Welcome to the 5th Chippenham River Festival on Saturday 20th July
The Chippenham River Festival 2012 was held in Island Park, on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th August, and was a great success. For photos from last year's festival please click here.
See last years video below:
Plans for the 2013 Festival
Plans are well advanced for the 2013 River Festival which will be held in Monkton Park on Saturday July 20th.
As usual, the River Festival combines things to see and things to do for all ages, on and off our beautiful river.
Things to do
Here are some suggestions for young and not so young -
Under-10s and over can try rowing a real rowing boat, then if they want to, they can take part in rowing races.
As an alternative, this year we have two 'Katakanus' (a catamaran canoe!) which you can try.
Any child that can swim 25m unaided can take part in 'The Kids Swim' which will follow 'The Big Swim' for adults of all ages.
Youngsters as well as adults can also try their hand at canoeing, fishing or raft building.
And all ages can enjoy a beautiful trip up and down the river courtesy of the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust.
The programme will tell you how we see the events of the day at the moment, but keep up to date with this web-site as things may be added or amended.
There is also a form on which you can register your interest in advance in these participation events.
Or you can just drop into our information centre - Jax bar by the town bridge!
Things to see
The Festival starts with the spectacular Grand Flotilla from the Sailing Club, expected to reach the Town Bridge at about 10.15 for the formal opening of the Festival.
In the morning you will be able to see the Canoe Club canoe club doing an exhibition of canoeing, kayaking and katakanu skills by the River Island.
There will be a sailing display on the other side of the Town Bridge, and the Wiltshire Scullers will demonstrate a full rowing 'eight' at around midday
On shore there will be the usual variety of great entertainments, including a 'Mad Chefs' comedy routine, Punch and Judy shows, live music in the beer tent, and great fun activities for the kids!!