Riverfest 2014 is steaming ahead!

Riverfest 2014 will be on Saturday May 17th from 11am to 3pm, thanks to support from the local Southern Co-operative, Newport Parish Council and Sunrise Rotary.

Last year’s event attracted thousands of local 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. Riverfest has a focus on supporting and promoting local arts and crafts. It is also the largest family-friendly event in Newport, with lots of free and interesting things for children to see and take part in.

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

They are also interested to hear from historical organisations, with an interest in Newport or the River Medina.

“This year the Medina Valley Centre’s Eco-Challenger is already booked along with interesting local crafts and local foods, and dozens of Island charities!”

The Centre will also be offering free rides on the Medina as part of the RYA Push the Boat Out, a national weekend of sailing and windsurfing. People are invited to come along and ‘have a go’ at sailing with an experienced sailor. Whether you are a regular sailor, new to the sport or simply want a day out with the family, Push the Boat Out provides the perfect opportunity for everyone to get out on the water and celebrate a national weekend of sailing.

Gemma Lacey, Head of Sustainability at The Southern Co-operative, which is supporting Riverfest, said: “The Southern Cooperative has always had a purpose beyond simply making profit and is committed to being a responsible and sustainable business. As well as reducing the environmental impact of our own food stores and funeralcare business, we’re keen to support our local communities to be more environmentally sustainable, which is why we’re pleased to be part of Riverfest.”

Maxine Yule, Clerk of Newport Parish Council said: ‘’Newport Parish Council has supported this fun and informative event since 2010 and we are delighted to continue the support this year.’’

“The Footprint Trust would like to thank for the help they receive from the Newport Harbour Master Wayne Pritchard and his staff. Permission to use the public quay has been given by the Isle of Wight Council with support and help the Council’s Events Team.“
Added Ray Harrington-Vail of the Footprint Trust.

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