The 2017 Hereford River Carnival is on Friday 28th and 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.

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.