Project 229

Bedfordshire, United Kingdom

Hosted by Group avatarBedford Repair Café

Volunteers at a Restart Party fixing devices, cropped on hands


Our Fixers are back to help you repair your household items. Learn how to sew, solder and diagnose problems with a variety of items- clothes, toys, bikes and electricals.

Not got an item to fix? We also love to help build confidence in repair skills!

 How does it work? 

1. Arrive any time between 10 am and 3pm. The day is ‘drop in’. You may have to wait to be helped, but there are refreshments available to purchase while you wait. Bring all power adaptors and any sundries you may need to conduct the repair (e.g. new zips etc).

2. Stay with your item and your Fixer volunteer will show you how to fix your item! There is no guarantee your item will be fixed, and if it will take a long time, we will show you how to finish it at home.

3. Your repair is free. Donations are welcome to help cover our costs, e.g. insurance and room hire. You can pay cash in donation jars on the day to say ‘thank you’ to your Fixer, or drop some cash here:


Get directions on Google Maps

229 Bedford Rd, Kempston, Bedford MK42 8DA, UK

About the group

Group avatar

Bedford Repair Café

The Bedford Repair Café pops up sometimes in Bedford. We want to teach you how to fix your stuff and be kinder to our world.

Run completely by the kindness of volunteers and our sponsors.

We have been running events since 2016.

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Restart Party Do’s and Don’ts


  • Check if your device is still within warranty, you may be eligible for a free repair, replacement or a refund. (Which? helps in the UK).
  • Take responsibility for your device and your data. Our volunteers are here to help you learn to fix your gadget, not to provide a free repair service. Get involved!
  • Backup your data. We can’t be responsible for your cat pics, so please back up your device before you come. (Of course you already do this once a month, right?)
  • Charge up your device and bring all leads.
  • Get in touch with organisers if you have any questions about whether a fix is possible.


  • Assume repairs will be successful. We help fix over half of devices at our events. Even if your repair is unsuccessful, you will learn about your device and why it failed.
  • Expect us to have spare parts. But we can help you source them. Often people visit twice: first we’ll help diagnose the fault, then you source the spare part, and on your return we’ll help you do a replacement.
  • Attempt a mobile screen repair just to save money. DIY mobile screen repair is a learning opportunity first and foremost. Please see our advice page first.
  • Bring a microwave.