Your Bedford weekend starts here: 29 December – 1 January

Sarpa The Keepers Basement Strippers Gaylips Esquires

As we head towards 2019 and the final weekend of the year, here’s our round-up of what’s on between now and New Year’s Day. Happy new year!

Until Tuesday 1 January

Aladdin at the Corn Exchange is brought to you by the award-winning Bedford Pantomime Company, who once again wave their magic wand to bring you traditional, family panto at its best.

Aladdin Bedford PantomimeWith a live band, fabulous lighting, glamorous costumes and gorgeous sets. It’s a treat for the whole family that won’t break the bank.

There’ll be slapstick and mayhem on stage and loads of opportunity for the audience to join in the fun to cheer the goodies and boo the baddies and with every child in the audience invited on stage to join the cast in a song it can extra special too. Oh no there won’t. Oh yes there will.

Tickets: £18 (child £12 Family £48)


It’s the The Yule Lads’ last day The Place Theatre today, with performances at 2pm and 6.30pm. Tickets are £10 adults £7 kids £28 for a family/4 tickets

SARPA SALPA/ The Keepers / Basement Strippers / Gaylips complete the line-up for the final Pad Presents show of the year at Esquires. Doors open at the slightly earlier time of 7.30pm and tickets are priced £6.

Sarpa The Keepers Basement Strippers Gaylips EsquiresSunday

Full Circle are one of the most popular Sunday bands at Esquires. Pop along from 5pm to see and hear their live and loud mix of blues / rock / funk original songs as well as a great mix of covers. 5 – 8.30pm. Free entry

New Year’s Eve

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in style with wine, cheese and live music at Decant from 6pm. Free entry but booking is essential via Eventbrite.

DecantThe SoundARC DJs will be making a debut appearance at the newly-spruced up Foresters Arms on Union Street.

Playing the best indie, rock, punk, ska, 2Tone, Britpop, grunge, Motown, mod, 50s rock n roll, new wave and post-punk – with some guilty pleasures thrown in too. Ticketed entry from 8pm, includes a welcome drink and posh Hog Roast.

FA NYEThe Workshop Boys are back for their annual NYE shindig at Esquires. Tickets available now from Danny’s Bar and Slide Records

Also at Esquires, there’s an NYE club night of glittering proportions – HELLO 2019.

DJ Sam Voidoid will be playing the finest music ever made, from Prince to Pulp, Blondie to Blur, Madonna to Madness, The Clash to James Brown, Beastie Boys to Chemical Brothers and everything in between. Tickets are just £5

At the Herd NYE party the line-up starts with disco thanks Rupert Presents Love Train followed by Martin and Gav aka the Dalston Millionaires.

Andy from Roll Your Own Records, Tom Price of Hype Vybes and heavyweight techno selector Leigh Dickson complete the line-up.

RYORFree entry before 11.30pm and £5 after. Last entry is strictly 1.00 am no exceptions.

New Year’s Day

Happy new year!


Blow away the cobwebs with a timed 5km run at both of Bedford’s Parkruns on New Year’s Day.

The Great Denham event starts at 9am while the Bedford Parkrun is at 10.30am – so there’s time to do both.

Parkrun Bedford
Image: Mike Pearce via Bedford Park Run,

If the Parkrun is a bit too much effort, enjoy a more leisurely walk around Bedford Park with super-knowledgeable local guide, Martyn Pearson.

The bank holiday guided walk is buggy-friendly, family-friendly, dog-friendly, scooter-friendly and wheelchair friendly – basically just friendly and guaranteed to blow the cobwebs away and reveal all the secrets of the park.

Meet at the Pavilion at 11am. Everyone welcome.

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