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Fawlty TowersIts been an absolutely barnstorming week on the weather front this week, so lets hope for another one this week. Hopefully it will get lots of you out and about at the events taking place along our line this week. Speaking of which…

(Remember, Bedford Festival Fringe events are highlighted blue. Anyway…)

On MondayBedford Festival Fringe continues with Love Hurts Actually. This is an exclusive preview of a national show about love from Cradle to Grave. Prices are from £6 and the show starts at 8pm. It finishes at 9:30pm, which gives you a chance to get from Bedford Theatre to Bedford station in time for the last train. Don’t hang around though!

The Festival also provides the events on Tuesday, with two competing for your attention. The first is Pete Firman, the UK’s top comedic conjuror who brings his latest box of tricks. Fresh from BBC1s The Magicians, Pete previews his brand new Edinburgh Festival show for 2013. Tickets are from £8, can be bought online, and the start time is 7:30pm. The show takes place at Bedford Theatre, within walking distance of Bedford station.

Another comedy act is also plying its trade on Tuesday, The Noise Next Door. Its another Edinburgh preview show, where in a dark corner of town there is an underground club the likes of which the world has never seen. Tickets cost from £6, with the show taking place at the Ent Shed, a 20 minute walk from Bedford St Johns.

On Wednesday, our friends at the Forest of Marston Vale are holding a special event just for your canine companion – a Waggy Woodland Walk. Join Barking Mad the dog trainers for a walk followed by a BBQ. It starts at 7pm and goes on until 10pm (note the last train back to Bedford leaves Millbrook at 21:25), and you have to pre-book at a cost of £5. The nearest station is Millbrook, which is a 20 minute walkies away.

Back at the Fringe Festival, Josh Widdicombe is the main act of the day with yet another Edinburgh preview comedy gig. You may have seen Josh on the likes of ‘8 out of 10 cats’ and ‘Mock the Week’, and he’s a funny guy! Tickets are from £9, with the show taking place at the Ent Shed, a 20 minute walk from Bedford St Johns.

If comedy is not your think, and you fancy a bit of dark gothic horror, Tales from the Shadows: The Ghost Stories of Edgar Allan Poe is for you. Most definitely not for the faint hearted or weak minded, this is a show for those who revel in being scared! Tickets cost from £10, can be bought online, and the start time is 7:30pm. The show takes place at Bedford Theatre, within walking distance of Bedford station.

On Thursday, The Parks Trust have yet another one of their Ranger Rambles. Join them for an evening amble through Ouzel Valley Park. It starts at 6pm, with a price of £1 per person. The walk starts on Woodall Close, a 20 minute bus ride from Milton Keynes Central Station.

Thursday also sees what I think is the best act of the week at the Fringe Festival, The Fawlty Towers Dining Experience. With only a third of the show scripted, everything stays sharp as Basil, Sybil and Manuel serve up madcap mayhem and a three-course meal – with the audience playing the part of their restaurant diners. Tickets cost from £34.50, can be bought online, and the start time is 7:30pm. The show takes place at Bedford Corn Exchange, within walking distance of Bedford station.

Starting on Friday, and lasting until Sunday (well, Saturday for our services), Milton Keynes is having its very own Fringe Festival. There are loads of performance all over Milton Keynes taking place all day, including comedy, music, theatre, dance, visual arts, and a carnival. What’s more, loads of them are accessible by train. You will have to visit the Fringe Festival website for information on show times, venues, and how to get there.

On Saturday, the Forest of Marston Vale will be running one of their regular conservation tasks – Ragwort Pulling. They need help keeping the plant under control, so bring your old clothes and some lunch and a drink if you plan to stay all day. It starts at 10am and finished at 6pm. The nearest station is Millbrook, which is a 20 minute walk away.

As for Saturday at Bedford Fringe, there are so many things on we wrote a special post to cover it all. Enjoy!

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