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Raft Races

Is the goal to win, or simply make it to the finish line?


Raft Races for the creative and competitive

The River Festival Raft Races are a fantastic way to show your creativity! It’s a chance to demonstrate raft building skills and paddling ability to a crowd of over 10,000 spectators whilst also raising money for charity. Themed or promotional rafts are all welcomed!

If this floats your boat, then take a look at the rules and complete the raft race application form below.

Raft Race Application Form

Activities for you to get involved in

  • Raft Races – for the creative and competitive
  • Musicians and Performers Wanted!
  • Open Water Swim Race
  • Dragon Boats
  • Boat Mooring
Raft race at the Bedford River Festival



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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