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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.

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Bedford River Festival regatta The Embankment
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Bjorn Hove, lead events and infrastructure officer at Bedford Borough Council. Image: Bedford Borough Council
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Image: John Robb
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Bedford River Festival regatta The Embankment
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