Bedford

Home of the Bedford Garden Festival
top things to do

Beautiful Bedford is best known for the annual Bedford Garden Festival when farms across the region open their exquisite gardens to visitors and garden-lovers from across the country arrive in the small colonial town to enjoy garden tours, the incredible rose arboretum, food demonstrations, street markets and more.

What to do in Bedford

The town is located at the foot of the well-forested Kaga Mountain and the beauty of Bedford is in its natural surroundings and its people: rose-lovers will want to visit the rose arboretum, those looking for rejuvenation can attend cooking and yoga workshops, and there’s nowhere better to be inspired to plant more flowers, vegetables, and herbs in your own home. De Oude Fabreeck farm stall is a treasure chest of hand-crafted furniture, farm stall treats and great coffee!

More to do

Tour show gardens

Organic gardens and markets

Rose Arboretum

Duke of Bedford Inn 

High Street

Explore the town

Every Karoo town has its stories and Bedford’s are told around the coffee table at the Duke of Bedford Inn, while elbow-deep in earth working in the garden and sitting on the verandah sipping a lemonade made fresh from the garden – a colonial, South African farming destination all its own.

rose species

OPEN GARDENS

GARDEN FESTIVAL WEEKENDS

HOURS FROM PORT ELIZABETH