Free river festival returning for first time since pandemic began - The Evesham Observer

Free river festival returning for first time since pandemic began

Evesham Editorial 9th Jul, 2022   0

PERSHORE’s free river festival will make a welcome return to the town next weekend for the first event since the onset of the pandemic.

The town’s Riverside Youth Centre and King George’s Playing Fields will play host to the celebrations next Saturday (July 16) from 10.30am to 3.30pm

Organisers are working closely with Pershore Riverside Youth Centre, the Bell Boat Regatta and Pershore Football Club to bring this event to the town once more.

The regatta is organised by Fladbury Paddle Club, supported by Pershore Town Football Club and is open to all ages and abilities.

In the morning, events will include the Wychavon Parish Games bell-boating along with an inter-schools competition.

In the afternoon all are invited – sports clubs, community groups, scouts and guides, businesses, pub teams or groups of friends and family.

Racing takes place over a distance of 200metres and every team is guaranteed three races throughout the afternoon.

Age categories are for under 11’s, under 15’s and 15 years plus. It’s hoped that many will take part to make this an inclusive and enjoyable event after the challenges of the last couple of years.

Further details and entry forms can be obtained from Andy Train, Fladbury Paddle Club chair via e-mail on [email protected]

Also on the water will be ‘try it’ activities, organised by Wychavon Kayak and Canoe Club and Bonkers Activities. This includes the ever popular stand-up paddleboards”.

Activities in the Riverside Centre will include wildlife displays and talks, organised by Wychavon and the Friends of Avon Meadows.

In addition, on King George’s Field will be a wide selection of stalls, representing local organisations and serving hot and cold food.

Liz Tucker, chair of Riverside Youth Centre said: “It’s great to be holding this fun day at Riverside once again. This year’s event will start small but we hope to build it back up again to be a major attraction in Pershore’s calendar.”

Anyone able to volunteer is asked to e-mail [email protected]

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