Riverfest 2014 announced

Following on from the biggest ever attendance at this year’s Riverfest on Newport Quay, next year’s date has already been announced. Riverfest 2014 will be on Saturday May 17th from 11am to 3pm*.

This year’s event attracted over 5,000 people. Local charities and businesses were boosted by their attendance –and all reported a good day. This free event is now the largest community event in Newport, the Island’s capital.

The Footprint Trust, who have organised the last three events, are now looking for more input from the boating and yachting community.

The River Medina is navigable from Cowes and on the 17th May 2014 the tide will enable boats to visit Newport Quay from about 11.00 hrs to 16.00hrs, depending on their size.

“We would particularly welcome those with historical vessels to sail along to the event, but we also welcome modern craft too…” Said the organiser Ray Harrington-Vail.

“Sea Scouts and Navy Cadets could find this event very beneficial both for recruitment and raising funds”

“This year Ryde Inshore Rescue RIB, the Medina Valley Centre’s Eco-Challenger and Cowes Sailability Club vessels Dougal and Zebedee were popular with visitors; as was the salsa dancing and circus skills!”

Those wanting to find out more about Newport Riverfest can visit the Footprint Trust’s website


Or phone 01983 822282 or email ray@footprint-trust.co.uk


*subject to licence being obtained from the Isle of Wight Council.