After months of being covered by chipboard and dust sheets, Bedford’s new look Harpur Centre will be officially unveiled this Saturday (9 March) with an event, organisers say: “Bedford has never seen before.”
Celebrations will see Harpur Centre shoppers transported to a Caribbean Carnival and entertained by an array of exciting entertainers.
The Harpur Centre’s fabulous showgirls and a spectacular samba band will keep the carnival atmosphere going throughout the day.
A glamorous free face painting station will also be available for younger shoppers to dive into the Caribbean spirit and become a carnivalesque character.
Samantha Laycock, Centre Manager at Harpur Centre, who has overseen the refurb said: “We are beyond excited to be unveiling The Harpur Centre’s refurbishment at our exciting carnival celebration.
“We want to give our visitors the best shopping experience possible, which is why our investment programme has been a fundamental part of our vision for the future.
“It’s an exciting time at the Harpur Centre and we are thrilled to be able to share this event with our community.”
James Burchell, at Tellon Capital, added, “We are delighted to have such a fantastic celebration planned for the community. Our project and design team have worked hard in delivering a shopping Centre that the people of Bedford can be proud of.
“We look forward to celebrating with you all on Saturday 9th March.”
While the ‘spiral’ will now live on as a fond memory for many Bedfordians, the refurb has brought the town’s shopping centre, into the 21st century by creating a modern lifestyle and community hub.
The changes include:
- A revitalised central atrium feature also known as the Harpur Tree
- a lift and new stairway from the car park
- Refreshed ceilings and floor finishes and even new décor
- New customer toilets
- A brand new open area have also been added to the refurbished Lower Ground floor
The new look centre will be unveiled at 11am by Mayor David Hodgson with a grand ribbon cutting to kick-off the carnival celebration.
Ping Pong Parlour
Table Tennis England have also made the most of the new look Harpur Centre by opening a pop-up Ping Pong Parlour.
Use of the Ping-Pong tables is free. All Harpur Centre Shoppers just need to do is pick up a paddle and start playing.
“We are delighted to have teamed up with Table Tennis England to deliver such an intriguing and fun concept as the Ping Pong Parlour.” added Samantha Laycock.
“The majority of users so far has been students in their free time having a place to socialise and keep fit, but it has been great to see all generations enjoying the Parlour.
“We hope our shoppers are inspired to keep fit and healthy as well as spend a day in the Centre, shopping, socialising and playing.”
The Parlour, opposite Fraser Hart, is open from 9am – 5:30pm Monday to Saturday and 10:00am – 4:00pm on Sunday.