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Best of Bedford – Mark Russell

Mark Russell came to Bedford in 1992 to study at Bedford College and hasn’t left yet. Alongside his studies, Mark began DJing in Bedford’s pubs and clubs, pioneering house nights. Mark and his family live in Bedford and his passion for music is almost equal to his passion for his adopted town. This year, Mark…


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…


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…


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…


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 In aid of the church and Bedford Hospital Charity & Friends.   Saturday Night Blender Christmas party Bedford Esquires Saturday 14 December from…


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…


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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