Events at The Barns Hotel

Discover what's on at The Barns in Bedford. We've got a list of all the best events happening at our hotel and in the local area.  Search the list and find something entertaining.

 *Pre-booking and pre-payment required for most events, terms and conditions and minimum numbers may apply. Please contact the hotel directly for more information.

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Tuesday & Friday Pizza Night 

Every Tuesday & Friday (July)
Every Tuesday & Friday (August)
Every Tuesday & Friday (September) 

What better way to enjoy the summer than with a delicious artisan pizza, freshly cooked in our wood-fired pizza oven? You can sit on our beautiful riverside terrace and watch the world go by. Whether it’s family night, chilling with mates or romantic first dates, this is alfresco dining at its very best. 

Priced at £35 per couple / £17.50 per person for unlimited pizza and a dessert each 

John Bunyan River Cruise With Afternoon Tea 

Wednesday 5th September
Wednesday 19th September
Wednesday 3rd October 

Enjoy a leisurely boat ride on the River Ouse, taking in the picturesque surroundings of the Bedfordshire countryside before heading back to the Barns Hotel for a delicious afternoon tea. 

Priced at £26.00 per person 

Book directly with B&MK Waterways www.johnbunyanboat.org or call 01946 690301 


John Bunyan Jazz Cruise 

Thursday 20th September
Thursday 18th October
Bar open from 6pm, Boarding 7.15 - 7.30pm 

Arrive at our country hotel and enjoy drinks in the bar before boarding the iconic John Bunyan for a sophisticated evening of jazz music. Sway gently to the rhythm of the sax while gliding across the stunning River Ouse.. 

Why not enjoy a pre-cruise two course dinner before departing for only £19.95 per person? 

Book directly with B&MK Waterways www.johnbunyanboat.org or call 01946 690301 


John Bunyan Motown Cruise 

Thursday 13th September
Thursday, 11th October
Bar open from 6pm, boarding 7.15-7.30pm 

From The Jackson 5 and The Supremes to Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye, the River Ouse certainly won’t be wide enough to keep you from singing along to all your favourite Motown hits! Enjoy a fun filled, light hearted cruise with the music you love! 

Book directly with B&MK Waterways www.johnbunyanboat.org or call 01946 690301 



John Bunyan & Happy Brewer Wine Tasting Cruise 

Thursday, 6th September
Bar open from 6pm, boarding 7.15-7.30pm 

Set sail down the River Ouse and enjoy an exclusive wine tasting evening, courtesy of Bedfordshire’s premier homebrew and winemaking specialist, The Happy Brewer. You’ll be guided through the tasting notes of each wine and can even find out more about making your own at home! 

Enjoy a two course pre-cruise dinner at the Barns Hotel for just £19.95 per person – go on, make a night of it. 

Book directly with B&MK Waterways - www.johnbunyanboat.org or call 01946 690301 




Wedding Fair 

Sunday 7th October
12-4pm, FREE entry 

From the moment you arrive at Barns Hotel, you will be in awe of the stunning riverside location and the hotel’s beautiful 13th century Tithe Barn. It’s the perfect backdrop for your big day and we’re showcasing everything we have to offer to make it truly memorable. Meet the suppliers we work closely with, explore our beautiful spaces for yourself and even chat to our wedding planner about the packages we have to deliver the wedding of your dreams. . 




Christmas Market at The Barns 

Sunday 4th November
12.00pm – 4.00pm Free Entry 

Swap the high street for our stunning riverside hotel to do your Christmas shopping…tis the season after all! We’ll be hosting our very own Christmas market with independent and boutique suppliers from Bedfordshire and the surrounding areas so you can get those one-of-a-kind gifts for the ones you love. Afterwards, enjoy a traditional, warming mulled wine. This year The Barns Hotel will be supporting a local charity who help people affected by homelessness. We’re calling on supporters to bring their unwanted hats, scarves, gloves and socks along on the day. 


Riverside Comedy at The Barns 

Friday 9th November
Bar open from 6pm, Pre booked meals served
at 7.30pm, show starts 8.30pm 

£14.00 comedy ticket only per person £21.00 ticket and pre-performance meal of chicken and chips (vegetarian option available) per person £49.50 ‘Play and Stay’ package – ticket, meal and accommodation per person* 

Join us for an evening of laughter at the newest, up and coming venue on the comedy circuit. If you want to make the experience last a little longer, why not stay the night in one of our stylish and contemporary rooms with a full English breakfast the next morning? *Subject to availability and based upon two people sharing 


Themed Party Nights 

Saturday 17th November
Thursday 6th December
£29.00 ticket only per person
£55.00 ticket and all inclusive drinks per person* 

Enjoy an evening filled with classic songs brought to you by our talented DJ. Dance through the decades with your favourite music from the 80s and 90s. Arrive to a crisp glass of fizz and then sit down for a beautiful three course dinner before taking on the dancefloor. 

*With our all inclusive wrist band, you’ll enjoy unlimited house wine, draught beer, house gin and vodka with mixer, 80s and 90s themed snowballs, hooch & VK 




Christmas Party Nights 

From £25.00 per person 

Our ever-popular Christmas Party Nights are back for 2018. Choose from a selection of our beautiful and unique on-site venues, including our iconic 13th century tithe barn, contemporary WineGlass Restaurant or Riverside Tavern, both with stunning views of the river. You’ll start the festivities with a chilled glass of Prosecco before moving on to a delicious three course dinner* with all the trimmings. Dance the night away with our resident DJ who will keep you rockin’ around the Christmas tree until midnight. 

*3 course meal will be substituted for a finger buffet on selected evening when price is £25.00 


Festive Afternoon Tea 

Served from 12pm Monday – Saturday
After 3pm on Sunday 

Our festive afternoon tea is guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit. Turkey and cranberry sandwiches, Christmas puddings, chocolate yule logs and warm cinnamon scones with clotted cream are just some of the delicious treats that await this December. Why not add bottomless Prosecco for a truly special Christmas celebration? 

Quintessential afternoon tea - £20.50 per person 

Savoury meets sweet afternoon tea - £24.50 per person 

Go bottomless on prosecco for only £9.00 per person! 

Children @ £15.00 per person 

Pre-payment required for all bookings over 8 guests, suites can be booked exclusively for a small supplement (minimum numbers apply). Child classed as aged 3-12 years, under 2’s free of charge. Bottomless prosecco served for the first 90 minutes only, one glass at a time. Please note that only our festive afternoon tea options are served during December. Allergen information available on request. Prices include VAT 


Christmas Day Lunch 

Served from 12pm – 3pm
£90.00 for adults per person
£45.00 for children per person 

Take the stress out of preparing Christmas Day lunch and let us do the hard work for you. Enjoy a chilled glass of Kir Royale when you arrive and soak up the festive atmosphere. You and your loved ones will enjoy a magnificent five course lunch while soft Christmas music plays in the background and decorations glitter around the room. Christmas Day wouldn’t be complete without a visit from Santa, who will be dropping off special gifts for the children before heading back to the North Pole for a well-earned rest. 

If there is large group of you, you can even reserve a private dining suite, complete with your own Christmas tree, for an intimate and special day together. 

T&Cs: Pre-payment and pre-orders required for all bookings, suites can be booked exclusively for a small supplement (minimum numbers apply). Child classed as aged 3-14 years, under 2’s free of charge. Allergen information available on request. Price includes VAT. 


All Year 


Afternoon Tea 

Book your quintessential Afternoon Tea at the Barns for a traditional British treat, or if you are after a really luxurious treat book our savoury meets sweet package and enjoy a glass of Prosecco, a selection of sandwiches, savoury snacks, scones and sweet treats. 

Served from 12pm Monday to Saturday
After 3pm on Sunday 

Quintessential £17.50 per person
Savoury Meets Sweet £23.50 per person 

Booking in advance is essential and we can offer private dining if desired. (Deposits are required for larger parties) 


Bottomless Prosecco Afternoon Tea 

Enjoy either our Quintessential or Savoury meets Sweet Afternoon Tea with unlimited prosecco. Perfect to enjoy as a table of two or part of a celebration with family and friends. 

Quintessential £27.00 per person
Savoury Meets Sweet £33.00 per person 

Subject to availability and change. Bottomless Prosecco served for the first 90 minutes only. One drink per person, at any one time for over 18’s only. Please drink responsibly. 

River Boat 

Set sail down the River Great ouse in our very own boat. You can hire George, our 18 feet, self-sail electric riverboat for a spot of leisurely cruising. The boat can carry two – four people and is available to hire for up to two hours. You’ll be given everything you need to take in the sights of the great Ouse, including a map, equipment and full operating instruction for George. We’ve put some fantastic packages together for you to have the best boating experience possible! 

Monday to Friday £30 per hour
Saturday to Sunday £35 per hour 

Must be 18 or over to hire the boat.