Melksham Food and River Festival – 1st & 2nd September

There will be over 60 stalls at the Food and River Festival over the weekend of the 1st and 2nd September at King George V Park, with entry completely free of charge.

The following are both Saturday and Sunday…

  • More than 60 stallholders will be onsite from first thing Saturday offering hot food and drink, artisan foods, craft ales, ciders, spirits, local crafts and much more.
  • Wiltshire Outdoor Learning Team (WOLT) will bring a 7.3M high climbing wall, which can accommodate four climbers simultaneously. Fun for adults and children over the age of six.
  • Cooper Tires Wire Challenge rigged by WOLT, is a Traverse Wire acros the River Avon. A challenge for adults and children over the age of eight.
  • Our friendly festival Face Painter Barry Moger is a master of his art and a regular visitor to the festival.
  • Danny Toogood’s fairground with children’s rides, an inflatable slide, dome and side stalls, including hook the duck, ‘sweet cork shooter’ and test of strength.
  • The popular cooking demonstrations return to the festival again and will take place in the ‘Leekes Country Kitchen Marquee’.
  • The brilliant local Box Steam Brewery provides the festival bar on both days.
  • Have a look at the fabulous visiting boats berthed on the river and have a chat with the owners, many of whom take their boats all over the UK and Europe.
  • Boat trips on The Mary Archard and Damselfly in the capable hands of the Wilts and Berks Canal Trust. Take a relaxing boat ride along the beautiful River Avon towards Beanacre and enjoy the wildlife on this stretch of river.
  • Thinking of taking up a new sport or just feeling adventurous then why not try Canoeing with Wiltshire Youth Canoe Club (WYCC) ?

Also on Saturday at the festival…

  • Sweet swing trio will play three separate sets for your enjoyment.
  • Foxhangers raft race where there will be cash prizes for both the winning junior and senior teams.
  • Military Wives Choir and The Decibelles will play late afternoon in the marquee.


  • Boat trips 10.30 – 12.00pm and 12.45pm onwards
  • WYCC demos – 10.45am, 1.45pm and 3.15pm
  • Try Canoeing – 11.00am, 1.15pm and 2.45pm
  • Cooking demos – 11.30am and 12.30pm
  • Sweet swing trio – 11.30am, 2.00pm and 3.30pm
  • Raft Race – 12.00pm – 12.45pm
  • Military Wives Choir and The Decibelles – 4.30pm – 6.00pm

Also on Sunday at the festival…

  • Burbank will play three separate sets, a brilliant live show
  • The Chilli eating contest: can you take the heat? Be one of the 12 contestants competing for a great cash prize,
  • Frankie the canal horse will be giving children’s ride in the park.


  • Boat trips – 10.30am onwards
  • WYCC demos – 10.45am, 1.45pm, 3.45pm
  • Try Canoeing – 11.00am and 1.15pm
  • Cooking demos – 11.30am and 12.45pm
  • Burbank – 11.30am, 12.30pm and 3.00pm
  • River Rescue 12.00pm – 12.30pm
  • Chilli contest – 1.45pm
  • Boat flotilla – 3.00pm

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