Great Outdoors Tuesday, May 10th Words by: Lauren Rogers, pictures by: Wye Valley River Festival / Jack Offord

Fire and water: photos from the Wye Valley River Festival 2016

Great Outdoors Tuesday, May 10th

Fire and water: photos from the Wye Valley River Festival 2016

As the 2016 Wye Valley River Festival ebbs and flows from Herefordshire into Monmouthshire, we've rounded up photos that sum up the biennial event.

The festival, which launched in Hereford on April 29, will come to a close this Sunday with a Grand Finale at Chepstow Racecourse. 

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Fire sculptures around the old oak tree by And Now at Wye Valley River Festival in Monmouth, on May 7. Photo: Jack Offord.

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The ceremonial launch of the festival in Hereford on April 29.

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The illuminated Giant Heron scuplture floats on the Wye in Hereford, April 29. Photo: Jack Offord.

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Arrival of the Giant Samovar, the pot used for boiling water, on the banks of the Wye in Hereford. Photo: Jack Offord. 

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Richard Headon of Desperate Men, Hereford, April 29. Photo: Jack Offord.

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Water is poured into the Giant Samovar at Monmouth, May 7. Photo: Jack Offord.


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Act of Strangers, an arts commission at Wye Valley River Festival choreographed by Chloe Loftus. Photo: Jack Offord.

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The Water Ones singing in Ross-on-Wye.

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A Water One with an exhibit from the Caravan of Fact and Wonder.

Where to catch the Wye Valley River Festival

The river festival continues this week with The Art of Sustainability: Rivers, Local meets Global talk at Wye Valley Sculpture Garden in Tintern, events in Llandogo and the climax at Chepstow Racecourse.

Friday's conference will feature a live link to Brazil with Professor Henrique Chaves in conversation with Simon Evans from the Wye and Usk Foundation. After the talk drinks and wood fired pizza will be on sale accompanied by live music. Tickets from

On Saturday, there'll be theatre, music, food and entertainment in the Monmouthshire village of Llandogo, with torch bearers and musicians converging at the river’s edge after dark.

On Sunday, thousands are expected to attend the grand finale at Chepstow Racecourse. Starting at 2.30pm, there'll be games; a Beast Feast; an evening performance of the Wye Serai; a river shaped fire sculpture, lanterns in the woods; water stories and the final servings from the Giant Samovar.

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The biennial Wye Valley River Festival is led by the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and local communities.

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