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.

Activities in Bedford

Visitors are always welcome to play golf, tennis or bowls. The mountains and wide open plains make the Bedford district ideal for extreme outdoor sports. The mountain behind the town is popular with paragliders. The Kudu Classic train run is on the national diary and increasing numbers of mountain bikers are catered for in small groups.

Loving food

Bedford is known for fine cuisine using local seasonal fresh produce including local veld-grazed beef and lamb. The Duke of Bedford Inn restaurant, the Apprentice Deli & The Butcherbird Restaurant are renowned in the region for impressing visitors and locals alike with their imaginative menus, professional service and warm friendliness. the Eagle Hout Padstal and the Village farm stall serve fast fresh meals and takeaways.

Eagle Hout

Local artisans are trained and employed at the Eagle Hout furniture factory where sturdy solid wood heirloom pieces are displayed along with smaller domestic items in a large showroom which is very popular with visitors.. Customised pieces are delivered all round the country.

History of Bedford

The area is rich in stories and architectural gems that bear mute testimony to events of the past. Tourists interested in local and/or family history can arrange walks and talks on demand with Bedford's historical guide.

Glen Lynden Church

The old church was built in 1828. The plaque reads, “The church was built in 1828 by the government through the influence of Thomas Pringle for the Scottish Settlers and their Dutch neighbours.” It became a Dutch Reformed church in 1829.

Garden Tourism

Mrs Lilian Nkomo is one of many ardent rose lovers in Bedford. Her garden is among 40 township gardens open to visitors during the annual Garden Festival which takes place in late October each year.

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.