Riverside Festival 2017

Tue 9th May, 2017 @ 3:22pm by seedcreativenetwork

Riverside Festival 2017

This year celebrates the 20th year of Leicester Riverside Festival, one of Leicester's biggest free festivals and a lively weekend of activities for the whole family spread across Bede Park, Mile Straight, Western Boulevard and Castle Gardens.

Leicester Riverside Festival

Saturday 3 June 12noon - 7pm
Sunday 4 June 12noon - 5pm
Bede Park, Mile Straight, Western Boulevard & Castle Gardens

Sponsored by local housing provider Riverside, The Canal & River Trust, The Inland Waterways Association and JTH, this popular festival offers boat trips, live music, a variety of food stalls from around the world, displays and an exciting choice of activities for all ages, making it a fun packed weekend! RSVP your attendance on our facebook event for the latest news and updates.

For full details view the Leicester Riverside Festival brochure or read about the weekend's activities below.

On The River

Dragon Boats (Saturday only)
Dragon boat racing has been a popular feature of recent Riverside Festivals. This year we will be offering free rides in the dragon boats so please join in with this fun filled family activity. Boarding is at Castle Gardens from 12noon – 5pm.

Other weekend highlights include narrow boat trips, canoe handling with Paddleplus, floating tea shop and trade boats, plus demonstrations from Leicester Fire Service Water Rescue Team and Sea Cadets.

On The Park

Beer Tent and Acoustic Music Area
Featuring live acoustic sets from top local musicians across the weekend, presented by City Showcase.

The Tipi
A giant tipi in the middle of the Eco Village, look out for activities and performances including ‘tipi tales’ and African drum workshops.

BBC Radio Leicester
On site over the weekend, with live broadcasts from the festival.

Art and Crafts
Lots of things to make and do for 0–4 year olds and their grown-ups to relax and play in a specially designated safe area with decorated tents.

Also for Kids
Children’s funfair, storytelling at the Bookbus, face painting and stalls.

The Return of Ping!
Free to use table tennis tables and equipment. Challenge the local experts to a game, gain top playing tips, play for fun with friends and family.

On The Boulevard

Arts Street Market
An opportunity to see and buy quality products from local artists and craftspeople along a river walk promenade.
Eco Area (Outside Bede Building) The Real Junk Food Project alongside other green and environmental stalls, musical performance and fun activities.

Ride Leicester
Cyclone Works pedal-punk bike art, Wheels for All adapted bike try-out and all things pedal powered from bike smoothies to disco-bikes. Find out about British Cycling, Sustrans and bike projects across the city. Also try the free secure bike park and bike-fix if you are riding to the festival.

World Food Stalls
Sample delicious street food from around the world all freshly prepared and of the highest quality.

Castle Gardens

Take a relaxing stroll along the river bank or the boulevard and enjoy a visit to Castle Gardens. Discover an array of arts and crafts activities for all the family in peaceful surroundings. Enjoy musical entertainment from local singers and performers as well as children’s craft activities and entertainment.

Music Stage Line Up: Bede Park

6.00pm – 7.00pm Headliner: GoldWater
4.45pm – 5.30pm Missing Mile
4.15pm – 4.45pm Jo Doyle
3.30pm – 4.15pm Mystery Train
3.00pm – 3.30pm Rosie Doyle
2.00pm – 3.00pm 1 City 1 Celebration
1.30pm – 2.00pm Lex Icon
12noon – 1.30pm DMU Music Collective

4.30pm – 5.30pm Headliner: David Wyatt
1.45pm – 3.15pm Sing For Water
12.15pm – 1.15pm Gateway College Showcase


The Inland Waterways Association Leicestershire Branch are organising the boat entries at this year’s festival.
For a boat entry form, please contact Andrew Shephard
Mobile: 07710 362952

Need Further Information?

T: 0116 299 4444
For information about how to get to Leicester, see our dedicated travel section.



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