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Baking up a new social enterprise

bake is a social enterprise set up to help people in the Kempston community to gain the skills they need to get back into work. Based at Project 229, the community project will give work experience to unemployed locals, taking referrals from various charities in Bedfordshire. “If you feel that your business would benefit from…


How to make the most of Bedford Fiver Fest 2019

On Saturday morning, Fiver Fest launches, heralding a week of incredible £5 offers from over 60 of Bedford’s brilliant independent businesses. Organised by the Town Centre Champions’ volunteers, Fiver Fest is a nationwide celebration of indie businesses, created by Totally Locally. “Although it’s Fiver Fest, with so many food and drink places taking part, we could rename it Fiver…


Best of Bedford – Liz at The Welly

This month’s Best of Bedford is brought to you by Liz Sutton the new landlady of one of Bedford’s best-loved pubs, the Wellington Arms.  Having worked at the pub for the last 12 years, Liz now has her name above the door and she’d love to see you, so pop in for a pint. They…


The Higgins celebrate Refugee Week

In celebration of Refugee Week 2019, a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events, The Higgins Bedford will be hosting a variety of events to discover stories of displacement, explore the lives of refugees and the people who welcomed them throughout the generations based on this year’s theme – You, me and those who…


FoodDrunk returns at Esquires

Bedford’s first street food festival took place at Esquires in 2017 and returns bigger and better for 2019 with the added bonus of 20 craft beers and ales, amazing bands, artists, DJs and the blender pop-up record shop! “We will be transforming the car park into a mini food market, putting up the bunting and…


The South to play Esquires

To celebrate their 10th anniversary and 30 years since the Beautiful South released ‘Song For Whoever’, 2019 sees The South playing shows up and down the UK. Featuring former Beautiful South singer, Alison Wheeler and lifelong sax player, Gaz Birtles, The South are an impressive 9 piece band, playing the band’s timeless songs live including…


Theatre picks with Paula Walker

Here’s your June culture fix at Bedford’s theatres. The Place Hotbuckle present Jane Eyre Thursday 6 June at 7:30pm Tickets: £12 (Concessions £10) Age Guidance: 12+ Hotbuckle bring their inventiveness, humour and unique magic to Bronte’s compelling tale. Bedford Creative Arts present Red INK Part of Refugee Week 2019 Wednesday 19 June at 7:30pm Tickets: £12 (Concessions…


What’s On in June

Kite and Motoring Festivals plus Party in the Park Saturday 1 – Sunday 2 June at Russell Park Bedford International Kite Festival is back to Russell Park at the beginning of the month, joined by the inaugural Bedford Festival of Motoring. This year will also see ‘Party in the Park’ on Saturday evening, hosted by…


Bedford Park Concerts are back and you can win tickets!

This July, Bedford Park Concerts returns with a trio of incredible events. Friday night kicks off with Balearic beats as Ibiza’s most iconic sunset bar, Café Mambo, brings the magic of the “White Isle” to Bedford Park this summer. Headlining is the legendary DJ, Todd Terry and the evening includes sets from Radio 1’s Danny…

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