The following is taken from the festivals website
"By moving to Andover, organisers of the Hampshire Water Festival plan to engage thousands of people who have not made it along to the Festival before. Andover is centred around the River Anton, a major tributary of the River Test. The town is earmarked for major urban development which will increase pressure on water resources, waste water infrastructure, and the local environment. The need for increased public awareness of, and engagement with, water issues is widely acknowledged by all levels of government. The Water Festival works towards this…with the added bonus of making it fun!
The four previous Water Festivals have been held in August. This year we are moving to July in order to engage with schools. An exciting programme is being developed which will focus on involving schools in Andover. We also hope to make water-related educational resources available to all schools in Hampshire.
Plans are also afoot to have a ‘Clean-up the Anton’ day on Sunday 8 July. Although yet to be confirmed, this will provide a chance for local volunteers and community groups to have a great day around the river, and make a real difference to the river environment and the wildlife if supports. This will be supported by events and entertainment at The Lights Theatre.
The Hampshire Water Festival is one of a series of water-centred events taking place across the South East Counties in June and July this year. Most of the other counties in South East England are experiencing similar pressures and threats to their water resources as we are in Hampshire. Consequently, West Sussex, East Sussex and Kent have all been inspired by Hampshire to hold their own Water Festivals.
Sir George said he had enjoyed the presentation at the Guild Hall, which put the day in context. Chris Packham explained that the object of the day was to bring home to people the importance of water and the need to use it carefully. "I also enjoyed the displays in Vigo Road Park, where there were events for all age groups and tastes."