Sunday 10th September 2017 in Shrewsbury's Quarry Park & on the Severn

 

 

Raft race building workshop star attraction at Shrewsbury River Festival

The famous raft race returns this year as the star attraction of the Shrewsbury River Festival. This year’s raft race will benefit a very good cause – Macmillan Cancer Research – and to make it more interesting, all teams will be supplied with only four barrels, four pallets and 30m of rope. Each is then given only an hour to build a raft, which they then have to launch and race alongside the Sabrina Boat. As we go to press, there is still space for one more team – contact us now to enter!

 

     Prizes will also be presented to the best-dressed pirates for under ten-year-olds, and over ten-year-olds, for both girls and boys. Adult buccaneers are also welcome to enter the fancy dress competition! Meanwhile, there are a few pitches left for stallholders: forms are available to download on the Festival website www.shrewsburyriverfestival.com.

 

      Now in its sixth year, the Festival, one of the few events where the Quarry is not gated off to the public, is set to be held both in the Quarry

The raft building workshop and raft race, which will raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, returns to this year's Festival

 

Park and on the River Severn 10am-
5pm on Sunday, 10th September 2017. The event is a great free family day out, offering a range of entertainment – both on and off the river - including the raft 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 entertain-ment. Check out the

 

website in the week running up to the event, for details of other entertainment, as it is confirmed!

 

   “This is the third time that I have organised the raft race at the Shrewsbury River Festival, and each time we have simplified the race as much as possible to enable anyone to take part.” said Phil Gittins,

Management Accountant at Morris

Lubricants. “Let’s face it, the highlight of the day will be when one of the rafts disintegrates, and all the competitors end up in the river! Of course I’ll be there in a safety boat, ready to promptly fish them out.”

 

September 2017

Apprentice pirates sought for this year's fancy dress competition

Shrewsbury River Festival’s organising committee has announced that this year’s theme is ‘Tortuga: Buccaneer’s Haven’. A prize will be presented to the best-dressed pirates for under ten-year-olds, and over ten-year-olds, for both girls and boys. Adult buccaneers are also welcome to enter the fancy dress competition!

 

   Now in its sixth year, the Festival, one of the few events where the Quarry is not gated off to the public, is set to be held both in the Quarry Park and on the River Severn 10am-5pm on Sunday, 10th September 2017. The event is a great

 

free family day out, offering a range of entertainment – both on and off the river - including a raft race (with raft building beforehand, so no testing on the water!), 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. Watch this space for details of other entertainment, as it is confirmed!

 

         This year’s raft race will benefit a very good cause – Macmillan Cancer Research. Meanwhile, there are a few pitches left for stallholders – the

committee would especially like to see one or two more caterers. Forms are available to download on the Festival website – www.shrewsburyriverfestival.com.

 

   “There’s plenty to do for children of all ages at this year’s River Festival,” said Jamie Burgoyne, youngest member of the Festival Organisers' Committee, and journalism and broadcasting student at Glyndwr University. “We’re really looking forward to seeing them all dressed up as buccaneers and pirates – putting the arrrrggghhh into the Quarry!”

August 2017

Last few pitches available for this year's River Festival...

The annual Shrewsbury River Festival, now in its sixth year, is set to be held in the Quarry Park and on the River Severn 10am-5pm on Sunday, 10th September 2017. Already boasting a range of entertainment for all the family, the last few trade, exhibitor and food pitches are waiting to be snapped up by traders in an event which last year attracted around 7,000 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 raft race returns to the event this year, and will be held in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support.

 

The theme for this year’s Festival is ‘Tortuga: Buccaneers’ Haven’, and the organisers are lucky enough to have to have secured the services of Cllr Jane Mackenzie, the Mayor of Shrewsbury, who will 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, Team Shrewsbury, Shropshire Fire & Rescue, West Mercia Police, West Mercia Search & Rescue and the RNLI – to name but a few.

 

“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 janep2301@hotmail.com.”

August 2017