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Don’t have a boat? Don’t worry, there are other ways to get to the River Festival


Getting to the River Festival

The Bedford River Festival takes place in July every other year in Bedford across a site that truly takes over the town for the weekend, including Russell Park, The Embankment and St Mary’s Gardens, to name just a few hotspots. The Festival always draws huge crowds and you are advised to plan ahead and think about how to get there, where to park and how to get around the 105 acre site.

We would like visitors to consider how they travel to the event and where possible use public transport or use other sustainable modes of transport.

Below is a map of the Festival site, a map of nearby Council car parks, and live bus arrivals and departures to help you plan your journey to the River Festival.

Getting to and around the Bedford River Festival

Click the zone links on the festival map below to access information on the events at each location. 

Click the 'Parking' (P symbol) links on the map to access information and costs for each car park. 

Please note that Borough Hall car park, St Mary’s Gardens car park and Duckmill car park will NOT be available for public use on 23rd & 24th July.





The 2022 River Festival will include countless river activities, eight live music and performance areas, the Sports Island, Pirate Island, the wonderful offerings of the Festival Market, plus so much more.

Make sure you keep the 23rd & 24th July 2022 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.

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