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Planning an Event

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Planning an event is a big job and there are lots of different forms to fill in and arrangements to make.

The Council has a Guide to Organising a Safe Event which has been designed to help new and experienced event organisers. All the information you need can be found on the Park Event page


Events held in Bedford Borough have to be considered by the Events Advisory Group, and they would need to have the completed form at least 3 months before the planned event, or 6 months if the event is expected to have 5,000 or more people coming.

You should also read the information about Temporary Event Notices (TENs), which can be found on this page.  You will be able to apply for a TEN on-line there as well.  If you're not sure whether you will need a TEN or not, you can call Licensing on (01234) 221601.

Bedford Market stallsMarket Stalls           

If you are thinking of using one or more market stalls for a town centre promotion or event for your group or organisation,  then contact the Markets Manager at markets@bedford.gov.uk . He will be able to tell you if the date and time you have in mind is acceptable, what it will cost and can arrange for the stalls to be put up and taken down.


Pop Up ShopPop-Up Shops

You might be thinking about arranging a Pop-Up Shop event for your group.  If so, take a look at the Empty Shops Information Pack, which you'll find really useful.

The pack has been designed to give you a starting point for investigating the permanent or temporary uses of empty commercial spaces.  It is for people who may have an idea for an empty shop but don’t know where to start and has lots of useful contacts at the back.

River Festival and Kite Festival

If your group or organisation is considering having a stall at the River Festival or Kite Festival, or is thinking about taking part in the River Festival Parade follow this link to the Park Events page, where all the information you'll need will be updated prior to each of the events taking place.

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