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A massive welcome to the virtual River Carnival


We’re so sad we can’t be with you in the streets and on the Wye this year. We’ll see you in 2021.


But we hope we have created the next best thing.


A virtual Carnival featuring online performances from some Carnival favourites and some new friends.


Click on a stage and scroll on through and take a look at what you fancy. Just like you’d do on River Carnival Day.




Herefordshire is home to so much.  Wonderful gardens, fascinating museums, exceptional countryside with walks, rides, castles and great houses in abundance – there’s some good places to eat & drink too.

There are also lots of festivals which – like the River Carnival – have had to go online this year.  Here’s a flavour of what’s on offer around the county.

Childhood by Catcher Media

Our brilliant friends at Catcher Media have made a wonderful series of films about Hereford heritage.  Here’s a taster on Chlidhood and there’s one on Hereford United if you scroll down.

If you want to see the four full-length documentaries about Herefordshire heritage go to:

RSPCA Virtual Pet Show

The RSPCA Fun Dog show on Castle Green is always one of the most popular parts of the River Carnival.

Not daunted by the fact we can’t all get together, RSPCA Herefordshire organised a virtual pet show widening the categories to include those much loved pets that can’t normally come down to the River. Here are the results – and they don’t disappoint. Thank you RSPCA and to everyone that entered. Your pets are wonderful.

Hellens Garden Tour

Hellens Garden Festival went online this year too.  They are currently making a highlights film which we will link when it’s ready.  In the meantime, enjoy a stroll (and a scroll) through one of the county’s most beautiful gardens.

Waterworks Museum

A series of films showing why the River Wye has been so important to the history of Hereford & remains a vibrant centre for the arts, heritage & engineering today.


When it first opened the health levels of Herefordians improved dramatically once the Waterworks supplied clean drinking water from the Wye.

The Water Pumping Engines

Bringing the Museum to life as a great visitor attraction

Steampunk videos including Greg Chapman

Gala Day Band video

Pearl Lake Ukulele Band video

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Ledbury Poetry Festival LP Lockdown 2020 Part One

A collection of poems written & performed by the Festival’s Young Writers Collective during lockdown.

Creatures of the Mappa Mundi – Meadow Arts

In 2019, internationally celebrated artist Yinka Shonibare CBE created six new quilt artworks for Hereford Cathedral, commissioned by Meadow Arts. Creatures of the Mappa Mundi is inspired by one of Hereford Cathedral’s treasures, the Mappa Mundi (the largest medieval map of the world to survive to the present day). Shonibare invited diverse Herefordshire groups of people to contribute to the project by coming together for sewing sessions, intended to spark debate on current hot topics, including the environment and immigration

Moments in Hereford history with Catcher Media – Hereford United

If you want to see the four full-length documentaries about Herefordshire heritage go to:

Hereford Wildlife Trust

A look at the vital work the Trust does to protect the environment and promote its value across the county.

House Creations – Close House

A look at Close House from those that know it best.  Created during lockdown the film captures the vibrancy of this hugely important youth centre.

The Food Bank

Three Choirs Festival

Like the River Carnival, the Three Choirs Festival was unable to go ahead in Worcester Cathedral this year.  We’ve an inspirational piece produced by the choirs during lockdown if you scroll down the page but here is one of Hereford Cathedral’s Assistant Director of Music, Peter Dyke’s contributions to this year’s virtual festival.

To celebrate our entire festival family, we decided to create our very own Virtual Choir project! Conducted by Samuel Hudson (Director of Music at Worcester Cathedral) and played by Jonathan Hope (Assistant Director of Music at Gloucester Cathedral), we received around 100 video and audio recordings from across the Three Choirs Festival community. The piece chosen was the jubilant Antiphon, from Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs, originally commissioned by the festival and premiered here in 1911. The words couldn’t be more apt for the times we currently find ourselves in: “Let all the world in every corner sing…”

It’s a challenging time for everyone in the arts at the moment. The Three Choirs Festival is a charity, and any support is gratefully received. If you are able to, please consider supporting us with a donation, and help to ensure the future of the festival. Any donations, large or small, will help us to continue bringing you world-class music events in beautiful venues. Head to our website to donate: Thank you!

Skin Deep at Berrington Hall: Meadow Arts

Meadow Arts’ Skin Deep exhibition will reopen at Herefordshire stately home Berrington Hall on 14 September. The beautiful Georgian interior of this National Trust property is the setting for a series of realistic pastel drawings by Oliver Jones that look at the ways people modify their bodies through makeup, surgery and tattoos. Oliver made us a video tour of his studio during lockdown, explaining how he goes about making his incredibly detailed work, which you can watch now. The Artist’s Studio – Oliver Jones 

Thank you for visiting the virtual River Carnival


We hope you have found something to enjoy. Spread the word as being online, your friends can visit us whenever they like.  It’s a Carnival all year round.


We’d like to thank:


Arts Council England, the Community Fund and Hereford City Council for their support, encouragement, and funding.


ABC Print for the support and help with promotional materials. Our media partners the Hereford Times, Sunshine Radio and Your Herefordshire.


The DM Lab for creating and designing this platform, helping us through the technical complexities and pulling it all together.

Principal sponsors Harrison Clark Rickerbys whose support over the years – and this year in particular – has been invaluable.


And all our volunteers and the groups, bands, artists, performers, makers, and friends who continue to support us. We’ll be back, bigger, better, and stronger (and on the Wye) in 2021.


Thank you!