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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….


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…


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…


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….


Fire your imaginations as St George’s Festival returns to Wrest Park

 Celebrate St George’s Day at the country’s largest annual celebration: Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 April, 10am-6pm The country’s largest St George’s Day celebration, which will see England’s patron saint celebrated with plenty of pomp, pageantry and patriotic flag waving, will return to Wrest Park in Bedfordshire across the weekend of Saturday 22 and Sunday…



Junior Jungle is bringing their children’s rave to Bedford! After the last two sell out events in Northampton, Junior Jungle is off on another adventure and are taking over the Empire in Bedford!! They will be at the Empire on Saturday June 17th from 2pm – 4pm as DJ Nick Terrific and MC Rocky Patch…


“Violence and Millenarian Movements”

A two-day symposium on the broad subject of Violence and Millenarian Movements. Violence has been envisaged and perpetrated by, and upon, millenarian movements for as long as they have existed. This symposium explores the motivations, causes, consequences and effects of violence for contemporary and historical millenarian movements. With Keynote presentations from Stuart Wright, Lamar University,…


Support The Higgins!

Joining The Friends of The Higgins Bedford is a great way to support the art gallery and museum. The Friends’ scheme offers an excellent range of benefits including exclusive behind the scenes events, discounted tickets and special offers. This month, the Friends of the Higgins is hosting Call My Lot, an entertaining panel quiz (including…


Violence and Millenarian Movements – Symposium at Panacea Museum

The Centre for the Critical Study of Apocalyptic and Millenarian Movements (CenSAMM) is an initiative of the Panacea Charitable Trust in Bedford, UK and is led by Panacea trustees, Justin Meggitt (University Senior Lecturer in the Critical Study of Religion, University of Cambridge) and Christopher Rowland (retired in 2014 as Dean Ireland’s Professor of the…

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