Your Bedford Weekend starts here: 24 – 26 January 2020


Blue Monday is a distant memory now the weekend is just around the corner. Here’s your Bedford events weekend roundup of things happening in on your doorstep over the next three days…


Tom Syson
The Quarry Theatre at 7.30pm
Tickets: £12.50

Vincent Bach artist, and Bedfordian, Tom Syson is a highly regarded trumpeter and composer.

In January 2019 he recorded his 2nd album, ‘Different Coloured Days’ at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios, which he released alongside a UK tour in May 2019, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

The album title is inspired by his experience with anxiety and has received a large amount of plays on BBC Radio 3 and JazzFM.

Including reviews from Jazzwise and UK Vibe. A treat not to be missed.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes
The Corn Exchange at 7.30pm
Tickets: from £28.50

Considered by many to be ‘the world’s greatest living explorer’, Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ life has been spent in the pursuit of extreme adventure.

He was the first to reach both Poles, the first to cross the Antarctic and Arctic Ocean, and the first to circumnavigate the world along its polar axis.

Now he wants to be the first person in the world to cross both polar ice caps and climb the highest mountain on each of the seven continents.

‘Living Dangerously’ offers a personal journey through Sir Ranulph’s life, spanning his early childhood and school misdemeanours, his army life, the Transglobe Expedition.

And his current Global Reach Challenge; making him a pioneer of exploration with an unparalleled story to tell.


Holocaust Brunch
The Place Theatre at 7.30pm
Tickets: from £10

Holocaust Brunch is a dark comedy exploring how we can heal from inherited trauma. Over beigels and cream cheese.

Hear from a pair of Holocaust survivors and one of their descendants, over a delicious ‘brunch’. And have the opportunity to reflect on their life stories.

Tamara Micner brings to life the true stories of two Holocaust survivors connected to her and pries open a communal wound, probing why we remember the Holocaust – and what it might look like to forget.

How can we honour the histories we inherit whilst breaking free from them? Can the weight of inheritance be turned into a gift.

Food will be provided as part of this performance, lest we go hungry.

Esquires at 8.00pm
Tickets: from £13.80

Having sold out Friday’s gig well in advance, Noasis will be back at Esquires for a second night, this time playing (What’s the story) Morning Glory? in FULL.

Since their formation in 2006 and with over 600 performances to date Noasis has justly earned its reputation. Noasis are the definitive tribute band to Manchester’s five piece super group Oasis.

This is more than a tribute band this is Oasis from a parallel universe.

Guest support: The Dollymops


The Legacy of Anne Frank by Gillian Walnes Perry MBE
The Higgins Bedford at 2:30pm
Tickets: Free

As part of Holocaust Memorial Day Commemorations at the Higgins, Gillian Walnes Perry MBE explores the legacy of Anne Frank’s influence and the life and philosophy of her father.

Gillian founded the Anne Frank Trust UK in 1990 along with family and friends of Mr Otto Frank.

The Trust has used Anne’s life and inspirational message to educate people about the damage caused by all forms of prejudice and discrimination.

In this talk she shares new insights into the real Anne Frank, by those who knew her.

Tickets are free but booking is essential. Use promotional code HIGGINS20 to remove the booking fee.

A commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and the 25th Anniversary of the Bosnian genocide will take place after the talk at 4pm.

Organised by Bedford Council of Faiths and featuring Music4Memory (local dementia group) and members of local schools and community groups.

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