Bromham Mill Apple Day - Sunday 16th October

The ever popular Apple Day returns to Bromham Mill on Sunday 16th October. There will be a range of fun and traditional activities to celebrate all things Apple related. ON site there will be a vast selection of food and drink on offer and lots of fun-filled activities for the whole family to enjoy.


We also invite you to visit our real cider bar, try some succulent hog roast and even purchase a traditional Bedfordshire Clanger.


As entertainment is confirmed we will update these pages.


Bedford River Festival

Saturday 16th July - Sunday 17th July 2016


We would like to thank the hundreds of thousands of you that turned out in force over the Festival weekend, we once again attracted record visitor numbers in excess of 300,000. For those that participated, performed, traded or simply attended the event we hope you had an enjoyable time!


We promise we will get some images and video of the weekend online soon, keep an eye on this page!


The Festival Programme is now available to download! Simply click on the image beneath and you can have a look at the Festival site and what activities are going on throughout the weekend.


People travel from all over the world to attend this event, which is just on your doorstep if you live in the borough! Bedford’s hugely popular River Festival will take place on Saturday 16th – Sunday 17th July. The 2014 festival saw visitor’s numbers reach an amazing 250,000 and with over 100 boats already signed up this year’s event promises to be bigger than ever!


With less than a month to go there are still places available in the River Festival Carnival Parade on Sunday 17th July. The parade, sponsored by Tesco, will be led by the critically acclaimed Bedford Pipe Band as it travels down De Parys Avenue and The Embankment. To make the event more fun for both participants and spectators, vehicles will once again be permitted in the parade so participants will be able to walk or organise a float. As always there is no obligation for those in the parade to follow a theme, but as 2016 marks the 850th anniversary of the Bedford Borough Royal Charter this might a good place to draw ideas from when it comes to costumes and decorations. To find out more or book your place visit -


As well as the parade, events on the river include the ever popular illuminated boat parade; the kayak slalom; a Jet Boots displays and the River Swim. In addition, the River Festival hosts two new events this year, a hoover craft display and a paddle board race. Twenty two Dragon Boat teams and twenty two raft race teams have already signed up, but places are still available for those wishing to take part.

This year, in celebration of the 850th anniversary of Bedford Borough being granted royal charter, there will be a Heritage Village on Castle Mound recreating 11th century Bedford. Events across the weekend include battle re-enactments, weapons demonstrations and storytelling.


The Bedford River Festival is free to the public and offers numerous opportunities to participate in, or just to relax and enjoy shows and performances from over 65 local bands and groups across three stages on the a 105 acre site.

Programmes are now available at the Tourist Information Centre (TIC), at No.13 and within borough libraries. For more information visit





Bromham Mill Apple Day

Sunday 16th October 2016

We are pleased to announce that we will again be celebrating Apple Day at Bromham Mill in October 2016. More information will be added nearer the time but there is guaranteed to be family fun throughout the day, as well as plenty of cider!

Trade applications are now being accepted, for all application forms please go to the downloads section for more information.