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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Wye Valley River Festival Locked Down

Festival Finale

Our Festival Finale always ends with a bang so here are some photos to bring back happy memories of glorious reflections on the river. There's nothing like some fireworks and pyrotechnics to lift the spirit!

If social restrictions allow we hope to present the Wye Valley River Festival this September 18th - 27th (TBC) You will be the first to know if we can go ahead.

So for now, from the Wye Valley River Festival Team, keep safe, keep happy, keep in touch - and also keep your distance!

We will see you in a sunny field sometime soon.

Wye Valley River Festival Team 2020
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Wye Valley River Festival Locked Down

Ode to Joy

Thursday's Clap for Carers takes many shapes and sounds. High above the Wye, the clanging of pots and pans, notes from musical instruments and the occasional hoot of a car horn echo across the Valley. In these often isolating times sound is linking the communities either side of the river, in England and Wales, in a strangely comforting way.

Here's Robert Morgan from Lydbrook Band playing Ode to Joy. Lydbrook Band have been a firm favourite with Festival goers since our first Festival in 2014. If you missed their recent appearance on Countryfile you can catch it here:

We are sharing artistic love and reflection from some of the artists and creatives we hope to bring to the Wye Valley when we can gather together again.

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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.