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Eating Disorder Awareness Week

by Hannah Brown @aneartohearlb Raising awareness  of mental illness is always a bit of a minefield, we can all read the facts and  statistics that underpin the illnesses’ existence but to actually understand what it feels like, how it takes over ones life and rules our very being- well that is something quite different. Eating…

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Ray Mears: “Going Wild – Encore” in Bedford

7.30pm on Saturday 17th February 2018 at Bedford Corn Exchange Ray Mears is bringing his latest family-friendly show to Bedford for one night only.  The show promises to be a fascinating look behind the scenes at the making of his latest TV show, Australian Wilderness. Over the past two decades the name Ray Mears has become recognised…

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WATCH: Young Entrepreneurs Dare to Enter The Dragon’s Den

by Priya Gill Two young language loving entrepreneurs from Bedford entered the Dragon’s Den on Sunday 4th February – but you’ll have to watch to find out if they were successful! Best friends Alex Somervell and Jonny Pryn founded One Third Stories whilst at University, to make learning a language as simple as reading a…

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Shop local – your A-Z of Bedford’s indie retailers

Vist Bedford town centre or take a walk off the beaten track and you are sure to find one of our many independent shops, nestled among the big brands and household High Street names. From Goldings Ironmongers, who have just celebrated their 150th anniversary, to new-kid-on-the-block, Slide Records, there’s something for the most discerning customers….

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Independent Venue Week – go to Esquires!

Independent Venue Week (29th January – 4th February 2018) is a seven day celebration of small music venues around the UK and a nod to the heroes that tirelessly own, run and work in them, week in, week out. Here in Bedford we happen to have one of the finest grassroots venues in the UK –…

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Another month, another flurry of new shop openings in Bedford… 

Bluebird Hair Boutique spreads its wings Based on Harpur Street, Bluebird Hair Boutique is expanding into the adjacent property (formerly Thrift’ee/Coolhaus) this month.  The new space will feature a six-station cutting room, three-station colour bar plus relaxation/washroom and a private treatment room.  “We can’t wait to begin using the new salon space,” said Bluebird owner,…

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Help celebrate the amazing Women of Bedford…

Local voluntary group, Women of Bedford, are crowdfunding to erect the first statue of a woman in Bedford. This will be unveiled in December 2018 as part of the national ‘Vote 100’ celebrations, marking 100 years since women won the right to vote. And you can help make it happen by contributing to the crowdfunding…

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Our (even bigger) Christmas gift guide

We know it’s tempting to lounge on the sofa with a Toblerone and do all your Christmas shopping on Amazon while watching Gogglebox, but there really is nothing like actually going into shops, talking to the lovely shopkeepers and supporting local independent retailers.  We’ve spent a lot of time in Bedford’s shops whilst compiling the…

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Comedian Ed Byrne comes to Bedford

Ed Byrne at Bedford Corn Exchange 8pm, Friday 16th February Interview by Brian Donaldson Ed Byrne has been an acclaimed stand-up (with audiences and critics alike) for 20 years now. His success with shows such as the Roaring Forties, Different Class and the 1998 Perrier-nominated A Night At The Opera led to him appearing on…

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