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River Roeburn Remembering, Restoring Festival

Backsbottom Farm, Roeburndale West, Wray LA2 9LL


This festival will celebrate and remember 50 years since the Wray flood on 8th August 1967.

and will help to engage the local community and general public about the issues around flooding and water management via a historical exhibition of the River Roeburn and events of flooding, landslips and other river changes over the years including Wray Flood and Flood Desmond.

There will be events, walks and workshops all weekend.

Events will include:

Historical exhibition of the River Roeburn and events of flooding, landslips and other river changes over the years including Wray Flood and Flood Desmond. In Rural Classroom in the farmyard.  The Wray flood exhibition will be open over the weekend.

Rivers Healing Circle to bring together waters from rivers in UK and abroad and their stories (Sunday midday)

Photographic competition of photos of rivers or streams in the Lune catchment (especially the Rivers Wenning, Hindburn and Roeburn). In Rural classroom in the farmyard

River paintings by Janet Robinson and Hilary Devereaux in Middle Wood Centre

Natural Land sculpture workshops. Resident environmental artists Richard Shilling and Julia Chick will be making natural art sculptures from materials gathered nearby in particular locations by the river throughout the festival weekend. Look out for the signs and join them to see what they have been making, learn how to make natural sculptures yourself and spend some quality time next to the enigmatic River Roeburn. All weekend.

Search for fossils amongst the river stones

Walks to see erosion sites, landslips and ongoing damage from the flash flooding of the River Roeburn. Follow map.

Display of Slow the Flow techniques - woody check dams, stone check dams, in river training with careful placement of boulders, wool and bale dams that could be used for reducing peat erosion, blanket bog restoration and the use of mob grazing to increase the infiltration of rain by improving the soil structure. Details from Car park with map follow the mown path.
Film showings from other Slow the flow projects. In Yurt near study Centre.

Neighbourhood flood plans

Large aerial photo of the Rivers Roeburn and Hindburn to help record memories and encourage community engagement. Near Study Centre.

River flow experimental area to play with different structures and see how they affect water flow

Display by Lune Rivers Trust and River Fly Monitoring (Sunday)

N'Dodo - A brillant dancable local band from 3pm Sat
Local musicians performing near the river and in the woodlands

Quercus, Sian Philips, Paul, Wal and Ruth and friends - Great acoustic music. Sat evening.

Two local choirs Lune Valley Voices Sat 7.30 and Wenning Voices Sun 2pm.

Dance performance with Dawn Morgan and friends

River inspired poetry workshop with Eli Denvir from 11am Sun
Local poetry inspired by the river

Sharing of food brought by festival visitors. Picnic by river on Sunday.

Beautiful Roeburndale Woodlands and organic orchards.