The River Festival reached a thrilling climax at Chepstow as Ratty faced his final judgement, evidence was given by one last witness – the river. As the tide began to turn Chepstow bridge came to life with street theatre, choral music, a torch-lit procession and a breathtaking fire and flame finale. The crowds gathered to see Ratty freed at last. A torchlight procession came down over the Old Wye Bridge, a choir sang a piece composed for the event under the direction of Karl Daymond, Mink arrived on a Harley motorbike, morris dancers danced and a grand pyrotechnic display ended a fabulously successful festival which has seen thousands of people attend the events, walks, talks, exhibitions and workshops held throughout the Festival period.
Great thanks need to go to Desperate Men whose artistic ideas were an inspiration and to the team who worked so hard to deliver a phenomenal series of events. Phil Haynes and Kim Tilbrook, artistic directors with their supporting team who put in a gargantuan effort in organising the arts provision and the logistics for such a mammoth undertaking.
We are also indebted to our small team at the AONB Andrew Blake, Andrew Nixon, Sarah Sawyer and Sharon Seymour whose idea it was and who almost ate and breathed the festival 24/7, attended every event and were the driving force behind the success. Finally our greatest thanks should go to the communities up and down the Wye Valley who took the festival to their hearts and put on so many great days which will now form so many good and exciting memories of the Wye Valley.
Go to our Image Gallery where the event photos have been uploaded.
Photo by David Broadbent
A partnership between the AONB Unit, Ross-on-Wye Town Council and Natural England have started tree management work on the banks of the Wye where it passes through Ross, to benefit biodiversity and create river views.
If you are 14-18 years old and love exploring the countryside of the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean, then the Wye Valley AONB Youth Ranger programme is looking for you! Come along to our Taster Day on September 30th.