Bedford Amateur Regatta founded in 1853 brings competitive rowing to the picturesque River Great Ouse in Bedford maintaining its position as the largest single day river regatta in the country. Racing takes place through the heart of the town over a 1,200 metre course with races every two minutes and competitors coming from far and wide.
The races start from 8:15am and go on until 7:30pm (you can have a look at the full schedule on their website). The best place to see the races is along The Embankment, which is within easy walking distance of Bedford and Bedford St Johns stations.
From personal experience, parking and traffic will be awful in Bedford. So avoid it by taking our lovely little train. Our trains will run all day and before and after the regatta, so no matter when you go we’ll be running. Or you can watch it from the train window as it passes over the river!