For children

Children and young people play a huge role in making the Carnival such an exciting and lively occasion.

And there is so much for them to do, you’ll need to spend the whole day to see it all.  Here are some highlights:


11:00am-ONWARDS:  in the CIRCUS AREA: in-between the Nozstock Stage and the Food Village.  Half Aerial Hoop Workshops on the mini rig led by Joanne Ockwell (small charge) – Circus Skills with the Wye Circus Crew including Hula Hooping, Devil Sticks, Diabalo, Poi and spinning plates – donations please.

GET SET TO SPARKLE:  Come and get your glitter and sparkle on! Get your face painted by professional artist Looby-Lou.  Do it for the carnival or just because you want to!

11.15am – 11.45 am DRUMMING MASTER CLASS –  We are very excited to announce the Street Carnival will be led by Hereford’s very own ‘River Rhythm Rollers’ led by Bym Welthy of BeatBangBong. Join Bym and the band for a master class in professional drumming from 11.15am to 11.45am (in the Carnival Area on Castle Green). Learn some rhythms, be part of the band and make some noise in the Street Carnival (Band massing at 12.30 in the Carnival Area on Castle Green).

11.30am – 12.30pm (and 3.00pm – 5.00pm) PUPPET WORSKHOP – Join local Artist Lily Smith for a creative workshop inspired by the amazing creatures of The Hereford Mappa Mundi. Lily will help you bring these mythical beasts to life during this puppet workshop where you can design and make your own creature. Take your creature on the Street Carnival – everyone can join in (meet in the Carnival Area on Castle Green from 12.30pm) or take it for a walk around the River Carnival. This is a free family friendly workshop open to all ages.

12.30pm Nozstock the Hidden Valley – come an make a kite and listen to the music in the family activity area straight from the Hidden Valley itself.


Danter’s Kids Funfair – all the fun of the fair

Kindle Centre Community Hub – Come and meet Mandy and the team from South Wye’s finest, the Kindle Centre.  We’ll be making yummy cakes and selling them so why not join the fun.

Carnival makers club – free creative, family friendly fun for all.  Make something to wave in the Street Carnival plus badgemaking – make your own special Carnival badge.


At the Carnival of Sport – taster sessions for girls and boys in football, rugby, cricket and more PLUS the Hereford FC Penalty Shoot Out competition


The ARTS LAB – bizarre & fantastic recycled plastic activities: life-drawing classes with plastic models… storytelling from a scaffolding bed… plastic weaving and magnetic art… biodegradable glitter wrestling & face-painting from Fairy Love, plastic sculpture seating.. and much more.