Organised by the Bedford Regatta Committee under British Rowing's Rules of Racing
and Guide to Safe Practice in Rowing over a course of 1,200 metres on the River Great Ouse from County Bridge to the Suspension Bridge

Location, Directions and Parking

Directions to the Regatta
Bedford Amateur Regatta is held along the Embankment in Bedford, next to the Suspension Bridge.  Bedford and the Regatta are easily accessible by both road and rail.

The nearest postcode to the Regatta car park is MK42 0BX.

Bedford road

Bedford lies on the South-North A6 trunk road which connects Luton with Carlisle, and two of the most important north-south routes in Great Britain, the A1 and the M1 motorway pass a few miles to the east and west respectively.

Bedford - bus/coach

The major bus routes are run by Stagecoach United Counties. Barfordian Coaches operate the Bedford-Stewartby route. Cedar Coaches operate the routes in the North of the town. Other bus operators include Expresslines, Flittabus, Arriva The Shires, MK Metro Bus Service, National Coach Services, Whitbread Wanderbus and Villager Community Minibus (also called Sharnbrook).

Bedford taxis


Bedford - airport

The Luton Airport is about 28.1 miles south from the town, whereas the Stansted Airport is about 56.4 miles in the south-east of the town.

Bedford - train

Bedford St Johns Railway Station

Boat Trailers  Travelling to the Regatta
It is possible to access the Regatta site via the Embankment on the Friday before the event. However, please note that there will be NO physical security available and therefore the Regatta takes no responsibility for damage to trailers or boating equipment.

Travelling to the Regatta
Please note that due to the large number of entries normally received in Novice and College events, it is necessary to start these events early in the morning to accommodate the number of rounds. We therefore recommend you take this into consideration when planning travel arrangements. As a guide, entrants in the most popular events may be racing as early as 8.15am with finals as late as 8pm. Competing clubs need to plan to make themselves available for the whole day when they make their entries; the timetable will be determined during the draw process when the size of the entry in each event can be determined.

Car/Mini-Bus and Trailer Parking

We have had to battle hard to be allowed to use Council-owned land for parking of trailers and towing vehicles on Longholme Island.  As you can appreciate, without this facility it would be virtually impossible to run the event.

We have undertaken to drastically reduce the number of non-essential (i.e. non-towing) vehicles accessing the Longholme area via the little white bridge.
ALL VEHICLES are advised to avoid Bedford’s notorious Saturday traffic by accessing the area via the A421 Bedford by-pass and take the A603 turn into town (near the ‘Cardington’ text on the map overleaf).  Take the Cardington Road into town, past the Barns Hotel, the pyramid-shaped swimming pool and Tesco, filter into the right hand lane after the Tesco roundabout for the A5140 signposted towards Cambridge.

At the roundabout, all cars should take the third exit for the riverside car park, just before the A5140 exit.  Ample parking is available on the fairground site, bear to the right over the flood defence hump as you enter.

All towing vehicles should take the fourth exit, the A5140 Longholme Way, cross the river, take the first left into the embankment then immediately left again over the white bridge onto Longholme Island.

No vehicles are allowed to park on the grass between the Embankment and the river.  Boats can be left on trestles here, but if you want to get trailers here then arrive early as it will get busy early on.

Crews arriving on Friday need to make arrangements for entry with Hugh Maltby, Regatta secretary on 07787 517480, as the island has a locking barrier post.  We do not recommend that you leave trailers anywhere near the riverside on Friday night, though appreciate that in cases this is the only way you can manage logistics.  We take no responsibility for losses or damage occurring due the locals having a bit of fun with your equipment.  Clubs must wheel clamp their trailer to prevent the locals shoving it into the river!

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE look after our river environment; the Council WILL be inspecting the site before, during and after the day and we may never be allowed to use the site again if damage is caused.  The Council have stated that they will use the civil powers in their possession to take action against vehicles parked on the grass verge of the Embankment or any vehicle/person causing damage to the site.  They can do this – it’s their land and they have plenty of Parking Attendants and Parks Marshals at their disposal.  Please be warned!!!

Bedford Amateur Regatta CIC Limited, company number 11383926, registered office address:  47a Church End, Biddenham, Bedford,
Bedfordshire, MK40 4AS