Wye Valley River Festival

The moon at Tintern Abbey (credit: Allen R Lloyd photography)

It has demonstrated to us how the arts can be used to help deliver our messages to a wider audience.

Andrew Nixon
AONB Development Officer

We came for an hour and stayed all day

Audience member at Ross on Wye event

Exploring the theme of Trees and Woodlands, the Wye Valley River Festival 2018 is rooted in the woodlands that shroud & define the Wye Valley AONB.

Magical events will spring up down the river from Hereford to Chepstow between May 5 – 20, including a chance to see Luke Jerram’s stunning Museum of the Moon rise within the walls of Tintern Abbey.

The festival, for which Desperate Men are Artistic Directors, is woven together by our show ‘Heart to Hart’, an arboreal fairy-tale that runs through the festival like mycelium. How do trees talk to each other? How do we interact with them? Pick up your festival passport and find out!

Wye Valley River FestivalThe full programme includes a night-time installation at Symonds Yat by Jony Easterby, Moon Picnics and Pilgramage Walks at the Abbey and art by the Arborealists, with many more events and artists to be announced.

We’re delighted the Festival has been funded again by Arts Council England & Arts Council Wales as well as the Sustainable Development Fund, the Environment Agency and Forestry Commission England. Go to the Wye Valley River Festival website to find out more or click below for details of the 2014 and 2016 festivals.

The Wye Valley River Festival is an ambitious biennial festival inspired by the landscape and led by arts professionals collaborating with the people who live throughout the valley. It aims to inspire and challenge, to change the way we look at ourselves and how we see things, how we relate to our environment, neighbourhoods and to each other. The festival is spearheaded by the Wye Valley AONB Partnership.

Click the boxes below to find out more about the success of the 2014 and 2016 festivals.


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