Right, I apologise for being somewhat abrupt but I am posting this update between doing other things (believe it or not I do have a life outside of this site!), so straight into the action go we.
There doesn’t seem to be anything going on throughout Monday, so going straight onto Tuesday Anne Marie Walters will be in Bedford going a talk on the One Law for All Campaign. The talk starts at 7pm at the Retirement Education Centre, and entry is £2. The Centre is within walking distance of Bedford station.
If a talk isn’t your thing then what about a piano or violin recital? There is one taking place on Tuesday by Michael Dzitko and Alex Collins at Bedford School in the Recital Hall. It starts at 7pm and is completely free. The school is within walking distance of Bedford station.
Moving onto Wednesday, if you are a fan of amateur theatre head along to Bedford Theatre where students from Bedford School and Bedford School for Girls will perform ‘Chatroom’. This play is exciting, relevant and contemporary theatre for young people, by young people and should not be missed. You can book your tickets online from £4, and the show starts at 7:30pm. And it all finishes in time for the last train home. The theatre is in the grounds of Bedford School, which is within walking distance of Bedford station. The play also runs on Friday.
A little earlier in the day, you can head to Priory Marina in Bedford for a Basket Making Workshop. During this session you will have the opportunity to make a simple straight sided, round bottomed basket from willow. The fun takes place between 2pm and 4pm, and you have to book your place in advance for this workshop, which you can do online, at a cost of £30. The marina is a bus ride from Bedford station.
On Thursday, you can head back on over to Bedford School where Carol Presland will be going a piano recital in the Recital Hall. 7pm is the start time, and its completely free to attend. The school is within walking distance of Bedford station.
Thursday is also the first day of a 3 day Continental Market in Bedford. Professional continental market traders from France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Holland, Poland and many more countries will be wearing traditional costumes, selling high quality products including Brittany biscuits, olives, Italian nougat and much, much more. The market will run on Midland Road between 9am and 5pm on all days. The market is a short walk from both Bedford and Bedford St Johns stations.
Meanwhile, over in Milton Keynes, Mojo’s Cocktail Lounge is running a special Bollywood Night. This will be a fun-filled evening where you can dress up Bollywood style, watch Bollywood movies and dance to the sounds of the silver screen. It starts at 7:30pm, so you may want to take a taxi home if you want to stay longer than an hour or so. Mojo’s is not too far from Milton Keynes Central.
Friday sees Bedford School keep up its impressive run of events this week with a Will Gompertz Gilbery Lloyd Art Lecture taking place in the Erkstine May Hall. Once again, admission is free and the festivities start at 7:30pm. The school is within walking distance of Bedford station.
Saturday sees two events taking place at the Bedford end of the line. The first is a Spring Wildlife Walk starting at the Priory Country Park Visitor Centre at 2pm. Take a walk on the wild side and look out for signs of Spring. The walk costs £2 and needs to be booked in advance. The country park is a bus ride from Bedford station.
It is also the start of the Bedfordshire Festival of Music, Speech, and Drama on Saturday. We will be posting an update on this later in the week, so check back for more details!
Artworks MK have a couple of events on this day, both starting at 10am. These are a woodwork taster, introducing participants to the basics of wood work, and a bobbin-lace rush mat workshop learning the two stitches of bobbin lace making and the afternoon making a lace friendship bracelet. Both workshops need to be pre-booked, and the venue is a bus ride from Wolverton station.
The popular Handmade and Vintage Weekend Extravaganza makes its return to thecentre:MK on Saturday. Browse a treasure trove of 120 colourful indoor market stalls, crammed with authentic vintage and handmade everything for you, your wardrobe and your home. It runs until 7pm and entry is free. thecentre:MK is a short bus ride from Milton Keynes Central station.
Onto sport, and Saturday sees Bedford Blues return to Goldington Road to take on Bristol in the RFU Championship. Kick off is at 3pm, and usual ticket prices apply. Goldington Road is within walking distance of Bedford station. At the other end of the line, MK Dons are back in action at stadium:MK as they host Preston North End. Kick off is at 3pm, and the usual ticket prices apply. stadium:MK is within walking distance of Fenny Stratford station.
As I said earlier, I’m trying to keep this as short as possible, so until next week…