Wind in the Willows is the theme for Pershore's Riverside Festival - The Evesham Observer

Wind in the Willows is the theme for Pershore's Riverside Festival

Evesham Editorial 9th Jul, 2023   0

ORGANISERS at Pershore Riverside Youth Centre are gearing up for its Wind in the Willows themed River Festival – its second event since Covid.

Fittingly, this year’s River Festival on Saturday, July 15 will be held amongst the willows of King George’s Field and at the adjacent Riverside Youth Centre.

The Avon Navigation Trust and Marine Volunteer Service will both have a strong presence – providing access to water, boat trips and merchandise.

Boats from near and far have been invited to take part and compete for the Best Dressed Boat award. This an ever-popular part of the Festival, and much appreciated by all.

Other activities on the water will include opportunities to try paddleboarding – an increasingly popular pastime – plus canoeing and cata-canoeing.

On the land will be choral entertainment, amusements, refreshments and a range of stalls.

Also featuring is a luxury raffle, with many prizes.

The River Festival was first held in 2013 but had to be cancelled during Covid. Previous themes included ‘The Navy Lark’ and ‘Beach Party’.

Liz Tucker, festival secretary, said: “This year’s theme is Wind in the Willows – inspired by Kenneth Grahame’s magical tale of river creatures – that has thrilled children for more than 100 years.

“Mole, Ratty, Badger and of course, the wilful Mr Toad conjure up a world at peace with nature.

“As ever, the Festival is a free event, but we hope visitors will come into the Youth Centre to buy teas and cakes and raffle tickets, to help us raise funds for the work of the centre.”

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