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BEDFORD RIVER FESTIVAL – LESS THAN ONE MONTH TO GO!

 

People travel from all over the world to attend this event, which is just on your doorstep if you live in the borough! Bedford’s hugely popular River Festival will take place on Saturday 16th – Sunday 17th July. The 2014 festival saw visitor’s numbers reach an amazing 250,000 and with over 100 boats already signed up this year’s event promises to be bigger than ever!

 

With less than a month to go there are still places available in the River Festival Carnival Parade on Sunday 17th July. The parade, sponsored by Tesco, will be led by the critically acclaimed Bedford Pipe Band as it travels down De Parys Avenue and The Embankment. To make the event more fun for both participants and spectators, vehicles will once again be permitted in the parade so participants will be able to walk or organise a float. As always there is no obligation for those in the parade to follow a theme, but as 2016 marks the 850th anniversary of the Bedford Borough Royal Charter this might a good place to draw ideas from when it comes to costumes and decorations. To find out more or book your place visit - https://www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk/outdoorevents/

 

As well as the parade, events on the river include the ever popular illuminated boat parade; the kayak slalom; a Jet Boots displays and the River Swim. In addition, the River Festival hosts two new events this year, a hoover craft display and a paddle board race. Twenty two Dragon Boat teams and twenty two raft race teams have already signed up, but places are still available for those wishing to take part.

 

This year, in celebration of the 850th anniversary of Bedford Borough being granted royal charter, there will be a Heritage Village on Castle Mound recreating 11th century Bedford. Events across the weekend include battle re-enactments, weapons demonstrations and storytelling.

 

Mayor of Bedford Borough Dave Hodgson said “One of the reasons why the River Festival is so special is the fact that it is a genuine community event, with countless ways for individuals and groups to get involved. The carnival parade is not just spectacular to look at, but great fun to be a part of, while the same applies to other activities on and off the river.  So I would encourage people to have a look at the opportunities to take part, and to get in touch.”

 

The Bedford River Festival is free to the public and offers numerous opportunities to participate in, or just to relax and enjoy shows and performances from over 65 local bands and groups across three stages on the a 105 acre site.

 

Programmes are now available at the Tourist Information Centre (TIC), at No.13 and within borough libraries. For more information visit http://www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk/

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