Since it was re-introduced in 2014, Hereford River Carnival has grown to become Herefordshire’s biggest feelgood, community event – and it remains entirely free for the public.
We had 20,000 Carnival goers in 2018 (up on 15,000 in 2017) who sang, danced, made masks and carnival costumes, ate great local food and generally have fun messing about on the beautiful River Wye.
There is something for everyone and exciting new things to discover every year – music, dance, sport, arts, crafts, old fashioned games and mucking about on the river.
Run by artists from The Carnival Arts Group, come along to one of our free, drop-in workshops open to all ages – we will be making masks and carnival crowns, lanterns and carnival structures.
Bring your friends and family or come on your own and make some new friends! You don’t need to be arty or have any experience… we will provide materials and our carnival artists will help you achieve something wonderful to wear or wave around at this or any Carnival. (Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times)
Watch this space for more information on the Carnival Clubs which will take place in July and August in the run up to the Carnival.
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