Wye Valley River Festival


Saturday May 3 - Sunday May 18
An exciting opportunity to celebrate nature, culture, landscape and life along the River Wye. Starting at Hereford on May 3, events flow downstream as communities contribute to the lively and thought-provoking programme. The Festival's grand finale is in Chepstow on May 18.

The river is rising. Nature is on trial – who will speak for the spirit of the Wye?

The inaugural Wye Valley River Festival follows the story of Ratty the Wye water vole, leader of the Creatures' Republic of Wye (CROW), who is on the run from predatory prosecutor Mink and Judge Wild Boar. The twists and turns of the chase unfold in a series of community and arts events down the river. Ratty is finally captured and brought to trial at a Grand Assizes in Monmouth’s C16th courthouse. The events lead to a spectacular final at Chepstow Bridge with massed choir, fire, flame and illuminations.
This story has been shaped by the environmental and conservation issues facing the Wye Valley. The linked programme of local community celebrations, walks, talks, debates and an imaginative collaboration of artists, communities and conservation experts, will enable everyone to enjoy the beautiful Wye Valley and lend their voices to a conversation about the future of the countryside.

Download Wye Valley River Festival leaflet pdf, River Festival Poster or River Festival Flyer

For further information contact the Wye Valley AONB Unit office@wyevalleyaonb.org.uk
The Wye Valley River Festival is an initiative of the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership with funding from the AONB Sustainable Development Fund, a Welsh Government scheme in the Wye Valley AONB; Arts Council of Wales, supported by the Welsh Government and the Heritage Lottery Fund; Arts Council England; adventa, Monmouthshire’s Rural Development Plan for Wales which is funded by the Welsh Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development; Environment Agency, Ross Town Council, Hereford City Council and in-kind support from The Shire Hall, Monmouth and National Theatre Wales along with contributions from numerous volunteers and various communities along the Wye Valley.






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