Rothsay Education Centre (REC) provides learning and social opportunities 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.


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


A range of regular trips, annual holidays and weekly walks with Rothsay Ramblers 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

Elena Ramos is from Madrid, Spain and has lived and taught in Bedford for over twenty years. She is an enthusiastic and motivating tutor, who loves helping and supporting people with learning and passing on her Hispanic heritage and love for languages and culture.

"I love the atmosphere, the friends I have made over the years and the metal stimulation I get from continuing to study......."


"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."