Maidstone River Festival


The River Medway, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 6JQ

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For over 40 years, the Maidstone River Festival has been a cornerstone of community celebration in our beautiful county town and popular around Kent. This free, all-day event brings joy and unforgettable memories to people of all ages. The festival is centred around the River Medway, a frequently under-utilised asset that comes alive for the day. 

This year, we are commemorating the 80th anniversary of D-Day with a Normandy Landings theme. Boat owners, visitors, performers, schools, and community groups are all encouraged to participate and showcase their creativity.

Event Highlights:

Opening Ceremony: The event kicks off with the Kentish Lady, sailing down the river with the Mayor to greet visiting boats.

Community Raft Race: A hilarious and competitive race featuring hand-made rafts crafted by local teams.

Watersports and amphicars: The river is alive with watersports, and the unique amphicars make an appearance to the delight of the crowds.
Illuminated Parades: As the sun sets, enjoy the illuminated paddle board parade followed by the popular illuminated boat parade which returns for 2024

Fireworks Display: The grand finale is an award-winning, free fireworks display at 10 pm from Fremlin Walk in the town centre, visible from various points around the river and town.

Live Music and Performances: From midday until 9 pm, enjoy free live music and performances at Coronation Square, Lockmeadow, showcasing local talent.

Community Group Activities: In the Archbishop's Palace gardens, community groups and charities host engaging activities to promote their projects.

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Opening Times

Season (27 July 2024)
Saturday12:00 - 22:15


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