Rothsay Education Centre (REC) provides learning for people over the age of 50. We encourage students to continue to grow and learn, contributing to their health and wellbeing while enabling them to contribute to their communities.

Based on the traditional adult education model, the Centre, a self-funded charity, delivers over 200 courses from a beautiful, refurbished Victorian building just off the centre of Bedford.

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Courses on art, languages, literature, science, music and many more delivered by engaging and expert tutors.


Find out about a range of regular trips, annual holidays and weekly walks available to members.

Cafe & room hire

Enjoy freshly prepared meals, snacks and drinks in our café. Hire our spacious classrooms or garden for an event.

Support REC

As a self-funded charity we rely on donations. Find out more about how to donate or sponsor the Centre.

Meet a tutor

I’m looking forward to my next course at the REC, starting in January which will examine two of the great religions of India and the world: Hinduism and Buddhism. Join me to find out more about their development, ethics, beliefs and philosophies.

A great place to meet people, study ideas and concepts.


We are so fortunate in Bedford to have this institution. It has been, and still is, a source of much good company, valued friendships and accumulation of knowledge.