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What's on for visitors

The perfect day out for all!


What's on for visitors

The Bedford River Festival aims to offer something for everyone, including live entertainment and activities such as a fantastic array of professional and local acts on the stages, the thrilling raft and dragon boat races, a funfair, sports demonstrations, heritage re-enactments and so much more.

It’s free to attend and offers numerous opportunities to participate across the 105 acre site, or you can simply enjoy a summer’s day with a vast array of activities and entertainment to keep you occupied.

The perfect day out for all!

  • Dragon Boat Races
  • Raft Races
  • Eight Live Music and Performance Areas
  • Boat Parades
  • Water Sports Arena
  • ‘Pirate Island’ heritage re-enactments
  • ‘The 100’, presented by Bedford Festival of Motoring
  • Food and Drink
  • Traders and Craft Marquees
  • Sports Demonstrations
  • Funfair
  • Festival Market
  • Inclusion Island
  • Open Water Swim Race
Carnival participants 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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