Salisbury's Five Rivers Festival coming together

Salisbury's Five Rivers Festival coming together

Published at 10:30am 8th May 2019.

3 minute read

More details have been revealed about the event on the next Bank Holiday Monday (May 27th).

The Festival's being put together as a way of celebrating Salisbury's setting, where five different rivers come together.

With just a couple of weeks to go until it takes place, we've been getting a few more details about what's planned.

Five Rivers Festival 2019


The bulk of the day's activities will be focused on the Ashley Road Green and the Avon Valley Nature Reserve.

There's due to be a special Car Boot Sale, organised by the team at Salisbury Fire Station.

As well as the sale, there'll be refreshments, rides for small children and some circus skills sessions from Wessex Circus.


Also at Ashley Road Green, there'll be the start of a 'family river float' down the Avon.

Five Rivers Festival 2019
Fancy a float along the River Avon in Salisbury for the May Bank Holiday?

Everyone taking part will be taken by minibus to Mill Lane in Stratford-sub-Castle, where you'll be given a buoyancy aid and you can float on down the River Avon.

Up to 8 people can float together, and it should take around 40 minutes to get to the Avon Valley Nature Reserve.


In the afternoon, the Festival will shift to Churchill Gardens and the introduction of the mega ducks!

Teams of 3 will be given a giant inflatable duck and will need to race 100 yards down the River Avon, with the only condition being that all three team members need to be on the duck when they finish.

There'll also be an individual race during the afternoon.

Five Rivers Festival Duck Race Businesses 2019
Some local businesses have also signed up to have a team in the duck race including (clockwise from top) - Wessex Fleet, Boatwrights and us at Spire FM too!

While many of the places have been secured for the races, there are slots still available.

If you would like to take part in this year's festival, please visit the Rotary website to book your place for the Car Boot, Race or Family Float. 

Festival co-ordinator and Salisbury Rotarian David Clayton, said:

"This new annual event celebrates Salisbury's rivers. As well as allowing participants to enjoy some of our rivers, there is also an educational element to the Festival with Salisbury Angling Club and several conservation organisations on hand to explain about the habitats supported by our rivers and how best to look after them."

Alongside Salisbury Rotary Club, the Festival's been organised by Serve On, Salisbury Fire Station and Salisbury Sea Cadets and sponsored by local organisations: Boatwrights Estate Agents, Unstuck Design, Five Rivers Recruitment, Salisbury City Council and Berry Telecom.

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