Roll up, roll up, 2020 is River Festival year

Bedford River Festival Jet Boots Town Bridge

It’s River Festival year here in Bedford Borough, and the organisers are encouraging more people than ever to take part.

Bedford River Festival is one of the largest outdoor events of its kind, with around a quarter of a million visitors expected at this free festival on our beautiful river and Embankment. It returns to the town on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 July.

The hugely popular community event is a celebration of the town, with clubs, groups, and companies all coming together to take part in the dragon boat or raft races, and in other events and activities throughout the weekend.

If you are a trader, community group, or would like to take part, the River Festival team would love to hear from you at or you can visit the website

Bedford River Festival regatta The EmbankmentThis weekend brings activities on and off the water, with dragon boat and raft racing, river parades with over 100 boats on the river, and water sports demonstrations.

On dry land, there will be music, entertainment, stalls to browse, the funfair, heritage village, sports activities, hovercraft rides, fireworks, and much more.

Mayor Dave Hodgson said, “It is always great to have a River Festival to look forward to and as always, it is expected to be a spectacular weekend in our town.

“We know that people come back again and again to the River Festival, so we work to keep the old favourites and well as always looking to bring new things for visitors to see and do.

“There will be more announcements as we get closer to the big weekend, so keep an eye out for updates and get planning your River Festival weekend.”