• I am new to Bedford

Bedford is a small county town surrounded by villages and in close proximity to Milton Keynes, Northampton, Oxford and Cambridge, while being just a 35 minute train ride from Central London.

Once a centre for the country’s lacemaking industry and locally renowned breweries, Bedford has an interesting history.

The town has hosted the likes of wartime musician, Glen Miller, and author, John Bunyan who wrote his seminal work, Pilgrim’s Progress, while locked in Bedford prison!

Bedford, however, has since become known for much more. The Bedford Corn Exchange is the largest entertainment venue in town and hosts a variety of performances and concerts. Live music venue, Esquires, also regularly hosts bands from across the UK as well as local acts.

Summertime can be particularly fun in Bedford, with the River Festival held every two years and Proms In The Park held in early August, both attracting thousands of visitors from the wider region.

In addition to the arts, Bedford also has a sporting heritage with Bedford Blues Rugby Club and Bedford Town Football Club, hosting many local fans at their home games.

Rowing is also a major part of the sports scene with the River Ouse hosting a number of regatta events throughout the year.

Being one of the most ethnically diverse towns in the UK in proportion to its size, Bedford is also an interesting place to eat, with cuisines such as Italian, Indian, Caribbean, Eastern European and Middle Eastern on offer in the town centre.

If you are visiting from out of town, we’d recommend a trip to the Tourist Information Centre for more information on what the town has to offer.