Bedford Festival Fringe

Bedford Festival FringeNow in it’s 7th year, the Bedford Festival Fringe has now become one of the must-attend events that takes place on the line every year. This year, its bigger and better than ever, with 3 weeks worth of events lined up.

Where to start on them? There will be film, poetry, dance, street entertainment, comedy, children’s theatre, music – the list goes on. This year there will also be an outdoor stage in Harpur Square. With all events taking place in Bedford, they will be just a short distance from our line as well.

As part of our regular What’s On this Week posts we will be specially promoting Bedford Fringe events by highlighting them in their own special blue box. We will also be promoting all Fringe events accessible from our line on our Facebook Page and Twitter feed, using #bedfringe. For all events, you can book your tickets online.

To start you off, here are a couple of events taking place this week. On Friday you can treat yourself to some Shakespeare with 2 performances of the classic A Midsummer Nights Dream, though not quite as envisaged by the Bard. Think Shakespeare meets The Only Way is Essex. Tickets are from £5, with 2 performances during the day. Both are taking at Castle Mound, which is within walking distance of Bedford station.

On both Friday and Saturday you can enjoy two puppet shows, The Attack of the 50 Foot Woman and Boris & Sergey II: Perilous Escapade. The latter is for more of an adult audience, so if you want to take the kids The Attack of the 50 Foot Woman is really for them! Tickets cost from £6, and both events are taking place at Bedford Theatre, which is within walking distance of Bedford station.

There is yet more Shakespeare on Saturday, with a special performance of Much Ado About Nothing. The play revolves around two couples; Hero & Claudio are young, in love and looking forward to their wedding day, Beatrice & Benedick are not so young, not so “in love” they look forward to sparring and scoring verbal points at the others expense! Tickets are from £10, and both performances are accessible by train. Both are taking at Castle Mound, which is within walking distance of Bedford station.

One of the first “Free Fringe” events takes place on Saturday, with the unique Caravan Gallery. The Caravan Gallery is a gallery in a caravan and mobile visual arts project set up in 2000 by Jan Williams and Chris Teasdale to document the reality and surreality of the way we live today. It opens at 10am, and closes at 4pm. The event takes place in Church Square, which is within walking distance of Bedford station.

These are just the events accessible from our line, and at times when our trains run. For more events, see the Bedfringe website.

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