Whether you prefer the hustle and bustle of a market, the excitement of an auction, the centrality of a shopping centre or the convenience of a retail park, Bedford has the shopping experience to suit you.
Bedfordshire Shopping Centres
Whether it’s clothes, food, or something special you’re looking for, you’ll find it in Bedford. The compact pedestrianised shopping area of Bedford has over 300 shops, including small boutiques as well as large retailers such as Marks and Spencers, BHS, Next, Body Shop and Debenhams.
A stroll out of the town centre to the slightly bohemian Castle Road area offers the opportunity for a coffee in a pavement cafe or perhaps you’ll find a treasure of a book in the antique book store?
Surrounding town centres and villages offer a wide range of shops from traditional high street chains to smaller niche retailers; the Georgian town of Ampthill is renowned for its antique emporia and elegant furniture and teashops, as is Woburn.
As you drive into the countryside you’ll find plenty of fresh local produce – from roadside stores to abundantly stocked farm shops, you’ll find freshest produce money can buy. Whether it’s seasonal fruit and veg, locally reared meat, free range eggs or a bunch of flowers, you’ll find it in Bedford.
Farmers Markets and veg box schemes have been operating for many years and focus on providing you with fresh local produce, so if you’re preferred shop is from the comfort of your own home, then Bedford has something for you.