Your Bedford weekend starts here: 2 – 4 August 2019

Blue Glass & GCH Fishmongers

Outdoor theatre, Champagne and oysters, lots of gaming, street food, live music and Bedford’s WWII secrets are all ready to be discovered this weekend…


EsquiresIt’s a bit of a double whammy at Esquires this Friday. Indi and the Vegas celebrate their new single release and Cardinal Kings launch their new album.

Ready Steady Roll

Join Ready Steady Roll for an evening of games, pizza and drinks at their August games night.

Tickets are available on their websitefrom just £5 and you’re welcome to bring your own drinks.
You can also add a 12” pizza to your order.

With over 300 games available to play, there’s something for couples, families and friends to play. You don’t even need to read the rules as the amazing Games Gurus you how to play!


Join the Games Gurus at Ready Steady Roll this Saturday for a Battle Sheep Tournament. From 11am til 1pm you can compete to win a copy of the game among other prizes such as vouchers and cake.

Entry is free and includes a drink. If you don’t know how to play, no worries, either come along before and have a practice, or as it’s so simple, we can show you how to play on the day!

Children’s tournament: Ages 8-12
Grown Ups: Ages 13+

To sign up, just message either by phone, email, facebook or signal fires.
tel: 07584484101Email:

Foresters Arms

Street food and live music at the Foresters Arms this Saturday. From 2 -9pm, ‘Lil Smoke Shack’ is their visiting food truck.

Raff will be serving up his delicious oak wood smoked infused delights, 10 hour smoked beef brisket and his famous halloumi fries.

From 8.30pm, there will be live music from Ebony Rose.


The Dalston Millionaires return to Herd on St Cuthbert’s Street for a summer all dayer. They’ll soundtrack your Saturday in Herd’s newly refurbished courtyard (or take refuge in the bar if the weather turns out to be a bit crap). Food and drink options available all day. 2 – 11pm

Quarry THeate

The Bedford Poetry Company presents Poems for a Summer’s Evening, a specially created programme of poetry chosen to reflect the many moods of an evening in the height of summer.

Some of the choices will be well known but others will be far less familiar while there will also be pieces written by the performers. The presentation will be further enhanced by music and song. 7.30pm in the Quarry Theatre bar. Tickets: £10

Blue Glass & GCH Fishmongers

This weekend, The Blue Glass are teaming up with GCH Fishmongers for what they hope to be, the first of an annual Oyster & Champagne Festival.

Tickets are £20 per person to include half a dozen Colchester Rock oysters and a large glass of champagne. There are two sittings: Noon – 2.30pm, and 3 – 5.30pm, Saturday and Sunday.

Booking is required and can be done in The Blue Glass or by calling The Blue Glass on 01234 347732.

Pavilion in the Park

Making their Bedford debut, Folksy Theatre present Shakespeare’s classic tale of mistaken identities, The Comedy of Errors.

After being separated from their twins in a shipwreck, Antipholus and his slave Dromio go to Ephesus to find them. The other set of twins live in Ephesus, and the new arrivals cause a series of hilarious mistaken identity.

The show is guaranteed to be filled with Folksy’s wonderful live music, audience interaction and downright silliness! Bring along your friends and family to watch this wonderful production in Bedford’s flagship park. Tickets £18.50 (concessions: £15.50)


Bedford in WWII is one of the Tour Guides’ most popular walks, revealing the secrets and mysteries of life in Bedford during World War II.

What famous people were here and why? What was meant by the BBC during the War when announcing a programme from “Somewhere in England”? And why has Bedford been called “the Spy Capital of the World”?

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.

GamePlay: Summer Games 2019 is dedicated to all of the great things that happen when we play games together.

The Place Theatre will be throwing its doors for a day dedicated to games and gaming.The foyer will be filled with old computer games consoles, allowing mum and dad to engage in some healthy rivalry with the kids on their favourite consoles from their youth. Expect to find all kinds of cosy places to relax and play.

Bedford Board Gamers will be filling the rooms upstairs with a chance to get involved with a whole day playing some of the best and most exciting table-top games for players from 6-60+ yrs old.

Another great opportunity for young people to be introduced to Table Top Role Playing Games will run upstairs, with the help of our new Young People’s D&D group.

In addition, Ghost Valley RC will be bringing the Mario Kart race track and remote control karts to see who will be victorious.

Best of all, the whole thing is super cheap, making it a great day out for the whole family.

Day Tickets for this event are priced at £3.00. Family tickets available for £10.00.

Smooth Sundays

It’s another Smooth Sunday at Herd, with Tom Price getting out from behind the bar and taking over the decks for a afternoon of laid back soulful vibes. The kitchen is open from 12-4pm. If you want a roast it’s worth getting there early as they’re super popular and often sold out by 4pm.


Once a year, Esquires’ Sunday Afternoon session pays tribute to Pink Floyd. Amy Mason and Chris Robinson takeover as hosts this Sunday afternoon . Many of Bedford’s finest musicians are already lined up to play. From 5pm.

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

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