It’s the final weekend before Christmas, so take some time out from frantic present wrapping and last-minute panic-buying to enjoy some festive family Panto, great live music and Bedford’s Christmas Market.
The Pantaloons present: Cinderella
Friday 20 (7pm), Saturday 21 (2pm & 7pm), Sunday 22 (2pm & 7pm)
Tickets: £10 (Concessions £7; Family £29)
Until the 28 December (with a couple of days off for Christmas), the ever-popular Pantaloons are at the Place Theatre with their hilarious production of Cinderella.
High recommended festive fun for all the family.
It’s A Wonderful Life!
The Quarry Theatre at St Luke’s at 2.30pm
Digitally restored and remastered, now you can watch this holiday classic like never before, newly remastered from the original film negatives and more vibrant than ever.
Frank Capra’s heart-warming masterpiece has been embraced as a cherished holiday tradition by families around the world.
George Bailey (James Stewart) sets aside his dreams of world travel to run his father’s small community bank, and protect the people of Bedford Falls from greedy businessman Mr. Potter (Lionel Barrymore).
When a costly mistake pushes George to the brink of despair, a visit from a kindly angel (Henry Travers) will show George how the life of one good man can change the world forever.
Festive feels guaranteed.
Hansel and Gretel
The Quarry Theatre at 6pm
Tickets: Children £10, Adults £12.50 (Concessions £11.50; Family £42.50)
A fun-filled, sugar-fuelled, family-friendly pantomime adventure that reminds us ALL not to take candy from strangers, even if they wow you with a fabulous song and dance number, have incredible hair and platform boots…
There are still a very limited number of tickets available for the 6pm performance on Friday, so get yours now while stocks last…
Bedford Esquires at 7.30pm
Back in Bedford for his second Christmas show and fresh out of the O2 Islington, Elijah has gained nearly 200,000 streams on Spotify with no signs of slowing. His new EP ‘IDONTLIKETHECOLD’ is out now. With support from Banton and Coby Tom.
Boombastic: 80s v 90s
Boombastic are hosting an 80s vs 90s Christmas Special on the Friday before the big day.
Prepare for a night of the biggest hits of both decades. Expect snow machines, confetti, inflatables and maybe even a few mince pies. Christmas jumpers welcome!
Saturday & Sunday
Bedford Panto Company presents: Rapunzel – A Tangled Pantomime
Bedford Corn Exchange at 2pm & 6pm
Tickets: £14 / family ticket ( 2 adults & 2 children): £48
Now in its 14th year and part of many families’ Christmas traditions, the award-winning Bedford Panto Company launch their 2019/20 show this weekend.
This year’s festive frolics and traditional panto fun tells the story of Rapunzel – A Tangled Pantomime.
Will good will conquer evil? There’s only one way to find out!! Get your tickets now and you’re promised a festive feast of live music and a rip -oaring magical adventure in true Panto style.
Bedford Christmas Market
Harpur Square from 9am – 4pm
Harpur Square will host the Bedford Christmas Market this Saturday – the perfect opportunity to buy unique gifts from some of the Handmade in Bedfordshire and Made in Bedford at No13 makers, artists, crafters and designers.
Alongside these talented local makers, there will be entertainment throughout the day with Gumbles Amusements, balloon modelling and the Salvation Army’s Brass Band.
There will be markets in Bedford town centre every day until Christmas Eve.
The Tendons | Old School Bear Reunion at The Bear
Saturday 21 December at 8pm
The Tendons are returning to their home ground to cause a riot in the pub. Expect an insane night as The Tendons turn the Bear upside down…
Pearl Handled Revolver return to their home venue Esquires in Bedford for their annual end of year extravaganza.
Anybody who has been to previous PHR Esquires shows will know that the band always makes it a night to remember. Great sound, an amazing psychedelic light show and a whole evening of Pearl Handled Revolver tunes from their back catalogue through to the latest album Fantasy Reigns.
This year the brilliant 4th Labyrinth are the opening band and very welcomed guests.
Loaded – Pad Xmas Saturday night reunion
Bedford Esquires Room 2 at 10pm
Tickets: Free before 11pm / £5 after
Saturday’s ain’t half gone downhill since The Pad (RIP). Well, this is gonna set things straight, get the ball rolling – WE WANNA GET LOADED, WE WANNA HAVE A GOOD TIME!
We’re taking over the club room at Esquires for a full-blown Loaded Pad Saturday night reunion, just in time for Xmas.
Expect to hear the finest tunes from Pad residents Sam Voidoid and Patrick Rafferty (Raff), DJ Bailey and Colonel G Chunks all night long.
“We wanna see as many of you old Pad faces out for the night, for some of those that couldn’t join us join us on that fateful evening and the rest of you that have had to go to crap clubs for the last few months,” said Colonel G Chunks. “This is our party.”
Heron & Hush Fancy Dress SUP session
Cardington Lock or Priory Country Park (The location is dependent on the height of the river. Location will be confirmed on Saturday 21 December)
10am – 2pm
Tis the season to be jolly, so why not dust off that festive fancy dress or your best Chrimbo jumpers and take part in the SUPer Whale festive paddle.
In the Christmas spirit, all craft are welcome not just SUPs
The event is open to intermediate to experienced paddlers. There might even be a post paddle mince pie!
All paddlers are responsible for their own safety while on the water and must have an appropriate waterways licence. Leash is mandatory.
The XCerts play the Sunday Afternoon Session
Bedford Esquires 5 – 8pm
The X-Certs are a Hertfordshire-based covers band playing new-wave, power-pop and classic rock from the 60s, 70s and 80s.