LIFESTYLE, CULTURE & LEISURE
Bedford’s voice speaks more than a hundred languages that create a vibrant cultural mix. Add to this the growing global links that shape Bedford’s attitude, and it’s easy to see why so many major companies are planning their futures here too.
The town centre has undergone a massive renaissance with large scale ‘quarter’ redevelopments. The Riverside and bus station development schemes have been completed and deliver major new retail space, leisure facilities, hotel, cinema, housing and improved transport interchanges.
Leisure options in Bedford include:
- 470 retail stores.
- 30 miles of water to walk beside and enjoy.
- 2,350 acres of accessible green space.
- 13 cinema screens and 4 theatre venues.
- The Higgins Bedford (formally Cecil Higgins Art Gallery & Bedford Museum).
- Several leading adrenalin and sports attractions.
- 560 miles of countryside footpaths.
The redevelopment of Castle Lane has now been completed and links the Cultural Quarter and the High Street. Castle Quay was officially opened on 19 February 2009 and is already breathing new life into the Town Centre. This exciting development provides a new location for modern town centre living. The Castle Quay development embraces the rich heritage of this area of the town, showcasing an open air archaeology park "Castle Bailey Gardens", and the Lime Kiln Vault, providing a fitting gateway to the Cultural Quarter and the refurbished Museum and Art Galleries.