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Bedford - A Town of Markets

Bedford is a thriving market town with its original 'Charter' dating back more than 850 years when King Henry II granted it in 1166. A market has been held on St Paul's Square since the 1500's.

Bedford Charter Market

Held: Wednesday and Saturday

Where: Harpur Square / St Paul's Square / Harpur Street / Allhallows, Bedford Town Centre

Busy, vibrant and exciting - whether you want to bag a bargain, buy fresh produce or just soak in the atmosphere, Bedford’s Charter Market is the place to be. Offers a wide range of quality goods at affordable prices, from clothes to key cutting services, toys to hot food.


Kempston Market

Held: Thursday

Where: Saxon Centre, Kempston

The market is well placed to serve the Kempston community, with ample parking & near a bus stop and on a cycle route. It offers a wide range of goods, plants to fudge, greeting cards to fresh fruit and vegetables, pet food and garden equipment, to name a few.


Speciality Markets

Gourmet Food Market

Held: Thursdays

Where: Harpur Square / Midland Road Bedford, Town Centre

Wide range of quality foods and food-related products. The lunchtime trade is also catered for with tasty takeaway food and drinks available.


Home and Garden Market

Held: Fridays

Where: Harpur Square / Midland Road, Bedford Town Centre

Offers an array of cut flowers and plants and household items, together with specialist garden products.


Farmers Markets

Held: 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month

Where: Harpur Square, Bedford Town Centre

Local produce. Visitors will find sales of fresh pork, beef, lamb, and poultry, all locally sourced. You can buy vegetables in season harvested only a day beforehand, plus fruit from local orchards.


Handmade in Bedford Market

Held: March to December on the 2nd Saturday of the month

Where: Harpur Square, Bedford Town Centre

From painting to pottery, needlecraft to calligraphy…the market embraces a diverse range of crafts. Besides selling from their stock the stall holders will happily discuss commissions and take orders.


Bedford Borough’s thriving markets, full of character and history –

come & see what’s on offer for yourself!


Contact: (01234) 718066 /

Twitter: @bedfordmarkets1



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