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Love Your Market Week

It’s time to celebrate our thriving market town as part of the national Love Your Market Week (2nd to 7th July)!

Bedford’s market history dates back more than 800 years, when King Henry II granted the charter in 1166 which would allow Bedfordians to hold their own market.

Since the 1500s, a market was held on St Paul’s Square until eventually it outgrew the site and moved to the Riverside Square car park some 18 years ago.  It was not until February 2002 that part of the market returned to its roots on St Paul’s Square and Harpur Square, bringing it back to the heart of Bedford’s town centre.  

Here in Bedford our markets have bucked wider trends and have continued to grow and to thrive with plans to extend the market’s footprint to accommodate additional traders underway.

Mayor Dave Hodgson said; “Our markets play a vital role in our local community and every week they offer a colourful array of interesting and varied goods to purchase.

Our markets really help bring Bedford to life, making it a more vibrant place to live work and visit, and I urge everyone to come out and support them this week and beyond.” 

As part of Love Your Market Week, the Charter Market will run everyday from Monday 2nd until Saturday 7th July;

Visiting markets including stalls from the Continental Market and Handmade in Bedfordshire will also be in the town centre from Wednesday 4th to Saturday 7th. 

The Gourmet Food Market will be on Thursday 5th and the Home and Garden Market will run on Friday 6th. 

Free reusable market bags provided by Bedford Borough Council will also be handed out from Wednesday through to Saturday.

Interested in becoming a market trader? Contact Paul or Wayne in the Markets Team on 01234 718676 for a chat and more information. 

To find out more about Love Your Market Week visit; http://www.nabma.com/mary-portas-ppomotes-national-market-day/.

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