About the Festival

The River Stour Festival runs for its second year in 2019 and celebrates the river, its culture, surrounding landscape and people throughout the year. It aims to provide an impetus to arts, nature, health, environment and businesses in the Stour Valley and beyond, and hopes to connect both local people and visitors with the rich landscape on our doorstep.

The festival began in 2018 and was inspired by a walks and film project, The River Runs Through Us, by local artists Ruth Philo and Stuart Bowditch.  The programme includes walks in the landscape, talks, a wild river swim, boat trips, exhibitions, music, poetry, painting, photography and wild writing.

Ruth Philo, Festival Director:

“It is an unusual festival, as instead of running for a particular week it takes place throughout the year at various points along the river, from the source near Haverhill to the sea at Harwich, rather like a caravanserai, with something happening somewhere in the Stour Valley each month. The festival curates a selection of events as well as including events run by partner organisations ”.