A Very Bedford Christmas

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Discover over 20 Christmas events taking place in Bedford 

From the Christmas light switch-on on, right up until Christmas Eve, visit Bedford’s town centre and buy from independent shops, find well-known brands, eat, drink and be merry!

 From Wednesday 5 – Sunday 9 December, the annual Christmas Tree Festival takes place in St Paul’s Church, raising money for the Bedford Hospitals Charity. Visitors can see over 65 trees individually decorated by local businesses and community groups on the theme of Christmas around the world. Wednesday 5 – Saturday 8 December 10am – 5pm / Sunday 9 December noon – 4pm. Entry: £2.50. Under 16 free.

St Paul’s Church, St Paul’s Square, Bedford MK40 1SQ bedfordhospitalcharity.org.uk/treefest


On Saturday 1 December, Bedford will be celebrating Small Business Saturday. GCH Fishmongers on Newnham Street are offering 10% discount on any Christmas orders placed on the day, while Ready Steady Roll in Sharnbrook will be offering a free slice of cake with every game purchased. If you head to Boutique Planet in the Old Arcade you can help them choose a name for their giant pink flamingo! More events and offers will be taking place on the day. Check out explorebedford.co.uk for up-to-date info.

Made in Bedford Christmas Artisan Fair

The twice yearly Made in Bedford Artisan Fair is at the Corn Exchange and Harpur Suite on Sunday 2 December from 10am – 4pm. Buy from a huge range of stalls featuring Bedford’s best local artists, craftspeople and producers. Top up on festive cheer with some homemade mulled wine accompanied by carol singers and musicians. A fabulously festive day out for all the family. Admission is free!

Bedford Corn Exchange, St Paul’s Square, MK40 1SQ

Over at the Higgins on 2 December, kick off Christmas in the Cultural Quarter. The Museum will be open from 11am with lots of family-friendly activities, including drop-in decoration workshops and a brilliant interactive Christmas story session in Cecil Higgins’ house with Punchdrunk Theatre’s Katy Balfour. Plus, we’ve had a tip off that it might even snow…

Santa’s Grotto

Santa Claus will once again be taking up residence in his Grotto in Bedford’s Harpur Centre. You’ll find him in Unit 13 (next to SuperCuts) from Saturday 24 November. Price includes meeting Santa and a gift on arrival (£4 per child / £7.50 for two children / £10 for three children and £13.50 for four children).

Sat 24 November/1 December/8 December/15 December 10am – 5pm

Sun 25 November/2 December/9 December/16 December 10am – 3pm

Wednesday 19 – Saturday 22 December 10am – 5pm

Sunday 23 – Monday 24 December 10am – 3pm

December dates for your diary in Bedford:

Saturday 1 Dec, all day: Small Business Saturday. For more info explorebedford.co.uk

10am – 10.45am:  Carols with Bedford Prep School choir – Kiosk at the Park MK40 3TP

10am – 5pm: Christmas in the Cultural Quarter – The Higgins Bedford MK40 3US

11am – 3pm: Christmas Tree Festival – Forest of Marston Vale MK43 0PR

Sunday 2 Dec, 10am – 4pm: Made in Bedford Christmas artisan fair – Bedford Corn Exchange, MK40 1SL

Wednesday 5 & 19 Dec: Design your own Christmas board game family workshop – Ready Steady Roll, Sharnbrook MK44 1ND

Wednesday 5 – Sunday 9 Dec: St Paul’s Church Christmas Tree Festival – St Paul’s Church, MK40 1SQ

Thursday 6 & Friday 7 Dec: West End at Christmas – The Place Theatre, MK40 3DE

Saturday 8 Dec, 2 – 5pm: Festive lantern making with Creative Days – Pavilion at the Park MK41 7SS

Pizza night & BYO beer at Ready Steady Roll – Sharnbrook MK44 1ND

 A Christmas Carol one man show – The Place Theatre MK40 3DE

Thursday 13 Dec: Kenton & Christmas – jazz band pioneer – The Place Theatre MK40 3DE

Friday 14 Dec, 7.30pm: Jazz at the Movies – Swinging Christmas – Quarry Theatre at St Luke’s, MK40 2NN

Saturday 15 December: Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership Santa Special

Sunday 16 Dec, 1.30pm: Santa in Love – Quarry Theatre at St Luke’s MK40 2NN

Mon 17 Dec, 2 – 4pm: Carol Singalong – Forest of Marston Vale MK43 0PR

19 – 24 / 26 – 29 Dec: The Yule Lads: adventure, friendship and adversity – The Place Theatre, MK40 2NN

Friday 21 Dec 4 – 6pm: Kids’ Christmas Party – Forest of Marston Vale MK43 0PR (£10 per child parking charges apply)

Saturday 22 Dec: Screening of Home Alone –  Quarry Theatre at St Luke’s MK40 2NN

Saturday 22 Dec – 1 Jan: Bedford Pantomime Company presents Aladdin at the Bedford Corn, Exchange MK40 1PG

Sunday 30 Dec 11am: Christmas Magic Show – Forest of Marston Vale MK43 0PR– £5 per person (parking charges apply)

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