Your Bedford weekend starts here: 9 – 11 August 2019

Bedford Beach Week

What’s in store this weekend? Choose from mass meditation, live music, a triathlon and a beach in Bedford town centre…

All weekend

Bedford Beach Week

Bedford’s annual Beach Week takes place in Harpur Square until Wednesday 13 August.

The area will be transformed into a beach complete with a giant sand pit, deck chairs, children’s fun fair and a fish and chip vendor, plus entertainment for all the family.


A Band Called Malice

National Tribute Award Finalists – A Band Called Malice – The Definitive Tribute to The Jam play Live at Bedford Esquires this Friday.

The talented trio are the real deal and guarantee to take you back to ‘When You’re Young,” with an evening of single releases and album tracks from The Jam’s early Fire & Skill years, through to their very last release.

As Jam fans themselves, A Band Called Malice will not disappoint and guarantees a show full of high-octane energy, angst, aggression, passion and soul of their idols.

the Burke Brothers

Also at Esquires, join James and Liam Burke alongside their sister Mary in Danny’s bar… With Special guests ‘Coarse’.

Gloria Estefan experience

The Estefan Experience ‘Rhythm Is Gonna Get You’ comes to Bedford Corn Exchange this weekend.

Celebrating ‘The Queen Of Latin Pop’, experience all the hits from Gloria’s career culminating in over 100 million album sales and 26 Grammy Awards



This Saturday sees the perfect Summer Showcase in Esquires’ bar with three great acts: The Wax Lyrical Sound // Frettlyst // Samuel Rockabilly Brunt. Admission is free.

Jimmy Carr – Terribly Funny 2019 is the comedian’s brand new show, containing jokes about all kinds of terrible things. A very limited number of single tickets are remaining.


On Saturday from 7pm, Sunshine Sounds in association with Feline Assembly present Reggae Explosion at Herd.

This all-vinyl experience will take you through the roots of reggae. So shake up one of Herd’s tropical cocktails, grab some chicken and hit the bass with the line-up of DJs spinning the sound of summer.

7:00 – Sue Miller  / 8:00 – Sherry McGill  / 9:00 – Liv Lay/ 10:00 – Paul Miller
Entry is free.


Jewel in Bedford's Crown - Bedford Tour Guides

This Sunday’s guided walk takes in the jewel in Bedford’s crown: the beautiful River Great Ouse. During the Victorian & Edwardian periods the banks of the river in Bedford were the place to spend one’s leisure time.

Whether promenading or pleasure boating, the Embankment was the place to be seen.

This entertaining and informative circular walk along the banks of the River Great Ouse, described as being one if the finest riverside settings in England, takes in the Victorian Embankment, the bridges & ornamental gardens.

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.

Mass meditation

This Sunday at Bedford Park, there will be a free mass meditation session and everyone’s welcome.

Whether you have been meditating for years or have never tried meditating, group meditation can improve your spiritual journey.

Harnessing energy from the group will deepen your practice, provide you with support, and grow your inspiration.

The interconnectedness of the group helps to align you with your spirituality, grow your compassion, and open your heart up to people that come into your life.

The benefits of group meditation range from personal to communal and can have a powerful effect on our lives.

You’ll need to bring a yoga matt or blanket/cushion to sit on, and a bottle of water, hat and sun cream especially if it’s a hot sunny day.

The session is free and you just need to attend with a positive and loving attitude and your mind kept open throughout.

This is not a religious group, however if you would like to meditate on a religious deity please feel free.  Meet at 11am at the bandstand.

Bedford Triathlon

This Sunday sees Bedford’s Olympic distance Triathlon. The event features a1500m river swim, 41km country bike route and a 10km flat riverside run

With the backdrop of the magnificent Embankment, its river and the well-known Suspension and Butterfly Bridges, the event has the potential to rival any other triathlon event both locally and nationally.

The race starts at 7.30am, with medal presentation at noon.

Kerry Jo Hodgkin Trio

This Sunday from 1pm, enjoy an afternoon of live jazz with the incredible Kerry Jo Hodgkin Trio at the beautiful Swan in Bromham.

Cheap Thrill$

Cheap Thrills$ are four seasoned musicians from Bedford, each with over 20 years experience. They’ll be playing their mix of blues, rock and soul at Esquires’ Sunday Afternoon Session. Free entry.

GCH Fishmongers

From 4pm at Herd, it’s the GCH Fishmongers’ summer barbeque on the courtyard. Gary and George will be on hand to help you select your fish and then Herd’s chefs will cook it, all to Paul Miller’s soulful summer soundtrack.

Bad Brains

The word ‘Legend’ gets thrown around far too often these days, but this booking brings Esquires exactly that.

Human Rights, the founder and current vocalist of US hardcore punk band Bad Brains is stopping off at Esquires for a rare and intimate UK show.  His solo material tends to be less punk and more reggae than Bad Brains punk/metal sound but he also explores rock and other musical genres.   Whilst his wildly aggressive stage performances of earlier years may have mellowed, you can expect an evening of reggae and rhythm guitar from a true icon.


As a way of raising funds for JustUs’ running costs, one of the charity’s caseworkers is delivering a fun and informal introductory session to astronomy photography.

Attendees can bring their DSLR camera and you don’t need to know much about how to use your camera, as this will be covered in the session, although some basic knowledge about your cameras controls will be useful.

As an added bonus, the Perseid meteor shower will be happening, so if the skies are clear there will be the opportunity for those who want to to go out and do it for real after the session has finished.

Tickets are £15 per head + booking fee.

And please be warned, astronomy photography is very addictive.

Your Bedford weekend is brought to you in association
with Explore Bedford and the Bedford Clanger.

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