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Maidstone River Festival


A free event for everyone, run by local volunteers with financial support from local businesses.

The River Festival started more than 40 years ago and people of all ages in Maidstone have great affection for what was the county town’s biggest annual event.

We have dressed up boats, raft races, fun and games for all the family. There will be illuminated boats and paddle boarders in the evening and it will all end with a big bang the award-winning Firmin Family Fireworks Spectacular display which will go off from the top of Fremlin Walk in the town centre.

What's On

The Great Raft Race

The much-loved annual Raft Race starts at 2.30 at the High Level Bridge when teams of daring rafters navigate the 650m stretch of the magnificent River Medway to the Archbishop's Palace.

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This is a great family day out, showcasing the beautiful River Medway and bringing together the whole community.

David Naghi - Chairman of the River Festival