Yeah, we know we bang on about this all year, but now that Christmas is over, our town centres need even more TLC. It’s not just about indies; if we want to keep Debenhams, M&S, WH Smiths and New Look in our town, we need to shop there. Use them or lose them.
Visit a Museum
The Higgins, John Bunyan and Panacea museums are all right on our doorstep in the Cultural Quarter. Spend a day and immerse yourself in the history and heritage of Bedford. Lots of places to stop for lunch nearby too!
Love your town
Be proud of our town. Support the Blues and the Eagles (other sports teams are available), drink in your local pub, go to events, walk along the Embankment, hire a boat on the River Great Ouse, take loads of photos and make people who don’t live here jealous of your Insta grid.
Use the Library
With hundreds of free events throughout the year, plus books, CDs and magazines to borrow, it’s time to love your local library.
Watch live music
Esquires is at the heart of live music in Bedford, having hosted Elbow, Coldplay, George Ezra and Idles over the years. The residency of the Philharmonia at the Corn Exchange brings top quality classical music to Bedford and St Paul’s church hosts free weekly recitals. Add to that, live music in pubs and bars most nights of the week (rock, blues, jazz, soul, r&b – you name it) and there’s something for every musical taste.
Keep Bedford Tidy
Nothing gets Bedfordians going more than a good Facebook rant about rubbish. Be the difference, and bin litter if you see it. And definitely don’t drop it.
Support your local theatre
Performance, comedy, dance, film screenings, NT Live screenings, children’s shows, magicians, puppetry, improv and more. There’s so much to see at the Place, the Quarry, the Corn Exchange and Sharnbrook Mill Theatre.
Become a hometown tourist
Hire a boat at the Longholme, visit St Paul’s Church, walk to Danish Camp, cycle to Sandy, learn about the Panaceans, browse the Eagle Gallery, visit Marston Forest Centre, take a guided walk around Foster Hill Cemetery, join the tour guides around the town centre, go wakeboarding at Box End or sky-diving in Thurleigh. Seriously, do you need to ever leave Bedford?