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  • Toast Live: Sophia Soul

    Thursday 22 February 2018 6:23pm

    Toast Riverside, Bedford MK40 1AS

    6pm

    www.toastbedford.co.uk

  • Meet the Brewer

    Thursday 22 February 2018 7:49pm

    Brewhouse & Kitchen, 115 High Street, Bedford MK40 1NU

    www.brewhouseandkitchen.com/bedford

  • The Elo Encounter

    Friday 23 February 2018 7:31pm

    Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square, Bedford

    7.30pm

    Roll over Beethoven, because the greatest tribute to Jeff Lynne's Electric Light Orchestra is here! In an all live show featuring soaring strings, striking vocal harmonies and playing all the much loved songs from ELO's hit-filled library including Evil Woman, Telephone Line and Don’t Bring Me Down.

    The ELO Encounter promises a night filled with rock, roll and Blue Skies that would make even Mozart mambo and Bach boogie! So Hold On Tight because Rock and Roll Is King in a show that is guaranteed to have you partying All Over The World.

    Not only flawlessly recreating the wonderful music of ELO, it’s a spectacular live show from start to finish. Stunning lights and special effects create an atmosphere that will have you fully immersed in the whole experience. As the ELO Encounter reel off ELO classic hit after hit, it’s guaranteed to have the hairs on the back of your neck dancing in time to the music!!

    www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

  • PB's Antiques & Collectables Fair

    Saturday 24 February 2018 3:54pm

    St Pauls Church, St Pauls Square, Bedford



    Held in the historic church in the centre of Bedford, selling beautiful items in beautiful surroundings.

    https://www.facebook.com/PBs-Antiques-Collectors-Fair-854745884542518/

  • 21-24 Feb: Italian Market

    Saturday 24 February 2018 4:17pm

    Harpur Suite, Bedford MK40 1LE

    9.00am – 5.00pm

     

  • 22-24 Feb: Romeo & Juliet

    Saturday 24 February 2018 5:25pm

    The Quarry Theatre, 26 St Peters Street, Bedford MK40 2NN

    Thursday 22nd 7.30pm, Friday 23rd 1.30pm & Saturday 24th @ 7.30pm

    Directed and produced by Antoinette Keylock

    Textual adaptation by Jonathan Hooley

    Fight direction by Richard Mann

    Performed by students of Bedford School, Bedford Girls’ School and Mark Rutherford School

    A bold re-imagining of Shakespeare’s iconic tale:

    ‘My only love sprung from my only hate!’ Two households, two teenagers, one love and one fate.

    Set in a fictional, post-apocalyptic war ravaged 1985, the darker themes of this classic text are brought to the fore as the masked balls of a bygone era are supplanted by the neon lights and savage hedonism of an industrial rave scene. Tensions runs high as skirmishes break out between two warring families in a world where greed, hatred and political feuds prevail on every street corner. In such a world, the most unlikely of romances blossoms between two young lovers.

    This production will be augmented by the live performance of music composed specifically for the occasion.

    Book early to avoid disappointment.

    www.quarrytheatre.org.uk

  • BSO Romantic Masterpieces

    Saturday 24 February 2018 7:44pm

    Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square, Bedford

    7.30pm

    Soloist: Jaroslav Nadrzycki (violin)

    Conductor: Michael Rose

    Schumann – Overture: Manfred

    Sibelius – Violin Concerto in D minor

    Brahms – Symphony No. 2 in D

    www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

  • Miserere by Candlelight

    Saturday 24 February 2018 7:48pm

    Join us for a candlelit performance of Gregorio Allegri’s iconic Miserere and James MacMillan’s haunting and highly personal response to it.  The evening features old and new paired settings of the same texts, including works by Purcell, Gabrieli, Lauridsen and Tavener and a new commission from Bedford-based composer Duncan Fraser.

    Gaude is Bedford’s professional chamber choir and includes past and present members of some of this country’s most celebrated choirs, including King’s, St John’s and Trinity Colleges in Cambridge, New College Oxford and The Sixteen.  A thrilling evening of unaccompanied singing awaits.

    www.gaude.org.uk

  • Hell Cats

    Saturday 24 February 2018 9:11pm

    The Kings Arms, 24 St Marys Street, Bedford MK42 OAS

    Live music at The Kings Arms

    www.thekingsarmsbedford.co.uk

  • Live music from Suburbia

    Saturday 24 February 2018 9:11pm

    Brewhouse & Kitchen, 115 High Street, Bedford MK40 1NU

    21:30 till late.

    Join us for an evening of live music with Suburbia.

    Playing the best from The Who, The Kinks, The Jam, The Clash, The Undertones, The Stranglers, Stiff Little Fingers, Paul Weller, The Small Faces, Oasis…..plus some Ska from The Specials.

    It's going to be a great night!

    www.brewhouseandkitchen.com

  • Civilised Sundays at Brewhouse & Kitchen

    Sunday 25 February 2018 11:41am

    Brewhouse & Kitchen, 115 High Street, Bedford MK40 1NU

    www.brewhouseandkitchen.com/bedford

  • Wannabe, the Spice Girls Show

    Sunday 25 February 2018 7:48pm

    Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square, Bedford

    7.30pm

    Spice Girls remain the biggest girl band of all time with 9 number 1 singles, 80 million record sales, World tours, movies & a musical to their name.

    Featuring your favourite Spice Girls hits, the Wannabe show recreates the era of Girl Power giving you a 90s night out to remember!

    From the chart stomping ‘Spice Up Your Life’ through to the hip shaking ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’, they will take you on a Spice World journey that will make you Zig-A-Zig-Ahhhh.

    “The perfect girls night out!” – The Venue, London

    Swing it, shake it, move it, make it down however you can. Costumes, groups & families all welcome for the biggest 90s party in town.

    Come and join Ginger, Scary, Posh, Sporty & Baby Spice on the smash hit touring sensation not to be missed! 

    Hi, si, ja, hold tight!

    www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

  • Tuesday Lunchtime Concerts - Melina Karagianni

    Tuesday 27 February 2018 12:38pm

    St Pauls Church, St Pauls Square, Bedford MK40 1SL

    1.10pm

    Melina Karagianni – Piano

    Lunchtime Concerts are held every Tuesday at 1.10pm during academic terms and last approximately 50 minutes.

    St. Paul's has a commitment to discovering, nurturing and promoting new musical talent. For many years the Lunchtime Concert Series has given opportunities to young student musicians to perform in a professional environment.

    Our musicians are students who are studying at the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music, and Trinity Laban. Occasionally there is an organ recital. Local musicians also feature in the concerts. 

    The series of concerts features many of the best young pianists and instrumentalists in the UK. All have won major awards, including the International Liszt Competition, The Chopin Competition and Royal Academy and Royal College Inter-collegiate Competitions. These talented musicians are on the cusp of a professional career. (see Facebook (St Pauls Bedford Lunchtime Concert Series)) for details of past and present musicians.

    The concerts are FREE with a voluntary donation. The church cafe is open from midday. 

  • Wednesday Art Workshops

    Wednesday 28 February 2018 10:38am

    Basement at Bunyan, Mill Street, Bedford MK40 3HD

    10am-12pm

    amstijelja@btinternet.com

  • Lent Services

    Wednesday 28 February 2018 1:31pm

  • Toast Live: Sophia Soul

    Thursday 1 March 2018 4:08pm

    Toast Riverside, Bedford MK40 1AS

    6pm

    www.toastbedford.co.uk

  • Wednesday Art Workshops

    Wednesday 7 March 2018 10:39am

    Basement at Bunyan, Mill Street, Bedford MK40 3HD

    10am-12pm

    amstijelja@btinternet.com

  • Lent Services

    Wednesday 7 March 2018 1:32pm

  • Toast Live: Sophia Soul

    Thursday 8 March 2018 6:11pm

    Toast Riverside, Bedford MK40 1AS

    6pm

    www.toastbedford.co.uk

  • Tea Alchemy at the BedPop Science Lab

    Saturday 10 March 2018 3:16pm

    The Higgins Bedford, Castle Lane, Bedford

    10.30am – 3.30pm

    As part of Bedpop Science Lab this March we’re inviting you to join artist Jan Uprichard and Unilever’s expert tea blender, Ryan Clifford, to investigate the science of tea drinking. Select your own blends, make your own tea bag and then share a brew in the very county in which afternoon tea was invented.

    Free. Available for booking soon.

    Suitable for 7 yrs+

  • BedPop Science Labs

    Saturday 10 March 2018 4:15pm

    As part of British Science Week, the BedPop Science Labs will once again be popping up in venues across Bedford, bringing dozens of STEM activities to the heart of the town. 

    On Saturday 10th March, eight BedPop Science Labs will host dozens of hands-on workshops, activities, demos and experiments.  Everything is completely FREE to take part in and everyone’s invited!

    “This year we’ve added some incredible new events and we’re especially thrilled to be bringing Mark Rutherford School’s pop up Planetarium to Bedford Central Library,” said organiser, Erica Roffe.  “Visitors will be able to step inside and experience the wonders of the solar system, right in the middle of Bedford.  We’ve also got an ‘escape room’, DJ and radio production workshops and you can even meet a T-Rex!”

    “We want as many people to be able to enjoy these events as possible,” said Erica, “Bedford has a wealth of science excellence on our doorstep and we’re grateful that so many scientists, engineers, teachers, artists, DJs, cartographers, astronomers and STEM ambassadors have volunteered their time to share their passion for STEM.”

    Thanks to a partnership with Access Bedford, four of the outdoor science demos will have sign language interpretation and all venues have disabled access. 

    This year’s venues include In2Beats radio station, Gallone’s ice cream parlour, Bedford Central Library, Rogan’s Books, The Higgins Bedford, Ready Steady Roll, Slide Record Shop, the John Bunyan Museum and the Basement @ Bunyan.  The BedPop Science Labs are made possible thanks to generous sponsorship from the Harpur Trust, Cranfield University, Clearblue, the Bedford Clanger, Polam School and You Can Book Me.

    To download this year’s BedPop Science Labs programme and book workshops, visit bedpop.co.uk

  • Wednesday Art Workshops

    Wednesday 14 March 2018 10:40am

    Basement at Bunyan, Mill Street, Bedford MK40 3HD

    10am-12pm

    amstijelja@btinternet.com

  • Lent Services

    Wednesday 14 March 2018 1:36pm

  • Toast Live: Sophia Soul

    Thursday 15 March 2018 4:14pm

    Toast Riverside, Bedford MK40 1AS

    6pm

    www.toastbedford.co.uk

  • Allo Allo Comedy Dining Experience

    Friday 16 March 2018 6:35pm

    Bedford Swan Hotel, The Embankment

    Allo Allo Comedy Dining Experience @ £45.00 pp

    Listen very carefully – we shall say ziss only once… Welcome to Renée and Edith’s restaurant – but you may have chosen a bad night. Renée has agreed to look after the painting of the Fallen Madonna With The Big Boobies in the cellar, to keep it safe till the war is over. But Herr Flick of the Gestapo is on its trail on the orders of Hitler himself – and he’s coming tonight! Michelle of the French resistance could not have picked a worse time to hide the British airmen in the same hotel. Renée will have to use all his ingenuity – not to mention his wife’ appalling cabaret singing – to throw Herr Flick off the scent. It won’t be easy, especially when Officer Crabtree turns up to lend a hand.

    www.bedfordswanhotel.co.uk

  • Philharmonia Orchestra: The Young Mozart

    Tuesday 20 March 2018 7:41pm

    Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square

    7.30pm

    Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay violin/direction

    HAYDN Symphony No.47 “The Palindrome”

    MOZART Serenade No. 7 in D, K.250, Haffner

    The young Mozart wrote his Haffner serenade as music for a party: a friend's wedding in Salzburg. So it's a glimpse into an 18th-century world of jubilant trumpets, spirited dance tunes and elegant romance, all drenched in summer sunshine. The Philharmonia’s Concert Master Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay leads from his violin – just as Mozart himself would have done – and launches the celebrations with a great burst of imagination and humour from Mozart’s friend Joseph Haydn.

    Tickets from £14

    Philharmonia Orchestra Box Office : 0800 652 6717 

    Booking Link: https://www.philharmonia.co.uk/concerts/1856/bedford/bedford_corn_exchange/20_march_2018/bedford_the_young_mozart

  • Lent Services

    Wednesday 21 March 2018 1:37pm

  • Wednesday Art Workshops

    Wednesday 28 March 2018 10:44am

    Basement at Bunyan, Mill Street, Bedford MK40 3HD

    10am-12pm

    amstijelja@btinternet.com

  • Felt Making Workshop

    Saturday 7 April 2018 11:47am

    Basement @ Bunyan, Mill Street, Bedford MK40 3EU

    11am – 3pm

    amstijelja@btinternet.com

  • Philharmonia Orchestra: Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

    Saturday 7 April 2018 7:49pm

    Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square

    7.30pm

    Michael Collins conductor

    Timothy Walden cello

    BRAHMS St Anthony Variations (Variations on a theme of Haydn)

    BIRCHALL Labyrinth for Cello and Orchestra

    TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No.4

    Trumpets and horns shout out in terror, the violins sob with longing – when Tchaikovsky wears his heart on his sleeve, there’s emotion in every note. And never more so than in his Fourth Symphony: a no-holds-barred musical autobiography, drenched in melody. It’ll make a sensational finish to a concert that begins with Brahms at his wittiest and most mellow, and includes a fascinating new musical adventure from the Philharmonia’s very own Richard Birchall.

    Tickets from £14

    Philharmonia Orchestra Box Office : 0800 652 6717 

    Booking Link: https://www.philharmonia.co.uk/concerts/1858/bedford/bedford_corn_exchange/7_april_2018/bedford_tchaikovsky_symphony_no_4

  • FREE Face Painting

    Monday 9 April 2018 1:48pm

    FREE Face painting by Glitter-Arty Face Painting on Monday 9th April and Friday 13th April from 10am – 1pm on Boots Corner, courtesy of Love Bedford.

    (Should bad weather occur, activity will move into Harpur Centre)

  • Ramp ‘n’ Roll

    Tuesday 10 April 2018 3:58pm

    Love Bedford is holding its first Ramp n' Roll free event on Tuesday 10th April. King Ramps will be on Harpur Square with their 5ft ramp from 10am – 4pm.  Throughout the day there will be professional demos, workshops, aimed to introduce children to the skating community and an open session for the more experienced skaters.

    King Ramps is a premiere company set up by then pro skater, Pete King, wanting to help spread the good word about skateboarding.  Come into Bedford town centre and watch some stunts in action or have a go yourself! 

    Equipment and safety gear will all be provided.

    Timetable

    • 10 – 1030am                Workshop
    • 10.30 – 11am               Demo
    • 11 – 12pm                    Workshop
    • 12 – 12.30pm               Demo
    • 12.30 – 1.30pm            Workshop
    • 1.30 – 2pm                   Demo
    • 2 – 3.30pm                   Open session
    • 3.30 – 4pm                   Demo
  • FREE Face Painting

    Friday 13 April 2018 12:56pm

    FREE Face painting by Glitter-Arty Face Painting on Monday 9th April and Friday 13th April from 10am – 1pm on Boots Corner, courtesy of Love Bedford.

    (Should bad weather occur, activity will move into Harpur Centre)

  • Only Fools and 3 Courses – The Sequel

    Saturday 21 April 2018 7:38pm

    Bedford Swan Hotel, The Embankment

    Only Fools and 3 Courses – The Sequel @ £45.00 pp

    The Bedford Swan is pleased to bring you the sequel to Only Fools and 3 Courses a completely different dining experience. DCI Roy Slater will be putting in an appearance, and we all know what Del thinks of him! Cassandra and Rodney take a trip down memory Lane (Rodney as a Gladiator?) All your favourite characters will be on hand to make sure you have an evening you will never forget, Del, Rodney, Boycie, Trigger, Uncle Albert, Raquel and Cassandra, this will exercise chuckle muscles you did not know you had. All this and a Three Course Meal. LOVELY JUBBLY.

    www.bedfordswanhotel.co.uk

  • 1st - 12th May: Art Under the Bed

    Tuesday 1 May 2018 10:54am

    Basement @ Bunyan, Mill Street, Bedford MK40 3EU

    Tue – Sat, 11am – 4pm

    amstijelja@btinternet.com

  • Philharmonia Orchestra: Passion & Poetry

    Wednesday 9 May 2018 7:54pm

    Bedford Corn Exchange. St Pauls Square

    7.30pm

    Christoph Altstaedt conductor

    Singers from the Glyndebourne Jerwood Young Artists scheme

    WAGNER Siegfried Idyll

    MASSENET Cendrillon (arias and excerpts)

    VERDI La traviata (arias and excerpts)

    LISZT Les préludes

    Rising-star conductor Christoph Altstaedt brings a programme of romantic 19th-century storytelling — both operatic and symphonic — to the Corn Exchange stage. The evening opens and closes with two symphonic poems: Liszt’s lushly scored Les préludes and Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll. The music for the Idyll — later used in Wagner’s opera Siegfried — was composed for Wagner’s wife Cosima’s birthday, and first performed as a surprise for her on the stairs of their villa in Lucerne. In between, themes of love and heartache in two of the most popular operas of the Romantic era: Massenet’s Cinderella and the tragedy of Violetta in Verdi’s La traviata.

    Tickets from £14

    Philharmonia Orchestra Box Office : 0800 652 6717 

    Booking Link: https://www.philharmonia.co.uk/concerts/1860/bedford/bedford_corn_exchange/9_may_2018/bedford_passion_and_poetry

  • 1st - 12th May: Art Under the Bed

    Saturday 12 May 2018 3:03pm

    Basement @ Bunyan, Mill Street, Bedford MK40 3EU

    Tue – Sat, 11am – 4pm

    amstijelja@btinternet.com

  • The Wedding Reception comedy experience

    Friday 18 May 2018 2:40pm

    Bedford Swan Hotel, The Embankment

    The Wedding Reception @ £45.00 pp

    A comedy experience promising to love, honour and disarray! Will and Kate are expecting a small and intimate party to celebrate their wedding – but Kate’s Mum had other ideas! Cue uninvited guests, misbehaving family and secrets better left in the closet. In this 2-hour theatrical dining experience, the audience become guests at the couple’s surprise wedding reception. It’s totally immersive and highly improvised, with lots of laughter and love, tears and tantrums… and more than a few surprises! To top it all there’s a 3-course sit-down meal – and maybe even some dancing! Join the party. It’s a rollercoaster ride full of fun, frolics… and more than a few surprises!

    www.bedfordswanhotel.co.uk

  • AbFab The Comedy Dining Experience

    Friday 25 May 2018 7:43pm

    Bedford Swan Hotel, The Embankment

    AbFab The Comedy Dining Experience @ £45.00 pp

    The girls are all attending a Gala, Saffy having been dragged along, only to arrive and find out that they are not on the guest list. They try various means of entering the party, only to get hideously drunk and be thrown out. The evening starts in the bar area at 7.30pm with Patsy, Eddie and Saffy mingling with the guests, Saffy trying to keep control of the situation as Patsy and Eddie are generally making a nuisance of themselves taking peoples drinks etc. Saffy comes back with the seating plan and they realise they are not invited, so they decide to sneak in by pretending to be part of the staff. During the food serving, Eddie and Patsy (Eddie dragging Saffy in) enter with pinnies on, putting down a plate or two and then trying to steal unoccupied seats or even push guests out of their chairs/sit on knees. Try to sit next to, and make a huge deal about the ‘famous’ person they invented earlier. If they get a seat, then they decided that they don’t like the seats “These idiots aren’t famous enough for us” and move off. Saffy actually helps with the serving and chatting with the guests. The actresses continue in the same manner throughout the evening, discarding the pinnies and recreating some of the iconic sketches from the series, coming together after the dessert has been served to encourage the guests to join in singing the theme song from the show Wheels on Fire. Three of the best actresses in the land give a performance that will not be forgotten, adult humour is involved.

    www.bedfordswanhotel.co.uk

  • Felt Making Workshop

    Saturday 2 June 2018 10:51am

    Basement @ Bunyan, Mill Street, Bedford MK40 3EU

    11am – 3pm

    amstijelja@btinternet.com

  • Only Fools and 3 Courses

    Saturday 16 June 2018 7:46pm

    Bedford Swan Hotel, The Embankment

    Only Fools and 3 Courses @ £45.00 pp

    Join us for the Dinner event of the year, which combines fine food and Comedy action, served up ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES style. Marlene & Boycie are hosting a Gala Dinner, but will things go to plan with Del, Rodney and Uncle Albert (when I was in the war) on the guest list. Will Raquel put in an appearance and sing! Surely not after the last time? An Evening of chaos and mayhem with an extra-large portion of comedy is the order of the night. Expect a big fun night out in a friendly party atmosphere with some of the finest comedy actors in the land, professionally produced to the highest standards with your enjoyment at the top of the menu. CUSHTY!

    www.bedfordswanhotel.co.uk


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