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Bedford Markets is currently operating as normal on Wednesday and Saturday Charter Markets, Friday Non-Charter market is operating in a new location in Harpur Square due to social distancing.

Kempston Thursday market is currently operating as normal.

Safety precautions will continue to be in place for traders and customers; please adhere to the social distancing rules at all times and where possible use a face covering when shopping on the market to help reduce the risk of transmission.

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Bedford and Kempston markets are currently free of charge to all permanent and casual traders. This offer will run from 1 October to 31 December.

If you are interested in becoming a market trader please complete the casual traders registration form below and return it to markets@bedford.gov.uk

Become a market trader

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

Please contact the Markets Team for more information:

Email: markets@bedford.gov.uk

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

Friday non-charter market

  • Located in Harpur Square
  • Selling a wide range of everyday goods from fashion to household and garden 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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