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All Along The Riverbank


An all-new NCC outdoor community celebration for May Day Bank Holiday Monday 2017 aimed at establishing a sustainable Environmental Festival along the Eastern 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 Newchurch (Langbridge) and Sandown Waterworks, 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 arts workshops, railway themed oral history gathering 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. On May 1st everyone is welcome to join us on the linear Trail which you can walk or cycle at your own pace. You can join at the Sandown end, Newchurch or halfway along at Alverstone. There are refreshments and toilets at each stop and some extra walks off-piste led by the Ramblers and by The Wildlife Trust. Big Lottery have generously contributed to this year’s pilot.The event runs from 11am to 4pm and is free.

We have created a map and guide to the Riverbank to help you plan your visit.

Download and print off your personal copy HERE.




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