Black Tom’s jumble rumble

Jumble Trail comes to Black Tom area of Bedford.
Jumble Trail comes to Black Tom area of Bedford.

A Jumble Trail will be coming to the Black Tom area of Bedford next month.

Rumble in the jumble is the answer for people who like to rummage round a car boot sale, but hate the idea of muddy fields and early starts!

Jumble Trail to be held at Black Tom, Bedford.

Jumble Trail to be held at Black Tom, Bedford.

The Black Tom Jumble Trail will be right up your street and will be open in Bedford on Sunday, July 12 from 11am until 4pm.

A Jumble Trail is like a car boot sale but on your street.

Communities co-ordinate to set up stalls in their front gardens to sell bric-a-brac, toys, vintage clothes, cakes or anything you like. The whole thing is co-ordinated online at providing visitors with a colour coded map to explore the treasure on sale in your neighbourhood.

The idea has been a big hit with communities in London.

Organiser and Black Tom local Katrina Allen said: “Having originally spotted the concept on Facebook and I realised Black Tom would be the perfect neighbourhood to host it in Bedford. With so many passers-by from the park, pool and other local businesses and with the real sense of community already existing between the residents, I couldn’t think anywhere better.”

Local hostelry the The Burnaby Arms is acting as the finish line, and as well as their own stall, the pub will be open from 2pm selling pies, toasties and their usual selection of tipples.

Other neighbourhood stalls are selling plants, children’s clothes, music, books, handmade items as well as the usual jumble.

Meet the team at the unofficial “start” on the day from 11am by Robinson pool on Foster Hill Road to collect your map and set off in search of bargains.

If you live in Black Tom, you can still register to be included on the online map right up to the event.

All you need to do is visit