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Restaurant review: Paris House, Woburn

The extraordinary Paris House is an award-winning fine-dining restaurant, set in 22 acres of parkland on the beautiful Woburn estate.  Built as part of the Paris Exhibition in 1878, the Renaissance half-timber structure was dismantled and rebuilt in Woburn at the behest of the 9th Duke of Bedford.  Among its many incarnations, the building has…

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Theatre Highlights from The Bedford Clanger

The Quarry Theatre at St Lukes NT Live: Yerma Thursday 31st August at 7pm Tickets: £14.50/£12.50 concessions Billie Piper returns in her Evening Standard Best Actress award-winning role as a young woman driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child. The unmissable theatre phenomenon sold out at the Young Vic and…

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The Clanger’s Guide to Music this Month

Conscia Jazz Festival 2017 The ‘Conscia Jazz Festival 2017’ is taking place from the evening of Friday 1st September to Sunday 3rd September. This year’s event is the third festival that Bedford-based Conscia Jazz have produced in as many years. The 2017 festival  focuses on variety, as Conscia Jazz aim to reach as many different jazz…

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Read the July 2017 issue now…

July’s on its way, the weather is amazing, school’s nearly out for the summer and we can’t wait to enjoy beautiful Bedford in the sunshine. Need some inspiration about what to do and where to go this month? Then look no further. The July issue of the Clanger includes eight additional pages: four pages dedicated to Bedfringe…

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Theatre Q&A: Bella Heesom on Her World Exploding

Priya Gill caught up with Bella Heesom the actress and playwright of My World Has Exploded A Little Bit, which comes to The Place Theatre on June 30. Tell me how your world exploded? At the beginning of 2010 my dad went into hospital because he had these strange visual disturbances sort of seeing these lights…

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Best of Bedford with Neil Frankel

To celebrate the start of Wimbledon later this month, we thought we’d interrogate Bedford’s resident racquet wielder, Neil Frankel. Neil is Director of Coaching at Riverside Tennis Club on Goldington Road and is a born and bred Bedfordian.  He’s worked at Riverside for 20 years, ever since leaving Leeds University with a Human Biology degree….

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Imagining the future

Commissioned by Bedford Creative Arts and created by artist Andy T Field in collaboration with children from Shortstown Primary School, Lookout is a one-to-one encounter between an adult audience member and a child performer. Looking out over the panoramic view from the 5th floor of the Bedford College Tower Block, the conversation shared is a…

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CenSAMM: Bedford’s religious Panacea Society’s legacy leads to international examination of apocalyptic threats: climate change, violence, artificial intelligence

When Mabel Barltrop formed The Panacea Society in Albany Road in Bedford in 1919 she had no idea that she was planting the seeds of a legacy that would help us understand the existential threats of the 21st century world, but that is exactly what has happened. The last member of the reclusive community died…

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Bedford Exchanges: have your say on art & culture in Bedford

At Clanger HQ we are passionate about the importance of art and culture in our town, so we are thrilled to be part of the Bedford Exchanges project.  And you can be part of it too… Your views are invited on how #Arts and #Culture can help #Bedford Borough become a place where there are even more opportunities for people, communities,…

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What’s On!

BedPop Record Shop at the Higgins Is there no stopping those BPRS boys? This month sees them popping up once again on Castle Lane, this time at the Higgins for another day of vinyl, DJs and live music. “We’re really excited about heading to the Higgins on Saturday 17th June,” said BPRS organiser, Alan Cooley….

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