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Bedford Borough Council actively encourages its parks to be used for events and other community activities to ensure that there is plenty to see and do in Bedford.


Interested in Organising an Event in Bedford?

If you would like to use a Bedford Borough Council park or open space in which to run an event, take a look through the application pack below to find out how to apply. Completed applications can be emailed to events@bedford.gov.uk or for more information contact the Events Team on: 01234 228759.


In order for your event to be booked into the parks diary, we will require a completed event notification form, risk assessment and a copy of your public liability insurance (£10million or above).


If you are new to running events, or would like some additional guidance, we have also created a handy 'Guide to Organising Safe Events' to support you through your planning and delivery.


Events on Parkland Application Pack

Guide to Organising Safe Events


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Bedford International Kite Festival 

Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th June 2018, Russell Park


This June we will once again welcome visitors from all over the county to come and watch an array of international kite flyers display their skills in the big arena on Russell Park. This event not only celebrates our long loved pastime of kite flying, but offers a weekend of fun for all the family. There will be inflatables, food stalls, fairground rides, crafts and trade stalls all in one place. The bar on site also offers you an opportunity to stop for a drink whilst you kick back and enjoy the entertainment in the skies.

The event opens from 10am to 5pm on both Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th June and admission to the site is free.


Kite Festival Traders

If you would like to host a stall at this event, please download out Trader Pack via the following link.

International Kite Festival Trader Pack 


River Festival Raft Race


Bedford River Festival 2018 - 40th Anniversary Event

Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th July


Bedford River Festival is back this coming July for its 40th anniversary and planning is very much underway to make it a celebration to remember!


If you are a trader and would like to get involved by hosting a stall over the weekend, then you can apply by clicking on the Traders Application Pack below. All of the information you should need is contained in this document, but be sure to get in touch with any additional questions. 

River Festival Traders Application Pack


If you fancy a challenge then why not enter a team into the hotly contested Dragon Boat Races or raft races (but be prepared to get splashed)! Application forms and further details below.

River Festival Dragon Boat Racing Application Form

River Festival Raft Race Application Form



Last but not least, if you would like to take part in the Festivals’ Carnival Parade to promote a community group, team, or company or just to dance your way round the streets of Bedford then be sure to complete the following application form. With a new route proposed for 2018, you can be a part of something special!

River Festival Carnival Parade Application Form


N.B. Community Stage slots are now fully booked.


40th Anniversary Celebrations - A look down memory lane...

As part of the 40th Anniversary celebrations, we are requesting any long standing festival goers to send us any pictures that you may have taken way back in the early days of the River Festival event.

So if you have any images of the 1978 festival (or 1980-1990) that you can share with us, we would love to hear from you! Just contact us via the details below.

N.B. Images may be used for future publicity.  


For further enquiries please contact:

e: events@bedford.gov.uk

t: 01234 228759

Facebook: Bedford Events

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Bedford Borough is a vibrant area to live in with an abundance of leisure opportunities for residents and visitors. We pride ourselves on offering a fantastic programme of cultural events throughout the year, and providing a wide range of affordable health opportunities, through our quality parks, award winning leisure centres and sports development work.


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