Summer Activities


The summer activities are an informal arrangement of photographic activities which are organised outside of the normal club calendar.

These casual, summer group meetings include local events, nature reserves, Photoshop evenings, sporting events and days out further afield. They are not usually instruction evenings although most members are more than happy to offer advice when asked.

Click here for the 2019 members’ image albums

At Canine Dog Show – Bruce Deacon

A typical evening might be to meet at the car park of a nature reserve at 6.30 pm or 7 pm. After a few minutes discussion the group sets off, probably dividing up into small groups of 2 or 3, and we spend the next two hours photographing or just enjoying the reserve. At a prearranged time we meet back up or find our way to the local pub.

All BCC members, non-photographic partners and non-members or potential members are welcome to most events, a few are for members only.

At Dovercourt during storm Hannah – Linda Swain

There may be a small charge to cover costs where applicable (e.g village hall hire) and should the event require an entry fee this will be the photographer’s responsibility

Summer Event photos 2019, 20182017, 2016 and 2015

NB events can be changed at any time. Our event details will be included in the emailed newsletters, calendar or posts. For other events check with the organisers and their website




Summer Events
Join the Summer Group and be prepared to play your part. Contact the coordinator for more details.

Some scheduled summer events (for others see the News Posts)…

StrEAT Feast – Photo Op
May 31 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Great for Street Photography enthusiasts

StrEAT Feast at Riverside Bedford is a fantastic new street food market for Bedford.  Enjoy an array of international flavours from established street food traders and local caterers coming together to celebrate good food and great company.

Food;  music; alcohol; vegan & veggie; child-friendly.

Riverside Square, overlooking the Ouse (near Wagamamas and the Albero Lounge)




BCC Photography Exhibition until July 6th
Jun 1 @ 10:00 am – Jul 6 @ 4:00 pm

2018 Bromham Mill Exhibition

See this at the Bromham Mill Art Gallery, Bridge End, Bromham, Bedford MK43 8LP

Free entry and car parking

Framed prints and cards on sale

Cafe and water wheel museum


The Bromham Mill will be hosting the Bedford Camera Club ( Annual Exhibition again this year.  The five-week long exhibition opens to the public on Saturday the 1st of June and will close on the 6th of July, a time period which encompasses two Bromham Mill Market Days.  It will be open every day between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. during that time.
The plan is to display approximately 70 framed prints, as well as some additional mounted prints, all created by club members.  As well, there will be two display racks with additional mounted prints.  All prints, framed or mounted, will be available for sale.
The photographs displayed will have local interest as well as world-wide travel interest.  Excellent examples of most genre’s; local scenes, street photography, landscapes, portraiture, monochrome, etc. will be on display and, as well, all photographs will be for sale at very reasonable prices!
Need any more incentive to come along?  Look no further than the award-winning Bromham Mill Cafe always open for a cuppa and cake or a diverse and lovely lunch!
Kite Festival 2019 – Photo Op
Jun 1 @ 11:00 am – Jun 2 @ 5:00 pm

Kite flyers, food, drink, music, inflatables, stalls and fun fair.

There is a music stage on Saturday evening, 5pm to 9.30pm


Bedford Gov

Party in the Park


Bedford 10KM – Photo Op
Jun 2 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am

The Bedford 10KM run starts at 9am on the Embankment and includes Park Avenue, DeParys Ave, Kimbolton Road, High Street and finish by the River Ouse.

The registration starts at 7am, the run starts at 9am. Expect runners to take between 30 and 90 minutes

More details and route map


Shuttleworth Flying Festival
Jun 2 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Bedford Camera Club member Chris Barclay has forwarded the following information on what he believes will be a fabulous day and a great photoshoot opportunity.

Chris is expected to be going and those members who might to meet up with Chris on the day, please send him an email to  Chris will  put together some shooting tips for aircraft/airshows. The big attraction at Shuttleworth are the beautiful natural backgrounds against which you can place your aircraft. He is told by a photographer friend than this is about the only remaining large UK air show where you are able to be close to the aircraft.

There is 5 hours to wander and be able to shoot detail shots of engines, props, pilots wearing traditional gear.

The entrance fee is £25 until 27th May and children  go free if you book online – see below. The  cost goes up to  £30 at the gate on the day.

 The following aircraft will be making an appearance – 

·        Red Arrows

·        Spitfire

·        Argus

·        Gazelles

·        Blenheim (ARC)

·        Fairchild Argus

·        Westland Wasp

·        Stinson Reliant

·        Piper L-4J Grasshopper

·        Jungmann (Anna Walker)

·        Anson

·        PO SE5a

·        Scout

Gates open: 9.00
Air display: 14.00
Vehicle Parade: 12.00
Pilot chat: 11.00 – DH51 Miss Kenya
Display ends: 18.00
Location: Shuttleworth, Old Warden Aerodrome, Bedfordshire SG18 9EP

·        Vintage bus rides

·        Traders

·        Pilot Chat

·        Live Music by Perfect Vintage

·        Swiss Garden tour

·        Explore The House

For those who don’t want to spend £25 there is a natural grandstand/hill overlooking the airfield, on a public footpath between Ickwell and Upper Caldecote. Depending upon the flight paths it can provide good shots of planes in the air however you would require a very long telephoto lens for the airfield itself! No toilets, no announcements etc. Parking is severely restricted on many of the roads around the airfield


Dog Day at Cople
Jun 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This is open to both dog owning and non-dog owning club members.

We have booked a local, private, 2-acre field which has been designed and equipped with doggy obstacles for them to run on, jump over and look cute in. We should get some memorable dog pictures. The field is considered secure with a 5 foot fence, hedgerows and a 4 foot high gate.

This will give members the opportunity to practice tracking, continuous focus, appropriate shutter speed, long exposure etc. particularly for animals on the move.

If you are not sure about how best to do this other members will help you.

Dog owning members: do you have a friendly, happy dog who would enjoy the run of this field?

Non-dog owning members are also very welcome to come and take photos of your colleagues’ dogs.

The field is in a quiet lane in Cople (3 miles east of Bedford.)

The hire cost will be shared with all attendees. The likely shared cost will most likely be around £3 per member but due to the way the field hire is priced (a mix of dogs and people) the maximum cannot exceed £7 (as numbers stand as of 18/05 the cost will be £2, this may increase a little if we get some more dogs.)

We have booked a 1 hour slot at 7pm for this session, sunset is 9.15pm

Obviously there are the expected conditions, e.g. every one must pre-sign a comprehensive acceptance form, your dog is your responsibility, you need to check the fence is secure enough for your dog, your dog may spot other dogs and horses passing by on the nearby public bridleway, etc.

The field will be freshly mowed (if we require it) before the event.

We can cancel up to 24 hours before the booking if the weather looks doubtful.

If anyone wishes to continue afterwards there is Cople wood opposite for further pictures…

Numbers are limited, for both dogs and non-dog photographers. You need to sign up ASAP as first come, first served.

Annabelle, who runs the field, would love you to share some of your pictures.

If you are interested please let me know. Will you bring a dog or come as a non-dog photographer?

This event is restricted to BCC members and close relatives only.

Ian Whiting


StrEAT Feast – Photo Op
Jun 28 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Great for Street Photography enthusiasts

StrEAT Feast at Riverside Bedford is a fantastic new street food market for Bedford.  Enjoy an array of international flavours from established street food traders and local caterers coming together to celebrate good food and great company.

Food;  music; alcohol; vegan & veggie; child-friendly.

Riverside Square, overlooking the Ouse (near Wagamamas and the Albero Lounge)




Muddy Dog Challenge
Jun 29 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

A fun photo opportunity, dogs and owners running, walking or sliding their way around the purpose-built , 2.5km or 5km obstacle course

Wollaton Hall, Nottingham NG8 2AE

Free entry

click for poster full size

Parking charges: £3 for 3 hours, £5 for full day (bring coins)

Starts at 10am, no mention of the likely end time

In aid of the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

More details here:

YouTube footage from 2018

Posted by Moira and the Renescent Great Dane Team. Members, contact Moira for ride share coordination


Hello Members

I do hope you will try and find time to support this event in the beautiful grounds of Wollaton Hall as part of our Summer Events Programme.

First of all the event is FREE only Car Parking to pay for. I believe there is food available but no doubt a lot of us will take a pack-up lunch to eat as we go round the route.

It should give us a lot of opportunities to take some unusual shots and have a really fun day out. Course maps will be available but not until the middle of May so as soon as I get hold of one I’ll get it put up on the website.

My daughter Ginette, her fiancé David and their friend Michael make up the RENESCENT GREAT DANE TEAM so that should prove interesting!

It might be possible that we could car share. The total round trip is approx. 173 miles and by car sharing and splitting the fuel cost between passengers would help the driver.

To have more of an idea of the day go onto YouTube Muddy Dog Challenge  Nottingham 2018.

Any questions feel free to email me at




Stowe – RPS Walk
Jul 5 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Stowe Gardens – Walk

Jonathan Vaines is leading a new walk for the RPS. RPS members and non members are both invited to come along.

The extensive and fascinating Stowe Gardens (National Trust) are 33 miles to the west of Bedford. If you have never been I can recommend them.

Jonathan, who needs no introduction to BCC members, walks are always professionally organised and enjoyable. Jonathan researches his walks and offers help and advice when there. Plus he is adding Infrared photography as an additional extension to your skills.

There is no fee payable to the RPS for the walk but there is an entrance fee payable to the National Trust for the gardens for non NT members

For details on how to book on the walk and entrance fees go to

Place are limited so be quick.


BCC Exhibition Last Day
Jul 6 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

This is your last chance to see the Bedford Camera Club Photographic Exhibition at Bromham Mill