Sun 16th June, 2024
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Bringing Bideford together for 50 years

This year marks our 50th annual Water Festival and with our Vikings theme, it promises to be bigger, bolder and more eventful than ever before.

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Dive into Fun at the Bideford Water Festival 2024: Year of the Vikings

Join us at the Bideford Rotary Water Festival 2024 for a day brimming with excitement and community spirit! This year's theme is Vikings – so we welcome you to embrace your inner Viking and join our Fancy Dress Competition. Or perhaps you'll participate in the ever-popular Cardboard Boat Race, building and sailing your Viking-inspired cardboard boat, cheered on by crowds at Kingsley Steps.

With over 50 diverse stalls and many events, including live entertainment by local musicians and dancers, there's guaranteed family fun for everyone – and it's free to attend. Take advantage of this day of fun, creativity, and community celebration at Bideford Quay.

What’s on at the festival

Cardboard Boat Race
Jun 16, 2024
1:45 pm

£10.00

Registration required

Build and decorate your cardboard boat and sail it against others, either on your own or with a crew, for a chance to win prizes!

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Cardboard Boat Race
Jun 16, 2024
1:45 pm

£10.00

Registration required

Build and decorate your cardboard boat and sail it against others, either on your own or with a crew, for a chance to win prizes!

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Opening of the Festival
Jun 16, 2024
12:00 pm

Free

Registration required

Join us for the grand opening of the Bideford Water Festival with the Mayor of Bideford, Cllr Rachel Clarke, and Queen Lagertha, Viking Shield Maiden

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Opening of the Festival
Jun 16, 2024
12:00 pm

Free

Registration required

Join us for the grand opening of the Bideford Water Festival with the Mayor of Bideford, Cllr Rachel Clarke, and Queen Lagertha, Viking Shield Maiden

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Fancy Dress Competition & Parade
Jun 16, 2024
12:10 pm

Free entry

Registration required

There will be a Fancy Dress Competition for all kids and their parents/carers, so dress up as a Viking or anything or anyone else you’d like to be.

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Fancy Dress Competition & Parade
Jun 16, 2024
12:10 pm

Free entry

Registration required

There will be a Fancy Dress Competition for all kids and their parents/carers, so dress up as a Viking or anything or anyone else you’d like to be.

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Water activities

11:00 am
Cardboard Boats Registration & Scrutineering
12:30 pm
Cardboard Boat Judging
12:45 pm
Model Boat Display
2:00 pm
North Devon Yacht Club Bideford Race
3:00 pm
Cardboard Boat Survivors’ Race
3:15 pm
Canoe Demonstration
3:30 pm
Gig Race
4:00 pm
Prize Giving at Kingsley Steps

Quayside activities

12:00 pm
Opening of the Festival
12:10 pm
Fancy Dress Competition & Parade
12:15 pm
North Devon Dance Fusion
1:00 pm
Applecorers Shanty Group
1:40 pm
Bideford Phoenix Morris Dancers
2:00 pm
Steve Ellison the best of Saxophone play
2:45 pm
Samba Baia Drumming Band
3:30 pm
Back in the Room (local rock band)
4:30 pm
Closing Ceremony

Stalls

Charity Outsourcing UK

Charity

Helping charities outsource their administration and operational tasks so they can focus on their core missions!

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Crumbcoatbakery

Food & Drink

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RNLI

Charity

Royal National Lifeboat Institute

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Devon Wildlife Trust

Charity

Established sixty years ago by a small group of volunteers, Devon Wildlife Trust is the only charity that exists to protect all wildlife in Devon and to safeguard Devon’s unique natural environment.

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Bilms & Bug

Arts & Crafts

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Tricia's Treasures

Arts & Crafts

Tricia's Treasures has been trading since 2009, we sell a range of boho clothing and accessories. We also have a range of preloved/upcycled clothing, and handmade jewellery.

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