Starting on Tuesday (and running every evening until Sunday), the Bedford Dramatic Club is putting on a performance of The Merchant of Venice. For those of you who somehow don’t know about this Shakespearean play, it is a comedy, a love story, with a dark side of anti-Semitism. Portia is the heroine and Shylock is the villain… or is he? It starts at 7:30pm, meaning you should be back in time for the last train. Full price tickets are £8 per adult, with some concessions, and can be bought online. The show is at The Place in Bedford, a bus ride from Bedford station.
Heading into Thursday, the Bedford School have their Music and Lunchtime, starting at 1pm. This week there is a concert for music with brass. As usual, the admission is free, and takes place at the Music Recital Hall at Bedford School. Bedford School is within walking distance of Bedford station.
In the evening, the Bedford Skeptics in the Pub have one of their regular talks on ‘Exploring the solar system: Humans beyond Earth.’ In this talk, they will look at the potential for humanity to spread beyond our own planet, examining the slightly more sci-fi aspects of human space flight and how realistic they might be. It starts at 7pm, is free admission, and takes place at The White Horse Pub on Newnham Avenue. The nearest station is Bedford, a bus ride away.
Over in Milton Keynes, The Parks Trust are holding a Ranger Ramble at Caldecotte Lake. Join their rangers for an evening walk through the parks. Walks are normally 3-5 miles in length and at a moderate pace. The cost is £1 per person, and it starts at 6pm. The start point, the Windmill Pub, is within walking distance of Bow Brickhill station.
To Friday now, where over at thecentre:MK, the Milton Keynes Gardening Show will take place both on Friday and Saturday. Running all day in Middleton Hall, The Gardening Show will give you excellent ideas for sprucing up your garden, allotment or patio area. The event is free, and thecentre:MK is just a short bus ride from Milton Keynes Central station.
Meanwhile, over in Milton Keynes there is Beautiful Friday. This is a summer inspired beauty party where you will be given expert advice together with tips and tricks of the trade. The cost is £10 each, and you can book tickets online. It starts at 6pm, and ends at 9pm, and takes place at Chrysalis Theatre. The nearest station is Milton Keynes Central, which is a bus ride away, so if you plan to stay the whole evening you may miss the last train back to Bedford.
There is also a special football match on at stadium:MK, where the MK Dons Supporters take on the Stewards in a charity match. This event raises money for the MKDons Sports & Education Trust. Donations are welcomed on the day, with kick off being 6:30pm, finishing just in time for the last train home! The nearest station is Fenny Stratford, which is within walking distance.
If you don’t mind taking a taxi home, there is a Soul Night with Wholly Soul over in Bletchley. For a night of great soul music, you can’t beat it really! The cost is £18 per person, with more information online. The night is taking place at Wilton Hall, which is a short walk from Bletchley station.
Moving onto Saturday now, and our main event is the public opening of Bletchley Signalbox. More on that later this week!
There is also the Elstow May Festival. This will be complete with a traditional procession and maypole dancing courtesy of Elstow Lower School. There will also be bagpipes, stalls, a raffle, refreshments fun fair rides and more. The fun starts at Midday and ends at 4pm, is free admission, and is taking place on the Green outside the Moot Hall. The nearest station is Bedford St Johns, which is a bus ride away.
If you have green fingers, head on over to the Forest Centre for some Hay raking. Every summer they make hay; not as feed, rather to replicate the practise carried out for centuries that helped create beautiful flower-rich meadows that are now very rare. It all starts at the Forest Centre at 10am, finishing at 4pm. The nearest station to the Forest Centre is Millbrook, a lovely walk away.
Meanwhile, the Caldecotte Xperience is having an Open Day between 10am and 4pm. This is a great event for the kids, where they can try sailing, rowing, aqua zorbing, kayaking, caving, climbing and much more. Not only that, but Sir Steve Redgrave is going to be there! Its free to attend, and its just a short cycle from Bow Brickhill station.
If you fancy heading out for an evening in Bedford, you can go and see The Trench at Bedford Theatre. From the team behind The Terrible Infants, this play is inspired by the true story of a miner who became entombed in a tunnel during World War One. It starts at 7:30pm, with tickets around £10 per person – which you can buy online. Bedford Theatre is in Bedford School, which is within walking distance of Bedford station.
If you don’t mind planning another way of getting home in the evening, the Enigma Orchestra is putting in a performance between 7:30pm and 9:30pm in Bletchley. This will feature music by Sibelius, Walton and Stravinksy. Tickets are £5, payable on the door, and the performance is taking place at St Mary’s Church in Bletchley. This is just a short walk from Bletchley station.