Wye Float 2018

Sponsored by New Silver Dragon (Hereford)

Wye Float River and Music Festival 2018


An event based on a popular Finnish river festival is coming to Hereford for the second time this summer.

Wye Float, taking place in August, will see individuals, families, or groups float down the River Wye using inflatables such as swimming pools, rubber dinghies, flamingos, and even giant pizzas. 

The idea originated from a festival in Helsinki, Finland, called the Kaljakellunta which has been an annual gathering since 1997 and attracts people from all over the world.

However, unlike Kaljakellunta, Wye Float will have a strict no alcohol policy during the float and will be supporting four charity organisations. Organisers say they are also looking to put something back into the community by offering volunteering roles and river clean-ups before and after the event.

Set to take place on August 11 in the field next to Hereford Rowing Club, people will be able to inflate their vessels from 9am.

Various live music acts, food and drink vendors and other entertainment will be available for both the participants and supporting spectators right up in till 22:00hrs.

The float will begin around midday and the route will take participants past the Old Bridge, Cathedral, Castle Green, King George V playing fields, Victoria Bridge, Bartonsham Dairy fields before the finish point which is located next to the Hereford Greenway cycle path.

Participants must be 12 or above and under 18s must be supervised by an adult. Adults are advised to wear buoyancy aids but those under 18 are required to wear one at all times. To participate you must be fully fit and able to swim a minimum of 25m without aids.

The charities the event will be supporting are West Mercia Search and Rescue, Hope Support Services, as well as Hereford Youth Canoe Club, who are providing training and support on the day. Volunteers are also being sought to help out on the day.

Anyone interested in taking part in the event or finding out more information on volunteering can check out our website for further details. 

How can you get involved?

Inflatable Float

Entertainment Program


Food and Drink Vendors


Charity Fundraising 

Past Events 


Night Life