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100 Boats and Counting

100 Boats Already Signed up for Bedford’s River Festival

 

The 19th bi-annual BedfordRiver Festivalwill take place on Saturday 16th – Sunday 17th 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, twenty three 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.

 

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."

 

Program details are yet to be finalised and Bedford Borough Council’s events team are still accepting applications for participation in the Dragonboat races, raft races, and the Carnival Parade.

 

For information about getting involved please visit

https://www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk/downloads/index.php

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