WATCH: Feeling hot, hot, hot at Bedford River Festival

Summer arrived in time for the weekend’s Bedford River Festival which attracted record crowds of up to 300,000 visitors.

The colourful event saw stalls packed with street food and welcome liquid refreshments, numerous local bands, a hover craft display and paddle board racing among the attractions.

This year saw performances from over 65 local bands across three stages and Saturday night headliners Symphonica ft. Mr Switch proved extremely popular.

Other things to do and see were sports demonstrations, raft races and a river parade featuring more than 100 boats, with a firework finale on Saturday.

Mayor of Bedford, Dave Hodgson, said: “One of the reasons why the River Festival is so special is the fact that it is a genuine community event, with countless ways for individuals and groups to get involved.

“The carnival parade is not just spectacular to look at, but great fun to be a part of, while the same applies to other activities on and off the river.”

Allan Burke, who went to the festival, said: “It is a hugely family orientated event and the bands on the main stage were great, I hope the next one will be even bigger and better with more acts and entertainment.”