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Bedford River Festival is postponed until 17th July 2021 as a coronavirus precaution. Find out more...

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Dragon Boats

Let the battle begin! Picture this: 20 crews, a level playing field, drums banging, paddlers going full speed for 200 metres and thousands upon thousands of spectators roaring your team to the finish line. Fancy the challenge? It’s time to get your crews together.

To enter the 2021 Dragon Boat Races, take a look at the information contained on the Dragon Boat Application Form and submit your entries. All equipment will be provided.

Express an interest in the Dragon Boat races

Activities for you to get involved in

  1. Raft Races – for the creative and competitive
  2. Musicians and Performers Wanted!
  3. Open Water Swim Race
  4. Dragon Boats
  5. Carnival Square
  6. Boat Mooring
Dragon race at the Bedford River Festival



A flexible approach...

The 2021 River Festival will include countless river activities, six live music and performance stages, the Arts, Heritage and Sports Villages, the wonderful offerings of the Continental Market and the spectacular fireworks, plus so much more.

Make sure you keep the 17th & 18th July free in your diaries so that you don’t miss out on any of the action

If you can’t find what you’re looking for on this web site, please contact the Events Team at to discuss how you can get involved.

Express an interest in the Dragon Boat races


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