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The Embankment and Mill Meadows

The Embankment, which runs alongside the River Great Ouse is one of Bedford’s most picturesque settings, due to the riverside views and dazzling floral bedding displays.

The beautiful tree-lined promenade, ornate bridges and Victorian bandstand provide the perfect space to sit, relax and enjoy the great outdoors. 

The area hosts a range of popular events throughout the summer months, including long-standing regattas, festivals and big band concerts.  


The Longholme Café and Hire is providing a social distancing take away service.  Boat hire remains closes.  For further information please visit their covid-19 page


  • Bandstand
  • Boating lake -boat hire currently unavailable 
  • Café
  • Car parking on both the embankment and the free car park at Mill Meadows.  
  • Floral displays 
  • Water sports 

Where to go

The Embankment
MK40 3PD
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Age Bands
11-14 years old
18-25 years old
Parents and carers
15-17 years old
0-4 years old
5-10 years old