Bedford is a small town tucked against the Kagaberg (part of the Winterberg range). The areas history dates way back to the days of the hunter gatherers who left their paintings in remote rock shelters. It is a small community that has gained an excellent reputation for seasonal events where the emphasis is on personal service and warm country hospitality rather than large numbers. It is a vibrant town with stylish facilities and friendly fun-loving people who create events that draw visitors to return again and again from far and wide. Thanks to the facilities at the newly-developed Duke of Bedford Inn, the town is now a popular choice for conferences and for weddings.
Bedford Rose Gardens
Known nationally for its excellent conditions for growing roses, Bedford was chosen as the site for the SA Rosarium (a national collection of old roses). The garden is open to visitors all year, but the peak time is October - the same month as the Bedford Garden Festival.
The Upcycled Food and Flower Garden at the Eagle Hout Padstal has some striking examples of ecobricks used for contemporary garden architecture. This is part of extensive recycling operations at the precinct. Increasingly Bedford is becoming a leader in encouraging food security through edible gardening. Groups interested in creating vegetable gardens are hosted year round at two farm gardens and the vegetable gardens at the Duke of Bedford Inn.