Water You Waiting For?!


Stratford’s biggest party returns with the ninth annual River Festival in just a matter of weeks.

Months of preparation have already gone into the return of the award-winning event, which takes place on July 1st and 2nd, and new details are being confirmed all the time.  From world-famous musical acts to fabulous fireworks and plenty of new food pitches - all in the bard’s own home town - the events team at Stratforward BID is pulling out all the stops to make this year’s event the perfect family-friendly quintessential English weekend.

A highlight of the Stratford summer, the River Festival attracts more than 60,000 people from across the region, with more than 100 boats moored up on the Avon and stalls providing a weekend of food, drink and family fun.
Popular soul band Kinky Farnham, a hit at previous festivals, return as the headline act, and are just one of a range of stellar acts. The acoustic stage sponsored by Costco will offer up the very best in musical talent, including Stratford-based choir Amicantus and Jack Blackman, one of the UK's leading young blues guitarists.

As well as great music, visitors will be able to enjoy an array of entertainment including a fabulous firework display on Saturday night courtesy of Forest Fireworks. For the foodies, there are no fewer than 14 hot food traders this year, with new treats to tickle the tastebuds including pies, pancakes and pasta.  On top of all this, free childrens' wristbands will make sure the event remains one of the most family-friendly around. 

Ruth Wood, Events Manager at Stratforward BID, said: “The River Festival is our biggest event by far, and a huge success each year but that doesn’t mean we can sit on our laurels.
We may have only just finished with the Stratford Festival of Motoring, which was another triumph, but preparations for the River Festival have been underway for months and are now really hotting up. We want people to be confident that they can have a day of fun and entertainment in a safe, secure environment, and our team are going through every single detail with a fine tooth comb to make sure that happens. On top of this, we’ve got plenty of exciting elements to add to an already thrilling weekend so watch this space for all the latest announcements on what is set to be another great River Festival.”

Come and enjoy Stratford's biggest party on the banks of the River!