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Penhein Glamping – Rural Retreat in South Wales

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Upcoming Events


Usk Choral Festival

Times:
29th - 31st March 2019

A brand new Choral Festival is coming to the small, picturesque town of Usk, in Monmouthshire. The purpose of Usk Choral Festival is simple, to celebrate choral singing in all its forms​! There will be six concerts in different venues around Usk over the course of the weekend of 29th - 31st March 2019 featuring 19 different choirs and a wide range of choral sounds. A joyful celebration of choral singing wth Male Voice choirs, Church and Cathedral Choirs; Community and Rock Choirs, A Capella and Chamber Choirs. All ages and all genres. A wonderful new event.
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Campfire Cookery for Children at Penhein

Times:
Tuesday 9th April 2019 10.30 - 12.30

Brought to Penhein by the wonderful Flying Pig cookery school led by Natasha, this is a fun, hands-on cookery class for children who want to learn more about outdoor cookery and other cooking skills. The session will include the preparing and making of 2-3 delicious goodies, such as Chapatti, Welsh Cawl or halloumi kebabs and Welsh cakes or damper bread, to enjoy around the campfire (and take away if there are any leftovers!).
All of the ingredients needed to make the dishes (including some that may be foraged from Penhein) are included, as are recipe cards to take home.
Classes last 2 ½ hours hours and are aimed at children aged 6+, but younger children can attend if accompanied by an adult. Price: £25 per child.
Please notify us of any dietary requirements when booking.
Non-residents welcome.  Spaces limited so pre-booking essential.

Spring Fever Crafty Printing at Penhein

Times:
Thursday 11th April 2019 10am to 1pm

With the farm bursting with the signs of spring, your children will love this crafty workshop to customize their own notebook. It will be fun and creative, and they will learn some great new skills. The class will be taught by the lovely, extremely talented Rachel Cadman, and will involve printing and other crafts to make the notebooks look really unique, adding on pocket, pencil holders and little card buttons.
All Materials, books and little pencils are all included.
The workshop will last 3 hours and is aimed at children 6+ but younger children can attend if accompanied by an adult.
Price £25 per child.
Non-residents welcome. Spaces limited so pre-booking essential.

RHS Flower Show - Cardiff

Times:
12th - 14th April 2019

Kick off your gardening year at Cardiff, packed with seasonal ideas for your garden, spectacular floral displays and fun family activities. There are two garden categories at the 2019 Cardiff show. Look out for inspiring designs in the Show Gardens while the Regeneration Gardens, launched in 2018, see recent graduates from landscape architecture and garden design create sustainable, affordable gardens. There's also lots of shopping, interesting talks and much more.
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Campfire Cookery for Children at Penhein

Times:
Tuesday 16th April 2019 10.30 - 12.30

Brought to Penhein by the wonderful Flying Pig cookery school led by Natasha, this is a fun, hands-on cookery class for children who want to learn more about outdoor cookery and other cooking skills. The session will include the preparing and making of 2-3 delicious goodies, such as Chapatti, Welsh Cawl or halloumi kebabs and Welsh cakes or damper bread, to enjoy around the campfire (and take away if there are any leftovers!).
All of the ingredients needed to make the dishes (including some that may be foraged from Penhein) are included, as are recipe cards to take home.
Classes last 2 ½ hours hours and are aimed at children aged 6+, but younger children can attend if accompanied by an adult. Price: £25 per child.
Please notify us of any dietary requirements when booking.
Non-residents welcome.  Spaces limited so pre-booking essential.

Severn Bore

Times:
19th - 21st April 2019

The Severn Bore is one of Britain's few truly spectacular natural phenomena. It is a large surge wave that can be seen in the estuary of the River Severn, where the tidal range is the 2nd highest in the world, being as much as 50 feet (approx. 15.4m).
The bore can be viewed from a number of places but the best views are from Minsterworth just outside Gloucester. A public footpath runs along the river bank. Access to this is adjacent to the Church, where there is a lectern giving information about the Bore itself.
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Easter Special Crafty Printing at Penhein

Times:
Saturday 20th April 2019 10am to 1pm

Get ready for your Easter egg hunt! Be creative in this family craft class brought to us by the talented Rachel Cadman, a fun and experienced teacher. You will make and print your own Easter baskets and cards ready for the big day! The baskets are so lovely they can be used after Easter too!
All Materials are included.
The workshop will last 3 hours and is for the whole family. Special Easter Price: £25 per person.
Non-residents welcome. Spaces limited so pre-booking essential.
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Chepstow Walking Festival

Times:
24th - 28th April 2019

The Lower Wye Valley is stunning throughout the year, but particularly so in spring, and surely there is no better introduction to its landscape and heritage than to join one of the many walks on offer during the annual Chepstow Walking Festival.
If you are interested in geology, history, wildlife, conservation or simply enjoy the experience of a walk in beautiful surroundings, then Chepstow Walking festival is for you.
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Devauden Music Festival 2019

Times:
17th-18th May 2019

The Devauden Festival, now in its 10th year, is a family friendly event set in the heart of Monmouthshire. Running Friday night and all of Saturday, three stages feature a wide range of some of the best local talent from across South Wales and surrounding areas. One stage is located in the main building, conveniently close to the well stocked bar, serving a selection of real ales, cider and other drinks. There will also be a variety of food vendors, catering for all tastes. As well as the great music, food and drink, there is plenty to keep the younger visitors happy in the Kids' Zone. Activities include the ever-popular music workshops, circus skills tent, kids play area, kids crafts, face painting and plenty more.
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Monmouth Bee Festival

Times:
19th May 2019

20th May is World Bee Awareness Day, and in celebration Monmouthshire is organising Monmouth's fourth Bee Festival at Nelson Garden on Sunday 19th May 2019. Lots to interest both children and adults and tea and cakes too! Purchase bee friendly plants, seeds, honey and beeswax or see bees in action and meet others passionate about saving the bees.
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Monmouth Regatta & Sprint

Times:
25th - 26th May 2019

Go and enjoy this two day regatta on the beautiful River Wye. Offering racing for all ages as well as plenty for the spectators, including a BBQ and stocked bar.
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Steam, Veteran & Vintage Rally at Abergavenny

Times:
26th - 27th May 2019

For the two days of the year Bailey Park in Abergavenny is redolent with the sounds, smells and sights of a bygone era. Mighty steam traction engines, resplendent in their colourful liveries, smoke belching from mighty boilers, the clank and hiss of steam are still the flagships of a fantastic day out within the Seven Hills of Abergavenny.
There will also be Veteran, Vintage, Military & Civilian Vehicles. Look back with nostalgia to the days when Britain led the world in building vehicles. An extensive array of motorcycles continues the motoring theme.
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Llwyn Celyn Open Days

Times:
1st - 4th June 2019

Llwyn Celyn is a Grade 1 listed medieval building. Once part of the Llanthony Priory estate it was built in the late 15th century. Llwyn Celyn sits on a hillside at the mouth of the Llanthony Valley, a few mile from the ruins of the priory. The valley has for centuries attracted poets, artists and romantics and witnessed the struggles between English and Welsh rule. This Landmark Trust project has not just saved the site, but also tells its history - the story of the people who inhabited it during times of political upheaval and agricultural change.
Access may be restricted to some parts of the site. Parking will be well signposted and there will be short walk uphill to the site – please wear sturdy footwear.
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Raglan Festival

Times:
7th-9th June 2019

The annual 3-day Raglan music festival is held at many venues throughout the village, with children's music workshops as well as performances from choirs, brass bands, rock bands and cover artists. With the addition of a Street Party, this year's festival promises to be the best yet!
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The Royal Forest of Steam

Times:
7th-9th June 2019

The Dean Forest Railway is proud to announce its 2019 series of steam gala events – ‘The Royal Forest of Steam’.
You can expect to see an intensive service including freight – why not take a trip on the brake van for a unique view of the scenery, or to see the locomotive working hard at close quarters? The Railway is also excited to welcome BR Ivatt 2MT Tank no. 41312 to the Forest, courtesy of the Watercress Line. She will perform alongside the resident Prairie tank no. 5541 and Austerity no. 152 ‘Rennes’. They also welcome BR 'Large Prairie' no. 5199 from the Llangollen Railway. Built in 1934, no. 5199 ended her British Rail career at Gloucester Horton Road in 1963 before being returned to working order in North Wales 40 years later. If that's not enough, for just £10, you can take control of a full-size steam locomotive at Norchard Low Level station! Further attractions include freight trains, double-headers, traction engine display and model railway display.
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Madness Racenight at Chepstow Racecourse

Times:
8th June 2019

Madness are coming to Chepstow Racecourse! The iconic group are set to play after racing on Saturday 8th June.
Celebrate over 40 years of one Britain's best known bands as they perform live, including One Step Beyond, It Must Be Love and the number 1 hit House of Fun.
So, as well as the great racing on the card from 6pm, Madness will take to the stage after racing at 9:15pm. Don't miss it!
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Festival of Cycling

Times:
29th June - 5th July 2019

Head to Abergavenny this Summer for the Annual Abergavenny Festival of Cycling.
The well-established Iron Mountain Sportif is on Saturday June 29 when riders, from beginners to the most experienced, can enjoy a day out riding some or all of the Route of Champions. There are also a host of activities taking place in Bailey Park. On the 30th there will be Cwmtillery Glass Monmouthshire Junior Grand Prix around the north of the county and hosted by the town of Grosmont.
And, talking of thrills, the Wales Open Criterium, part of the HSBC National town Centre Series of professional races, will be back in action around Abergavenny Town Centre on Friday July 5. There will also be supporting races as usual for junior and teenage bikers plus the ever-popular MJ Event Services Cardiac Town Race in aid of the North Gwent Cardiac Rehabilitation and Aftercare charity.

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The Monmouthshire Show

Times:
6th July 2019

Dating back to the late 17th Century, the Monmouthshire Show now welcomes in the region of 20,000 visitors each year, all coming to enjoy a taste of farming and the countryside at the stunning showground on the banks of the River Wye just outside Monmouth.
An outstanding Grand Parade of British livestock and horses is the highlight of a day packed with the thrills and spills of main ring entertainment. Food, farming and a wide range of rural interests are all on offer, and whether a regular, or a first-time visitor, you’ll be sure of a warm welcome.
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Shire Horse and Miniature Horses Show

Times:
6th July 2019

Meet the gentle giants and most magnificent British Heavy Horse: the Shire Horse, at their best, at the annual show held at Bailey Park, Abergavenny. Come and see our cheeky, yet most loved Miniature Horses. A show suitable for all the family. Get up close and personal with the gentle giants and Miniature Horses of our world.
Dogs are welcome but must be kept on leads!
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Monmouth Festival

Times:
27th July - 4th August 2019

Situated in the beautiful historic Welsh border town Monmouth Festival is a nine day, free music festival. Throughout its 36 years the Festival has got bigger and better and includes Monmouth Festival Unplugged, a Family Fun Day and Fringe.
Music is the very essence of Monmouth Festival. It showcases an eclectic mix of iconic legends, local artists and up and coming young talent, dance, classical, country, folk, jazz, pop, rock’n roll, ska, world music and so much more. Their aim is to enable everyone to enjoy a live music performance whether it is in the open air, in a church or pub; whether it is an old favourite, new or local talent, there is something to please everyone.
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Dare to Meet the Dragon - Chepstow Castle

Times:
1st - 14th August 2019

Fancy getting up close to a real Welsh dragon? Well, you’re in luck — a colossal dragon is embarking on a grand tour this summer. The beast will make appearances at castles all over Wales and will be at Chepstow Castle from the 1st August.
The famous creature, measuring four metres in length and two metres wide, has reptile-like black and red scales, flaring nostrils that fire smoke, and an outreached claw ready to capture passers-by. Go and meet the beast - if you dare! .
No booking required. The dragon will be available to see until 5pm on 14 August before it continues its journey.
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Decades that Inspired Concert, Abergavenny Castle

Times:
3rd & 4th August 2019

The Saturday Concert of 'Inspired 2019' is Decades That Inspired, a musical tour through recent generations of great music.
Featuring a number of bands from various era’s including Dave Finnegan’s Commitments & Charlotte Church with her Late Night Pop Dungeon. Also agreed to play is Lindy Layton (Beats International), Phats & Small, & The New Purple Celebration (The Music of Prince) and ‘YouTube’ sensation Georgia Box, the whole day will be hosted with introductions and music from The Will Smith Experience featuring Shad Ellis.
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Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Times:
8th - 11th August 2019

The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe’s largest annual meeting of hot air balloons, attracting over 130 Hot Air Balloons from across the globe. The Fiesta truly is a sight that can only be seen in Bristol.
Held over four days in August at Ashton Court Estate, the event is completely free with charges made for parking on the event site. Alongside the fantastic site of hot air balloons filling the skies, there is a large number of great trade stands, fairground rides and entertainment.
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Castell Roc Music Festival - Chepstow Castle

Times:
8th - 25th August 2019

Join the music festival with a difference, with over two weeks of fantastic acts in the beautiful surroundings of Chepstow Castle. From funk to country music, rock to pop, it's a show not to miss.
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Chepstow Agricultural Show

Times:
10th August 2019

Chepstow Show is an annual celebration of the best of our local community - rural trades, talents and tastes.
The Show is open to all. Whether you are looking to enter one of the many classes, to showcase your goods and services or just to enjoy a wonderful family day out - you'll receive a warm welcome.
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Severn Bridge Half Marathon

Times:
25th August 2019

The Severn Bridge Half Marathon returns after five very successful and highly acclaimed events. The race has been voted Best New Race in the Runners World Personal Best awards.
The event starts on the Western (Chepstow) end of the Severn Bridge on the motorway itself and after crossing the bridge and back finishes in the event HQ below J2 of the M48, right next to the car park.Trophies and prizes for the Half Marathon will be awarded!
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Art in Penalt

Times:
30th August - 1st September 2019

Art in Penallt is a three day event, featuring local and international artists and makers, including Fine Art, Sculpture, Wood, Photography, Glass, Ceramics & Jewellery.
After some years in the heart of the village, in 2019 Art in Penallt moves to Humble by Nature on the edge of Penallt. The exhibition will run from Friday 30th August to Sunday 1st September with a Preview on the evening of Thursday 29th August. All details can be found on the Programme page.
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Usk Show

Times:
14 September 2019

Every year since 1844, Usk Farmers’ Club has held the Usk Show to celebrate the very best of Monmouthshire farming and rural life. It is now one of the biggest One-Day Agricultural Shows in the UK.
The Show comprises 11 different Sections each holding their own competitions. Cattle, Sheep and Pigs compete in the Agricultural Livestock Section and there is a thriving Horse Show and Show Jumping Competitions, as well as Goats, Poultry, Rabbits, Horticulture, Homecrafts, a Companion Dog Show, Steam Corner and Vintage Tractors. There is also a wonderful timetable of events in the main ring.
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Abergavenny Food Festival

Times:
21st - 22nd September 2019

Abergavenny Food Festival enjoys an exceptional reputation as a place for chefs, food businesses, journalists, farmers and food producers to come together.
Through a programme of activities, including product tastings, kids’ activities, masterclasses, hands-on cookery lessons and topical debates, you can find the inside track on food issues, new ideas about the future of our food and meet the rising stars of the industry.
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Perrygrove Railway Vintage Working Weekend

Times:
21st & 22nd September 2019

Perrygrove Railway are putting on an action packed weekend with an intensive train timetable and lots of engines in use, including a visitor or two! There will be a working display area of steam traction equipment. They will also have steam driven saw benches, stone crushing and road rolling and a display of vintage vehicles and equipment, there will be trailer rides as well. It's their biggest event of the year! Normal entrance fee applies, no need to book in advance. Open from 10.30am-5pm.
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Dare to Meet the Dragon - Raglan Castle

Times:
27th September - 12th November 2019

Fancy getting up close to a real Welsh dragon? Well, you’re in luck — a colossal dragon is embarking on a grand tour this summer. The beast will make appearances at castles all over Wales and will be at Raglan Castle from the 27th September.
The famous creature, measuring four metres in length and two metres wide, has reptile-like black and red scales, flaring nostrils that fire smoke, and an outreached claw ready to capture passers-by. Go and meet the beast - if you dare!
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The UK Choir Festival

Times:
26th-27th October 2019

The UK Choir Festival was launched in 2016, to support, train and bring together choirs from all over the UK in beautiful settings where people can learn, develop and thrive.
Created and produced by Russell Scott, the festival is designed for choirs of all abilities, ages and styles. It is now expanding across the UK and are thrilled to have choirs outside of the UK taking part, therefore creating a global community. The UK Choir Festival is unique and is produced to give choirs the opportunity to be taught by some of the best workshop leaders in the UK. It promises to be exciting, informative and collaborative with each day culminating in an opportunity for each choir to perform on stage.
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