Park events calendar

Our calendar of events on Bedford Borough Council parkland throughout 2024.

Thurston's Funfair and Gumbles Fun Zone Fair

Both the Thurston’s Funfair and Gumbles Fun Zone Fair operate on multiple dates throughout the year, more information can be found below.

Thurston’s Funfair
A token operated funfair for the whole family to enjoy!     

Gumbles Fun Zone Fair 
Jam-packed children's fun zone fair operating a pay on entry system with unlimited rides once inside.  

2024 events

January

 

Date Event Location
16 January  Winter Wassail Mowsbury Hillfort
28 January  Bedford 5 & 10 Miler  The Embankment and Priory Country Park

February

 

Date Event Location
18 February  Bedford 4's and 8's Rowing Event The Embankment
20-21 February Lark in the Park Jubilee Park

March

 

Date Event Location
3 March Star Club New Year Head of the River The Embankment
24 March Junior Aquathlon Bedford Park
29 March Eat Feast Riverside Square
29 March - 14 April Easter Trail Priory Country Park

April

 

Date Event Location
29 March - 14 April Easter Trail Priory Country Park
1 April Bedford 10K and Half Marathon The Embankment and Priory Country Park
14 April  Bedford Spring Fours and Small Boats Head The Embankment
11-14 April  Gumbles Wristband Children’s Fair Goldington Green
21 April Bedford and Ouse Valley Scouts bridgewalk The Embankment (bandstand)
27 April  Harrold Pit Run Harrold Odell Country Park
28 April - 6 May  James Richards Circus Great Denham Country Park
26 April  Eat Feast Riverside Square
30 April - 1 May Bedford Canoe Marathon  The Embankment 

May

 

Date Event Location
30 April - 1 May Bedford Canoe Marathon  The Embankment 
4 May Elstow May Festival  Elstow Green
10-20 May  Thurstons Funfair Addison Howard Park
11-12 and 18-19 May  Gumbles Wristband Children’s Fair Mowsbury Park
11 May   Bedford Amateur Regatta The Embankment and Longhome Way
19 May  Rothsay Herb Garden Open Day Rothsay Roundabout
25 May Fake Festivals Bedford Park
31 May Eat Feast Riverside Square
31 May - 2 June Gumbles Wristband Children’s Fair Great Denham Country Park

June

 

Date Event Location
31 May - 2 June Gumbles Wristband Children’s Fair Great Denham Country Park
8 June  Star Regatta The Embankment
9 June Orienteering Event Mill Meadows, Priory Country Park and Town Centre
9 June Yoga Festival Bedford Park
9 June WI Sponsored Walk Priory Country Park
15 or 22 June BRASS Football Funday Russell Park
22-23 June Cardington Slalom Competition - National Ranking Event Division 2/3/4 Cardington Canoe Slalom
28 June Eat Feast Riverside Square
30 June Armed Forces Day with Freedom of the Borough Town Centre
29 June Bedford Sessions: Avril Lavigne   Bedford Park
30 June Bedford Sessions: Jess Glynn and Cian Ducrot  Bedford Park

July

 

Date Event Location
4 July Bedford Sessions: Tom Jones Bedford Park
5 July Bedford Sessions: Pete Tong Ibiza Classics Bedford Park
6 July Bedford Sessions: James Orchestral Performance and Johnny Marr Bedford Park
7 July  Bedford Sessions: Nile Rogers and Chic, Sophie Ellis Bextor and Deco Bedford Park
5 July Beds AAA race Priory Country Park Track Only
6 July Wingmania Priory Country Park
7 July  Italian Festival Town Centre
13-14 July Eid in Bedford Addison Howard Park
17 July Doug Anderson 5k Bedford Park
20-21 July  River Festival The Embankment and surrounding land
26 July  Eat Feast Riverside Square
27-28 July Race for Life Priory Country Park
27 July (or 13 July TBC) Bedford Morris Day of Dance  Castle Mound/Mill Meadows
25-28 July Gumbles Wristband Children’s Fair Bedford Park

August

 

Date Event Location
4 August  Music in the Meadows - Bedford Town Band Bandstand on Mill Meadows
11 August Music in the Meadows - May Blossom Bandstand on Mill Meadows
18 August Music in the Meadows - Mainline Big Band Bandstand on Mill Meadows
25 August Music in the Meadows - Fynnius Fogg Bandstand on Mill Meadows
8-12 August Zippos Circus Longholme Way
8-11 and 15-18 August  Gumbles Wristband Children’s Fair Russell Park  
11 August Bedford Harriers Triathlon  The Embankment and surrounding land
17-18 August Original Culture Events Ltd Priory Country Park
24-25 August Last Siege of Bedford Castle Theatre Production Castle Mound
30 August Eat Feast Riverside Square
30 August - 1 September  Gumbles Wristband Children’s Fair Goldington Green
30 August - 1 September  Sundown Cinema  Russell Park
31 August - 1 September Cardington Slalom Competition - National Ranking Event Division 2/3/4 Cardington Canoe Slalom

September

 

30 August - 1 September  Gumbles Wristband Children’s Fair Goldington Green
30 August - 1 September Sundown Cinema  Russell Park
30 August - 1 September Cardington Slalom Competition - National Ranking Event Division 2/3/4 Cardington Canoe Slalom
1 September Kempston Colts Tournament Hillgrounds
6-8 September Bedford Running Festival Russell Park, The Embankment and Priory Country Park
7 September Cardington Slalom Comp - National InterClubs Cardington Canoe Slalom
15 September  Bedford Mela Everard Meadow
20-29 September   Thurstons Funfair Longholme Way
21 September  Great Denham Village Fete Great Denham Country Park
27 September  Eat Feast Riverside Square
28 September Stride Out (Tibbs Foundation) Priory Country Park

October

 

Date Event Location
6 October Bedford Guides Bridge Walk The Embankment
12 October Bedford Starlight Hike Longholme Way / Embankment
13 October Bedford Junior Aquathlon Bedford Park

November

 

Date Event Location
3 November Bedford Half and 10km Russell Park, The Embankment and Priory Country Park
17 November  Autumn Head Rowing Event The Embankment

December

 

Date Event Location
8 December Keech Santa Run The Embankment / Mill Meadows
26 December Boxing Day Scratch Eights Rowing The Embankment