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Devauden Music Festival

Times:
20th May - 21st May 2022

The Devauden Festival has been running since 2010 and 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. This year 's line up has local lads Rusty Shackle headlining the Friday night with the phenomenal 9-piece Bristol based Cut Capers set to blow the tent roof off on Saturday night. There will be over 100 musicians and entertainers performing. There is plenty to keep the younger visitors happy too, in the Kids' Zone. There are children’s entertainers, circus skills, arts and crafts, displays by local groups, bouncy castles and small fair rides, food and non-food stalls.
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Back to the Cave Sculpture Exhibition

Times:
21st May to 17th July 2022

Clearwell Caves will be hosting a major exhibition of modern and contemporary sculpture, curated by Gallery Pangolin. The sculpture exhibition is included with normal entry to the Caves and is an opportunity to enjoy world class sculpture as you’ve never seen it before: they are taking contemporary art back to the cave!. Enjoy the historic caverns with fabulous sculptures throughout, a completely unique cultural experience.
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Murder Mystery on a Steam Train - Murder on the River Lyd

Times:
21st May 2022

A murder mystery presented by Ceridwen Theatre Company.
Your evening starts at Norchard Station at 18:00, where you will be introduced to the mystery, before travelling in style on board the steam train, with a two-course meal served on board while you crack the case! The evening will conclude at approximately 21:00. Captain Blackbeard has called a meeting of some of the most fearsome pirates to ever sail the Seven Seas – but there’s skullduggery and murder afoot, so grab your cutlass, split the mainbrace, weigh the anchor and set sail for mystery!
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Wye Valley River Festival

Times:
27th May - 5th June 2022

The Wye Valley River Festival is two weeks of unpretentious fun, joy and spontaneity. It is an arts and environment festival shaped by the landscape of the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and inspired by nature and culture. It offers art and creativity that is relevant, current and firmly rooted in the landscape and local communities.
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Medieval Falconry at Chepstow Castle

Times:
28th - 29th May 2022

Get up close and personal with a variety of birds of prey this weekend at Chepstow Castle! Find out about these fabulous birds and their role in medieval falconry. There will also be opportunities for supervised handling and photos. Please note that there will be an extra charge for this.
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Coleford Faddle Fair

Times:
28th May 2022

An artisan and craft market in the centre of Coleford featuring designers and makers, food and drink, vintage, fashion and gifts made throughout the Forest of Dean, Wye Valley and Gloucestershire area. With street food, live music and children’s entertainment. Wonderful summer fun!
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Live on the Wye

Times:
28th May 2022

‘Live on the Wye’ is a music festival with big ambitions, set against the stunning backdrop of the Wye Valley and bordering the beautiful Forest of Dean. Some artists have said it’s the prettiest festival they’ve played…and one of the few you can arrive to by canoe! The organisers pride themselves on attracting up and coming bands across all music genres from Wales and beyond. Buzzing music festival set in a stunning location by the River Wye...eclectic original music, craft beers and local food.
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Fire and Wood Festival, Dean Heritage Centre

Times:
2nd - 4th June 2022

During the Bank Holiday a traditional charcoal burn will be taking place at the Dean Heritage Centre. One of the only places in the country where you can still see a traditional charcoal burn in progress which takes place across the three days. Expert volunteers will be on hand to explain the process of transforming locally sourced wood into charcoal and give an insight into the life of a charcoal burner. Discover how this ancient tradition was an integral part of the iron industry in the Forest of Dean and now produces what is considered to be the best BBQ charcoal around! There will be lots of family friendly activities taking place to celebrate local crafts and crafters and the unique heritage of the Forest of Dean.
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Abergavenny Steam, Veteran & Vintage Rally

Times:
3rd June - 4th June 2022

For the two days of the year Bailey Park 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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Far Open Art Trail

Times:
2nd - 10th July 2022

Forest and Rivers Open Studios, farOpen, first established in 1995, is a collective of diverse and talented artists who work, sell, exhibit and run art workshops in the Forest of Dean, and along the Wye & Severn Rivers. farOpen organises the annual farOpen Art Trail, providing a unique opportunity to meet artists in their working studios, see sketchbooks, work in progress and buy completed artwork across a variety of disciplines including painting, sculpture, ceramics, jewellery, metalwork, glass & enameling, printmaking, photography, digital art, textiles, wood and furniture!
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Paloma Faith at Chepstow Racecourse

Times:
8th July 2022

Double platinum and BRIT award-winning artist PALOMA FAITH will be coming to Chepstow Racecourse in Summer 2022. Taking place on Friday 8th July 2022, this special ‘Live After Racing’ show will see the highly esteemed singer, songwriter and actress perform a magnificent headline set, with the added bonus of a full day at the races beforehand. Stopping-by in Chepstow as part of her second major arena tour in less than a year, Paloma will be performing songs from her acclaimed new album: ‘Infinite Things’ and much more. With stunning views across the Welsh countryside, the sun shining down (hopefully!), and the horses thundering past you to the finish line, you can enjoy your day at the races before letting your hair down for a night of music.
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Coleford Music Festival

Times:
9th - 10th July 2022

A free family festival held in the town centre of Coleford, Forest of Dean, it is designed to appeal to all tastes, with jazz, reggae, folk musicians and more on the line up. Music lovers can also enjoy a plethora of attractions spanning workshops, market stalls, demonstrations, street food, and much more. A celebratory free event which supports the local community, Coleford Music Festival is sure to exceed festival-goers’ expectations and be a weekend for the whole family to enjoy.
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Caribbean Night at Chepstow Races

Times:
22nd July 2022

Hear the sounds and feel the tropical vibes of the Caribbean at The Chepstow Racecourse Caribbean Racenight which as well as the great racing on the track, boasts a great party atmosphere with the sound of steel drums in the air and the tropical Trenchtown Experience playing after racing. Grab your gang together and get ready for a Friday night of fun and excitement watching live horse racing. There will be at least seven Flat races for you to enjoy, each offering you the chance to experience the thrilling atmosphere of the crowd collectively cheering their favourites down the home straight and to victory - and then join the party!
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Murder Mystery on a Steam Train - Shurlock Nolmes and the Case of The Killer Honey Bees

Times:
6th August 2022

A murder mystery presented by Ceridwen Theatre Company.
Your evening starts at Norchard Station at 18:00, where you will be introduced to the mystery, before travelling in style on board the steam train, with a two-course meal served on board while you crack the case! The evening will conclude at approximately 21:00. It is time for the annual Village fete in Lydney and Edgar Beesworth III is confident that his Bees will win the trophy as always – but this year there is competition – and it is not friendly! Murder and mayhem ensue and it will take all of Shurlock’s detective skills and your help to solve the mystery and prevent more murders.
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Castell Roc Music Festival - Chepstow Castle

Times:
11th - 28th August 2022

Castell Roc is an annual festival held within the stunning Chepstow Castle. The Festival caters for all ages & is recognised for its relaxed & chilled out atmosphere. At night the Castle is transformed into a genuinely epic open air venue. The 15ft thick walls provide superb acoustics and the gently sloping aspect (towards the stage) must make this one of the most breath taking venues in the UK.
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Chepstow Show

Times:
13th August 2022

Chepstow Agricultural Society is happy to announce the Show will be held at Chepstow Racecourse on Saturday 13th August. Mark the date in your diary! The Society would like to thank members, sponsors and traders for their support over the last two years, and looks forward to welcoming all participants to the Showground in August.
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Art in Penalt

Times:
27th - 29th August 2022

Art in Penallt organises an annual art exhibition of high quality, contemporary work in the village of Penallt, near Monmouth. The purpose is to stimulate interest and enthusiasm amongst all age groups in the artistic process of creating a broad range of art and craft forms and to sell a wide variety of high-quality artwork with any profit donated to charity. Artists, makers and visitors from far afield now recognise Art in Penallt which each year attracts new exhibitors and demonstrators as well as established favourites.
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Coleford Faddle Fair

Times:
27th August 2022

An artisan and craft market in the centre of Coleford featuring designers and makers, food and drink, vintage, fashion and gifts made throughout the Forest of Dean, Wye Valley and Gloucestershire area. With street food, live music and children’s entertainment. Wonderful summer fun!
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Wye Valley Trail Race

Times:
3rd September 2022

The Wye Valley Trail Race is a superb and scenic 25 km trail running race event. The race starts and finishes at Chepstow racecourse with parking and race HQ onsite. The trail run crosses two countries – England and Wales, two bridges over the river Wye, passes two famous landmarks (Tintern Abbey and Chepstow Castle) and includes the two famous trails – Offas Dyke and the Wye Valley Walk Way. This route epitomises the Wye Valley trails in every way, rolling forest trails, stunning views, historic landmarks and a mix of technical ascents / descents, open fields and views across the Severn estuary and River Wye.
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Usk Show

Times:
10th September 2022

Now one of the biggest one-day agricultural shows in the UK, the Usk Show comprises 11 different Sections each holding their own competitions on the day. 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. In the Main Ring and Countryside Ring are displays and demonstrations taking place throughout the day.
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The Severn Bore

Times:
11th - 12th September 2022

If you haven't yet witnessed the incredible spectacle that is the Severn Bore, make a date to do so, it's well worth it. One of Britain's few natural phenomena, the Severn Bore 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). Graded from 1* to 5* the power of the wave is truly spectacular to witness, especially when there are many surfers, kayakers and paddleboarders surfing it (or trying to). 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.
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The Severn Bore

Times:
10th October 2022

If you haven't yet witnessed the incredible spectacle that is the Severn Bore, make a date to do so, it's well worth it. One of Britain's few natural phenomena, the Severn Bore 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). Graded from 1* to 5* the power of the wave is truly spectacular to witness, especially when there are many surfers, kayakers and paddleboarders surfing it (or trying to). 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.
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