Join the Louby Lou team this summer for a collection of imaginative, creative and fun filled trails with your family. Head off on an adventure around the Caldicot Castle grounds every Wednesday in the school holidays and get lost in the wonderful world of make believe.
This trail is for children aged over three years old. Tickets for the event will only be available to be purchased online by visiting: www.ticketsource.co.uk/loubyloustories
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.
St John’s Street Traders Association are proud to present the summer ‘Faddle Fair’ in Coleford, on Sunday August 25th from 11am – 4pm. An artisan & craft market featuring designers & makers, vintage, fashion and gifts made throughout the Forest of Dean, Wye valley and Gloucestershire area. With street food, live music and children’s entertainment.
“Think craft – Think local – Think Coleford and The Faddle Fair!”
Starting with a fabulous carnival parade Rocky the Festival mascot will lead a Marching Band, the Festival King and Queen (who will be chosen from pupils at Raglan VC School) driven in a classic car, with other vintage vehicles and tractors as well as many locals in fancy dress parading through the village! Floats will be created by local groups and business and paraded as part of the carnival.
There will also be the return of the hugely successful home craft, floral art and horticulture produce show categories including both junior and adult sections as well as a myriad of local stalls with something for everyone, including a vintage tractor display, bouncy castle, go-karts, stilt walkers, dog show and lots more. Great food will also on offer and to add to the fantastic festival atmosphere live music will be performed on the main stage throughout the afternoon.
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.
AN ADVENTURE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
Meet Ben, an 11 year old want-to-be plumber fed up with spending his Friday nights at Granny’s. All she wants to do is play Scrabble and eat cabbage – not exactly his idea of fun!
Hungry and bored Ben goes searching for something more edible in the kitchen and stumbles upon an old biscuit tin. The tin holds more than just digestives, however; it contains Granny’s biggest secret…
Heartbreak Productions invites you to share in this outdoor production of David Walliams’ bestselling tale full of forbidden fun. This exciting escapade will be very hungry work, so come prepared with picnics, something to sit on, and definitely dress for the weather.
Recommended Age: 7+
Running Time: 2 Hours including interval
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.
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.
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.
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!
Peep Peep! All aboard for a day of family fun with Thomas!
Doors open at 9:30am and as long as the Fat Controller Sir Topham Hatt is able to wake up Thomas, you can start a fun packed day. Advance booking is recommended. Sir Topham Hatt says "Your ticket covers the whole day and there is nothing else to pay!"
Story-telling trip all the way to Lydney Junction in Daisy the Diesel; Rides in Toad the brake van pulled by Thomas; Face painting, Bouncy Castles and Competition Quiz with prizes; The Imagination Station – with colouring pages, interactive story telling, table-top toys and regular magic shows; 'Day Out With Thomas' certificate for all children riding behind Thomas.
This Autumn Half Marathon is run in the Forest of Dean at the end of September. This race follows a forest trails course with no road crossings. It has some interesting hill challenges and offers a chance to experience the Forest with its late-summer leaf canopy. This annual event is organised by The Rotary Club of the Royal Forest of Dean and supported by the Forestry Commission. Proceeds are used to support charities, both locally and nationally.
Get on board at the Dean Forest Railway to discover Who? What? And Where?
When the remains of a body are discovered in the cellar of the Black estate it transpires that the victim could only have been killed by one of six people in one of six locations by one of six weapons. Was the local vicar green with envy? Was a movie star seeing red? Or was a local dignitary feeling blue? Get your little grey cells working and see if you can discover the true colours of your suspects and solve this crime. Remember not everything is always a black and white as it seems in the game of murder. Your evening starts with a canape reception in Whistles Cafe at 18:00, before travelling in style on board our steam train, with a two-course meal served on board while you crack the case! The evening will conclude at approximately 21:00.
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.