This year the 19th bi-annual Bedford River Festival will take place on Saturday 16– Sunday 17 July. The 2014 festival saw visitor’s numbers reach an amazing 250,000. This year’s River Festival promises to be even more popular with 100 boats already signed up to attend, 23 of which have not been seen at the event previously.
Events on the river include competitions for the best decorated narrow boats and cruisers; an illuminated boat parade; kayak slalom; the ever popular Dragonboat races on Saturday and raft racing on Sunday.
In addition, 2016 marks 850 years since the signing of the Royal Charter by King Henry II. The charter granted new rights and powers to the people of Bedford and the River Festival will host a twelfth century village on honour of this special anniversary, taking visitors back in time and recreating life from this era.
The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson said: “The River Festival is a fantastic event that that is powered by Bedford Borough’s community spirit. There is always a vast array of attractions for people of all ages to enjoy, and I am looking forward to seeing this year’s programme develop as the event approaches.”
There’s just as much excitement taking place on the water as there is on the river banks with live entertainment, a fete, fun fair and colourful carnival parade.
For more details visit https://www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk/outdoorevents/
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