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.
With 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.
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.
The 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.
The 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.
Free entry before 11.30pm and £5 after. Last entry is strictly 1.00 am no exceptions.
New Year’s Day
Happy new year!
***BONUS NEW YEAR’S DAY PARKRUNS***
Blow away the cobwebs with a timed 5km run at both of Bedford’s Parkruns on New Year’s Day.
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.