Life After Lockdown – James Pharaoh

We catch up with James Pharaoh about what his ideal first day after lockdown will look like.

Lockdown continues albeit with some small changes, therefore please stay home whenever you can.

James is the Theatre Director of The Quarry Theatre, a 282 seat plus a 50 seat studio theatre based at St Peter’s Street in Bedford. Whilst the theatre is closed at the moment, acts are being re-booked for later so you can catch up on your theatre, comedy and live music.

Bedfringe also is part of James’ repertoire and together with the team, they host an annual fringe festival at various venues in Bedford. As expected this has been cancelled this year however we are looking forward to its return in 2021.

Which restaurant will you go to first?
Peking Palace. Technically speaking, our lockdown from this restaurant happened when we had kids! It is, in our opinion, Bedford’s finest sit down Chinese restaurant!

Where will you buy your first pint?
The Wellington, it’s been my local for many years. Can’t wait for a pint of Golden Fox or Dragon Slayer with my chums and the friendly regulars!

Where will  you buy your first coffee?
Fancy Bakery on Roff Avenue. Tea & Cake. Say no more. We love the family friendly vibe.

Which shop will you head to first and what will you buy?
Go Outdoors! Oh the irony. We are heading for an Enid Blyton style summer holiday season so will need to stock up on camping accessories. I also have a fistful of vouchers to spend!

Where will you go on your first out of town trip?
Lake District. One of my favourite places in the country. We might not be conquering any of the peaks however as will be bringing the little ones.

Where will your first walk be?
Harrold Country Park. We enjoy this peaceful park which is fairly local to where I grew up (Riseley). A drive though Sharnbrook village always reminds me of my school days.

What’s the main thing you have missed? e.g live music, pubs, eating out, cinema, exercise etc
Giving my parents a hug. Very tempting to put ‘running events at the Quarry Theatre’ but the hugging takes priority! I know my parents have dearly missed giving my daughters a big cuddle!

First sporting or outdoor activity (to watch or participate in)?
Christmas lights switch on. Presuming it’s not cancelled that is. For me, it’s the event that kicks Christmas off. My folks live on the Embankment so the display is usually booked ended with a glass of bubbly!

Three words to sum up Bedford
Community / Cultural / Vibrant

Don’t forget to tell us what you are going to do after lockdown – the survey is very quick.

Stay safe everyone

This has been produced in conjuction with Explore Bedford and the Bedford Independent


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