Northwich River Festival Food and Drink
Northwich River Festival - Family Fun
Northwich River Festival Dragon Boat Racing

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Following the success in 2017, the Northwich River Festival is back – and promises to be bigger and better!

As well as the much-anticipated MIGHTY River Weaver Dragon Boat Challenge and the famous Ducks on The Dane race, 2018 sees the introduction of the Rotary River Raft Race, which should be great fun for spectators and competitors alike.

Away from the river, there will be food, drink and shopping galore – both within the Festival site and, on the Saturday, Northwich’s popular monthly Artisan Market.

Also new for 2018 will be live music throughout the day, plus two ticketed concerts on each of the nights in the town’s new River Park: Party in The Park – A Tribute to ABBA and Proms in The Park.

We also have street theatre, including the return of Typhoon and The Pedal Players, and The Liverpool Pirate Brethren will be on hand – so beware of any planks you may see reaching out over the water “Ahaargh!”

In a rare treat, “Over The Rainbow” – a wheelchair-accessible narrow boat will be runing trips from Northwich south to Marshall’s Arm Nature Reserve and north to Anderton Boat Lift.

With a children’s funfair and other amusements, we are certain we have two days packed with fun for all ages – so put the dates in you diary now!


Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th July 2018


The Northwich River Festival 2018 is being organised by volunteers from The Northwich Rotary Club, with the support of The Canal and River Trust, Baron’s Quay, Northwich Town Council, Northwich Business Improvement District (BID) and Cheshire West and Chester Council, to celebrate the town’s two rivers, to raise the profile of Northwich and to raise funds for The Alzheimer’s Society, The Royal National Lifeboat Institution and other Rotary causes.

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Fun on the River

Saturday 14th July:
The MIGHTY River Weaver Dragon Boat Challenge

Sunday 15th July:
A.M. Scouts activities
P.M. The Rotary River Raft Race
P.M. Ducks on The Dane

Both days:
Wheelchair-accessible river trips
Mid Cheshire Stand Up Paddlers (SUP)

Eat, Drink and Shop

Saturday 14th July:
Northwich Artisan Market

Both Days:
Festival and local traders, selling hot and cold food, soft drinks, hot drinks, beer, wine, cocktails
Trade stands
Charity stalls
Local shops in High Street and Witton Street – a great choice of independents and national retailers



Saturday 14th July:
Party in The Park – A Tribute to ABBA

Sunday 15th July:
Proms in The Park

Both days:
Live music and other performances from bands, choirs, solo performers
Typhoon and The Pedal Players
Liverpool Pirate Brethren
Children’s Fun Fair and other amusements

All the information provided on this website is done so in good faith, but the organisers cannot guarantee the eventual inclusion of any event or activity during the Festival.