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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.

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...
Plastic bottles. Image: Hans/Pixabay
Single-use plastics are being banned from bars at next year’s Bedford River Festival as part of the council’s drive to become more environmentally friendly. And a meeting of...
River Festival
A fake 'River Festival' page on social media has been reported to Facebook, after causing confusion over whether the event is going ahead...
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)...
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...
Bedford River Festival regatta The Embankment
Bedford Borough Council has today confirmed that the River Festival - already postponed from 2020 until this Summer - and also the Kite and Motoring Festival are being postponed until 2022...
Hemlock Morris dancers
If you're looking for a new challenge for the new decade, then Hemlock Morris Dancers would love to hear from you. Formed 10 years ago in Bedford, Hemlock...
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...
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...
Bedford River Festival regatta The Embankment
2021 was a difficult year with COVID-19 dominating and various restrictions and lockdowns taking place throughout the year. Sadly 2022 hasn’t got off to a much...
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...
Mayor Dave Hodgson
 Happy New Year! There are now less than 200 days until River Festival 2020 – this is just one of many things I am looking forward to this year...