The Riverfront is the family hub during the festival. Home to the much-loved festival-within-a-festival Splashtonbury, the Terrace Stage, the Community Stage and new for 2022 the Circus Stage. Here you’ll find performances, music, arts & craft and tots activities for all the whole family to enjoy, as well as our fully licensed bar and café.

Circus Stage

At the front of The Riverfront on the cobbled area will be our brand new Circus Stage, home to a wonderful range of Covent Garden street performances including The Felicity Footloose Show, Loudest Silent Show Ever, Still… Just the Warm Up and many more!

Here’s the line up for the weekend:


11:30 – 12:00    From Class to Glass
12:15 – 12:45    Loudest Silent Show Ever!  
12:55 – 13:25    The Pigeons (Roving act)
13:10 – 13:50    Travellers Delight (Roving act)
13:20 – 13:50    Still… Just the Warm Up
14:05 – 14:45    What Happens Next? 
14:35 – 15:05    Dave’s Cone Show (Roving act)
15:00 – 15:30    Vince Henderson
15:30 – 16:00    The Felicity Footloose Show
16:10 – 16:40    Still… Just the Warm Up
16:30 – 17:00    Dave’s Cone Show (Roving act)

Unfortunately Able Mable will no longer be performing at Big Splash.


11:00 – 11:30    Dave’s Cone Show (Roving act)
11:45 – 12:15    From Class to Glass (Matt Barnard) 
12:35 – 13:05    Speed Painting 
13:20 – 13:50    The Felicity Footloose Show 
14:00 – 14:30    From Class to Glass 
14:45 – 15:15    Speed Painting 
15:40 – 16:10    The Felicity Footloose Show 
16:30 – 17:00    Barracwda 
16:30 – 17:00    Dave’s Cone Show (Roving act)


In a change to what was previously advertised, unfortunatley HATCH Youth Theatre: Spontaneousness will no longer be performed at Big Splash this year.

Community Stage

Located just past The Riverfront near the Red Wave, the Community Stage will showcase community groups and aspiring artists from across Newport throughout the weekend. Come and see some of the amazing talent Newport has to offer.


11:00     The Sparklettes
12:00     Gloria
13:00     G-Expressions & Gypsy Stars Choir
14:30     Zumba with Mandy
15:15     Active Angels Dan
16:30     Georgia Monagha


12:00    Take a Breath & Mind Choir
13:00    Oasis Choir
14:00    Dwndwr y Dwr
15:00    Capoeira
16:30    Barracwda

Terrace Stage

At the rear of The Riverfront on the café terrace the Terrace Stage will showcase the musical talents of acts from Newport and beyond!


11:00 -  Araby

12:00 - Tobias Robertson

13:00 - Wahada Placide

14:00 - Niques

15:00 - Mari Mathias

16:00 - The Honest Poet


12:00 - Ruby Kelly

12:00 - Bryony Sier

13:00 - Codewalkers

14:00 - Araby

15:00 - The 3 O'Clock Club

16:00 - Mojo Jr

Poetry Workshop

Saturday, 14:00 - 15:00


Poetry can be so old fashioned and boring at times so come along and join the current Children’s Laureate of Wales - Connor Allen to have a fun filled hour exploring and learning what poetry can be.

Whether its daunting or new,

Come and see that poetry can be something for you.

Dance Studio

The Riverfront dance studio will become home to a range of workshops over the weekend.


11:00 -  13:00  Circus Skills

14:00 - 15:00   Poetry Workshop with Connor Allen

15:15 - 16:15   Operasonic Sonic Sing Along


11:00 -  13:00  Circus Skills

13:30 - 14:30   Tots Disco

15:00 - 16:00   Operasonic Sonic Sing Along

16:15 - 17:15   Capoeira


Join us between 11am and 5pm inside The Riverfront Theatre and Arts Centre for the return of Splashtonbury! We’ll have an exciting assortment of free activities for you to enjoy including;

  •  Join Flossy and Boo and find out How to defeat monsters (and get away with it) in the Studio Theatre on both Saturday12:30 - 1:00 & 15:30 - 16:00 (BSL interpreted) and Sunday 12:30 - 1:00 (BSL interpreted) & 15:30 - 16:00.

  • Help the Department of Strange Events solve The Curious Case of Aberlliw (performances at 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 13:30, 14:00, 14:30 & 15:00 will deature BSL interpretation on Saturday and Sunday)

  • Fun activities for little ones in the Flying Start: Under 5's Zone

  • Our arts tutors Heidi Mehta, Sam Hussain, Stephanie RobertsNaz from Ziba Creative and Nathan Sheen will be doing a variety of make and take arts and crafts activities across the weekend.

  • Be inspired by Connor Allen’s poetry workshop on Saturday 14:00 - 15:00

  • Take some quiet time in our Calm Area    

As well as a whole host of craft workshops, fun activities for all of the family and a few surprises throughout the weekend!


Folk of the Footbridge

Take a wander along the riverbank, as the Folk of the Footbridge podcast takes you on a journey through time and over the river Usk, delving into the history books of Newport and sharing memories, music, and poems.

Listen to the podcast here


2022 Funders, Sponsors & Partners

A huge thank you to our funders, sponsors and partners for helping make Big Splash 2022 possible:

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