Bedford Corn Exchange

Live Entertainment & after dark

Experience some of the best live music, comedy nights and theatre right here in Bedford town centre.

There are very few nights that you won't find live music in one of the local pubs, and there are a wide variety of annual events like Bedfringe and Film Festival, as well as many pop up events such as outdoor cinemas.

Check the What's On page for details of events and performances you won't want to miss! 


Bedford Corn Exchange



St Paul's Centre, St Paul's Square, Bedford     Tel. Box Office: 01234 718112     Web.

The Bedford Corn Exchange promotes a programme of live events featuring performers from the worlds of comedy, theatre and music. They are also proud to boast one of only two UK residencies of the Philharmonia Orchestra outside London.

The Central Box Office can provide a full ticketing service for events at the Bedford Corn Exchange in addition to those within Bedford and the surrounding areas.

The Bedford Corn Exchange complex is a multi-purpose venue which offers maximum versatility to both hirers and visitors. Hall hire for parties/weddings.


Quarry Theatre at St Lukes



26 St Peters Street, Bedford MK40 2NN    Tel. 01234 362335 / 362269     Web.   

A brand new theatre and performing arts venue in the heart of Bedford that has been created as a resource for Bedford School as well as for the town of Bedford and the local community. We have a 286 seat theatre, a 60 seat studio theatre and a foyer which will exhibit pupil’s art during term time and local artists work during holiday periods. We aim to provide an exciting programme of theatre, dance and music as well as providing a venue for local schools, theatre companies and amateur groups.     


South Bank Arts Centre



Bedford College, Cauldwell Street, Bedford     Tel. 01234 291415     Web.

The South Bank Arts Centre houses the College’s gallery and theatre. It is also a first class teaching facility and arts hub with up-to-date industry standard media and music suites including TV and recording studios with all the latest equipment. Many of these facilities are available for hire.

The theatre hosts frequent evening performances by the talented Performing Arts, Dance and Music Technology students as well as renowned professional companies. There are also regular artist talks and conferences held in the space. Tickets for performances are available from the Enquires & Guidance department at the College reception.





60A Bromham Road, Bedford MK40 2QG     Tel.01234 340120     Web:

Esquires is one of the UK's most loved independent music venues. Whether you want to catch the hottest new band on the Main Stage, dance the night away or grab a drink, you'll find it all here. Fiercely independent and alternative. No dress code, no idiots.


The Place



Bradgate Road, Bedford MK40 3DE     Tel. 01234 354321     Web:

The Place is a fully-equipped 130-seat theatre. It has become a premier facility for Bedford's theatre groups, and a favourite destination for local audiences.


Ent. Shed



The Gordon Arms, 118 Castle Road, Bedford MK40 3QY     Tel. 07538 755007     Web:

A unique music venue, featuring different line ups and special guests. All shows are limited to just 100 tickets and all shows have a support slot of the very highest standard as well. A music venue for real music lovers.


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