Hereford River Carnival
Welcome to Hereford River Carnival
Hereford River Carnival/The Main Carnival Stage

The Main Carnival Stage



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.



Welcome to the Carnival Main Stage


Take a scroll through some of the crazy things we’ve got up to over the years, check out Head to the River, our love letter to Hereford as inspired by six county heroes from the last 100 years.


And don’t miss the six big heads as they let their hair down on Castle Green for a Carnival Parade with friends Aspire, Close House and the Big Bonkers Mobile Musical Carnival Contraption & much more.



Head to the river


A love letter to Hereford & the River Wye


Join our six giant heads made by local artists and inspired by great Herefordians of the last 100 years on our whimsical trip through Hereford & down the Wye

Our six Carnival heads are (in order of appearance)

Frank Oz – puppeteer, actor & director (of Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and Star Wars Yoda fame)

Ronnie Radford – Hereford goal scoring legend whose golden goal sank the might Newcastle in the FA Cup

Dora Carrington – creative artist and surrealist landscape artist of the 1920s & 30s – a member of the bohemian Bloomsbury Group

Walenty Pytel – one of the world’s leading sculptors of birds & beasts known for his huge metal structures

Ellie Goulding – Herefordshire’s own international musical superstar

Kiko Matthews – adventurer and environmentalist on a mission to rid our waters of plastic



After a long day’s filming our Carnival heads let their hair down and create a Carnival procession of their own on Castle Green.

Mappa Mundi

The Carnival 2016

The Carnival 2017

The Food Bank

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!