With over 250,000 visitors in 2018, the Bedford River Festival is described as the second largest outdoor event of its kind in the UK, after Notting Hill Carnival.
The Festival is staged on the Victorian Embankment Promenade, the River Great Ouse and uses the ideal surroundings of four local parks and the town centre to welcome a wealth of attractions to Bedford.
In print and downloadable formats, the Bedford River Festival 2021 programme is your guide to the entire event.
More than 140 boats moor on the River Great Ouse for the duration of the River Festival. In 2018, some even sailed the difficult journey across the Wash, the biggest bay in England, to reach Bedford
With five stages and an array of community performances, the River Festival requires a large and dynamic array of performers. Community representation is vital to the event – the majority of performers are all local to Bedford!
An event of this scale is takes a lot of work to make happen. The River Festival takes seven days to set up, two days to enjoy, and two more days to disappear.
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The number of hits the Council website receives in the lead-up to the event.
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* Based on 2018 event.