Don’t forget to duck…

If you haven’t bought one already there’s still time to buy a ticket for the City of Rotary Club Duck Race and the chance to win £1,000 cash as well as some other fabulous prizes.  Watch out for the Rotary Duck sellers on Bishops Meadow, Castle Green and dotted around the site.  All the proceeds go to some fantastic local, national and international charities including SHYPP, St. Michael’s Hospice, Hope Support Services, REMAP HFD, the Tear Fund and Polio Eradication.

Gastronomic Saturday

After all that activity if you’ve built up an appetite, the Satirday of the River Carnival this year will also feature an indie food village featuring the very best of the Herefordshire indie food scene including Beefy Boys, Rule of Tum, Rocket Kitchen, Peter Cooks Bread, Method Roastery, Trumpers’ Teas, Seb’s Cider, Absolute Cakery and the Old Granary Pierogi.

Carnival of sport

New for 2017 is the Carnival of Sport which promotes fitness, health and wellbeing by encouraging everyone to come along a try something new.  The Carnival team has been working with the team at Halo Leisure and invited a selection of Hereford’s finest sports clubs to come along to the Carnival of offer tasters to Carnival goers.

With sessions for men, women, girls and boys, there will be football, courtesy of Hereford FC’s United in the Community; volleyball from the Hereford Volleyball Club; judo from the Hereford Judo Club as well as cricket, yoga, putting, roller derby, tennis, drift trikes and walking football – the slower version of the beautiful game – for the over 50s.

Organisers say that no experience or kit are necessary, simply come along and have ago.

Artist in residence for the day

We are delighted to welcome our very own artist in residence who will be on site all day capturing the Carnival capers in her sketch book. Harad Davies is currently studying Illustration at Falmouth​ University. She specialises in children’s illustration.

 

The Awakening approaches – where to get your grub

Where to get some grub if you’re coming to tonight’s Mappa Mundi event

The Mappa Mundi performance starts at the Cathedral at 8pm this evening and finishes at 9pm on Bishop’s Meadow where there will be a Fire Garden, bars, music and dancing.
 
If you are looking to eat before or after the event, why not try these fantastic nearby eateries before or after you meet the magical mythical beasts
 
De Koffie Pot at the Left Bank, Gwynne Street, http://herefordleftbank.com/de-koffie-pot/ 
 
 
Burger Shop, Aubrey Street  http://aruleoftum.com/burger-shop-hereford/
 
The Bookshop, Aubrey Street  http://aruleoftum.com/bookshop/
 
Pizza Express, Broad Street, https://www.pizzaexpress.com/hereford
 
 
Thai Gallery, Broad Street  http://www.thaigallery.co.uk/hereford/
 
The Little Bridge Kitchen & Bar, Bridge Street  http://www.thelittlebridge.co.uk/
 
 
and a little further afield
 
Beefy Boys, Old Market, http://thebeefyboys.com/
 
Sensory & Rye, Bastion Mews , Union Street, http://www.sensoryandrye.co.uk/
 
Shack Revolution, Bastion Mews, Union Street, http://www.theshackrevolution.co.uk/

Shirley’s Wheels Bike Rides

Bicycle Ambassadors UK is a Hereford scheme with a UK wide impact. Our vision is a bicycle friendly Britain, where more people who want to can easily their bicycles in safety. You can join us and help make Hereford a better place to ride on Carnival Day by joining the Street Carnival on your bicycle or join one of our Shirley’s Wheels led rides. On Carnival Day, look out for our float on the river and big hearts on the day, and check out our Bicycle Ambassadors Facebook page.’

10:30am-11:30am As well as crewing a float on the river, the wonderful Shirleys are leading 3 special Shirley’s Wheels Bicycle Rides to the River Carnival starting from Tupsley, Belmont/Redhill, and Whitecross, with pick-up points along all routes – give them a cheer as they pass!

Find the routes and maps here on Facebook:

South side: https://www.facebook.com/events/664192160452274/
West side: https://www.facebook.com/events/453898641618734/
Tupsley: https://www.facebook.com/events/208117133016739/

Thirsty Mermaid

Stuart Fox from Hereford River Carnival and Matt Hayes of Harrison Clark Rickerbys celebrated the Hereford law firms 2017 sponsorship of this fantastic community event with a couple of bottles of Thirsty Wye Valley Brewery’s Thirsty Mermaid ale.

On sale at the Carnival next week!

Pre Carnival Party at Villa Street

There’ll be a pre carnival party at Villa Street Green on 29th at 11am, before the carnival procession at 1230. Get slammed up: face painting, make a mythical beast  mask and crazy creature features, fancy dress competition, make a shaker and a rainbow wrap! FREE!