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Wye Valley River Festival finale weekend Llandogo & Chepstow


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Wye Valley River Festival reaches its finale weekend

Llandogo – Saturday  May 14 – Wye Serai on the riverside below the church and The Sloop Inn. Car parking signposted off the A466

Join us by the banks of the Wye for a great day out. Alongside the Wye Serai, with the Samovar and the Water Ones up to their usual slippery tricks, there are theatre, games, music, food and a festival bar. As evening approaches, fire-torch bearers and musicians converge at the river’s edge where choirs and musicians enchant the river as everyone joins the Water Ones to bless the waters of the Wye.

From 12.30pm Meet the Water Ones Throughout the day. Songs, silliness and spillages from the River Festival Ensemble
2.30pm – 4.35pm Paris Jazz Café Swing Band, Feliks Tabis (Violin/Sax), Katie P. (Vocals), A C Wood & Tony Davey (Guitar), Olly Blanchflower ( Double Bass)
3.30pm – 4.30pm Guided Theatrical Walk Roger Drury will lead a storytelling walk
5.15pm – 7.00pm North Star Folk Band, Performance by premier folk band

6.30pm-7pm Registration for Torchlight procession at the Sloop Inn garden
7.00pm – 7.30pm Lydbrook Ukelele Band
7.30pm – 8.00pm Festival Band Music from Tim Hill togther with members of Tongues of Fire and Lydbrook Band (as seem/heard at Monmouth)
8.30pm Torchlight Procession Procession with Festival Band and the George Choir.
You can take part in the torchlight procession. Turn up between 6:30- 7:00 pm for a briefing and
safety talk. Be ready in the Sloop Inn garden for procession by 8:00pm to commence at 8:30pm.

9.00pm Finale An extravaganza including water ones, festival band and magical fireworks and flame

The Wye Serai will be open all day; The Caravan of Fact & Wonder, The Caravan of Hydrosities & Curiosities and The Caravan of Myths & Legends, as well as the A&E Lab Technicians.
Also: The Giant Samovar • Storytelling by Janet North • Mandala Making • Bar and food • Music • Origami Fish workshop
The programme or times may be subject to change.

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Chepstow Racecourse – Sunday 15 May – Grand Finale

The travelling Wye Serai gathers for the final time for a fun filled afternoon of stalls and activities celebrating water stories and the final servings from the Samovar. There is plenty of food and drink and a Beast Feast. As dusk approaches the Festival Choir heralds the lighting of a river fire sculpture, before finally the Water Ones seep away on their global journey.

From 2.00pm Water Ones theatrical animations
Visit the Wye Serai Caravans. Songs, performance, Samovar teas, storytelling, silliness and spillages from the River Festival Ensemble throughout the day
4.00pm – 4.30pm St Johns on the Hill Junior Choir
5.15pm – 5. 45pm Forest of Dean Male Voice Choir
5.30pm – 6.30pm Savoy Youth Theatre
6.00pm – 8.00pm Feasting and Picnic – Bring your own or buy food & drink on site
6.00pm – 7.00pm Lydbrook Band
7.10pm – 7.25pm Fiona Frank Trio
7.25pm – 7. 45pm Festival Choir
8.00pm – 10.30pm Water Ones and Samovar
last performances and a special Samovar tea serving, culminating in
The grand finale and River of Fire

The Wye Serai will be open; The Caravan of Fact & Wonder, The Caravan of Hydrosities & Curiosities and The Caravan of Myths & Legends as well as the A&E Lab Technicians
Also: The Giant Samovar • Storytelling by Janet North • Mandala Making • Wicked Welsh workshops •
Bar and food • Music • Origami Fish workshop •
The programme or times may be subject to change.

Serai (a place for coming together of travelling caravans)
The Wye Serai – the main performance and activity space created around three intriguing caravns, of ‘Curiosities & Hydrosities’, ‘Fact & Wonder’ and ‘Myths & Legends’, with a ‘River A&E Laboratory’ and a great Samovar brewing up tea. Add the Water Ones wrangling in a comic chaos of pouring and spilling, singing and dacncing, bringing the rivers and waters of the world to you.