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All Along The Riverbank


An all-new NCC outdoor community celebration for May Day Bank Holiday 2017 aimed at establishing a sustainable Environmental Festival along the river Yar on Isle of Wight. Its title is inspired by Tales of the Riverbank, made and filmed in the 1960’s at nearby Wootton. Watch Hammy Hamster here  (if you dare).

The Riverbank  in question runs alongside the NR 23 cycle way (The Squirrel Trail) between Arreton and Sandown, once part of the Island’s Rail network.  It is home to an abundance of diverse plants and wildlife, social history, rich archaeological finds, woodland and marsh nature reserve, and is being celebrated with a range of partners, including environmental organisations, local communities, businesses and schools.

The event itself will be the culmination of  a three month long programme of creative workshops, talks and expert-led site visits prior to the event. Children and community members will create temporary installations, performance, Interpretation boards and fun activities along the way.  There will be a fact-finding quiz along the route, which families can walk or cycle at their own pace. We will create a map or guide to the riverbank for people to use at any time, which will be posted on line. Big Lottery have generously contributed to this year’s pilot.

More information will be posted here shortly.

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