Castle Quay Weekender 2016

18th & 19th June 2016

Castle Quay Weekender 2016

Download the official programme with full line-up of bands & events at the 2016 Castle Quay Weekender

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Castle Quay Weekender 2016 Bedford

Castle Quay Weekender 2016

On 18th & 19th June 2016

The Castle Quay Weekender is returning to Castle Lane for 2016. The two day festival will be a FREE celebration of Bedford’s cultural quarter, with live music, food, children’s theatre, dance, art, craft activities and more.  Anyone who took part in the original Castle Quay Weekender in 2011 will know that the event brought together the community in a unique and positive way.   It was a completely grassroots initiative organised by volunteers.  It attracted 5,000 people to Castle Quay, was the catalyst for many subsequent events and collaborations and encouraged a community DIY spirit to thrive.  We are not attempting to recreate the original CQW, but we will definitely we retaining the grassroots ethos.

Help make it happen

With this in mind, we would love the community to help us make it happen again.  Ironically, there are lots of  costs involved in a free festival – and we’d love Bedfordians to contribute towards the costs of the stage and the performers.

Local companies including Bedford BID and Castle Lane and Ram Yard businesses are right behind this community initiative and are supporting and sponsoring the ‘behind the scenes’ essentials.


We guarantee you won’t be disappointed!
All of you lovely philanthropists will be acknowledged in the programme and on the website, and will benefit from a warm fuzzy feeling as a result of being altruistic and generous.

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The Original

It all started back In 2011, when We Are Bedford ran an empty shops art festival in the seven vacant units on Castle Lane. Here’s a video of the first Castle Quay Weekender and this year will be even better.