Your Bedford Weekend starts here: 31 January – 2 February 2020


It’s the end of the week and the 58th day of January is finally over. Celebrate with some culture, karaoke or punk. Something for everyone!


Barley Mow
A quiet night at the Barley…

Aussie fundraiser
The Barleymow from 8pm
Free entry

Get down (under) to the Barleymow this Friday for their World Wide Fund for Naturecharity night, raising money for animals affected by the Australian bushfires.

The staff are all dressing up, the karaoke will be out, cheesy tunes will be playing and there will be donation pots and a fundraising raffle.


Hung Like Hanratty
Bedford Esquires at 7.30pm
Tickets: £10

BC Camplight and Warmduscher may have sold out their Independent Venue Week shows at Esquires this weekend, but there are still tickets available for the return of Hung Like Hanratty to Bedford.

Come and catch these reprobates up close and in yer face whilst they are still legal (only just).
Punk rock is very much alive and kicking whilst this lot are around….

 Vampires Rock – Ghost Train
Bedford Corn Exchange at 7.30pm
Tickets: £29.50

The musical sensation that’s been rocking the nation for over 18 years. Starring Steve Steinman and an incredible cast of singers, dancers and musicians, this show will have you rocking in the aisles. A tongue-in-cheek and laugh out loud storyline combined with an incredible stage set, lighting and sound, and a show like no other. Featuring over 30 of the greatest classic rock anthems of all time, including Queen, AC/DC, Bonnie Tyler, Meat Loaf, Bon Jovi, Journey, Guns N’ Roses and many more.

“They should prescribe this show on the NHS – it really makes you feel so good, you forget about your aches and pains” (Bournemouth Echo)


Sprinter (15)
The Place Theatre at 7pm
Tickets: £6

Sprinter tells the story of Akeem Sharp who is set to be Jamaica’s next big track-and-field sensation. Akeem hopes a rise in the track and field world will take him to the U.S. to reunite him with his mother who has supported the family while living as an illegal resident for over a decade. But Akeem’s rising star is weighed down by turmoil at home: a volatile father, and an unruly older brother who insinuates himself into Akeem’s career as a means of escaping – or perhaps enhancing – his scam artist hustle. Not only does Akeem have to prove to himself and everyone that he can succeed, but also overcome the struggles that may ultimately bring him down.

Swan Poetry: Books and Bookshops

Eagle Bookshop at 7pm
Tickets: £5

Members of Swan Theatre Company and guests present an evening of poetry, lightly spiced with prose and drama, in the appropriately bookish surroundings of the Eagle Bookshop, at its new premises on St Peter’s Street, Bedford.

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