Become a ‘hometown tourist’ as Bedford Tour Guides launch new 2022 programme

It’s time to take a look at our town with fresh eyes by becoming a hometown tourist, thanks to the Bedford Tour Guides’ new season of walks.

You’ll be amazed at what is right on your doorstep…

With a wealth of knowledge and experience, what the Bedford Tour Guides don’t know about our town isn’t worth knowing. Established by the Borough Council over 20 years ago, the Tour Guides are your key to the hidden history of Bedford.

Following a covid-related hiatus, the Tour Guides have returned with their twice-weekly tours on a plethora of subjects and have a passion for sharing their stories.

The walks take place every Wednesday and Sunday and leave from the gold postbox in St Paul’s Square at 11am. Pre-booking is essential. You can find out more at the website or book online here.

They’ll also be featured in the Bedford Clanger’s weekly What’s on Guide here.

Their most popular walk is called ‘I Never Knew That’ and Bedfordians who join this tour are always amazed at how much history of the town is unknown to them.

Find out which statue in Bedford town centre features this hidden secret…

Fascinatingly, the years during the Second World War saw many departments of the BBC relocate to Bedford to avoid the bombings in London.

During the Blitz it was deemed too dangerous for the BBC’s Music Department to remain in London, and they were originally ‘evacuated’ to Bristol.  Unfortunately, as they arrived in the West Country, Bristol came under heavy bombing too.

The Mayor of Bedford heard of their plight and offered the musicians a home in our town.

One of the BBC’s secret locations in Bedford during WWII

A hired train left Bristol with the entirety of the BBC’s musicians, band leaders and technical crews and they established themselves in various buildings around the town including The Corn Exchange.  Other departments then followed including drama and news.

You can join the popular WWII walk throughout the summer to find out more.

Each week we’ll highlight the forthcoming walks in our What’s On Guide, but you can find out more on their website here and pre-book your walk here. If you add the discount code HIGGINS30 it will remove the transaction fee at the checkout.

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