Blackwater River Festival 2019

Blackwater River Festival 21/09/2019 – 29/09/2019

This is the definitive source of information for the Festival. It will be updated regularly, so please bookmark it and keep checking back.

Why have a Blackwater River Festival?

Blackwater River Festival 2019

Living near water anywhere can add greatly to your quality of life, and at BVCT, we've always believed that our small 23-mile river and its valley are a bit special. Our friends at the BVC Partnership have been keeping them fit for your enjoyment for forty years this year, and we felt that needed to be celebrated - watch our video and send us your memories.

We decided to hold our first Blackwater River Festival, and we want you to celebrate with us.

You'll be surprised at just how much there is to see and do in our little corner of the UK, and to prove it we have joined with other groups up and down the Valley to put together an exciting programme - nearly twenty events over nine days - at the end of September, to coincide with World Rivers Day.

Under knowledgeable and experienced event leaders, you can discover little-known countryside paths on your doorstep or at the other end of the Valley, learn more about the flora and fauna. get wet and dirty in river restoration work and watch the secret lives of night creatures.

There’s loads more - and they are all free. We’d love to see you there.

Programme at a glance

Saturday 21 | Sunday 22 | Monday 23 | Tuesday 24 | Wednesday 25 | Thursday 26 | Friday 27 | Saturday 28 | Sunday 29

Below is a list of the events on each day. Click on each one to find out more including details of how to book (where required). We will be adding information all the time, so be sure to visit us often!

Saturday 21 September

Time Event Booking
Morning
08:30 - 10:30 Mammal survey at Moor Green Lakes Essential - by 18 September
10:00 - 13:00 River walk Not necessary - just turn up
Afternoon
  No events planned
Evening
19:15 - 21:15 Bat walk at Shepherd Meadows Essential - limited numbers

Sunday 22 September

World Rivers Day

Time Event Booking
Morning
10:00 - 13:00 Guided birdwatching walk at Tice's Meadow Not necessary - just turn up
Afternoon
  No events planned
Evening
  No events planned

Monday 23 September

Time Event Booking
Morning
  No events planned
Afternoon
14:30 - 16:00 Managing meadows for wildlife - walk/talk at Shepherd Meadows Not necessary - just turn up
Evening
19:30 - 21:30 The revival of the Blackwater Valley: 40 years and counting – talk at Rowhill Not necessary - just turn up

Tuesday 24 September

Time Event Booking
Morning
10:00 - 13:00 Walk and talk from Darby Green hall Essential - available soon
10:00 - 14:00 River restoration at Hawley Meadows Not necessary - just turn up
Afternoon
  No events planned
Evening
  No events planned

Wednesday 25 September

Time Event Booking
Morning
10:00 - 15:30 Rail to Trail: walk and train ride - walk from North Camp to Crowthorne and return by train Essential - available soon
Afternoon
  No events planned
Evening
  No events planned

Thursday 26 September

Time Event Booking
Morning
10:30 - 13:00 Rail to Trail: Circular walk from Sandhurst Essential - available soon
10:00 - 14:00 River restoration at Rushmoor Bottom Not necessary- just turn up
Afternoon
14:00 - 16:30 Rail to Trail: Circular walk from Ash Essential - available soon
Evening
18:30 - 22:00 Moth survey at Tice's Meadow Not necessary - just turn up

Friday 27 September

Time Event Booking
Morning
10:00 - 14:00 Walk from Rushmoor Bottom Not necessary
Afternoon
  No events planned
Evening
  No events planned

Saturday 28 September

Time Event Booking
Morning
10:00 - 14:00 River volunteer work party at Tice's Meadow Not necessary - just turn up
Afternoon
  No events planned
Evening
  No events planned

Sunday 29 September

Time Event Booking
Morning
10:00 - 18:00 Volunteer day at Rowhill Not necessary
10:00 - 16:00 Open Walks Day at Moor Green Lakes Not necessary - just turn up
Afternoon
  No events planned
Evening
18:00 - 00:00 Moth survey at Rowhill Not necessary