The last Alresford Watercress Festival took place on a very wet Sunday in May 2022  

We plan to return in the sunshine on 

Sunday 21st May 2023

This nationally acclaimed annual festival attracts thousands of visitors to New Alresford in Hampshire to celebrate all things watercress. The streets of this Georgian town are closed to traffic to allow the committee to transform the heart of the town into a family friendly free (*parking charges apply) festival.  

From street markets, food & drink stalls, cookery demonstrations, the Hampshire Farmers Market, a  "Kids Zone" featuring Punch & Judy and Circus Skills, there really is something for everyone.

The festival opens at 10:00 on the third Sunday in May with a Cavalcade of Morris sides, a brass band and local children support our "Watercress King & Queen" in the distribution of bunches of watercress from the horse drawn carriage. 

Cookery Demonstrations take place hourly and the Main Stage in Broad Street offers a full entertainment program with music, dance and much more. One of the local churches, St. John's Church, offers visitors chance  to relax and listen to some excellent musicians and singers.

For many the highlight of the day is Watercress Eating Championship which takes place at 15:00 on the main stage - a must see event hosted by our very own redoubtable Paul Rees keeping the participants in order and the crowd in stitches.

The festival closes at 16:00 with the streets of New Alresford being returned to normal within a few hours.

Alresford Watercress Festival is a not-for-profit enterprise raising money for great local groups and charities.

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