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The BIG Showcase

BEDFORD’S BIG HIGH STREET SHOWCASE

 

On Saturday 14th June from 9.30am - 4.30pm, Bedford High Street will be taken over once again by a special summer festival.

 

Following on from last year’s hugely popular event, which attracted tens of thousands of people to the High Street area and saw footfall double on the Saturday, the Big High Street Showcase is set to return. Expect to see a range of local businesses, community groups and entertainers all coming together on Bedford High Street and Mill Street to showcase their talents in the heart of Bedford.

 

This community event, organised by Bedford Borough Council, displays the fantastic wealth of independent retailers in Bedford, particularly in, and around, the High Street area. Over 50 businesses will be trading outside on the day, demonstrating their products and services, with many at special event prices. Further events include children’s entertainment; craft activities and funfair rides; the Owls from The Raptor Foundation plus the live music and dance stage featuring everything from choirs, bands and soloists to street dancing, swing and classical Indian dance.

 

The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “The Big High Street Showcase was a tremendous success last year, with huge numbers of additional visitors attracted to the town centre.  We want as many people as possible to come and enjoy the fun this year, too, with an array of activities, stalls, entertainment and more on offer. We’re looking forward to a great atmosphere once again, as people take the opportunity to enjoy and support their town centre at this genuine community event.”

 

New for 2014 will be the opportunity to also get involved in martial arts, lawn bowls, tennis, practise your footballing skills with Beds F.A, join a mini gun run with the Air Cadets or sign-up for ultimate combat gaming with Battlefield Live.

 

A photographic competition entitled “High Street is…” will be launched at the Showcase, inviting you to capture images of High Street through your eyes. The competition is open to all, regardless of age or experience – with fantastic prizes to be won.  So, pick up a flyer of competition details from the Bedford Camera Club stall at the BedPop Shop at 68 High Street, The Arcade.

 

For further information, please go to www.bedford.gov.uk/highstreetshowcase or contact Sian Hughes on 01234 276257 or email sian.hughes@bedford.gov.uk

 

Please note: Bedford High Street will be closed to traffic from the junction with St. Peter’s Street to the north of St. Paul’s Square and from Duke Street on Mill Street, from 6am - 7pm, on Saturday 14th June. 

 

The event has been funded with support from The Town Heritage Initiative, Bedford Portas Town Team and Bedford Borough Council.

 

It’s all set to be fantastic family day out, so put it in your diary!

 


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