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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, food & drink, craft / gift / promotion stalls, family activites 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
  • Family Island (inc workshops / activities and the inclusive area)
  • Bedford Festival of Motoring
  • Food and Drink
  • Traders and Craft Marquees
  • Sports Demonstrations
  • Funfair
  • Green Earth Village
  • Festival Market
Carnival participants 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”.