Wednesday 26 December 2012

With the festivities well under way......

We hope you all have all had a very Merry Christmas and we wish you a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year! We will endevour to update the page as often as we can but we also intend to enjoy this holiday as well :) Have fun and take care everyone x

Friday 14 December 2012

We have just passed 1000 Friendly Followers on Facebook!

Thank you everyone who has 'shared' and 'liked' About Dunstable Facebook page.
Positively Promoting Dunstable and it's businesses.
All helping to make it a better place to live, work and shop!
Well done Everyone.
 Dunstable thanks you all for your support

Here's to 2013 a better and brighter future for everyone!

Charity Dunstable Calendar on Sale Now

Charity Dunstable Calendar
Charity Dunstable Calendar
Date Published: 07/11/12
The Dunstable Town Mayor, Councillor Patricia Staples has produced a Charity Calendar which depicts the landmarks, views and sites of Dunstable.
It is available for sale at the price of £4.95 at Priory House, Grove House and Creasey Park.
All proceeds will be going to the Town Mayor's Charities.
Citizen's Advice Bureau ~ Scouts ~ Priory Church Dunstable

Wednesday 12 December 2012

Christmas Cracker at Priory House this Saturday 15th December with FREE PARKING at participating CBC car parks ~ Have a cracker of a day in Dunstable!

Christmas Cracker
Saturday 15 December 10.00am to 4.00pm
Its back!!
The Priory House Christmas Cracker is taking place on Saturday 15 December between 10.00am and 4.00pm.
There will be Children's crafts, performances by the Priory Girls Choir, and a special festive menu in the Priory House Tea Rooms.
A visit from Santa
He will be in his Grotto all day waiting to hear what you would most like for Christmas and giving out presents to all of the girls and boys.
Visits to Santa's Grotto are £2.50 per child with a gift.
The children's craft workshop will be running again this year with more amazing Christmas craft ideas then ever before. The workshop is £1.50 per child and will be supervised by our CRB checked elves.
The Priory Gift Shop will be in the festive spirit too. With a large selection of Christmas gifts, Cards and Ornaments your Christmas Shopping experience just got easier.
Our signature glass ornaments are back by popular demand with even more styles and sizes for your collection.
So come along and join in the festive fun at the Priory House Christmas Cracker!
15th December IN CBC CAR PARKS
*Please check individual car parks for details
Thank you
Taken from:

Saturday 8 December 2012


Please check when parking for participating car parks.
Wikinson Car Park - Ashton Square
St. Mary's Gate - opposite the Police Sation
Church Street Car Park - opposite the Priory Church
(These are Central Bedfordshire Council Car Parks)
Be vocal Shop local and support Dunstable's Specialist Shops as well as High Street names such as NEXT, ARGOS, BOOTS and NEW LOOK

£200 !!
Pick up a leaflet at any participating shops
Good luck!!


Friday 7 December 2012

Dunstable Mayor Councillor Patricia Staples will be switching on of the lights on Dunstable's Christmas Tree in the Square at 7pm tonight.

Happy Christmas from everyone About Dunstable.

Last years Christmas Tree illumination and Carole singing event saw hundreds of children from local schools. Walk in procession from Priory Church to the Square outside the Methodist on High Street South (A5) ~ Where they joined Dunstable Town Councillors and a very joyful crowd to sing some wonderful Christmas Carols and watch the switching on of the Christmas Tree Lights.
Everyone is looking forward to another wonderful evening in Dunstable.
There will also be local businesses open along Middle Row during this festive event, for some late night shopping and for some wonderful coffee's and warm treats.

Tuesday 4 December 2012

Medieval Dunstable

Dunstable will celebrate the 800th Anniversary of the Dedication of the Priory Church in 2013
Join us and be part of this wonderful time, that will once again go down in history.

The Project the beginning and the end.......

"In the summer of 2010 I had an idea that perhaps we could mark the foundations of the Augustinian Priory, and introduce a new Medieval Walk to the Heritage walks offered by the town guides. Those of us interested in the history of the town believed that in medieval times, Dunstable was an important centre of trade sitting astride one of the busiest crossroads of England. Henry I built a palace in Dunstable and a number of monarchs spent time here. We knew there were jousts, we had a copy of some early byelaws and charters, tantalising evidence that there was a big story just waiting to be uncovered."

Taken from an excerpt from by Jean Yates ~ Project Manager


Dunstable Time Line 1100 - 1540


No mention of Dunstable in the Domesday Book. Notes say Dunstable was a deserted Roman ruin, not yet resettled, but the figures for Houghton Regis perhaps make more sense if villagers were trading at crossroads at that time, to which the sheriff turned a blind eye, but increased their taxes.

- Follow this link for all the years inbetween:


Henry VIII had a plan for Dunstable to be a Bishopric and convert the church into a cathedral, The plan failed and the Prior and Canons were pensioned off.

Author Jean Yates


Map of Dunstable

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The Augustinian Priory

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Priory House Tea Room, Tourist Information Centre, Tea Rooms and Gift Shop


2013 Events

Celebrating the 800th Anniversary

of the Dedication of the Priory,

and the Medieval History of Dunstable

Please follow the linkbelow for the full list of events:

Check with Priory House for the latest updates

Tel. 01582 891420 or email


For contact details with regard to any of the above or and further information ~ Please follow the link below ~ Thank you


Dunstable ~ A New Beginning

The last few years have seen businesses come and go in and around Dunstable. Hopefully as we all look towards 2013 and beyond we will all see a better and brighter future for everyone who lives, works and has businesses in our great town.

This video is a small snippet as to just how wonderful Dunstable is going to be in the future.

Monday 3 December 2012

Dunstable Welcomes another new Shop .........

Ruby Tuesday
High Street North ~ Dunstable
'Fast Fashion at Factory Prices'
The management and staff of Ruby Tuesday would like to thank everybody for the outstanding support of our new boutique in our first week of trading.

The response has been overwhelming and we are proving that Dunstable is far from dead and that the people of Dunstable are more than prepared to support their town if the environment is nice and the product offers good value.
I am sick and tired of the cynics who still insist on patronising us with comments like "you must be brave".
Our Dunstable shop has achieved twice the revenue of a similar venture in Hemel Hempstead for the same week in 2011, a town with twice the population and that wonderful Hertfordshire charm (tongue firmly in cheek).

The sweet shop is much missed (mainly it seems by people who we never actually saw in it).
But to all the many regular loyal customers of the Sweet Station we thank you enormously for your support for the nearly 3 years of business (yes...nearly 3 years).

Viva Dunstable.

Phil & Corinne