Two weeks of spectacular happenings in an outstanding landscape, flowing through the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Inspired by nature & culture, the Wye Valley River Festival offers immersive experiences in the environment through art and music with a contemporary edge. Join us in 2020 as we explore TIME. Run with wolves, enjoy the magic of cloud appreciation and explore the Fairground of Time.

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Postponement of the Wye Valley River Festival 2020.

It is with regret that the Wye Valley River Festival team and the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership have taken the difficult decision to postpone the Wye Valley River Festival 2020.

This rapidly escalating public health emergency, which we are all having to face, means that it has become inappropriate for us to deliver the Festival this May.

The Wye Valley River Festival is about bringing communities, professional artists and a diverse audience together to enjoy, explore and discover the wonders of nature and culture - Creating Spectacular Happenings in our Outstanding Landscape. Now is clearly not the time to do this, but hopefully by the autumn it will be and we can all reconnect again then.

We are in the process of talking to all of our artists and partners about next steps and potential dates. We want to retain the integrity of programming and build on the substantial amount of work already done for WVRF 2020. Whatever the future holds we remain committed to collaboration and presenting dynamic work in the landscape.

So please keep an eye out for the new dates. We’ll be back. In the meantime don’t forget you can still get out and enjoy the Wye Valley; the necessary new precautions don’t stop you taking a walk in the sunshine (or the rain).

We hope to see you all in better times in the Wye Valley. Until then, stay strong, stay well and keep in touch with us on social media.

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Video Highlights 2018

Recapture the joy of the 2018 Wye Valley River Festival with our video shorts, including Monmouth’s Woodland Assembly and Fire Parade, the Wild Wye Swim and Luke Jerram’s ‘Museum of the Moon’ at Tintern Abbey.

If you wondered how the moon got there, this ‘behind the scenes’ video shows how we did it, thanks to some amazing rope access guys!


A biennial outpouring of creativity set in the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The Wye Valley River Festival is a Wye Valley AONB Partnership project, led by the Wye Valley AONB Unit, Desperate Men and Phillipa Haynes in a unique and creative collaboration between arts and environment professionals, who develop, produce and deliver the Festival with stakeholders and the communities of the Wye Valley AONB.

The Festival is supported and funded by the Wye Valley AONB Partnership, Arts Council England, the Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) from Welsh Government, Arts Council of Wales, Visit Wales, Forestry England, Foresters’ Sorest Landscape Partnership supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Environment Agency, Cadw, Ross Town Council and Monmouth Town Council. In-kind support from The Shire Hall Monmouth, Chepstow Walkers Are Welcome and numerous volunteers & local communities.