Bedford River Festival

Bedford’s award-winning River Festival—now in its 40th year—will be staged at the height of the English summer on the 14th & 15th July 2018 when over 250,000 spectators will attend the event over two days.

This is the key event in the Bedfordshire social calendar and comprises a colourful mix of live entertainment, river events, a festival parade, fireworks,  funfair, music and stages.

Staged on the picturesque Victorian Embankment, Promenade, the River Great Ouse and in Russell Park, the Festival is a unique combination of the carnival, the musical, and of course, the nautical!

At the very heart of the festival are the MM Events-organised Continental Street Markets where traders are invited to apply for stalls selling food and delicatessen products, jewellery, fashions, craft products and gifts.

There is a strong community element to the Bedford River Festival which guarantees a huge attendance whatever the weather brings. Entertainment features strongly at the event with headlining professional acts on five stages supported with parades, river races and other activities and displays from local community groups from both the arts and sporting worlds.

“Past festivals show traders can expect to do excellent business over the two days. The markets are located in prime positions and absolutely central to the public’s enjoyment of the event,” says MM Events Director Stuart Calder. “We have received lots of interest from traders and hence the available space is rapidly filling up. We fully expect to be sold out by Easter so people need to confirm their booking now.”

This event is one of three major 250m+ events where the market concessions are to be let by MM Events in 2018, the others being Plymouth Flavour Fest and the MM Events organised Chichester and Midhurst Food Festival as well as the new large-scale Global Gathering series.

In addition MM Events is recruiting traders for a full calendar of touring markets which work weekly between March and Christmas.

To book any MM Event you first need to register as a trader. Please note, you will need all your documents to hand for your one-time registration with us. If you are already registered you can use the same link to book your stall.

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