Your Bedford weekend starts here: 19 – 21 July 2019

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Hang onto your hats, it’s a bumper weekend in B-town…

All weekend

Bedfringe 2019 brochure

Bedfringe events are taking place all weekend at the Quarry Theatre and the Place. Comedy, drama, dance, spoken word plus live music on the Garden Stage programmed by the blender boys. Check out the website for full details of everything going on.

Friday & Saturday

Hannah Hays

Textile artist, Hannah Heys will be creating live art at Made in Bedford at Number 13 between 10am and 2pm on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 July.

You can choose bespoke, freehand machine-embroidered designs to a palette of your choice for £20.  Take home on the day or arrange to collect at a later date.
You can pre-book a slot by messaging Made in Bedford via their Facebook page.

Friday

Luke T & the Penny Dreadfuls

Luke Tuchscherer & The Penny Dreadfuls are playing a Bedford homecoming gig at Holy Molys at Esquires this Friday, with support from Sunsinger and the High Seas and David Banks Music.

Also on Friday at Esquires, there will be plenty of acoustical goodness at a showcase featuring Joe Bygraves, Luke White and Lucy Mair. Doors 7.30pm and entry is free.

Saturday 

Alfie Templeman

On Saturday, Alfie Templeman will be performing at Slide Record Shop to celebrate the launch of his new EP. He’ll be playing a stripped-down set and signing copies of Sunday Morning Cereal at 2pm.

Fire station family fun day

Everyone is invited to celebrate 50 years of Bedford Community Fire Station on Barkers Lane this Saturday.

The fun takes place from noon til 4pm and there will be a bouncy castle, BBQ, fund-raising raffle and the chance to dunk a firefighter. More information on their website.

Ruth Hogan cemetery walk

From 2- 5pm at Foster Hill Road Cemetery, local Sunday Times bestselling author, Ruth Hogan, will be accompanying a walk led by Rowan Lennon. They’ll be exploring the graves and sites in the cemetery that are mentioned in Ruth’s second book, the Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes.

Ruth will also be doing a short reading and signing copies of the book which will be available to buy on the day. Meet at the Chapel about 10 minutes before the start of the walk. Tickets are £6.50. More information on their website.
The price of the walk includes the lovely cup of tea and homemade cake.

Oldfield Youth Club

Oldfield Youth Club will be at Esquires on Saturday night. Formed in 2018, OYC is made up of 3/4 of critically acclaimed 1980’s pop group The Last Party.

Support comes from Fishwife’s Broadside, singing songs from the heart of life, love low wages, corruption and connivance. Plus Skimmington Ride. From 8pm

Sunday

John Bunyan

In this week’s guided walk, follow in the footsteps of the ‘Immortal Tinker’ and author of the famous “The Pilgrim’s Progress” to various town sites connected to the life and works of John Bunyan.

Sites include the Bunyan Meeting Free Church, the sites of the jails where he was imprisoned, and the statue dedicated to him.

Meet at the Old Town Hall, St.Paul’s Square close to the gold plated letter box. Cost £3 per person, must be pre-booked at the Box Office. More information at their website.

Bedford Flea

Bedford Flea & Affordable Art Market returns to St Paul’s Square this Sunday. From 11am – 4pm, browse and buy vintage, eclectic collectables and furniture plus art from printmakers, textile artists, photographers and more. A great way to start your super Bedford Sunday…

Alongside the Bedford Flea, the whole town will be taking part in a celebration of Bedford’s Italian community this Sunday at the Bedford Italian Festival, giving visitors the chance to immerse themselves in La Dolce Vita.

From 12 noon until 5pm, there will be Italian food and drink, music, entertainment and plenty of iconic cars.

The party atmosphere will be helped along by special guest performers from Bedford’s twin town, Rovigo.

‘Mouth-wateringly Italian’ food will be provided by some of the town’s most well-known restaurants, cafes and caterers including Mamma Concetta, TrE Fratelli, Gelato John, La Rondiene and Versuvio.

Petrolheads can get their fix at three locations throughout the town, as Riverside Bedford becomes Piazza Enzo Ferrari, St Paul’s Square becomes Piazza Ferruccio Lamborghini and a collection of Fiat, Maserati, Lancia and Abarth Alfa Romeo cars will be in Harpur Square.

Smooth Sundays

This weekend sees the first, Smooth Sundays at Herd with Geoff Ware from 12 – 4pm. Geoff will be playing the perfect Sunday afternoon soundtrack, a mix of soul music across the board including classics, Motown, crossover and modern midtempo.

As usual on a Sunday, roasts, sharing boards and burgers are available from 12 – 4pm along with a selection of draught and bottled beer.

Foster Hill Road cemetery

There are two free Sunday walks at Foster Hill Road Cemetery this weekend.

At 1.30pm, Stories Behind the Headstoneswill investigate Bedford’s heroes and villains, the brave and the bad, the mysterious and the downright weird, and why gravestones look the way they do. All Human Life is Here!

At 1.45pm, the Crime & Punishmenttour takes visitors on an interesting journey through Bedford’s 19th Century criminal past, visiting various graves in the cemetery that include an innovative Prison Governor, a murder victim and a policeman.

Tea and home-made cakes will be available for a small fee after the walks. Meet at the Chapel about 10 minutes before the start of the walks.
The Chapel, Foster Hill Road MK41 7TD

Bedford Music Trust

Bedfordshire Music Trust presents the Bedfordshire Gala Orchestra Concert
Conductor: Michael Rose
Soloists: Rebecca Bottone and Rachel Nicholls

This grand event will see 150 musicians of all ages, who were trained through the Bedfordshire Music system over the past 50 years, gather to perform.

The Sunday Afternoon Session at Esquires this week features The Blues Measures. This four-piece, female fronted band playing songs by Wanda Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Imelda May, Ruth Brown, Etta James, Eva Cassidy, Koko Taylor, The Stray Cats, Joe Bonamassa & many more…..Featuring Kerry Jo Hodgkin on vocals,Dave Gunning on guitar, Steve Campbell on bassand Chris Burke on drums.

Music in the Meadows

The Hitchen Band perform at Music in the Meadows on the Victorian Bandstand (opposite the Embankment pub) this Sunday from 3 – 5pm.

Everyone’s welcome to come along and bring the family – and a picnic – to enjoy two hours of traditional bandstand music in this lovely spot on the banks of the River Great Ouse.
For further information please follow Bedford Events on social media or email events@bedford.gov.uk.

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