Skip to main content

Bedford International Kite Festival

Introducing - The Bedford Festival of Motoring 

The Bedford International Kite Festival and first Bedford Festival of Motoring were at Russell Park and the Embankment over the weekend of 1 and 2 June 2019, with an estimated 30,000 visitors coming along to this fantastic weekend of fun in the sun.

The Kite Festival saw kites of all sizes and colours, with flyers from around the world coming to Russell Park to show off their skills. The Park was also filled with fun for the whole family with food, drink, stalls to browse, inflatables and a traditional funfair. The Festival also continued into the evening, with the ‘Party in the Park’.

Meanwhile, over on the Embankment around 300 vehicles lined our beautiful riverside, with veteran and classic cars, supercars, dragsters, motorbikes, off road vehicles, big red buses, and lots more in the first Bedford Festival of Motoring.

This was also the first time we saw events on the river as part of the Kite Festival, with ‘come and try it’ activities by Canoe Trail and also the Run Bedford road race

Mayor Dave Hodgson said “A big thanks to all involved with what was a fantastic weekend. It was great to see so many people in Russell Park and on our beautiful Embankment, with kites, cars, canoes and music all coming together. Bedford is a town of events, and along with all partners involved, we are pleased to have maintained and expanded this free festival for people to visit and enjoy.

“This year’s event was of course even bigger than before with the first Motoring Festival, music night and activities on the river joining the spectacular kite-flying displays.”

Our thanks go to this year’s partners and sponsors:

Kite Festival sponsored by Eagle Brewery and Gristwood &Toms.

Bedford Festival of Motoring brought to Bedford in partnership with Adrian Grubb of Events with Panache, sponsored by Motorvogue.

Download The Bedford Festival of Motoring Official Programme.

Bedford Festival of Motoring 2019 was sponsored by Motorvogue

Bedford International Kite Festival in Partnership with Eagle Brewery and Gristwood & Toms


Image montage of Bedford Kite Festival

Social media

Follow us on social media by visiting the links below:

Twitter logo

Facebook logo

Instagram logo


To see photos from this fantastic event, and to hear more about future events in Bedford, please follow us on our social media channels.

For more information on the Bedford International Kite Festival and Festival of Motoring visit our frequently asked questions page.

On this page