Positivity wins in Bedford Independent festive giveaway

Bedford's River Great Ouse, Longholme Boat House, Longholme Lake and Butterfly Bridge. Credit: ADC Films
Bedford's River Great Ouse, Longholme Boat House, Longholme Lake and Butterfly Bridge. Credit: ADC Films

The winners of the Bedford Independent festive prize draw have now been picked and if you’re one of the lucky ones, an email will have already winged its way to you.


Prizes including hampers, afternoon tea, escape room experiences and beer were donated by some of Bedford’s best independent businesses to help us spread some Christmas cheer.

All you had to do was email us with the three words that sum up Bedford to you, to be in with a chance of winning.

Back when we launched the competition, little did we know that things would take such a turn and now that we’ve entered Tier 4, just ahead of Christmas, we need all the positivity we can get.

Therefore, we thought we’d share some of the winning three worders with our readers, as we felt a warm fuzzy glow when we read them…

Little Hidden Gems

First up, ‘Little Hidden Gems’. The perfect way to describe the amazing shops, brilliant museums, gorgeous countryside and favourite pubs and bars that are just off the beaten track. Bedford is definitely worth exploring to find your own hidden gems.

Multicultural Embankment Markets

Secondly, ‘Multicultural Embankment Markets’ sums up three of the things Bedford is most well-known for. As one of the most multicultural towns in the UK, we are lucky to be surrounded by the culture, food and festivities of many nationalities.

Bedford Isn’t Sh*t

Whoever sent in, ‘Bedford isn’t Sh*t’, we salute you. The rallying cry of live music venue, Esquires, has been adopted by many Bedfordians to share their hometown love.

My new hometown

‘My new hometown’ was lovely to receive. As Bedford expands and welcomes more new residents, more and more people are discovering the joy of B-Town. We feel truly honoured that you’ve chosen Bedford as your new hometown.

Home Embankment John Bunyan

OK, technically it’s four words, but we couldn’t forget Bedford’s most famous son, so ‘Home Embankment John Bunyan’ was always going to be in with a shout.

Community Diversity Home

And finally, ‘Community Diversity Home’.

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that the communities of Bedford come together in a crisis. From shopping for neighbours to clapping for carers, donating to charities and supporting local businesses, Bedford is bigger than the sum of its parts.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter the prize draw and congratulations to all our winners.

And thank you to all the businesses that provided a prize including St Cuthbert’s Street, Brewpoint, Bridges Espresso Bar, Coffee House, The Longholme, Don’t Get Locked In, Fay’s, Herrings Green, Otter & Moose, Rice Thai, Ready Steady Roll, Tana Thai and Made in Bedford.

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