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Bedford River Festival

Everything you need to know about the 2023 Bedford River Festival. and its events in along the River Great Ouse in Bedford.

When is Bedford River Festival 2023?

The Bedford River Festival is on this year with dates still to be announced.

One of the country’s largest events, The Bedford River Festival normally happens every two years, with music, entertainment, arts & crafts & fun for all the family along Bedford’s embankment. It is the second largest free two-day event in the UK after Nottinghill Carnival and attracts c 30,000 people.

Bjorn Hove, lead events and infrastructure officer at Bedford Borough Council. Image: Bedford Borough Council
While it may only happen every two years for the average Bedfordian, for the people who pull together the Bedford River Festival it's something they work on daily, from just a few weeks after the...
Sports Island at Bedford River Festival 2022. Image: Bedford Borough Council
Anticipation is building ahead of this summer’s Bedford River Festival and there are lots of ways in which Bedford’s sporting communities can get involved. This year’s festival takes place on 20 and 21 of July...
Mayor Tom Wootton standing along Bedford's River Great Ouse with the town bridge in the background.
The Bedford mayor’s failure to attend a committee meeting shows his “heart isn’t in” the River Festival, a senior Lib Dem councillor has claimed. The Environment and...
Mayor Tom Wootton
Councillors from across Bedford Borough say they're still not sure how, or why, Mayor Tom Wootton (Conservative) made an announcement that he was scaling back the Bedford River...
The Bedford River Festival Main Stage in Russell Park. Image: Pad Presents
Mayor Tom Wotton has said proposed river festival changes revealed in the Bedford Independent on Friday (18 August), which received almost universal criticism, will now not go ahead after he...
The Bedford Independent has learned of plans to replace the Bedford River Festival with an annual summer 'family festival' that organisers say will "celebrate the rich tapestry of cultures, businesses...
The team from Explore Bedford were on hand at this year's River Festival to launch their new visitor guide for tourists and to ask visitors and residents what they love about the town...
Image: John Robb
A father of three was branded a ‘hero’ after saving a little girl from drowning at Bedford River festival on Saturday 22 July. People were screaming but John dived in fully clothed...
Here are just a few photos from this weekend's Bedford River Festival 2022. From funfair rides to live music, happy crowds and river fun, there really was something for everyone!...
If you want to kick off the summer holidays in style, you've come to the right place! This month in Bedford sees one of the country's largest free festivals (the River Festival), over 120...
Beat the traffic and let the train take the strain to Bedford River Festival this weekend (23 and 24 July) with special 'festival' train services operating on the Marston Vale Line (Bedford - Bletchley)...
For the first time in its 44 year history, Bedford River Festival will also see activity in the heart of the town centre, with a dazzling display of incredible cars along Bedford High...