Ready Steady Roll
April 12th and May 31st, 6pm-9
The world famous Ready, Steady, Roll are back for two more evenings of board games and food at the Pavilion.
Shun technology for the evening and grab your friends, children, parents, neighbours or just come on your own; with over 100 board and card games, the lovely Darrell from Ready Steady Roll will be here to recommend and teach you a variety of games from old classics to modern gems. Play in your group or join with others to play a relaxed familiar favourite, or try something different like:
Animal Upon Animal - Jenga 2.0, why settle for plain wooden blocks when they could be shaped like a monkey or a toucan?
Spyfall – Figure out which one of your is bluffing their way to victory and is actually a spy
Mysterium – Solve a mystery using dream-like imagery and cooperation.
The Magic Labyrinth – Test your memory but working your way through a maze with invisible walls.
Ready Steady Roll can recommend the best games for your table and show you how to play so you can get straight to the fun – we can find a game for everyone!
In May we're adding outdoor games and serving Home Baked Pizzas
We have a fully licensed bar and a wide range of hot and cold soft drinks on offer too. Tickets are just £15 for adults £7.50 for children under 12 to include food, entry and games guidance!
Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea
Yoga at the Park
Summer Fundraiser for Bedford Daycare Hospice
Theatre at the Park
We are delighted to welcome back to the Pavilion the hugely popular theatre company Oddsocks Productions. With new adaptations for 2017, they will be performing over two nights this June
Following the huge success of last year’s open air theatre, we have doubled the number of productions we are mounting this year, bringing in the highly energetic and entertaining Immersion Theatre with their irrepressible version of Kenneth Graham’s The Wind in the Willows and The Handlebards, who as their name might suggest, perform the works of William Shakespeare, hilariously and on bicycles!!
Romeo and Juliet
Friday, 9th June 7pm
Oddsocks are delighted to be breathing new life into Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet by giving it a musical Mods & Rockers twist!
There’s Nowhere to Run To for the Capulets and Montagues as violent confrontation stalks every meeting, even Down in the Tube Station at Midnight. Meanwhile, Juliet’s Nurse is looking forward to a good old Twist and Shout at the Capulet party, which Romeo’s mates are planning to gatecrash. Romeo has doubts about going to the Capulet Nite Klub but that is where he meets his Juliet, and It Must Be Love. Maybe, just maybe, The Power of Love will end the families’ violent feud.
Saturday, 10th June 7pm
“A musical brew of laughter and witchcraft!” Shakespeare’s dramatic story of ambition turned bad is brought vividly to life in Oddsocks’ hilarious Steampunk musical adaptation.
The ruling monarch Duncan holds sway with a caring, iron fist. His chief warlords Macbeth and Banquo return triumphantly from the battlefield – and discover three weird sisters who want to Put A Spell On You and soon they are on course for promotions. Awaiting his return is Macbeth’s ambitious wife who can feel success coming In The Air Tonight. Although Macbeth needs convincing she releases the devil within him and soon there’s blood on his hands. Suspicions are roused about Macbeth’s two faced False Love and Banquo thinks he’s a scummy man because it changes When The Sun Goes Down round here. Pretty soon Macbeth’s feeling Bad To The Bone and he finds a murderer to do his dirty work who tells him there’s Nothing Sweet About Me. But doubts start to creep in and Macbeth believes there’s a Ghost in my House and Witchcraft starts to take over. Lady Macbeth is slipping into a Mad World and at last, hero Macduff steps up to take on Macbeth, with the audience’s help. The final dramatic battle sees Macbeth despatched like a Bat Out Of Hell and Scotland is safe again.
Tickets on sale now
Book your tickets now! As with last year, The Pavilion at the Park will be restricting audience sizes, so that everyone can comfortably see and hear every nuance of these productions, so to avoid losing out, BOOK NOW!
V.I.P. Combined Theatre and Dinner ticket
This year, the Pavilion is offering a limited number of combined tickets, featuring a two-course dinner served in a relaxed, communal style. The main course will be served before the performance with dessert in the interval
Main courseBraised beef with mashed potato, sauteed kale and a red wine jus
Goats' cheese and shallot tart with red onion compote & rocket salad (v)
DessertLemon tart with mixed berries and a strawberry coulis
Once again you can pre-order Brioche Buns, filled with either Pulled Pork or Halloumi Cheese and Pepper, or for something sweet try the Pavilion Eton Mess. These can be purchased as additional items when booking tickets.
Two new Productions, two new theatre companies added to Theatre in the Park!
A Midsummer Night’s Dream - The Handlebards
Russell Park (by the Kiosk) Thursday, 6th July, 6.30 pm
gates open at 5.30 pm, bring a chair, bring a picnic!
Four young lovers find themselves enveloped in the dream-like arms of a magical forest full of sprites, where a feuding Fairy King and Queen are at war over the possession of an Indian boy. A group of amateur actors share the same forest. They’re rehearsing for a play. Fairies and humans collide. Hilarity ensues.
Before touring this “beautifully bonkers” production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream around the world, the four man cast pedalled 1500 miles around the UK by bicycle, with all the necessary set, props and costume in tow. Now, the show is back by popular demand – and, in usual HandleBards style, expect riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos, and a great deal of laughter.
The Wind in the Willows - Immersion Theatre
Bedford Park, Saturday, 2nd September, 3.30pm
gates open at 2.30pm, bring a chair, bring a picnic!
Pack your picnics and join the boat-loving Ratty, the sensible yet curious Mole, wise old Badger and the fantastically irrepressible Toad as they embark on the adventure of a lifetime culminating in a colourful battle with the sly weasel to save Toad Hall!
Eye-catching costumes, toe-tapping music and larger than life characters promise to capture the imagination of the youngest of audience members whilst the sheer nostalgic charm of this beloved story is guaranteed to take older generations on a glorious trip down the riverbank onto memory lane. The perfect summer treat for all the family!
Danni Nicholls and Annie Keating
Intimate live music with two-course dinner
Wednesday June 28th, 7pm
Fresh from supporting Shakin' Stevens on his 33 date UK tour, Bedford’s very own Americana Music Association UK ‘Album of the Year’ award nominated Danni Nicholls will open the show with her original “smoky soul, folk-pop and heart-wrenching alt-country” songs (Q Magazine). Whispering Bob Harris loves “the elegance and beauty of her music" and we are sure you will too!
Touring the UK with her latest album ‘Trick Star’ Brooklyn, NY based Annie Keating will be bringing her “honest, refreshing... gritty-yet-pretty tunes” (New York Post) to Pavilion at the Park. Performing as a trio, Keating, who has been invited onto Bob Harris’ BBC 2 show twice “navigates the Americana environs inhabited by Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin and Lucinda Williams, and in doing so, proves she’s every bit their equal” (No Depression)
This is a rare opportunity to catch these critically acclaimed, rising Americana stars in a local, intimate setting. Book early to avoid disappointment.
Confit pork belly
with an apple and celeriac purée, garlic mashed potato, pork crackling and gravy
Tomato and mozzarella tart (V)
with a basil pesto, rocket and parmesan salad
with mixed berries and a strawberry coulis
Tickets £25, including two-course meal
Doors 6.30pm (come early to enjoy a drink and pick the best seats!)
First Course 7:30pm
Danni Nicholls 8:30pm
Annie Keating 9:30pm
Last orders 11.30pm