Local Election Results - 2 May 2019

Reading Water Fest
Event time 11.00am - 5.00pm
Event cost Free
Saturday
15
June

This year's Reading Water Fest will take place on Saturday 15 June and this year's celebrates the 30th anniversary of the event.

The event takes place in the Forbury Gardens, Abbey Ruins and along The Kennet, between Chestnut Walk and the Riverside Museum. Reading Borough Council and The Kennet & Avon Canal Trust are working together once again and hope you can join us for what we hope will be very enjoyable day!

If you are a stallholder and would like to join us, please complete the Water Fest stall application form.  There will be a fee of £50 for all commercial stalls and community/charity stalls are able to apply for a stall for free.  The deadline for all applications is Friday 17 May 2019.

Take in the sights and sounds as you wander through Chestnut and Riverside Walk, Forbury Gardens, the Abbey Ruins, Blake's Lock and the Riverside Museum to celebrate Reading Water Fest's 30th Anniversary. En route you'll see some beautifully painted boats and meet some of the friendly boaters keen to chat about life on board.

Why not catch one of the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust trip boats leaving from Chestnut Walk every 30 minutes or check out the Boat Parade and see which vessel has been selected as this year's Best Dressed Boat!

Come and say hello to the volunteers from local charities and community groups who have set up stalls along Riverside Walk to showcase the vital work they do. Whilst browsing the many stalls, enjoy the summertime vibes that Big Al's Jazzers bring throughout the afternoon.

On Chestnut Walk you'll find the craft avenue featuring hand-made items like jewellery, artwork, jams and toys. There will also be free face painting and balloon modelling taking place on the day and you can purchase your duck for the annual Water Fest duck race taking place at 4pm.

Head on through to the Abbey Ruins to see a whole host of entertainment on our Main Stage. Catch the winners of Let's Sing! 2019 - Reading Community Gospel Choir, local band La Mort Subite and a variety of traditional dance performing in the newly reopened Ruins.

Reading Tree Wardens will be hosting an exhibition of paintings of trees by the internationally known group, The Arborealists. It's free entry at The Turbine House between 10.00.am - 6.00.pm. Afterwards, why not stop in at Bel & The Dragon and check out Steve Morano performing throughout the afternoon, you can also catch the newest Kennet and Avon Canal Trust trip boat, Matilda and be one of the first sailors on board!

Under 11s (accompanied by an adult) can join local historian Chris Forsey and special historical guest on The Abbey History trail. Pick up an entry form on the day from the Nature Nurture stall on Chestnut Walk and test your knowledge on 12 iconic figures from the Abbey's history, prizes are on offer for all participants but the top three entries will receive an extra special prize presented to them at 4pm in the Abbey.

Down at the Forbury, Blue Collar Street Food Feastival will be in full swing, with so many stalls to choose from you will be sure to find something to enjoy!

Check out our pages on Facebook and Twitter for more information closer to the 15th of June - www.facebook.com/readingwaterfest   twitter.com/Rdgwaterfest

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