Love Bedford Summer events

  • Bedfordshire Music Trust Youth Orchestra and Concert Band Concert

    Tuesday 25 July 2017 7:37pm

    Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square

    A welcome return from the talented young musicians of the Bedfordshire Youth Concert and Symphony Orchestras. Both orchestras will showcase their work after an intensive four day course with conductors Catherine and Michael Rose. A concert not to be missed.

    £8.00 Adults, £6.00 Concessions, £1.00 Under 18's, tickets can be brought online.

    www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

  • Summer Dance

    Wednesday 26 July 2017 2:00pm

    Harpur Suite, Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square

    2pm

    Ballroom, Sequence & Latin Dance

    Spend the afternoon dancing to Annie's selection of CD's 

    Tickets from Box office – £3.00 (3.50 on the day)

    For more information please contact Annie

    annie.seaborn@icloud.com

    01234 364690

    www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

  • Growth Hacking and Business Mastermind workshop

    Thursday 27 July 2017 1:34pm

    44 Harpur Street, Bedford

    11am to 2pm

    Bring your business problems and share them with the group mastermind to leave with 14 ideas and perspectives on how you can solve them. Listen to the problems that other business owners are facing and share your experience and ideas to help them. Somebody else has probably solved the problems you face and knows how to get the most of the opportunities you have, so get a short-cut to success from the collective group experience.

    All workshops are 3 hours long, cost just £6 and include lunch and refreshments.

    https://growth-hack.uk/bedford

  • Meet the Brewer

    Thursday 27 July 2017 6:42pm

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

    www.brewhouseandkitchen.com

  • NT Live: Angels in America Part 2, Perestroika

    Thursday 27 July 2017 7:19pm

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

    7.00pm

    Broadcast live from the National Theatre

    America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell.

    Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge) plays Prior Walter along with a cast including Denise Gough (People, Places and Things), Nathan Lane (The Producers), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Russell Tovey (The Pass).

    This new staging of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part play is directed by Olivier and Tony award winning director Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse). Part One: Millennium Approaches was first performed at the National Theatre in 1992 and was followed by Part Two: Perestroika the following year.

    “An exhilarating long day’s journey into flight. Andrew Garfield is spectacular” ★★★★★ SUNDAY TIMES

    “A blistering production. The entire cast are superb” ★★★★★ WHAT’S ON STAGE

    Part One:  Millennium Approaches will be broadcast live on 20 July 2017.

    www.quarrytheatre.org.uk

  • Live Music Friday

    Friday 28 July 2017 7:47pm

    The Standard, 26-28 High Street, Bedford MK40 1SP

    http://thestandardbedford.co.uk/

  • Soul Food Poetry

    Friday 28 July 2017 7:57pm

    Empire, 29 Mill Street, Bedford

    Soul Food Poetry debuts at EMPIRE on Friday 28th July. A night filled with amazing poets, singers and musicians.

    The last show held in May was a resounding success and definitely brought the London spoken word scene to Bedfordshire. After having great success in Luton, the curators have decided to bring the positive vibes and energy to Bedford. Soul Food Poetry are very excited about the direction spoken word poetry is taking in Bedfordshire and would love to collaborate with local artists as well as other spoken word/poetry groups. The artists are fresh and raw whilst the amazing audience bring that electrifying energy to the shows. SOUL FOOD POETRY is making quite a scene locally and have even started to draw crowd members from overseas!

    SOUL FOOD POETRY aims to offer an alternative evening-out of culture, poetry, live music and much more.

    For more information, to get involved and to purchase your tickets log on to: www.soulfoodpoetry.com or call 07718160633

    www.empireentertainments.co.uk

  • Party Night at The Standard

    Saturday 29 July 2017 2:52pm

    The Standard, 26-28 High Street, Bedford MK40 1SP

    http://thestandardbedford.co.uk/

  • The Terrace Sessions: Drew Hall

    Saturday 29 July 2017 7:10pm

    The Lane, 17 Castle Lane, Bedford MK40 3UK

    The boys (and girls) are back in town to provide the soundtrack to your summer. A different artist or band, every Saturday night in July and August, making sweet music and good vibes, whilst we shake, muddle and stir you a cocktail.

    www.facebook.com/TheLane.Bedford

  • Civilised Sundays at Brewhouse & Kitchen

    Sunday 30 July 2017 9:33am

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

    www.brewhouseandkitchen.com

  • The Rise and Fall of Bedford Castle

    Sunday 30 July 2017 11:52am

    Walks start outside the BPHA Customer Service Centre, St Pauls Square

    11am

    A Royal Charter, a not so ‘civil’ war and a castle removed stone by stone. View the castle mound and the site where Bedford’s motte and bailey castle once stood and hear why it is no more!

    www.bedford.gov.uk/leisure_and_culture/guided_walks.aspx

  • Live Music Sunday

    Sunday 30 July 2017 7:02pm

    The Standard, 26-28 High Street, Bedford MK40 1SP

    http://thestandardbedford.co.uk/

  • Quiz Night at Brewhouse & Kitchen

    Monday 31 July 2017 5:47pm

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

    Get quizzing from 8pm, why not enjoy the quiz with a burger for £6?

    www.brewhouseandkitchen.com

  • Jazz Night: Gilad Atzmon & Saul Rubin

    Monday 31 July 2017 7:46pm

    The Bedford Arms, 2 Bromham Road, Bedford MK40 2QA

    Music starts at 8.30pm, with suggested contributions of £5 per person to ensure the musicians get a fair fee for their performance.

    www.facebook.com/bedfordarmsmondaynightjazz

  • Gallery Tours – Romance & Rebellion: The Art of the Victorians

    Wednesday 2 August 2017 1:51pm

    The Higgins Bedford, Castle Lane

    1pm-1.45pm  £2.80 (Concessions £2.30) Booking essential

    Join exhibition curator, Victoria Partridge, for a lunchtime tour of Romance & Rebellion: The Art of the Victorians.

    www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk

  • Bedford Park Concerts: 80s - 90s Party Night

    Friday 4 August 2017 6:51pm

    Bedford Park, Park Avenue, Bedford

    Gates open 4.30pm

    Bedford’s Biggest Summer Party will take place in Bedford Park featuring an amazing line up specifically put together for Bedford!! For one night only 7 live acts who will take you through a journey from the 80’s into the 90’s!

    Featuring:

    • DJ Dave Pearce
    • Jason Donovan
    • Go West
    • Nik Kershaw
    • Livin’ Joy
    • Rozalla
    • Baby D

    For tickets and more information visit www.bedfordparkconcerts.co.uk

  • Sunset Cruise on the Ouse

    Saturday 5 August 2017 6:49pm

    From Bedford Swan Hotel, The Embankment

    6.30pm

    Enjoy a leisurely evening cruise on The River Ouse with Champagne and canapés, leaving at 6.30pm and followed by an optional delicious dinner in The River Room Restaurant at 8.30pm.

    £100 per table (max 4 people). Call 01234 346565 to book. Add dinner in the River Room from 8.30pm – for an additional £25 per person for 3 courses a la carte.

    Available Saturday evenings May – September

    • Saturday 2nd September

    There is a full bar on board. Full non-refundable/transferable payment required at time of booking.

    www.bedfordswanhotel.co.uk

  • Bedford Park Concerts: Kaiser Chiefs

    Saturday 5 August 2017 7:00pm

    Bedford Park, Park Avenue, Bedford

    Gates open 4.30pm

    Kaiser Chiefs have fast become one of the most successful UK indie rock bands today. Their most notable hits include ‘I Predict a Riot’, ‘Every day I love you Less and Less’ (both from their debut album) and smash hit ‘Ruby’ from their second album, amongst many others. Their second album, ‘Yours Truly, Angry Mob’ topped the success of their first, reaching the number one spot on the UK albums chart and the album’s lead single ‘Ruby’ became their first ever UK number one single.

    Supporting the Kaiser Chiefs will be indie / rock giants Feeder, whose hits include the iconic ‘Buck Rogers’, ‘Feeling A Moment’ and ‘Just The Way I’m Feeling’. We can’t wait to welcome these Welsh rockers to Bedford Park.

    The final two support acts will be ‘The Wholls’, who have a large fan base in Bedford and it’s great to see local talent taking on the world, we are really pleased the band can join us on their home turf. Last but by no means least we have ‘Victoria’ who are hotly making a name for themselves on the indie circuit and can be found playing at most of the major UK festivals this Summer; you saw them here first!

    For tickets and more information visit www.bedfordparkconcerts.co.uk

  • The Terrace Sessions

    Saturday 5 August 2017 7:10pm

    The Lane, 17 Castle Lane, Bedford MK40 3UK

    The boys (and girls) are back in town to provide the soundtrack to your summer. A different artist or band, every Saturday night in July and August, making sweet music and good vibes, whilst we shake, muddle and stir you a cocktail.

    www.facebook.com/TheLane.Bedford

  • WWII Bedford Walk

    Sunday 6 August 2017 10:55am

    Walks start outside the BPHA Customer Service Centre, St Pauls Square

    11am

    Hear about Bedford’s wartime secrets, many of them only recently revealed. The town was far more that simply a ‘liberty town’ for off duty servicemen, it was once the home of one of the most important of our national institutions. 

    www.bedford.gov.uk/leisure_and_culture/guided_walks.aspx

  • 6th-13th August: Bedford Beach

    Sunday 6 August 2017 4:01pm

    Have you got your sun cream ready? Are you ready to get sand between your toes? Because the seaside is coming to Bedford for a whole week!

    For the early birds we are doing a very special offer… all rides are £1 from 9 until 11! So come on down and make the most of the special offer!

    We also have a large sandpit that children and adults of all ages can use, free of charge!

    Furthermore we have daily Punch and Judy shows that are also free to watch!

    There are plenty of deck chairs to sit on as well, so come on down and enjoy yourself!

    https://www.facebook.com/events/807593856084666/

  • Bedford Proms in the Park 2017

    Sunday 6 August 2017 7:06pm

    Bedford Park, Park Avenue, Bedford

    Gates open 4.30pm

    Bedford Proms takes place on Sunday 6th August in Bedford Park and our theme this year will be ‘Proms Goes To The Movies’. Expect all your favourite classics but also some exquisite renditions of popular film soundtracks, which will appeal to the whole family.

    Featuring:

    • The London Gala Orchestra
    • Bedford Choral Society
    • Guest Soloists include Daniel Koek, Joanna Forest and Alison Buchanan
    • Laser Show
    • Spectacular Firework Finale

    To fit in with our movie theme, we have some special additions to the night including the DeLorean Car from Back To The Future, which will delight both adults and children alike! We also have some stunning owls joining us to fit in with a magical movie theme soundtrack, we think both muggles and wizards will love them! Guests will be able to take pics, and view the owls as well as ask their keepers any questions. Plus some other news to come!

    For tickets and more information visit www.bedfordparkconcerts.co.uk

  • Afternoon Tea Cruise on the Ouse

    Saturday 12 August 2017 3:12pm

    From Bedford Swan Hotel, The Embankment

    2.45pm

    Summertime afternoon tea cruises, including a 2-hour boat trip with traditional afternoon tea:

    • Saturday 26th August
    • Saturday 16th September

    £120 per table (maximum 4 persons). Call 01234 346565 to book



    Meet at The Bedford Swan at 2.45pm, with the boat departing at 3pm. There is a full bar on board. 

    www.bedfordswanhotel.co.uk

  • Fish & Chip Supper Cruise

    Saturday 12 August 2017 6:58pm

    Sovereign's Quay, River Great Ouse

    6.30pm

    Relax on the River as the sun goes down and enjoy your Fish & Chip supper on board (Chicken & Chips or Vegetable Pancake & Chips also available) Licensed bar available on board.

    Adult £15.50/ Concession £13.50 / Child £11.50 / Family £45 – your meal is included in your ticket price, you will be asked to confirm your choice after you have selected your ticket.

    2017 Fish & Chip Cruise Dates:  26th Aug, 16th Sept, 30th Sept

    For details of all cruises visit: www.johnbunyanboat.org

  • The Terrace Sessions: Indi & The Vegas

    Saturday 12 August 2017 7:11pm

    The Lane, 17 Castle Lane, Bedford MK40 3UK

    The boys (and girls) are back in town to provide the soundtrack to your summer. A different artist or band, every Saturday night in July and August, making sweet music and good vibes, whilst we shake, muddle and stir you a cocktail.

    www.facebook.com/TheLane.Bedford

  • The Jewel in the Crown

    Sunday 13 August 2017 10:59am

    Walks start outside the BPHA Customer Service Centre, St Pauls Square

    11am

    The Jewel In Bedford’s Crown. This entertaining and informative circular walk along the banks of the River Great Ouse, described as being one of the finest riverside settings in England, takes in the Victorian Embankment, the bridges and the ornamental gardens.

    https://www.docdroid.net/3djXVby/bedford-guided-walks-leaflet-2017-ppl.pdf.html

  • 6th-13th August: Bedford Beach

    Sunday 13 August 2017 4:05pm

    Have you got your sun cream ready? Are you ready to get sand between your toes? Because the seaside is coming to Bedford for a whole week!

    For the early birds we are doing a very special offer… all rides are £1 from 9 until 11! So come on down and make the most of the special offer!

    We also have a large sandpit that children and adults of all ages can use, free of charge!

    Furthermore we have daily Punch and Judy shows that are also free to watch!

    There are plenty of deck chairs to sit on as well, so come on down and enjoy yourself!

    https://www.facebook.com/events/807593856084666/

  • The Terrace Sessions

    Saturday 19 August 2017 7:13pm

    The Lane, 17 Castle Lane, Bedford MK40 3UK

    The boys (and girls) are back in town to provide the soundtrack to your summer. A different artist or band, every Saturday night in July and August, making sweet music and good vibes, whilst we shake, muddle and stir you a cocktail.

    www.facebook.com/TheLane.Bedford

  • Nation Rock Present: Summer Splash

    Saturday 19 August 2017 7:17pm

    Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square, Bedford

    7pm

    Dexta Daps live on his Intro Album Tour & Performing for the first time in the UK ‘Shenseaa’  

    Meet and Greet Tickets only available at the Box Office

    www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

  • Who Lived in a House Like That?

    Sunday 20 August 2017 11:40am

    11am

    Ever walked past an interesting house and wondered about its past? Hear about some of our oldest houses, the fascinating characters who designed them and families whose homes they were.

    Walks start outside the BPHA Customer Service Centre, St Pauls Square (close to the gold postbox).

    Cost: £3 (pre-booking essential)

    For booking contact The Box Office, Harpur Suite, Harpur Square, Bedford MK40 1LE

    Tel. 01234 718044     Email: cornexchange@bedford.gov.uk

    www.bedford.gov.uk/guided walks

  • Summer Holiday Activities at The Higgins

    Tuesday 22 August 2017 1:14pm

    22nd – 25th August and 29th August – 1st September

    In the spirit of the Shorts Brothers, Burnaby and a host of Victorian artists we will be exploring at The Higgins Bedford this summer.

    Join in with family friendly activities, get creative in art and craft workshops and explore the amazing collections in the museum and art galleries.

    Art and Craft Workshops:

    Tuesday 22nd August

    Wednesday 23rd August

    Friday 25th August

    Tuesday 29th August

    Wednesday 30th August

    Friday 1st September

    Workshops start at 11am, 12 midday, 2pm and 3pm and last about one hour.

    Children must be accompanied by an adult.

    Cost £2.70 per child, accompanying adults go free!

    No need to book, buy tickets on the day.

    All children to be accompanied by an adult. No booking required. Sessions are designed for children that are age 3 and above. Children below 3 are welcome, though they may need a little more grown-up assistance with the activities. 

    www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk

  • 23 Jul-3 Sep: Where's Wally Summer Trail

    Wednesday 23 August 2017 4:54pm

    To enter the Love Bedford FREE prize draw, visit 9 locations in Bedford town centre to find where Wally is and match the correct one to each location.

    You can download a prize draw form here. Print out, complete and return to BedfordBID, 1 Lurke Street, Bedford MK40 3TN to be in with a chance to win!

  • Bedford College Open Day

    Thursday 24 August 2017 7:19pm

    Bedford College, Cauldwell Street

    2pm – 7pm

    Whether you have decided on a course, or are just investigating your options, our Open Days provide an ideal opportunity for you to see exactly what Bedford College has to offer.

    They are held throughout the year – in November, January, March, May, June and August. You can meet tutors, find out more about our courses, and discover for yourself the atmosphere of our well-established and highly supportive College where students are encouraged to become mature and independent learners. With high pass rates that are consistently improving, we are a great choice – providing a positive and rewarding experience in a lively and friendly learning environment.

    Open Days at Bedford College

  • Faith - The George Michael Legacy

    Thursday 24 August 2017 7:24pm

    Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square, Bedford 

    7.30pm

    A stunning celebration of one the greatest singer –songwriters of all time. Featuring international George Michael tribute Wayne Dilks and his 8 piece band. A musical journey of 35 years of hit records, from Wham to his solo career, the show uses actual video footage from The George Michael 25 live tour and is a 2 hour spellbinding spectacle of his songs such as, Club Tropicana, I’m Your Man, Faith, Fast love, Outside, Freedom, A Different Corner, Father Figure, Careless Whisper and many, many more. If you are a fan and you know every word of these songs, join us on a journey and celebrate the incredible legacy George left us all.

    www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

  • Summer Holiday Activities at The Higgins

    Friday 25 August 2017 4:28pm

    22nd – 25th August and 29th August – 1st September

    In the spirit of the Shorts Brothers, Burnaby and a host of Victorian artists we will be exploring at The Higgins Bedford this summer.

    Join in with family friendly activities, get creative in art and craft workshops and explore the amazing collections in the museum and art galleries.

    Art and Craft Workshops:

    Tuesday 22nd August

    Wednesday 23rd August

    Friday 25th August

    Tuesday 29th August

    Wednesday 30th August

    Friday 1st September

    Workshops start at 11am, 12 midday, 2pm and 3pm and last about one hour.

    Children must be accompanied by an adult.

    Cost £2.70 per child, accompanying adults go free!

    No need to book, buy tickets on the day.

    All children to be accompanied by an adult. No booking required. Sessions are designed for children that are age 3 and above. Children below 3 are welcome, though they may need a little more grown-up assistance with the activities. 

    www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk

  • Afternoon Tea Cruise on the Ouse

    Saturday 26 August 2017 3:13pm

    From Bedford Swan Hotel, The Embankment

    2.45pm

    Summertime afternoon tea cruises, including a 2-hour boat trip with traditional afternoon tea:

    • Saturday 16th September

    £120 per table (maximum 4 persons). Call 01234 346565 to book



    Meet at The Bedford Swan at 2.45pm, with the boat departing at 3pm. There is a full bar on board. 

    www.bedfordswanhotel.co.uk

  • Fish & Chip Supper Cruise

    Saturday 26 August 2017 6:58pm

    Sovereign's Quay, River Great Ouse

    6.30pm

    Relax on the River as the sun goes down and enjoy your Fish & Chip supper on board (Chicken & Chips or Vegetable Pancake & Chips also available) Licensed bar available on board.

    Adult £15.50/ Concession £13.50 / Child £11.50 / Family £45 – your meal is included in your ticket price, you will be asked to confirm your choice after you have selected your ticket.

    2017 Fish & Chip Cruise Dates:  16th Sept, 30th Sept

    For details of all cruises visit: www.johnbunyanboat.org

  • The Terrace Sessions: Vibin Essentials

    Saturday 26 August 2017 7:13pm

    The Lane, 17 Castle Lane, Bedford MK40 3UK

    The boys (and girls) are back in town to provide the soundtrack to your summer. A different artist or band, every Saturday night in July and August, making sweet music and good vibes, whilst we shake, muddle and stir you a cocktail.

    www.facebook.com/TheLane.Bedford

  • The Silent Faces of Bedford

    Sunday 27 August 2017 11:53am

    War Memorial on the Embankment, opposite Rothsay Road

    11am

    Why not find out more about the many statues and memorials that can be seen in the town centre?

    https://www.docdroid.net/3djXVby/bedford-guided-walks-leaflet-2017-ppl.pdf.html

  • The Terrace Sessions: DJ Paul Miller

    Sunday 27 August 2017 7:14pm

    The Lane, 17 Castle Lane, Bedford MK40 3UK

    The boys (and girls) are back in town to provide the soundtrack to your summer. A different artist or band, every Saturday night in July and August, making sweet music and good vibes, whilst we shake, muddle and stir you a cocktail.

    www.facebook.com/TheLane.Bedford

  • Summer Holiday Activities at The Higgins

    Tuesday 29 August 2017 3:29pm

    22nd – 25th August and 29th August – 1st September

    In the spirit of the Shorts Brothers, Burnaby and a host of Victorian artists we will be exploring at The Higgins Bedford this summer.

    Join in with family friendly activities, get creative in art and craft workshops and explore the amazing collections in the museum and art galleries.

    Art and Craft Workshops:

    Tuesday 22nd August

    Wednesday 23rd August

    Friday 25th August

    Tuesday 29th August

    Wednesday 30th August

    Friday 1st September

    Workshops start at 11am, 12 midday, 2pm and 3pm and last about one hour.

    Children must be accompanied by an adult.

    Cost £2.70 per child, accompanying adults go free!

    No need to book, buy tickets on the day.

    All children to be accompanied by an adult. No booking required. Sessions are designed for children that are age 3 and above. Children below 3 are welcome, though they may need a little more grown-up assistance with the activities. 

    www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk

  • National Theatre Live: Yerma

    Thursday 31 August 2017 7:48pm

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

    7pm

    The incredible Billie Piper (Penny Dreadful, Great Britain) returns in her Evening Standard Best Actress award-winning role. A young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in Simon Stone’s radical production of Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece. The unmissable theatre phenomenon sold out at the Young Vic and critics call it ‘an extraordinary theatrical triumph’ (The Times) and ‘stunning, searing, unmissable’ (Mail on Sunday).

    Billie Piper’s lead performance is described as ‘spellbinding’ (The Evening Standard), ‘astonishing’ (iNews) and ‘devastatingly powerful’ (The Daily Telegraph). Set in contemporary London, Piper’s portrayal of a woman in her thirties desperate to conceive builds with elemental force to a staggering, shocking, climax. Please note that this broadcast does not have an interval.

    This is a reprisal of the London stage sensation of 2016, which saw queues around the block for ticket returns due to the strength of Billie Piper’s award-winning performance.

    “Brutal yet ferociously funny.” ★★★★★ METRO

  • Summer Holiday Activities at The Higgins

    Friday 1 September 2017 3:30pm

    22nd – 25th August and 29th August – 1st September

    In the spirit of the Shorts Brothers, Burnaby and a host of Victorian artists we will be exploring at The Higgins Bedford this summer.

    Join in with family friendly activities, get creative in art and craft workshops and explore the amazing collections in the museum and art galleries.

    Art and Craft Workshops:

    Tuesday 22nd August

    Wednesday 23rd August

    Friday 25th August

    Tuesday 29th August

    Wednesday 30th August

    Friday 1st September

    Workshops start at 11am, 12 midday, 2pm and 3pm and last about one hour.

    Children must be accompanied by an adult.

    Cost £2.70 per child, accompanying adults go free!

    No need to book, buy tickets on the day.

    All children to be accompanied by an adult. No booking required. Sessions are designed for children that are age 3 and above. Children below 3 are welcome, though they may need a little more grown-up assistance with the activities. 

    www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk

  • Sunset Cruise on the Ouse

    Saturday 2 September 2017 6:51pm

    From Bedford Swan Hotel, The Embankment

    6.30pm

    Enjoy a leisurely evening cruise on The River Ouse with Champagne and canapés, leaving at 6.30pm and followed by an optional delicious dinner in The River Room Restaurant at 8.30pm.

    £100 per table (max 4 people). Call 01234 346565 to book. Add dinner in the River Room from 8.30pm – for an additional £25 per person for 3 courses a la carte.

    Available Saturday evenings May – September

    There is a full bar on board. Full non-refundable/transferable payment required at time of booking.

    www.bedfordswanhotel.co.uk

  • I Never Knew That

    Sunday 3 September 2017 11:05am

    Walks start outside the BPHA Customer Service Centre, St Pauls Square

    11am

    Bedford has a story waiting to be told around every corner. This walk will give you answers to all those questions about the town, but did not know who to ask.

    www.bedford.gov.uk/leisure_and_culture/guided_walks.aspx

  • 23 Jul - 3 Sep: Where's Wally Summer Trail

    Sunday 3 September 2017 4:57pm

    To enter the Love Bedford FREE prize draw, visit 9 locations in Bedford town centre to find where Wally is and match the correct one to each location.

    You can download a prize draw form here. Print out, complete and return to BedfordBID, 1 Lurke Street, Bedford MK40 3TN to be in with a chance to win!

  • The Rise and Fall of Bedford Castle

    Sunday 10 September 2017 10:53am

    Walks start outside the BPHA Customer Service Centre, St Pauls Square

    11am

    A Royal Charter, a not so ‘civil’ war and a castle removed stone by stone. View the castle mound and the site where Bedford’s motte and bailey castle once stood and hear why it is no more!

    www.bedford.gov.uk/leisure_and_culture/guided_walks.aspx

  • Afternoon Tea Cruise on the Ouse

    Saturday 16 September 2017 3:14pm

    From Bedford Swan Hotel, The Embankment

    2.45pm

    Summertime afternoon tea cruises, including a 2-hour boat trip with traditional afternoon tea.

    £120 per table (maximum 4 persons). Call 01234 346565 to book



    Meet at The Bedford Swan at 2.45pm, with the boat departing at 3pm. There is a full bar on board. 

    www.bedfordswanhotel.co.uk

  • Fish & Chip Supper Cruise

    Saturday 16 September 2017 6:59pm

    Sovereign's Quay, River Great Ouse

    6.30pm

    Relax on the River as the sun goes down and enjoy your Fish & Chip supper on board (Chicken & Chips or Vegetable Pancake & Chips also available) Licensed bar available on board.

    Adult £15.50/ Concession £13.50 / Child £11.50 / Family £45 – your meal is included in your ticket price, you will be asked to confirm your choice after you have selected your ticket.

    2017 Fish & Chip Cruise Dates:  30th Sept

    For details of all cruises visit: www.johnbunyanboat.org

  • WWII Bedford Walk

    Sunday 17 September 2017 11:04am

    Walks start outside the BPHA Customer Service Centre, St Pauls Square

    11am

    Hear about Bedford’s wartime secrets, many of them only recently revealed. The town was far more that simply a ‘liberty town’ for off duty servicemen, it was once the home of one of the most important of our national institutions. 

    www.bedford.gov.uk/leisure_and_culture/guided_walks.aspx

  • 6 May - 17 Sep Blue Sky Thinking: The Shorts Brothers' Airships

    Sunday 17 September 2017 2:53pm

    The Higgins Bedford, Castle Lane

    Free Entry

    2017 celebrates the centenary of airships being built here in Bedfordshire. The Shorts Brothers started building R.31, the first of their airships, at the Cardington sheds in 1917, as well as building homes for workers in the village that still heralds their name today, ‘Shortstown’.  Discover the story of three remarkable brothers; Oswald, Eustace and Horace and their vision for a British airship industry.  Come and understand more about the Zeppelin airship raids of WW1 and the impact of early airships on Bedfordshire and the wider world

    www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk

  • 6 May - 17 Sep: Romance and Rebellion: The Art of the Victorians

    Sunday 17 September 2017 3:04pm

    The Higgins Bedford, Castle Lane

    Free Entry

    This new exhibition drawn from the internationally acclaimed Cecil Higgins Art Gallery Collection is romp through Victorian art. No other period in art history has been so full of stylistic extremes from the older traditional artists to the Aesthetes, the Pre-Raphaelites to the Decadents and the Social Satirists to the Exquisites. The exhibition charts the period chronological showing how these styles grew and flourished alongside one another. The exhibition features the work of J.M.W. Turner, Frederic, Lord Leighton, Edward Burne-Jones, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, James McNeill Whistler, Richard Dadd and Aubrey Beardsley.

    www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk

  • The Life and Times of John Bunyan

    Sunday 24 September 2017 10:51am

    Walks start outside the BPHA Customer Service Centre, St Pauls Square

    11am

    Follow in the footsteps of the ‘Immortal Tinker’ and author of ‘’The Pilgrims Progress’’ to various town sites connected with his life and his works. 

    www.bedford.gov.uk/leisure_and_culture/guided_walks.aspx

  • Fish & Chip Supper Cruise

    Saturday 30 September 2017 6:01pm

    Sovereign's Quay, River Great Ouse

    6.30pm

    Relax on the River as the sun goes down and enjoy your Fish & Chip supper on board (Chicken & Chips or Vegetable Pancake & Chips also available) Licensed bar available on board.

    Adult £15.50/ Concession £13.50 / Child £11.50 / Family £45 – your meal is included in your ticket price, you will be asked to confirm your choice after you have selected your ticket.

    For details of all cruises visit: www.johnbunyanboat.org

  • Back-roads Touring

    Thursday 5 October 2017 12:48pm

    Europe & UK Small Group Touring

    Meet the experts on Thursday 5 October 2017

    Presentation at 10.30am

    Or drop in between 12.00 & 14.30

    Do you like Escorted Touring but would prefer to travel in a smaller group size? Come along to a relaxed and informative presentation from Back-Roads Touring

    Discover small group tours that delve that little bit deeper, taking you to the heart of European destinations.

    This event will take place at our shop 24 Mill Street, Bedford

    Call us now on 01234 326778 for more details or email sales@cruiseselect.co.uk

  • Philharmonia Orchestra: From The New World

    Friday 20 October 2017 7:20pm

    Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square, Bedford

    7.30pm

    Alpesh Chauhan conductor

    Elena Urioste violin

    COPLAND Fanfare for the Common Man

    KORNGOLD Violin Concerto

    DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 9, From the New World

    There’s a good reason why certain pieces become classics, and with its combination of melody, nostalgia and high drama, Dvořák’s New World Symphony has been loved by audiences ever since its premiere in 1893. First, though, discover two very different but equally tuneful masterpieces from across the pond: Copland’s mighty musical salute to freedom, and the sumptuous, gloriously songful violin concerto that Erich Korngold wrote in 1940s Hollywood – performed by Elena Urioste.

    Tickets from £14

    Philharmonia Orchestra Box Office : 0800 652 6717 

    Booking Link: https://www.philharmonia.co.uk/concerts/1850/bedford/bedford_corn_exchange/20_october_2017/bedford_from_the_new_world/book

  • Philharmonia Orchestra: Shostakovich & Rachmaninov

    Wednesday 22 November 2017 7:29pm

    Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square

    7.30pm

    Long Yu conductor

    George Li piano

    GLINKA Overture, Ruslan and Ludmilla

    RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No. 2

    SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 5

    For Dmitri Shostakovich, his Fifth Symphony really was a matter of life and death. Written in Stalin’s USSR, this is music on the edge: a shout of defiance in a time of terror, and one of the most powerful and personal statements in all of 20th-century music. It’s a gripping contrast to the romance of Rachmaninov’s hugely popular piano concerto – played by the brilliant young American star George Li – and Glinka’s sparkling little firecracker of an overture.

    Tickets from £14

    Philharmonia Orchestra Box Office : 0800 652 6717 

    Booking Link: https://www.philharmonia.co.uk/concerts/1852/bedford/bedford_corn_exchange/22_november_2017/bedford_shostakovich_and_rachmaninov/book

  • Get ready for the Christmas Tree Festival 2017!

    Wednesday 6 December 2017 2:08pm

  • 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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