The 2017 Hereford River Carnival starts TONIGHT (Friday 28th) and continues Saturday 29th April – put the dates in your diary! 

Over 12,000 people joined in the festivities last year and so many people from across the community got involved and had such a great time that Visit Herefordshire chose us for its coveted Best Community Festival Award for 2016.

Where to get your grub for tonight’s event


There are a range of volunteering needs and it’s great fun. Please check out the online form here and volunteer if you can.

New for Friday night

As part of the River Carnival, there will be a new special event on the evening of Friday 28th April which will bring Hereford’s amazing – and amusing – Mappa Mundi out of the Museum and into the Streets.

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A revived tradition

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.