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Bedford International Kite Festival

Introducing - The Bedford Festival of Motoring 

The Bedford International Kite Festival will once again be returning to Russell Park over the weekend of the 1 & 2 June 2019. This year the event will take on a unique format, with the brand new Bedford Festival of Motoring taking place on the beautiful Embankment alongside the Kite Festival. 

These complementary Festivals, each celebrating a unique passion of national and international significance, will come together to enhance the existing traditions of the Kite Festival in Bedford. The weekend will feature kite-flying displays with kites never seen before in the UK, family entertainment and attractions, a variety of trade including the popular craft marquee, and the opportunity to get up close to an impressive range of iconic cars and motorcycles. 

The inaugural Bedford Festival of Motoring will be brought to you by the Bedford Borough Council Events Team in partnership with Adrian Grubb of Events with Panache. Adrian has previously been involved with the successful launch and management of the Stratford-upon-Avon Festival of Motoring. The Festival will ultimately endeavour to embrace all things motoring in the UK with special displays of vehicles, ultra-modern, luxurious and bizarre, iconic and soon forgotten, motor sport in all their guises, motorcycles and bicycles and commercial, agricultural and military but most of all, Classic Cars!

Another new element for 2019 will be the addition of a Saturday evening ‘chill-out’ music set, hosted by the folks behind River Festival 2018’s Dance Music Stage. Visitors can enjoy the spectacle of kite night-flying to the sounds of ambient dance music, a unique way to spend a summer’s evening.

Bedford Festival of Motoring 2019 is sponsored by Motorvogue

Traders application pack 2019

Bedford International Kite Festival 2019 Application Pack (downloadable form) 

Bedford Kite Festival 2019 Application Pack (online submission form)

Bedford Festival of Motoring 2019 Trade Pack 

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Festival of motoring exhibitor applications

These can be made here at Bedford Festival of Motoring 

Visit the eventbrite Bedford Festival of Motoring 1 and 2 June registration.  

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Run Bedford road race 

Bedford will be truly buzzing with activity on the first weekend of June, as the annual Run Bedford road race event is also taking place on the roads of Bedford on the morning of Sunday 2 June. The race start and finish will be located on the Embankment. Feel free to arrive early and support those taking part. 

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