STA go quackers at 2016 Shrewsbury River Festival for National Water Safety Week
STA, the UK’s leading educational water safety charity, is to launch 1,000 ducks into the River Severn at Shrewsbury River Festival in the Quarry Park on Sunday, 5th June 2016, also marking the start of the charity’s annual water safety week.
Shropshire’s very own Zoe Cooper, a member of synchronised swimming act ‘Aquabatique’, which made it to the finals of Britain’s Got Talent, will be among the team releasing the orange ducks from the Sabrina Boat for the Festival’s fun duck race. Zoe and the team, which will include STA’s President, Richard Timms and STA’s CEO, Dave Candler, will also be joined by the organisation’s lovable water safety mascot STAnley, who will say hello to youngsters and their families.
STA’s free-to-enter duck race will take place in the afternoon, while STA will also be hosting a variety of free activities in The Quarry throughout the day, including face painting, hook-a-duck game, first aid demonstrations from STA’s junior medic programme, and a Water Pledge photo booth, where visitors can make their
#WaterSafetyPledge and share it on social media.
Children can also get their hands on balloons, wrist bands, water safety leaflets and quacker whistles. The first prize for the winning duck is an amazing overnight stay at Alton Towers’ Splash Landings Hotel for a family of four with theme park passes for two days. The second prize, courtesy of Swim with Style in Shrewsbury, is 5-months’ worth of free swimming lessons and the third prize is a £50 voucher to spend on Konfidence swimming products.
“It’s so exciting to be part of this fantastic annual festival in my home town and for STA to be a partner at the event,” said Zoe Cooper, also a Director of STA. “It’s timely that STA’s second annual National Water Safety Week kicks off at the same time, when we’ll be holding events across the country to highlight how people can stay safe in and around water.”
For more information on how you can pledge your support for this year’s National Water Safety Campaign visit www.sta.co.uk
STAnley, the STA’s water safety mascot, will be on hand to greet youngsters and pirates releasing the ducks for the free-to-enter duck race.
22nd May 2015
Apprentice pirates sought for this year's fancy dress competition
Shrewsbury River Festival’s organising committee has announced that this year’s theme is ‘Return of the Pirates’. A prize will be presented to the best dressed pirates for under ten-year-olds, girls and boys, and over ten-year-olds, by Martin Wood, Shrewsbury Town Crier, who will also be opening the Festival.
Now in its fifth year, the Festival is set to be held in the Quarry Park and on the River Severn 10am-5pm on Sunday, 5th June 2016. The event is a great free family day out, offering a
range of entertainment including a duck race, various demonstrations on the river and in the Quarry, coracles, canoeing, trade and food stalls, children’s fancy dress and other competitions, as well as live entertainment.
The organisers are lucky enough to have again secured the services of a battle re-enactment group from the 1815 Battle of Waterloo for the day, the 5th/60th Rifles, complete with muskets and camp followers. They will teaching youngsters drill.
Watch this space for details of other entertainment as it is confirmed!
“There’s plenty to do for children of all ages at this year’s River Festival,” said Jenny Osborne of Henshalls Insurance, Festival sponsor and member of the Organisers' Committee. “We’re really looking forward to seeing them all dressed up – putting the arrrrggghhh into the Quarry!”
17th May 2016
Last few pitches available for this year's River Festival...
The annual Shrewsbury River Festival, now in its fifth year, is set to be held in the Quarry Park and on the River Severn 10am-5pm on Sunday, 5th June 2016. Already boasting a range of entertainment for all the family, the last few trade and food pitches are waiting to be snapped up by traders in an event which last year attracted over 7,500 visitors.
The Festival is a great free family day out, offering a range of entertainment including boat and duck races, various demonstrations on the river and in the Quarry, coracles, canoeing, trade and food stalls, children’s pirate fancy dress and other competitions, as well as live entertainment.
The theme for this year’s Festival is ‘Return of the Pirates’, and the organisers are lucky enough to have to have secured not only the services of a battle re-enactment group for the day, but also Shrewsbury Town Cryer, Martin Wood, who will open the event, judge the children’s fancy dress competition and present the prizes.
The event is organised by the volunteers from the Shrewsbury & Shropshire Waterways & Leisure Group, and supported by a number of organisations including Shrewsbury Town Football Club, Salop Leisure, Salop Computer Centre, Henshalls Insurance, Team Shrewsbury, Shropshire Fire & Rescue, West
Mercia Police, Shrewsbury Army Recruitment, Telford Sea Cadets and the RNLI.
“We’ve some amazing entertainment lined up for the day, all we need is last year’s beautiful weather,” said Jane Price, secretary of this year’s Shrewsbury River Festival organising committee.
“If a trader is interested in taking up one of the last few remaining stalls, they need to e-mail me as soon as possible on: email@example.com.”
10th May 2016