Welcome to the Maidstone River Festival 2011 Community Walk map. Don’t forget you can visit our website http://www.maidstoneriverfestival.com/
We’ll keep you up to date via this page and via our website in the lead up to the big event. Feel free to post your pictures of your time at the event and let us know if you’re coming along.
Saturday 30th July 2011 Mid-Kent’s largest free family event situated alongside the River Medway in Maidstone.
This year promises to be the best yet with so much to do for all the family from across Kent and the UK.
The Maidstone River Festival welcomes hundreds of boats and more than 20,000 people to the county town of Kent, Maidstone.
Attraction highlights include live bands across four stages, street entertainers, a fun fair, the traditional raft race, an illuminated boat parade and a spectacular fire work display to end the event.
This year’s theme is ‘At the Movies’ so look out for a few movie based theme surprises. Spanning along the river and into Maidstone Town Centre our event covers five main areas.
The River Bank will have stalls and music with street entertainers mingling with visitors with the backdrop of dressed boats at their moorings.
Head towards Whatman Park on the South side of the river (head out past the high level railway bridge) and you’ll find a family fun day area ideal for families and young children. With a Dance Stage, "The Entertainer" children’s treasure hunt, fun sports, Fun Kidz Bus, exhibitions, stalls and stands as well as the Cadbury’s ‘Spots v Stripes’ competition, and with Cadbury’s free chocolate samples it is set to be the not to miss area of the event (Run by the Maidstone Lions Club and Harmony Hall).
The HRM Floating Sound Stage (sponsored by Golding Homes) will provide a chance to listen to some of the best local bands available. Based right on the riverside the stage is organised as ever by the dedicated team from Hospital Radio Maidstone.
In The Archbishops Palace Gardens - Friday People - Present live music all day. From 11:00 until 9:30pm. See main site for details of the bands.
The Brenchley Gardens area of the event is organised this year by a team from Invicta grammar school for girls. They have live music, stalls and attractions for the younger members of the family - Brenchley Finge (also on Face book).
Lockmeadow is the venue for this year’s Forest Fun Fair with rides for all the family and will be open all day.(And Friday and Sunday!!)
As well as all the action we’re aiming to break the world record for the most Dracula’s in one place. All you need to do is come to the event dressed as Dracula to be a part of the world record breaking attempt.
You will need to be at the junction of Medway Street and Fairmedow at 10pm before the fireworks. We will have to register each person. Or we will set up a face book page to sign in .... Go on we dare you....!