Your Bedford weekend starts here: 18 – 20 October 2019


Our EXCLUSIVE weekend roundup is here, with our pick of the best things to do in and around Bedford.

From Bromham Apple Day to an AC/DC tribute band via Extravaganza’s drag and burlesque fest, there’s plenty to choose from.


600 People
The Place Theatre
7.30pm Tickets: £12
Somewhere between stand-up and an astrophysics lecture, Third Angel brings you a simple show about huge ideas: the story of how a three-hour conversation with an astrophysicist changed the way Alex understands the way the Universe works.

600 People explores how we think about evolution and intelligence, belief and invention, communication and space travel. A show that explores the stories we tell in order to understand our place in the cosmos. A show that asks if there are extra terrestrials in our galaxy. A show that asks what it means to be human.

We said they were big ideas…

“Like the best teachers, he has a way of unpacking complex subjects and making them digestible… in its own quiet way this show is full of wonder.” The Stage

“Wow! Completely stunning!” “Genuinely mind-boggling!” audience reaction


Jacqui Dankworth and Butterfly’s Wing ‘Le Départ’
Quarry Theatre at St Luke’s
7.30pm Tickets: £18
To celebrate the London launch of their first CD, Le Départ, the unique chamber jazz group ‘Butterfly’s Wing’ entices you into their stunning soundworld and thoughtful virtuosity.

David Gordon and Jacqui Dankworth’s collaboration provides the thrust of the original material, interspersed with some new arrangements of classic songs, masterfully arranged by David for these four distinguished performers.

Stripped of the usual jazz rhythm section of bass and drums, this group produces a transparent sound, by turns magical, intense, witty, rhythmically powerful – the ideal setting for Jacqui’s unmistakeable approach to song.

“One of our finest singers, regardless of category” THE SUNDAY TIMES

“It was unique and authentic and a programme full of dynamic and diverse music from four wonderful artists.” Eastern Daily Times


Extravaganza Bedford presents
TWISTED CABARET’s Rock n Roll Circus
8pm – 12am Tickets: £12
The Twisted Cabaret team returns to Esquires’ newly refurbished Room 2, following their last sell-out event.

Twisted Cabaret brings together top-class performers from the UK burlesque, drag and live music scenes for a darkly gothic evening of glamour, horror and decadence.

Ruby Wednesday will return to compere, introducing acts including the Unquiet Dead, Charity Kase, Miss Fortune, Naomi Wood and Ginger Snaps.


8pm Tickets: £10
HMLTD bring their much-anticipated show to Esquires.

The band’s creative output is unparalleled when it comes to new ‘guitar’ bands. With a wide range of influences ranging from glam punk to electro, with 80’s leanings, HMLTD are one of the most exciting and visceral live artists to have broken out of the UK music scene for a very long time.

“We have caught them on a few occasions and their live show is an event in itself,” said Esquires’ Gareth Barber. “DO NOT MISS THIS GIG!”

Support on the night comes from Drug Store Romeos and one of our fave locals Basement Strippers. Read Lloyd Lugsden’s interview for the Bedford Clanger with the band here.


A Happening
The Place Theatre
2pm – 5pm Free entry

ELFT (NHS) Arts Therapies Team and The Place Bedford invite you to A Happening.
This is an inclusive afternoon of artistic exploration and creative collaboration, open to all with no need to book.


Film screening: Evelyn (cert: 15)
The Place Bedford
5.30pm Free entry
The Place Bedford are joining forces with the NHS team from ELFT to screen this powerful and compelling British documentary film about loss.

This is a free event, with a screening of the film ‘Evelyn’ for World Mental Health Day 2019. It is being held to raise awareness of mental health and suicide prevention in our local communities, and to encourage open and honest conversations about difficult emotions amongst friends and family members.

‘Evelyn’ (2018) is a deeply personal film from the Academy Award winning team of filmmakers of The White Helmets (2016) and Virunga (2014).

Fourteen years after the suicide of their son and brother Evelyn, director Orlando von Einsiedel and his family decide to walk in parts of the UK and try to talk about him – something they had failed to do in over a decade. This poetic feature documentary explores the fabric of grief and the longevity of love. Part quest film, part road-trip, part memoir, ‘Evelyn’ is an exposition of the taboos of mental health and male emotion, and a tribute to our times.

WHOLE LOTTA DC! (The ultimate AC/DC tribute) + Electric Black
8pm Tickets: £10
The monthly tribute slot at Esquires welcomes back one of the UK’s finest AC/DC Tribute Bands.

Whole Lotta DC are an authentic representation of AC/DC, featuring a thundering rhythm section, the unmistakable vocals & charisma of Brian and Angus’s searing lead work and naughty-boy antics to recreate a live AC/DC show in stunning fashion.

WHOLE LOTTA DC headlined the prestigious Bedford River Festival in 2018, playing to an estimated 5000 people on the Sunday night. This time the band have some new canons and bigger production so expect another great show!

Charlie Wood ‘Tomorrow Night’
Quarry Theatre
7.30pm Tickets: £18
Drawing from his recently released album “Tomorrow Night”, the award-winning Memphis singer-songwriter encapsulates an intoxicating blend of traditional R&B and Blues, leavened with some Jazz influences.

This irresistible programme includes both self-penned songs and others made famous by the likes of BB King, Otis Redding, Bobby “Blue” Bland and Al Green.

“I fell in love with this man’s voice the moment I heard it.  He is the essence of soul and blues. I am so lucky to have sung on the same stage as him.” PALOMA FAITH

“Charlie Wood is that rarest of combinations, a singer who’s as soulful as his songwriting is smart. He’s also a wicked piano and B3 player. He does it all, except ironing.” HARRY SHEARER


Bromham Apple Day
Sunday 20th October at Bromham Mill
10am – 4pm

The ever-popular Apple Day returns to Bromham Mill this Sunday. As ever, there will be a range of fun and traditional activities to celebrate all things apple related. On site there will be a vast selection of food and drink on offer and lots of fun-filled activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Continuing the apple theme, there will be a real cider bar, a succulent hog roast (with apple sauce) and you can even purchase our sister publication’s namesake, a traditional Bedfordshire Clanger.

Entrance and parking fee charged going to support Bromham Mill heritage site.

Boogaloosa play the Sunday Afternoon Session
5pm Free entry

This weekend’s Sunday Afternoon Session at Esquires is from Boogaloosa. Expect a beaty mix of New Orleans funk, swamp rock and Americana with jazz/blues tinges and other delights.

Half term

Next week is half term across Bedford Borough, so if you’re looking for some boredom-busting, family-friendly activities, check out Explore Bedford’s blogpost featuring lots of ideas and things to do.

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

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