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2018 River Festival Sports Village

The next River Festival will be held on Saturday 14th July and Sunday 15th July 2018.

We are now coordinating the Sports Village for 2018.
Information about the Sports Village 2018 is now available here (pdf document)
An application pack will be available soon.

If you would like more information about taking part please email Alison Brightman alison.brightman@bedford.gov.uk

If you would like to get involved in any other part of the River Festival please follow this link to the ‘Events’ page https://www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk/outdoorevents/

Here is the 2016 Sports Village layout for you to get a feel for the event (pdf document)


The Bedford River Festival is an established bi-annual, high profile, community celebration that is recognised as one of the biggest outdoor festivals in the Country. Bedford River Festival has been running for over 30 years and has grown bigger and better as the years have gone by! The 2016 Festival saw audiences of over 350,000 with a huge 40,000 people attending the Sports Village.


The festival is supported by a range of local, regional and national sponsors and is based on an impressive Riverside site next to the Great Ouse.


The event includes a wide range of attractions from Street Parades, Raft Races, Fireworks, heritage sites and trade stalls to a massive Music stage, world cuisine marquee, and an illuminated boat display! There is something for everyone!


The Sports Village is located next to one of the main access bridges to the festival and offers thousands of visitors the opportunity to take part in, watch, find out about and enjoy a massive range of sports, health and leisure opportunities.


Attractions include a Sports Stage for displays of dance, gym and martial arts. A huge climbing wall, canoes and rowing boats offer the chance for visitors to try out a new activity. Local gyms, fitness clubs and local sports clubs “shop window” their programmes and activities.


Want to Showcase your Club or Activity?
Here's what can we offer you...


A Large Covered Stage (plus music system) for displays of Dancing, Bodybuilding, Kick Boxing, Aerobics… anything that can fit on a stage. Time on the stage will be 10 minutes maximum (you may be offered more than one slot). Stage size 9 metres by 5 metres.

Grassed area:

A large grassed area for demonstrations such as football, rugby, golf, gymnastics, martial arts…

Area of River:

An area of the River, called our ‘Have a go’ section – that can accommodate Dragon Boating, Rowing, Canoeing, Kayaking and Sailing.

Stalls / Marquees:    

A number of covered Stalls and Marquees for you to ‘show off’ your club activities. You must have the Marquee for both Saturday and Sunday and must be staffed at all times. Each Marquee is 3 metres by 3 metres. (We do not provide power, display boards, tables or chairs.)

An application pack for the Sports Village 2018 will be available soon - see also further information at the top of this page.

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