Your Bedford weekend starts here: 17 -19 May 2019

Bedford Sinfonia Orchestra

We’ve got the cream of Bedford’s cultural offering for you this weekend. Live music, DJs, vintage pop ups, guided walks, theatre and more. Enjoy!

Dalston MillionairesThose Dalston Millionaires (Gav & Martin) return to Bedford’s best late night eating and watering hole – Herd – for an evening of bar-friendly House and Disco (with the potential for some late night dancing too!) After their last jam-packed appearance on New Year’s Eve and Halloween, they are very much looking forward to seeing you all there again. From 8pm

Friday Night BlenderRoll up to the Friday Night Blender party at Danny’s Bar Esquires. Featuring easydread, Banton, The Reformers and DJArmands Melkis holding down the decks all night. Free entry.


Average SexWhen Average Sex played Esquires recently supporting Tim Burgess, we fell for them hard. Buzzsaw indie pop that falls somewhere between The Ramones, Britpop and The Primitives, and in singer Laetitia Bocquet they have a genuine superstar in their midsts.  Tickets are a mere £8.50 each


BrainstormInside every adolescent brain, 86 billion neurons connect and collide to produce the most frustrating, chaotic and exhilarating changes that will ever happen to us.

Bedford School’s own Boycott Theatre Company present to you BRAINSTORM. A unique theatrical investigation into how teenagers’ brains work, and why they’re designed by evolution to be the way they are.

Created with cognitive neuroscientist Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore and drawing upon the life experiences of the cast, Brainstorm is a thrilling exploration of the most frustrating, chaotic and exhilarating changes that will ever happen to us. 7.30pm. Tickets £5


Islands in the Stream

Enjoy the songs of the Queen and King of country music – Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers at Bedford Corn Exchange this Friday.

Leave your 9 to 5 worries at the door and get ready for a night in the company of Country Music Royalty!

This thigh-slapping stage show brings together the beloved glamour and personality of Dolly, along with Kenny’s charisma and energy with hit after hit including: JoleneRuby9 to 5LucilleHere You Come AgainThe GamblerI Will Always Love YouCoward of the County, plus the smash hit Islands in the Stream. 7.30pm Tickets: £12


We Are Not DevoThe Pad Presents love Devo. The Pad Presents were never going to be able to book Devo, so they are putting on the next best thing for a night of potato based musical wonderment – We Are Not Devo at Esquires.

Pay attention to your Gut Feeling, come watch them and spend quality time with your friends Jerkin Back ‘n’ Forth to avoid fast falling Space Junk.

Don’t Shrivel Up for the Girl U Want; Be Stiff. Use your God given Freedom of Choice to Slap Your Mammy or simply Whip it good, because with WAND, Uncontrollable Urges can be met with Satisfaction in this Beautiful, Wiggly World. 8pm Tickets: £9

Friday and Saturday

Amy's ViewSwan Theatre Company present the final production in their 2018/19 season, Amy’s View by David Hare (Racing Demon, Skylight) directed by Paul Frecknall.

Originally staged by the Royal National Theatre in 1997, before transferring to the West End in 1998 and Broadway in 1999, Amy’s View is set in 1979. Esme Allen (Jo Phillimore) is a well-known West End actress caught in a changing West End climate that is trying for performers.

A visit from her young daughter, Amy (Lissy Malt) with a new boyfriend Dominic, (Simo Vaz) sets in motion a series of events which only find their shape sixteen years later. At the Place Theatre. Tickets: £12.00

Art Under the BedThe Art Under the Bed sale has been extended until this Saturday. Opening hours are 11am – 4pm at the Basement at Bunyan and the exhibition is full of work by local artists, selling for half price or below. A great place to pick up a bargain, or just enjoy a browse.


Higgins Bedford
This weekend’s Stressbusting Saturday at the Higgins features a new activity. Join like-minded adults for a gentle stroll along the river between 3pm-4pm. Everyone’s welcome. Meet in reception to take part.


Pop Up vintage shopFancy grabbing some one-off vintage & handmade pieces at bargain prices? Then check out the vintage pop up shop at Mill Yard Bedford. Items starting from just £1. Open from 10am – 4pm.


Bedford Sinfonia OrchestraBedfordshire Symphony Orchestra performs An International Concert this Saturday at Bedford Corn Exchange. Soloist Mengyang Pan (piano); Conductor Michael Rose; Wagner Prelude and Liebestod; Grieg Piano Concerto in A Minor; Sibelius Symphony No. 5 in E Flat. Tickets from £12


Atari Youth ClubThis Saturday The Kings Arms St Mary’s has live music from the fabulous ‘Atari Youth’ playing all your favourite tunes from 9pm.


Daddy Long Legs

At Esquires this Saturday, Daddy Long Legs take the blues and turns them inside out, upside down, round about and renews their primal energy.


Only fools and murder

This Saturday, head to Mandela House, Peckham (actually, the Harpur Suite) to join Del and Rodney for this night of murder and mystery. Bonnet de douche! Tickets £25 per person and include 3 course meal.


Leap for LuluFrom 9am, Twinwoods Adventure is hosting a family fun day as part of the Leap for Lulu event. Dozens of Bedfordians will be jumping from the top of a 125′ tower at Twinwoods Adventure to raise funds for the Great Denham 6 year-old whose family is fundraising for treatment in the US. There will be lots of things to do throughout the day, so bring the family along and help with the fundraiser., The Bedford Independent team and their families will be jumping, and there’s still time to sponsor us.

Vegan breakfastThe Cafe Virtuoso vegan pop up is back at Roosters this Sunday. Brunch, smoothies and afternoon tea will be served from 10am – 4pm.


Bedford Tour Guides
This weekend’s guided tour takes in the places used by BBC during the War when announcing a programme from “Somewhere In England”? Walk begins at 11am.

Pre-booking essential. Visit the website for more details.


HerdSunday afternoon chilled vibes at Herd this Sunday to raise funds for SpectaculArts. Head over and show your support for our community, working together. Herd is open from midday with the Spectacularts event from 5pm.


DennyThe Denny McCaffrey Band is a 10 piece outfit which was created to perform tracks from Denny’s catalouge with the help of fabulous chosen musicians and singers who were keen to share the experience. They’ll be playing soul, jazz at funk at this week’s Sunday Afternoon Session at Esquires.


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