- 4pm – Tea Party Poetry – writing & reading – free (donations for refreshments welcome)
3pm-3.45pm – Mind & Body fusion Pilates – £3
Christina Biano: First Impressions comes to the Quarry Theatre this Saturday. From The Ellen Degeneres Show, The Paul O’Grady Show, and ITV’s The Imitation Game, the girl with thousand voices returns to the UK with a brand new show for this nationwide tour.
Through her uncanny impressions and musical mash- ups, this “comic firecracker with a pyrotechnic voice” (TIME OUT) will celebrate the stars who’ve made lasting impressions on us all.
You Win Again – Celebrating the Music of the Bee Geescomes to Bedford Corn Exchange this Saturday, direct from London’s West End.
Prepare to experience the distinct sound of one the greatest bands to have ever graced the stage in this unforgettable concert spectacular. Immerse yourself in the brothers’ music through the sixties, seventies and eighties – including hits they wrote for artists such as Celine Dion, Diana Ross and Dolly Parton.
Join us for this breath-taking concert spectacular, taking you on a musical journey through all your favourite songs, including: Night Fever, Stayin’ Alive, More Than A Woman, You Should Be Dancing, How Deep is Your Love?, Jive Talkin’, Tragedy, Massachusetts, Words, I’ve Got to Get a Message to You, Too Much Heaven, Islands in the Stream, Grease, If I Can’t Have You and many more!
Spear of Destiny’s ‘One Eyed Jacks’ 35th Anniversary Tour hits Esquires this Saturday. Kirk Brandon heads up their return to the venue to perform the classic album in full.
Mad Mods & Englishmen are live at Holy Moly’s this Saturday.
Anyone that has seen the ‘Mad Mods’ live will tell you that they are no traditional covers band. Their energetic performances have built them a massive following and they have a reputation of packing every venue they play at, and then bringing the house down!
Their repertoire includes hits from The Who, Small Faces, The Kinks, Rolling Stones, Spencer Davis, Yardbirds, The Jam and many more, and yes, they’ve even been known to smash the odd guitar up on stage.Tickets: £8
The Reggaeton and Salsa end of summer fiestais at Herd this Saturday. Head to St Cuthbert’s Street the big End of Summer Fiesta – Latin American style, featuring the UK’s only Latin guitar-playing-DJ and Producer, Miguel Muziq performing LIVE with guest musicians playing the biggest Reggaeton / Salsa / Brazilian Funk / Latino House and Latin Hits.
Entry: £7 (£5 early bird tickets available)11pm – 2am
The guided walk this Sunday takes in the places in the town used by the BBC during the War.
You’ll learn about how the Corn Exchange became home to the BBC Symphony Orchestra and in 1944 hosted the BBC proms, in fact the BBC relocated to Bedford during this period and broadcasted from Bedford studios “Somewhere in England”. During this period a large number of celebrities were drawn to Bedford and performed live, including notable artists such as Vera Lynn, Humphrey Bogart, Gracie Fields, David Niven and Glen Miller.
Meet at 11am at the Old Town Hall, St.Paul’s Square close to the gold plated letter box. Cost £3 per adult & children over 8 years old £1.50. Due to their popularity walks must be pre-booked at the Box Office.
As part of Bedfordshire Walking Festival, join a guided walk around Foster Hill Road Cemetery.Who Do You Think They Were?starts at 1.30pm.
Have you ever read the wording on a headstone and wondered what was really meant? Who do you think they were is a leisurely ramble around the Cemetery during which you will hear about the people buried here and some surprise meanings behind those words written on the headstones.
This walk if free but donations for the cemetery’s upkeep welcome.
Refreshments will be available after the walk for a small charge.
Meet at the Chapel 10 minutes before the start of the walk.
For more information on the annual Bedfordshire Walking Festival visit www.bedswalkfest.co.uk
Also at the Cemetery, at 2.30pm, Transports of Delight – to the Balkans and Beyond in a Very Surprising Wayis a talk by Ian Jack, a geophysicist and seismologist who has explored for oil and gas all over the world since the 1960s. Exploration in remote places sometimes requires trying something completely different and always needs a positive attitude and a sense of humour.
This talk is not about trains or ‘great railway journeys’ or any travelogues of that type. It will be entertaining and will contain surprises. It will take you to some places which are no longer accessible.
Tea and delicious home-made cake will be available for a small charge.
£3.00 – Pay on the door.
(£2.00 event cost for Friends of Bedford Cemetery.)
The Wang Dang Doodle are playing Esquires Sunday Afternoon Session this weekend. From 5pm. Entry free.
Childcare are at Esquires on Sunday. With a string of festivals, including the legendary Reading and Leeds, and a recent Radio 1 Maida Vale session tucked safely under their belts, the band’s vivid and visceral live show has gone from strength to strength.
A production of Sense and Sensibilityis at the Place Theatre this Sunday. The Dashwood sisters have a very different approach to their love lives. Elinor has much more Sense, but Marianne has a great deal of Sensibility.
Heroes, heartbreak and debonair villains, all topped off with a dashing duel, will have you falling in love with this wonderful Austen novel and leave you wondering, are you an Elinor or a Marianne? Tickets: £12