BEDS WHAT’S ON DECEMBER 20182018-11-20T15:24:07+00:00

1 December

Willington Village Market

10am-12 noon

Peace Memorial Hall, Willington

Come and enjoy the sights, smells and tastes of the festive season! Immerse yourself in the community atmosphere as you browse the produce of Bedfordshire’s makers, bakers and growers!

Email: Emma or


1 December

Wreath Making

10am-1pm & 2-5pm

Clophill Eco Lodges, Clophill

£24 per person

Two sessions to choose from. All locally sourced materials are provided along with an instructor to talk you through creating your wreath. Tea and coffee provided on arrival and a mulled wine to finish. Booking essential.



1 December

The Signals Museum Open Day


The Signals Museum at RAF Henlow is open to the public. Entry is free but official photo ID such as a driving licence, passport or over 60s Bus Pass is required to get an entry ticket from the Guardroom. See website for full information.



2 December

Christmas Craft Market & Nativity


Clophill Eco Lodges, Clophill

Free admission

Browse the stalls for unusual and unique Christmas presents before heading to the café where warming soup is available with tea, coffee, hot chocolate and mulled wine is being served alongside homemade cakes and mince pies. Local carol singers will be providing entertainment during the afternoon and there will be a Nativity performed by the talented village children, with real live animals! Parking onsite for disabled drivers only.



3, 10 & 17 December

Dancing Stars Line Dancing


Priory Methodist Church Newnham Avenue, Bedford

(AB) Absolute Beginners + Beginners/Improvers. Parking available onsite.


3, 10 & 17 December

Branch Out Social Club for Single People


Cromwell Bar, The Sun Hotel, Hitchin

Branch Out meets every Monday night and is a medium-sized Social Club for single people. It was formed in 1995 to bring together single, divorced, widowed and separated people, aged 40 upwards, from the Herts, Beds and Bucks area, to socialise and enjoy one another’s company. The club organises regular events, such as dinners, discos, meals, parties, Sunday walks, theatre and concert visits, day and weekend trips and holidays.

Tel: Lorna 01438 233657



4, 11 & 18 December

Roxton Bridge Circle


Roxton Parish Hall

Small friendly group playing Bridge every Tuesday evening.

Tel: Mary 01480 212552



5 December

Black Cat WI


Wyboston Village Hall

The group meets on the first Wednesday of each month.

Tel: Susie Woodman 01234 376098 for further information


5-9 December

Christmas Tree Festival

Wed-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-4pm

St Paul’s Church, St Paul’s Square, Bedford

Admission £2.50, Under 16s free

In its 18th year, the Festival is now a firm favourite by many who see this as their start to Christmas to see our historic and beautiful St Paul’s Church lit by over 60 trees decorated by so many community groups, schools and firms. This year we are building on this tradition of community involvement by reflecting our diverse cultural identity in the 2018 theme Christmas Around the World. Should you wish to decorate a tree they cost £15 or £30 to decorate it and take it home after the event. Daily community concerts by community groups. Photography competition. Christingle Service on Saturday at 4.30pm. In aid of the church and Bedford Hospitals Charity.

Tel: Tree enquiries 01234 340163



6, 13 & 20 December

Dancing Stars Line Dancing

7-8pm & 8-10pm

Kempston Hammers Sports & Social Club, 134 High Street, Kempston

(AB) Absolute Beginners + Beginners/Improvers 7-8pm. Improver/Intermediate 8-10pm. Air conditioned hall and onsite parking.


6, 13 & 20 December

Bedford Folk Dance Club


Putnoe Heights Church, Bedford

£2.50 inc. refreshments

We are a friendly Country and Folk Dance Club. No partner required.

Tel: Ron Law 01234 825574



7 December

Tree Tops Music: Christmas with the Rat Pack


Tree Tops Café, Rushmere Country Park, Linslade Road, Heath and Reach

Tickets £15 inc. parking, glass of mulled wine & mince pie

Ryan Beange returns to perform an evening of festive entertainment featuring classics Let it Snow, Winter Wonderland and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas as well as other big band favourites from the Rat Pack era.



7 December

Bedfordshire Family History Society

Doors open 7pm, meeting starts 7.30pm

Drama Hall, Mark Rutherford School, Wentworth Drive, Bedford

Members free, Visitors £1

Interested in Family History? Then come along to the next monthly talk on “My 50th Great Grandfather” by Norman Holding.



7 December

Bedford Art Society

7.15pm for 7.30pm

Putnoe Heights Church, Bedford

Members free, Visitors £5

Paul Kane is a commission artist from Huntingdon. His art covers many subjects but he is going to demonstrate still life in Charcoal and Chalk for us.

Tel: Jean Paterson 01234 307210 for info



7 December

Philharmonia Chamber Players’ Concert


St Paul’s Church, St Paul’s Square, Bedford

Tickets £16 inc. programme

Works by Brahms (String Sextet), Piazzola, Gershwin, Porter in the magnificent setting of the Christmas Tree Festival. Mulled wine and mince pies served.

Tel: Tickets 01234 340163 or 01234 783181



8 December

Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire Hardy Plant Society


Weatherley Centre, Eagle Farm Road, Biggleswade

Helen Picton with ‘It’s not time for bed yet – Rethinking Autumn in the Garden’. Helen is a nursery owner. Plants for sale. Christmas tea follows talk.



9 December

Brass Bells & Tinsel

Doors open 2.30pm, Concert starts 3pm

Trinity Methodist Church, Shortmead Street, Biggleswade

Adults £5, Children free

Bedford Brass Christmas Concert.


10 December

A Hertfordshire police officer in Peace and War: Michael Wilcox 1909-2002


St Peter’s Hall, St Peter’s Church, De Parys Avenue, Bedford

HA Members free, Visitors £3 donation

Historical Association-Bedford illustrated talk by Clive Emsley Emeritus Professor of the Open University and biographer. Includes Christmas refreshments.

Tel: 07989 837819 or 01234 266839


15 December

Bedford National Trust Association


Addison Centre, Kempston

Small admission charge

“RAE Bedford” a talk by Barry Tomlinson. Tea and biscuits served before the meeting. Everyone welcome.

Tel: Betty Thomas 01480 860421 for further info


15 December

Shannon Express Chorus Concert


Bedford Modern School, Manton Lane, Bedford

Tickets £10

One of the eastern region’s leading male a cappella chorus groups will perform festive songs and timeless classics. It’s sure to get you in the festive spirit. Refreshments and raffle. All proceeds to Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice.

Tel: Leigh 01767 642445



15 December

Christmas Carol Concert


St. Peter’s Church, De Parys Avenue, Bedford

Adults £10, Students £7, Under 18s & Over 60s £4

Kempston Musical Society, Ouse Valley Singers and the Bedford Hospital Choir, together with invited soloists, will be performing a selection of Christmas carols and festive music in aid of Bedford Hospital. The concert is guaranteed to get you in the mood for Christmas. Tickets include a mince pie and a hot or cold drink. Tickets are already selling fast and will not be available at the door, please email to order. Please call to find out more about the Kempston Musical Society including their forthcoming concerts.

Tel: 01234 781010



16 December

Biggleswade Antiques Fair


The Weatherley Centre, Eagle Farm Road, Biggleswade

Entrance £2, Under 16s free if accompanied by an adult

This antiques fair offers a diverse range of antiques and collectables so whether you are a professional dealer, an avid collector or just looking for something special, this monthly fair is the place to visit. Café serving breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea.

Tel: 01480 382432 or 07906 647346



16 December

Woburn Market


The Pitchings, Woburn

Third Sunday of the month. Local foods and products from farmers and producers who have decided to cut out the middle-men and sell direct to you. In addition to The Woburn Market, there is also a Craft Fair held in the Village Hall from 10am-4pm.


Until 16 December

The Young Turner Exhibition and Events

The Higgins, Bedford

The Young Turner: Ambitions in Architecture and the Art of Perspective, a touring exhibition from the Ashmolean Museum. MW Turner’s unrivalled painting of The High Street, Oxford is touring the region. Celebrating a successful campaign by the Ashmolean Museum to acquire this masterful view of Oxford, the painting is accompanied by an exhibition exploring the young Turner’s interest in architecture and the development of his skills in the art of perspective. The exhibition is free to visit and is accompanied by a series of exciting talks and tours.



20 December

Bedford RSPB Local Group


ARA Club, Manton Lane, Bedford

RSPB Group Members £1, Guests £2, Annual Group Membership £5

Barrie Mason presents another of his wildlife adventures entitled ‘Birds & Mammals of the Brazilian Pantanal. Suitable for experts and novices, RSPB membership not essential. Reg. Charity No. 207076.



20 December

Bedfordshire Embroiderers’ Guild


St Mark’s Church, Calder Rise, Brickhill

£4 inc. refreshments

Interested in textiles? Come and join us. The sales table and scrapbooks will help you to find out what we do and how to join us.



28 December

Blunham Community Cinema

Doors open 6.45pm, film starts promptly 7.30pm

Blunham Village Hall, 109a High Street

Adults £4, Under 16s £2, Family (2a + 2c £10)

Blunham Community Cinema presents the film ‘Englishman who went up a hill and came down a mountain (Cert PG).   Sweets, drinks, ice cream and popcorn available.

Tel: Sue 01767 640572 or Margaret 01767 640053 for tickets/further info


Until 27 January 2019

Bawden’s Beats

Tues-Sat 11am-5pm, Sun & Bank Hols 2-5pm

The Higgins Bedford, Castle Lane, Bedford

Free admission

British artist and designer Edward Bawden’s (1903–1989) lifelong fascination with creatures of all sizes is the focus of this new exhibition at The Higgins Bedford. ‘Bawden’s Beasts’ shines a light on the animals – cats, cows and tortoises among them – that inhabit so many of Bawden’s prints and illustrations, and the inventive, often hilarious ways in which he depicts them. Creepy crawlies join the ranks of jungle giants and other beasts to sell products, narrate stories or decorate walls. More than sixty works from the renowned Cecil Higgins Gallery Collection, the world’s largest archive of Edward Bawden’s work, are on show.

Closed Mondays, Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Tel: 01234 718618



Until 24 March 2019

‘Paved With Gold’: Bedford’s Windrush Generation Exhibition

The Higgins, Bedford

Free admission

This exhibition highlights the Windrush Generation’s journey to Bedford, and will explore their legacy of endurance and determination through the challenges they faced and the contributions they made to the community.


Until 24 March 2019

We Are Five

The Higgins, Bedford

Free admission

An exhibition marking five years since the redevelopment of The Higgins Bedford opened in June 2013. It features artworks chosen by some of the communities, organisations and individuals the museum has worked with, including works that have not been on display since The Higgins Bedford reopened.



Until 11 November 2019

Celebrating 100 Years of Polish Independence

Free admission

Great Bedfordians Gallery, The Higgins Bedford

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Polish Independence, established after the First World War, The Higgins Bedford presents an exhibition celebrating and exploring the shared stories of Bedford’s Polish community. The exhibition includes a film featuring ‘history keepers’ – young people from the Polish community who have been trained to interview parents, grandparents and older people about their experiences of migration, early lives in Poland and journeys to Bedford.