The Wye Valley River Festival story continued with a celebration of water, history and trade at the ground-breaking event at Ross on Wye. With over 5000 visitors the festival was buzzing.
Where’s Ratty gone? Ratty the Water Vole was still on the run, being pursued through riverside towns and villages to Monmouth where his fate awaited him at the Shire Hall.
Under a glorious blue sky and sun the crowds enjoyed live musical performances, water oympics, balloon toss and the Avanti Displays with their unforgettable Spurting Man. The residents of Ross joined in with the historical themes and the Worcestershire Yeomanry and Welsh Fusiliers demonstrated awesome musket drills and cannon firing. There were markets, local food retailers and the Beer and Cider Festival. Ross Rowing Club took to the waters of the Wye with some choosing a piratical theme joined by a variety of river vessels, including rowing boats, canoes and re enacted an historical dockside which showed Ross's important part in trade and in tourism. If you visited this event you can complete the poll below to give an idea of what you liked. You can also access images of the event on our Image Gallery
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.