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Bedford is a medium-sized town in the UK, about 50 miles north of London. Transport links are good; fast trains from London St Pancras take just 35 minutes and the town is just ten minutes from both the M1 and the A1. The Quarry Theatre is five minutes' walk from the rail and bus stations and there are lots of car parks nearby.
Bedford nestles snugly between the A1 and the M1 (and there's a fast dual carriageway linking the two to Bedford); it's about 45 minutes' drive from the M25. Both roads tend to be pretty fast on Saturdays. See below for notes on parking.
Trains to Bedford are excellent and frequent. London trains go from St Pancras / King's Cross (the two stations are next door to each other and are linked); fast trains take just 35 minutes and stopping trains take just under an hour. (Adult day return ticket is £14.80*.)
There are direct trains from Brighton -- and from Haywards Heath and Gatwick Airport. These are frequent, too. (If you're coming from Brighton, you can get an adult Saturday off-peak day return for £21*.) The Brighton to Bedford train also stops at East Croydon, St Albans and Luton and you can join the train there.
Coming from north of Bedford, there are direct trains from Nottingham (1 hour 10 minutes away, adult day return is £37*)
and from Loughborough (under an hour; adult day return ticket is £32.70*)
and Leicester (also under an hour; adult day return ticket is £31.60*).
Remember that return tickets are much cheaper on Saturdays than during the week. Do shop around online for the best deal for train tickets; booking in advance can save you a great deal.
The Theatre is within easy walking distance of the railway station.
BUSES AND COACHES:
Good services - all these are on the X5 luxury coach, operated by Stagecoach - from:
Oxford (£13.70 adult return*)
Cambridge (£11.20 adult return*)
Buckingham (£13.70 adult return*)
Bicester (£13.70 adult return*)
Milton Keynes (£13.70 adult return*)
There is also a regular bus from Northampton (Stagecoach bus 41, £10.10 adult return*).
The Theatre is within easy walking distance of the bus station.
* These prices are correct at the time of posting. Please don't blame us if they put their fares up!
Where the Theatre is and where the car parks are
The Quarry Theatre is in the town centre, on St Peter's Street (MK40 2NN). No parking at the venue itself, alas; there are lots of car parks nearby but, although the first two hours are free, you'll have to pay for the rest of the day. The car park in Queens' Street is the cheapest; it's 500 yards from the Theatre.
If you'd rather not pay, it's best to park outside the town centre and walk up; almost every road near the Theatre itself has pay and display charges. It might be easiest to park at the park and ride at Elstow end of town (on the south of the town on the A6, postcode MK42 9XF) and get the bus in.