Hallowe'en is the official opening day of Bedford’s newest independent shop - the Hippy Wytch Cottage.
The Hippy Wytch herself is Amanda Dennis and her new shop - in Clair Court off Lime Street - will stock handmade crafts made by local artists using natural, bio-degradable products.
As an organiser of psychic fairs for many years, Amanda has a huge range of contacts who will be supporting the shop. These range from holistic healers to sculptors and psychics.
She has travelled extensively and has selected some of the best ideas from the famous Salem, Massachusetts for her business.
Amanda, of Stewartby, said: “Witchcraft has been mixed up with horror thanks to people like James Herbert in modern culture, but in fact historically pagans were simply people who were in touch with the earth and the environment."
In readiness for Hallowe'en on October 31, Amanda is promoting a children’s painting competition online and will be decorating the courtyard area with some of the works.