All systems go for 2012 River Festival!
information on the 2012 River Festival, including a full timetable
The Great Summer of events in Bedford Borough continues this
weekend with the 2012 Bedford River Festival taking place this
Saturday and Sunday.
Work is well underway across the Embankment and Russell Park in
preparation for the arrival of approximately 300,000 people across
The River Festival parade kicks off the weekend from midday on
Saturday as it travels from De Parys Avenue and down the High
Street. The parade is always a vibrant and colourful way to start
the weekend and this year will be no different with floats and
groups from across Bedford Borough and the UK celebrating.
From there, the action shifts towards the Embankment and Russell
Park as the first heats of the Dragonboat races take over the
river. Elsewhere there will be:
- A flyover by a Dakota fighter plane at 3.10 and 6.30pm on
- Heritage Village at Castle Mound offering Ancient Greece
Horse-Riding display and Children’s Ancient Greek Drill
- Community Village with two performance stages, bar and food court
and craft marquees
- Come and Try It sailing in the Water Sports Arena
- Try your hand at everything from martial arts to quasar and
football at the Sports Village. The Rugby Football Union will also
be on hand to offer advice and the chance to have a go.
- Over 150 market stalls, covering more than three-quarters of a
kilometre along the Embankment. Selling local and international
food and arts and crafts
- Live music and bands throughout the weekend. Battle of the Bands
winner and runners up will be performing on Saturday. Saturday
night includes local bands on the Community Stage. Main Stage on
Saturday night includes ‘Flash’ Queen Tribute and Take That
- Saturday night ends with a huge fireworks display over the River
Great Ouse. For the first time you will be able to tune into the
music accompanying the fireworks as it’s broadcast live by
Bedford’s urban radio station in2beats on 106.5 FM
- Cheer the brave men and women who try their hand at the raft race
on Sunday afternoon.
- Finally this year the festival draws to an end on Sunday evening
with music from a special guest as ‘Elvis’ takes to the
- Don’t forget, this year you can download the River Festival app
for your iPhone!
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “The Bedford River
Festival is one of the biggest free events in the country and
attracts many thousands of people to Russell Park and the
Embankment for a weekend of family fun.
“We all know the summer weather has been pretty awful so far and
has led to many summer events across the country being cancelled.
However, we are sending the message out loud and clear that the
Bedford River Festival is going ahead! There is set to be a huge
range of entertainment on offer for all the family across the
festival site, with something for everyone to enjoy. I hope to see
Bus and train services will be running throughout the weekend,
passengers are advised to check with operators before
The weather forecast looks set to remain changeable for the rest
of the week and across the weekend. Visitors are asked to keep an
eye on the weather forecast and dress appropriately.