Foster Hill Road Cemetery Event Details

The Friends of Foster Hill Road Cemetery host a number of themed talks during the year, which are open to the public and always prove very popular.  The Cemetery records are available at the Chapel during the Heritage Weekend in September and an annual carol concert is held near Christmas.  Other events are held to mark special occasions.

Members of the Friends lead several guided walks during the summer months. Each walk is themed and covers topics such as the Cemetery’s spectacular graves, its history, its wildlife, tales of those buried there and more.  Walks are also included during the Heritage weekend.  The walks last approximately 1.5 hours and the pace is gentle.  However, the cemetery grounds are uneven so a pair of stout walking shoes is recommended.

We are also happy to arrange bespoke walks for interested groups, please contact us for details.

The times and dates of our events vary, so please see our events calendar for more details.

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Summer Walks – The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes

Ruth Hogan is one of Bedford’s best-selling  authors and  her book, ‘The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes’,  includes many scenes set in our cemetery, where one character walks her dog and imagines what the lives of some people buried here were like.

In this walk, Ruth will point out some of the graves that inspired her, detail the lives she made up about those people and will read short extracts from the book. In tandem with this, Cemetery Guide Adrian Bean will give the true, and in one case, surprising background details of these real people as opposed to the imagined lives. The imagined stories hint at other little-known facts about the cemetery and the nature of the memorials’ hidden messages.

After the walk Ruth will spend plenty of time in chatting with you and signing books while having “the lovely cup of tea” in the chapel.

Meet at the Chapel 10 minutes before the walk.

This event is free to Friends of the Cemetery

Please note:  The cemetery ground is uneven, so wear sensible shoes.  When viewing memorials, please do not lean on them.


11th June 2023


2:00 pm - 4:00 pm




The Chapel
Foster HIll Road
Bedford, MK41 7TD United Kingdom


Foster Hill Road Cemetery
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