The Environment Agency is helping to start a Riverlution on the water in Sheffield, a week-long festival of exciting events by the riverside, from Saturday 22 to Sunday 30 September.
Working with Sheffield City Council, the River Stewardship Company, Groundwork, Kelham Island Museum and other partners, the Riverlution Festival will feature a thrilling raft race, a beer festival, arts and crafts, live music, markets, and a major fireworks event.
The Riverlution Festival aims to bring together riverside communities and businesses in a celebration of everything that’s wonderful about riverside life, and will appeal to all ages.
The main events take place on the first weekend, Saturday and Sunday 22 and 23 September, on the River Don from Ball Street Bridge to Lady’s Bridge, with a fringe programme spread across Sheffield’s wider waterway network during the following week, 24 to 29 September.
Jonathan Moxon of the Environment Agency said: “The Riverlution Festival has been brought to life using the great ideas, enthusiasm and hard work of a network of passionate and inspiring Riverlutionaries. Come along to help us celebrate everything great about Sheffield’s waterways and the communities that surround them!”
Kayaking, a family bike ride, the official opening of the Nursery Street Pocket Park by the Mayor of Sheffield, a Japanese fly-fishing taster and lantern making sessions are among some of the other activities in the Riverlution Festival.
The Riverlution organisation aims to:
• Improve the aesthetic, ecological and amenity value of Sheffield’s waterways
• Reduce flood risk
• Improve awareness and knowledge of issues, projects and people around Sheffield’s waterways
• Improve connections and relationships between projects and people around Sheffield’s waterways.
For more information please visit the Riverlution website and the Blue Loop website