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!

Every day

TimeEventBooking
All day
All daySelf-guided walks at Moor Green LakesNot necessary

Saturday 21 September

TimeEventBooking
Morning
08:30 - 10:30Mammal survey at Moor Green LakesEssential - by 18 September
10:00 - 13:30Monthly walk: Farnborough airfieldNot necessary - just turn up
Afternoon
 No events planned
Evening
19:15 - 21:15Bat walk at Shepherd MeadowsEssential - limited numbers

Sunday 22 September

World Rivers Day

TimeEventBooking
Morning
10:00 - 13:00Guided birdwatching walk at Tice's MeadowNot necessary - just turn up
Afternoon
 No events planned
Evening
 No events planned

Monday 23 September

TimeEventBooking
Morning
 No events planned
Afternoon
14:30 - 16:00Managing meadows for wildlife - walk/talk at Shepherd MeadowsNot necessary - just turn up
Evening
19:30 - 21:30The revival of the Blackwater Valley: 40 years and counting – talk at RowhillNot necessary - just turn up

Tuesday 24 September

TimeEventBooking
Morning
10:00 - 13:00Walk and talk from Darby Green hallEssential
10:15 - 15:00River restoration at Claycart WoodsNot necessary- just turn up
Afternoon
 No events planned
Evening
 No events planned

Wednesday 25 September

TimeEventBooking
Morning
10:00 - 15:30Rail to Trail: walk and train ride - walk from North Camp to Crowthorne and return by trainEssential - by 17 September
Afternoon
 No events planned
Evening
 No events planned

Thursday 26 September

TimeEventBooking
Morning
10:15 - 15:00River restoration at Tice's MeadowNot necessary - just turn up
10:30 - 13:00Rail to Trail: Circular walk from SandhurstEssential
Afternoon
14:00 - 16:30Rail to Trail: Circular walk from AshEssential
Evening
18:30 - 22:00Moth survey at Tice's MeadowNot necessary - just turn up

Friday 27 September

TimeEventBooking
Morning
10:15 - 15:00River restoration at Hawley MeadowsNot necessary - just turn up
Afternoon
 No events planned
Evening
 No events planned

Saturday 28 September

TimeEventBooking
Morning
10:00 - 14:00River volunteer work party at Tice's MeadowNot necessary - just turn up
Afternoon
 No events planned
Evening
 No events planned

Sunday 29 September

TimeEventBooking
Morning
10:00 - 18:00Volunteer day at RowhillNot necessary
10:00 - 16:00Open Walks Day at Moor Green LakesNot necessary - just turn up
Afternoon
 No events planned
Evening
18:00 - 00:00Moth survey at RowhillNot necessary