Riverside Bedford Grand Opening Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd September 2017

Official opening of Riverside Bedford by Mayor Dave Hodgson and 2012 London Olympic Champion Etienne Stott MBE on Friday 1st September
Alan Dodd, CEO, Bedford Creative Arts introduces the new public artwork The Frog by William Rounce (left). Etienne Stott MBE talks about the importance of the river.

Saturday Grand Opening

“This is a really good event and area. I’m definitely coming back!”

Kat Kurdynowska

“We come from near Corby and saw the opening advertised and thought we’d come down as we're regular visitors anyway. This is a really attractive development and we'll definitely be back.”

Christine and Keith

“I just had a taste of a vegetarian pizza from Zizzi and it was lovely.”


“I found out about this event today on Facebook and thought I'd bring my grandchildren. It’s been a great day out for us all. I work nearby so I will definitely be back.”

Sammy’s nan

“It's been a really good day. I hadn’t realised there were so many pretty buildings. We'll come back a lot.”

Jude and Princess Maria

“I’m loving the band! It’s a good development that will bring people into the town centre.”

Kiren and Danielle

“This is a really good development that will bring a lot more people to the town. They’ve done a really good job and it will be a great place to come in the evening.”

Tracey and Errol

“Something was really needed on this side of town to bring in visitors and this will really boost numbers. It’s lively, attractive and will be good for Bedford.”

John Partridge

“It’s a really good development. I’m just wondering where all the people have come from! It's very popular and all the restaurants are packed. This is a great place to bring your family, there’s such a good atmosphere.”

Richard Alleyne

“This will be somewhere I’d like to come in the evening.”

Paulina and Maciej

“It’s great. Just what Bedford needed and I really hope people take advantage of it. It will attract visitors, it has great disabled access, and we’ll be coming here a lot. It feels like Covent Garden, but there’s more space here and you have a river.”

Andrew and Karen Robinson (and Charlie the Dog)

“I can’t wait to come back here and eat. It’s absolutely fabulous, just what Bedford needed. There was nothing here before, I’m definitely going to be a regular visitor.”

Pina Despirito and Rose Andrena

“I’m local and the atmosphere here is fantastic, just lovely. The entertainment has been brilliant. And I’ve been saying to my husband there’s no need for us to go to Milton Keynes anymore when we have this on our doorstep.”

Caroline Maher

COMMUNITY and Family Day on Sunday

"I've just taken part in the free Tai Chi demonstration and it was brilliant. An event like this really encourages people to come down and take part."

Geoff (left)

"Anything that helps foster a good community spirit is a great idea and this event does that."


"It's wonderful for the kids. We're always coming down to the river but there's not much for them to do there. Events like this keep them interested."

Haley and Gracie Sparrow

"This can only be a positive development for Bedford. It opens up the river and some lovely walks and will attract visitors. This space will benefit the local community."

Laura and Mark Spurgeon

"We're down from Cheshire visiting family and this is our first visit to the area since it was redeveloped. I think it's a lovely place. And it's good to involve the community. It doesn't matter where you live, community is important."

Lynn (left)

"I live just across the river and think this is a good development. It's definitely a good idea to have an event like this where we can meet members of the community and bring our kids."


Win a Meal for Two

Visit the Riverside Bedford website for a chance to win a meal for two www.riversidebedford.co.uk/win


Photographer Martin Bou Mansour . Interviews Antony Stephenson.

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