Float on the River

On the wonderful River Wye

11:00am Wild Water Swim: Any open water swimmers are welcome to join the fun or you can stand on the bank and cheer along these crazy people who are swimming in the cold water of the river – probably mostly without wetsuits!

1:00pm CHAR Sprint Raft Race: from Victoria Bridge to Great Western Railway Bridge x 3 circuits!

2:15pm THE RIVER CARNIVAL – Carnival Floats on the Wye – between the Old Wye Bridge and Victoria Bridge (launching 2:00pm from Hereford Rowing Club riverbank). Please give them all a wave and a cheer!

In the past we’ve had characters from the Jungle Book, Beauty & the Beast and Grease along with a Noah’s Ark, Pirate Ship, Kathakali dancer, Super Mario and a Hereford Bull not to mention a functioning bar courtesy of the Barrels and a rocket from Madley School.

Make sure you cheer on the wonderful, creative floats this year and pick your favourite.

Why not join this year’s line up which includes the Sea Cadets, Horizon Training, Wye Float, Hereford College of Art, RRA Architects, Herefordshire Youth Council, Hereford Community Clean-Up Group and TSB.  Plus several groups of friends.

You will also see on the water members of CHAR Hereford Raft Race and members of Hereford Sea Cadets Unit who are co-ordinating activities and ensuring a happy and safe time for all. We are immensely grateful to have their support again this year.

3:00pm Coracle Regatta

A coracle is a small round boat made of wickerwork covered with a watertight material and propelled with a paddle.

A cornucopia of colourful coracles will assemble on the Wye, and from the riverbank you can watch them gently drift along together – the more the merrier.

See how many you can count?

If you want or need to build a coracle drop us a line at info@rivercarnival.org or Facebook @allafloat.

3:30pm City of Hereford Rotary Club Charity Duck Race:

From the Old Wye Bridge to Victoria Bridge – 1000s of plastic ducks enter the water, but which one will win the £1,000 prize?

All money raised goes to local, national and international charities. This year, the Ely Memorial Fund, the Plymlimon Trust, Phoenix Bereavement Support, the Alzheimer’s Society, End Polio Now and Shelterbox disaster relief are among the charities who will benefit.

Buy your ducks from the Rotary Club teams on Castle Green and Bishops Meadow, and get ready to cheer them on as they float downstream!

The River Carnival team would like to say an enormous thank you to the fantastic Hereford Rowing Club for allowing us to launch all the floats from the Club.  Thanks to you it will be plain sailing, well floating!

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.