Great Outdoors Saturday, February 13th

Coughing up: Hereford River Carnival gets a cash boost

What could be more fun than splashing about on the Wye?

Frankly not much, but this year's Hereford River Carnival is promising to be better than ever thanks to cash being stumped up to make sure the big day is awash with people enjoying themselves.

Hereford City Council has awarded a grant of £3,000 to help the event attract more people than it did last year – not an easy task considering 7,000 turned out in 2015, which equates to more than a tenth of the city’s entire population.

Rebecca Huggett, one of Hereford River Carnival’s directors. Photo by Paul Jackson Photography.

Given the numbers there are some tough demands on the essentials (we are talking about toilet facilities), which explains why a chunk of the £30k will be used for basics such as providing loos and marquees.

The rest will be used to crank up the fun factor. A prize of £250 has been made available for the best float or boat.

Last year saw blokes dressed as The Beatles towing a Yellow Submarine, an amphibian-inspired contraption, and a raft disguised as a giant cup cake.

For more information on getting involved email, visit the Hereford River Carnival's Facebook page, follow @WyeCarnival on Twitter, or visit website at


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