Riverfest ahoy!

Riverfest to celebrate 10th Anniversary in May 2017.

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!

This year as we salute the members of the Royal Navy and their major role in the Second World War, with the arrival of Motor Gun Boat 81, which came into service in 1942 and saw action throughout the war and supported the D Day landings. The boat has been fully restored Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust to wartime condition, and preserved for the benefit of future generations.

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.

Traditional fairground rides along with mega bubbles for children to enjoy will all be part of the fun. Look out for the mega inflatable slide and delicious Plaza ice creams and the ever popular Isle of Wight Bacon and lots of other local tasty flavours and treats.

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. This year there will be special events at Quay Arts too!

What’s more you can help support this free charity event by donating here…

For more details please contact The Footprint Trust on 01983 822282 or
email info@footprint-trust.co.uk