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News release - Issued by North York Moors National Park Authority

River Festival Comes to the National Park

On Sunday 28 August, 11:00am – 4:00pm visitors will be able to experience the delights of the river in an exciting River Festival being hosted by the North York Moors National Park Authority and the Yorkshire Esk Rivers Trust.

The festival is a celebration of our wonderful and captivating waterways and is a free day, full of family fun, children’s crafts and passionate river lovers! Everyone is welcome and visitors can learn about river wildlife, go on a river walk, watch fishing demonstrations, have a go at fly casting - led by professional fisherman Olly Shepherd from Fly Fishing Yorkshire - and get up-close and personal with river bugs!

The event, taking place at The Moors National Park Centre in Danby, is part of the ‘Discovering the Esk project’, which has received a funding boost from the Postcode Local Trust, thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
The project increases opportunities for people of all ages in the Esk Valley and wider area to participate in environmentally focused activities and community monitoring schemes such as Riverfly Monitoring, Adopt a Stream, Young Angler Initiative and Salmon in the Classroom. The River Festival will help to advance local people’s knowledge, and provide them with the opportunity and support to learn about and care for their local river.

Alex Cripps, Catchment Partnership Officer said:

“The River Festival is a fantastic way to showcase ‘Discovering the Esk’, highlighting the great work our Young Angler’s fishing club and community monitoring volunteers undertake throughout the year, including carrying out Riverfly Monitoring and Adopt a Stream surveys. I’m so excited to be able to host this fun and educational event thanks to the funding from the Postcode Local Trust, everyone is welcome and I look forward to seeing you there!”


Alison Harris

Media and Communications Officer

North York Moors National Park
The Old Vicarage
YO62 5BP

Tel: 01439 772700