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Visitor information

We have put together a page with a variety of information and some frequently asked questions in the hope of clarifying anything you may want to know about Riverfest on the Isle of Wight.

Is there parking?

No, there is no parking on the site itself, however, there are several car parks around Newport including Quay Street, Lugly Street, Sea Street, Seaclose, and Coppins Bridge to name a few.

Is there a bus?

There isn’t a bus that gets you directly to The Quay, however, Newport Bus Station is only a 5-minute walk away with buses coming in from all areas of the Island, and you can travel for just £2 on selected routes! See for more information.

Can I bring my dog?

Of course, you can, it is an open space with plenty going on, and everyone is welcome, even the four-legged kind.

Do I have to pay to enter?

No, it is completely FREE.

What is Riverfest?

Riverfest is a fun free community event that takes place every May in the heart of the Isle of Wight in Newport, the Island’s capital. 

The event has all the feel of a traditional village fete, with many free activities for children. Local charities attend promoting the work they do in the community, helping people and the local environment. 

What is going to be at Riverfest?

There will be a variety of things going on: stalls: arts and crafts; food and drink traders; kids’ games and bouncy castles; Pirate stalls and demonstrations; emergency service personnel; candy floss and sweets; charity stalls and promotional stands; live entertainment; marching bands; and so much more!

What live music will there be?

We have a variety of music and entertainment lined up, you can see what is on via the Line up page.