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Bedford's Big High Street Showcase is Back - This Saturday!

May 31, 2017 3:43 PM

Children Enjoying the Egg and Spoon Race at Bedford's Big High Street ShowcaseMayor Dave Hodgson has encouraged people to 'come and enjoy the fun' at the Big High Street Showcase, which returns this Saturday, 3rd June, on Bedford High Street.

This special summer festival which celebrates the best of Bedford Borough was introduced by Mayor Dave Hodgson and the Council in 2013 to promote the High Street and Bedford town centre and to expand Bedford's already thriving programme of public events for residents and visitors to enjoy. In its short life it has been hugely successful in attracting extra footfall to the town for the free family-orientated fun on offer.

In an economic landscape for UK town centres which has seen many high streets elsewhere declining alarmingly in recent years, the Big High Street Showcase is one of many actions being taken locally in support of a vibrant, successful town centre.

The annual event is organised by Bedford Borough Council and will feature entertainment and activities provided by a large number of volunteers, community groups and businesses. It's intended that the day will help to promote Bedford's town centre retailers, particularly the fantastic wealth of independent businesses, many of which are located in and around the High Street.

Over 30 businesses will be trading outside on the day, demonstrating their products and services, with many at special event prices alongside the Handmade in Bedfordshire Craft Market. Further attractions include children's entertainment; face painting, craft and cultural activities and funfair rides; the Owls from The Raptor Foundation will be back and the live Lady K music and dance stage will be showcasing local talent.

There'll also be the opportunity to practice your golf swing on the inflatable golf shot or to try your hand at kayaking, table tennis or tennis. There is even a chance to see how fast you can race in a wheelchair! Children can have a go at egg and spoon races on the sports day track or even try the climbing wall. This year will also see the Army Reserves in attendance with some of their vehicles on show for you to take a sneak peek.

Commenting, Mayor Dave said: "The Big High Street Showcase brings in huge numbers of additional visitors to the town centre. We want as many people as possible to come and enjoy the fun this year, too, with an array of activities, stalls, entertainment and more on offer. We're looking forward to a great atmosphere once again, as people take the opportunity to enjoy and support their town centre and local businesses at this community event."

The event will take place on the High Street and Mill Street from 9.30am to 4.30pm. Bedford High Street will be closed to traffic from the junction with St. Peter's Street to the north of St. Paul's Square and from Duke Street on Mill Street, from 6am to 7pm, on 3 June.

A programme is available from Council outlets, local retailers, Bedford Library, The Higgins Bedford and the Corn Exchange Box Office.

For further information, see www.bedford.gov.uk/highstreetshowcase