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Your Visit

Everyone is welcome at Bedford Corn Exchange.

We want to make sure your visit is as easy and enjoyable as possible. Use this area of the website to explore our facilities and plan your visit, find out how to book your tickets, and to view our access arrangements.

The entrance to Bedford Corn Exchange for evening shows is generally via Number 13 St Paul’s Square. Number 13 serves as a pre-show bar; the Box Office will also be located here on show nights. During daytime events entry to the Corn Exchange is via the East and West entrances on St Paul’s Square.

The Harpur Suite and Box Office are located just around the corner in Harpur Square. Our Box Office is open 10am-4pm Monday to Friday and 10am-1pm Saturday.

Bedford Corn Exchange
St Paul’s Square
Bedford MK40 1SL

Box Office
Harpur Suite
Harpur Square
Bedford MK40 1LE

Box Office Opening Times
Monday – Friday: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 1:00pm

Telephone: 01234 718044

Email: cornexchange@bedford.gov.uk

Location

Bedford Corn Exchange is located in the centre of Bedford, on St Paul’s Square directly opposite St Paul’s Church. The venue also includes the Harpur Suite, home to the Box Office, which is located on Harpur Square opposite the Harpur Shopping Centre and next door to Bedford Central Library.

Parking

If you’re visiting Bedford Corn Exchange we recommend the following car parks, which are a short walk from the venue.

  • River Street Mult Storey Car Park, River Street, Bedford MK40 1PX – Open 24 Hours
  • Lurke Street Multi Storey Car Park, Lurke Street, Bedford MK40 3HZ – Open 24 Hours
  • All Hallows Multi Storey Car Park, Brace Street, Bedford MK40 1LX – Open Mon-Sat 7:00am to 8:00pm, Sun 9:00am to 6:00pm

Bedford also has a Park & Ride service. For more information on parking visit www.bedford.gov.uk/parking-roads-and-travel

Travel Information

By Rail
Bedford Corn Exchange is a 10-15 minute walk from Bedford railway station. A taxi service is available at the station.

For information on train services visit www.nationalrail.co.uk

By Bus
Bedford Corn Exchange is a couple of minutes walk from Bedford Bus Station. For information on local bus services visit www.bedford.gov.uk/parking-roads-and-travel/public-transport/

Coach services operate from Cambridge, Oxford and Northampton. For more information visit www.stagecoachbus.com

By Car

  • From the M1 – exit at Junction 13 and follow the A421 towards Bedford. Follow signs for the Town Centre.
  • From the A1 (North) – exit at the Black Cat Roundabout and follow the A421 towards Bedford. Follow signs for the Town Centre.
  • From the A1 (South) – exit at the Sandy Roundabout and follow the A603 towards Bedford. Follow signs for the Town Centre.

How to Book

Bookings can be made online, in person at the Box Office, or over the phone on 01234 718044. All tickets booked by phone are held at the Box Office for collection before or on the day of the show. We accept most major credit and debit cards, except American Express.

Concessions are available for most BCEX Presents shows (these are shows that are promoted by Bedford Corn Exchange) for the following groups:
• Under 16s
• NUS card holders and full-time students
• Senior Citizens (over 60s)
• Disabled people
• Serving and retired Armed Forces personnel
• Unwaged people.
Proof of eligibility will be required at the time of booking.

Children under 2 years of age are admitted free to BCEX Presents shows. Booster seats can be provided.

Fees & Cancellations

All online bookings are subject to a £3.00 transaction fee. All bookings over £8.00 made in person or via telephone are subject to a £2.00 transaction fee. This fee is applicable per booking, not per ticket. VAT is included in the price of all tickets purchased on our website or via the Box Office.

In common with general theatre practice, we regret that tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded after purchase, except where a show is cancelled. For further information visit our Terms & Conditions page.

Seating

Please note that the seating format for a show may be flat, tiered, standing, a mix of flat and tiered seating, or cabaret style.

Lift Access

There is lift access from Number 13 to the Main Auditorium. A lift is also available from street level at the side of the Corn Exchange to the Main Auditorium and interval bar area.

Toilets

There are accessible toilets in all parts of the venue. Baby changing facilities are also available.

Bars

We have four bars across the venue, stocked with a variety of beers, ciders, wines, spirits and soft drinks.

Made in Bedford @ Number 13

Number 13 is our pre-show bar and evening box office. Made in Bedford, an eco-café and shop, operate from here during the daytime. Made in Bedford promotes and sells the work of local artists and makers, and provides a cafe serving vegan and vegetarian food using seasonal, locally grown produce. For more information visit www.madeinbedford.uk

Made in Bedford Opening Times
Wednesday – Sunday: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays

Cloakroom

Cloakroom facilities are available for selected shows and events.

Access

Bedford Corn Exchange aims to be accessible and welcoming to all. Please contact the Box Office on 01234 718044 if you have any access requirements you would like to let us know about when booking your ticket.

Entering the Venue

Access to the Main Auditorium for evening shows is generally at street level via Number 13, next door to the Corn Exchange. The Harpur Suite and Box Office can be accessed via a ramp at street level.

A limited number of disabled badge holders’ parking spaces are available next to the venue in Mayes Yard (off St Paul’s Square).

Lifts

A lift is available to take customers from Number 13 to the Main Auditorium level. There is a further lift available at street level to the side of the main Corn Exchange building (entered from Mayes Yard). This can be used when Number 13 is not serving as the main entrance for events. A lift inside the venue provides access to the Balcony, Howard Room bar, and toilet facilities on the lower ground floor.

Toilets

There are accessible toilets in all parts of the venue, with disabled toilets in the main Corn Exchange building, Harpur Suite and Number 13. Baby changing facilities are also available.

Steward Support

Please speak to a Steward or a member of our staff if you need anything during your visit. They will be happy to help.

Disabled Spaces

We have dedicated spaces for wheelchairs, available together with adjacent seats for carers or companions. Please let us know your requirements when you book so we can secure these seats for you.

D/deaf and Hard of Hearing Customers

There is an induction loop system in the Main Auditorium. Please switch your hearing aid to the “T” position to use the system.

Assistance Dogs

Assistance Dogs (including Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs) are welcome at the venue and water can be provided. Please advise the Box Office when you book your ticket to that we can ensure adequate provision is made.

Carers

Carers are admitted free to all BCEX Presents shows.