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  • Survivor stories from Rwanda

    Wednesday 24 January 2018 1:36pm

    The Higgins Bedford, Castle Lane, MK40 3XD

    6.30pm

    We have a programme of talks to accompany the exhibition Anne Frank & Family, as part of Bedford's Holocaust Memorial Events.

    Wednesday 24th January, 6.30pm: Survivor stories from Rwanda

    Wednesday 31st January, 6.30pm: Survivors stories from Srebrencia

    Wednesday 7th February, 6.30pm: Eva Clarke, who was born in Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria on 29 April 1945 will share her story

    All free, no need to book.

    www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk

  • 24th Jan-18th Feb: ‘Anne Frank & Family’

    Wednesday 24 January 2018 5:09pm

    The Higgins Bedford, Castle Lane, Bedford

    Anne Frank & Family, an exhibition of family photographs by Otto Frank, taken before World War Two will be free to visit at The Higgins Bedford from 24th January – 18th February 2018. The exhibition has been brought to The Higgins Bedford by The Anne Frank Trust and forms a central part of Bedford’s Holocaust Memorial events.

    Anne Frank & Family has been shown in St Paul’s Cathedral, London, as well as in New York, Amsterdam and Frankfurt. It is accompanied by a collection of period toys, clothes and books, reflecting those captured in the photos, as well as educational resources for younger visitors.

    Holocaust Memorial Day is on 27th January every year and in 2018, the theme is ‘The Power of Words’.

    This year the Holocaust Memorial events include a series of workshops for schools run by the Anne Frank Trust, film and theatre events at The Place Theatre, and a launch event on Monday 29th January at The Higgins Bedford from 1pm at which Gillian Walnes Perry, Honorary Vice President and co-founder of the Anne Frank Trust will speak.

    The exhibition will also include stories and photographs from people affected by genocide from URUMURI – the Rwandan Survivors’ Association in the UK and Remembering Srebrenica.

    A programme of free events will accompany the exhibition, including:

    • Wednesday 24th January, 6.30pm: Survivor stories from Rwanda
    • Wednesday 31st January, 6.30pm: Survivor stories from Srebrenica
    • Wednesday 7th February, 6.30pm: Eva Clarke, who was born in Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria on 29 April 1945 will share her story

    13 – 16 February: The Higgins Young Peoples’ Panel (HYPP) will lead a series of activities related to the exhibition and the theme of The Power of Words during February half-term.

    Councillor Sarah-Jayne Holland, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture said “It is wonderful that this very important exhibition is coming to The Higgins Bedford, forming part of Bedford’s Holocaust Memorial events. I hope lots of people take this opportunity to visit this free exhibition and events at our local Museum remembering past genocides, and to hear from survivors.”

    Chantal Uwamahoro, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide in 1994, said “We must learn from the past so that history does not repeat itself. URUMURI is proud to be part of the exhibition and activities. We want the world to know about the horrors of the Rwandan genocide that massacred one million Tutsis in 100 days. We are dedicated to keeping memories alive.

    www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk

  • Ashes to Ashes

    Wednesday 24 January 2018 7:06pm

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

    7.30pm

    Ashes to Ashes is an exploration of the human spirit.

    Two men arrive at Birkenau from different parts of Europe. They are separated from their families upon arrival. Thrown together by a barbaric selection process, they are welcomed into the camp by a smiling guard who proceeds to strip, beat, shave and finally tattoo them. After they have been given inmate uniforms and assigned to a barrack we discover that one of them, Moshe, is Jewish and from Crete. The other, Hirsch, is also Jewish and from Berlin.

    Moshe explains to Hirsch that the journey from Crete has taken fourteen days. He describes how he has watched his mother and baby niece die during the tortuous trip. From this moment on we follow them through beatings, work, starvation and humiliation. We watch as they form a friendship that cannot be broken, firstly by the brutality of the guards and ultimately by entrance to the gas chamber.

    We see that even death cannot triumph over friendship and spirit.

    www.quarrytheatre.org.uk

  • UV Bubble Party

    Wednesday 24 January 2018 10:23pm

    http://empire-bedford.co.uk

  • Brewery Achouffe Beer Tasting & Food Pairing

    Thursday 25 January 2018 7:34pm

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

    7pm – 9pm

    Brewery Achouffe will be hosting a Beer Tasting with Food Pairing Event for £10 per person on Thursday 25th January at 7pm.

    Try Achouffe’s Chouffe Soleil, Houblon Chouffe and Mc Chouffe like never before, as they’re paired with nibbles from 3 dishes off our food menu and learn more about each beer from a Achouffe beer expert.

    Enjoy Chouffe Soliel matched with Rosemary & Cherry Tomato Foccacia with Olives, Olive Oil & Balsamic, Houblon Chouffe with our Oriental Steamed Buns with BBQ Pulled Pork & Asian Slaw (or for veggies Lightly Battered Aubergine with Feta & Drizzled Honey) and finish off the dinner with Mc Chouffe & Sticky Toffee Pudding.

    (*drool!)

    Limited spaces available!!! Book now to be in the chance of winning some Achouffe Merchandise on the evening as well.

    www.brewhouseandkitchen.com

  • Barry Steele and Friends: The Roy Orbison Story

    Friday 26 January 2018 7:03pm

    Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square, Bedford

    7.30pm

    He’s the man with the sunglasses and the black suit who delivered some of the world’s darkest and most emotional ballads, yet Texas-born Roy Orbison remains one of the most distinctive looking, and sounding performers in modern music, despite dying  30 years ago leaving others to bring his music to the concert stage.

    But Barry Steele, who takes on the role in The Roy Orbison Story, comes with very great credentials and a genuine admiration for the Big “O”. Now he is set to put the rock back into ‘Roy Orbison’ as he takes to the stage to commemorate this legend in The Roy Orbison Story 30 Year Special.

    www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

  • Hanna

    Friday 26 January 2018 7:09pm

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

    7.30pm

    “The only words are to do with adoption. But that’s not what happened to us. What happened to us was something quite different.”

    Being a young mum is supposed to be hard – but for Hanna, the only thing she’s ever been brilliant at is raising her beloved daughter Ellie.

    Until a DNA test reveals staggering news. Ellie is not Hanna’s child. And now her ‘real’ parents want to meet.

    How can an ancient mix-up in an overstretched maternity ward be explained to a three-year-old? Is Hanna supposed to let these strangers into her daughter’s life? Forced to question what being a parent really means, Hanna makes a drastic decision that will change all their lives.

    This funny, heartfelt and compelling world premiere from Off West End Award nominee Sam Potter asks what family means in a modern society, delicately weaving in questions of racial identity, economic privilege, and the lottery of birth.

    www.quarrytheatre.org.uk

  • P.B.'s Antiques and Collectors Fair

    Saturday 27 January 2018 1:47pm

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

    10am – 4pm

    Antiques & Collectables Fair held inside this Historic Church. Sellers of China, Glass, Jewellery, Coins, Wooden items, Curios and lots more.New stall holders welcome.Admission £1 which helps to raise funds for Church.Cafe open serving light refreshments,Toilets on site and a disabled entrance.

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

  • Find out about Freestyle Cruising

    Saturday 27 January 2018 2:28pm

    Select Travel Holidays, Mill Street, Bedford

    10.30am – 2.30pm

    Select Travel Holidays are one of the UK leading cruise specialists.

    Join us on Saturday 27 January between 10.30am and 2.30pm to find out about freestyle cruising with Norwegian Cruise Line.

    Meet the experts and have all your questions answered.

    Freestyle cruising – ideal for families – premium all inclusive – no dress code

    Destinations include Hawaii, Europe, New England & Canada, Caribbean, Alaska, Cuba, Australia & New Zealand, Asia, Panama Canal plus many other destinations

    01234 326758

  • Sinfonia Vive La France

    Saturday 27 January 2018 7:06pm

    Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square, Bedford

    7.30pm

    Soloist: Kitty Whately (mezzo-soprano)

    Conductor: Michael Rose

    Faure – Suite: Pelleas et Melisande

    Berlioz – Les nuits d’ete

    Debussy – Petite suite

    Bizet – Symphony in C

    www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

  • Pop Scene

    Saturday 27 January 2018 9:08pm

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

    Live music at The Kings Arms

    www.thekingsarmsbedford.co.uk

  • Free State Revolution

    Saturday 27 January 2018 9:43pm

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

    10pm – late

    Join us for an evening of Rock ‘n’ Roll with all your favourite classic and modern rock hits. Covering everything from ACDC to the Kings of Leon.

    From 10 until late!

    www.brewhouseandkitchen.com

  • Civilised Sundays at Brewhouse & Kitchen

    Sunday 28 January 2018 11:38am

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

    www.brewhouseandkitchen.com/bedford

  • Tuesday Lunchtime Concerts - Gabriele Sutkute

    Tuesday 30 January 2018 1:30pm

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

    1.10pm

    Gabriele Sutkute – Piano

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

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

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

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

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

  • Out of the Blue

    Tuesday 30 January 2018 7:11pm

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

    7.30pm

    Prepare to be hooked by Oxford’s premiere all-male a cappella troupe!

    With over 15 million hits on YouTube, these Edinburgh Fringe Favourites are sure to bring smiles all round.

    Expect vocal acrobatics, eclectic repertoire, and ludicrous choreography which never fail to delight.

    www.quarrytheatre.org.uk

  • Philharmonia Orchestra: Carnival in Prague

    Tuesday 30 January 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

  • Winter Dance

    Wednesday 31 January 2018 2:09pm

    Harpur Suite, Harpur Square, Bedford

    2pm – 4.30pm

    Winter Dance in the Harpur Suite dancing to a selection of strict tempo Ballroom CD's with your hostess Annie Seaborn.

    Annie has been running successful dance events for Bedford Corn Exchange for many years and is a qualified Ballroom dance teacher with a diploma in dance.

    Even if you cannot dance you can still enjoy the pleasant ambiance of the Harpur Suite and listen to the music.

    If you wish to learn to dance before the event then please contact Annie.

    Tea/coffee and biscuits are included. The suggested dress is smart casual.

    For any further information regarding this event please contact our Ballroom Dance Expert:- Annie Seaborn AIDTA & Level 4  Diploma in Dance Teaching.

    01234 364690

    www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

  • Survivor stories from Srebrencia

    Wednesday 31 January 2018 6:39pm

    The Higgins Bedford, Castle Lane, MK40 3XD

    6.30pm

    We have a programme of talks to accompany the exhibition Anne Frank & Family, as part of Bedford's Holocaust Memorial Events.

    Wednesday 31st January, 6.30pm: Survivors stories from Srebrencia

    Wednesday 7th February, 6.30pm: Eva Clarke, who was born in Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria on 29 April 1945 will share her story

    All free, no need to book.

    www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk

  • Jager Fest at Empire

    Wednesday 31 January 2018 11:37pm

    http://empire-bedford.co.uk

  • Meet the Brewer

    Thursday 1 February 2018 7:45pm

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

    www.brewhouseandkitchen.com/bedford

  • LGBT History Month

    Friday 2 February 2018 2:41pm

    The Higgins Bedford, Castle Lane, MK40 3XD

    2.30pm

    Stephen Bourne presents an engaging and informative talk about some of the gay men who are featured in his latest book, Fighting Proud – The Untold Story of the Gay Men Who Served in Two World Wars (I B Tauris, £17.99). In this astonishing new history of wartime Britain, Stephen unearths the fascinating stories of the gay men who served in the armed forces and on the Home Front. He brings to light the great and previously unrecognised contribution they made to the war effort. Among those featured are the Battle of Britain hero Ian Gleed, bandleader Ken ‘Snakehips’ Johnson, PC Harry Daley and Noel Coward. The talk will be followed by a Q&A session.

    FREE EVENT – No Need to Book

    www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk

  • 2nd-4th Feb: Candlemas Flower Festival

    Friday 2 February 2018 3:36pm

    St Paul's church, Bedford, MK40 1SQ

    Friday and Saturday open 10-4, Sunday 2-4

    Over 60 decorations made by community and church groups, professional & amateur

    Candlemas Choral Evensong by candlelight Sunday 4th February 5.30pm.

    Admission £2.50 (under 16 free). Refreshments daily

    Details 01234 391962 or 01234 340163 or http://www.stpaulschurchbedford.org.uk

  • Neverminds

    Saturday 3 February 2018 9:09pm

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

    Live music at The Kings Arms

    www.thekingsarmsbedford.co.uk

  • Civilised Sundays at Brewhouse & Kitchen

    Sunday 4 February 2018 11:39am

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

    www.brewhouseandkitchen.com/bedford

  • Tuesday Lunchtime Concerts - Amiran Zenaishvili

    Tuesday 6 February 2018 1:33pm

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

    1.10pm

    Amiran Zenaishvili – Piano

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Ouse Navigation

    Tuesday 6 February 2018 7:19pm

    Bedford School Library, de Parys Ave, Burnaby Rd gate, Bedford MK40 2TU 

    7.30 pm

    The Ouse Navigation from the County border to Bedford

    Illustrated talk by Bob Ricketts, well known local historian, will describe the west end of the Ouse Navigation

     - the key link from Bedford to the outer commercial world.

    One of a series of annual talks to the HA (Historical Association-Bedford).

    Free to HA members. Others welcome with a donation.

    Details 07989 837819/01234 266839  

  • Survivor Stories: Eva Clarke

    Wednesday 7 February 2018 6:40pm

    The Higgins Bedford, Castle Lane, MK40 3XD

    6.30pm

    We have a programme of talks to accompany the exhibition Anne Frank & Family, as part of Bedford's Holocaust Memorial Events.

    Wednesday 7th February, 6.30pm: Eva Clarke, who was born in Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria on 29 April 1945 will share her story

    All free, no need to book.

    www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk

  • Red Cup Frat Party

    Wednesday 7 February 2018 11:41pm

    http://empire-bedford.co.uk

  • Meet the Brewer

    Thursday 8 February 2018 7:47pm

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

    www.brewhouseandkitchen.com/bedford

  • British Sign Language Exhibition Tour

    Saturday 10 February 2018 12:43pm

    The Higgins Bedford, Castle Lane, MK40 3XD

    11am – 1pm

    Free event (Booking essential)

    Join Peter and Carla from Access Bedford for this Deaf BSL tour of A Walk in the Woods, followed by an art workshop. For more information check www.accessbedford.wordpress.com

    This is a British Sign Language only event – no oral instruction will be given. To book your place please email thehiggins@bedford.gov.uk

    www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk

  • Only Fools and 3 Courses

    Saturday 10 February 2018 5:32pm

    Bedford Swan Hotel, The Embankment

    Only Fools and 3 Courses @ £45.00 pp

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

    www.bedfordswanhotel.co.uk

  • The Yellow Dog Rhythm and Blues Band

    Saturday 10 February 2018 9:10pm

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

    Live music at The Kings Arms

    www.thekingsarmsbedford.co.uk

  • Civilised Sundays at Brewhouse & Kitchen

    Sunday 11 February 2018 11:40am

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

    www.brewhouseandkitchen.com/bedford

  • Tuesday Lunchtime Concerts - Eos Trio

    Tuesday 13 February 2018 1:36pm

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

    1.10pm

    Eos Trio

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

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

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

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

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

  • Animal Encounters with Teaching Talons

    Tuesday 13 February 2018 1:47pm

    The Higgins Bedford, Castle Lane, MK40 3XD

    Teaching Talons provide fun, engaging, informative interaction with animals and they’re bringing woodland creatures to The Higgins for you to meet and discover more about.

    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. 

    Cost £2.70 per child, accompanying adults go free!

    No need to book, buy tickets on the day.

    www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk

  • Singalong@St Pauls

    Wednesday 14 February 2018 10:10am

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

    10-10.30 am

    Songs and stories

    0-3 yr olds plus their adults on 2nd Wednesday of the month term time.

    Parking not available. Further details 01234 340163 

  • Kindness Cards

    Wednesday 14 February 2018 1:51pm

    The Higgins Bedford, Castle Lane, MK40 3XD

    On Valentine’s Day, create a woodland themed card with local artist Damon Poulton. Fill it with kind words and give it to someone you love.

    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. 

    Cost £2.70 per child, accompanying adults go free!

    No need to book, buy tickets on the day.

    www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk

  • Meet the Brewer

    Thursday 15 February 2018 11:49am

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

    www.brewhouseandkitchen.com/bedford

  • Tree Identification Walk

    Thursday 15 February 2018 1:52pm

    The Higgins Bedford, Castle Lane, MK40 3XD

    Free event

    Join Jo Roberts from the Forest of Marston Vale for a walk around the Castle Mound. Jo will show you how to identify some of the Mound’s beautiful trees.

    Afterwards warm up inside with a tree-related craft activity.

    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. 

    No need to book, buy tickets on the day.

    www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk

  • Mosaic Making with Qemamu Mosaics

    Friday 16 February 2018 1:55pm

    The Higgins Bedford, Castle Lane, MK40 3XD

    Create a stunning mosaic tile with Dionne Ible – creator of the Sankofa Bird mosaic in Connections Gallery.

    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. 

    Cost £2.70 per child, accompanying adults go free!

    No need to book, buy tickets on the day.

    www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk

  • OUTing The Past: 4th National Festival of LGBT History

    Saturday 17 February 2018 1:45pm

    The Higgins Bedford, Castle Lane, MK40 3XD

    Free Event  

    All welcome

    The Higgins Bedford will be one of the new venues hosting ‘OUTing The Past: The 4th National Festival of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans History’. This year’s theme for LGBT History Month which runs throughout February 2018 is ‘Geography: Mapping the World’ and will be the focus of the talks for the OUTing the Past Festival. Visit The Higgins website for the full programme of talks – coming soon

    www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk

  • Machine

    Saturday 17 February 2018 9:10pm

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

    Live music at The Kings Arms

    www.thekingsarmsbedford.co.uk

  • Civilised Sundays at Brewhouse & Kitchen

    Sunday 18 February 2018 11:40am

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

    www.brewhouseandkitchen.com/bedford

  • Tuesday Lunchtime Concerts - Asagi Nakata

    Tuesday 20 February 2018 12:37pm

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

    1.10pm

    Asagi Nakata – Piano

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

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

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

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

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

  • Friends of the Higgins Lecture: The Fry Art Gallery

    Tuesday 20 February 2018 7:22pm

    The Higgins Bedford, Castle Lane, Bedford

    12noon

    Gordon Cummings – The Fry Art Gallery

    Hidden down a quiet path, in the shadow of the 15th century Saint Mary’s Church, is the Fry Art Gallery, Saffron Waldon, which holds and outstanding collection of works by North West Essex artists, and concentrates on the group who have come to be known as The Bardfield Artists.

    Meetings start promptly at The Higgins Bedford (No booking required)

    Tickets – Friends £3, Guests £8

    www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk

  • Meet the Brewer

    Thursday 22 February 2018 7:49pm

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

    www.brewhouseandkitchen.com/bedford

  • Miserere by Candlelight

    Saturday 24 February 2018 7:48pm

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

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

    www.gaude.org.uk

  • Hell Cats

    Saturday 24 February 2018 9:11pm

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

    Live music at The Kings Arms

    www.thekingsarmsbedford.co.uk

  • Civilised Sundays at Brewhouse & Kitchen

    Sunday 25 February 2018 11:41am

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

    www.brewhouseandkitchen.com/bedford

  • Tuesday Lunchtime Concerts - Melina Karagianni

    Tuesday 27 February 2018 12:38pm

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

    1.10pm

    Melina Karagianni – Piano

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

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

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

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

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

  • Allo Allo Comedy Dining Experience

    Friday 16 March 2018 6:35pm

    Bedford Swan Hotel, The Embankment

    Allo Allo Comedy Dining Experience @ £45.00 pp

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

    www.bedfordswanhotel.co.uk

  • Philharmonia Orchestra: The Young Mozart

    Tuesday 20 March 2018 7:41pm

    Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square

    7.30pm

    Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay violin/direction

    HAYDN Symphony No.47 “The Palindrome”

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

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

    Tickets from £14

    Philharmonia Orchestra Box Office : 0800 652 6717 

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

  • 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

  • Only Fools and 3 Courses – The Sequel

    Saturday 21 April 2018 7:38pm

    Bedford Swan Hotel, The Embankment

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

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

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  • 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

  • The Wedding Reception comedy experience

    Friday 18 May 2018 2:40pm

    Bedford Swan Hotel, The Embankment

    The Wedding Reception @ £45.00 pp

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

    www.bedfordswanhotel.co.uk

  • AbFab The Comedy Dining Experience

    Friday 25 May 2018 7:43pm

    Bedford Swan Hotel, The Embankment

    AbFab The Comedy Dining Experience @ £45.00 pp

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

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  • Only Fools and 3 Courses

    Saturday 16 June 2018 7:46pm

    Bedford Swan Hotel, The Embankment

    Only Fools and 3 Courses @ £45.00 pp

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

    www.bedfordswanhotel.co.uk


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