Love Your Local Market
A week of markets will take place in Bedford town centre to mark
Love Your Local Market between the 20th and 25th
Bedford Borough Council will be offering the opportunity for
local residents and community groups to run a market stall by
offering discounted rates throughout the week.
Bedford’s market history dates back 800 years when King Henry II
granted the charter in 1166 which allowed Bedfordians to hold their
own market. In spite of the difficult economic climate for street
markets and town centres in recent years, Bedford Market has bucked
the trend and has been extended to cover a larger area of the town
Love Your Local Market aims to raise the profile of all town
centre markets and attract new shoppers and market traders.
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “The market is an
important part of Bedford and brings shoppers and traders into the
town centre and the recent extension of our markets, despite the
challenging economic climate, is proof of that.
“Love Your Local Market is an excellent way to show support for
your local market and it is good news that this year we are making
it even easier for local residents and community groups to also run
a stall during the week.
“Our markets really help bring Bedford to life and make it a
more vibrant place and I hope even more people will come out and
support them this week and beyond.”
A market was held on St Paul’s Square since the 1500’s until
eventually it outgrew the site and moved to the Riverside Square
car park nearly 20 years ago. In February 2002 the market returned
to its roots on St Paul’s Square and Harpur Square, bringing it
back to the heart of Bedford town centre.
If you would like to hold a market during Love Your Local Market
Week or you are interested in becoming a market trader, please
contact Paul Jamieson on 01234 718676 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Bedford Markets take place throughout the year:
Wednesday and Saturday: Charter Markets
Thursday: Gourmet Food Market
Thursday: Kempston General Market
Friday: Home & Garden Market