This Sunday (8 August) sees the fourth Bedford Flea and Affordable Art Market of 2021 and organisers Talia and Laura are promising an absolutely cracking lineup to complement the other events taking place in Bedford this weekend.
Antique hunters will be spoilt for choice with this month’s bumper crop of flea vendors, the most stalls they’ve had this season.
“This is the perfect opportunity to pick up some unique finds,” said artist and Flea organiser, Talia Giles.
“From retro clothing, bags and hats from Mumarumba’s, to 90s sports and utility wear from Caution Vintage to French Broccante and antiques from Petite Bouder, and furniture items from Pack Your Trunk, we have the antiques, bric-a-brac, vinyl and collectables kingdom covered.
“It will be a rummager’s paradise.”
In the affordable art section, as well as some returning favourites, there will be some brand new local artists including Northants screen printer, Ceri Shannon and illustrator Shadow and Saviour.
“And, we’ve even got a guest appearance from the artist father of one of the Caution Vintage duo with his wildlife art, Mal Daisley,” said Talia.
In the ever-popular local produce section, the Bedford Flea family of farmers, growers and food and drink makers return with some mouth-watering goodies.
Of course, you can’t visit the market without leaving with a bunch of fresh-cut flowers grown in Stagsden by Jane Hutcheon of Hay Lane Flowers. She supplies most of the local wedding and special occasion florists in the area, so you can pick up your own bunch for as little as £10 a bunch and they last for days.
For this month only, visitors will be treated to fresh, steaming hot pizza from local legends Fold Me Close who make Neapolitan style pizza with slow rise dough.
Owner, Peter, only launched at the start of this year but is already a regular on the local foodie circuit. If you what to whet your appetite, keep an eye on the Bedford Flea social media for the menu arriving on Saturday morning.
Bedford Flea and Affordable Art Market takes place in St Paul’s Square on Sunday from 10am – 3.30pm. Parking in all council-owned car parks is free all day.
Also taking place in the town this weekend is the Jamaican Independence Day celebrations on Saturday in Harpur Square.
From midday til 6pm, special guests including Repair Shop’s Jay Blades, musician and food entrepreneur Levi Roots and Radio 1Xtra’s Seani B will be bringing the best of Jamaican culture to the heart of Bedford.
On Sunday, this summer’s Music in the Meadows season begins at the bandstand on Mill Meadows.
Bedford’s many independent shops, cafes and restaurants are open this Saturday and Sunday, so why not make a weekend of it?