May Day! May Day! All Along the Riverbank!
The New Carnival Company is working closely with other heritage and environmental organisations within the East Wight Landscape Partnership ‘Down to the Coast’ project to offer an exciting outdoors family-friendly festival called All Along the Riverbank on Bank Holiday Monday, May 1st, from 11.am to 4.pm.
The riverbank in question is the two-mile stretch of the Eastern Yar that runs alongside the NR23 cycleway between Pedallers Café at Langbridge (Newchuch) and the Waterworks at Sandown. The route is home to an abundance of diverse plants and wildlife, social history, rich archaeological finds, woodland and marsh nature reserves, all of which are being celebrated on the day by many arts and environmental organisations and supported by the local communities, businesses and schools.
Frankie Goldspink, Creative Director for the NCC said “this is the culmination of a three month programme of creative arts workshops, oral history gathering and expert led site visits. School and community groups have created temporary art installations and informative interpretation boards.”
Chris Slann, the NCC’s Executive Director added “as well as environmental and creative activities including face painting, garland making, spinning and weaving and guided walks there are a wide range of flash mob performances including Morris and Maypole dancing, roving acoustic musicians and storytelling ” he continued “To ensure everyone has the stamina to take part in all these activities refreshments will be on sale at Pedallers, Alverstone Old School Hall and at the Community Orchard off Golf Links Road”
Organisations taking part on the day include Hampshire and IW Wildlife Trust, Time Taxi, Island Rivers, Gift to Nature, Branstone Farm, the Ramblers Association and the IW Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). FREE Trail maps and programmes can be picked up from the Gas Light Café at Sandown Station and Pedallers at Langbridge or downloaded from the New Carnival Company’s website.