Sunday 2nd June 2019 in Shrewsbury's Quarry Park & on the Severn



Rybrook Shrewsbury BMW V Mini Clash for Festival raft race...

The Rybrook Shrewsbury Raft Race –   the heart of this Sunday’s seventh Shrewsbury River Festival – promises to be a barbaric battle of buccaneers, with eight vessels taking part. Race sponsor Rybrook will  have their own BMW v Mini

crews competing head to head, alongside others from Marks & Spencer Shrewsbury, The Red Barn, The Charles Darwin, The Armoury, WSP and Techni Systems. All teams will have the same quantity of  barrels, pallets and rope to make their

rafts in only one hour earlier in the day, with the battle taking place in the afternoon – ensuring that several may end up as shark bait!


Thighs the Limit are sponsoring the Fancy Dress Competition – quality tights manufacturer Pamela Mann have donated stripy and skull & crossbones tights, which are guaranteed to ensure that no self-respecting pirate will look like a scallywag – just swagger on over to Thighs the Limit on Mardol to pick up your pair, for a minimum donation of £2.50 to West Mercia Search & Rescue (WMSAR).


Buy your ducks online or on the day for the Shrewsbury Canoe Hire Duck Race, watch raft race organiser Phil walk the plank off the new Sabrina sister pirate ship, and sign up for WMSAR’s new competition – the Accutest ‘River Safety Relay’ Race – for which they are offering free training, if you’re quick enough!


29th May 2018

River Safety Relay

• An exciting Teamwork event at the Shrewsbury River Festival


• A fun race against the clock which demands skill and accuracy


• A new set of skills that might save a life


• Learn how to save someone without endangering yourself

We are inviting teams of four people to enter our River Safety Relay Race - from your workplace, your club, your pub or just you and three friends.


And you don’t even need to get wet! This will be a land-based relay using throw bags, which are the best way to help someone get out of a dangerous situation in water.

Each team member will need the skills to launch a throw bag... OVER an obstacle, UNDER a barrier, THROUGH a gap INTO a target


...and then demonstrate a RESCUE THROW and RECOIL OF THE ROPE.

And all of this being timed. Fastest team wins!

Entry fee: £25 per team

April 2018

Shrewsbury River Festival - be a part of it!!!

The seventh annual Shrewsbury River Festival is set to be held 10am-5pm Sunday, 3rd June 2018; this year the event is raising funds for West Mercia Search & Rescue (WMSAR), which was formed in 2007, and whose operational area covers 1.2 million people in three counties with the Severn at their heart. Many of you will have seen their rescue boats on the river – less of you will know that all of their equipment, overheads and training are paid for by charitable donations and grants. All members are volunteers who fund their own travel, personal equipment and selected training and also commit to fundraising events throughout the year. The Severn is a huge tourist attraction for the town, all of us (directly or indirectly) benefitting from its existence in some way.


Originally founded by former Shrewsbury Business Chamber chairman, the late Graham Galliers, who was passionate about the River Severn, Shrewsbury River Festival is a great free family day out, promoting river safety to all. It offers a range of entertainment including river safety relay (throwline), raft and duck races, 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. It’s one of the very few events which does not require the Quarry Park to be gated off, with the public being charged for admission.

Our charity partner this year is West Mercia Search & Rescue, formed in 2007, with an operational area covering 1.2 million people in three counties

This year, Shrewsbury River Festival is grateful for the support locally of Salop Leisure, Salop Computer Centre, M&S Shrewsbury, Sabrina Boat, Bannatynes, Shrewsbury Town Football Club in the Community, Salop Design & Engineering and Accutest Solutions, in getting involved in supporting this year’s event.  However – to make this year’s event more successful, secure funds for a very deserving charity and ensure event continuity, we're appealing for local businesses to:


Sponsor the raft race, duck race, children’s fancy dress competition and River Safety Relay race

• Sponsor entertainment (we are lucky enough, for instance, to have Shrewsbury Morris this year)

Enter a team in the raft race and/or for the River Safety Relay race
• Have a pitch (from around £30/£40 – absolute bargain!) for traders, exhibitors, caterers

Volunteer (anything, from litter picking, to gate duty, to helping at our information point)

Advertise in the printed programme (first produced last year)

Share on social media – Facebook and Twitter @shrewsriverfest

Be there on the day!!!



If you would like to be involved, visit for the latest information, tweet or message us on Facebook, or e-mail

April 2018

 Shrewsbury River Festival returns to June for 2018

The seventh annual Shrewsbury River Festival will return to its original first Sunday in June slot for this year's event.

     Additional security arrangements and other logistical requirements meant that last year's Festival was postponed until September, when visitors, traders and organisers alike were disappointed by the torrential rain that hampered especially the raft race.

      The organisers are currently talking to potential local sponsors for the event, which aims to raise awareness of river safety (especially with the number of recent river deaths on the Severn) - while providing a free, fun day out for all the family. We welcome assistance from any local businesses or individuals wanting to sponsor the event, help on the committee, have a stall or provide entertainment.


"It's great that Shrewsbury Town Council have let us have our usual first Sunday of June slot for 2018," said Jane Price, one of the original organisers of Shrewsbury River Festival. "We're crossing our fingers for our usual good luck with the sun shining down on us during the Whitsun half term holiday."



January 2018