Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Cambridge River Festival Sunday 25th September 2011

World Rivers Day Festival Sunday 25th September

Sunday, 25th September 2011, 10 am - 6 pm, on Jesus Green, Cambridge.

A free, local, hands on, participatory, festival which will celebrate life on the river. Many of the live-aboard boaters will be opening up their boats, welcoming you onboard and talking about their life on the river. There will be free, fun, family-friendly hands-on activities occurring throughout the day. The main theme running through the day? Highlighting the importance and enjoyment of life on, and around, the River Cam.

For further details why not visit (and 'like') us:
on Facebook at Cam Buccaneers
or Twitter at CamBoaters

Workshops, taster and demonstration sessions.
Stalls and hands on family activities, including rowing, fishing, canoeing and punting. Find out how to work a boat through the Jesus Green lock. In addition there will be workshops and community stalls, opportunities to find out more about how to become more environmentally friendly, and increase your personal wellbeing via yoga and massage workshops and well as a herbalist stall.

Art and craft projects and a variety of children's activities.
Making community murals, children's art, poetry and writing exhibitions, activities on the City Council's new ChYPPS play boat, recycled art projects run by the City Council's Scrapstore, willow weaving, face painting etc. The history of the traditional “Roses and Castles” art, which is particular to narrowboats, will be presented through a treasure hunt style activity.

An introduction to the boating community and the history of boating on the river.
Residential and historic boats will be open to visitors so the public can learn about this way of life, it's cultural history and also the history of the way boats and the river Cam are linked. In addition there will be short films about river life showing at the Waterman pub.

Low carbon, low water and sustainable lifestyles being shown and discussed.

A variety of local community stalls covering environmental issues, such as water conservation, alternative energy forms and sustainable living will be present. In addition boats will be open to demonstrate their low environmental impact lifestyle.

The natural history of rivers and their conservation.

This is being presented through talks, films, posters, and community stands such as RSPB, Cambridge Mammal Group, Cambridge Fish Preservation and Angling Society and Cambridge Past Present and Future, Water Aid, Oxfam etc.

Music and theatre.
To add to the mix there will be music and theatre with various bands, storytelling, music groups and more.

A variety of stalls.
Stalls selling local produce, crafts, clothes and refreshments with an emphasis on sustainable produce.

If you are interested in coming, bringing your boat, or having a stand there, please let us know: email

This event is part of World Rivers Day. Held on the last Sunday of September, it is a global celebration of the world's rivers and waterways. It highlights many of the values of rivers, strives to increase public awareness and improve stewardship. World Rivers Day has been endorsed by various agencies of the United Nations and is intended to complement the broader efforts of the United Nation'sWater for Life Decade.

All proceeds from our Cam River Festival will go to WaterAid.

For further details why not visit:
on Facebook at Cam Buccaneers
or Twitter at CamBoaters