Llandogo River Festival

May 2014

 

2014 saw the inaugeral Wye Valley River Festival, which took place from Hereford and travelled down the valley, passing through riverside villages and towns, to the River Severn at Chepstow. It is hoped that this will become a bi-annual festival celebrating the rich landscape and heritage of the beautiful River Wye. Llandogo hosted a riverside festival, picnic and highwire traverse across the river! During the evening the riverbanks were illuminated and a theatre performance with musical accompniament took place on both riverbanks, finishing with a spectacular firework display. This fantastic day has helped put Llandogo firmly on the map, and plans are already forming for 2016 - contact us at llandogomhwebsite@gmail.com if you'd like to be involved!

 

All this was achieved with help from the Wye Valley AONB, the Desperate Men Theatre Group, And Now Pyrotecnics, and of course Anaspitos the Highwire Walker (AKA Chris Bullzini). Many local artists performed, volunteers gave their time, and local enterprises lent their support and expertise. We could not have done it without the help of all these wonderful people!

Walking cable!
Walking cable!
Chris Bullzini preparing
Chris Bullzini preparing
Crowds from the festival gather
Crowds from the festival gather
Phoebe Bullzini
Phoebe Bullzini
Waiting for her beau
Waiting for her beau
Justin Nicholls & local kids perform
Justin Nicholls & local kids perform
Tense onlookers!
Tense onlookers!
Anaspitos over the river - half way!
Anaspitos over the river - half way!
Even more crowds gather
Even more crowds gather
Almost there...
Almost there...
Reunited at last
Reunited at last
Success, the happy couple!
Success, the happy couple!
A beautiful ending
A beautiful ending
Musicians of all ages
Musicians of all ages
The festival tents
The festival tents
Karl Daymond & company in the Church
Karl Daymond & company in the Church
Judge Wild Boar (Jon Beedell)
Judge Wild Boar (Jon Beedell)
Ratty's friends look on!
Ratty's friends look on!
The Desperate Men roll in!
The Desperate Men roll in!
Ratty on the run!
Ratty on the run!
Anaspitos at it again!
Anaspitos at it again!
Having a lazy day
Having a lazy day
Live music to accompany
Live music to accompany
Amazed onlookers
Amazed onlookers
All ages enjoying the lanterns!
All ages enjoying the lanterns!
A torchlit procession
A torchlit procession
Judge Wild Boar's summer house
Judge Wild Boar's summer house
I smell a rat!
I smell a rat!
A lit up riverbank
A lit up riverbank
Ratty!
Ratty!
Desperate in the dark
Desperate in the dark
The spectacular fireworks display
The spectacular fireworks display