Your Bedford Weekend starts here: 6 – 8 December 2019


It’s nearly the weekend again – and Christmas is creeping ever closer. Soak up the festive atmosphere at the St Paul’s Christmas Tree Festival until Sunday – a fabulous treat for all the family.

Plus there’s the usual mix of excellent live music, theatre and culture.  Enjoy!

Friday / Saturday / Sunday

There are over 70 trees to see

Christmas Tree Festival
Wednesday 4 – Sunday 8 December
St Paul’s Church, St Paul’s Square, Bedford, MK40 1SQ
Wed-Sat 10am – 5pm , Sunday 12pm – 4pm. £2.50. Free under 16 years
In aid of the church and Bedford Hospital Charity & Friends

The annual Christmas Tree Festival is one of the highlights of Bedford’s Christmas Calendar and last year it attracted over 4,500 visitors. There will be 70 trees on display, decorated by schools, companies, charities and local organisations to the theme of the Twelve Days of Christmas. Entertainment over the five days will be provided by choirs featuring more than 850 children and adults. A great way to get into the festive spirit!

Further details at



West End at Christmas
The Place Theatre at 2.30pm (later performance has sold out)
Tickets: £15 / £13

Back by popular demand…

Stars from the West End present a magical show featuring hits from the musicals and the best of Christmas songs.

The talented cast have starred in many West End productions and national tours including Les Miserables, We Will Rock You, South Pacific, Starlight Express, The Phantom Of The Opera, Wicked, Godspell, Joseph and Cats… to name but a few!

Philharmonia Cello Quartet
Christmas Tree Festival Concert at 7.30 pm
St Paul’s Church, St Paul’s Sq, Bedford, MK40 1SQ

Tickets £17.50 include mulled wine and mince pie.
01234 783181 or
In aid of the church and Bedford Hospital Charity & Friends.


Dreams & Nightmares Higgins Bedford
William Blake (1757–1827) – The Good and Evil Angels Struggling for Possession of a Child c.1793

British Sign Language – Exhibition Tour and Workshop with Access Bedford
The Higgins Bedford at 11am – 1pm
Free Entry – Booking Essential

Join Peter Cooke for a Deaf BSL tour of Dreams and Nightmares, followed by an art workshop.

This is a British Sign Language only event – no oral instruction will be given.

Dr Feelgood + Guests
Bedford Esquires at 8pm
Tickets: £16

Formed on Canvey Island in Essex in the early 1970s Dr. Feelgood remains one of the most popular and exciting live rhythm and blues acts in the world. The raw and uncompromising style of their performance resulted in the album Stupidity that immediately went to the number one position in the U.K. charts.

Dr. Feelgood have also enjoyed global success with a string of hit singles including Roxette, Back in the Night, Milk and Alcohol, Down at the Doctors, She Does it Right, Going Back Home and See You Later Alligator – which gave the group their first gold record.

On the band’s last visit to Bedford they played to a packed Corn Exchange, this time they’re back to their club roots for a night of maximum R n B

December Showcase: Danger of Drowing / One Leaf Falls
Bedford Esquires at 8.30pm
Free entry

Two great acts feature in the Esquires’ December Showcase: Danger of Drowning return to the venue and One Leaf Falls make their Esquires debut.


Sunday Afternoon Session: The Fabulous Bonas Brothers
Bedford Esquires 5pm – 8pm
Free entry

Esquires is thrilled to welcome back Pete and Paul Bonas to the Sunday afternoon session in Danny’s Bar.

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

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