Ten of the best things to do in and around Bedford in the next seven days

Gregg Wallace is heading to Bedford
Gregg Wallace is heading to Bedford

From a food broadcasting favourite to powerful drama, there's plenty to enjoy...

1 MUSIC
Danni Nicholls, The Stables, Wavendon, November 10
The Bedford singer has a growing reputation as one of the UK’s leading country/Americana artists and will play songs from her new album.
Details: stables.org


2 STAGE
Gregg Wallace: Doesn’t Get Tougher Than This, Quarry Theatre, Bedford, November 10
The star of BBC’s MasterChef, Inside The Factory and Eat Well For Less takes to the stage for this brand new live show mixing behind-the-scenes tales with demonstrations and audience fun and games. Join Gregg as he answers the questions you’ve always wanted to ask, shares classic anecdotes and dishes up a sumptuous serving of MasterChef’s juiciest bits.
Details: quarrytheatre.org.uk


3 MUSIC
Tremaine Live In Concert, Woodside Christian Centre, Putnoe, Bedford, November 10
The Bedford-based singer-songwriter specialises in fusion music, blending jazz, gospel, hip hop, classical and reggae music to create something new.
Details: www.eventbrite.co.uk


4 MUSIC
Monday Night Jazz, White Horse, Bedford, November 12
Join Josh Kemp, a jazz saxophonist with a gift for melody, as he brings his Hammond organ band to the venue. Josh has played at jazz clubs and festivals across the UK, with recent performances including Ronnie Scott’s and the London Jazz Festival.
Details: thewhitehorsebedford.co.uk


5 MUSIC
Andante Live, The Place, Bedford, November 10
The musicians will take the audience back to the era of “peace, protest and love” for a night of unforgettable music featuring songs from the likes of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, John Lennon and Paul Simon.
Details: theplacebedford.org.uk


6 MUSIC
Cantamus, St Owen’s Church, Bromham, November 13
The singers present reflective music for Remembrance, including works by Parry and Schubert.
Details: Call 01234 825454


7 THEATRE
Great Expectations, The Place, Bedford, November 13 to 17
A terrifying encounter with an escaped convict forever changes the life of the orphaned Pip. Turning his back on his humble beginnings as a blacksmith’s apprentice, he strives to better himself and become a gentleman, unaware of the hidden dangers that await him. This fast-paced 2005 adaptation by Nick Ormerod and Declan Donnellen lays bare a tissue of lies and guilt in Charles Dickens’ least sentimental love story. It also tackles big questions of identity while mustering a cast of unforgettable characters, chief amongst them Miss Havisham, Magwitch, Estella and Joe Gargery.
The Swan Theatre Company are becoming well known for their high production values and have assembled a cast of 22 actors to perform this classic tale.
Details: theplacebedford.org.uk


8 ART
Life in All its Fullness, The Basement at Bunyan, Bedford, until November 10
Bedfordshire artist Deirdre Porter-Hanson presents an exhibition of collages and works on canvas.
Details: bunyanmeeting.co.uk


9 MUSIC
The Mersey Beatles, Bedford Corn Exchange, November 14
After sold-out shows in the USA, Asia and Europe, the world renowned Liverpool-born tribute band are retracing The Beatles’ footsteps on their ‘Get Back UK Tour’, which visits the very same towns, cities and original venues the Fab Four rocked in the 1960s.
Fewer than 80 of the 200-plus British venues The Beatles played between 1957 and 1966 remain today as many of the historic dance halls, theatres and cinemas that shook to the original Merseybeat have been demolished. Thankfully, Bedford’s historic Corn Exchange – where the band played in December 1962 – has survived.
Details: ticketmaster.co.uk


10 EXHIBITION
An Exhibition of Polish Heritage in Bedford, The Higgins, Bedford, from November 11
The exhibition celebrates and explores the shared stories of Bedford’s Polish community, with experiences of migration, early lives in Poland and journeys to Bedford.
Details: thehigginsbedford.org.uk