If there’s one thing Bedford loves, it’s a festival. Our bi-annual River Festival attracts over 300,000 visitors throughout the weekend and is the second biggest free event in the UK after the Notting Hill Carnival. It takes place in mid July along the banks of the River Great Ouse and showcases the best of Bedford both on and off the river. Sports activities, live music of every genre, dragon boat races, fairground rides, arts and crafts, fireworks and food from around the world are all on offer, usually in the glorious July sunshine. Bring your friends, bring a picnic and soak up the atmosphere.