Warm Spaces

The rise in the cost of living and increased energy bills means that many households will struggle with their heating bills this winter. People will be faced with tough decisions about when they can afford to heat their home.

To help residents, Bedford Borough Council is working with local partners to develop a Warm Spaces network. Warm Spaces will offer free, non-judgemental spaces where people can go to stay warm and maybe enjoy some company and a hot drink, or simply spend time reading a magazine or book.

The Warm Spaces network will continue to grow as more organisations share their details. 

If you have opened a warm space and would like it included on the Bedford Borough Warm Spaces Network please contact public.health@bedford.gov.uk.

As part of the Warm Spaces offer, our libraries are also providing inclusive and welcoming community spaces with free Wi-Fi and a range of activities.

Warm Spaces - our libraries

Our libraries are open to offer a warm space - see the library opening times here.

Warm Spaces - Children's Centres

Some Children's Centres in Bedford Borough are open to offer a warm space to families with children under 5 years old.

Warm Spaces - other venues

The Warm Spaces below are offered and operated by third parties and are not affiliated to Bedford Borough Council (with the exception of The Higgins Bedford).

Venue name, address and contact details Opening days and times What is available Other information
All Nations Church, 79 Brickhill Drive Bedford MK41 7QF

01234 273773 / office@allnationsbedford.org

Mondays 9.30am to 4pm

Hot drinks station, soup, books, games and puzzles, television, Wi-Fi, sockets for charging mobile devices

Accessible entrance, accessible toilets

All Saints’ Warmth Café, Westbourne Road, Queen’s Park, Bedford, MK40 4LD

Richard Ward 07885 294415  / richardap1957@gmail.com 

Every Friday 2pm to 4pm

Every Saturday 11am to 1pm.

Starting 20 January, ending 4th March 2023.

Free hot and cold drinks, soup, biscuits and cake, Wi-Fi and mobile charging points, disabled toilets and baby changing facilities.


Free car parking facility adjoining the venue, access is via door next to car park.  

Bedford Beacon, Bedford Wellbeing Centre, 3A Woburn Road, Bedford MK40 1EG


Every Thursday 5.30pm to 9pm

Group activities, one to one support, opportunities to make friends, hot drinks and snacks, chill-out space

Bromham Baptist Church, Village Road, Bromham, MK43 8PJ

Revd Stephen Thompson 01234 822681 / office@bromham.org

Every Monday 9am to 5pm

Tea and coffee, soup, Wi-Fi, sockets for charging mobile devices


Free car parking

Bunyan Meeting, Mill Street, Bedford MK40 2NB

Chris Bamforth Damp 07702 270086 / chrisdamp@mac.com

Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 1pm Snacks, tea and coffee  

Church of the Transfiguration,132 Bedford Rd, Kempston, Bedford MK42 8BQ

 01234 635721

Monday: 11am to 5pm

Tuesday: 9.30am to 5pm

Thursday: 9.30am to 5pm

Sunday: 9am to 5pm

Hot drinks and biscuits on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday – out of café hours as well.

Tuesday and Thursday: Free lunch 12pm to 2pm

Sunday: Church services may be on



Church Lane Community Centre, 147 Church Lane, Bedford MK41 0PW

07816 044007 / info@churchlanecentre.com

Friday 1pm to 5:30pm  Hot drinks, hot food made fresh on the premises, games, Wi-Fi, sockets for charging mobile devices, highchairs, soft drinks and food for children  Accessible toilets, accessible entrance

Cotton End Baptist Church, Church Hall, Cotton End, MK45 3AA

01234 742769  / information@cottonendbaptistchurch.co.uk

Tuesdays 8:45am – 10:30am

Hot drinks, Wi-Fi and sockets for charging mobile devices


Accessible entrance, accessible toilets

Cotton End Village Hall. The Play fields, Wood Lane, Cotton End MK45 3AU

Angela Stimson 01234 743858

Thursdays 10am to 2pm January, February, March Hot drinks and soup  

Dean and Shelton Parish Council, Dalton Community Hall, High Street Farm. Upper Dean PE28 0LY

Carol Pattison cdpattiso@yahoo.co.uk

First and third Thursday of every month 10am to 12pm, starting Thursday 19 January. For local villagers only - hot drinks and cake  

Elstow Manor Care Home, Bedford Road, Bedford, MK42 6FZ (Opposite the Wixams Retirement Village)

Val Foley 07909076653 / valerie.foley@hamberleycarehomes.co.uk

Monday to Friday 2pm to 4pm. Contact Val Foley for other times. Hot drinks machine, chill out space, bistro area, free Wi-Fi, magazines / reading material, fleece blankets (first come basis). Accessible toilets, accessible entrance, free parking, electric charging bays.

Great Denham Community Hall 86-88 Saxon Way, Great Denham, Bedfordshire, MK40 4GP


Mondays 11am to 4pm

Thursdays 10am to 12pm

Tea and coffee, biscuits (optional donations are welcome), free Wi-Fi, access to plug sockets, toilets. Accessible toilets, accessible entrance, free car parking.

The Higgins Art Gallery and Museum, Castle Lane, Bedford, MK40 3XD

thehiggins@bedford.org.uk / 01234 718618

Warm Space room: Friday 11am to 4pm

(General opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday 11am to 5pm and Sunday 2pm to 5pm)


Galleries showcasing temporary and permanent exhibitions open to the public.

Fridays only: Warm Space Room with board games and puzzles, Wi-Fi, charging points.

Accessible toilets

Holy Cross RC Church, 355 Goldington Road, Bedford, MK41 0DP

Charles Moubarak moubarak@sky.com / 07971 849135

Tuesdays 1:30pm - 4pm Tea and coffee, soup, snacks, books and magazines, sockets for charging mobile devices, games and puzzles, place to sit quietly
Free car parking, accessible entrance, accessible toilet.

iLearn Bedford, John Bunyan sport centre, Mile Road,
MK429TS (Studio on 2nd floor)

Ralley Rahman 07715881582 iLearn_bedford@outlook.com

Wednesdays 9am to 12pm Snacks, cooked food, fruit, hot and cold drinks, arts and crafts, fitness, social English, sewing, healthy eating
discussions and professional speakers.

Kempston East Methodist Church Hall, off Foster
Road, Kempston MK42 8DA

01234 930882

Wednesday 10am to 2pm Coffee and light lunch, free Wi-Fi. Entrance is via the main Halls Foyer in the car park on Foster Road.

Kempston Hammers Sports and social Club, 123 High Street Kempston, Bedford, MK42 7BN 

01234 853262 / khsscoffice@gmail.com

Tuesday morning 9am to 12pm

Hot drinks, cake, tv, radio, free Wi-Fi, sockets for charging mobile phones.

Accessible entrance, accessible toilets, baby changing facilities, free car parking

Kempston Swimming Pool Hillgrounds Road, Kempston, MK42 8SZ

01234 843777

6:30am to 9pm Monday to Friday

8am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday

Wi-Fi, hot and cold drinks, snack vending machines.


Khush Hall Women's Group
Queen's Park Community Centre, 52 Marlborough Road Bedford MK40 4LG

Marie-Ange 07824035000 ​​​/ ​​​qpco.bedford@gmail.com

Tuesdays (term time only) between 10.30am and 12pm

Closed for Ramadan. Starts again after Ramadan on the 25 April.

Hot drinks, biscuits, art and craft activities, sewing, knitting, singing, cooking lessons, professional speakers (Wellbeing centre, NHS etc.) Professionals attending the group, signposting people to the right organisation, interpreting, foodbank vouchers.

Miracle Church of God in Christ, 36-38 Alexandra Road, Bedford MK40 1JB


07910647070 / 01234 215081 

Tuesdays 11am to 2pm Snacks, hot/cold drinks, snacks, free sockets for charging mobile devices  Accessible toilets, accessible entrance, free car parking, baby changing facilities

Queen's Park Community Centre, Marlborough Road, Queen’s Park, Bedford MK40 4LE

Richard Lewis Ward richardap1957@gmail.com / 07885294415

Wednesdays 1pm - 3pm

Closed for Ramadan. Please call to check opening times after Ramadan.

Hot/cold drinks, snacks, magazines, play equipment / toys, Wi-Fi, charging points for mobile devices

Free car park. Accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.

Riseley Community, 3 Hunters Yard, Riseley MK44 1EN


Wednesdays 2pm to 4pm Wi-Fi and charging points   Limited parking

Riseley Community, All Saints Church, Church Lane, Riseley MK44 1ER


Tuesdays 10am to 12pm

Wi-Fi and charging points available, hot drinks, board games.

On street parking

Riseley Community, The Giddy Goat Coffee Shop, High Street, Riseley MK44 1DR


Mondays 10am to 12pm Wi-Fi and charging points  Parking

Scott Hall Community Centre Barford Avenue (Jubilation Action Group), Bedford, MK42 0DX

Shirley Claxton Jagbeds@outlook.com

Tuesdays 9:30 – 12:30

Tea, coffee, snacks and magazines, Wi-Fi, charging points for mobile devices.

Free car parking, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.

St Andrews Church, Kimbolton Road, MK40 2PF

01234 216881 / info@standrewsbedford.org

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Hot drinks, money advice, Wi-Fi, sockets for charging mobile devices.

Accessible entrance, accessible toilets

Stevington Church Room, Stevington, Bedfordshire MK43 7QB

John Hirst 01234 825212 / john@hirst1.plus.com 

Mon to Friday 10am to 12pm and 3pm to 5pm. Saturday 10am to 12pm Hot or cold drinks, snacks, books, magazines, play equipment, toys, TV, car park, Wi-Fi, charging points,
baby changing facilities.
Accessible toilets

St Marys Church, Church Lane, Goldington, MK41 0AP (for sat nav use MK41 0HN)

01234 351920 / office@stmarygoldington.org.uk

Every Monday 1pm to 4pm

Tea, coffee, refreshments, chat, jigsaws, tombola/games, snack (if required), Wi-Fi, sockets for charging mobile devices

Accessible entrance, accessible toilets

St Paul's Church, St Paul's Square, Bedford MK40 1SQ 

The Revd. Luke Larner lukewilliamlarner@gmail.com

Tuesday to Friday 11am to 2pm Hot or cold drinks, Wi-Fi, charging points, books/magazines, baby changing facilities Accessible toilets

St Peter’s Church, Church Lane, Sharnbrook, Bedford, MK44 1HR

Roland Carpenter 07801 750963 / roland.carpenter@tiscali.co.uk

Every Wednesday 9am to 6pm

Only available to Sharnbrook, Felmersham, Souldrop, and Knotting residents: warmth, Wi-Fi, hot drinks and possibly hot soup at lunchtime.



St Thomas a Becket Parish Church, Fellowship Centre (Church Hall), Green Lane Clapham, MK41 6ER

George Morrow georgemorrow48@gmail.com / vicarcpc@btinternet.com

Every Tuesday 1pm to 4pm from 6 December

Free soup and a roll, tea and coffee, biscuits, cake, cold drinks, board games and videos, Wi-Fi, charging points for devices.


Woodside Church Dover Crescent, Bedford, MK41 8QH

Deborah Tooth 01234 272022 / debbie.tooth@woodsidechurch.com

Tuesday and Wednesday 1pm to 4:30pm


Hot/cold drinks, snack, Wi-Fi 

Accessible entrance, accessible toilets, baby changing facilities

Wyboston Lakes Health & Leisure Club, Great North Road Wyboston, Bedford, MK44 3AL

Lee Gaskin Lee.gaskin@1life.co.uk / 07442 860713

Monday to Friday 7am - 9am, 11am - 3:30pm and 7pm - 8:30pm

Saturdays 1pm - 6pm          Sunday: 1pm - 3:30pm       

Free hot drinks, Wi-F, sockets for charging mobile devices Free car parking, accessible toilets

If you have opened a warm space and would like it included on the Bedford Borough Warm Spaces Network please contact public.health@bedford.gov.uk