Hereford River Carnival
Welcome to Hereford River Carnival The next spectacular Hereford River Carnival will take place on Friday 8th & Saturday 9th May 2020

The next spectacular Hereford River Carnival will take place on Friday 4th & Saturday 5th September 2020

Hi Carnivaleers

It will perhaps come as no surprise to you all that, after careful consideration, we are moving Hereford River Carnival from 8 / 9 May to the 4 / 5 September.

Hereford River Carnival happens thanks to hundreds of groups and thousands of brilliant people and it would be unfair to ask them to risk their own health and prepare for an event in May that with the current health situation probably couldn’t happen.

So, with true Herefordian grit, we are carrying on with all our preparations so that we can all enjoy the biggest, best celebration ever seen on the Wye in September.

We’ll be in touch soon with loads more information.  Watch this brilliant new website for updates.

The River Carnival as it is today revived an old tradition dating back to the 1960s. Prior to 2014 when a team of volunteers brought it back, the last River Carnival in Hereford took place in 1973. Britain’s favourite river – The Wye Hereford is the only city on the River Wye – the fifth-longest river in the UK, stretching some 215 kilometres (134 miles) from source to sea. It is the only river in Europe to be designated a site of special scientific interest (SSSI) for its entire length. It was voted Britain’s favourite river in a poll conducted by the Our Rivers campaign.

A revived tradition

What's On?

Sponsor the River Carnival

We’re always on the look out for companies who would like to sponsor or support us in some way.

Hereford River Carnival is a dynamic outdoor arts and community organisation based in Hereford and working across the county. Our aim is to work with some of the UK’s and leading artists and companies to deliver an outstanding programme of arts and participatory events for people of all ages.

Contact us for a more detailed conversation.

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Come along & join the fun!

Fancy volunteering at the River Carnival?

There’s lots of different things to do & you don’t need any experience!

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Latest Carnival News

Although we are closed at the moment, a member of staff comes in daily to check the estate. Ranger Tim was treated to this lovely view this morning, the orchard in the height of its bloom with the sunshine streaming through. Bliss!


Whilst our doors are shut, we are taking a moment to stop, reflect and celebrate this wonderful building.

Do you have memories or photographs of The Green Dragon Hotel? If so, we'd love to hear from you. Please leave comments and images below.

Not opening for the season tomorrow doesn't mean we've disappeared. Look out for games, recipes, household hints, victorian style every day we should have been open.

We are opening a food donation site at the The Kindle Centre. The site is open Tues 31st March from 10.30am -1pm but next week we hope to open at more times. We are desperately short of tinned meat - if you can't make this time, please leave any donations in our trolley at Asda

We can't wait until Fri 3 Apr 4pm, for our online Premiere of last year's #HLTAL film Carousel on the Herefordshire Life Through a Lens Facebook page. It's a heartwarming tour of #Herefordshire life from the 1950s-70s, as seen through Derek Evans' lively photos. @HeritageFundUK

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