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River Swim

Register here to take part in the Bedford Invitational Mile Open Water Swim Race


Open Water Swim Race

Now an established event on the River Festival programme, we invite interested swimmers to take part in the Bedford Invitational Mile Open Water Swim Race. Pre-registration is required.

More details to follow so watch this space!

Become a River Festival Participant

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
Open water at the Bedford River Festival



The 2024 River Festival will include countless river activities, eight live music and performance areas, the Sports Island, Family Island, Green Earth Village, the wonderful offerings of the Festival Market, Bedford Festival of Motoring, plus so much more!

Make sure you keep the 20th & 21st July 2024 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.

Become a River Festival Participant

Sponsors and Partners

Gallagher Developments is a strategic land promoter with experience dating back over 50 years and, as a master developer, has delivered thousands of homes, employment land, schools, and community facilities across Bedfordshire. Gallagher Developments continue to work to deliver sustainable communities across Bedford Borough in order to provide much needed homes and wider communities.

Sir Tony Gallagher, Chairman of Gallagher Developments said, “We are delighted to again sponsor and support the Bedford River Festival which we know brings joy to thousands of people. We hope everyone has a great time”.