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Wye Valley River Festival returns for 2016

Posted on 21st April 2016

The Wye Valley River Festival is returning for 17 days of watery fun for visitors to the region. These exciting events help to celebrate the vital natural resources and cultural contributions of the river to the local area.

 Wye Valley

The festival was created by artists who were inspired by the amazing landscape of the Wye River Valley and the Forest of Dean. The event will kick off in Hereford on 29 April and last until mid-May – ending in Chepstow on 15 May. The Wye Valley River Festival 2016 takes place in and around the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The primary purpose of the event is to entertain and wow. But organisers also hope it will highlight the environmental needs of the river. They try to show all visitors that the Wye River defines the personality of the region and that it’s one of the primary reasons why cottage holidays in the Forest of Dean are so enjoyable and memorable.

For the duration of the multi-week festival, environmentalists, artists and local communities will celebrate through themed events. During the festival, there will be events based on fire and flame, a variety of riverside parties, artistic installations, nature walks, and educational lectures.

There will be performances by the Wye Valley River Festival Choir at a number of locations. For a truly beautiful sight, there will also be a luminous birds art installation in Tintern to enjoy.

Image Credit: David Evans (flickr.com)