Providing social and educational opportunities for adults with learning disabilities and autism in and around Bedfordshire.

Next Event

Living It Up will be partying hard on Zoom on 27th August at 7:30pm.

All members can request codes and login details. 

Next Performance

We can't wait to perform again! As soon as guidelines and policies are in place, we will be working on our next show!

Latest News

We are excited to announce that all projects will be reopening soon with some changes to timetables and procedures (due to COVID-19).  Members have been contacted with arrangements. 


Come and spend your free time doing something fun, worthwhile and extremely rewarding! 


Living It Up Events formed in 2009. Originally a community group, it became a Community Interest Company in 2016. Living It Up was initially set up to promote Mencap’s ’Stay Up Late’ national campaign. This campaign was to promote the rights of people with a learning disability to stay up late and have fun. 

Living It Up Events is run by Claire Crawford-Smith and Fizz Heseltine and has a team of 5 Directors, one of whom is a member. We pride ourselves as being a user-led organisation and all our projects have advisory groups and committee meetings to enable our members to make decisions about how things are run.


Living It Up could not run without the support of our volunteers, students, venues, other organisations and donations and we are really grateful to everyone who helps us in any way.

We throw the BEST parties in town! Currently we hold disco and party events in Bedford every few months for people with a learning disability or other disability.


Members are able to meet friends and experience a club or pub setting in a safe environment. We have hundreds of members and the events are fabulous fun. 



Living It Up Performing Arts Centre is an educational day time opportunity for adults with a learning disability or autism to learn and showcase performing and creative arts.

Our experts teach sessions on musical instruments, singing, drama, dance, radio presenting, song writing, podcasting, film editing and art.


Gig Buddies supports people with a learning disability or autism to be partnered with one of our trained, DBS-checked volunteers who will go out socially every month to do an activity which is enjoyed by both people.


Gig Buddies Bedford is part of a worldwide Gig Buddy franchise set up by Stay Up Late. 



Living It Up Gr8 Mates is an exciting new friendship and dating project for adults with a learning disability and/or autism.

We hold regular events to support people to make new friends and possibly find a boyfriend or girlfriend. If you would like more information please get in contact.





postal address:

43 Bromham Road, Bedford, MK40 2AA / 07964 067443 / 07951 368683 /

performing arts centre address:

St Cuthberts Hall, Newnham Street, Bedford, MK40 3JR