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!

 In poetic praise of the Carnival

At last year’s River Carnival, local poet Patrick Mooney was so inspired by the Friday night torch-lit performance on the Wye that he was moved to verse.  

We would like to thank Patrick for his poem which is printed for your enjoyment below
A Tercets / Poem by Patrick Mooney  

Friday night is launch night, 

Light the touch and set it right,

So that we can all see the light


The rain has eased,

You will be pleased,

However, there is still a cool breeze


As crowds gather along the river Wye,

Clouds clear giving way to an open sky,

It’s easy you see and I can simplify    


Dancers on stage performing,

As the audience continue forming,

The whole experience is storming


As we stand and we cheer,

It becomes clear,

I can see something in the water appear


Lanterns moving along in the darkness,

Florescent jackets bring a certain sparkle,

The sun settles, as the evening grows darker


Candlelight’s beautify,  

As the ripples electrify,

Glow in the dark butterfly


Fireworks set the black sky alight,

Everywhere around is bright,

The perfect end to a beautiful night 

The End

Has the River Carnival inspired you in any way?  Why not write in an let us know?  Or send us your inspirational thoughts and ideas fia our Facebook page or email at the carnival

On Saturday 29th April 2017, in an all new central location on King George V Playing Fields just beyond the Victoria Foot Bridge you will find the h.Energy Village. 

This small but exciting area of the 2017 River Carnival is being developed in collaboration between Herefordshire Green NetworkHerefordshire New Leaf and Herefordshire Wildlife Trust.  

There will be a lovely creative and informative watery theme running through the Village  – with children’s activities, environmental information, and lots of musical arts and fun – more on that to follow soon.
The h.Energy Village market stalls offer something for everyone. Make your own cob oven pizzas or learn about a new cycle repair café for the city. Find out how to to become a local tree warden, or how to keep Hens@Home – and meet the miniature chickens… or take part in a giant size game of chess on the Village Green. Find out what electric cars are really like, and how much they cost to run. Or just come and look at our lovely Growing Local Village vegetables!

Carnival Club for all the family

Carnival Day on Castle Green from 10am

Art fun & Carnival Mask making

11.30 Drumming workshops with Landing Mané from Jammo Jammo Arts

12.30 get together for the street Carnival which leaves at 1pm

Bring your friends along to join in the parade!

Carnival will arrive at Bishops Meadow at 2pm


Free Family Carnival Making Workshops

At The Kindle Centre

Wednesday 12th April 10am – 12 noon

Thursday 13th April 10am – 12 noon

Wednesday 19th April 10am – 12 noon

Thursday 20th April 10am – 12 noon


On Castle Green in the Carnival Club tent

Saturday 29th April

10am – 12.30pm Family workshops

1pm street Carnival sets sail!


Click image for a downloadable PDF


Make us a square

Do you want to be part of the fabric of the River Carnival and your community?

Make us a square and contribute to our big textile installation at the Hereford River Carnival 2017!

Each textile square must be 10 x 10 cm, that’s 4 x 4 inches. It can be knitted, sewn, embroidered, crocheted, batik, printed, 3D, be creative and try to reuse materials!

Come and see our group artwork materialise at the River Carnival on Saturday 29th April 2017 on Bishops Meadow, Hereford!

Join us for making and chat every Thursday evening at de Koffie Pot at the Left Bank or make a square or two at home and drop them off with us.

Join the conversation on Facebook Make us a Square

Drop off points:
– Hereford College of Arts, College Rd, Hereford HR1 1EB
– Hereford College of Arts, Folly Ln, Hereford HR1 1LT
– Rose Tinted Rags, Union Walk, Commercial Rd,The Country Bus Station, HR1 Hereford
– 33 Greyfriars Avenue, Hereford, HR4 0BE

Email images of your work and its story to:
or use #makeusasquare on instagram.