Access Bedford has a number of events taking place – check back here to see what is coming soon!

Events Mar

Sign Practice Cafe  from 11am – 1pm

One Sunday every month for BSL students to practice and develop confidence. Run by Deaf BSL teachers at the Albero Lounge in Bedford.

Sign Practice Cafe

Parkrun every Saturday 08.45am at Bedford Park with BSL. FREE – walk, jog or run 5km and go to the cafe together after!

AB Parkrun

 Young at Hearta social club for the over 50s who meet on the 1st Friday of every month from midday

 The Woolpack Hub (Salvation Army Cafe / old Woolpack Pub) in Bedford near the river and TK Maxx / Tesco. Have a chat with old friends, make new friends, have a good lunch and a coffee all at very good prices.

Young at Heart meets on the 1st Friday of every month at the Salvation Arm cafe from midday

Deaf Social in Bedford – just turn up! Next dates…

27 January (Pilgrims Progress), 17 March, 19 May 2018

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Quiz Nights at the Bedford Golf Club – just turn up! £2 per person. BSL / questions on screen.

Next date… 28 Feb, 25 April!

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Come and see Access Bedford featured in the Women of Bedford Exhibition! 10 March – 23 September 2018


Bedford Half Marathon Weekend – run with Access Bedford! Full BSL access for all 3 events! 

Bedford Half

Half marathon – find out more in BSL here
What is the run weekend?
What is the Bedford Half Marathon event?
What is the Bedford Twilight 10k event?
Where do i register?

Recent Events

BSL Art Tour – Feb 10th

‘A Walk in the Woods’ is an exhibition of watercolours, drawings and prints from the last two hundred years highlighting the importance and enduring popularity of trees in art, and coincides with the 800th anniversary of the Charter of the Forest. The pieces have been drawn from the world-famous Cecil Higgins Collection.

On Saturday 10th February from 11am-1pm, Access Bedford are holding a Deaf BSL tour of this exhibition, followed by an art workshop. This is a British Sign Language only event – no oral instruction will be given. This is a free event, but booking is essential. To book your place please email



BSL Yoga lesson 24 Feb

Young at Heart Christmas Meal on 1 December 2017. 12 – 3pm at The Bedford Golf Club. Must book in advance with Catherine!

Happy Christmas 2017


Casino Royale Winter Ball – 11 November 2017

New venue – Woodland Manor Hotel, Clapham, Bedford
New theme – Casino Royale James Bond 007
New entertainment – FREE Casino – Roulette, Black Jack

Tickets – £30 with free glass of bubbly, canape and light buffet. Casino chips included (no cash exchange on chips! no refund on tickets) Tickets via

Opens 6pm, Casino 8pm – 11pm, Carriages Midnight.
24 hour bar for hotel guests.

Hotel has a special deal for Access Bedford – email to book.
Rooms are discounted for our event to £70 single, £80 double, £90 premier double

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Children’s Magic Halloween Party – Tickets SOLD OUT! 28 October 2017



Deaf Afternoon Tea and Dementia Chat


Deaf Day and AGM 2017


BSL Tour of The Higgins Picasso & the Masters


Make Up Party on 24 February


Young at Heart Christmas Meal on 2 December with 22 members of Young at Heart.


Winter Ball 2016 took place on 19 November. With over 80 people attending – look out for something different for Winter 2017!

Ball 2016

Children’s Halloween Party on 28 October. Over 100 children and families attended – look out for our 2017 date!


D/deaf Health and Wellbeing Conference on 10 October. Attended by over 80 professionals and community members, looking at topics including Mental Health, Domestic Abuse and Equal Access to Health Services.  Download the conference programme health-conference-programme.


John Bunyan Barge Cruise on 20 August. Enjoyed by over 40 members of the D/deaf community.


BDA Power in our Hands film in Bedford on 5th July by Bedford Film Festival for Access Bedford.


Deaf Information Event and AGM – attended by over 75 people on 7 May 2016. More information at Our first AGM…. amazing!


John Smith – live at The Bedford Golf Club on 29th April 2016 with 80 laughing all night!


Deaf Spring Walk –  20th March 2016 from 12 – 4pm. Friends, family, dogs all welcomed at this fundraiser for Access Bedford!

Deaf Spring Walk

Emergency Services Day –  Saturday 27th Feb 2016

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Deaf Ball – 89 people got their cocktail dresses and black tie suits ready for our Deaf Ball which took place at The Bedford Golf Club on 28th November 2015.   You can see the pictures from the night at our Facebook page

Education Conference – please see our post Deaf Education Conference for more information about the national presenters who came to Bedford to talk about the importance of getting education for deaf children right from the start on Sept 26th 2015.

Booktastic Event on June 28th 2015 at University of Bedfordshire

Quiz Nights at The Bedford Golf Club

Emergency Text Event on June 13th 2015 at Kempston Fire HQ

Meet the Candidates Event on April 17th 2015 at Bedford Girls School


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