What's On

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We hope to see you on the river on 29th July 2023.

Overview of Main Day's Events

12:00 A large maroon is fired from the Kentish Lady on the river by the Mayor of Maidstone, Cllr Gordon Newton and River Festival Chairman, David Naghi to open the event

11:30-20:30 Dance and music performances at Coronation Square at Lockmeadow Entertainment Centre

14:30 Raft Race begins from the High Level Bridge to the town bridge

22:00 Firework Finale from the roof of Fremlin Walk

21:00 Paddleboardng light display on the river

Coronation Square Stages at Lockmeadow

11:45 Talk 2night

12:20 Razzamataz

12:50 Studio33

13:50 Razzamataz

14:35 Looking Back

15:30 Stagecoach

16:10 AMDC (Arthurs Mason Dance Company)

16:40 Square Pigs

17:45 Soul Choir

18:25 Bloco Fogo

19:05 Mustn't grumble

20:00 Ellie-Hope

20:40 Beats Workin

Millennium Amphitheatre

All Day Picnic area

All Saints Church

12:00-16:00 All Saints Church will offer tower tours and serve afternoon teas. 12 - 4pm

12:00-16:00 The historic number 26 corporation bus will run between All Saints to Gallagher Stadium

Archbishops Palace Gardens

All Day The community comes together at Maidstone River Festival. Visit Palace Gardens, adjacent to the Kentish Lady mooring, to visit local organisations and charities where there will be activities and fun.

Carriage Museum

11:00-15:00 One of the finest collections of carriages in Europe

Thai Orchid and Draysons Bar

12:00-23:59 Draysons Bar will have entertainment on the riverfront terrace.

12:00 The restaurant will offer great views of the fireworks for diners.

Gallagher Stadium

15:00 Maidstone United vs Lewes - tickets available at the gate from 12.30

12:00-16:00 The historic number 26 corporation bus will run between All Saints to Gallagher Stadium.

Maidstone Museum

10:00-15:00 The Mugglestone Steam Punk Festival takes place on River Festival day and you will see some of them parading along the riverfront in colourful outfits.

Kentish Lady

All Day Town Quay Activities

River Medway

12:00 Walk along the riverbanks, chat to the boat owners and watch activity on the river

River Festival Raft Race from High Level Bridge to St Peter's Bridge

Light up paddleboarders display - TBC

River Market ME16

12:00-18:00 A craft market not to be missed in the Market buildings at Lockmeadow