Float on the River

Enter a Float

The procession of river floats along the River Wye is one of the high points of the River Carnival.

In 2017, we had 16 floats including characters including a couple of hapless Vikings, the cast of Grease, Super Mario and some exceptionally unruly pirates alongside floats from Horizon Training, Shirley’s Wheels, Hereford Food Bank, the Sea Cadets, Fodder, TSB, The ELY Trust and the Hereford Malayalee Association to name but a few.

In 2018, we;d like to see many more.  Get in touch with us by emailing stuart@rivercarnival.org.  We can usually provide you with a float base – or you could come along to a workshop and build one.

Come along a build a float

It’s never too early to plan your float.  Thanks to our wonderful friends at Gibbs & Dandy in Hereford, we get the wood to build some float bases and invite groups along to help us build them at Horizon Training on Whitecross Road.  Let us know if you are interested by emailing stuart@rivercarnival.org.

You can join the Carnival

Why not build your own river float (we can show you how and where to get the materials) or our Hereford Carnival boatbuilders can build one for you to decorate yourself (for a small fee of course). Just email us for more information.

Wye not give it a go?

You and your friends or colleagues floating down the river cheered on by thousands on the banks of the Wye – you could even raise money for a favourite cause while you do it.

A Carnival river craft would be ideal for:

  • Local businesses or organisations – from shops to solicitors, banks to builders, hostelries to hospitals
  • Schools
  • Scouts, Guides and other young people’s organisations
  • Sporting and social clubs
  • Church or other faith groups
  • Groups of friends and neighbours
  • Charity fundraisers
  • Bring your own boat

You don’t have to build a river float. You can bring along your own boat or craft if you already have one.

All that we ask is that you deck it out appropriately for our carnival procession.

Size doesn’t matter. Coracles, canoes and clippers (well maybe not clippers) are all welcome.

Get In Touch with Tricia info@rivercarnival.org to register and  get an info pack.