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Bedford Corn Exchange - Coronavirus update


3rd June 2020 The Corn Exchange is awaiting Government advice on when we will be able to reopen to the public.  Many of the shows booked this year are in the process of being rescheduled to 2021, and customers are being advised, on a monthly rolling basis, of the rescheduled date, and are also given the opportunity for a full refund.

With Government guidance announced earlier this week 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.

Bedford Corn Exchange host a fantastic programme of events  whether you're looking for music, comedy, theatre or more, there's entertainment for everyone!  


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.


Disabled parking is available for three vehicles underneath the arches beside the corn exchange.  There are two further disabled parking spaces on the opposite of the church on the left hand side as you approach the Riverside square development.

A number of car parks are within easy reach of Bedford Corn Exchange. If you are attending an evening function, we recommend you use the following car parks:

River Street Multi Storey Car Park, River Street, Bedford MK40 1PX

Open 24 Hours

Allhallows Multi Storey Car Park, Brace Street, Bedford MK40 1LX

Monday to Saturday:  7.00am to 8.00pm    Sunday:  9.00am to 6.00pm

Duckmill Lane Car Park, Duckmil Lane, Bedford MK42 0AU

Open 24 Hours

Melbourne Street Car Park, Melbourne Street, Bedford MK42 9AN

Open 24 Hours

St Peters Street Car Park, Goldington Road, Bedford MK40 2PR

Open 24 Hours

Queen Street Multi Storey Car Park, Bedford MK40 2HH

Monday to Saturday:  7.00am to 8.00pm    Sunday:  Closed

Lurke Street Multi Storey Car Park, Bedford MK40 3HZ

Open 24 Hours

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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 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.


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 are admitted free to all BCEX Presents shows.  Please telephone the box office to book, on 01234 718044. Option 1 for Ticket Sales.  

Box Office 

Is located in the Harpur Suite next to the central library for ticket sales and enquries.  Opening Hours for the Box Office are:

Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm

Saturday 10am - 1pm


Contact the Corn Exchange on 01234 718044. Option 1 for Ticket Sales We accept most major credit & debit cards except American Express.

Please note that a £2 transaction fee will be added to ALL transactions over £8.00 made in person or via the telephone or a £3 booking fee on all internet bookings.


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

Who to contact


Where to go

Bedford Corn Exchange
Harpur Street
MK40 1LE
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Time / Date Details

When is it on
Box office Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm, Saturday 10am to 1pm

Other Details

Age Bands
11-14 years old
18-25 years old
Parents and carers
15-17 years old
0-4 years old
5-10 years old