The ever-popular Bedford River Festival takes place in July every other year, and will be back bigger and better for 2022.

Bedford River Festival is the third largest outdoor event in Europe with over 300,000 people attending this bi annual event which is organised and hosted by Bedford Borough Council. Canoe Trail have been running the watersports and adventure activities for almost 20 years featuring come and try it SUP activities, big air ramp displays with international and GB paddlers, obstacle races and more besides.





Paddleboard (SUP) race

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Enter our SUP race over a mile of Bedford’s iconic Victorian Embankment. Race in front of thousands of people with prizes and a great vibe

Bedford Invitational Open Water Swim Race

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The open water open water swim race runs over a mile course swimming in front of thousands of cheering people. Sign up here


Watersports Arena

Canoe Trail will be running a host exciting displays, watersports activities and racing in the water sports arena to inspire and also let you join in the fun including;

Cardboard box race

GB Rafting slalom racing

Standup Paddleboarding

Come and Try It! - Pay to play

Big ramp

Some of the best kayakers in the world will be launching from a 30 foot ramp, showing off their midair skills!


take to the water in our zorbs – Pay to Play

Canoe Polo

Competition with Viking Kayak Club

Open Water Swimming

SUP obstacle race


Adventure Village

Canoe Trail are back with our action packed adventure village with lots of great outdoor activities for families to take part in. These include:

Adventure Village

Bushcraft Masterclasses

Firelighting, crafts, and bush skills - Pay to play

Axe throwing

Channel your inner viking! Pay to play

Campfire cooking

Campfire bake off

2018's brave souls taking on the Big Ramp!