Your Bedford weekend starts here: 30 August – 1 September 2019

30 Aug - 1 Sept

There’s festival fun for everyone (not just runners) at this weekend’s Bedford Running Festival at Priory Marina. Plus, lots of live music, food and another fascinating guided walk…

Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Bedford Running Festival is three days of jam-packed running mixed with loads of festival fun at Priory Country Park.

Things kick off at 12.30pm on Friday, when runners can pick up their race packs, but there’s plenty for non-runners to enjoy too.  Over the weekend the open air cinema is screening Mary Poppins Returns, Captain Marvel, Dumbo and the Greatest Showman.

With official race distances of 5k, 10k and Half Marathon along with a comedy club, kids club, street food market, bar, main stage with live music, yoga & wellness classes, running seminars and more, there is something for everyone.

30 Aug - 1 Sept

Full information and timings can be found on the Running Festival website. We’ll see you there!


Street food

Bedford EAT Feast is back bringing their band of street food vendors to Priory Marina at the Bedford Running Festival.From 4 – 9pm, ditch the oven gloves and sample some great food from around the world.

Check out their event page for vendor details.

30 Aug - 1 Sept

Another 18+ wrestling show comes to Esquires’ Main Stage, with Sacrifice Pro Wresting and a whole host of insanity and characters with it.

Door 8pm. First bell 8:30pm. £10 available on the door or from

30 Aug - 1 Sept

Two great acts in Esquires’ bar this Friday. A welcome return to Wah Wah Club with strong support from Danger Of Drowning. Admission is free.


30 Aug - 1 Sept

Just Roll is the third in this series of monthly Drum & Bass events at Esquires. This Saturday sees Fynixx, the London promoters responsible for the ‘Hexagon Presents’ events at Work Bar, The Big Chill and Two Tribes Brewery.

Local DJ Midas, a regular at the Release events at The Pad, alongside Optimum completes the lineup. Hosting on the night will be local legend, MC Slinna. Entry is £5.


30 Aug - 1 Sept

This Sunday, the weekly guided walk will give you a wide range of information about the town that you never knew.

Join the Bedford Tour Guides to find out something new about the town’s history including perhaps, what might be in Joanna Southcott’s box…

Meet at 11am the Old Town Hall, St.Paul’s Square close to the gold plated letter box. Cost £3 per adult & children over 8 years old £1.50. Due to their popularity walks must be pre-booked at the Box Office.

Smooth Sundays

Smooth Sundays continue at Herd on St Cuthbert’s Street this week, with DJ Geoff Ware spinning the soulful tunes while punters tuck into one of the best roasts in town. From 1pm

Lost 4 Words are at the Sunday Afternoon Session at Bedford Esquires from 5pm on Sunday.

30 Aug - 1 Sept

Armed with unforgettable melodies and catchy choruses, The SoapGirls energy, rawness and authenticity live, has earned a formidable reputation.

Performing internationally and continuously since 2015, these fearless French born sisters Millie and Mie, have slayed critics and earned a global dedicated group of followers known as the ‘The SoapSuds’, some of who follow the band across the UK and Europe.




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