Newport’s popular Riverfest is preparing to set sail again, as this popular annual event enters its tenth year. Set on Newport’s historic Quay, in the Isle of Wight’s picturesque market town local residents and visitors will enjoy and wide range of free entertainment.
Organised by the Island’s Footprint Trust charity and supported by Newport Parish Council the 2017 event on Saturday 13th May.
Local food and drink, arts and crafts will be available from Isle of Wight businesses.
Local dance groups will be and delighting the crowds with their beautiful costumes and talented performances.
A highlight at Riverfest is always the arrival of one of the world’s smallest tall ships T.S. Caroline Allen from the Little Brig Sailing Trust, based in Gosport.
Historic boats will be on show from the Classic boat museum. The Crew of the Rose pirates and the Wolfguard Vikings may well be coming along too, so watch out!
The crew from Medina Valley Centre will be helping young people explore the fascinating creatures of the deep that can be found in the mud of the wildlife-rich River Medina.
You will also have a chance to paddle your own canoe and discover the many courses and activities offered by the Centre for young people.
Newport’s annual Riverfest is the largest free community event in Newport attracting some 4,000 people. Riverfest is the only sustainable transport event on the Isle of Wight; those visiting are encouraged to walk, cycle, sail or use public transport.
Dozens of local charities will be in attendance for visitors to support, and to find out about the many positive projects they are involved in to help improve island life. Finally, after the event do pop into our local, the Bargeman’s Rest for a riverfeast ideally situated on the Quay, and a keen supporter of Riverfest.
For more details please contact The Footprint Trust on 01983 822282 or