Bedford River Festival

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Bedford River Festival
Raft race in 2008
Location(s) Bedford, Bedfordshire,
England, United Kingdom
Founded 1978

The Bedford River Festival is held biennially in Bedford, England, on the banks of the River Great Ouse. It was founded in 1978 to celebrate the completion of a navigable route, by water, between Bedford and the coast[1] and is held over a weekend, normally in July (originally it was held annually on the late May bank holiday). It is the main tourist-attracting event in the town.

The 2010 Festival was held on the 17 & 18 July 2010 and attracted in excess of 350,000 visitors.

It has several events and attractions over the two days, usually including bands on the main stage, 2 community stages and acoustic stage, a road parade, boat shows/races, a raft race for local teams and a firework display. Along with the normal attractions of the fun fair, the River Festival also hosted the sports village, where local sports clubs could come and demonstrate their wares.

2006 Bedford River Festival

Bedford River Festival is notable as the second largest free outdoor event, after the Notting Hill Carnival.[2]


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