Runnymede Borough Council is pleased to announce the 2018 Rivers Celebration, which aims to celebrate all things river related.

We will be working with partners to honour the rivers that run through our borough. There will be activities throughout the year showcasing the fantastic activities, sport and culture our community offers.

There will also be one-off events put on especially for the celebration.

From regattas to exhibitions and pond dipping to river walks – there will be something for everyone.

If you’re a local business, charity, or individual and you would like to be a part of the celebrations, sponsor the festival or if you would like to tell us what activities you would like to see, e-mail the Community Development Team and we’d be pleased to hear from you.


Check out the incredible “A Year on Runnymede’s Rivers” film put together by TJ Lane, playing on youtube and big screens across the programme of events:

Read the Egham Floods Anthology:

Throughout the Year

Saturday 27 March to Friday 28 September – Runnymede River Exhibition at Chertsey Museum.
Learn more about the hidden heritage and history of our waterways at the Runnymede River Exhibition: Tuesdays to Fridays 12.30pm to 4.30pm and Saturdays 11am to 4pm, until the 28th September 2018.
To find out more, visit chertseymuseum.org or call Chertsey Museum on 01932 565764

Every Sunday afternoon from the 1st April 2018 – FREE dinghy sailing taster sessions at Staines Sailing Club.
Click here for more details.

March to September – Runnymede on Thames Hotel Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Garden
by the River Thames, Windsor Road, Egham TW20 0AG open to visitors during the Runnymede Rivers Celebration.



★ Sunday, 1 July – Egham Regatta

Egham Regatta is one of the largest sporting events in Runnymede, attracting young rowers from across southern England.

Egham Regatta resumes its traditional 600m course from upstream of Bell Weir Lock to the finish adjacent Wraysbury Skiff & Punting Club. For more information please visit their facebook page.

★ Saturday, 14 July – Black Cherry Fair, with ‘A Year in the Life of Runnymede Rivers’ film on the big screen

The Black Cherry Fair has grown into a much-loved tradition, providing great enjoyment to visitors and needed funds for the charities and organisations that take part.

The fair is held in Abbey Fields, St Ann’s Road, KT16 8AT in the heart of Chertsey.

All council car parks are free on the day. For more details on the Black Cherry Fair event please click here.

★ Saturday, 28 July – Chertsey and Shepperton Regatta.

Dumsey Meadow, Chertsey, TW17 9PB. Please visit their website for more details.

★ Tuesday, 31 July – Summer River Dipping at Chertsey Museum KT16 8AT

Join us for a family friendly event where you can grab a net and do some river dipping to see all the wriggly creatures living in the river! Times TBC.

August – September


★ Saturday, 11 August, and Sunday, 12 August – Chertsey Show, with ‘A Year in the Life of Runnymede Rivers’ film on the big screen

Open from 8.30am to 5.30pm each day at the Show Ground, Mead Lane, Chertsey, Surrey, KT16 8LN.

The show is a wonderful family day out.

Meet the people and see livestock that bring the country to life. For more details on the Chertsey Show event please click here.

★ Saturday, 25 August, and Sunday, 26 August – Egham Royal Show, with ‘A Year in the Life of Runnymede Rivers’ film on the big screen

The Egham Royal Show is an ever popular annual event that brings together diverse horticultural and agricultural themes to help celebrate and enjoy a key aspect of British history.

The 160th Show will take place on Saturday 25 August 2018, from 10am to 6pm and Sunday, 26 August 2018, 10am to 5.30pm in Mrs Caddey’s Field, Whitehall Lane, Egham, TW20 9NW.

For more details on the Egham Royal Show please click here.


★ Saturday, 22 September – Wraysbury Skiff & Punting Club (WSPC) Regatta

For more information please visit the WSPC website here or contact Imogen O’Neill here.

★ Monday, 24 September – River Walk for Living Well Week
starts at 10am at Manor Farm Centre TW20 9HR.

March – April


★ Saturday, 24 March – Runnymede Rivers Celebration Launch Event is now fully booked.

This event will include the premier of ‘A Year in the Life of Runnymede Rivers’ film followed by the official opening of the River Celebration Exhibition.

Missed the launch event? Visit our exhibition FREE and watch the film!

Learn more about the hidden heritage and history of the waterways of Runnymede by visiting the exhibition and watching the film for FREE, 27th March to the 28th September 2018 from Tuesday to Friday 12.30pm to 4.30pm and on Saturdays 11am to 4pm at Chertsey Museum, The Cedars, 33 Windsor Street, Chertsey, Surrey KT16 8AT.  Please see chertseymuseum.org.uk or telephone Chertsey Museum on 01932 565764.

Runnymede River exhibition at Chertsey museum

★ Saturday, 24 March – River Themed Forest Estate Community Hub Spring Fayre, 12 noon to 3pm
Larchwood Drive, Englefield Green TW20 0SL

There will be refreshments, stands and activities (including a river themed craft activity!) For more information on the Forest Estate Community Hub please click here.


River-themed Window Dressing competition, Pooley Green Shopping Parade TW20 8AS

May – June


★ Saturday, 26 May – Frogs Island Fair, 11am to 5pm at Pooley Green Recreation Ground

★ Thursday, 31 May – River Litter Picks, 10:30am to 1:30pm at Hammersmith Community Hub. Click here for more information.


★ Tuesday, 12 June – Go With the Flow – school art project by The Sunbury Embroidery Gallery TW16 6AB.

The Sunbury Gallery, which sits adjacent to the River Thames, is running a community arts project involving pupils from Manor Mead and Walton Leigh, both local schools for children with special needs.

The project will involve a boat trip, where pupils will be encouraged to draw what they see, history and heritage workshops as well as a group project putting together a large-scale textile wall hanging.

Full details can be found in the Programme of Events here.

★ Saturday, 16 June – Magna Carta Day in Egham High Street TW20 9HE, family entertainment and ‘A Year in the Life of Runnymede Rivers’ Film on the big screen.

★ Tuesday, 19 June – Singing Picnics with river-themed songs for invited schools, Runnymede Pleasure Grounds TW20 0AE

Six local schools will meet to sing songs and play singing games and then come together as one big group and perform the songs to one another.