Riverside Bedford Grand Opening Event with Free Tastings, Entertainment and Competitions

2017/09/02 12:00:00

Join us on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd September for free tastings, entertainment and competitions at the Grand Opening of Bedford’s stunning new Riverside leisure.

Win a MealSet on the banks of the River Great Ouse and opposite St Mary’s Gardens, Riverside Bedford, features restaurants, a cinema and a hotel. It is already buzzing with activity following the soft openings of wagamama, Zizzi, MEXIco, Miller & Carter, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Vue Cinema and Premier Inn.

Free Tastings on Saturday 2nd September, noon and 5 PM

Bedford’s newest restaurants, wagamama, Zizzi, MEXIco, Miller & Carter and Gourmet Burger Kitchen will be offering free tasters of their most popular dishes. There will also be voucher giveaways and chances to win free meals, Vue cinema tickets and an overnight stay at the Premier Inn.

Let’s Make it a Party

Riverside Bedford is also home to Bedford’s newest public square and visitors will be able to enjoy free entertainment from noon to 5 PM on Saturday. A fantastic team of puppeteers, musicians, mime artists, jugglers, dancers, stilt walkers, hula hoopers and more will perform throughout the development and interact with visitors making it a fun event for young and old alike.

Come on Saturday For:

  • Free tastings from the Riverside restaurants
  • Free fun and entertainment from our fantastic street performers
  • Live music
  • Discover ‘The Frog’ Bedford’s newest public artwork
  • Restaurant voucher giveaways
  • Water sports including zorbing (£5 for 5 minutes), come and try canoeing, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding
  • Plus FREE rides on a giant voyager canoe
  • More family fun across the river in St Mary’s Gardens including craft stalls and children’s rides

A Not So Traditional Sunday Lunch

Sunday 3rd September is dedicated to families with giant games and activities spread around the venue from noon to 5 PM. There will also be demonstrations, talks and displays from local arts, culture, sports and leisure groups providing an ideal opportunity to discover new interests and activities in Bedford.

Riverside Bedford is a great choice for a relaxing Sunday with the family before the kids go back to school. Eat Italian at Zizzi, Japanese at wagamama, Mexican at, well, MEXIco, steaks at Miller & Carter or gourmet burgers at GBK. Then enjoy a walk along the river or catch the latest blockbuster in one of Vue’s seven screens.

Come on Sunday For:

  • Meet London 2012 Olympic canoe slalom champion Etienne Stott MBE
  • Family fun with giant board games
  • Demonstrations, talks and displays from local arts, culture, sports and leisure groups
  • Discover ‘The Frog’ Bedford’s newest public artwork
  • Water sports including zorbing (£5 for 5 minutes), come and try canoeing, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding
  • Plus FREE rides on a giant voyager canoe
  • More family fun across the river in St Mary’s Gardens including children’s rides and come and try sports activities
  • Watch the latest blockbuster at Vue Bedford
  • And of course a relaxing Sunday lunch in one of our great Riverside restaurants

How to Find Us

Riverside Bedford is in the centre of Bedford with pedestrian entrances on Horne Lane, St Paul’s Square and via the footbridge from St Mary’s Gardens.

Riverside Bedford is fully accessible to wheelchair users.

For directions, travel options and parking, see Plan Your Visit.

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