Leicester’s Riverside Festival is back this summer for its 21st year, growing from a small afternoon event in Bede Park to a two day family festival along the River Soar. It’s now one of the city’s biggest free festivals.

This year the festival runs along the Mile Straight of the River Soar along Western Boulevard and across in to Castle Gardens. As always the programme is packed with stuff for families including music, arts, crafts and food stalls, but in 2018 there are a number of new highlights for visitors.

Art on the River aims to showcase local artists work and provide a platform from which they can sell their artwork. Taking over much of Western Boulevard, artists are invited to get involved and exhibit and sell their work throughout the festival, allowing audiences to enjoy the wealth of creative talent the city has to offer.

The Broken Records Festival will take place in Castle Gardens and give audiences the opportunity to learn to swing dance, sit in the gardens and take in two days of music, headlined by Maniere Des Bohemians, and refreshments on offer.

There will be Vegan and Eco areas along Western Boulevard with The Real Junkfood Project organisation serving food that would normally go to waste, along with vegan catering, environmental stalls, music and more.

As usual The River Soar will be visited by Heritage Boats – replica historic narrowboats playing host to music, songs and poetry telling the tales of working boats and the river.

Returning will be an array of favourites from the festival including boat rides, dragon boat racing, family workshops and so much more.

Riverside Festival runs on the 2nd and 3rd June.

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Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Great Central, John has been actively involved in Leicester's creative community for over a decade - promoting shows and releasing records under the name Robot Needs Home. He is a director of Handmade Festival, and ex member of the band Maybeshewill.

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