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Markets reduced service

Following the Government’s advice, Bedford Markets will be running a reduced service to make essential goods available for local residents who need them.

Safety precautions will continue to be in place for traders and customers; please adhere to the two-metre social distancing rule at all times.

Only fresh produce and essential household items will be trading on St Paul’s Square on a Wednesday and Saturday. The traders attending the market will be shared on the day via the Markets Facebook and Twitter channels.

A very limited service will also be available in Kempston at the Saxon Centre on a Thursday. The markets will open at 8am. Hours of operation may be subject to change.

Become a market trader

We are looking for new market traders to enhance our popular markets.

Please contact the Markets Team for more information:


Choose where to run your market stall

Bedford Charter Market

  • Wednesdays and Saturdays at Harpur Square, St Paul’s Square in Bedford town centre
  • A traditional general market
  • Traders must provide their own stall

Kempston Market

  • Thursdays and Sunday outside Kempston Sainsbury’s (Saxon Centre)
  • A traditional general market
  • Traders must provide their own stall

Farmers’ Market

  • Second and fourth Thursday of the month in Harpur Square
  • Market selling fresh, locally-sourced meat, fruit and vegetables
  • Traders must provide their own stall

Handmade in Bedford Market

  • Second Saturday of the month (March to December) in Harpur Square
  • Market selling range of handmade and crafted items
  • Council provides the stall

Friday market

  • Located in Harpur Square
  • Market selling range of cut flowers and specialist garden and household products
  • Traders must provide their own stall

Things you need to know before you book a pitch

All permanent market traders are licensed on our markets.

Please read our market regulations (PDF) 

Casual traders and charity stalls

Casual traders must complete an application form and provide confirmation of public liability insurance (at least £5 million) before trading can commence.

We will keep your Casual Trader Registration Form on file for six months. If you have not heard from us within six months you will need to resubmit your registration form.

We always have opportunities for local charities to take space on our markets. If your organisation is interested in having a stall you will also need public liability insurance up to £5 million, and provide all relevant method statements and risk assessments to the Markets Officer beforehand.

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