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#bedfordindies: Made – with love – in Bedford

Our on-going celebration of Bedford’s makers, designers, artists and crafters takes us to St Cuthbert’s Arcade and the Made in Bedford initiative.  So much more than a shop, Made in Bedford is run by Rachel Atkinson, Bedford’s best advocate of local producers. The space in St Cuthbert’s Arcade features an ever-changing array of products made…


Bedford Priory Poppy Walk for Honour 2018

On Sunday 12 August, Bedfordshire Royal British Legion is hosting a Poppy Walk for Honour in Bedford Priory Country Park and everyone’s invited to take part.  Registration is from 11am at the Priory Country Park café and you can either pre-book your place or register on the day.  There are two walks to choose from:…


Vote for Martyn!

Bromham-based artist, Martyn Burdon is among the Derwent Art Prize 2018 finalists and you can help him win the People’s Choice Award by voting in their online poll.  The artist whose drawing receives the most votes by 4 September 2018, will be awarded the £750 prize. You can take part by voting here! If you want…


Hattie & Co arrives in the Arcade

Nicola Harris, the award-winning owner of George James Bridal on Bromham Road, is launching a new baby boutique this summer in Bedford’s Old Arcade. “I am a huge supporter of shopping with local indies and Bedford has some thriving, wonderful businesses,” said Nicola.  “Since the birth of my daughter in January I’ve discovered there’s a…


Knife & Cleaver Beer & Cider Festival

With live music, craft ales and ciders plus recent releases from Charles Wells’ fantastic Wandering Brewer project, this promises to be a fun-filled weekend at the Knife & Cleaver in Houghton Conquest.  The pub’s outdoor bar will also be serving a range of gins and vodka while Head Chef Dan and his team will be…


Music Highlights

Toyah Saturday 15 September, Esquires The iconic TOYAH will be gracing the main stage at Esquires on Saturday 15 September. This is a full band, non-acoustic show looking back over her full back catalogue. Tickets are £20 advance, on sale now here: and from Monday 23rd July from Slide Record Shop, Esquires and Mario’s Hair Design…



Twinwood Festival 2018 24 – 27 August at Twinwood Arena in Clapham Now in its seventeenth year, Twinwood Festival is the original vintage festival for music and dance, and it’s right on our doorstep! The festival takes place across four days on the permanent site which was once the airfield where the famous American band…

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