The River Festival site expanded into St Mary’s Gardens in 2018 to create a chill-out zone perfect for those seeking a quieter side to the Festival. In 2022 this area is kindly sponsored by HSBC UK and there is still plenty to see and do here. St Mary’s Gardens is the new home of the heritage re-enactments, also known as ‘Pirate Island’ for this year’s Festival. Plus there will be plenty of adventurous activities for the kids brought to you by Canoe Trail. It is also the best place to watch the dragon boat races from!
On the other side of the river, Riverside Square will feature a static display of unique American vehicles presented by the Festival of Motoring.