About us

What is the Wye Valley River Festival?

The Wye Valley River Festival is two weeks of unpretentious fun, joy and spontaneity. It is an arts and environment festival shaped by the landscape of the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and inspired by nature and culture.  We offer art and creativity that is relevant, current and firmly rooted in the landscape and local communities.

The Festival is usually held every two years in early May but was postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic. We reimagined the festival to make it possible to deliver a new kind of festival a mostly online programme of events.

Each festival has a theme, around which our activities and artists come together, raising awareness and interest in something we feel needs our care, support, or action.

We showcase art that will hopefully provoke, inspire and challenge you. Above all we want to have fun and celebrate the very special landscape we are lucky enough to live and work in.

Who runs the festival?

The Wye Valley River Festival is led by the CIC, 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.