Competition Time with #bedfordindies and Bedford Independent

Roll up, roll up, it’s the Bedford Independents fabulous festive giveaway, with 13 incredible prizes up for grabs, thanks to some fabulous independent local businesses.

From escape room experiences to afternoon tea, hampers to houseplants, there’s something for everyone from our favourite #BedfordIndies.

To enter, all you need to do is tell us the three words that sum up Bedford to you.

Email your three words to by Friday 18 December to be in with a chance of being picked in the prize draw.

Please make sure you state which prize you would like to win. One email per prize (you can enter for one than one prize).

Winners will be picked at random, and here’s what you could get your mitts on…

St Cuthbert’s
Prize – St Cuthbert’s hamper

Included in the hamper are some products from selected businesses on St Cuthbert’s Street, including a voucher for one of Tom’s famous cocktails from Bears & Tales, the world famous peanut butter ground at The Store and a home roasted winter spiced granola from Vanilla Tree.

Also, Beerfly selected brews from Three Hills and The Flying Cork’s Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile.

Please note: To ensure the freshness of the Bears and Tales Cocktail you will receive a £20 voucher which can be redeemed later at Bears and Tales for either drink in or one of their take away bottles.

Beerfly Online Shop


Prize – Discovery Pack

Brewpoint’s online store is open – and between their exclusive range of canned beers and branded merchandise, you’re sure to find the perfect treat or stocking filler for the beer fan in your life.

A Taste of Brewpoint is back open where you can enjoy beers, pizza and live music in their heated courtyard. Booking essential.

Bridges Espresso Bar
Prize – Christmas or regular afternoon tea for two

Bridges Espresso Bar is a family run business in the heart of the Riverside development which prides itself on its “local first” policy.

They have a great range of homemade cakes including their signature Bridges Espresso Chocolate Toothpaste.


Coffee House
Prize – A handpicked house plant and pot combos, on display in-store, up to the value of £18.00

The Coffee House (no under new management) has been a staple venue for many coffee lovers over the years. Located on St Paul’s square on the town centre side-lines, just a stone’s throw from Bedford’s Victorian Embankment.

Don’t Get Locked In Escape Rooms
Prize – 2 x adult escape room prize (worth £40 each)

Don’t Get Locked In are a family run local and independent escape room business with 6 themed escape rooms and a bar, based in Allhallows, Bedford.

They have launched a Click ’n’ Collect service at the start of lockdown 2 selling their own Don’t Get Locked Gin and contemporary rums which are sourced locally. Gift vouchers will make great Christmas presents.


Fays Coffee House
Prize – 6 piece brownie box
Prize – £10 gift voucher to spend on retail or food/drink

Nestled on the corner of Mill Street and St Cuthbert’s Street, Coffee at Fays offer great coffee, drinks and treats. They also sell kitchen and coffee retail goodies which make great gifts.

You can also visit their website for their hamper selections, brownies delivered, movie night boxes, hampers and their coffee lovers’ gift set – all available for free local delivery or collection.

Herrings Green Farm and Falconry Centre
Prize – Family one-hour Owl Bubble Experience Voucher

Valid to end of December 2021, two adults and two children, to come along for a fun interactive session meeting and learning about owls small and large, watching them in flight – swooping and soaring high and experiencing the thrill of owls landing on your arm.

Herrings Green Farm where you can currently enjoy a Christmas Alpaca walk over the fields.

Also onsite is their farm shop stocked with fresh fruit and veg, dairy, cheeses, chutneys and pickles, cider, ale and gin, sweet treats and stocking fillers.

The Longholme Cafe
Prize – Alfresco brunch for 2 people at The Longholme Café with drinks and cake, valid through to June 2021

Established in May 2017 The Longholme is a family run site with a focus on quality food and comfortable surroundings.

Offering an inclusive menu featuring brunch favourites and foods that cater to dietary requirements and preferences.

The courtyard area boasts comfortable pallet seating, heaters and blankets in the winter and sheltered seating. In the summertime, there’s deck chair seating lakeside on busy days.

Otter & Moose
Prize – Prize box containing: locally sourced honey, chutney, chocolate, gingerbread decorations and shortbread, all presented in a red house-shaped box and will be delivered to your doorstep in the week before Christmas.

Otter and Moose are passionate about supporting local makers and specialise in beautifully curated gift boxes full of products sourced from Bedfordshire and the surrounding counties.

They can post gifts to anywhere in the world complete with your choice of message, but they’re also very happy to make doorstop deliveries in the Bedford and surrounding area.

Rice Thai
Prize – Rice Thai voucher to the value of £20

Unique Thai dining from traditional Thai entrees and soups to authentic Thai salads, curries, stir-fries, rice and noodle.

Rice Thai dishes are prepared and cooked fresh to order, ensuring they are fresh and flavoursome when they arrive at your table.

Open for takeaway, collection and delivery service (25% off collection).


Ready Steady Roll
Prize – Bundle of games: Santa Banter, Don’t Get Got, Christmas Edition and Doodle Rush

Ready Steady Roll in Sharnbrook, is an award-winning board game café and shop with over 400 games available to play in-store (lockdown guidelines permitting) and a large selection of handpicked games available to buy online.

The Ready Steady Roll team can help you find the perfect game to play or gift this Christmas. Gift vouchers to stay and play and enjoy a slice of homemade cake are also available.

Tana Thai
Prize – Set menu for two ‘Thai Experience’

Tana Thai was born of a passion for healthy Thai food. Each dish is developed using the best and freshest ingredients, ensuring that all are of the utmost quality.

The enthusiastic chef Tana and her team work hard to provide an enjoyable dining experience, which you can enjoy in the comfort of your home during lockdown (10 miles radius for delivery).

20% discount if you collect (phone 01234 481482).

Made in Bedford No. 13
Prize – Made in Bedford hamper featuring products made by some of the town’s most talented designers, makers and crafters.

The Made in Bedford No. 13 eco cafe and shop in St Paul’s Square is a great place to find beautiful and unique gifts and cards, designed and made by local creatives.

Their shop combines with a 100% vegan cafe, serving handmade food and locally roasted coffee, making this the perfect place for your sustainable and ethical Christmas.

How to enter

Send your three words that sum up Bedford to by Friday 18 December and the winners will be randomly selected from all entries.

Remember to make sure you state which prize you would like to win. One email per prize (you can enter for one than one prize).

Winners will be notified by email on Saturday 19 December. For full Terms and Conditions available here.

This competition is in partnership with
the above businesses who have donated prizes.


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