The local river community chose six themes for Riverfest – these themes have driven everything we have planned for the day
Come on down to Riverside Park and you will find plenty going on and a friendly local welcome. There will be a map and criendly stewards to help you find things.
We will publish a running order for bands, poets, talks and street theatre – but don’t be surprised if timings slip a bit!
St Denys Boat Club – have a go in one of the club’s amazing collection of modern and vintage boats. There will be plenty of people around to show you the ropes.
Active Nation – Canoeing
Bike Base – have a go bikes, smoothy bike, bling your bike, bike parade, plenty of bike parking, join the big ride in
Pilates with Priya
Electric Boat Rides – a smooth, quiet, clean ride up the river and back with REAP. Booking required – more soon.
Yoga – join a session led by Megan
Meditation – with Southampton Meditation
Drawing – quiet sketching or painting, bring your own or sketch along with others
Quiet space – away from the music, a place to sit, reflect and watch the world go by
Head massage taster – with Denise
Mudlarking – with Millie
Bird box kits to make at home
Southampton Scrapstore – crafting and creating with reused stuff
Bird and other wildlife experts
I Need a Whisk – find out how you can furnish your home and garden for FREE by sharing and swapping in the local community
Make a shadow clock
Biodiversity Games from University of Southampton Scientists – Biodiversity Blockbusters and hands-on activities on nature and biodiversity loss.
Planeterella – an incredible demonstration of an artificial aurora in a vacuum – weather in space!
Foraging Walk – do you know all the wild food there is out there?
Weave a river
Art of Heritage – find out what the other local creative festival is up to this September
River print making – print with natural materials
Songbird Knitting – the knitting group from the local cafe will be with us. Learn to knit or crochet, or bring your own project and knit along with the group
Tie dye – tie stones from the river into fabric and use our natural dyes and river water to create unique clot
Join in the big river sing song of our tune composed especially for us by Southampton folk musician Brian Hooper – “Up the River” (music here)
Poetry in performance from local writers and poets – full line up announced soon
River Badge Making
River Gallery – enjoy art work inspired by the river from local artists, including fabulous work from students from Cantell School, whose teacher is a local resident and set them the river as a project this term.
Baby story time
Origami – make boats, fishes and other rivery things
Miniature Steam Railway – open for rides
Hand to Mouth Theatre – a beautiful birdy show from our local/internationally admired puppet theatre
Bubbles Bubble Bubbles
Mike O’Leary Storyteller
Make a fishing net – bring an old pair of tights!
Theatre in a Bag – with their piratey show “Ilyria Ahoy!”
A story walk with October Books
We are working with rhe Alzheimers Society to make Riverfest dementia friendly so every member of the family can enjoy the day.
We are also asking advice from Autism Hampshire – we will add in their contribution when we have it
Ask an expert – Bitterne Local History Society
Local history walks – with St Denys Church
Memory Map – tell us your river stories around our map kindly supplied by Ordnance Survey
Vintage local bus – climb on board. “Ding Ding – hold tight please”.
Tell us your river story – add your memories to our river map
Maritime Archaeology – find out about maritime archaeology from the University of Southampton with some shipwreck material and ancient shipbuilding methods.
Swaythling in the Great War: Artefacts and findings from University of Southampton’s community project about Swaythling and its surroundings during WW1.