On Saturday amazing aqua antics, creative capers, marvellous music, watery wonders and fabulous fire and flame sculptures brought a frenzy of activity and entertainment to Vauxhall Fields in Monmouth.
The weekend concluded with a chance to enjoy a magical mix of science and theatre at The Slaughters, Symonds Yat on Sunday. A special Wye Valley River Festival event in conjunction with Forest Research, a branch of the Forestry Commission, invited people to find out more about the health of our river and the woodland on its banks.
The Wye Valley River Festival continues this weekend with the conference The Art of Sustainability: Rivers, Local meets Global taking place at Wye Valley Sculpture Garden, Tintern on Friday May 13 from 6pm to 8pm. And at the weekend, the festival makes a splash in Llandogo (12.30pm to 10.30pm) there will be theatre, music, food and fabulous entertainment and towards evening, torch bearers and musicians will converge at the river’s edge and fantastic illuminations will light the riverside as choirs join with The Water Ones to bless the waters of the Wye.
Bringing all the festival activities to a crescendo, the grand finale on Sunday May 15 at Chepstow Racecourse (2pm to 10.30pm) includes interactive games; a Beast Feast; an evening performance of the Wye Serai; a river shaped fire sculpture, lanterns in the woods; water stories and the final servings from the Giant Samovar.
For more information and a full list of supporters and sponsors see www.wyevalleyaonb.org.uk
Photos courtesy of Wye Valley AONB