Your Bedford weekend starts here: 28 – 30 June 2019

Tony Slattery

The weekend’s rolled around again and there’s plenty to see and do in Bedford. Street food, family festivals, TV’s Tony Slattery, exhibition openings, Armed Forces Day plus this week’s guided walk and the best of the weekend’s live music and theatre…


The EAT Feast monthly street food market is back at Riverside Square from 4pm this Friday with a range of international flavours from established street food traders and local caterers.

Delicious food (including vegan and veggie choices), music, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.


Audience favourites ZooCo return to the Place Theatre with the touring version of their Edinburgh preview show, Sirens. Another opportunity to catch this wonderfully fast paced explosion through ancient myths and modern life.

‘And before you can say damaged male ego, we’re holed up on a four foot square rock for the rest of eternity…’

When three Greek women defy the want of Zeus and are cursed with a deadly voice, the famous myth of the Sirens is born. But when they find out that the truth about them may have been a bit more than tweaked, they are catapulted to Hastings beach in 2019 with one mission: rewrite history.
Sirens is creatively captioned and BSL inclusive
Note that this show is suitable for children over 12. Tickets: £8 (concessions £6)

Hannah Heys

Hannah Heys: Exhibition of textiles, embroidery and illustration sees the start of rotating art exhibitions at Made in Bedford @ Number 13 on St Paul’s Square. It introduces the work of Hannah Heys who uses a range of hand and machine stitched techniques along with ink painting, felt manipulation and punch needle/tufting to create her pieces.

The exhibition will be able to view with all pieces available to purchase during shop opening hours. Wed – Sun, 9.30am – 4.30pm.

 Hands off Gretal

Hands Off Gretel bring the “I Want The World’ UK Album Tour to Bedford Esquiresthis Friday.”If you’re a fan of Gwen Stefani style swagger or Nirvana-esque grunge, then you are going love Hands Off Gretel. ” Classic Rock magazine


The Quireboys perform their Unplugged acoustic set in Room 2 at Esquires this weekend, with strong support from Fran Pegg and Pete Bonas.
Tickets from Seetickets, Slide Record Shop and Esquires Bar

Dalston Millionaires
Gav & Martin (Dalston Millionaires) return to Herd for a night of (Nu) / Disco, House and Pop oddities upstairs, with the potential to go a little darker in the basement later on. Come down for a drink and a boogie at Bedfords finest venue. Free entry too x

Friday & Saturday

This is our Death Sentence

A thriller that is dark, gripping and unafraid to challenge your expectations.

This Is Our Death Sentence is a short play written and directed by Ishaan Mukherji starring Max Pearson, Thomas Arnold and George Robertson, with music by Alex Steele, all of which are students of Bedford School.

The show follows two soldiers drafted to Afghanistan, who begin to learn secrets about themselves and the military they chose to fight for.£Free (ticketed event)


QP Parade

The Queens Park multi-cultural parade takes place this Saturday, celebrating the incredible diversity of Bedford.

Setting off from outside Tesco on Midland Road, the parade will make its way to the Queens Park Community Orchard at the Slipe to get the party started with a free festival. This year’s theme is Reduce Reuse Recycle and the Queens Park residents have made a huge octopus from recycled plastic to form the centrepiece for the parade. The procession takes place from 2 – 3pm and the festival is from 3 – 5pm.

The free festival features bouncy castles, sports taster sessions including free running, BMXing, basketball plus faceprinting, henna and more.

The Reduce Reuse Recycle theme will also continue with a clothes swap, bike care workshops with the BedPop Repair Shop, delicious vegan and vegetarian food stalls, electric cars and an insight into our local sustainable businesses.

Stress busting Saturdays

Stress-busting Saturdays return to the Higgins Bedford this weekend. Between 1pm – 4pm the museum will host relaxing and sociable yoga, arts & crafts, table top games and poetry writing. Please note new time for yoga session: 1.30pm – 2.30pm

Art Centre

Owain George, Talia Giles, Mo Lea and Martin Williams will showcase works inspired by the natural world at Four: The Natural World, a new exhibition at the Art Centre and Gallery on Howard Street. Browse and buy work by each of the artists until 27 July.

Tony Slattery

By popular demand, Comedy Legend Tony Slattery returns to The Quarry Theatre, in conversation with comedy historian, Robert Ross. The event is part of the Bedford School Creative Arts Festival.

After playing to packed houses during 2017’s Edinburgh Festival with a return to his greatest triumph Whose Line is it Anyway?, Tony took Edinburgh 2018 by storm with a no-holds-barred reflection on his crazy-paving career and the demons that have consistently dogged his success.

In a specially extended preview version of the show that returns to Edinburgh this August, this welcome revisit to the Quarry Theatre promises (almost) all fresh and hilarious anecdotes on everything from the Cambridge Footlights to Carry On Columbus; as well as rare clips from the archives and the Slattery commercial break! Tickets: £12.50

The DekkerTones present a Summer Time Special Skank this Saturday on the Main Stage at Esquires.

This nine piece ska / reggae / rocksteady / 2tone covers band play authentic ska and reggae from the late 60’s Trojan and Bluebeat scene right through to the 2tone era. Tickets: £10

Magic of Motown

Music fans are invited to the biggest party of the year as the unstoppable Magic of Motown show steams into Bedford Corn Exchange on Saturday night! Seen by over a million people, prepare yourself for 40 back-to-back classic Motown hits, glittering costume changes, dazzling dance moves and outstanding musicianship in this explosive concert experience.

Celebrate the sound of a generation as the timeless music of Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, Jackson 5, Smokey Robinson and more, are sensationally recreated for you by an exceptionally talented cast and band. Tickets: £28

It’s the inaugural monthly Just Roll Drum & Bass night at Herd this Saturday. Featuring local producer LNO, alongside Overview Music’s sub-antics. Support comes from Just Rollfounder and resident, Optimum.

Each DJ will have 90mins to roll out and dig deep into their collections to bring you the best selection possible. Situated in Room 2 of Bedford Esquires, in the brand new club space, featuring new staging, lighting and sound!All this, for £5 on the door on the night.


Armed Forces Day

For the ninth year, Armed Forces Daywill be celebrated in Bedford, led by the Royal British Legion.  The day (10am – 4pm) is a chance to show support to men and women who make up the Armed Forces community; from currently serving troops to service families, veterans and cadets.

The parade begins at 10.30am on De Parys Avenue, heading down the High Street and ending in Riverside Square where a two minute silence will be observed.  Throughout the day there will be entertainment, displays, and stalls for ex-service associations and service charities.

tour guides

The Bedford Association of Tour Guides’ walk this Sunday is entitled I Never Knew That and will give you a wide range of information about the town that you never knew  😃 – come along & find out something new about the town’s history.The walk starts from the golden post box in St Paul’s Square. Pre-booking is essential. More info on their website.

Gt Denham Summer Festival

The biggest ever Summer Festival takes place in Great Denham this Sunday featuring Thurstons fairground rides, Gallones Ice Cream, The Eatery plus street food from EatFeast. From midday – 6pm. Everyone welcome!

Garden Questions Answered

Your Garden Questions Answered takes place this Sunday at the Higgins Bedford. Run by The Higgins garden volunteers, enjoy a summer plant sale that is guaranteed to delight visitors. Bring in all your gardening questions to the expert panel in an informal gardener’s question time with Jane Perrone and Kathy and Simon Brown. Be inspired and pick up practical tips to achieve your ideal garden this summer.

You can also send in your Garden Questions for the panel to answer by emailing We’ll post the answers online at a later date.

Workshop Boys

Formed by former members of Los Marbles and Cutting Out, The Workshop Boys have fast become one of Bedford’s most loved bar bands. They’ll be playing at the Esquires’ Sunday Afternoon Session this week.


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