Hereford River Carnival 2017 gets afloat with Nozstock: The Hidden Valley

Award-winning events join forces to make a bigger splash on 28 & 29 April

Hereford and the River Wye will once again be alive with fun and watery festivities as the city’s River Carnival comes to town on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th April. 

Visit our Nozstock page for the latest updates on the lineup!

And this year the Carnival will receive a marvellous musical boost as the award-winning team behind the boutique family festival, Nozstock The Hidden Valley will join in the celebrations bringing its own brand of family-orientated festivity to Castle Green.

Both Hereford River Carnival and Nozstock were winners in the events category at the Visit Herefordshire Awards 2016 which is where River Carnival organisers Becca Huggett and Jo Henshaw met with Rob Nosworthy  of Nozstock and first began to hatch a scheme to work together.

“It seemed like the perfect match,” said Rebecca Huggett, “Nozstock is known for its down to earth, family-focused atmosphere and that is exactly what you get at the River Carnival.  We were delighted when Rob, Toki, and Ella said that they would like to run the music tent on Castle Green.   This will add to the brilliant music we already have from the Music Pool on Bishop’s Meadow plus our fantastic resident DJs Reggae Pie and Wild Hare Club to offer something for everyone.”

Toki Allison added, “Nozstock’s ethos is about bringing play to everyone, in whatever form it can. We strongly believe in the value of not only entertaining, but in participation and contribution.  These values are shared 100 per cent by the River Carnival, so to become a part of it seemed an obvious thing to do.  We’re thrilled to be involved, and as well as some fantastic festival favourites in our live music programme, we will be organising some fun family activities and bringing some of Nozstock’s 2017 surrealism theme to play in the Street Carnival on the day.”

The Hereford River Carnival was revived in 2014 and is a day of fun for everyone, celebrating the beauty and vitality of the River Wye and the life and opportunities that it brings to the city and people of Hereford.  In 2016, around 12,000 people joined the fun despite the chilly spring weather and organisers are hoping for a bigger turn out in 2017 following last year’s success. 

It is run entirely by volunteers and because it is run by the people of Hereford for the people of Hereford, it remains an extraordinary and exciting event, unique in the Hereford calendar.

This year, as well as the main event on Saturday daytime, the Carnival will have the added attraction of an amazing torch-lit performance on the Friday night (28th April).  The performance will feature a range of mythical beasts inspired by the creatures on the city’s Mappa Mundi and is part of a major three-year project to celebrate this most important Hereford cultural icon.  Entitled Mappa Mundi: out of the museum and into the streets, it is a joint venture between the River Carnival and Hereford Cathedral and will feature performers from the Courtyard Youth Theatre, DanceFest and local musicians – more details to follow soon.

Rebecca Huggett continued, “River Carnival 2017 will feature the Street Carnival, and all the music, dance, great food, the h.Energy village that people have told us they love, and of course the afternoon will be rounded off in style by the City of Hereford Rotary Club duck race.  But as well as Nozstock, there are a number of other exciting new additions this year like the Friday night Mappa Mundi performance and the people of Hereford should watch out for more details coming soon.”

For more information on how to get involved, build a raft, volunteer or simply come along on the day, contact the Carnival on info@rivercarnival.org like us on Facebook Hereford River Carnival, follow us on Twitter @WyeCarnival or visit our website at www.rivercarnival.org.

‘Name the ale’ competition

Carnival quaffing – we need a great name for our ale… Fast!

Name the ale competition to be a ‘brewer for a day’ and WIN two dozen bottles of your own River Carnival brew

Wye Valley Brewery sponsors 2017 Carnival with competition to name the ale with the winner getting 24 bottles of the beer they help to brew.

Organisers of this year’s Hereford River Carnival have teamed up once again with Wye Valley Brewery and launched a competition to name a limited-edition ale that the local brewer will create especially for the 2017 River Carnival.

And the winner of the naming competition will get the chance to visit the Brewery in Stoke Lacy and join Wye Valley Brewery managing director, Vernon Amor, in creating the ale they have named.

And there’s no time to lose.  We need all your amazing ideas by 5th March so that the winner – it could be you – can join us at the brewery on Thursday 9th March. 
                                 

To help with your deliberations, the theme of this year’s River Carnival is mythical beasts, so embrace your inner beast whether mermaid or Minotaur and come up with a fantastical name for our ale.

Ideas for 2017 names should be sent directly to the team organising the River Carnival via email (stuart@rivercarnival.org) or via their Facebook page – and please share information on the competition and Hereford River Carnival on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter or email the information to a friend.

The closing date for entries is midnight on Sunday 5th March 2017.

The Hereford River Carnival will take place on Saturday 29th April 2017 and promises to be bigger than ever, with even more music, dance, great food and drink, sport and all the usual Carnival favourites… Such as, the colourful and crazy Street Carnival, the fun dog show, the City of Hereford Rotary Club Duck Race and, of course, the River Carnival procession itself, featuring decorated floats.

There will also be a special performance in the streets and on the River on the evening of Friday 28th April, with street theatre, music, dance and food – more details coming soon.

Carnival organiser, Leo Caithness says, “Wye Valley Brewery have been fantastic helping us to organise this competition, spreading the word about the Carnival on social media and critically supporting us financially. Without the support of businesses like Wye Valley Brewery, the Carnival simply would not happen.  We can’t thank the team enough.  We just wish more Hereford businesses would follow suit – even small businesses can help by joining our Business 100 Club.”

Abbie Gadd, Marketing Manager of Wye Valley Brewery adds, “As the region’s leading cask-ale brewery, we are committed to supporting the local community and charitable groups through events and activities.  Sink or Swim was a great success in 2016, we hope the creative brains of Hereford can come up with something even better this year.”

“This is a great prize and we hope that the River Carnival team will receive lots of entries.  We look forward to helping pick the winner and to creating a wonderful brew especially for 2017.”

The Hereford River Carnival has been so successful since its return in 2014, after a 40 year absence, that the organisers expect there to be even more than the 12,000 people and over 70 local groups involved last year will take part in 2017.

The Carnival is a day of fun for everyone, celebrating the beauty and vitality of the River Wye and the life that it brings to the city of Hereford.

For more information on the competition visit our website at www.rivercarnival.org or contact Polly Ernest on polly@rivercarnival.org or Stuart Fox on stuart@rivercarnival.org.  To get involved on the day, contact the Carnival on info@rivercarnival.org, like us on Facebook, herefordrivercarnival, follow us on Twitter @WyeCarnival, on Instagram @WyeCarnival or visit our website at www.rivercarnival.org.

The brewery day must take place on Thursday 9th March to give the brewery time to brew the beer and bottle it in time for the Carnival.  The winner must be over 18 ensure that they are available on 9th March between 9am and 3pm.