Riverfest-square-blue-on-whiteRiverfest will return to the heart of Newport tomorrow (Saturday) with the free family-fun event all ready to set sail under new organisers Newport Carnival & Community Events Association.

The Quay at Newport Harbour will come alive between 10:00-16:00 tomorrow (Saturday 14th May 2022) with music, entertainment, plenty of stalls, vintage vehicles and rides to see and enjoy.

There will be emergency services at the event including Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service, Police, WightSAR and Isle of Wight Ambulance Service. Visitors can expect entertainment for both adults and kids, including David Randini, vintage rides, marching bands, comedy and singing acts, plus much more!

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There will also be a small Pirates Parade that will be forming up in St Thomas’ Square from 09:45. Anyone is welcome to take part but don’t forget your pirate costumes! The parade will leave the square at 09:50 with a short procession to The Quay where the Riverfest event will officially open.

For those of you who have been to Riverfest before, it will be somewhat familiar. For those who have not, it is definitely worth a day out in Newport.

It is free entry; however, a small donation is welcome which will go towards Newport Carnival’s 100th Anniversary.

As previously reported by Island Echo, Newport Carnival took over the running of Riverfest after being in the hands of The Footprint Trust for a decade.

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Event organiser Paddy McHugh has said:

“It is a great event to have taken over from The Footprint Trust, the team at Newport Carnival has worked tirelessly for the past 10 months making sure this annual event will make a comeback after the pandemic with some fresh ideas.

“We look forward to seeing the quayside lined with people once again.”

You can find out more online at riverfest.org.uk.

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The event is supported by Newport & Carisbrooke Community Council and Cherry Godfrey.


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