Your Bedford weekend starts here: 29 November – 1 December 2019

Santa Run

This weekend sees the beginning of Advent, so we can officially get our festive feels on.

Get your Christmas shopping started (or finished) at the fabulous Made in Bedford Artisan Fair this Sunday, join in the brilliantly bonkers Santa Run along the Embankment to raise money for Keech Hospice, and enjoy some great live music and family-friendly theatre, right here in Bedford all weekend.




Chris Difford
Bedford Esquires at 7.30pm
Tickets: £22.50

One of the UK’s finest songwriters will be coming to Bedford Esquires this Friday for a special intimate performance.

Chris Difford and his song writing partner Glen Tilbrook formed the band Squeeze and together they have written some of most enduring and best loved songs of our time. Songs like ‘Up the Junction’, ‘Cool for Cats’, ‘Tempted’ and ‘Labelled with Love’.

Over a career that has spanned nearly half a century, he has also worked with the likes of Elvis Costello, Elton John and received an Ivor Novello award for his brilliantly idiosyncratic lyrics.

With Squeeze still touring and playing venues like the Royal Albert Hall, Chris will be making a rare solo appearance in the slightly less salubrious surroundings of Bedford Esquires as part of his ‘Christmas Shopping’ tour. Expect not only classic songs that make the heart skip but also stories and anecdotes from a rich and varied life spent at the forefront of the music business.

Chris will be aided and abetted by Boo Hewerdine, lead singer and songwriter of The Bible and solo star in his own right.

Tickets are £22.50 in advance, available now from or from Esquires Bar or Slide Record Store (Bedford) with no booking fee.

Uncle Vanya
The Place Theatre at 7.30pm
Tickets: £12/£10

Chekhov’s tragicomedy in a bittersweet, multi-disciplinary new adaptation. Isolated and beyond help, the weary inhabitants of one country household plunge head over heels in lust when a beautiful stranger arrives.

As the owner announces the estate sale for his own gain, the strains of repression begin to bubble, until Vanya hits boiling point.
Theatrical Niche’s acclaimed physical theatre team collaborate with international artist Lily Hunter Green, creating a unique showcase of rural art intertwined with this Russian masterpiece.

An unmissable production of Chekhov’s witty observations on the irrational human heart. This modern take on ‘Uncle Vanya’ highlights the farcical nature of the text whilst showcasing captivating physical work inspired by the decline of the Bee.

Saturday & Sunday

The Jungle Book
The Place Theatre
Saturday at 1.30pm and 6.30pm
Sunday at 6.30pm
Tickets: £10 / children £8.50 / family £32

Raised by wolves since birth, young man-cub, Mowgli is forced to leave his jungle home when he is threatened by Shere Khan, a terrifying tiger.

Arriving in a human village, Mowgli is seemingly safe, until he strays from his adopted family and meets Shere Khan again.

Mowgli returns to the protection of the wolf pack, but will his presence in the jungle again put them all in danger?

Full of live music, comedy, puppetry and energy, this production explores the themes of growing up and staying true to yourself.

Lamphouse Theatre is a Peterborough based theatre company committed to telling epic stories in intimate settings. They perform with a playful mischief and create events accessible to all.


Limehouse Lizzy
Bedford Esquires at 8pm
Tickets: £16

Thin Lizzy tribute band play Esquires this Saturday.

Henry & the Bleeders
Bedford Esquires at 7.30pm
Tickets: £8

Henry and the Bleeders play their last show of 2019 and it’s a big party to celebrate 15 years of rockin n rollin!!

Support comes from The Kings Of Hong Kong and Stage Frite.

Special guest DJ on the night is ‘the jailhouse rocker’ Noel ‘razor’ Smith.

Just Roll
Bedford Esquires at 10.30pm
Tickets: £5 on the door

 Just Roll are back again with the next in their monthly series of Drum & Bass events, this time with Oxford promoters Subculture Oxford.

Made up of three members, OJ, Traction & Alpine, these guys cross all boundaries within Drum & Bass and Jungle, and they will be showcasing that during their 90 minute set on the night.

Also on the bill, is local DJ ‘TMF’, a veteran DJ that has a knack for drawing for huge dancefloor tracks perfect for getting the crowd moving. Charleston rounds off the bill, with Mc Slinna on hosting duty for the night…

As always, just £5 on the door all night! See you there…



 Santa Run
Bedford Embankment
Sunday 1 December 10am – 2pm
Adult £15 Child £5

Join hundreds of other Santas at Bedford Embankment for the most festive, fun 5km walk, jog or run, all raising vital funds for Keech Hospice Care.
Santa is pretty quick on his feet, with billions of homes to visit in just one night – can you give him a run for his money?
Join in the festive fun and sign up at


Made in Bedford Artisan Fair
Bedford Corn Exchange, Harpur Suite and Howard Room
Sunday 1 December from 10am – 4pm
Free entry

The twice yearly Made in Bedford Artisan Fairs are the county’s largest arts, crafts and produce fairs. There will be over 70 vendors representing the best of Bedford’s artists, designers, makers and craftspeople. Visitors can take part in craft workshops in the Harpur Suite bar and there will be food from the incredible Dog House Kitchen, Number 13 and locally roasted coffee by Wooden Hill.

Southbound play the Sunday Afternoon Session
Bedford Esquires at 5pm
Free entry

After two hugely enjoyable gigs at Esquires in 2018, Southbound have been invited back for the second of two appearances in 2019.

Join the band and a lively crowd for an afternoon mix of hot enjoyable Blues and Rock.

Your Bedford Weekend is in association with
Explore Bedford and The Bedford Clanger 





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