Based on the banks of the beautiful River Great Ouse, Bedford offers something that many other towns can’t with a choice of shopping malls or winding and characterful back streets filled with independent shops.

An eclectic selection of markets regularly fill the town, such as the Bedford Gourmet Market and Bedford Farmers’ market for local produce. The Garden Market and Arts and Crafts Fair offer enjoyable browsing territory, while June welcomes a Continental Market offering produce from Europe.

The Harpur Centre, Bedford’s premier shopping centre, is open seven days a week and presents 36 stores over two levels, including high street favourites: Boots, Primark and Topshop. It offers free parking for shoppers on Sundays. The Centre is easy to find, just a few metres from the bus station and 10-minutes’ walk from the train station.

The Arcade offers a unique shopping experience away from the hustle and bustle of the high street. In its calm surroundings it boasts a wide selection of independent shops, selling designer fashion, jewellery, home furnishings, lingerie, kitchenware and health foods.