Love Your Market Week


Bedford is a thriving market town with its original 'charter' dating back more than 800 years when King Henry II granted it in 1166, allowing Bedfordians to hold their own market. A market has been held on St Paul's Square since the 1500's.

Bedford Charter Market

Every Wednesday & Saturday, 8.30am - 4.00pm
Harpur Square & St. Paul’s Square, Bedford Town Centre

The general Markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays on the historic Harpur and St Paul's Squares has retained a freshness and appeal by offering a wide range of quality goods at affordable prices, from olives to key cutting services, toys to hot food. 

But Bedford’s market trade isn’t just historic – since 2004 the county town has transformed itself into ‘A Town of Markets’ by introducing several new speciality markets. 

Thursdays in Bedford are now filled with the sensual delights of its regular Gourmet Food market whilst Fridays plays host to the beautiful Home and Garden Market

Bedford Gourmet Market

Every Thursday, 9.30am - 4.00pm
Midland Road, Bedford Town Centre

The speciality markets are held in Harpur Square in the heart of the historic town centre. Bedford’s Gourmet Food Market, offers a wide range of quality foods and food-related products. 

The lunchtime trade is also catered for with tasty takeaway food and drinks being available. On the second and fourth Thursday of each month the market is boosted by the local Farmers’ Market with its local produce and WI cakes. 

Bedford Farmers Market

Every second and fourth Thursday of the month, 9.30am - 4.00pm
Harpur Square, Bedford Town Centre

On the second Thursday of each month the Gourmet market is boosted by the local Farmers’ Market with its local produce and WI cakes. 

The Farmer's Market is on the Market on the second AND fourth Thursday of the month. 

Home & Garden Market

Every Friday, 8.30am - 3.30pm
Harpur Square, Bedford Town Centre

Friday's Home & Garden Market offers an array of cut flowers and plants, together with specialist garden products. 

It’s proving to have a year-round appeal, with shoppers and town centre staff seen carrying armfuls of flowers through the town at lunchtime! 

Handmade in Bedford Market

2nd Saturday of each month (excluding January and February)

Midland Road

The traders on this market display goods they themselves have made or produced and all are local to the Bedfordshire area. Anything you buy on this market will be unique as well as unusual and most of the traders are happy to take commissions if you want that something extra special.


Now accepting town centre vouchers

Many of Bedford's market traders also accept Love Bedford vouchers as payment. Check the stalls for "Love Bedford vouchers redeemable here" signs

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