Wye Float River Inflatable and Music Festival 

Well, the event is over and the inflatables have been put aside ready for next year. However the team are still very busy, nursing tired feet, packing away equipment, and completing river clean up ready for summer 2018. Our first year was a success and we believe everyone who attended had an incredible time and cannot wait for what we have in stall for our next event. We would like to thank everyone who attended, contributed and also our cooperate sponsors who kindly provided us with equipment or cash donations. Below is a little description of what Wye Float 2017 was all about.

The event involved individuals, families, or groups of people to float down the River Wye using anything inflatables i.e. swimming pools, flamingos, swans, rubber dinghies or self built rafts.

The idea originated from a festival in Helsinki (Finland) called the Kaljakellunta. This event has been an annual gathering since 1997 and attracts lots of locals and people from all over the world. The difference between Wye Float and Kaljakellunta is that our event has a strict no alcohol policy and not only will it be supporting four charity organisations, but we put something back in to the community by offering volunteering roles and river clean ups before and after our events.    

The field next to Hereford Rowing Club hosted our event preparation area and Start Point, this large area allowed participants to park, camp, prepare and enjoy. This year we saw various live acts ranging from a 40 person choir, bands and solo artists. Food and drink vendors were also their supplying a good quality produce for the participants to enjoy before their float. We also allowed supporting spectators in the preparation area to enjoy the atmosphere alongside the participants, free of charge.

The float consisted of a start point located at Hereford Rowing Club and along the route the participants passed the Old Bridge, Cathedral, Castle Green, King Georges Playing Fields, Victoria Bridge, Bartonsham Dairy Fields and a finish point located at the Connect Two cycle path leading from Outfall Works Road to Rotherous Industrial Estate. 

After the event, we hosted an after party at Yates and Play Night Club to celebrate a successful end of a great day and to reward our volunteers. Yates Hereford kindly donated a hot buffet for all of our event organisers and volunteers to enjoy.

To participant in our events you must be 12 years or over to participate in this event, under 18s must be supervised by an appropriate adult. The use of buoyancy aids by participating adults is at their discretion, but the wearing of one is strongly recommended. Under 18s 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 great charities which we supported in 2017 were: Affinity Trust, Bone Cancer Research Trust, and Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. We also supported Hereford Youth Canoe Club, who provided volunteer training and helped us provide safety cover on the day of the event.

If you are interested in taking part in future events, media interviews, or wish to gather more information on our volunteering options please email info@wyefloat.co.uk 


A time lapse of Wye Float 2017- Hereford 

A quick timelapse video including all the participants of Wye Float 2017. This time lapse was taken from the Victoria Bridge by our official event photographer Steve Lane, using a Go Pro

Video Featuring Britain's Favourite River- The Wye

We are so lucky as Hereford is the only city along the River Wye, it is the fifth- longest river in the UK, stretching 215 kilometres (134 miles) from source to sea. It was voted Britain's favourite river in a poll conducted by the Our Rivers campaign. 

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Our aim is to provide a new and exciting events to young teens and adults.

To help support local and national charity organisations.

Provide lots of volunteering opportunity to individuals and family and teach them new skills,  whilst gaining experiences and sometimes qualifications to benefit their job role and future careers.

Put something back in to the community not only raising money for charity, we are going to be organising river clean ups. Removing unwanted waste from river banks, bridges and floating debris in the water.


We are looking for local businesses and organisations to donate, support a particular aspect of the event or the overall event. Becoming one of our event sponsors will entitle you to a range of benefits and a chance for your logo to appear on our website and all of our promotional material.

If you are interested or would like to discuss a potential agreement, then please don't hesitate to get in contact via email: info@wyefloat.co.uk