Music and fun by the riverside


The riverside in Bedford will host the region’s biggest free festival this weekend as thousands are expected to visit the town.

Bedford River Festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday, July 19 and 20, along The Embankment and Russell Park as well as on the riverside meadows with a full programme for all ages.

This year promises plenty of new attractions to keep everyone entertained as well as the return of the traditional favourites.

The parade, which has previously marked the beginning of the Festival on Saturday, has been moved to Sunday starting at noon.

The Heritage Village includes a World War One Commemoration Village on top of Castle Mound, with a range of activities and events to commemorate 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War.

Jet Boots Bob will also be performing on the river itself on Saturday and Sunday, with shows throughout the day.

Dragon boat racing starts at 11.30am on Saturday, with the final at 7pm.

Also taking to the skies on Sunday evening will be the famous Red Arrows, the RAF Aerobatic Team!

The John Bunyan, Bedford’s Community Boat, will be busy, too.

The boat will lead the illuminated boat flotilla on Saturday evening.

On Sunday evening the boat will be open to the public and will run 30-minute cruises along the Embankment from the Victorian Suspension Bridge to the County Bridge and return, and there will also be a sunset cruise leaving the Victorian Suspension Bridge at 8pm.