Entertainment

The Quarry Theatre

The Quarry Theatre at St. Luke’s is a venue for theatre, dance, art and photography exhibitions, music, comedy, literary arts and much more. www.quarrytheatre.org.uk or call 01234 362337 26 St Peters St, Bedford MK40 2NN


The Place Bedford

Volunteer-run theatre for drama, opera and comedy performed by local and visiting groups. Bedford Players Trust was established in 1984 and focuses on provision of rehearsal premises for local theatre groups and the promotion of professional touring theatre in Bedford. www.theplacebedford.org.uk Bradgate Rd, Bedford MK40 3DE


Sharnbrook Mill Theatre

The Mill Theatre produces around four shows a year with a mixture of drama, musicals and variety. Details of the latest productions at www.sharnbrookmilltheatre.co.uk Mill Rd, Sharnbrook, Bedford MK44 1NP


Trinity Theatre

Open to the public on evenings and weekends, the theatre at Trinity Arts & Leisure is host to a variety of dramatic productions as well as regular film screenings by The Bedford Film Society with seating for up to 156 people. www.trinityleisure.co.uk Bromham Rd, Bedford MK40 2QD


University of Bedford Theatre

The University of Bedfordshire Theatre is situated on the Polhill Campus and as one of the largest in Bedfordshire, boasts a 280 seat arena stage theatre to host a variety of plays and performances. More Information www.beds.ac.uk Bedford Campus, Polhill Avenue MK41 9EA

 

The Ents Shed

A unique live music venue. All shows are limited to just 100 tickets and all shows have a support slot of the very highest standard as well. A music venue for real music lovers. Shows and information at www.entshed.co.uk The Ents Shed, Gordon Arms, 118 Castle Road, Bedford MK40 3QY


The Pad Nightclub

The Pad hosts the best ‘n’ busiest ‘Indie’ based nights every Saturday and a more eclectic dance based programme on a Friday with special guests. Run by and for music lovers, the club represents most forms of underground music. www.thepadpresents.com 2 Lurke St Bedford, MK40 3HY


Esquires Bedford

Esquires is a pub, nightclub and live music venue. The venue is housed in a converted 19th century chapel and both floors of the venue are used for live music. Whether you want to catch the hottest new band on the Main Stage, dance the night away in Holy Moly’s or grab a drink in Danny’s Bar, it’s all here. www.bedfordesquires.co.uk 60A Bromham Road, Bedford, MK40 2QG


The Philharmonia Orchestra

The Orchestra presents around 7 concerts a season at the Bedford Corn Exchange since its residency began in 1995, bringing to Bedford many of its successful London projects. More at www.philharmonia.co.uk/concerts/residencies/bedford

Bedford Corn Exchange

The Bedford Corn Exchange offers a wide variety of live events featuring performers from the worlds of comedy, theatre and music. Full events listings and details on how to book www.bedfordcornexchange. co.uk/events/whats-on St Paul’s Square, Bedford MK40 1SL


Bedford Comedy Club

The Bedford Corn Exchange proudly presents the laugh-a-minute Bedford Comedy Club. Enjoy three comedy acts on the last Friday of every month. Over 18s only. For more information on Central Box Office 01234 718044. St Paul’s Square, Bedford MK40 1SL www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk


Castle Comedy

The monthly comedy club bringing you fabulous entertainment. A great night out in a friendly environment with some of the UK’s finest comedians on the bill. Second Thursday of each month! More at www.castlecomedy.co.uk The Ents Shed, Gordon Arms, 118 Castle Road, Bedford MK40 3QY


St Cuthberts Hall

Situated in the heart of the Castle Quarter, is a venue for both live theatre and music with seating for 130 people. The venue also hosts dance and sporting events, weddings, cabaret and murder mystery evenings, as well as large community events. There is something for everyone. Newnham Street, Bedford, MK40 3JR For events listing and booking details http://www.stcuthbertshall.co.uk


Film & Cinema

Bedford Film Festival is a not for profit organisation screening films, inspiring film makers and promoting Bedford to the film industry. Supporting variety means film choices will never follow a set genre, offering carefully chosen screenings and film related events. Monthly screenings of cult classics and forgotten favourites at The Quarry Theatre at St. Luke’s. Tickets and info: www.BedfordFilmFestival.org


Bedford Film Society

Since 1949, the society has offered the people of Bedford the chance to see some of the finer films of world cinema in a relaxing and appreciative atmosphere. Season runs September – March at Trinity Arts & Leisure, Bromham Road, Bedford, MK40 2BS www.bedfordfilmsociety.org.uk


Cineworld

A six screen Cineworld with plenty of free parking. For cinema ticket bookings visit www.cineworld.co.uk or call 0871 200 2000. Newnham Avenue, Aspects Leisure Centre, Bedford, MK41 9LW

South Bank Arts Centre

The South Bank Arts Centre houses the College’s gallery and theatre which hosts frequent evening performances by the talented Performing Arts, Dance and Music Technology students as well as renowned professional companies. There are also regular artist talks and conferences held in the space. Tickets for performances are available from the Enquires & Guidance department at the College reception. Bedford College, Cauldwell Street, Bedford Tel. 01234 291415 Website. www.southbankarts.com


Bedford Creative Arts

Bedford Creative Arts is a contemporary arts charity funded by Arts Council England, Trusts and Foundations and local support. Works include dance, drama, carnival, circus skills, textiles, community murals and crafts, community plays, projects and arts festivals. With no public venue, you will find works in community centres, towns and countryside across Bedfordshire. www.bedfordcreativearts.org.uk 104 Midland Road, Bedford MK40 1QE


Bedford Arts & Crafts Centre

Bedford Arts & Crafts Centre is a ‘ not for profit’ community interest company offering a wide range of arts & crafts courses in the day, evening & at weekends for adults of all ages & abilities. The dedicated Arts & Crafts Centre is in the heart of Bedford, located on Ampthill Road, Bedford in a majestic Victorian building. Ampthill Road (off Althorpe Street) Bedford MK42 9HE Tel: 01234 266510