• Tuesday Lunchtime Concerts: Joanna Krauze

    Tuesday 19 June 2018 2:28pm

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

    JOANNA KRAUZE – Piano, Royal College 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.

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

    www.stpaulschurchbedford.org.uk

  • Refugee Week: Living Library

    Tuesday 19 June 2018 3:16pm

    Bedford Central Library, Harpur Square, Bedford

    11am-3pm

    Join the ‘Living Library’ and hear the stories and experiences of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. Each session lasts about 35mins. Sessions start at:

    11.00am, 11.45am, 12.30pm, 1.05pm, 1.55pm, 2.30pm

  • Refugee Week: Living Library

    Wednesday 20 June 2018 3:18pm

    Bedford Central Library, Harpur Square

    11am-3pm              

    Join the ‘Living Library’ and hear the stories and experiences of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.

    11.00am, 11.45am, 12.30pm, 1.05pm, 1.55pm, 2.30pm

  • Thursday Afternoon Cruises

    Thursday 21 June 2018 3:15pm

    John Bunyan Community Boat, departing from Sovereigns Quay

    2.30pm departure 

    Cruise under the historic Town Bridge, past Bedford Castle mound and then through the Town Lock and along the tranquil river to Cardington Lock.

    Book here: www.johnbunyanboat.org

  • The Magic of Motown

    Thursday 21 June 2018 7:29pm

    Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square MK40 1SL

    7.30pm

    The Magic of Motown

    Celebrating the sound of a generation

    Music fans are invited to the biggest party of the year as the unstoppable Magic of Motown show steams into town! Seen by over a million people, it's no surprise that the show is one of the biggest success stories in British theatre history, even performing for Her Majesty the Queen, as special guests at the Royal Variety Performance.

    Prepare yourself for 40 back-to-back classic Motown hits, glittering costume changes, dazzling dance moves and outstanding musicianship in this explosive concert experience.

    Celebrate the sound of a generation as the timeless music of Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, Jackson 5, Smokey Robinson and more, are sensationally recreated for you by an exceptionally talented cast and band.

    This breath-taking concert spectacular takes you on a musical journey through all your favourite songs, including: Ain’t No MountainSigned Sealed DeliveredGrapevineGet ReadyDancing In The StreetsMy GirlBlame It On The BoogieUptightEndless LoveMy Cherie AmorAll Night LongHeatwave and many, many more.

    Please be aware that although this is a seated event, people may be standing up to dance.

    www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

  • Meet the Brewer

    Thursday 21 June 2018 7:52pm

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

    www.brewhouseandkitchen.com

  • 22nd - 24th Jun: Pole to Pole Exhibition

    Friday 22 June 2018 3:05pm

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

    10.00 am-4.00 pm (Sunday 2.00-4.00 pm)

    Pole to Pole Exhibition of landscapes and wildlife photography 

    UK and worldwide photographs by Ursula Clare Franklin. Many for sale.

    Admission £1. Children under 16 free

    Further details 01234 340163

    www.stpaulschurchbedford.org.uk

  • 16th - 22nd Jun: A Breath of Fresh Air

    Friday 22 June 2018 3:06pm

  • Salsa Picante

    Friday 22 June 2018 7:08pm

    El Picante Mexican Grill, 28 Allhallows, Bedford MK40 1LJ

    8pm onwards

    www.el-picante.co.uk

  • Supper with Music

    Friday 22 June 2018 7:18pm

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

    7 for 7.45 pm

    As part of the Pole to Pole Photographic Exhibition (22-24 June)

    Music from Cantamus Chamber choir.

    Tickets £25-from St Paul's church office Tel 01234 340163 Email admin@stpaulschurchbedford.org.uk

    In aid of St Paul's church and Bedford Hospitals Charity (30th anniversary)

  • Jive Talkin: The Bee Gees

    Friday 22 June 2018 7:32pm

    Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square MK40 1SL

    7.30pm

    Jive Talkin are not simply another Bee Gees Tribute Band, they are THE very best Bee Gees Tribute Band. Their all new stage show is of a quality completely different from anything that has gone before, and it really does have to be seen to be believed! Backed by a full live band – including live string section – the three leading men are all members of the same family. The result is as unrivalled harmony blend and intimate and witty banter with the audience that is adored all over the world. 

    Gary, Darren and Jack Simmons – who have performed with the Bee Gees themselves – are now building a considerable fan base all over the UK and have had career highs including starring in West End Musicals, Films and Television. 

    Jive Talkin started up as a Bee Gees Tribute in 1990 and have since then gone from strength to strength. Their current stage show features over 2 hours of the Bee Gees greatest hits. Prepare to be amazed as the timeless repertoire of the Bee Gees is brought to life with such stunning authenticity and heartfelt sincerity. 

    Jive Talkin deliver a powerhouse performance unlike any other, to create a truly nostalgic journey through our most treasured musical memories.

    www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

  • Cake Tasting

    Saturday 23 June 2018 2:50pm

  • Fish & Chip Supper Cruise

    Saturday 23 June 2018 6:56pm

    John Bunyan Community Boat, departing from Sovereigns Quay

    6.30pm for 1 and a half hours

     Relax on the river as the sun goes down and enjoy your fish & chip supper on board (chicken & chips, vegetable pancake & chips also available). Licensed bar.

    Book here: www.johnbunyanboat.org

  • Sunday Afternoon Cruise

    Sunday 24 June 2018 2:51pm

    John Bunyan Community Boat, departing from Sovereigns Quay

    2.30pm for 2 hours

    Cruise upriver passing the Guru Nanak Gurdwara temple in Queens Park and the canoe launching point, and get a glimpse of Kempston Mill before returning.

    Book here: www.johnbunyanboat.org

  • 22nd - 24th Jun: Pole to Pole Exhibition

    Sunday 24 June 2018 3:11pm

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

    10.00 am-4.00 pm (Sunday 2.00-4.00 pm)

    Pole to Pole Exhibition of landscapes and wildlife photography 

    UK and worldwide photographs by Ursula Clare Franklin. Many for sale.

    Admission £1. Children under 16 free

    Further details 01234 340163

    www.stpaulschurchbedford.org.uk

  • Civilised Sundays at Brewhouse & Kitchen

    Sunday 24 June 2018 3:42pm

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

    www.brewhouseandkitchen.com

  • Tuesday Lunchtime Concerts: Yoon-Seok-Shin

    Tuesday 26 June 2018 2:41pm

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

    YOON-SEOK SHIN – Piano, Steinway Artist Award Holder

    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.

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

    www.stpaulschurchbedford.org.uk

  • Fastlove - George Michael Tribute

    Tuesday 26 June 2018 7:37pm

    Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square MK40 1SL

    7.30pm

    Direct from London's West End, the UK's finest George Michael tribute show.

    Get ready for an unforgettable evening celebrating a global superstar, as he puts the Boom Boom into your heart in the all new production, Fastlove – A tribute to George Michael.

    The show is packed with crowd pleasing anthems from the Whamclassics of the new pop revival to the chart-topping success of the eighties album Faith, plus the awesome tunes of the nineties and noughties.

    This is a spellbinding experience you don’t want to miss. You’ll be getting up (to get down) to all your favourite songs: Careless WhisperFreedomFaithFather FigureOutsideJesus To A Child, and many more.

    Relive the passion, the flair, and the unique sensitivity of George Michael in this incredible concert sensation.

    This is a tribute show and is no way affiliated with any original artists/estates/management companies or similar shows.

    www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

  • Thursday Afternoon Cruises

    Thursday 28 June 2018 2:17pm

    John Bunyan Community Boat, departing from Sovereigns Quay

    2.30pm departure 

    Cruise under the historic Town Bridge, past Bedford Castle mound and then through the Town Lock and along the tranquil river to Cardington Lock.

    Book here: www.johnbunyanboat.org

  • Meet the Brewer

    Thursday 28 June 2018 7:56pm

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

    www.brewhouseandkitchen.com

  • I'm Still Standing - The Elton John Story

    Saturday 30 June 2018 7:39pm

    Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square MK40 1SL

    7.30pm

    Sir   Elton    Hercules    John,    CBE,    is    one    of    the    most   highly    acclaimed    and successful   solo   artists   of   all   time.   In  a   career   spanning   five   decades,   he   has achieved   38   gold  and   31   platinum   or   multi-platinum   albums,   has   sold   more than   300   million   records   worldwide,   and  holds   the   record  for   the   biggest selling   single   of   all   time.   Since   launching  his   first   tour   in   1970,   Elton   has over 4,000 performances in more than 80 countries to his credit.

    I’M    STILL    STANDING    –    THE    ELTON    JOHN    STORY     takes   you    on    a    journey through    Elton’s    illustrious,    unparalleled   career    with    an    amazing    live    band recreating   the   authentic   sound   of   a   live   Elton   concert,   performing   classics   such as  Don’t   Go   Breaking   My   Heart,   Your   Song,   Candle   In   The  Wind,   Pinball   Wizard, Rocket   Man,   Crocodile   Rock  and   I  Guess   That's   Why   They   Call   It   the   Blues ,   to   name just   a  few! 

    The   band   are   stunning   to   watch   and   play   the   tracks   with  great   energy and   all   100%   live.   Finished   off   with   beautiful  projections,   replica   costumes   and   a baby   grand   to   boot,  this   is   an   electrifying   evening   of   classic   hits   not   to   be  missed - the best party in town!

    I’M STILL STANDING   –   THE   ELTON   JOHN   STORY    will   have  you   singing   and dancing   all   night   long!   Expect   a fabulously  entertaining   and   dynamic   evening, watching   this   fantastic  tribute   to   Sir   Elton   -   shut   your   eyes   and you'll   think  you're listening to the ‘Queen of Pop’ himself!

    A Strictly Theatre Entertainments Ltd. Production

    www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

  • Civilised Sundays at Brewhouse & Kitchen

    Sunday 1 July 2018 3:42pm

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

    www.brewhouseandkitchen.com

  • Bedford Flea

    Sunday 8 July 2018 4:04pm

    St Pauls Square, Bedford MK40 1SQ

    11am – 4pm

    Brought to you by the people behind BedPop, Bedford Flea is a new Sunday market in the heart of Bedford. With an eclectic range of stall-holders, there will be lots to browse and buy, from collectables to vintage, records to books, antiques to jewellery.

    While you’re here, why not grab a coffee from La Piazza, chat to the Scooter Club regulars in St Paul’s Square, take a stroll along the River Great Ouse, visit the Cultural Quarter and get a bite to eat in one of the town’s many independent restaurants and cafes.

    It’s the perfect Sunday in Bedford!

    www.facebook.com/BedfordFlea

  • Singalong at St Pauls

    Wednesday 11 July 2018 10:34am

    St Paul's Church, St Paul's Sq, BEDFORD MK40 1SQ

    10-10.45 am

    FREE

    Join us for playtime with songs and story telling in the safe surroundings of this town centre church.

    Further details 01234 266839 http://www.stpaulschurchbedford.org.uk

  • Bedford River Festival

    Saturday 14 July 2018 6:29pm

    The award winning Bedford River Festival will return on the 14th and 15th July 2018. With it's colourful milieu of live entertainment, river events, parade, funfair and fete with activities as diverse as raft races, fireworks, sports, arts and heritage villages there is something for everyone.

    Entertainment features strongly at the event with displays from local community groups in the arts and sporting worlds, to a multitude of professional acts performing on stages right across the site.

    The Bedford River Festival is free to the public and offers numerous opportunities to participate in, or just to relax and enjoy a vast array of activities and entertainment.

  • Bedford River Festival

    Sunday 15 July 2018 7:33pm

    The award winning Bedford River Festival will return on the 14th and 15th July 2018. With it's colourful milieu of live entertainment, river events, parade, funfair and fete with activities as diverse as raft races, fireworks, sports, arts and heritage villages there is something for everyone.

    Entertainment features strongly at the event with displays from local community groups in the arts and sporting worlds, to a multitude of professional acts performing on stages right across the site.

    The Bedford River Festival is free to the public and offers numerous opportunities to participate in, or just to relax and enjoy a vast array of activities and entertainment.

  • 18th - 22nd Jul: Bedfringe 2018

    Wednesday 18 July 2018 11:57am

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

    From 18th – 22nd July we will host over 50 events exclusively at The Quarry Theatre, Bedford.

    http://bedfringe.com/

  • 18th - 22nd Jul: Bedfringe 2018

    Sunday 22 July 2018 5:02pm

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

    From 18th – 22nd July we will host over 50 events exclusively at The Quarry Theatre, Bedford.

    http://bedfringe.com/

  • 1st & 2nd Sep: NICE Comic Convention

    Saturday 1 September 2018 4:27pm

    Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square, Bedford MK40 1SL

    NICE is the UK's most relaxed comic convention. Come and meet the stars of the comic book world and spend some time in the beautiful market town of Bedford.

    www.nicecon.co.uk

  • 1st & 2nd Sep: NICE Comic Convention

    Sunday 2 September 2018 4:29pm

    Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square, Bedford MK40 1SL

    NICE is the UK's most relaxed comic convention. Come and meet the stars of the comic book world and spend some time in the beautiful market town of Bedford.

    www.nicecon.co.uk

  • Bedford Flea

    Sunday 16 September 2018 4:05pm

    St Pauls Square, Bedford MK40 1SQ

    11am – 4pm

    Brought to you by the people behind BedPop, Bedford Flea is a new Sunday market in the heart of Bedford. With an eclectic range of stall-holders, there will be lots to browse and buy, from collectables to vintage, records to books, antiques to jewellery.

    While you’re here, why not grab a coffee from La Piazza, chat to the Scooter Club regulars in St Paul’s Square, take a stroll along the River Great Ouse, visit the Cultural Quarter and get a bite to eat in one of the town’s many independent restaurants and cafes.

    It’s the perfect Sunday in Bedford!

    www.facebook.com/BedfordFlea

  • 10 Mar - 23 Sep: Celebrating Women of Bedfordshire

    Sunday 23 September 2018 5:00pm

    The Higgins Bedford, Castle Lane

    This spring The Higgins Bedford celebrates the achievements of women of Bedfordshire with a new exhibition. It is 100 years since the Representation of the People Act allowed some women to vote for the first time. The exhibition will reflect on women in Bedfordshire’s achievements in those 100 years. From aviators to opera singers, designers to engineers, and rugby players to Suffragettes Bedfordshire has a long history of great women.

    The exhibition will highlight the achievements of 60 women who have achieved in the fields of Suffrage & Politics, Education, Sport, Community Power, STEM, Wartime, Business, and the Arts. Women have been nominated, researched, shortlisted and selected by an exhibition development panel made up of volunteers from the local community.

    One of the strongest themes amongst the women nominated is their contribution to the community. Today there are inspirational Bedfordshire women working to help refugees resettle here, making Bedford more accessible for the Deaf community, setting up women’s refuges and running hundreds of miles for charity. These women follow in the footsteps of women in Bedfordshire’s history like the suffragettes fighting for women’s votes and the doctors who founded infant welfare centres.

    Amongst the represented groups is Access Bedford. Founded by Alison Crook in 2013, the group has worked with the Deaf community in Bedford to bring people together, increase access to services, increase representation and awareness and worked with organisations and service providers to increase accessibility. Alison said ‘I am thrilled to be part of a celebration of women in Bedford. Bedford is an extraordinary place for passionate and committed community groups and I’m very proud to be amongst them.

    Also featured is one of the town’s most famous artists, Dora Carrington, who moved to Bedford with her family in 1903. Educated at Bedford High School, Dora excelled at drawing and when she was 17 her teachers recommended that she apply to the Slade School of Art where she was to become part of what her teacher Henry Tonks described as the schools last ‘crisis of Brilliance’ with Paul Nash, Stanley Spencer and Mark Gertler. Although Carrington was not fond of the town, she wrote of one of her rare trips home 'where the village boys had quite forgotten me, and taken unto them new lasses. They gaze askance at my shorn locks … sad it is to relate but I was not appreciated'. The Higgins Bedford has been collecting works by Carrington for a number of years and now has one of the finest collections in the world.

    www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk


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