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Win brunch for 4 at the Red Lion, Stevington

Following an extensive refurbishment last year, The Red Lion at Stevington has truly sprung back to life after being closed for the previous 8 years. The last 12 months has welcomed visitors old and new to enjoy their extensive menu with ingredients sourced from local suppliers including nearby farms and artisan suppliers. Recently introduced in a new brunch menu to include favourites…

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Theatre Highlights in Bedford

Here’s our pick of theatre in December and Janaury.  Whether’s it’s a festive frolic through to something more highbrow, Bedford’s theatres have it covered. The Place Tale Be Told Theatre present On Hold Monday 2 December at 7.30pm Tickets: £5 Inspired by the real-life experiences of families living in temporary accommodation, this darkly comic play lifts the…

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Made in Bedford Artisan Fair

The twice yearly Made in Bedford Artisan Fairs are the county’s largest arts, crafts and produce fairs. There will be over 70 vendors representing the best of Bedford’s artists, designers, makers and craftspeople. Visitors can take part in craft workshops in the Harpur Suite bar and there will be food from the incredible Dog House…

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December Music Highlights

Philharmonia Cello Quartet Friday 6th December 7.30 pm Christmas Tree Festival Concert St Paul’s Church, St Paul’s Sq, Bedford, MK40 1SQ Tickets £17.50 include mulled wine and mince pie. 01234 783181 or www.bedfordhospitalcharity.org.uk. In aid of the church and Bedford Hospital Charity & Friends.   Saturday Night Blender Christmas party Bedford Esquires Saturday 14 December from…

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Best of Bedford: Tim Edwards from Beerfly

Tim Edwards is the owner of Beerfly, Bedford’s craft beer shop and bar, plus the man behind this month’s Hops and Dreams beer festival. Here’s Tim’s pick of the best things about our fine town, including a well-deserved mention for Gareth Barber… Name: Tim Edwards Occupation: Professional Beerfly Born here of blow in? Well, I’m…

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New exhibition at the Higgins Bedford: Dreams and Nightmares

Head to the Higgins on Castle Lane this month to discover artists’ depictions of dreams and nightmares in this new exhibition, drawn from the internationally renowned Cecil Higgins Collection. Explore spiritual visions, spectral images, fairies, witches and romantic dreams. Works include Samuel Palmer’s dreams of the village of Shoreham, Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s visions of the…

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Jacqui Dankworth to headline The Quarry Theatre

To celebrate the London launch of their first CD, Le Départ, the unique chamber jazz group ‘Butterfly’s Wing’ entices you into their stunning soundworld and thoughtful virtuosity. David Gordon and Jacqui Dankworth’s collaboration provides the thrust of the original material, interspersed with some new arrangements of classic songs, masterfully arranged by David for these four…

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Clanger exclusive: Urban Folk Quartet interview

Ahead of the Urban Folk Quartet’s concert at The Place Theatre on Sunday 13th October, the Bedford Clanger’s John Garden caught up with founder member and renowned Cajonero, Tom Chapman. As well as his work with UFQ, Tom has played with Chris While of the Albion Band, Gilmore & Roberts, and BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award…

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