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St Mary's Gardens

St Mary's Gardens will feature 'Pirate Island', the Adventure Village, and a viewing area for river races


HSBC UK St Mary's Gardens

The River Festival site expanded into St Mary’s Gardens in 2018 to create a chill-out zone perfect for those seeking a quieter side to the Festival. In 2022 this area is kindly sponsored by HSBC UK and there is still plenty to see and do here. St Mary’s Gardens is the new home of the heritage re-enactments, also known as ‘Pirate Island’ for this year’s Festival. Plus there will be plenty of adventurous activities for the kids brought to you by Canoe Trail. It is also the best place to watch the dragon boat races from!

On the other side of the river, Riverside Square will feature a static display of unique American vehicles presented by the Festival of Motoring.

What's on at St Mary's Gardens?

  • Go back in time at the heritage ‘Pirate Island’ zone
  • Dragon boat races on Saturday 23rd July all day from 10:30am
  • Canoe Trail Adventure Village, where kids can engage with their wild side
  • Festival of Motoring display in Riverside Square
Memories from Bedford River Festival 2018




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