Information and FAQs

Ticket Information : How to book?


In Person

The Box office can provide a full ticketing service
for events at the Corn Exchange as well as
other events both in and around Bedford.                    

Visit us in the Harpur Suite, Bedford, just next to Bedford Central Library.

Opening Hours for the Box Office are:

Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm

Saturday 10am - 1pm

Sunday - CLOSED


Contact the Corn Exchange on 01234 718044. Option 1 for Ticket Sales and Hall Hire Enquiries.

We accept most major credit & debit cards except American Express. All tickets booked held for collection before or on the day of the show.

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.


Click here to book for selected shows on-line


Send a cheque, postal order or your credit card details to the Corn Exchange’. Cheques and postal orders should be made payable to Bedford Borough Council. Please enclose an SAE for the return of tickets, if no SAE is enclosed or the performance is within 7 days of your request being received, tickets will be held for your collection.


Concessions and Discounts

Concessionary discounts are available on tickets for most BCEX Presents shows.
The following groups are eligible for a concessionary rate:

Proof of eligibility will be required at the time of booking.

Group Discounts

Group Discounts apply to most BCEX presents shows, every tenth ticket is free.
Please note: in the case of booking tickets in different price bands it will be the least expensive ticket which is free of charge.

Prices, fees and cancellations

Refunds: In common with general theatre practice we regret that tickets cannot be refunded. An option of credit can be available at the managers discretion. Whilst we try to ensure all prices on our website are accurate, errors may occur. When an error is discovered for a ticket or item you have ordered, we will inform you soon as possible and give you are option of reconfirming your order at the correct price, and credit or debit your account as applicable, or refunding and cancelling your order. If we do not hear from you, we will treat the order as cancelled and refund you at full price accordingly.

Our ticket prices are of equal to ticket agencies, which may sell some tickets on behalf of Bedford Corn Exchange and the promotor, please note ticket prices will stay the same, with no discounted websites selling our tickets.


The Bedford Corn Exchange is committed to ensuring your visit is as enjoyable as possible and is equipped with the following facilities for disabled patrons:



Bedford is ideally located between the M1 motorway and A1 trunk road and benefits from Intercity and First Capital Connect rail services. Being located in the centre of the town, the Bedford Corn Exchange is well served by four municipal car parks.

Bedford has an expanding Park & Ride service, the first site being located in Elstow. This facility has a spacious car park, CCTV on site and a waiting room with toilet facilities. The easy-access buses operate into the town centre, up to every 10
minutes, six days a week.

Truck Access

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 more information please click here


FAQs & Event Hire Information

Q. How do I book the venue for an event?
A. Booking the venue for an event is easy. Follow our step-by-step guide:

  1. Decide the date(s) of your function and the number of attendees.
  2. Consider which room would best suit your needs.
  3. Contact the venue to check room availability.
  4. If the room(s) and date(s) are available, request your function is provisionally booked.
  5. Ascertain the cost of hiring the room and how much deposit will be required.
  6. Complete a venue booking form and conditions of hire form - reception staff are able to assist you if necessary. To download the forms please click here.
  7. Send in or drop off your completed venue booking, conditions of hire form and deposit within fourteen days of pencilling in the event. We accept cash, cheques and all major debit & credit cards.
  8. If your event is open to the public, we will also require a copy of your public liability insurance and if you want us to sell tickets for you through the Central Box Office, you will need to complete a Central Box Office contract. To download the forms please click here.
  9. If you tick any additional requirements on the venue booking form, members of our team will contact to discuss these prior to your function.
  10. At least one month prior to your function, our Finance Manager will contact you requesting payment of the outstanding hall hire.
  11. On the day, please enjoy your function and do not hesitate to contact our duty staff if you have any queries.
  12. You will receive an invoice for any outstanding charges approximately one month after your function. Click here for further information on facilities and hall hire.

Q. What are the capacities of your rooms?
A. The Bedford Corn Exchange has six rooms to suit a range of event sizes. Click here for further information on facilities and hall hire.

Q. What is a corkage charge?

A. The Bedford Corn Exchange has a licensed pay bar in each of the venues, which can be opened during an event at no extra cost to the hirer. Alternatively, drinks may be purchased by the bottle for your event as required.  As Bedford Corn Exchange is a licensed premises we reserve the right to levy a corkage charge on all drinks brought into the venue.

For private functions only we allow customers to provide their own drinks for guests on the condition that:

For further information please read our condition of hire. A copy can be downloaded by clicking here.

Q. Is there a charge if I cancel my booking?

A. All cancellations must be made in writing. If you do not put your cancellation in writing you will be charged for the full hire of the venue plus any other costs we incur.  Damage Deposits will be refunded for all cancellations received in writing. Cancellation fees are dependant on the notice period given.

Q. What is a damages deposit?

A. We have the discretion to impose a requirement for a refundable damage deposit in respect of some events to offset any damage claims, losses or additional expenses (such as extra cleaning) which result from your booking.  This deposit is normally refunded to you within one calendar month of the event being held, providing that no damage, theft, claims, losses or any additional expenses have been incurred by us as a result of your booking.  This deposit may also be used by us to offset any additional charges before refunding any balance.

For further information please contact  reception on 01234 718044 or refer to our conditions of hire..