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Stargazing Safari

Times:
2nd April 2022

Join star storyteller Jim Bell for a unique outdoor experience, exploring the universe through the beautifully dark night skies of the Forest of Dean. From the hilltop vantage point in the grounds of Tudor Farmhouse, you’ll observe stars, constellations and planets, and discover the fascinating science and stories behind them. Of course, with the magic of the night sky comes the risk of cloud cover spoiling the view – happily, Jim also brings with him his own portable planetarium, so you can be sure that you will see the stars whatever the weather! You will be provided with a pair of binoculars for observing, but please also bring warm layers and boots or robust walking shoes. The experience lasts approximately two hours.
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Coleford Carnival of Transport

Times:
13th April 2022

The Coleford Carnival of Transport takes place on the streets of Coleford in the heart of the beautiful Royal Forest of Dean on Easter Monday every year. The Town Centre is closed so that vehicles of all types and periods can be displayed side by side. Classes of vehicles include Vintage Cars, Classic Cars, Custom & Street rods, Military, Commercial and Motorcycles. Normally in excess of 500 are displayed! There is plenty to see and do, with not just cars, but also Club Displays and an auto jumble to find that scarce part for your cherished vehicle. Whatever your interest you should be able to find it in Coleford.
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Chepstow Walking Festival

Times:
20th April - 24th April 2022

Join in for 5 days of walking fun! This popular festival provides lots of great opportunities to meet other people who also love walking, make new friends and discover the stunning landscape and rich heritage of the Lower Wye Valley and its borders with England. You can learn more about the countryside and its flora and fauna or discover the rich heritage of the area. There are a range of guided walks for most abilities on offer plus events and an opportunity to improve your map reading skills. You can also join the South Wales Long Distance Walking Association event taking place in Chepstow on Sunday 24th April 2022. This offers a choice of 4 self-led, self-paced routes rather than guided walks, with full support provided in terms of route descriptions. Tea and toast is provided at registration, and a substantial hot meal and hospitality on your return.
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Stargazing Safari

Times:
23rd April 2022

Join star storyteller Jim Bell for a unique outdoor experience, exploring the universe through the beautifully dark night skies of the Forest of Dean. From the hilltop vantage point in the grounds of Tudor Farmhouse, you’ll observe stars, constellations and planets, and discover the fascinating science and stories behind them. Of course, with the magic of the night sky comes the risk of cloud cover spoiling the view – happily, Jim also brings with him his own portable planetarium, so you can be sure that you will see the stars whatever the weather! You will be provided with a pair of binoculars for observing, but please also bring warm layers and boots or robust walking shoes. The experience lasts approximately two hours.
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Coleford Area Walking Festival

Times:
7th May - 15th May 2022

Returning with the popular 9 day festival in 2022 this event will showcase walks in and around Coleford in the beautiful Forest of Dean area of Gloucestershire. Coleford's walking festival features around 24 walks to suit an audience of all ages and physical abilities.
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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. We offer art and creativity that is relevant, current and firmly rooted in the landscape and local communities.
The Festival is usually held every two years in early May but was postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic but planning is now well underway for 2022! Each festival has a theme, around which our activities and artists come together, raising awareness and interest in something we feel needs our care, support, or action.
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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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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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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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