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Bedford Borough Council announced that the River Festival will be back on 23 and 24 July 2022, following postponements due to COVID-19

This will see the return of lots of the Festival’s old favourites, from the music stages and funfair, the dragon boat and raft races on the river, and lots of stalls and activities to get involved with across the Embankment, Mill Meadows and St Mary’s Gardens.

For the first time in the River Festival’s history, Bedford High Street will be closed for the whole weekend to bring the fun and celebrations into the town centre. The High Street, sponsored by Bedford BID, will host the Festival of Motoring, with 100 unique and eclectic vehicles on display.

What’s on at the River Festival?

The Bedford River Festival has a multitude of events and attractions taking place over the weekend, including countless river activities, eight live music and performance areas, raft and dragon boat races, the wonderful offerings of the continental market, plus so much more.

How much does it cost?

The River Festival is completely FREE for visitors to attend.

When is the River Festival?

The Bedford River Festival is held biennially and the next one will be held on
23rd – 24th July 2022