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Bedford River Festival is postponed until 23rd & 24th July 2022 . Find out more...

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What's on for visitors

The award-winning Bedford River Festival takes place in July every other year. The festival offers something for everyone - including live entertainment and activities such as stage performances, raft races, a funfair, fireworks, sports demonstrations, heritage re-enactments and so much more.

Indeed, entertainment features strongly at the event with displays from local community groups in the arts and sporting worlds, to a multitude of professional acts. The Bedford River Festival is free to attend and offers numerous opportunities to participate in, or just to relax and enjoy a vast array of activities and entertainment across a 105 acre site.

The perfect day out for all!

  1. Dragon Boat Races
  2. Raft Races
  3. Six Live Music and Performance Stages
  4. Fireworks
  5. Boat Parades
  6. Water Sports Arena
  7. Heritage Village
  8. Food and Drink
  9. Traders and Craft Marquees
  10. Sports Demonstrations
  11. Funfair
  12. Giant Inflatables
  13. Continental Market
  14. Open Water Swim Race
Carnival participants at the Bedford River Festival



A flexible approach...

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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