Riverfest

Riverfest 2016 will be on Saturday, 21st May 2016.

Riverfest is a fun free community event which takes place every May in the heart of the Isle of Wight, Newport, the Island’s capital. The event has all the feel of a traditional village fete, with many free activities for children. Local charities attend promoting the work they do in the community, helping people and the local environment. You can find out about the Island’s unique ecology and discover what lurks in the mud in the Medina river, thanks to the crew from the Medina Valley Centre!

You might also wish to have a paddle in a canoe, but look out for the notorious Crew of the Rose Pirates and the Wolfgaurd Vikings!

There is no entrance fee as the Quay is owned by the IW Council, who support this event by not charging for its use. Riverfest is organised by The Footprint Trust, a local charity, which promotes sustainable living. The event is supported by Community Action IW, Southern Co-Operative, Natural Enterprice, Newport Parish Council, SSE, Vectis Sunrise Rotary.

Young people are at the centre of this event and perform at it and take an active role in many of the organisations taking place. When walking to Riverfest you will pass trend, the UK’s first upcycling youth café – they will be at Riverfest this year selling things made from discarded materials.


A full programme of this year’s events will be put here in April

Local traders support the event so that you can enjoy local food and drink, ranging from ice cream to vegetarian and meaty delights, along with cakes and sweets. Arts and crafts are also available at very reasonable prices. Renewable technology also features at the event along with information on sustainable transport, such as cycling and public transport. You can also try your skills on a rifle range, have a go on a bouncy castle and test your strength on a traditional fairground striker!

Historical boats from the Classic Boat Museum are on show, along with vessels of all shapes and sizes that sail to this popular event. We encourage everyone who can to walk, cycle or sail to Riverfest, leaving their car at home. Buses stop nearby too, and all buses lead to Newport. The event is a short walk from the bus station, and is served by footpaths and a cycle route.

The event focuses on the historic river Medina, internationally important for wildlife but also a great place to navigate by boat, or walk or cycle along its picturesque banks. Historically, a harbour and quay and a place of boat building and industry. Today boats are still repaired and serviced along its banks and quayside, old power stations and industrial manufacturing have been replaced by new technology focusing on natural energy. The town’s name comes from it being the New Port for the original capital of Carisbrooke.

If you’re thinking of visiting the Island then make Riverfest part of your stay, fares from the mainland are generally cheaper at off-peak times, prior to the height of the tourist season. Many attractions are open and you can see what else the island has to offer at www.visitisleofwight.co.uk

  • Travelling to Riverfest
  • We are very grateful to the Maritime Volunteer Service and the many volunteers who support the event, without which Riverfest would not happen. If you would like to get involved in fundraising, stewarding, organising etc please do get in touch.

    Riverfest aims to achieve the following;

  • Raise awareness of the environmental and leisure benefits of the water environment
  • Promote sustainable water use and conservation of wetland habitats
  • To promote organisations and businesses with an interest in the River Medina and the wider community


  • To sponsor this event or to find out about booking a stall please email ray@footprint-trust.co.uk or call Ray on 01983 822282.

    Riverfest partner organisations
    Big thanks go to our sponsors The Southern Co-operative, and those who give financial and other support including Newport Parish Council, Natural Enterprise and local businesses, such as the Odessa Boatyard, Engenius and Solar & Renewable The Footprint Trust is grateful for the support from many organisations, these include...

  • http://www.thesouthernco-operative.co.uk/
  • http://www.newportwight.org.uk/
  • http://www.mvs.org.uk/isle-wight
  • http://www.medinavalleycentre.org.uk/
  • http://www.naturalenterprise.co.uk/pages/projects/18-project-two
  • http://www.vectisrotary.org/
  • http://www.classicboatmuseum.org/
  • http://www.hwt.org.uk/
  • http://www.newportrowingclub.co.uk/
  • http://www.medinamariners.org/
  • http://www.southernwater.co.uk/
  • http://www.bargemansrest.com/


  • Previous Programmes
    2016 Programme To Follow Shortly





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