Your Bedford weekend starts here: 4 – 6 January

Mary Poppins

With most of us returning to work and school this week, it’s time to get back into the swing of things with the first weekend of the year. Ease yourself in gently with a stroll around the Higgins, pop into the Panacea or enjoy a song-along-a-Mary Poppins. A practically perfect Bedford weekend in our book!


The Panacea Museum’s new winter opening times are now in operation. You can visit the museum and garden on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11am – 4pm and the tea room is open from noon – 3pm.

Discover the fascinating history of this secretive religious community and visit the Garden of Eden in the heart of Bedford.


Expect a supercalifragalistic time at St Andrew’s Church (Kimbolton Road, MK40 2PF) at their sing-along screening of Disney’s original Mary Poppins on Saturday afternoon.

The show starts at 3pm and it’s just £1 per person. Refreshments and popcorn are on sale too.

If you haven’t had enough of everyone’s favourite nanny by then, you can catch the Return of Mary Poppins at Cineworld (5.30pm) or Vue (6.15pm) afterwards.

Higgins WindrushThe Higgins’ three exhibitions continue into the new year. See highlights from the Cecil Higgins art collection in the We Are Five exhibition, discover JMW Turner’s inspiration as a young artist and learn more about Bedford’s Windrush generation.

The museum is open from 11am – 5pm Tuesday – Saturday and 2 – 5pm in Sundays.

Higgins We are FiveThe mighty Ouse Valley Singles Club take to the Holy Moly’s stage for their traditional first gig of the year at Esquires tonight.

Bringing comedy skiffle to the East Anglian masses, Tim, Amy and Uncle Sam will be performing classics from their oeuvre. Tickets are £7 in advance and £10 on the door.

Ouse Valley Singles ClubSunday

Taking place on the nearest Sunday to David Bowie’s birthday, the annual Esquires’ Bowie Jam sees the best of Bedford’s musicians playing tribute to the Starman’s music.

To take part, email the host Mat Rogers 5 – 8pm. Entry is free.

David Bowie

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