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With Government guidance announced to help stop the spread of coronavirus, Bedford Borough Council is announcing some changes to our facilities and services at this extraordinary time.

As has been seen with other UK performance venues, the decision has been taken to close Bedford Corn Exchange for the time being.

We are currently managing all cancellations of shows and events on a rolling basis and are keeping the timeframe for this under constant review. We are seeking to reschedule performances for a later date wherever possible.

Where performances are rescheduled, tickets already purchased will be valid for the new date. Refunds will be issued for customers who are unable to attend the rescheduled date. For any cancelled performances, customers will be issued with a refund.

Our front of house team will be in contact with all affected customers in due course. Please bear with us during this time as we have a large number of customers to contact.

We will keep you up-to-date as the situation changes. Thank you for your understanding and continued support during this challenging time. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

About Us

Bedford Corn Exchange is a Bedford Borough Council Cultural Service. Whether you’re looking for a great evening out at a show, to spend time with friends and family, or for the perfect venue for your event, we can’t wait to see you.

We manage three key spaces that make up the Corn Exchange complex – the Main Auditorium, Harpur Suite and Howard Room. We also run Number 13, our pre-show bar and evening box office, which is home to the Made in Bedford eco-café and shop during the day.

Come to a Show

We’re the largest venue for entertainment and events in Bedford, welcoming nearly 40,000 audience members to shows last year. Our diverse programme of music, comedy, dance, theatre, and family shows means there’s something for everyone on offer.

We’re proud to be one of four UK residencies for the Philharmonia Orchestra outside London. You can find out more at

Hire Us for Your Event

Bedford Corn Exchange is a flexible venue with rooms suitable for a variety of occasions and events, from weddings and parties to conferences and meetings. To find out more visit the Venue Hire page.

Our History

The Corn Exchange was opened in 1874 and was originally designed to be a concert venue and meeting space, as well as a place of business.

The BBC Symphony Orchestra were housed in the Corn Exchange during World War Two, when it became too dangerous for them to be based in London. The venue played host to many star names during the war, including Glenn Miller, Bing Crosby, Marlene Dietrich and Vera Lynn.

The Harpur Suite was built in 1834 as the town’s Assembly Rooms and originally housed the General Library and Literary and Scientific Institute, before being renamed the Harpur Suite in 1972.

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