Bedford has a vibrant grassroots arts and culture scene which includes theatres, festivals, visual arts and museums.
Bedford Creative Arts
Bedford Creative Arts commissions art that directly engages the public through collaboration with artists. Their work often happens outside of galleries and theatres and where those spaces don’t exist. You will find them popping up in community centres, in towns and in the countryside across Bedfordshire.
The Bedford Clanger
The Bedford Clanger is an independent monthly arts and culture magazine, featuring the best of Bedford’s theatre, live music, food, exhibitions and events. Passionate about the town’s independent retailers, the Bedford Clanger aims to raise the profile of Bedford as a cultural destination.
BedPop turns spaces into places, making exciting, inspirational events happen all over Bedford. From pop-up science labs to quarterly record shops, flea markets to film screenings, food festivals to Fun Palaces, BedPop’s calendar of events is putting Bedford on the cultural map, attracting thousands of visitors to the town.
The Culture Challenge aims to increase the number of young people accessing, enjoying and making great art and culture by providing clear details of cultural providers in a local area. It aims to strengthen the cultural landscape here by building today’s audiences and tomorrow’s creative people.
Heritage Bedford is a collaboration between Bedford’s principal arts, leisure and culture providers. Its aim is to raise awareness of Bedford's rich heritage and to help visitors get the most out of the time they spend in the town.
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John Bunyan Museum
The John Bunyan Museum museum depicts John Bunyan's life and times, including his imprisonment in Bedford. Visitors can wander through the displays and experience life as it was in the 17th century.
The Panacea Museum tells the story of the Panacea Society – a remarkable religious community formed in Bedford in the early 20th century.
The Place Theatre
The Place Theatre has developed a reputation among audiences in Bedford and the surrounding community as one of the best places to see high-quality and cutting-edge ‘fringe’ theatre, as well as being the home of Bedford’s best amateur and student theatre companies.
The Quarry Theatre at St Luke’s
The Quarry Theatre, located on St Peter’s Street, in the heart of Bedford, is a performing arts facility for Bedford School and the town. St Luke’s Church has been sympathetically adapted into a venue that houses a 282-seat theatre, a 50-seat studio-theatre, a spacious bar opening onto the original church garden and a foyer that displays pupils’ art as well as art produced by members of the local community. The Quarry theatre is also home to Bedfringe, Bedford’s very own fringe festival.