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Spring into All Along the Riverbank

All Along the Riverbank is a completely free family-friendly arts and countryside festival, encouraging people to get outdoors and explore the local environment. It takes place on May Day bank holiday (Monday 6 May), over the two mile stretch of cycle track running alongside the River Yar between Sandown and Newchurch. Partners from local environmental and community organisations will provide a range of fun activities, crafts and information along the route, which will also feature art installations, Morris and Maypole dancing, storytelling, guided walks, teas, licensed refreshments, barbecue and the special Green Man of Alverstone. The event is organised by the New Carnival Company (NCC), and supported by partners within the East Wight Landscape Project called Down to the Coast.

NCC ‘s creative director, Frankie Goldspink, said, “All Along the Riverbank is the culmination of a three month programme of creative arts workshops and expert-led site visits. School and community groups have created fantastic temporary art installations and informative interpretation boards for this special day.”

Walk, cycle or ride the trail at your own pace between 11am and 4pm, and enjoy the abundance of plants, wildlife, social history, rich archaeological finds, woodland and marsh nature reserve in this beautiful area.

Visit www.thenewcarnivalcompany.com for more information.



Photos:  credit Graham Reading
Notes for Editor:
All Along the Riverbank is now in its third year and is presented by The New Carnival Company, a professional arts organisation based in Ryde which specialises in carnival and outdoor celebratory events.

Down to the Coast aims to support people of all ages and abilities to gain new skills and participate in activity that will conserve and enhance the landscape, celebrate its social history and improve the health and wellbeing of the community for who it is a place to live, work and play. Down to the Coast East Wight Landscape Project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and hosted by the Isle of Wight Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). For more information about Down to the Coast please visit www.downtothecoast.co.uk

Partners and organisations taking part in the event include Down to the Coast (East Wight Landscape Project), IW AONB, Island Rivers, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, Isle of Wight Ramblers, Alverstone Women’s Institute, Brading Roman Villa, Time Taxi and Pedallers Café.

For more information on the above, please contact Chris Slann, executive director at the New Carnival Company on 01983 716095 or chris@thenewcarnivalcompany.com




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