Boats taking part in the floatilla at Bedford River Festival

Information for holding an event on the river

Holding an event along the river can be a great way to get out in to the fresh air,

have some fun and engage with a wider audience.

Below you will find all of the necessary guidance and application forms for holding an event on our waterways. Please download, complete and return as per the instructions on the forms.


We aim to minimise risk and maximise the success of your river event through effective communication and support. If you have any related queries or require any further information, please contact us using our general enquiry form and we will be happy to help you.

River Great Ouse

Boats and people lining the river at the park for the Bedford River Festival.

River Nene

A raft with people dressed as pirates taking place in the parade at the Bedford River Festival
A boat dressed up as the Wizard of Ouse, taking place in the parade at the Bedford River Festival

River Ancholme

Runners and swimmers exiting the river as part of the Brigg Bomber event
Two rafts, one decorated with inflatable champagne bottles taking part in a rafting event.

River Welland

Hundreds of plastic, yellow ducks being used for a charity duck race with crowds looking on.

River Stour