Street party to celebrate Bedford’s independent businesses

St Cuthbert's Street Party

This Saturday, the independent businesses of St Cuthbert’s Street will be celebrating their variety and individuality with a party, organised by DJ collective, Roll Your Own Records.

The free event will see music and entertainment in many of the street’s businesses, giving customers an extra reason to visit one of Bedford’s most vibrant destinations.

As town centres adapt to survive changing shopping habits and big store closures, independent businesses are offering a real incentive to visitors to step off the beaten track to discover unique products and services.

A trip to St Cuthbert’s Street, the Old Arcade, St Peter’s Street or Mill Street reveals more and more independent shops opening, bucking the trend of store closures up and down the country.

Events, street parties, workshops and demonstrations are ways that independent shops and businesses create a vibrant visitor experience that chain stores struggle to compete with.

“We’ve held events in most of the places along the street over the years,” said Roll Your Own Records’ Dave Wright.  “We thought it was about time we celebrated the hard work and determination of the businesses and their owners to make the street – and Bedford – better.

“We have worked with each business to tailor music and entertainment to compliment them.

“We will be putting in DJ’s in Herd, Beerfly and Bears and Tales and musicians in Vanilla Tree. Roosters have a Caribbean pop up food stall and Herd will be serving from their menu all day too.

“We can to bring together the three elements that make a good party; music, food and drink. We will be starting at 1pm and the event is free.