Kites, cars and chill-out coming to Bedford’s Russell Park

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The Bedford International Kite Festival will take to the skies once again this year but with a down-to-earth difference as it partners with the first ever Bedford Festival of Motoring.

These two festivals will come together on 1-2 June 2019 to enhance the existing tradition of the International Kite Festival in Bedford.

It will still feature kite-flying displays with kites never seen before in the UK, but also give residents and visitors to Bedford the opportunity to get up close to an impressive range of iconic cars and motorcycles.

As a tribute to UK motoring, the team plan to bring special displays of ultra-modern, luxurious and bizarre, iconic, classic and soon forgotten vehicles, as well as motor sport in all its guises from motorcycles to bicycles and commercial to agricultural and military.

But the evolution of one of Bedford’s most popular annual events doesn’t end there.

This year’s Kite Festival will also feature a Saturday evening ‘chill-out’ music set, hosted by the team behind the Dance Music Stage at the 2018 River Festival.

Mark Russell who heads up the DJ team said he’s excited that they’re being asked to be involved in more events: “We are still working on the details, for what will be a more modest offering to the River Festival.

“But the spirit of the Dance Music Stage will most certainly be present and we are grateful to have been asked by the Council to be involved in what will be a great community and family event.”

Cllr Sarah-Jayne Gallagher, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture said “This new Bedford Festival of Motoring and the International Kite Festival are sure to start summer off with a bang here in Bedford.”

The inaugural Bedford Festival of Motoring is being organised by Bedford Borough Council in partnership with Adrian Grubb of Events with Panache.

Adrian has is behind the successful launch and management of the Stratford-upon-Avon Festival of Motoring.