Category: What’s On

Bedford Christmas Lights switch-on and fair – Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 November

For the first time, Bedford’s Christmas lights switch-on will take place on a Sunday after a weekend of fun and frolics with a free Christmas fair.

Saturday 23 November and Sunday 24 November sees a Christmas fair come to Harpur Square. From 10am until 5pm on both days, the Square will be full of food stalls, entertainment with choirs, music and dance performances on the stage, balloon modelling and free fairground rides.

There will be over thirty craft traders on the Square and in the Harpur Suite, plus seasonal stalls and local businesses alongside two vintage fair rides which will be free to go on. The Transformers will be visiting on Saturday, and Anna and Elsa from ‘Frozen’ will be coming on the Sunday.

This festive fun will come to a fantastic climax with the fireworks show at 5.30pm on the Embankment with Father Christmas turning on the Christmas lights in Bedford. This is also completely free to attend.

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What’s On: MacIntyre’s Charity Christmas Fair

MacIntyre Christmas Fair 2019 will be held at Chicheley Hall. Chicheley Hall is a stunning Grade I listed mansion located on the outskirts of Newport Pagnell and is regarded as one of the finest examples of early 18th Century architecture. The 80 acres of beautifully kept grounds make the perfect backdrop for a Christmas Fair
With over 65 stalls will be offering something for everyone, it’s the perfect opportunity to start your Christmas shopping and indulge in some festive retail therapy.

Santa will be making time in his busy schedule to appear at the fair, with an opportunity for children to visit him in his Grotto!

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Halloween half-term fun at The Higgins Bedford and libraries

There’s half-term fun to be had in Bedford Borough, with activities and events at the local museum and art gallery, and all five Borough libraries.

‘Enter the World of Dreams and Nightmares’ is the theme for half-term activities at The Higgins Bedford, following the opening of new exhibition ‘Dreams and Nightmares’.

Borough libraries will have different Halloween crafts and activities throughout the week and all for free. Children can make Halloween magnets, spooky finger puppets, Autumn wreaths, spooky bunting and lots more.

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What’s On: Alden Patterson and Dashwood with Tom Craven at The College Arms

This is the second visit to Forest Folk and Roots by Norwich based folk / Americana trio Alden, Patterson and Dashwood.

The trio, who weave rich vocal harmonies along with fiddle, dobro, guitar and mandolin within beautifully written original songs and melodies -are made up of Christina Alden (Guitar & Vocals), Alex Patterson (Violin & Mandolin) and Noel Dashwood (Dobro & Vocals)

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Libraries highlight censorship with Banned Books Week

What do Alice in Wonderland, blockbuster The Da Vinci Code and Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice have in common? They’ve all fallen foul of censorship.

The titles are examples of books chosen by Central Bedfordshire libraries to highlight national Banned Book Week Sunday 22 September – Saturday 28 September.

This year’s theme is ‘Censorship leaves us in the dark. Keep the light on.’

Central Bedfordshire Libraries will be promoting the week by highlighting banned books and the reason they have been censored.

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The National Museum of Computing displays early Open University computers

The National Museum of Computing on Bletchley Park is marking the 50th anniversary of The Open University (OU) with a new display celebrating its early technology. The display is open to visitors to the museum on Bletchley Park until 31 December 2019.

The OU developed several innovative methods to enable its students to study on computers in their own homes before personal computers were the norm and the internet became commonplace.

The exhibition offers an opportunity to see six of these machines.

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The role of Colossus and D-Day

Seventy-five years on from D-Day, information is still coming to light to show the role of Colossus and the breaking of Lorenz, Hitler’s most secret cipher.

On 28 September 2019 at 2.30 pm, in Block H, the home of Colossus, Mark Priestley and Gavin Clarke will reveal the pressures codebreakers worked under in the run-up to D-Day and the difficult choices they had to make in deciding what Lorenz messages to tackle.

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