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Penhein Glamping – Rural Retreat in South Wales

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Chepstow Festival

Times:
15th June - 20th July 2019

Chepstow Festival presents a feast of outdoor theatre from mid June to mid July in the spectacular surroundings of Chepstow Castle, with seven productions spread over the weeks that promise to satisfy a wide range of appetites and audiences. One of the pleasures of an evening at Theatre in the Castle is enjoying a leisurely picnic with friends and family too so the experience becomes a real feast! The festival includes two productions specially for children - Ali Baba and the fourty thieves, and Gansta Granny.
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Usk Open Gardens

Times:
29th - 30th June 2019

Around 20 private gardens will be open to visitors during the Usk Open Gardens weekend and the entry fees will be used to raise money for local charities.
The gardens will range from small cottage gardens to the grand sweep of medieval Usk Castle. All are in walking distance of the free car parks and there is a regular mini-bus service around the town (10am - 4.45pm). You can buy your Garden Passport from one of the stalls in the Maryport St free car parks, or in Twyn Square.
Children aged 14 and under are admitted free. Assistance dogs only in the gardens please unless individual garden owners give prior permission.
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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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Abergavenny Arts Festival

Times:
29th - 30th June 2019

Abergavenny Arts Festival will celebrate the arts in their broadest sense and aims to be as inspiring, inclusive and affordable as possible. The Festival will showcase amateur and professional artists from the vibrant local arts scene as well as inviting some exciting artists and art practitioners from further afield. This year’s festival is a celebration of the arts. It’s a blend of performances, demonstrations, exhibitions, speakers and much more.
Highlights include:
Exhibition of Josef Herman’s work, Signing choirs, Live Wall art with Philth, Artisan Village and Arts Market, A Showcase Exhibition of artists including John Petts, the renowned Stained Glass artist, Interview with John Brandler, owner of Port Talbot’s famous Banksy, followed by an auction of a limited Banksy print, Wealth of fringe events
Get close to art with workshops in painting, printing, drawing, writing and other activities across the weekend. Immerse yourself in dance and music in our town centre streets.
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Jazz @ Usk Castle, Usk Open Garden Concert

Times:
30th June 2019

Bring a Picnic, a chair and enjoy some laid back jazz in the stunning setting of Usk Castle to conclude the Usk Open Gardens Weekend 2019.
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Caldicot Carnival

Times:
30th June 2019

Caldicot Castle's annual carnival will be making its way through Caldicot this June before arriving at the main field of Caldicot Castle. The event field will then be filled up with a fun fair, live acts, competitions, pony rides, bouncy castles, face painting, food, drink & much more. The parade will be leaving King George Playing Field at 12 midday before heading to Caldicot Castle's main field.
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Caerleon Annual Summer Festival

Times:
5th - 14th July 2019

At its birth,17 years ago, the Festival concentrated on sculpture, but it has long since blossomed into a celebration of the arts showcasing talent from near and far.
The Festival promotes the special place that is Caerleon – ancient “city” steeped in history, mystery and legend; Roman Fortress with Amphitheatre, Baths and Barracks; site of medieval castle where Owain Glyndwr raised his standard; King Arthur’s Camelot perhaps; set on the banks of the River Usk whose mighty tidal ebb and flow inspired Alfred Lord Tennyson. The Festival Team is improving the gateway to Caerleon transforming wasteland to wild flower meadow – the Festival Field/Gateway Meadow beneath the fortress wall.

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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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Folk on the Lawn

Times:
11th - 14th July 2019

Come rain or shine the annual Folk Festival at Abbey Mill, Tintern will entertain you with star guests from local to around the world. Mini Beer and Cider Festival Tent along with hot and cold food will be served all day. Amazingly for such a small festival it has featured a number of international artists and signed bands, in addition to the Welsh, English and very local talent that has graced its stages.
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Life on Marsh Fesitval

Times:
13th July 2019

A festival to celebrate all things about the Gwent Levels. Spend some time in the relaxing natural surroundings with plenty of activities to entertain old and young alike. There’ll be music, dancing, singing and a large dose of laughter at an event like no other that has been held at Magor Marsh.
There will be plenty of time to explore bugs, watch birds, wander through the meadow flowers and make something beautiful. You’ll also be able to buy unique crafts and gifts from local artisans. Wear long sleeves and trousers because you may be exploring in the long grass!
Refreshments available in the Centre. Parking restricted so please use available parking in Magor village if possible.
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Abergavenny Big Fat Circus Day

Times:
26th July 2019

Roll up, roll up, the Circus is a'coming to Bailey Park, Abergavenny. The Big Fat Circus Day will be a celebration of all things fun, joyful and silly...a celebration of circus, life and of the gorgeous area in which we live...Happy's Circus will pop their top and perform 4 new bijoux shows throughout the day (more details to follow) and Bailey Park will be filled with all manner of local stalls, kids & adults races, fancy dressing, workshops, live music, dancing, craft, vintage, feasting...all the good stuff, with a circus twist...face painting and glittering, a coconut shy, makings, doings, acrobatics, a vintage tearoom, a bearded lady - moi obvs, storytelling, poetry making, freaks and uniques, yes Madam, you know who you are....come young, come old, don your glad rags, flags, trumpets....wear it play it flaunt it....join us! ...
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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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Pirates of Penzance - Outdoor Opera

Times:
4th August 2019

An unfortunate case of mishearing initiates the plot for The Pirates of Penzance, resulting in a dramatic change of direction for Frederic who sets course to become a pirate rather than a ‘pilot’! The twists and turns of this classic operetta unfold with ingenious characters, sublime lyrics and some of the best-known songs in opera. The performance takes place outdoors alongside the mill pond at the Dean Heritage Centre. Please come prepared for possible inclement weather.
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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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Day out with Thomas the Tank Engine at Dean Forest Railway

Times:
27th - 29th September 2019

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!"
Activities include:
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.
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Forest of Dean Half Marathon

Times:
29th September 2019

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.
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Clue-Doh! Murdery Mystery

Times:
5th October 2019

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.

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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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