The Embankment and Mill Meadows

The Embankment, which runs alongside the River Great Ouse is one of Bedford’s most picturesque settings, due to the riverside views and dazzling floral bedding displays.

The beautiful tree-lined promenade, ornate bridges and Victorian bandstand provide the perfect space to sit, relax and enjoy the great outdoors. 

The area hosts a range of popular events throughout the summer months, including long-standing regattas, festivals and big band concerts.  



  • Bandstand
  • Boating lake
  • Café
  • Car park
  • Floral displays 
  • Water sports 


The Longholme Café and Hire provides a healthy menu and boat hire service.

Fresh salads, sandwiches, cakes, snacks, ice creams and a selection of homemade drinks are on offer, as well as packed lunches for children and picnic take outs.

Book an event in this park

Go to our parks events booking page to create an event.