The Bedford Corn Exchange is the largest entertainment venue in the town and plays host to a variety of performances and concerts.

Esquires (one of the town’s premier live music venues) regularly plays host to notable UK bands and live acts.

Every two years, The Bedford River Festival is held near the river in Bedford during early July. Lasting two days, it regularly attracts 250,000 visitors. The event includes sports, funfairs and live music.

The Bedford Regatta each May is Britain’s largest one-day river rowing regatta.

Other annual events include ‘Bedford by the Sea’, where large quantities of sand are deposited in the town centre to create an urban beach, and the ‘Bedford International Kite Festival’ in June. ‘Proms in the Park’, held in early August, is a popular musical event.

The main cinema in Bedford is Cineworld on Newnham Avenue, which has six screens showing the latest UK releases. Another popular location is Laser World, a state of the art, indoor laser tag arena.