CANCELLED – 2020 Five Rivers Festival

Unfortunately, we have come to the decision to cancel the 2020 Five Rivers Festival event so it will not take place this year in May as planned. Due to the current increase in the spread of Coronavirus disease, and growing uncertainty on mass gatherings, we feel it is in the everyone’s best interests to put this event on hold.

However, the Festival plans to be back in 2021 so watch this space! We will be posting details as soon as we can!

In celebration of the five rivers that pass through Salisbury – the Avon, Nadder, Ebble, Wylye and Bourne – Sarum Rotary is delighted to launch Salisbury’s second ‘Five Rivers Festival’.

Join us in paying tribute to these beautiful stretches of water by taking part in some exciting events on 23rd and 24th May.

The Five Rivers Festival 2020 organisers are:

The Festival is kindly sponsored by:


Other supporting organisations we would like to thank are:

What's on in the 2020 Five Rivers Festival

Saturday 23rd May

River Races & SUP Boarding

Run on the southern outskirts of the City, the River Races are BACK! Covering a 100 metre stretch of the River Avon from the Sea Cadet building down to Churchill Gardens, two TEAM races on giant inflatable ducks will be held – an ADULT race and a JUNIOR race. Grab your friends, family, colleagues and book your spot!

We have also teamed up with Wiltshire Outdoor Learning Team who are providing 3 ‘taster sessions’ for those wanting to try out SUP Boarding.

Sunday 24th May

Family River Float, River Walks & Talks, River Educational Activities, Car Boot, Craft Workshops & More

Bring the family along to enjoy an hour long float down a beautiful stretch of the River Avon, finishing at Ashley Green where there will be River Talks, River Walks, River Educational and Craft Activities plus children’s rides, Wessex Community Circus and refreshments.

Alternatively, why not pick up a bargain or sell some of your unwanted possessions as the Fire Station are holding a special Car Boot Sale!

Watch the 2019 Video

If you’re thinking of signing up for 2020 for either the Family Float or the Race, watch the video from the 2019 River Festival to see what is in store for you!