Our town centre, located in the Leighton Buzzard aspect of the town, will serve all your convenience needs as well as provide your backdrop for leisure and social activities. Meeting friends for coffee is a great reason to visit the centre and whilst you are there, why not get your nails done, nip into the bank and perhaps treat yourself to some new clothes or get that ‘bit’ you need to finish off the DIY project.
The picturesque medieval high street provides a diverse selection of independent and High Street branded shops. The street is closed twice a week to host the thriving Charter Market (Tuesday and Saturday). Alongside the general market are speciality markets such as the Handmade and Craft market which run on a monthly basis. You can read more about our market here.
A meal in the town centre before a film showing or stage show at the Library Theatre, Lake Street perhaps? We have an array of pubs and restaurants to enjoy day or night, many still occupying their original historic buildings. For social history lovers, many stories can be learnt of events that took place in and around them. A good starting place to discover this is the publication, Changing Faces of Our Pubs, (Leighton-Linslade Town Council and Leighton Buzzard and District Archaeological and History Society, 2016).
For those who need to plan a visit in more detail, access information for the town centre can be found via the AccessAble website.
The upkeep of town centre benches is managed by the Town Council, please get in touch should you spot an issue with one.
27 of the towns bus stops are maintained by the Town Council. If you would like to report an issue, please get in touch.
The Town Council provides Christmas lighting to celebrate the season and encourage shopping in the town during the darker months.
Plan a visit to take a walk around the children’s story book inspired Children’s Trail. Our innovative Children’s Trail hosts a series of 22 pieces of public art creating a free literary themed trail in and around the centre of the town and its town centre park, Parson’s Close Recreation Ground. Find out more
Our town centre is the host to many an historic tale. Find out more about the town, it’s history and the people of our past. We launched the Living History Trail in 2019. Discover who walked down these streets before you. This trail captures a glimpse into the lives of ordinary townsfolk and shares the impact they left on the town’s history. What mark will you leave? Find out more
There are 3 town centre defibrillators maintained by the Town Council which can be located:
- Leighton Library, Lake Street, LU7 1RX
- Multi-storey Car Park, (pedestrian entrance at Waterborne shop parade, LU7 1DD)
- Post Office, LU7 1AA
Should you need to use one:
Contact the emergency services; Call 999 and give them the number on the Defibrillator box.
You will be given a code to unlock the box to retrieve the defibrillator. The defibrillator will then guide you through the use of the machine.
High Street Flags
The Town Council ensures a warm and uplifting welcome to town centre visitors by decorating the town.
The flags are usually in put up in time for the first bank holiday in May; May day and removed before the Remembrance Day.
Lamp post banners
Most of the lamp post banners are maintained by the Town Council. They serve to celebrate the town and inform visitors of the successes, services and events that the Town has and offers to people.
The various planters around the town are maintained by the Town Council. Many of them during the summer period links to the Town’s In Bloom projects. The planting schemes aim to welcome visitors and present a warm and inviting place to spend time in shopping of meeting with friends and family for leisure purposes.
The public toilets are adjoined to the multi-storey car park building accessed via Waterborne Walk or the West Street entrance to that car park. It comprises of dedicated nappy changing room, women and men’s toilets (inclusive of a nappy changing cubical) and a combined accessible toilet and shower room.
The facility benefits from an onsite attendant who, in summer, will also be responsible for cleaning the toilets located in Parson’s Close Recreation Ground, so may be off-site occasionally during the summer period.
08:00 – 17:30 ( Monday to Saturday)
Shower access – The shower is part of the combined accessible toilet which has a radar key lock. For non-radar key holders, access to the shower can be secured with the help of the on-site attendant. (Please note during the summer months the attendant may be off-site for a short while as well as having a lunch-time work break.)
Much of the non-highways signage is maintained by the Town Council to aid navigation around the town, pointing out directions to shops and services.
Road and traffic signage is owned and maintained by Central Bedfordshire Council.
Town centre events
Our High Street lends itself as the venue for many community events delivered by local organisations as well as the Town Council.
The annual May Fayre, Carnival, Big Lunch Food Festival and Christmas Festival weekend, all attract good numbers and positive vibes. The community spirit is a must to enjoy as we gather together at events and showcase our talents, local community networks and groups, and have fun!
Event information can be found here.