Celebrating Women of Bedfordshire 10th March – 23rd September 2018 Free Entry

This Spring The Higgins Bedford celebrates the achievements of women in Bedfordshire with a new exhibition. This year marks 100 years since the Representation of the People Act gave some women the right to vote for the first time. The exhibition will reflect on the achievements of women in Bedfordshire in those 100 years.

Bedfordshire has a long history of great women and this exhibition will highlight the achievements of 60 women who have achieved in the fields of Politics, Education, Sport, Community, STEM, Wartime, Business, and the Arts. Women have been nominated, researched, shortlisted, and selected by an exhibition development panel made up of volunteers from the local community.

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June Arts Jam 3rd – 16th June 2018

June Arts Jam is a festival for children and young people programmed by Full House Theatre, bringing the best of theatre and arts activities to Bedford’s cultural spaces

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An exhibition of children’s work from The Harpur Trust Art Competition Saturday 16th June to Sunday 26th August


The Higgins Museum in Bedford is hosting an exciting exhibition of work produced by local children and young people aged 4-18 years as part of the Harpur Trusts biennial Art Competition.  To support the exhibition, the Trust employed a team of working artists to run workshops within 30 borough schools, often working to music to explore the idea of wellbeing and mindfulness.  The result is a colourful and dreamlike display of work conveying their inner most thoughts and feelings.

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Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June Woburn Abbey Garden Show 2018 10am -6pm


With BBC Gardeners’ World  presenter Adam Frost and BBC GCT’s Pippa Greenwood

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Date: Friday 29th June 2018 Location: Ampthill Great Park

AmpRocks 2018 line up will be record breaking high-energy pop group Bananarama, dance music duo Example & DJ Wire, Brit rock group Reef and local emerging talent The Kazoos.

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Ampthill Park Proms Saturday 30th June 2018 Location: Ampthill Great Park

Ampthill Park Proms is back as part of the Ampthill Festival. They will be going wild and celebrating their 10th annivarsary!

Family Gala Day Sunday 1st July Location: Ampthill Great Park

Gala Day is a free community event which takes place on the Sunday of the popular Ampthill Festival Weekend from 12.30pm to late afternoon in Ampthill Park. This is a day for relaxing, listening to great music and watching some fabulous arena acts, meeting up with friends and finding out about your local community groups and businesses.

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Keech Hospice Bubble Rush 15th July

Come and join hundreds of other Bubblers for an incredi-bubble summer of multicoloured frothy fun!

Start in a sea of bubbles and walk, run or dance your way through eight scented Bubble Stations along the 5km route as the bubble cannons create a four-foot-deep bubble bath around you. For more information go to


Bedford River Festival 2018 – 40th Anniversary Event Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th July

The Embankment, Russell Park & St.Mary’s Gardens Daily from 11am. There will be fireworks, music, food & drink, funfair, festival parade, dragon boats, raft races and much more.

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Bedford Fringe Festival 18th -22nd July

From 18th – 22nd July Bedford Fringe will host over 50 events exclusively at The Quarry Theatre, Bedford.

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Bedford Park Concerts 3rd August – Sunday 5th August


Three days of great music! Main headlines for the 3 days are Billy Ocean (Friday) Jess Glynne and Basement Jaxx (Saturday) and Lesley Garrett (Sunday)  For more information go to