With so much to offer, Bedford mixes two of today’s essential requirements for a home town: fantastic amenities and the great outdoors. With the current situation impacting how we live our daily lives and people choosing to live, work, shop and eat locally, location has once again become a priority for homebuyers. So, we’ve sent out our local search team to find and bring you Bedford town’s hidden gems, top destinations and must-see attractions for you to enjoy now and after lockdown.
1/ The River Great Ouse
First up is the picturesque riverside setting created by the River Great Ouse, which runs through the town. In the early 1800’s this water bustled with boats carrying coal, building materials and supplies for metal workers, brewers and bakers. Often described as the jewel in Bedford’s crown, today the embankment hosts The Bedford River Festival and the occasional boat race and is home to wonderful local wildlife. A beautiful spot for walkers, there’s always plenty to see including a charming Victorian bandstand and array of flowers and foliage at Bedford Castle Mound.
2/ Coffee House
With takeaway available, the Coffee House is a friendly local spot with a warm and welcoming atmosphere, the perfect location for meeting friends and hosting business meetings, with the lure of fantastic coffee. Situated on St Paul’s square on the town centre side-lines, just a stone’s throw from Bedford’s Victorian Embankment, the Coffee House is a regular go to for coffee lovers.
3/ Bedford Escape Rooms
Once life returns to normal, Bedford Escape Rooms is a fun outing for the whole family. Featuring 3 mysteries to solve in The Saw Room, The Murder Scene and The Laboratory this venue also has a stylish cocktail bar. Situated right on the high street, there’s even a leader board for competitive visitors who want a challenge!
4/ Priory County Park
Every season has its intrinsic appeal in Bedford and Priory County Park is currently awash with sensational autumn colours. Whether it’s a leisurely bike ride or a day long hike, it’s a wonderful oasis, ideal for dog walkers and outdoor enthusiasts.
5/ Fancy Bakery
Locals flock here for Bedford’s best cakes and desserts, with takeaway services available throughout lockdown. All prepared with the finest ingredients, those with a sweet tooth will not be able to resist their famous Chocolate Toothpaste Fancy or Classic Swiss Roll.
6/ The Higgins Pantry
Serving locally roasted coffee, pots of tea and cake, this unique independent family business is located in the heart of Bedford’s cultural quarter. For a feast on fresh lunches and imaginative Mediterranean sharing platters or pizza and pasta, The Higgins Pantry can’t be beaten.
7/Bedford’s Charter Market
With a tight knit community feel and stalls selling an array of fresh produce and a wide range of quality goods, Bedford Charter Market features items from olives to key cutting services and toys to hot food. You’ll find it on Wednesdays and Saturdays on Harpur Square and St Paul’s Square.
8/ The Embankment
One of the town’s premier spots, as the name suggests, this restaurant/B&B has stunning views of Bedford’s beautifully landscaped Embankment and will be open for business after lockdown. With 20 en-suite bedrooms, it’s popular with business travellers looking for a friendly place to stay and locals welcoming friends and family. The menus feature a huge and tempting range of breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes.
9/ Rogan’s Books
Known as Bedford’s storytellers, this book shop is located on Castle Lane and specialises in children’s titles. It’s a great place to buy presents with friendly staff who are always available with recommendations to get those imaginations working and you can even order books right from home, using their online shop.
10/ Bedford Park
With plenty of space of for picnics and long socially distanced autumnal walks with friends and family, this stunning park hosts a fun playground for kids with a range of sports facilities such as a tennis court and football pitch. The park also has a great café with good food, the perfect stop off for some nibbles on your idyllic autumnal walk.
11/ Panacea Museum
This fascinating museum is known to be utterly thought provoking, whacky and a historic time capsule situated in a beautiful setting. Definitely worth the visit, here you can discover the amazing story of the religious community who formed in Bedford in the early 20th century, a unique experience to look forward to after lockdown.
12/ Bedford Gourmet Food Market
Every Thursday on Harpur Square, this sophisticated market offers an impressive range of quality foods. Also catering for lunch with delicious take-away dishes the tempting stalls here are joined by The Farmers Market on the second and fourth Thursday of the month.
With historic venues, a wonderful choice of green spaces and charming independent shops, Bedford’s numerous hotspots are all there to be discovered and enjoyed. Easily accessible from The Harpurs at De Montfort Place, which features a selection of new 5-bedroom homes set within a private gated development, there’s no need to venture further a- field in Bedfordshire’s county town. Please visit https://storey-homes.co.uk/development/de-montfort-place-the-harpurs/ for more information.
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