CHRISTMAS DIARY DATE
The Bedford Christmas Victorian Market 12th, 13th and 14th December 2008
Bedford will be hosting its 16th annual Victorian Christmas Market this year on the 12th, 13th and 14th December. An atmospheric mix of traditional street entertainment and period costumes combined with the heady smells of seasonal specialities are set to make this market one not to miss.
Among the attractions at the Victorian Christmas Market, the heart of Bedford’s town centre will see an array of seasonal gifts, foods and treats for sale. Visitors will be able to shelter from the cold in the Harpur Suite where a Victorian Tea Room will be serving traditional fare.
There's also plenty for the family to do and see – Victorian traditions such as helter skelter, carousel and swing boats, a steam engine, ice rink, coconut shi and hoopla stalls, street entertainment, music and shows all bring a taste of the past back to the town.
Renowned as a Market Town, Bedford still retains its 850 year old market ‘charter’ given to the town by King Henry II. Local residents have been trading in the town centre since 1166 and now enjoy weekly gourmet food and home and garden markets, a monthly farmers’ market and a traditional charter market twice a week.
The Victorian Market will take place in Harpur Square, Midland Road and Harpur Suite, all of which are found in Bedford’s town centre. Opening times are as follows:
Friday 12th: 10am to 7pm
Saturday 13th: 10am to 7pm
Sunday 14th: 10am to 5pm
Bedford is 37 minutes by rail from London St Pancras and easily accessible from the M1 and A1 by car.
Note to Editors:
Bedford is a market town steeped in history and culture, surrounded by picturesque landscape, offering superb employment opportunities and excellent educational, sport and leisure facilities.
Bedford’s workforce currently numbers 75,000 and is predicted to rise to 100,000 by 2011. It offers a multinational population of almost 60 ethnic groups.
Bedford was the first town to get a business improvement district in its centre – and it’s a Government Growth area, delivering 19,500 new homes. The town’s education facilities are the envy of most towns its size, with four renowned public schools, high quality state schools and Bedfordshire and Cranfield Universities.
Bedford has great connections: it’s only 37 minutes from London by train, offers convenient connections to the south, east and midlands, and is positioned close to the M1 and A1, making it an ideal location for commuters and distribution.
More information is available from Ayleen Dunbar and Catherine Hamou at Publicasity
Tel: 01442 261199
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