Your Bedford weekend starts here: 7 – 9 June 2019

Black Tom Jumble Trail

Roll up, roll up, it’s nearly time for the weekend…


The Children’s Community Cinema is ‘Pop-pin’ back at the Great Denham Community Centre on Friday afternoon. It’s just £1.50 and every child gets popcorn and a drink and a special gift when they leave. Doors open at 3pm and the film starts 3:30pm

The Great Denham Pop Up Pub is back after a month off with live music from Laura Menozzi. Doors open at 8:30pm and bar is open till 12am.

Hurricane Fly

Hurricane Fly are live at the Flower Pot on Tavistock Street this Friday.

Get a Groove On

Get a Groove On is back at the Third Place this Friday with DJ Rob Gipson playing soul, jazz, disco, boogie and funk. From 8pm.

Metal Nights at Esquires sees Lotus Eater and Modern error bring their co-headline tour to Bedford. Both bands will be gracing Esquires for the first time, so let’s make them welcome.Tickets: £10


Honeyblood+ Black Doldrums are at Esquires tonight. Tickets: £15


Fiver Fest 2019

The highly anticipated Fiver Fest starts this Saturday, with over 60 independent shops, cafes, restaurants and businesses taking part.

Each participating business has put together special £5 offers to show the diversity and value of what they sell and to give customers an extra excuse to pop in and spend their money.

You can find a full list of the businesses taking part, and their Fiver Fest offers at the Town Centre Champions’ website.

Black Tom Litter Pick

The Black Tom litter-pick takes place this Saturday from 11am – noon. If you’d like to take part, meet at The Burnaby Arms. All equipment is supplied and everyone’s welcome.

This event is specially timed to make sure the streets in Black Tom are clean and sparkling ready for the Black Tom Jumble Trail on Sunday…

AliBaba and the Forty Thieves
at the Pavilion in Bedford Park on Saturday 8th June.

Ali Baba

Over at the Pavilion in the Park, join Young Ali Baba as he discovers an enchanted cave full of gold and jewels. But…his wife is having none of it, his jealous brother wants it for himself but worst of all, the Robber King and his forty, loathsome thieves are after him!

This outdoor theatre performance is packed with cliff-hangers, larger-than-life characters, and laughs galore. There’s  lots and lots to join in with – and the most magical cave you’ve ever seen!

Perfect summer fun for thieves and vagabonds aged 5+. Bring a chair, bring a picnic, gates open 6.30pm, performance at 7.30 pm. More info and tickets here.

Urban Active Roadshow

The Urban Active Roadshow is at Addison Howard Park in Kempston this Saturday. The day features free taster sessions for BMX and freerunning, plus your chance to win a BMX bike. From 1pm – 5pm, just turn up to take part.

It’s your last chance to see the Seasons of Migration and Settlement exhibition at The Basement at Bunyan.

Open from 11am – 4pm, the partnership project between Learning Through The Arts and The Basement @ Bunyan commemorates the 70th anniversary of the arrival of Empire Windrush in 1948. Illustrating the invaluable contributions The Windrush migrants and subsequent generations have made to Britain over the decades.

Story Drawry

At 3pm on Saturday, join artist Mo Lea at another great Story Drawry session at Art Centre & Gallery on Howard Street.  A great way for kids to spend an afternoon discovering their inner artist and making new friends! Suitable for 6-10 years £10 per child. Contact The Art Centre directlyto book.

The monthly St Paul’s Church Saturday lunchtime organ recitaltakes place at noon, and features Bernard Barker from St James, Piccadilly. Entry is free.

The garden at the Quarry Theatre

From 5.30pm, celebrate the work of Year 7 and Year 8 pupils from Bedford School, Bedford Girls’ School and Goldington Academy as they each perform an abridged version of one of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays under the leafy canopy of a summer’s eve.

In the garden of The Quarry Theatre, this event is open to the public, suitable for all ages, and admission is free.

Paul Foot

This Saturday sees Great Denham’s first ever comedy night in association with Pearface Comedy. Featuring Chris Norton Walker, Harry Stachini, Jack Gleadow and headlined by TV’s Paul Foot. Tickets are £11.25 (discounts for groups of 4) and available via Eventbrite

Cinder Well

Cinder Well is the haunting folk project of singer and multi-instrumentalist, Amelia Baker from the USA.

This is the first night at Hey Ho! Folk’s new venue at the Cemetery Chapel at Foster Hill Road.

Amelia’s songs are nostalgic and moving, centered around memory, loss, place, and longing.  Born out of a collective love of 1970’s folk-rock, traditional ballads, and dance music of America, Ireland, and Scandinavia, Cinder Well’s sound is at once provoking and nostalgic.  Tickets are £10 from Eventbrite

This Saturday, the ever-popular Dinosaur Disco bring their night of Motown and soul to the Flower Poton Tavistock Street.

Naked Next Door

It’s the official launch of the newly renovated Room 2 at Esquirestonight and to celebrate, they’ve hand-picked some great bands to showcase the new space and what it has to offer… Doors open at 7pm and first up is the Great Flud, followed by Basement Strippers, Phantom Isle and rounded off with Naked Next Door.

Silent Disco

Following the Room 2 showcase, the Esquires’ legendary Silent Discois back to christen the club space and to celebrate the venue’s 29th birthday.Doors open 11pm – 3amand once the headphones are gone, they’re gone!

Tickets are £5 adv from Seetickets or £7 on the door.


Black Tom Jumble Trail

The Black Tom Jumble Trail is back this Sunday for a fifth year!

Like a car boot sale – but on your street, the residents of the Prime Ministers (Black Tom) area will be selling bric-a-brac, toys, vintage stuff, art, cakes or whatever from 11am.

The 27th Bedford Junior Aquathlon takes place this Sunday at Robinson Pool in Bedford Park, starting at 10:30am. Registration in the Robinson Pool cafe from 9:45am.

Bedford Tour Guides

The Bedford Tour Guides’ next walking tour is this Sunday and takes you to the statues & memorials that can be seen in the town.

The figures may not be able to speak but our tour guide can tell you their full story. To join the Silent Faces of Bedford tour, you must prebook here. Cost is £3 per adult & children over 8 years old £1.50.

Sunday Afternoon Session

It’s the Sunday Afternoon Session at Esquires featuring Carl Linnett, Mike Mckecknie, John Keay and Wayne Breed playing songs by: Joe Bonamassa, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Gary Moore, Jimi Hendrix, Dire Straits, Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Rolling Stones, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Chuck Berry, Kings of Leon


Brought to you in association with Explore Bedford and the Bedford Clanger.