Bedford Borough Council

Bedford Borough is located 35 minutes to the north of London by train and consists of the towns of Bedford and Kempston as well as 44 rural parishes in the surrounding area.

Bedford Borough Council works to meet the needs and improve the lives of over 168,000 residents, local businesses and visitors to the area. We deliver key local services including education, road and footway improvements, libraries and parks as well as care and support for the most vulnerable in our vibrant and diverse community. The Council also provides a number of cultural services including The Higgins Bedford, Bedford Corn Exchange, Bedford Markets and events and activities throughout our parks and open spaces.

We have a Directly Elected Mayor and 40 Councillors who work closely with our senior management team to make the Borough a better place to live, work and visit.

We are based at Borough Hall, in the heart of Bedford Town Centre on the banks of the River Great Ouse.


Wells & Co

Wells is a name that has been synonymous with high quality brewing and great pubs since 1876.

Over 140 years of brewing expertise has helped grow a small family business in Bedford into one of the UK’s most respected pub companies and brewers. We take great pride in our heritage, still promoting the same values as our founder Charles Wells to this day, focusing on quality and innovation but keeping our customers at the heart of everything we do. Although the company continues to evolve, we still remain a family business with the Wells family firmly at the helm.

We pride ourselves on the individuality of our sites; each of our Pub Partners is different, so each and every Wells & Co pub you visit will offer a truly unique pub experience – but you will always find a warm welcome and a great pint of beer!

The Shuttleworth Collection & Swiss Garden

One of Bedfordshire’s best-loved visitor attractions, The Shuttleworth Collection & Swiss Garden are just off the A1 at Biggleswade. On-site parking is free, coaches are welcome, or fly into our grass airfield (PPR required).  As a self-funding Education Trust, we charge entrance fees to visit The Collection and the Swiss Garden, but our restaurant, gift shop, and Play Area are available to everyone.

Photo by Darren Harbar

Bedford Heights

Bedford Heights is Bedford’s most desirable business destination. Home to over 70 businesses from start ups to established corporates, and 1600 employees and business owners, Bedford Heights is a thriving commercial hub offering contemporary office space from 120 to 25,000 sq ft.

The dedicated conference space can cater for events with up to 200 delegates and the onsite Graze Café serves freshly prepared food and drinks.

The stylish mid century-inspired lounge is a comfortable, welcoming place to relax in or meet clients whilst three courtyards situated within the grounds of Bedford Heights mean you can make the most of warmer weather or enjoy lunch alfresco.

The Bedford Clanger

Established in 2011, the Bedford Clanger is Bedford’s independent, monthly arts and culture publication, aiming to raise the profile of the town. We hold a unique place among traditional local media and advertising free sheets and we concentrate on showcasing the very best of the town’s live music, theatre, independent shops, bars, clubs, restaurants, pubs and events. Our contributors are experts in their field and many are published authors and all share our over-riding passion for Bedford.

Our ethos is simple: to make residents feel proud of where they live, to make non-residents want to visit and to make visitors want to move here. Over the last five years, we feel we are achieving our aims. Pride in the town is on the increase, positivity is spreading and those who move here often cite the Clanger as a catalyst for their decision.

The Harpur Trust

For over 450 years The Harpur Trust has been inspiring and supporting the people of Bedford to help them improve their lives. We want everyone to  have pride in our community and to realise their own potential.  We give grants to local community projects, we support, provide and promote education, we look after older people in our almshouses and other accommodation and we make social investments.