Your Bedford weekend starts here: 21 – 23 June 2019


This weekend, take your pick from yoga, the St Cuthbert’s street party, a guided walk, the Bedford Flea market, Bedford in a Day photography project, interactive family theatre as part of Refugee Week, live music and more. See you there!


Yoga in the Park

Once again, International Yoga Day will be celebrated in Bedford Park with a full programme of events for beginners and accomplished yogis alike. Yoga at the Park is completely free to attend and everyone’s welcome.

10:00-10:45 Peace thru yoga – Vinyasa Yoga / 11:00-11:45 Karma Nurture – Pre & Postnatal Yoga (babies welcome) / 12:00-12:45 Halcyon Yoga – Meditation and Mindfulness Masterclass to include relaxation, tension release and mind calming meditation / 13:00-13:45 Yoga with Coops – Vinyasa Yoga Vibes/ 14:00-14:45 Tree of Life Yoga – Yoga-flow session/ 15:00-15:45 Divine Harmony – Sound Bath Relaxation / 16:00-16:45 Karma Kids – Children’s Yoga session for 5-12 year olds / 17:00-17:45 Genevieve – Vinyasa Inspired Hatha Yoga / 18:00-18:45Yoga with Anika – Strong Hatha Yoga

RollBack World

Go Skate Day is an after-hours lock in at RollBack World in Church Arcade, for anyone that wants to hang out, have a skate or watch videos in the shop. Check out the link for timings & more information.

The South

To celebrate their 10th anniversary and 30 years since the Beautiful South released ‘Song For Whoever’, 2019 sees The South playing shows up and down the UK, including at Esquires this Friday.

Featuring former Beautiful South singer, Alison Wheeler and lifelong sax player, Gaz Birtles, The South are an impressive 9 piece band, playing the band’s timeless songs live including A Little Time (the number one single), Perfect 10, Rotterdam, Old Red Eyes Is Back, Good as Gold, Don’t Marry Her plus many more singles and album tracks as well as a few choice South originals.Support comes from Sunsinger & the High Seas. Tickets: £20


A Yarl’s Wood benefit gig is taking place at Herd on Friday night, with all proceeds going towards funding an arts programme within the detention centre, organised by #YARTS. The event is free to attend, but all donations are welcome.


From midnight to midnight, the Bedford in a Day photography project will be taking place throughout the Borough on Saturday. You can take part by taking photos wherever you are and sharing them on social media with the hashtag #bedfordinaday2019

 This Noisy Isle

This Noisy Isle takes place at the Higgins on Saturday as part of the celebrations for Refugee Week.This Noisy Isleis a treasure-hunt style performance for 7-11 year-olds and their families inspired by William Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

This adventure through a strange, magical new world explores the refugee crisis in a new and inventive way.

You’ve washed up on a new shore… Can you navigate through this world where nothing is quite what it seems? The inhabitants of this island make strange noises and sprites hide around every corner. Where do you belong?

Discover your own magical powers in this truly interactive family experience. Join us for a mission which will lead you through puzzles, meeting mysterious characters and steering your team through the choppy seas to search for your new home. Tickets: £8 concessions £6. Family tickets are available for £20.00.

Also part of Refugee Week, celebrate National Windrush Day and Bedford’s Windrush Generation with a day of face painting, music, folk songs, dancing, dominoes, food and Windrush stories.

The Windrush Family Day and Global Kitchen will be held at A Different Brew Café on 22ndJune from 12pm to 5pm and is free to enjoy.


St Cuthbert's Street PartyThe independent businesses of St Cuthbert’s Street will be celebrating their variety and individuality with a street party, organised by DJ collective, Roll Your Own Records this Saturday.

The free event will see music and entertainment in many of the street’s businesses, including DJ’s in Herd, Beerfly and Bears and Tales and musicians in Vanilla Tree. Roosters will have a Caribbean pop up food stall and Herd will be serving from their menu all day too. From 1pm


After a 26 year break, the Membranes return with a new album and a tour of the UK and Europe. From 7.30pm at Esquires.

Alfie Templeman

Celebrate the release of Alfie Templeman’s highly anticipated second EP, Sunday Morning Cereal on Saturday at Esquires from 7.30pm, including special guests Myles Newman and Mask.


Bedford Flea

Bedford Flea and the Affordable Art Market return to St Paul’s Square this Sunday from 11am – 4pm. Collectables, vintage, art, furniture, homewares and more at this eclectic, monthly market.

Over at Made in Bedford @ Number 13, Scrumdiddily Kitchen will be taking over the kitchen and serving up vegan goodies.


Sketchcrawl is an urban sketching meet-up that takes place in different locations in and around Bedford.

This weekend is a chance for the sketchers to immerse themselves in the hustle and bustle of the Bedford Flea Market.

Everyone’s welcome and more information can be found on their Facebook page.

Tour guides

This week’s guided walk by the Bedford Association of Tour Guides is ‘Who Lived in a House Like That?’

Ever walked past an interesting house and wondered about its past? Hear about some of our oldest houses and the fascinating characters who designed them and the families whose homes they were.

Bedford has many impressive properties, often built as homes for the professional and the wealthy. Many survive though few are still family homes.

Join us to find out who lived where and why these Bedfordians were important to the town

Meet at the Old Town Hall, St.Paul’s Square close to the gold plated letter box. Cost £3 per adult & children over 8 years old £1.50. Due to their popularity walks must be pre-booked at the Box Office. Full details here.

On Sunday, Bedfordshire Refugee and Asylum Seeker Support (BRASS) host a free over 16’s 5-a-side football tournament from 10am to 4pm at Russell Park. There will be children’s entertainment including bouncy castles and the Mayor will present the awards at 4pm.

Jack J Hutchinson is a London based guitarist and singer songwriter. Described by Classic Rock Magazine as “Southern-smoked blues-rock with hooks, choruses, the lot”, he’s performing at the Esquires’ Sunday Afternoon Session from 3pm.

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