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Swish your way to style on 22 May

On Wednesday 22 May, Bedford Golf Club in Great Denham will host Swishing-Green exchange event, a fun evening that not only protects the environment but restocks your wardrobe. You bring the things in your wardrobe that are not quite your colour, not a good fit or not really your style. You donate them and hopefully…

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Best of Bedford: Natasha Trudgill

This month’s Best of Bedford features Natasha Trudgill of the Secret Garden in St Cuthbert’s Arcade. Her shop sells pre-loved children’s wear and is a treasure trove of unique finds, great brands and amazing bargains.  This month, the Arcade is holding a pop-up party on Saturday 11 May.  You can read more about it on…

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Small Business Saturday – 1 December 2018

Each year, Small Business Saturday is celebrated throughout the UK on the first weekend in December.  It’s the perfect opportunity to kick of the festive shopping season, showcasing the unique shops, producers and services that enhance our town centres. Throughout 2018, Bedford town centre has seen the launch of a flurry of new small businesses…

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Final Bedford Flea of the season

Sunday 16th September St Paul’s Square, Bedford / 11am – 4pm The last Bedford Flea of the season takes place on St Paul’s Square this Sunday 16 September – with added Affordable Art Market, circus busking and glorious sunshine! Traders old and new will have a selection of quirky collectables, fabulous furniture, pre-loved books, rural…

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#bedfordindies: Made – with love – in Bedford

Our on-going celebration of Bedford’s makers, designers, artists and crafters takes us to St Cuthbert’s Arcade and the Made in Bedford initiative.  So much more than a shop, Made in Bedford is run by Rachel Atkinson, Bedford’s best advocate of local producers. The space in St Cuthbert’s Arcade features an ever-changing array of products made…

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Hattie & Co arrives in the Arcade

Nicola Harris, the award-winning owner of George James Bridal on Bromham Road, is launching a new baby boutique this summer in Bedford’s Old Arcade. “I am a huge supporter of shopping with local indies and Bedford has some thriving, wonderful businesses,” said Nicola.  “Since the birth of my daughter in January I’ve discovered there’s a…

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#bedfordindies: St Cuthbert’s Arcade to launch

26 St Cuthbert’s Street, Bedford MK40 3JG The excitement is mounting as 1 June sees the launch of St Cuthbert’s Arcade, a unique one-stop-shop of 18 independent small businesses all under one roof – and we can’t wait! Following extensive renovations and repairs, the building work is now complete and the new tenants are beginning…

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Unique Bedford: George James Bridal

8 -12 Bromham Road, Bedford MK40 2QA  tel: 01234 353275 georgejamesbridal.com The multi-award winning boutique, George James Bridal is owned by Nicola Weeks and you would be hard-pressed to find someone better suited to their job. Nicola is quite honestly the friendliest and most empathetic person I have ever met; genuinely interested in other people…

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Our (even bigger) Christmas gift guide

We know it’s tempting to lounge on the sofa with a Toblerone and do all your Christmas shopping on Amazon while watching Gogglebox, but there really is nothing like actually going into shops, talking to the lovely shopkeepers and supporting local independent retailers.  We’ve spent a lot of time in Bedford’s shops whilst compiling the…

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