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Malvern’s first ever water festival makes a big splash

The weather didn’t dampen any spirits over the Bank Holiday weekend as over 1000 people flocked to Malvern to attend the three day water festival celebrations.

The Great Malvern Water Festival took place from Saturday 30 April to Monday 2 May, it was a joint project between Malvern Hills District Council, Malvern Town Council, Freedom Leisure and The Malvern Spa Association, and celebrated the role water played in shooting Malvern to worldwide fame.

The event kicked off on Saturday with a Health and Wellbeing Fair in Rose Bank Gardens, an Arts and Food Market and minibus tours of the various dressed wells across the town.  

Sunday saw people gather in Priory Park for an outdoor cinema screening of Singin’ in the Rain. Before the film started viewers were treated to a concert from The Film Orchestra Concert Band, who played popular tunes from the film and other classic movies in the iconic Victorian Bandstand.

The main water festival day took place on Bank Holiday Monday with over 700 visitors packing into Priory Park. Alternative entertainment included Simon Clark a water sommelier, where visitors were tested on their knowledge to see if they know their Buxton from their Volvic, Harper Rudd the hydro-mancer, who was trained by a Native American tribe to tell the future using the ripples in a glass of water, and Ced Jackson who offered lessons on how to divine for water.

The park was also taken over by a host of activities including a giant water slide, a water zorb pool, a surf simulator, children’s games including the old classic hook a duck, and lots more water related fun.

Simon Smith, Economic Development Manager at Malvern Hills District Council, said: “We are delighted that the first water festival was such a huge success, it was a brilliant opportunity to celebrate the town’s significant history and heritage. It was great to see so many people enjoying the wide variety of entertainment on offer and we look forward to hosting many more exciting events soon.”