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Bedford in General
Member Name: sophie131
Bedford in General
Advantages: Great links for places.
Disadvantages: Bad shopping.
So.. Bedford. It is located near to Luton and Milton Keynes, around a 25 minute drive to each which is handy. The trains are also good connections with trains to London leaving every 15 minuted.
Shopping wise, Bedford is terrible perhaps the worst place to even attempt to shop! Even if we do have one or two decent shops, the chances of you finding anything in them that you want is impossible because they are all so small! The 'big' shops ( as in big names, not size) Bedford has is:
River Island, Next, Accesorize, Debenhams, M & S, BHS, Boots, Argos, Topshop, Dorothy Perkins, New Look, Primark, several phone shops, TKMaxx, ELC, Wilkinsons. This is basically it. And once again the shops are mostly tiny!
There is quite good history behind the town of Bedford though and there is quite a lot to do with that. There is a place called the 'castle mound' which you can walk up and there is a free museum at the top of it. There is also a small art gallery.
The tourist info is quite handy, so if you are visiting pop in there and they will tell you what's going on.
This weekend we just had the River Festival which is HUGE in Bedford, it's over 2 days and there is a parade and several stages with lots of different things going on. There is also a fairground and a massive firework display and boat races, it's great fun!
Also, if you have kids, check out Bedford Butterfly Park and whipsinade zoo or Woburn Safari Park, I still have good memories from all those places!
Summary: A good base if you want to travel about, not good for shopping!