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The Countdown is on - Less than a Year Until River Festival 2020

August 2, 2019 2:35 PM

Mayor Dave Hodgson on the River at 2018 River FestivalThere is now under a year until Bedford River Festival 2020, which will take place on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th July next year.

Planning is already well underway for this flagship event, and Bedford Borough Council has announced that the headline sponsor will be Wainwright, by Marston's Beer Company.

Bedford River Festival is recognised as one of the largest outdoor events of its kind in the UK, with thousands of visitors over one weekend in July.

River Festival 2018 marked this biennial event's 40th anniversary, with entertainment, over 100 performances across 6 live music stages, funfair rides, activities on the river and lots happening on our beautiful riverside with St Mary's Gardens and the new Riverside Bedford development joining the fun.

Mayor Dave Hodgson said "The Bedford River Festival is always a fantastic event, and the planning is going full-steam ahead with just under a year to go until next year's big weekend. It was great to see the thousands of visitors coming to our riverside last year to enjoy this superb free Festival, and I know many people are already looking forward to next year."

The Council has also marked the occasion with the launch of the new River Festival website at https://riverfestival.bedford.gov.uk/

You can keep up-to-date with Bedford River Festival updates at the website, and via the Bedford Events Facebook page. where you can find the only official Bedford River Festival 2020 Facebook event.

Entertainment on offer at River Festival 2020 is set to include:

- Dragon Boat Races

- Raft Races

- Six Live Music and Performance Stages

- Fireworks

- Boat Parades

- Water Sports Arena

- Heritage Village

- Food and Drink

- Traders and Craft Marquees

- Sports Demonstrations

- Funfair

- Giant Inflatables

- Continental Market

- Open Water Swim Race