Your Bedford weekend starts here: 6 – 8 September 2019

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One of the photographs at the Quarry Theatre's #twophotographers_onepassion exhibition

As summer draws to a close, what a weekend we have in store.

The Spectacularts Street Arts Festival will be taking over Bedford Park on Saturday and the NICE comic con is at Bedford Corn Exchange all weekend. There are two new photography exhibitions opening, the last chance to learn about Bedford Castle with the tour guides plus live music and theatre.  Enjoy!

Friday

#twophotographers_onepassion – an exhibition of landscape photography has just opened at the Quarry Theatre.

Paul and Filly Bonito-Brook are a husband and wife photography team who spend their time travelling and photographing the places they visit. Between them their images have won various awards and been published in books and magazines and are both part of the Kase Filters Team.

On show are just a few of their favourite images. The exhibition runs until 1 October.

Another photography exhibition opens this week, with Christian Webb: Distinction Within the Familiar at Made in Bedford at Number 13 until 6 October.

Christian is a Bedford-based photographer, who documents everyday scenes and objects or ‘types’ and through digital manipulation, displays them in series that reshape the way we perceive the world around us.

In this new exhibition: ‘Distinction Within the Familiar’, Christian has embodied the natural hues of the sky in a more progressively abstract manner, taking inspiration from the ‘Abstract Impressionists’ and ‘Colour Field’ painters of the 1940s and 50s.

The exhibition will be able to view during shop opening hours with all artworks available to purchase framed or unframed. Wed – Sun, 9.30am – 4.30pm.

Groove On is back, this Friday at The Third Place. Hosted by Robert Gipson, featuring boogie, funk, soul, jazz and Afro-Brazillian. Another cracking poster, Rob!

The Place Theatre’s autumn season launch takes place this Friday. Head along to the Bradgate Road theatre find out more about their jam-packed programme for the Autumn season. Meet the team, see extracts from some of the community shows in development and sample wines from their partners at Blue Glass and homemade ice cream from Gelato Johns. From 7.30pm. Free entry.

The Ouse Valley Singles Club launch their new album, Gammonista, at Bedford Esquires this Friday.

The five-piece band use sounds & traditions of 1950’s Skiffle combined with the energy of Punk and a splash of Rub n dub Reggae and have created a truly original and highly entertaining genre that has been dubbed (by them) as ‘New Wave Skiffle’.

Their songs and videos, (including Girl From the Fens, Milf Hunter, Spunky Dave, River Great Ouse and the east Nothants anthem ‘from Rushden with Love’) have given them a semi-cult status in and around the East Anglia / East Midlands region. A special night and one not to be missed with support from the excellent Skimmington Ride. Tickets £8

A night of the biggest pop hits and anthems from the decade that brought you Pacman, Mr T and the Rubix Cube is back at Esquires this Friday. Footloose 80s night brings with it an awesome light show, visuals and good times. Fancy Dress – why not?!? GO WILD (in the country). From 8.30pm Tickets: £6

ABBA – Forever is one of the UK’s leading International tribute Shows. The unique Abba sound is replicated with an incredible attention to detail, using a six-piece band featuring electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards and piano, drums and bass guitar. Two outstanding Abba girls complete the line-up, adding the essential glitz and glamour to a well-polished and gently humorous show.

The wonderful lyrics penned by Benny and Bjorn are sung in wonderful harmony by all six performers on stage. Dynamic non-stop choreography, stunning visuals, top class musicianship and an ALL LIVE performance ensures that the ABBA Forever Show captivates audiences from the opening refrain to the final sing-along chorus of this two-hour spectacular. 8pm. Tickets: £20

Saturday & Sunday

Bedford NICE Wonder Woman

The NICE comic con is at the Bedford Corn Exchange this Saturday and Sunday. Internationally renowned comic book artists will once again be at the sixth annual event in Bedford. For more information and ticket details, check their website.

Saturday

It’s carnival time!

Head to Bedford Park for the all day Spectacularts Street Arts Festival featuring dance, performance, food and fun, celebrating the diversity of our town.

At 1pm and 4pm, the carnival parade will take place, featuring 12 local groups – many in cultural dress – accompanied by funky cars with cool sound systems and Rhythm of the City Salsa band drawing up the rear.

Sports taster sessions, street food, bars, music stages and more. An amazing all-day celebration of Bedford. From 11.30am – 8pm

It’s the Eagle Gallery’s last exhibition in their current location before they move to exciting new town-centre premises, so make sure you check it out.

Nature – variations on the theme of nature in mixed media is a joint exhibition featuring the work of Sarah Janavicius and Nikki Wheatley.  The exhibition runs until 14 September at the Castle Road gallery.

 

The Bedford Punk & Oi! alldayer is at Esquires this Saturday from 1.30pm. Enjoy 11+ hours of live music over two floors.

The Rolling Stones Now is a celebration of all that has made the The Rolling Stones legendary and it’s coming to the Quarry Theatre this weekend.

In full costumes, recreating the Stones live shows of the late 60’s – 90’s, Mick’s pout, Keith’s riffs and Bill’s stony face are all on show as the band play some of the greatest songs ever written including ‘Brown Sugar’, ‘Jumpin Jack Flash’, ‘Paint it Black’ and ‘Sympathy for the Devil’.

Don’t miss a night of struts, riffs and downright dirty Rock n’ Roll where Satisfaction is guaranteed!

Sunday

For the last time this season, this Sunday’s guided walk takes you to Castle Mound to tell you about what happened to Bedford’s Castle.

Meet at 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.

The A Band, one of Bedford’s longest running bar bands, is at the Esquires Sunday Afternoon Session this weekend.

Bruce Murray (pictured), Pete Bonas, Mark Ayles and Richard and Tim Winter will be playing their mix of classic rock and soul covers, with a few of their own songs thrown in for good measure. From 5pm. Free entry.

Your Bedford Weekend is brought to you in association with Explore Bedfordand the Bedford Clanger