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  • Bedford's Christmas Lights Switch On

    Thursday 23 November 2017 7:23pm

    Everyone is invited to attend this free Christmas event when Bedford Borough Council will light up the town with another magnificent firework display to mark the start of the Christmas period.

    Entertainment before the switch on, organised by BedfordBID, will take place from 3pm – 7pm in Harpur Square and will include a visit from Chase & Skye from Paw Patrol, a snowboard simulator, Christmas balloon modelling, the Cairngorm reindeer and lots of Christmas games.  

    Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “Get your hats and scarves at the ready and be sure not to miss this fun, family event which is guaranteed to get you in the mood for Christmas. There’s always a sea of smiles as the atmosphere builds up for the switch on event as peoples’ festive spirits are raised.”

    Father Christmas will be at the switch on event, so get there early to get a good spot and help welcome him to Bedford!

  • Meet the Brewer

    Thursday 23 November 2017 7:55pm

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

    www.brewhouseandkitchen.com

  • Paul Foot: 'Tis a Pity She's a Piglet

    Friday 24 November 2017 7:20pm

    Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square, Bedford

    8pm

    In Paul's first new show in two years, Professor Ketchup and his camembert piglet join forces as he tackles the big issues such as terrorism.  Plus Ant 'n Dec, Immigration X-Factor and breakfast. The multi-award winning Mr Foot has appeared on numerous TV and Radio programmes including Never Mind The BuzzcocksWould I Lie To You8 Out Of 10 Cats, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, If Katie Hopkins Ruled The WorldRussell Howard’s Good News and The Infinite Monkey Cage on BBC Radio4.

    www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

  • Alice in the Cuckoo's Nest

    Saturday 25 November 2017 2:09pm

    Bedford Central Library, Harpur Street, Bedford MK40 1PG

    2.30pm – 3.30pm

    Alice in the Cuckoo's Nest re-imagines Lewis Carroll's classic story in the setting of a modern day mental institution. Although the show is family friendly, it is a far cry from the innocent adventure portrayed by Walt Disney's 1951 film version: “We're not shying away from the darker sides of the subject matter,” said Cuthbertson, “but nor will there be overly explicit content which would exclude younger audience members. Hopefully audiences of all ages will take something away from it, and it will help fuel important conversations about mental health.”

    This event is aimed at the following age group(s):

    12-15

    16-21

    22-49

    50+

    Event cost: £7.50 & £4.50

    Further information is available at 

    http://virtual-library.culturalservices.net/cgi-bin/vlib.sh?enqtype=LIBINFO&enqpara1=DEFAULT&libno=10

  • Christmas Fair

    Saturday 25 November 2017 3:53pm

    The 12th annual fair is shaping up to be even be5er than last year – which was the biggest and best yet. All our favourite stalls are back and some exciting new ones too. There will be school choirs singing Christmas carols, a Father Christmas, interesting demonstrations, Christmas tree raffle and our popular ‘tea room’ serving delicious homemade soup, cakes and refreshments. Visitors frequently comment on the wonderful atmosphere at the Fair, so please bring friends and family along to enjoy the event. There is plenty of free parking and easy access. All proceeds will go to support people in crisis in Bedfordshire.

    Entry is £4 but free for under 10s.

     

  • Vegan Pop Up Cafe

    Saturday 25 November 2017 4:08pm


    Bunyan Meeting, Mill Street, Bedford

    10am-4pm

    If you are in Bedford, or indeed in the UK, please come along and support our venture.

    We anticipate being busy on this day so if you have any dietary requirements please let us know ahead of time or if you would like to book a table for parties of 6 or more people, let us know.

    We would appreciate all payments to be made in cash.

    Our Brunch/Lunch menu is detailed below.

    All foods will be vegan. 

    Hot drinks will be served with soya and almond milks

    We can cater for gluten free sandwiches & pancakes

    We will have gluten free cakes available

    Any enquiries or to make a booking, please contact Guilda on 07772 502381

    Please share with your family, friends and colleagues and let us make this the first event of many more to come in 2018.

  • Evapo Riot Squad Event

    Saturday 25 November 2017 5:16pm

    Church Square, Bedford

    12pm-6pm

  • Tom Allen: Absolutely

    Saturday 25 November 2017 7:23pm

    Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square, Bedford

    8pm

    Catch him now and you will be able to tell people how you saw him before he was famous. 

    The sharply dressed, well-spoken, disparagingly camp son of working class family from Bromley, Tom Allen embarks on his debut solo tour this autumn.

    As seen on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Live at the Apollo, The Great British Bake Off’s Extra Slice, The John Bishop Show, Virtually Famous, Channel 4’s Comedy Gala at the O2 and heard on Radio 4’s Just a Minute.

    www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

  • Elgar - The Kingdom

    Saturday 25 November 2017 7:30pm

    Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square, Bedford

    7.30pm

    Soloists:

    Rebecca Bottone (soprano)

    Jeanette Ager (mezzo soprano)

    Ben Thapa (tenor)

    Andrew Slater (baritone)

    Conductor: Ian Smith

  • Informers

    Saturday 25 November 2017 7:44pm

    The Kings Arms, St Mary's Street, Bedford MK42 0AS

    Live music at The Kings Arms

    www.thekingsarmsbedford.co.uk

  • Jimpster at Herd

    Saturday 25 November 2017 11:03pm

    Herd, 25 St Cuthberts Street, Bedford MK40 3JG

    10pm – 4am

    Taste-maker, label boss, producer, DJ, remixer. Jamie Odell wears many hats and wears them well.

    Under his Jimpster alias, he has become one the most revered deep house producer/DJs operating on the scene today. His esteemed labels Freerange and Delusions Of Grandeur continue to help break incredible new music and equally impressive acts such as Detroit Swindle, Tornado Wallace and Session Victim.

    From his UK base, Jimpster has inadvertently become a standard-bearer and custodian of the authentic house sound, and carries this flag to the four corners of the world.

    www.facebook.com/HerdBedford

  • Civilised Sundays at Brewhouse & Kitchen

    Sunday 26 November 2017 3:46pm

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

    www.brewhouseandkitchen.com

  • A Night of Dirty Dancing

    Sunday 26 November 2017 7:44pm

    Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square, Bedford

    7.30pm

    No film has captured the hearts of a generation like Dirty Dancing. Relive the Cult Classic and celebrate the music of one of the greatest movie soundtracks of all time.

    Be part of the glorious summer of ‘63 and experience all your favourite songs such as She’s Like The Wind, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Hey Baby, Hungry Eyes. And of course the Oscar Winning (I’ve Had) The Time of my Life.

    It’s going to have you dancing dirty in the aisles…

    *Please note this show is not affiliated with ‘Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage’ currently on tour in the UK and worldwide.

    www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

  • Brewhouse & Kitchen Quiz Night

    Monday 27 November 2017 7:06pm

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

    8pm

    www.brewhouseandkitchen.com

  • Tuesday Lunchtime Concerts - Ziteng Trio

    Tuesday 28 November 2017 1:06pm

    St Pauls Church, St Pauls Square, Bedford 

    1.10pm

    ZITENG TRIO

    Kitbi Lee, Violin

    Sooeyon Lee, Cello

    Ziteng Fan, Piano

    Royal Academy of Music

    Lunchtime Concerts are held every Tuesday at 1.10.p.m during academic terms and they last approximately 50 mins.

    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.

    St. Paul's is the perfect venue for recitals, with a superb Bluthner piano and fine acoustics. The church is situated in the centre of the town and is only 10 minutes from Bedford Station. East Midlands trains from St. Pancras take only 35mins. The X5 Stagecoach bus service runs from Oxford to Bedford and Cambridge to Bedford. 

    The concerts are FREE with a voluntary donation. The church cafe is open from midday. If you are a student musician, who would like to give a recital please email: heather.turnham@yahoo.co.u

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  • Bedford College Achievement Ceremony

    Tuesday 28 November 2017 7:50pm

    Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square, Bedford

    7.30pm

    The Bedford College Achievement Ceremony is the highlight of the College’s academic year and pays tribute to our Higher Education students and all those students who have truly gone the extra mile to achieve great success during their studies. Many local dignitaries, representatives of business and commerce, academics, press and media attend the event and the atmosphere is one of great accomplishment and celebration.

    www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

  • Ballroom Dance Club

    Wednesday 29 November 2017 11:46am

    Harpur Suite, Harpur Square, Bedford

    Every Wednesday, 11am-12noon.

    Free admission and refreshments to buy. Everyone is welcome and you don't have to be able to dance!

    Hosted by Annie Seaborn, Ballroom Dance Organiser for Bedford Corn Exchange. Informal opportunity to find out more about dance events at Bedford Corn Exchange and the local area. Find out where to dance and where to learn. 

    General chat about dancing and opportunity for dancers to socialise.

    We have been meeting since April 2015 and found this to be a lovely way to keep in touch. 

    For more information please contact Annie

    annie.seaborn@icloud.com

    01234 364690

    www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

  • Faulty Towers

    Wednesday 29 November 2017 7:53pm

    Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square, Bedford

    7.30pm

    www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

  • Meet the Brewer

    Thursday 30 November 2017 7:56pm

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

    www.brewhouseandkitchen.com

  • The Johnny Cash Roadshow

    Thursday 30 November 2017 7:56pm

    Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square, Bedford

    7.30pm

    Welcome to the Johnny Cash Roadshow, a show not to be missed by avid fans or the casual listener. Also the only show to be endorsed by the CASH family! This year prepare for a musical adventure unrivalled by any other that truly celebrates the career of a music legend, Johnny Cash.

    The UK’s No1 Tribute, fronted by respected singer/songwriter Clive John, re-creates with astounding accuracy and truly captures the essence of what it was like to be at a real Cash show! Also featuring Amanda Stone as June Carter, plus the JC Brass, all aspects of Cash’s life are covered with impeccable taste.

    The show takes the audience from the 1950’s right up to 2002 and all the stops in between. All the greatest hits are included, Ring of Fire, Walk the Line as well as the Johnny and June duets Jackson, Long Legged Guitar Pickin’ Man and so many more, all the while accompanied by an amazing video back drop with evocative images and shots from Johnny Cash’s life.

    www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

  • The Dreamboys

    Friday 1 December 2017 7:44pm

    Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square, Bedford

    8pm

    The Dreamboys are back and hotter than ever with a brand new Show and UK Tour for 2017.

    The Dreamboys are without a shadow of a doubt the UK's top Male Strip Show, perfect for a girls night out with all your friends. Their showcase is unquestionably the most famous Male Stripper act the UK has ever produced. With special guest appearances on some of the UK's biggest TV shows such as The X Factor, Britain's Got Talent, Celebrity Big Brother, Loose Women, This Morning, Geordie Shore and The Only Way Is Essex, plus massive sold out Worldwide Tours, it's no wonder The Dreamboys have earned themselves the title of the only Male Strip Group in history to have celebrity status.

    If you're looking for the very best girls night out in the UK, look no further than these incredible stripping hunks. An action packed 2 hour Show from start to finish, these boys will literally have you begging for more!!!

    This is one action packed show full of Music, Muscle, Magic and Mayhem that will leave you breathless which you simply cannot afford to miss!!!

    www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

  • Creative Writing Group at The Higgins Bedford

    Saturday 2 December 2017 12:41pm

    The Higgins Bedford, Castle Lane, Bedford MK40 3XD

    11am – 1pm

    This group is designed for anyone who would like to write in a trusted group with others. The group will use the museum’s collections as prompts for shared writing and personal reflection. There will be the opportunity for some of the group’s responses to be displayed alongside exhibits. Each session will include a short writing exercise, time to look around the museum and write alone, and time to listen and respond to each other’s writing. The group will be led by Simon Wrigley, outreach director of the National Writing Project (nwp.org.uk).

    Numbers are limited to 15. An attendance fee of £5.50 (£4.40 concessions) covers the group’s exclusive use of the Garden Room.

    Book on 01234 718618

    www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk

  • Christmas Mini Market

    Saturday 2 December 2017 2:25pm

    St Peter's Church, St Peter's Street, Bedford MK40 2TX

    10am – 2pm

    Christmas Mini-Market on Dec 2nd from 10am – 2pm in the Chapter House. Hand-made gifts and cakes, plus refreshments. 

    https://stpeterdemerton.wordpress.com/

  • 2nd & 3rd Dec: A Very BedPop Christmas 2017

    Saturday 2 December 2017 4:02pm

    Castle Lane, Bedford MK40 3XD

    Follow the link for full details of what's happenning:

    www.bedpop.co.uk/2017/a-very-bedpop-christmas-in-the-heart-of-bedfords-cultural-quarter/

  • Maxwell Hammer & Smith

    Saturday 2 December 2017 7:45pm

    The Kings Arms, St Mary's Street, Bedford MK42 0AS

    Live music at The Kings Arms

    www.thekingsarmsbedford.co.uk

  • Handel's Messiah

    Saturday 2 December 2017 7:56pm

  • Autism Bedfordshire and Cords Choir Christmas Carol Concert

    Sunday 3 December 2017 1:49pm

    Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square, Bedford

    2pm, Harpur Suite

    Come and join us at the Bedford Corn Exchange on 3rd December 2017 at 2.00-4.00pm, as Nicola Gawthrop and her amazing ‘Cords Choir’ will entertain and delight you with a range of both traditional and modern carols and songs. Singing along and joining in the fun is essential! The proceeds from this event are being donated to Autism Bedfordshire.

    www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

  • Tree Dressing with a Very BedPop Christmas

    Sunday 3 December 2017 2:01pm

    Castle Gardens – The Higgins Bedford

    Free event

    BedPop brings Christmas to the Cultural Quarter with a weekend of activities for all the family. This year BedPop will be celebrating Tree Dressing Day, an ancient custom that celebrates the importance of trees. Come along and show your love for our leafy friends. For more information about the event see http://www.bedpop.co.uk/

  • Civilised Sundays at Brewhouse & Kitchen

    Sunday 3 December 2017 3:47pm

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

    www.brewhouseandkitchen.com

  • 2nd & 3rd Dec: A Very BedPop Christmas 2017

    Sunday 3 December 2017 4:22pm

    Castle Lane, Bedford MK40 3XD

    Follow the link for full details of what's happenning:

    www.bedpop.co.uk/2017/a-very-bedpop-christmas-in-the-heart-of-bedfords-cultural-quarter/

  • Christingle Service at St Peters Church

    Sunday 3 December 2017 4:43pm

    St Peter's Church, St Peter's Street, Bedford MK40 2TX

    4.00pm

    Christingle Service. Families are invited to come and make a Christingle in the Chapter House before the service (from 3pm).

    https://stpeterdemerton.wordpress.com/

  • Candlelit Advent Carol Service

    Sunday 3 December 2017 5:48pm

    St Paul’s church, St Paul's Sq, Bedford, MK40 1SQ

    5.30pm

    http://www.stpaulschurchbedford.org.uk/

  • Brewhouse & Kitchen Quiz Night

    Monday 4 December 2017 7:07pm

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

    8pm

    www.brewhouseandkitchen.com

  • St Peters Film Club: A Street Cat Named Bob

    Monday 4 December 2017 7:30pm

    St Peter de Merton Church, St Peters Street, Bedford

    7pm

    A 2016 British biographical drama film directed by Roger Spottiswoode and written by Tim John and Maria Nation. It is based on the book of same name by James Bowen.

    The film stars Luke Treadaway, Ruta Gedmintas, Joanne Froggatt, Anthony Head and Bob the Cat as himself. The film premiered in London in November 2016, and won Best British Film at the U.K. National Film Awards in March 2017. 

    The true story of how James Bowen, a busker who is recovering from drug addiction, had his life transformed when he met a stray ginger cat.

  • SoupFest 2017

    Tuesday 5 December 2017 2:38pm

    Harpur Square, Bedford

    11am

    Welcome to SoupFest Beds – a festival of soup, showcasing Bedford's talented chefs & raising money for our homeless at the same time. This event is new to Bedford for 2017 so please show your support! 11am, Harpur Square, Tuesday 5th December

    www.facebook.com/SoupFestBeds

  • Carols by Candlelight

    Tuesday 5 December 2017 6:46pm

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

    6.30pm-8pm

    All University students and staff, their families and friends along with friends and supporters of the University are invited to our Bedford Campus Christmas Celebration. This year our Carols By Candelight coincides with the Christmas Tree Festival and we are using the theme of the festival which is 'Stories for Children'. Our celebration will include childrens stories with a Christmas theme, traditional carols including children's carols.

    We will be joined by the Bedford Choral Society , the Vice Chancellor – Bill Rammell , Dr Sally Bentley – Executive Dean of Education and Sport and Health and Social Sciences and the Bishop of Bedford. We will decorate a tree during the evening and finish with traditional Christmas refreshments. Please join us for a fun community evening, its free, child friendly, with parking in the nearby multi storey car park. Registering helps us work out the catering, but you can just turn up .

    You can book your place here:

    https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/carols-by-candlelight-university-community-celebration-tickets-39251796179

    Donations will be collected durng our event for FACES a well established local charity offering practical and emotional support to families under stress. FACES aim to support families during difficult periods in their lives, especially where this will contribute to keeping children with their families. Their objectives include working in partnership with parents to promote the well-being of each family as a whole and enabling families to manage their affairs with increased confidence and independence.

  • James Russell – Art and Life in Santa Fe

    Tuesday 5 December 2017 7:58pm

    The Higgins Bedford, Castle Lane, MK40 3XD

    7.30pm

    A mixture of art talk and travelog, James Russell’s lecture is based on two decades’ personal experience of a unique art colony. Nowhere else in the USA have Native American, Spanish and Anglo cultures grown side by side as they have in Santa Fe.

    http://www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk/join_in/friends.aspx

  • 6th-10th Dec: Christmas Tree Festival

    Wednesday 6 December 2017 3:55pm

    St Paul’s church, St Paul's Sq, Bedford, MK40 1SQ

    'Stories for Children': Christmas Tree Festival

    6-10 December

    This year's annual must-see festival of 60 Christmas trees decorated to the theme of ‘Stories for Children’ runs from 6-10 December at St Paul's church, St Paul's Sq, Bedford, MK40 1SQ. Julia Jarman, local author of children’s books, will open the Festival at 10.45 am on Wednesday 6 December, followed by the first of daily choral concerts by local schools and community groups.

    Festival opening hours: Wednesday-Saturday 10 am-5 pm

    Sunday 12 noon-4 pm

    Admission £2.50. Children under 16 free

    Refreshments daily

    'Where are Mr Toad and his friends?' is the free children's competition running throughout the festival. Julia Jarman is presenting four of her own books as prizes suitable for children aged 0-12 yrs. She will also sign copies of her many books for sale, immediately following the opening on 6 December.

    The Festival Concert on Saturday 9 December at 7.00 pm features Cellophony, the octet of cellos that played to a packed house in 2015. Richard Birchall will lead Cellophony in a wide selection of music to suit all ages including his latest composition – 'Wind in the Willows', with a narrator.

    Concert tickets at £15.00 each, including mulled wine & mince pies, are available at www.bedfordhospitalcharity.org.uk or from either St Paul’s church tel 01234–340163  or from 01234-783181.  

    Help to raise £10,000 to be shared between the Church and The Bedford Hospitals Charity, some of whose proceeds will be for The Primrose Car Service.

    Further details www.stpaulschurchbedford.org.uk

    www.facebook.com/stpaulschurchbedford2016 

    www.bedfordhospitalcharity.org.uk

  • Reminiscence Coffee Mornings: Taking Shelter

    Thursday 7 December 2017 10:55am

    The Higgins Bedford, Castle Lane, Bedford

    11am

    At this time of year we are encouraged to think of those less fortunate than ourselves. Today we talk about different charities, the aid and refuge they give to many people across the world in times of hardship. Have you ever worked or volunteered for a charity, donated toward different causes, or perhaps know someone who turned to a charity during a time of need?

    These are held at 11am on the first Thursday of the month.

    Free admission to session.

    £1 for tea/coffee

    All welcome!

    www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk

  • Meet the Brewer

    Thursday 7 December 2017 7:26pm

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

    www.brewhouseandkitchen.com

  • National Theatre Live: Young Marx

    Thursday 7 December 2017 7:33pm

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

    7pm

    Rory Kinnear (The Threepenny Opera, Penny Dreadful, Othello) is Marx and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night, Green Wing) is Engels, in this new comedy written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London, the production is directed by Nicholas Hytner and reunites the creative team behind Broadway and West End hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors.

    1850, and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho. Broke, restless and horny, the thirty-two-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy.

    Creditors, spies, rival revolutionary factions and prospective seducers of his beautiful wife all circle like vultures. His writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels in despair at his wasted genius, his only hope is a job on the railway. But there’s still no one in the capital who can show you a better night on the piss than Karl Heinrich Marx.

    www.quarrytheatre.org.uk

  • Gyptian

    Thursday 7 December 2017 11:11pm

    http://empire-bedford.co.uk/

  • Christingle Service

    Friday 8 December 2017 5:01pm

    St Paul’s church, St Paul's Sq, Bedford, MK40 1SQ

    4.30pm

    Christingle for children and families – candlelit oranges

    www.stpaulschurchbedford.org.uk







     

  • Soul II Soul ft Jazzie B OBE & Caron Wheeler

    Friday 8 December 2017 7:59pm

    Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square, Bedford

    7.30pm

    The legendary pioneers of Neo Soul – SOUL II SOUL confirm a very rare live show for The Pad Presents at Bedford Corn Exchange this coming December.

    Led by Producer/vocalist/songwriter Jazzie B OBE alongside classic vocalist Caron Wheeler they will be bringing along their 11 piece band for the full live show including backing vocalists and string section.

    Soul II Soul were one of the most innovative dance/R&B outfits of the late 80s, creating a seductive, deep R&B that borrowed from Philly soul, disco, reggae, and 80s. They inspired a generation in the late 80s and continue to do so up to this day.

    Best known for their hits “Back To Life”, “Keep On Movin” and “Get A Life”, Soul II Soul have sold in excess of 10 million albums worldwide. In 1990 they picked up two Grammy Awards, Jazzie B has also been honoured at the Ivor Novello Awards and awarded an OBE for services to music, the first sound man to be honoured by Her Majesty the Queen. Special guest support t.b.c and guest DJs to be added to the bill.

    Tickets priced £27.50 in advance

    www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

  • Cellophony at the Christmas Tree Festival

    Saturday 9 December 2017 7:06pm

    St Paul’s church, St Paul's Sq, Bedford, MK40 1SQ

    7pm

    The concert will be given by Cellophony, a cello octet. This year they will be performing among other things, a piece of words and music inspired by “The Wind in the Willows”.

    Tickets from 01234 340163/01234 783181

  • Life of Riley

    Saturday 9 December 2017 7:46pm

    The Kings Arms, St Mary's Street, Bedford MK42 0AS

    Live music at The Kings Arms

    www.thekingsarmsbedford.co.uk

  • Civilised Sundays at Brewhouse & Kitchen

    Sunday 10 December 2017 12:31pm

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

    www.brewhouseandkitchen.com

  • Santa In Love

    Sunday 10 December 2017 1:37pm

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

    1.30pm

    Have you ever wanted to know a secret?

    A Christmas secret!

    Maybe you’d like to know where the fairy on top of the Christmas tree comes from, or why you never see a Christmas elf, or what exactly happened to Frosty the Snowman?

    Or maybe you’d like to know the greatest secret of them all… the one about Santa Claus and the thing he secretly loves best.

    Could it be presents? Could it be reindeer? Could it be snow?

    You’ll never guess, so if you want to find out then join Santa and his friends in this fun filled family musical complete with games, giggles and all your favourite Christmas songs.

    Santa will be available after the show to meet your little ones and give them a present, so don’t forget to bring your camera to capture the smiles!

    A magical fun filled Christmas show with sing along songs and lots of interaction followed by a meet and greet with Santa that includes free presents for the children and photo opportunities!

    www.quarrytheatre.org.uk

  • 6th-10th Dec: Christmas Tree Festival

    Sunday 10 December 2017 4:04pm

    St Paul’s church, St Paul's Sq, Bedford, MK40 1SQ

    'Stories for Children': Christmas Tree Festival

    6-10 December

    This year's annual must-see festival of 60 Christmas trees decorated to the theme of ‘Stories for Children’ runs from 6-10 December at St Paul's church, St Paul's Sq, Bedford, MK40 1SQ. Julia Jarman, local author of children’s books, will open the Festival at 10.45 am on Wednesday 6 December, followed by the first of daily choral concerts by local schools and community groups.

    Festival opening hours: Wednesday-Saturday 10 am-5 pm

    Sunday 12 noon-4 pm

    Admission £2.50. Children under 16 free

    Refreshments daily

    'Where are Mr Toad and his friends?' is the free children's competition running throughout the festival. Julia Jarman is presenting four of her own books as prizes suitable for children aged 0-12 yrs. She will also sign copies of her many books for sale, immediately following the opening on 6 December.

    The Festival Concert on Saturday 9 December at 7.00 pm features Cellophony, the octet of cellos that played to a packed house in 2015. Richard Birchall will lead Cellophony in a wide selection of music to suit all ages including his latest composition – 'Wind in the Willows', with a narrator.

    Concert tickets at £15.00 each, including mulled wine & mince pies, are available at www.bedfordhospitalcharity.org.uk or from either St Paul’s church tel 01234–340163  or from 01234-783181.  

    Help to raise £10,000 to be shared between the Church and The Bedford Hospitals Charity, some of whose proceeds will be for The Primrose Care Service.

    Further details www.stpaulschurchbedford.org.uk

    www.facebook.com/stpaulschurchbedford2016 

    www.bedfordhospitalcharity.org.uk

  • The Lock In 'Christmas Carol' featuring The Demon Barbers

    Sunday 10 December 2017 6:04pm

    Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square, Bedford

    6.30pm

    Half gig, half dance show and half panto! Join the BBC Award Winning team of musicians & dancers for 150% of the very best festive live music, song and dance!

    It’s Christmas Eve and the regulars of The Olde Fighting Cocks are excited about the night ahead, it’s going to be the Folk & Hip Hop dance party of the year! To their dismay the landlady, Jasmineezer Scrooge, has more profitable ambitions and is preparing to launch her new business, the ‘Oompah Techno Bar’! Cheap alco-pops, luminous lighting and mind-numbing bass beats are all in danger of alienating the local community and ruining Christmas! Fortunately, some insightful souls are at hand to lead her back to her senses.

    www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

  • Brewhouse & Kitchen Quiz Night

    Monday 11 December 2017 7:45pm

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

    8pm

    www.brewhouseandkitchen.com

  • ELIZA CARTHY & THE WAYWARD BAND

    Thursday 14 December 2017 7:09pm

    Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square, Bedford

    7pm

    Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band released ‘Big Machine’ (Topic Records) to critical acclaim in February 2017. The album is undoubtedly one of Eliza's most adventurous and accomplished works to date and their live show, which features a who’s who of names in the folk world, is equally as impressive, ambitious and exhilarating.

    First assembled in 2013 by English traditional folk powerhouse Eliza to explore and celebrate her long and varied career in folk music, The Wayward Band  loved playing together so much it seemed natural and inevitable that this 12-piece would set about recording an album. Early in 2016 they did just that and ‘Big Machine’ was the result.

    The material on the album, which was produced by Jim Sutherland, represents a healthy slice of everything good that is happening in traditional music now, across a sparkling spectrum of sound. The album features three contemporary songs; Eliza's own "You Know Me" featuring MC Dizraeli, a powerful cover of Ewan MacColl's Radio Ballad "The Fitter's Song" and an affectionate reworking of "Hug You Like a Mountain”, re-imagined here as a duet with Teddy Thompson. There are also several examples of the Broadside ballad collections housed in Chetham's Library in Manchester given a new twist with music by Eliza and the band. Added to that a couple of searing instrumentals and a heart-breaking traditional ballad "I Wish that the Wars were all Over" featuring Irish superstar Damien Dempsey.

    www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

  • Meet the Brewer

    Thursday 14 December 2017 7:27pm

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

    www.brewhouseandkitchen.com

  • It's Christmas! At Bedford Central Library

    Friday 15 December 2017 12:17pm

    Bedford Central Library, Harpur Street, Bedford MK40 1PG

    11am – 12pm

    Festive fun & get together. A Down Memory Lane event.

    This event is aimed at the following age group(s):

    50+

    Event cost: £1.00

    Further information is available at 

    virtual-library.culturalservices.net/cgi-bin/vlib.sh?[bedford library]

  • Bedford Corn Exchange Christmas Party

    Friday 15 December 2017 7:15pm

    Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square, Bedford

    7.30pm

    Bedford Corn Exchange 70s and 80s Mixed Christmas Party

    www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

  • Traditional Nine Lessons and Carols

    Saturday 16 December 2017 4:05pm

    St Paul’s church, St Paul's Sq, Bedford, MK40 1SQ

    4.30pm

     Traditional Nine Lessons and Carols – candlelit

    www.stpaulschurchbedford.org.uk

  • Bedford Choral Society Christmas Carols

    Saturday 16 December 2017 7:25pm

    Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square, Bedford

     7pm

    Christmas Carols at the Corn Exchange

    Conductor: Ian Smith

    www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

  • The Mighty Hub Whipley

    Saturday 16 December 2017 7:47pm

    The Kings Arms, St Mary's Street, Bedford MK42 0AS

    Live music at The Kings Arms

    www.thekingsarmsbedford.co.uk

  • Civilised Sundays at Brewhouse & Kitchen

    Sunday 17 December 2017 1:32pm

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

    www.brewhouseandkitchen.com

  • Christmas Gothic

    Sunday 17 December 2017 7:42pm

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

    7.30pm

    Christmas: a time to remember the past, celebrate the present, and look to the future; a time of feasts and festivities; of holly and mistletoe; a time of visits and visitations.  A time of ghosts.

    Come in from the cold and enter into the Christmas spirit as a dark and spectral woman tells haunting tales of the festive season, lighting a candle to the frailties of human nature and illuminating the cold and chilling depths of the bleak, wintry dark…

    Dyad Productions resurrects a Victorian tradition by presenting three seasonal tales of terror to scintillate the gooseflesh for dark Christmas nights.

    Adapted and performed by Rebecca Vaughan (Jane Eyre: An Autobiography, Dalloway, Austen’s Women, I, Elizabeth).  Directed by Elton Townend Jones (Jane Eyre: An Autobiography, Dalloway, The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe)

    www.quarrytheatre.org.uk

  • Brewhouse & Kitchen Quiz Night

    Monday 18 December 2017 7:52pm

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

    8pm

    www.brewhouseandkitchen.com

  • Neil Sands Christmas Memories

    Tuesday 19 December 2017 2:27pm

    Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square, Bedford

    2pm

    Neil Sands and his brilliant west end cast are back with their 2017 Christmas production which has been described as “like a sparkly Christmas card come to life” It is a truly spectacular mix of over 60 of your favourite Christmas songs and carols, 40 stunning costume changes, lots of good old fashioned festive fun, and a unique atmosphere that will warm your heart on the coldest winters day, taking you back to a time when Christmas really was the most wonderful time of the year. 

    http://​www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

  • Service of Nine Lessons and Carols

    Tuesday 19 December 2017 7:47pm

    St Peter's Church, St Peter's Street, Bedford MK40 2TX

    7.00pm

    Service of Nine Lessons and Carols (including carols chosen by the last surviving chorister from the first ever broadcast from King's College, Cambridge in 1928).

    https://stpeterdemerton.wordpress.com/

  • Community Carols

    Wednesday 20 December 2017 1:20pm

    www.bunyanmeeting.co.uk

  • Childrens Craft Workshop

    Thursday 21 December 2017 3:00pm

    1844 Coffee Company, 9 Thurlow Street, Bedford

    Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd December Sessions will be running from 9:30 till 12:30 and 1:00 till 4:00

    Cost £5 per child per 3hr session to include drinks and snacks

    Age range 5 – 12year olds.

    Please pre book places in-store

    www.the1844coffeecompany.org

  • Meet the Brewer

    Thursday 21 December 2017 7:28pm

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

    www.brewhouseandkitchen.com

  • Children's Craft Workshop

    Friday 22 December 2017 3:03pm

    1844 Coffee Company, 9 Thurlow Street, Bedford

    Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd December Sessions will be running from 9:30 till 12:30 and 1:00 till 4:00

    Cost £5 per child per 3hr session to include drinks and snacks

    Age range 5 – 12year olds.

    Please pre book places in-store

    www.the1844coffeecompany.org

  • RnB Nation at Empire

    Friday 22 December 2017 11:18pm

    http://empire-bedford.co.uk/

  • Christmas Crafts for Children

    Saturday 23 December 2017 4:24pm

    www.bunyanmeeting.co.uk

  • Crib Service at St Peters Church

    Sunday 24 December 2017 3:52pm

    St Peter's Church, St Peter's Street, Bedford MK40 2TX

    4pm

    Crib Service: An interactive service where children can take part in the story (costumes are provided).

    https://stpeterdemerton.wordpress.com/

  • Children's Crib Service

    Sunday 24 December 2017 4:06pm

    St Paul’s church, St Paul's Sq, Bedford, MK40 1SQ

    4.00pm

    Children's Crib service with dramatic readings

    www.stpaulschurchbedford.org.uk

  • Midnight Mass

    Sunday 24 December 2017 11:08pm

    St Paul’s church, St Paul's Sq, Bedford, MK40 1SQ

    11.00pm

    Midnight Mass

    www.stpaulschurchbedford.org.uk

  • Midnight Mass at St Peters

    Sunday 24 December 2017 11:56pm

    St Peter's Church, St Peter's Street, Bedford MK40 2TX

    11.30pm Midnight Mass.

    https://stpeterdemerton.wordpress.com/

  • Christmas Day Parish Communion

    Monday 25 December 2017 9:59am

    St Peter's Church, St Peter's Street, Bedford MK40 2TX

    10.15am Christmas Day Parish Communion.

    https://stpeterdemerton.wordpress.com/

  • Family Eucharist for Christmas Day

    Monday 25 December 2017 10:09am

    St Paul’s church, St Paul's Sq, Bedford, MK40 1SQ

    10.15am

    Family Eucharist for Christmas Day

    www.stpaulschurchbedford.org.uk

  • Christmas Day Family Service

    Monday 25 December 2017 10:30am

    www.bunyanmeeting.co.uk

  • 27th Dec-1st Jan: Dick Whittington

    Wednesday 27 December 2017 6:41pm

    www.bedfordpanto.com

  • Meet the Brewer

    Thursday 28 December 2017 12:29pm

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

    www.brewhouseandkitchen.com

  • New Year's Eve Parish Communion

    Sunday 31 December 2017 10:04am

    St Peter's Church, St Peter's Street, Bedford MK40 2TX

    10.15am New Year's Eve Parish Communion.

    https://stpeterdemerton.wordpress.com/

  • Meet the Brewer

    Thursday 4 January 2018 7:29pm

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

    www.brewhouseandkitchen.com

  • Civilised Sundays at Brewhouse & Kitchen

    Sunday 7 January 2018 12:32pm

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

    www.brewhouseandkitchen.com

  • Brewhouse & Kitchen Quiz Night

    Monday 8 January 2018 7:53pm

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

    8pm

    www.brewhouseandkitchen.com

  • Philharmonia Orchestra: Carnival in Prague

    Friday 2 February 2018 7:36pm

    Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square

    7.30pm

    Paavo Järvi conductor

    Lucienne Renaudin Vary trumpet

    DVOŘÁK Overture, Carnival

    HUMMEL Trumpet Concerto

    DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 7 in D minor

    Paavo Järvi conducts a programme exploring the stunning musical landscapes of Czech composer Antonin Dvořák. From the exuberant opening bars of Dvořák’s Carnival overture to the heroic conclusion of his Seventh Symphony declared ‘fit to shake the world’ by Dvořák himself, experience the unbuckled joy of this supremely life-affirming music. In between the works of Dvořák, young trumpet virtuoso Lucienne Renaudin Vary performs a classical masterpiece with a particularly gorgeous, soulful slow movement: Hummel’s Trumpet concerto.

    Tickets from £14

    Philharmonia Orchestra Box Office : 0800 652 6717 

    Booking Link: https://www.philharmonia.co.uk/concerts/1854/bedford/bedford_corn_exchange/30_january_2018/bedford_carnival_in_prague/book

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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


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