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Outdoor events and festivals

The Bedford River Festival

We regret to announce we have made the decision to postpone the Bedford River Festival for one year.

With the government guidance encouraging people to avoid large gatherings to minimise the spread of coronavirus and uncertainty about how long these measures will have to be in place, this is felt to be the right decision. At this time of national crisis, continuing to plan this huge event would put significant strain on key resources, including community participation, which is such a key part of making the Festival what it is.

The Bedford River Festival will be rescheduled for 2021. More information about the entertainment for the 2021 Festival will be released over the next few months via the River Festival website and there will be lots to look forward to.

We would like to thank our sponsors and supporters for their understanding and support during this challenging time for us all, and we are already looking forward to 17 and 18 July 2021.

Please contact for further information or if you have any questions.

The Bedford Kite and Motoring Festival

The Bedford Kite and Motoring Festival is also being postponed, and the Council is hoping to arrange it for a later date this year, depending on ongoing Government guidance around coronavirus and when it is safe to do for all.

The Council will keep traders, exhibitors, local residents and businesses informed.

Please contact for further information or if you have any questions.

River Great Ouse events

The River Great Ouse hosts a wide range of events and activities. 

River Users Group events diary (PDF)

Bedford BID 

Go to Bedford BID's Love Bedford website for events taking place in Bedford town centre.

Contact the Events Team