RiverFest – River Medway, Barming

31 July 2021 11:00 AM - 31 July 2021 4:00 PM
HQ: The Wateringbury Hotel, 103 Tonbridge Rd, Wateringbury, Nr Maidstone, ME18 5NS
Members only

The biggest and best river competition in the UK is back for 2021!

There are 25 Qualifying events between 19th June and 5th September with a 78-angler final – 1 angler from each 20 peg section in the matches will progress to the final.

Anglers must be aged 16+ on the day of the qualifier and valid members of Angling Trust, join or renew today at

The final will take place on the River Trent at Burton Joyce over the weekend of 18th & 19th September. The 25 qualifying matches will see anglers competing for a shot at the £14,000 top prize from a prize pot of almost £50,000. Subject to all tickets being sold, RiverFest 2021 will see 15 main prizes in the final, ranging from £600 for 15th place, up to £14,000 for the winner. Six peg sections prizes of £250 will also be paid out for both of the final days.

Tickets will be sold in 2 rounds;

Round 1: Opens 10.30am Tuesday 16th March & closes at 23.59 on Sunday 28th March. Maximum of 1 ticket per angler in this round

Round 2 Opens 10.30am on Tuesday 30th March, no restriction on the number of tickets that can be purchased. See individual qualifiers for Round 2 closing dates.

You must print a copy of your e-ticket and present it to the organiser during registration on the morning of the event.

Cancellation/Refunds: Please note: If you wish to cancel a ticket, you are able to do this from your member account by navigating to “Your Dashboard” in the top right of the website and selecting the “Your Competitions” tab. Alternatively, please inform [email protected] by email, and include your name, the name of the qualifier you would like to cancel, your membership number & post code. We require 7 days notice prior to the qualifier in order to process a refund. Any notification outside of this time scale will not be entitled to receive a refund. Please note: There is no secondary market for the sale or transfer of any tickets.

Your £25 pools and peg fee payment should be paid on the day. To protect yourselves, the organisers, and other anglers please put your £25, which includes your peg fee, in an envelope with your name on the front and pay it to the organiser on the morning of the qualifier. 

Round 2 ticket sales close Wednesday 28th July 2021 3:30pm for this qualifier. For 2021, on spec tickets will not initially be permitted. This will be reviewed prior to Step 4 of the Government roadmap out of lockdown and may change in line with Government restrictions.


40 pegs available
Two anglers qualify for the final (one from each 20 peg zone)
HQ: The Wateringbury Hotel, 103 Tonbridge Rd, Wateringbury, Nr Maidstone, ME18 5NS
Draw: 08.00
Fishing: 11.00-16.00


The qualifier is 40 pegs this year with two qualifying anglers going through to the final. Slow paced river with an average depth of 8ft. The main species are roach, perch, bream, club and eels and the main methods are pole and waggler. Most anglers feed groundbait on the pole line and loose feed across for the waggler. Target weight for a zone win will be around 8lb although it’s possible to catch much bigger weights, up to 30lb, if the bream feed.


General Angling Trust rules

Pike and zander do not count

Banned baits – bloodworm and joker

No wasp grub

How to enter

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HQ: The Wateringbury Hotel, 103 Tonbridge Rd, Wateringbury, Nr Maidstone, ME18 5NS

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