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Events and Sports News

  • Launch Photo for Women's Tour Stage 2 Culmination
    Article: Mar 21, 2014

    Mayor Dave Hodgson yesterday joined Bedfordshire resident and leading cyclist Helen Wyman, Women's Tour organiser Guy Elliott and sponsors University of Bedfordshire, the Harpur Trust and BedfordBID to officially unveil the race route through Bedford for the culmination of stage two of the inaugural Women's Tour Elite International Cycle Race in May.

  • Raft Racing at Bedford River Festival
    Article: Feb 24, 2014

    This year is River Festival year, with the dates of the biennial celebration of the very best of Bedford confirmed as Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th July 2014.

    The ever-popular event for all the family is one of a series of exciting free public events taking place in the Borough in 2014, including the International Kite Festival on 24th and 25th May and the conclusion of the second stage of the Women's Tour elite cycling event on Thursday 8th May.

  • Christmas Tree
    Article: Dec 24, 2013

    Writing before the Christmas break, Dave Hodgson has wished wished a very Merry Christmas to all:

    "I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. With flood alerts having been issued this week, the overriding concern is that everyone, including those in higher risk areas, is able to enjoy a safe, peaceful and dry Christmas. For the very latest, do keep an eye on the Environment Agency website, which has a 'postcode checker' to enable you to check if there are any current flood alerts/warnings where you live.

  • The Carousel at Bedford's Christmas Fair
    Article: Dec 14, 2013

    Bedford Town Centre's big Christmas Fair continues today through to tomorrow, Sunday 15th December. The Fair includes the usual full array of Victorian-themed attractions popular with all ages, especially children, with the Helter Skelter, carousel, steam engine and traditional entertainment. There is a wide variety of stalls offering all sorts of wares for Christmas and beyond, including local Bedfordshire craft makers and traders, and tantalising food and drink on offer on the street and of course in the town centre's range of restaurants and cafes.

  • Fireworks at Bedford's Big Christmas Lights Switch-On
    Article: Nov 27, 2013

    Tonight sees Bedford's big Chirstmas Lights Switch-On taking place along the Embankment, with the show starting at 7pm. This is always a hugely popular, family-orientated event with people of all ages lining the Embankment to enjoy the show, which this year will once again feature a spectaular fireworks display.

  • The Scots Society of St Andrew, Bedford Remembrance Service, 2013
    Article: Nov 8, 2013

    Remembrance events across Bedford Borough are always tremendously well attended and are, without, exception, deeply moving experiences. I was honoured to be invited to lay a wreath on behalf of the council at the Remembrance service of the Scots Society of St Andrew, Bedford last Sunday at Bedford Cemetery, Foster Hill Road.

  • Sam Laycock, Cllr Charles Royden and Angela Parker at the Bedford Poppy Shop 2013 Opening
    Article: Nov 7, 2013

    With Armistice Day approaching, I will shortly be posting information here about some of the many Remembrance events taking place across the Borough. Firstly, though, I want to highlight the fact that once again there is a Poppy Shop in the centre of town, in The Harpur Centre, which was opened by the Deputy Mayor Cllr Charles Royden. Thanks are due to the Harpur Centre for once again making a unit available for the poppy shop, and of course to Angela Parker who runs the shop with the support of a number of dedicated volunteers.

  • Bedfringe Banners on the Harpur Suite
    Article: Jul 26, 2013

    The stage is also literally set in Harpur Square, with free live music on the 'BedRocks' stage hosted by the Oxjam Bedford team having kicked off yesterday afternoon. Shakespeare in the Square followed yesterday evening, with No Loss Productions' performance of Much Ado About Nothing.

    This month's Harpur Suite Bedford Comedy Club moves out into the Square tonight, after more live music through the day today. There is free live music again in the square tomorrow, and you can buy tickets for King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys in the evening. The music and theatre taking place are all part of Bedford's very own Fringe Festival Bedfringe, which is in full swing with a superb range of professional performing arts events at 18 venues in town over its three-week run to 3rd August.

  • Bedford Tourist Information Centre
    Article: Jul 26, 2013

    Another one-off attraction in town tomorrow is the one-day pop-up shop 'BedPop', which is located in the Tourist Information Centre on St Paul's Square. This is a very special shop indeed, showcasing the work of an array of talented local designers, artists and craftsmen and women who have all produced Bedford-themed products for sale.

  • Bedford's Big High Street Showcase
    Article: Jul 26, 2013

    In and around Bedford town centre this weekend, you will find great arts and cultural events everywhere you turn. Tomorrow sees the Bedford's Big High Street Showcase, with the High Street closed to traffic for one day and taken over by a festival of the very best of the High Street, of Bedford and of the surrounding area. What stands out for me is how businesses and community groups in the area have really taken on this concept and are putting on a fantastic day's entertainment tomorrow.