Bedfordshire’s county town is unusually diverse despite its modest size.
Around a third of Bedford has Italian ancestry and there’s a large Punjabi community.
Bedford also has lots visitors to sink their teeth into, most of all in the central Castle Quarter: This was where the 17th-century preacher and writer John Bunyan was imprisoned for 12 years, during which time he wrote the seminal Pilgrim’s Progress.
The Bunyan Museum is open in summer and will give you all the background.
The Higgins Bedford Museum has Saxon and Roman artefacts and watercolours by the likes of J.M.W. Turner.
And in such a cosmopolitan location the food is superb; head for Tavistock Street, which is packed with restaurants of all nationalities.