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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.

Sound & Lighting

The Bedford Corn Exchange deals with a wide array of diverse events, include major professional touring acts, amateur productions as well as private bookings for weddings, parties and conferences.

The technical team can provide and operate the necessary equipment required to run a successful event, including a large range of professional lighting equipment and a modern in-house lighting desk.

Detailed below is information on technical equipment available at the Bedford Corn Exchange complex.

For major productions requiring the use of the rear stage store door to the Main Auditorium, access and parking for small trucks is available. A scissor lift with a maximum load per trip of 1.5t. The gates to this area are 3.65m wide; the total length from the gates to the stage door is 11m. For individuals’ cars, there is limited parking at the Corn Exchange. However, there are numerous car parks within walking distance of the Corn Exchange. Please advise us of your parking requirements in advance of your event.

The Technical Team can now provide a live Audio and/or visual recording service. Recordings are made straight onto DAT tape and onto an Apple Mac. Post production, editing and mastering of the material is also available.

The Technical Team can also provide a video recording service, creating lasting mementos of events and promotional material.

For more information on these two new services, please contact Marcello Quartarone on 07717787478

If the production has pyrotechnics, smoke machines and/or other stage effects within their show, the Corn Exchange technical and office staff need to be made aware prior to the staging of the event and a risk assessment will be required.,

Contact the Bedford Corn Exchange office on 01234 718044 to discuss any of your technical requirements