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Bedford - a Town of Markets             

Bedford is a thriving market town with its original ‘charter’ market dating back more than 800 years.

Bedford’s twice-weekly Charter Market literally put the town on the map  when King Henry II granted the charter in 1166 allowing Bedfordians to hold their own market. A market was held on St Paul’s Square since the 1500s but eventually it outgrew the site and was moved to the Riverside Square car park some 18 years ago. During February 2002, part of the market returned to its roots on St Paul’s Square and also to Harpur Square in the heart of Bedford’s town centre.    Charter Markets are held every Wednesday and Saturday.

In Kempston the Thursday and Sunday General Market provides a much sought after service.  

Bedford now also hosts three speciality Markets; a Gourmet Food Market on Thursdays, joined by Farmers Markets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, the Friday Home and Garden Market and a Handmade in Bedford Market in April, May, June, August, September and October on the second Saturday of the month.


Please click on the links below to find out more about the markets:


Bedford Charter Market

Gourmet Food Market

Home and Garden Market

Kempston General Market

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