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Bedford River Festival is postponed until 17th July 2021 as a coronavirus precaution. Find out more...

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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!

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Activities for you to get involved in

  1. Raft Races – for the creative and competitive
  2. Musicians and Performers Wanted!
  3. Open Water Swim Race
  4. Dragon Boats
  5. Carnival Square
  6. Boat Mooring
Open water at the Bedford River Festival



A flexible approach...

The 2021 River Festival will include countless river activities, six live music and performance stages, the Arts, Heritage and Sports Villages, the wonderful offerings of the Continental Market and the spectacular fireworks, plus so much more.

Make sure you keep the 17th & 18th July 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


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