About Bedford

About Bedford (more reasons to come on down and visit us)

Lady K’s shop is based just off the high st in the town centre of Bedford (behind Wilkinsons store .)  There’s a lot to see and do in Bedford so why not pop down and make a weekend/mid week break and enjoy some of the delightful scenery.

Take a trip on the Great River Ouse via the Bunyan boat and explore the magnificent views of the surrounding countryside (you can also have lunch on the boat and enjoy the bar too.) Have a stroll around one of Bedford’s many stunning parks (some have cafes) or have dinner down by the Embankment and watch the elegant swans on the river.

Home to the famous Cardington Hangars that have been used by Warner Bros for filming a variety of big blockbusters including: Batman, Peter Pan, Star Wars etc etc (read more)

Bedford is not just the County Town of Bedfordshire and a market town but it is also steeped in a very rich history.  Here’s 10 things about Bedford that you may not know:

1/ The BBC were based here during WW2

2/ The Duke of Bedford invented one of the most fashionable hairstyles of his time

The Government introduced a tax on hair powder in 1795, much to the dislike of the wearers of powdered wigs across Britain. In protest, the 5th Duke of Bedford, Francis Russell, created a new hairstyle; a cropped, un-powdered, highly-waxed cut called ‘The Bedford Level’. The hairstyle became hugely successful and marked the departure from the powdery Georgian look

3/ Bedford has one of the largest Italian communities outside of Italy

4/ The Pilgrims Progress was written here by a local preacher John Bunyan

John Bunyan, who was a writer and preacher in Elstow (a small village on the outskirts of Bedford) wrote The Pilgrim’s Progress there. This has become one of the cornerstones of English literature, has sold more copies, in more languages (over 200!) than any other book apart from the Bible.

5/ The Duke of Bedford developed one of the poshest parts of London

6/ Bedford was founded by the Danes

7/ Bedford is a party town The Bedford River Festival, which started in 1978 to celebrate the completion of a navigable water route from Bedford to the coast, is the second largest free outdoor event after the (in)famous Notting Hill Carnival

Bedford River Festival

Lady K’s family parading in the 2012 River Festival

8/ Bedford used to directly connect Oxford and Cambridge

9/ Glen Miller was last seen alive at Bedford Airfield bit about twinwoods here (RAF Twinwood)

10/ The seat of the Duke of Bedford is now a safari park

After key privileges were removed from the aristocracy by the British government throughout the 20th century, the Duke of Bedford realised he must start making a profit or risk going broke. He hence turned the vast swathes of land around his estate into The Woburn Safari Park in 1970, which boasts a great menagerie of animals, is loved by children and adults alike and plays a key role in modern conservation efforts.

So come on down and visit Bedford but don’t forget to pop on down to Lady K’s in the Castle Quay quarter and also visit some of our lovely friends in the area too

 

Pensieri 

Gifts and Cafe – a delightful place to relax and eat/drink whilst browsing so

Delicious food in an ambient venue

Delicious food in an ambient venue

me of the lovely gifts on sale.  Most weekends there are food board nights too and you can take your own wine (small corkage fee) plus occasionally listen to some fabulous local entertainment.

 

 

Conte Di Savoia

Exclusive quality Gent’s clothing and made to measure outfits with a choice of many
fabrics.

Conte De Savoia Bedford

Quality exclusive gents clothing

Not only great on quality but also great on price too including ties, cufflinks and much more

 

 

 

 

Design Twenty

Founded in London in the late 1990’s by Andrew Nicholls, Design Twenty offers one of the largest, original selection of 20th Century design in the UK.  Stocking some amazing designs from various famous designers.

Castle Hill Garage

Bedfordshire’s oldest family run garage of over 80 years specialising in both modern and classic cars.  Established in 1932 providing an excellent service.

The Higgins Museum and The Pantry

Not only a fantastic and informative museum but now combing an Italian restuarant with some great tasting dishes too.  There’s also regular workshops, exhibitions and much more

There’s plenty of lovely restaurants in our area too:

Chef Bejing, Riverside Grill, Baja, Spaghetti John’s, Thai et Tandoor, the Lanes, the Swan, the Embankment, plus so many more delightful places to visit, eat and shop.

So come on down to see us and combine your Lady K experience with some of the delights of our Market town:)

 

The Final Heat

The weather has been heating up and it was certainly hot last weekend at our final heat of The Big Burlesque Showdown.  Now our final 3 winners have been chosen to go through to our finals on Saturday 26 September here in Bedford at St Cuthbert’s Hall.  We wonder who the 3 winners will be at our finals! well our audience have a vote on the night too so get ready to grab your tickets as soon as our ‘wildcard’ is chosen (keep your eyes peeled for the release.)

The line up so far are as follows:

Coeur De Plume

Coeur De Plume

Coeur De Plume (www.coeurdeplume.com)

 

 

 

 

Lou Safire (www.lousafire.com)

Lou Safire

Lou Safire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Tickety Boo (www.pinupandtease.com)

Tickety Boo

Tickety Boo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fifi Croissant (facebook)

Fifi Croissant

Fifi Croissant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Belle De La Nuit (facebook)

Belle De La Nuit

Belle De La Nuit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coco Coquine (facebook)

Coco Coquine

Coco Coquine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tamora D’Amour (www.tamoradamour.com)

Tamora D'Amour

Tamora D’Amour

 

 

 

 

 

Trixie Blue (www.trixie-blue.wix.com)

Trixie Blue

Trixie Blue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loretta Von Dini (facebook)

Loretta Von Dini

Loretta Von Dini

 

 

 

 

 

 

and of course let’s not forget the lovely performers who were chosen to take part out of over 100 that applied:

Cece Sinclair, Miss Anticipation, Sensu Elle, Kitty Le Creme, Silk Desire, Mercedes Von Striptofen, Veveka Rox, Pink T Boo, Lady Papillon, Lemm Rollicking, Miss Good Ness Gracious, Finesse Temptress, Mariposa Bop, Carrie Couture, Madaleine Soleil and Scarlet Rose.  Most of our performers and many more can be found on Facebook, Ministry of Burlesque, twitter, google plus and many other social media sites so please feel free to follow them as I’m sure they would all appreciate a bigger fan base.

If you would like to see our finals on Saturday 26 September then tickets will be on sale at www.ladyks.co.uk very shortly so keep checking:)

Before I finish I’d better give our resident compare a little shout (might get into trouble if he doesn’t get a mention) the one and only Glambassodor of Bedford and finalist in the Ru Pauls Dragrace UK …………….Eddie Adams

The Glambassodor of Bedford Eddie Adams

The Glambassodor of Bedford Eddie Adams

Have a great summer everyone and we’ll be back with more soon:)

Birmingham Bizarre Bazaar West Midlands Fetish Fair

This Sunday why not pop on over to the Birmingham Bizarre Bazaar and do a bit of fancy shopping, have lunch, enjoy the demo and maybe even the after party.

The Birmingham Bizarre Bazaar is held on the third Sunday of each month 11 am – 5 pm at The Nightingale Club on Kent St in Birmingham’s Gay Quarter.  During the day you can browse and shop from some of the UK’s leading fetish suppliers and more including the fabulous Jed Phoenix Designs, Latex Leather and Lace, Bridled Desires and many more including Lady K’s too:)

There’s always someone on hand for newbies too who will give you a club tour and introduce you to some lovely vendors and customers.

At 1.30 pm there is always a free demo on the top floor (wheelchair accessible) with a whole variety of skills being taught from wax, body painting, needles,  electric play, role play etc etc.  Visiting people from the USA and Netherlands have even attended to give demo’s.  Obviously, if the demo is not to your liking then you can have lunch in the cafe, maybe a drink at one of the two bars or eat cake from Kitty’s Cake Emporium (some fabulous tastes to be had.)

From 5 pm all of the lovely stall holders close down and then it’s time for the ‘After Math‘ (the after market party) where there will be an array of dungeon equipment supplied and made by ‘All Naughty fun for you‘ and a variety of toys.  There are rules though so make sure you visit the website for full details.  Tickets are £10 on the door or £8 if bought from the reception before 3pm.

How to get there:

The Birmingham Bizarre Bazaar
Kent Street
BIRMINGHAM B5 6RD

BY FOOT FROM NEW STREET STATION

Exit the station next to the short stay parking onto Hill Street. Turn left and proceed down Hill Street until reaching the traffic lights at the dual carriage way (Smallbrook Queensway). Cross over the dual carriageway and carry straight on down Ladywell Walk/Hurst Street. Continue straight on over the short pedestrianised area passing the Hippodrome Theatre on your right, straight on down Hurst Street through the junction with Bromsgrove Street with Tesco express on the right hand corner. Take the next right into Kent Street and the Nightingale is on the right.
Total journey approx 0.6 miles, 10 minutes walking time.

BY CAR

Follow the signs to the city centre and at some point you will hit the A38 South. Proceed on the A38 South through tunnels and underpasses following signs for New Street Station. Do not take turnoff for the station but continue under the next underpass where the road will become Bristol Street. Take the left by the Wellington Hotel into Bromsgrove Street. Take the right into Gooch Street North. Turn first left into Kent Street and continue to the crossroads where the club is situated on the left hand side.

PARKING

On street pay and display bays are currently free to park on Sundays but this is liable to change so please check on the payment machine. Single yellow lines remain NO PARKING at any time. Traffic wardens do patrol the area regularly.

The Nightingale Club

The Nightingale Club is Birmingham’s gay superclub in the heart of Southside. Over three floors and with a capacity for over 2000 people. The Nightingale Club boasts four unique rooms catering for every genre and is the home of the legendary POUNDED Thursdays, Infusion and the BIG SATURGAY NIGHT OUT. Each of  our floors has is own smoking terrace and our main arena has one of the biggest outdoor spaces, with bar in the whole of the city.

Most Saturday nights The Nightingale headlines big name pa’s and has, over the years hosted the likes of The Saturdays, Stooshe, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Alexandra Burke and Alexis Jordan amongst others. Our resident DJ’s, Corey, Simon H, Simon Baker, Craig Neale and the Cult resident DJ’s keep Birminghams clubbers entertained 52 weeks of the year playing chart, commercial dance, funky house, RnB and much more.

The Nightingale Club is an attitude free zone providing a safe, sexy and fun space for anyone prepared to leave their attitude at the door and have serious fun!!

Stonham Barns D Day Vintage Festival

Well Lady K’s will be on the road again this weekend 5-7 June for the second Mid Suffolk Vintage D Day Festival.  Open to the public all day Saturday and Sunday with lots of interesting stalls to shop at (including ours:) day and evening entertainment and much more.  Situated at Stonham Barns camping and retail park it’s a lovely venue so get your posh togs on and come on down for a weekend of fun.

Only in it’s second year but it’s sure to get bigger hats off to Ian Doyle for organising it all

Mid Suffolk D Day Vintage Festival

(weather is looking good so far too I might even take my paddling pool to cool you all down)

April Heat Winners Announced

Well we’ve just had our second heat of our Big Burlesque Showdown competition and I must say the quality of acts was amazing.  Our judges had a very hard task to decide which 3 would go through to the finals.

It’s physical and mental hard work putting on shows but seeing our audience have a great night and our performers shining like stars is a fantastic reward.  If you missed our show and want to come along to the next one then it’s on Saturday 27 June (check out our events page for booking and further details.)

Enough rambling it’s time for me to introduce our next 3 lovely winners:

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From left to right: Coeur De Plume (audience choice), Tickety Boo (best established) and Loretta Von Dini (best newcomer)

Now give them all a big round of applause please:)

Best Buy of the Week

I don’t wear nail varnish very often as it only lasts on my nails for about a day but I stumbled across a new one that might be of interest to some of you. It’s dirt cheap and doesn’t need a UV lamp (dries really quick) and lasts for days the base coat and top coat are £2.50 each and the colours are £1.60 each (no I am not on commission) I’ve tried it and apart from ripping a nail off whilst using it as a dirt scratcher it lasted over a week on my nails.

Available from…………….Wilko’s:):) anyway it’s called Essence the gel and here’s the link so you can check it out (just shows you don’t have to spend the earth) all I need now is someone who is good at putting it on lol xxxxx much love

Wilkinsons Nail Polish

 

Birmingham Bizarre Bazaar This weekend

This Sunday come on down to www.brumbazaar.co.uk down in Birmingham over at the Nightingale Club on Lower Essex St from 11am.  There will be lots of interesting stalls for shopping and a latex demo in the afternoon plus you can buy tickets for the after party at 5pm onwards.

The Birmingham Bizarre Bazaar (BBB) Fetish Market brings quality fetish suppliers together under one roof in Birmingham for you to have an afternoon of pervy shopping and enjoyment! Come and socialise, come and browse, enjoy the demo/workshop. Have Sunday lunch and peruse quality fetish products from some of the best fetish vendors in the UK

Lady K’s will be there every 3rd Sunday each month so pop down and say hello (a warm welcome guaranteed:)

Our Shows 2015

We are just finalising the rest of our shows for this year including our Xmas party nights and The Big Trans Dinner dance so check out our website for more details. Next show is on Saturday 25 April here in Bedford and tickets are now on sale for our Big Burlesque Showdown with live music and entertainment plus yummy food

The Big Burlesque Showdown April 

Winners from the first heat

Winners from the first heat

 

Lady K’s Joins the 21 Century

Yes that’s right exactly as it states we have joined the 21st Century of technology and installed our very first ‘Blog’.  Obviously, it’s our first one ever and you are reading it right now:)  Lady K will be updating more blogs as she learns how to use this so please be patient as there will be mistakes but that’s all a part of the fun of Burlesque

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