Live Entertainment & after dark
Experience some of the best live music, comedy nights and theatre right here in Bedford town centre.
There are very few nights that you won't find live music in one of the local pubs, and there are a wide variety of annual events like Bedfringe and Film Festival, as well as many pop up events such as outdoor cinemas.
Check the What's On page for details of events and performances you won't want to miss!
Bedford Corn Exchange
St Paul's Centre, St Paul's Square, Bedford Tel. Box Office: 01234 718112 Hall Hire: 01234 718044
The Bedford Corn Exchange promotes a programme of live events featuring performers from the worlds of comedy, theatre and music. They are also proud to boast one of only two UK residencies of the Philharmonia Orchestra outside London.
The Central Box Office can provide a full ticketing service for events at the Bedford Corn Exchange in addition to those within Bedford and the surrounding areas.
The Bedford Corn Exchange complex is a multi-purpose venue which offers maximum versatility to both hirers and visitors. Hall hire for parties/weddings.
Quarry Theatre at St Lukes
26 St Peters Street, Bedford MK40 2NN Tel. 01234 362335 / 362269
A brand new theatre and performing arts venue in the heart of Bedford that has been created as a resource for Bedford School as well as for the town of Bedford and the local community. We have a 286 seat theatre, a 60 seat studio theatre and a foyer which will exhibit pupil’s art during term time and local artists work during holiday periods. We aim to provide an exciting programme of theatre, dance and music as well as providing a venue for local schools, theatre companies and amateur groups.
South Bank Arts Centre
Bedford College, Cauldwell Street, Bedford Tel. 01234 291415
The South Bank Arts Centre houses the College’s gallery and theatre. It is also a first class teaching facility and arts hub with up-to-date industry standard media and music suites including TV and recording studios with all the latest equipment. Many of these facilities are available for hire.
The theatre 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.
2 Lurke Street, Bedford MK40 3HY Tel. 07860 454530
A small independently run nightclub offering an alternative to the usual High Street nightclubs. The perfect venue for private parties, available Sunday - Thursday, run by and for music lovers.
60A Bromham Road, Bedford MK40 2QG Tel.01234 340120
Esquires is one of the UK's most loved independent music venues. 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, you'll find it all here. Fiercely independent and alternative. No dress code, no idiots.
Bradgate Road, Bedford MK40 3DE Tel. 01234 354321
The Place is a fully-equipped 130-seat theatre. It has become a premier facility for Bedford's theatre groups, and a favourite destination for local audiences.
The Gordon Arms, 118 Castle Road, Bedford MK40 3QY Tel. 07538 755007
A unique music venue, featuring different line ups and special guests. 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.