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Easter Trail at Chepstow Castle

Times:
4th - 19th April 2020

Hop along to this fun family trail around Chepstow Castle! Children can search the castle for series of clues to complete the trail.
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The Great Puzzlewood Easter Pottery Trail

Times:
4th - 19th April 2020

This Easter, Puzzlewood will be visited by not just one, but a whole family of Easter bunnies as local pottery businesses in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley have specially created ceramic rabbits that will be hidden within the 14 acres of magical woodland. The creations include a rabbit made by famed potter, Mary Rose Young, whose “Alice in Wonderland” styled work appears in the latest series of The Great Pottery Throw Down. The bunny trail will be found within the woodland and it will be up to eager explorers to hunt them down, snap a selfie and suggest a name for each bunny. Prizes will be given for each winning name.
Free to take part in the trail, standard entry ticket prices apply.
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Marshy Monday, Magor Marsh Nature Reserve

Times:
6th April 2020

Who said Mondays can’t be fun? This will be a great afternoon for the whole family at the beautiful Magor Marsh Nature Reserve. You'll be finding out all about how flowers have been traditionally used for medicine and food through time and using them to make pretty things. Pond dipping and bird watching activities will be taking place too. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Visit Website

Street Food and Craft Night Market at Abergavenny Market

Times:
9th April - 29th October 2020

Indulge in some great street food, browse the unusual craft and gift stalls whilst enjoying a tipple and listening to the live entertainment. All to be found at Abergavenny Market. Bring the family and meet up with friends. A lovely way to spend a quiet spring or summer evening.
Thu 9 Apr 2020 17:00 to 21:00
Thu 7 May 2020 17:00 to 21:00
Thu 25 Jun 2020 17:00 to 21:00
Thu 27 Aug 2020 17:00 to 21:00
Thu 29 Oct 2020 17:00 to 21:00
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Easter Egg Trail and Storytelling Weekend at Blaenavon Ironworks

Times:
10th April - 13th April 2020

Take a trip to the amazing Blaenavon Ironworks and from 10th - 13th April you will have the added treat of an Easter Egg trail round their vintage cottages and from12th to13th April two days of storytelling from their puppeteer The Yarnspinner in the Victorian Shop, telling stories of wondrous Welsh legends and myths.
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Easter Family Animal Trail at The Kymin, Monmouth

Times:
10th - 13th April 2020

Animals from around the world will be hiding in the Kymin grounds this Easter Bank Holiday. Why not go and see if you can spot them all. Make some binoculars, follow the clues on the map spotting the different animals from around the world as you explore The Kymin. Prizes for all participants. Suitable for all ages. £2.00 per trail.
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Easter Falconry at Tintern Abbey

Times:
11th - 12th April 2020

Visit Tintern Abbey this Easter weekend to see majestic birds of prey in flight, and have your photo taken with them for a unique souvenir! Learn how the Tudors used birds of prey and why falconry was the most popular sport of the day, and how birds of prey live.
There will be a flying display at 2pm if weather conditions permit. Standard admission prices apply.
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Easter Antiques and Vintage Fair

Times:
12th April 2020

Delve into the past at the Taurus Crafts Antiques & Vintage Fair and discover a hidden gem or two amongst the many stalls, offering a diverse selection of antiques, memorabilia, bric-a-brac and vintage items. It’s not just objects to be discovered at the fair, visitors will be able to listen to live music and the Taurus Crafts BBQ and onsite cafe will have a great selection of tasty bites on offer.
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Coleford Carnival of Transport

Times:
13th April 2020

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:
15th - 19th April 2020

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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RHS Flower Show - Cardiff

Times:
17th-19th April 2020

Kick off your gardening year at Cardiff, packed with seasonal ideas for your garden, spectacular floral displays and fun family activities. Look out for inspiring designs in the Show Gardens and there's also lots of shopping, interesting talks and much more.
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Gillie + Ailsa Tully Concert in Clearwell Caves

Times:
18th April 2020

Hear the beautiful music of GILLIE + AILSA TULLY in the unique candle-lit venue of Clearwell Caves. Ailsa’s all female band bring her songwriting to life, from modal harmonies and driving rhythms to tender emotive melody lines. Ailsa has been featured on BBC radio Wales many times, toured Italy, performed at festivals and venues throughout the country, including Greenman and Ronnie Scotts.
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23rd Royal Welch Fusiliers Re-enactment Society at The Kymin, Monmouth

Times:
18th - 19th April 2020

Why not go and meet the dynamic 23rd Royal Welch Fusiliers Napoleonic Re-enactment Society as they have their training weekend at The Kymin. They will set up camp and live as authentically as possible practicing drilling, firing musket and battlefield surgery. Camp followers and soldiers alike will also be available to answer questions about life both military and non-military in 1809. Whether you are interested in costume, cookery, medicine or warfare, this group have an impressive array of knowledge and they look pretty amazing too. Booking is not needed. Although this event is free to everyone, any donations will be very much appreciated.
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ABP Newport Wales Marathon

Times:
19th April 2020

Wales’ premier marathon event will return on Sunday 19th April, 2020. The national marathon of Wales boasts a fast, scenic route. Starting and finishing on Newport’s vibrant riverfront, the route offers iconic landmarks, coastal wildlife, and picturesque medieval villages. The flat, fast supporting 10K race, which attracts some of the UK’s top athletes, gives runners of all abilities the opportunity to get involved in one of Wales’ biggest weekends of mass participation, without committing to the challenging 26.2-mile distance.
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Warrior Mud Run

Times:
25th - 26th April 2020

A Mud Run through the beautiful Forest of Dean. Some sections will be extremely deep mud there are several shallow water crossings but no swimming required. Join a fun Mud Race and be rewarded with a great Warrior Mud Run Medal
The 10k race will start at 10.30am and the 5k & 5k Junior at 10.00am. Start and finish is at The Speech House Hotel Field, Coleford
Bring a spare change of clothes and shoes as you will get muddy!
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Llantilio Crossenny Festival of Music and Drama

Times:
1st - 10th May 2020

Treadam Barn, a superbly restored 15th century oak-framed barn is situated on the Offa's Dyke path between Monmouth and Abergavenny. A truly unique venue with an intimate and cosy atmosphere seats 100 comfortably in "concert style". Host to this year's festival and with a wonderful mix of jazz, blues, opera and concert music.
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Wye Valley River Festival

Times:
2nd-17th May 2020

The Wye Valley's Biannual River Festival returns in 2020 with a host of fantastic events from Hereford down to Chepstow. Expect music, dance, performance, art and fireworks to celebrate this stunning Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
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Wartime Wheels, Caldicot Castle

Times:
2nd - 3rd May 2020

Hosted by SE Wales MVT, Wartime Wheels returns to Caldicot Castlefor the fourth time. A fantastic opportunity to get up close to these incredible vintage vehicles used by our armed forces in action. Also includes re-enactors and living history displays. Why not take the opportunity to tour around this fantastic historic and haunted castle too! This event is free to enter and has grown into one of the castle's most popular annual events.
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May Day Celebration at St Fagans Museum

Times:
2nd May 2020

Mayday has heralded the start of Summer for many hundreds of years in Wales. It’s time for the Green Man to wake up from his winter sleep as the buds burst and life returns to the woods and fields. The day is marked with merriment, music and what must surely be the most famous of all the folk dances, the raising of the Maypole. Why not go to St Fagans Musem for some May madness inspired by the traditions and legends that surround this special time of year.
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Border Counties Steam and Vintage Show

Times:
2nd-3rd May 2020

This years show is to be held on Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd May on the Vauxhall Fields in Monmouth, NP25 5BA. There is plenty to do for the whole family from a wide range of vintage vehicles, fair ground attractions and a variety of trade and craft stalls for everyone.
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Monmouth Bee Festival

Times:
3rd May 2020

Monmouth Bee Festival is in the Nelson Garden, Monmouth between 10.00am and 4.00pm. 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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Race for Wildlife!

Times:
10th May 2020

The Race for Wildlife is Gwent Wildlife Trust's annual race that takes place in the heart of the picturesque Gwent Levels. Open to athletes of all abilities with a flat and fully accessible route, this is an ideal race for beginners, avid distance athletes, or for those who just fancy helping raise some money for charity. They welcome all to what promises to be another fantastic event.
The Race for Wildlife will take place at Undy Athletic Football Club, The Causeway, Undy, NP26 3EW
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Teddy Bears Picnic at Perrygrove Railway

Times:
10th May 2020

Pack a picnic and bring along your favourite Teddy and get in for half price. Adults will also get in for half price, but only if they bring a teddy with them! Picnic boxes are available to purchase in the cafe, no need to book in advance. Open from 10.30am-5pm.
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Coleford Faddle Fair

Times:
10th May 2020

St John’s Street Traders Association are proud to present the spring ‘Faddle Fair’ in Coleford. 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. From fashion to flowers, cafe's and restaurants, hotels & bars...…. even a dog friendly micropub; Coleford is becoming the place to be! What's not to love!
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Devauden Music Festival

Times:
15th-16th May 2020

The Devauden Festival, now in its 11th 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.
The main stage and second stage are situated in the Glastonbury Big Top, in the Horizon Field, with stunning views out over an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The acoustic stage is located conveniently close to the well stocked bar. There will also be a variety of food vendors, catering for all tastes.
There is also 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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May Market

Times:
17th May 2020

A chance for families to have a great foodie day out, May Market showcases the best of local food and drink from the region. Alongside the market stalls will be live music local favourites Banshee ceilidh band.
Family activities will be run by Amanda from the Taurus Crafts’ Hospitality School and visitors can have a go at a food themed creative activity. The main attraction on the day will be the fabulous selection of local food and drink traders showing off their wares and providing a chance to meet the makers, hear the stories behind the products and develop an appreciation of artisan local produce.
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Welsh Perry and Cider Festival

Times:
22nd-25th May 2020

The UK's biggest showcase of craft Welsh Perry and Cider returns for 2020. Set in the grounds of the beautiful Caldicot Castle and Country Park, the 2020 Welsh Perry and Cider Festival will see a great mix of live music, the best local Monmouthshire food and craft stalls, and all day entertainment.
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Monmouth Regatta 2020 at Monmouth Rowing Club

Times:
23rd - 24th May 2020

Enjoy two days of side by side racing on the fantastic waters of the River Wye, in the beautiful Wye Valley.
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Mini Beast Mania at Black Rock

Times:
25th May 2020

Find out more about creepy crawlies, minibeasts and other small creatures on this fun, family activity. Lots of games and activities to help you discover more about the wonderful wildlife, heritage and history of this area of the Gwent Levels. Children to be accompanied by an adult. Meet at 10.00am Black Rock Picnic Site, Black Rock Road, Monmouthshire, NP26 5TP
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Macbeth - Outdoor production, Raglan Castle

Times:
4th June 2020

The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, the UK’s premier all male theatre company - with direct links to the history of William Shakespeare - invite you to join them this summer for the breathless and brilliant tragedy, Macbeth. A play of supernatural magic, vaulting ambition and an examination of the dreadful consequences of the insatiable lust for power. With Shakespeare’s most chilling power couple and truly stirring poetry this stunning play will keep you gripped.
Bring a chair and a picnic, and prepare to be entertained and transported watching Shakespeare as he first saw it performed; in the open air, by an all male cast with Elizabethan costumes, music and dance. Following last year’s sell-out smash please do book early to avoid missing out!
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Macbeth - Outdoor production, Tintern Abbey

Times:
5th June 2020

The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, the UK’s premier all male theatre company - with direct links to the history of William Shakespeare - invite you to join them this summer for the breathless and brilliant tragedy, Macbeth. A play of supernatural magic, vaulting ambition and an examination of the dreadful consequences of the insatiable lust for power. With Shakespeare’s most chilling power couple and truly stirring poetry this stunning play will keep you gripped.
Bring a chair and a picnic, and prepare to be entertained and transported watching Shakespeare as he first saw it performed; in the open air, by an all male cast with Elizabethan costumes, music and dance. Following last year’s sell-out smash please do book early to avoid missing out!
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James Arthur at Chepstow Racecourse

Times:
6th June 2020

James Arthur will be performing live after racing at Chepstow Racecourse on Saturday 6th June.
With stunning views across the Welsh countryside, the sun shining down (hopefully!), and the horses thundering past you to the finish line, thoroughly enjoy your day at the races before letting your hair down for a night of music. The gates will open at 3pm. Timings for the first race are still to be confirmed, but it’s expected to be around 6pm with James Arthur on stage around 9.20pm.
James's debut single ‘Impossible’ reached number one and went on to sell over 1.4 million copies in the UK. After surpassing a staggering 1 billion streams, James Arthur’s song “Say You Won’t Let Go” has now sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. Secure your ticket early to guarantee entry, as tickets will be selling fast for this unique event of music and racing.
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Veddw Open Days at Veddw House Garden

Times:
7th June 2020

This stunning garden is set in the wonderful countryside of the Welsh border above Tintern Abbey. There are two acres of ornamental garden and two acres of woodland. A favourite part with visitors and gardeners is the dramatic reflecting pool. The local landscape of rolling hills is reflected in the sinuous hedges that lead to the pool and provide the perfect backdrop for other planting schemes. Anne has a great interest in the history of the local landscape and has incorporated this into the garden design, in particular a large parterre of grasses in a pattern of box hedges based on the local Tithe Map of 1842.
The garden will be open from 2pm-5pm on the first and third Sundays of June, July, August and September

Raglan Music Festival

Times:
12th-14th June 2020

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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Bohemian Rhapsody Outdoor Cinema at Chepstow Racecourse

Times:
19th June 2020

An amazing outdoor cinema experience at Chepstow Racecourse with a screening of Bohemian Rhapsody (12A). Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury.
Plus: Food, Snacks, Bar and Music before the film starts.
Gates open 8pm, film starts shortly after sunset.
Bring a blanket or camping chair and watch Bohemian Rhapsody on a giant cinema screen under the stars!
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Abergavenny Arts Festival at Abergavenny Museum and Castle

Times:
20th June 2020

The third annual Abergavenny Arts Festival will be filled with inspiring, inclusive and affordable events for the local community and visitors of all ages and backgrounds. An exciting programme of workshops, demonstrations and performances will be centred on the beautiful castle grounds and surrounding streets and venues. The Arts Market will also be in the castle grounds.
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Grease-Sing-a-long Outdoor Cinema at Chepstow Racecourse

Times:
20th June 2020

Greased Lightning! A fantastic outdoor cinema experience at Chepstow Racecourse with plenty of songs to sing along to!
Immerse yourself in the singing and dancing world of 'Grease', with a Sing-A-Long showing of the most successful movie musical of all time.
Plus: Food, Snacks, Bar and Music before the film starts.
Gates open 8pm, film starts shortly after sunset.
Picnics welcome. No glass or cans. Alcohol must be purchased on-site only.
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Veddw Open Days at Veddw House Garden

Times:
21st June 2020

This stunning garden is set in the wonderful countryside of the Welsh border above Tintern Abbey. There are two acres of ornamental garden and two acres of woodland. A favourite part with visitors and gardeners is the dramatic reflecting pool. The local landscape of rolling hills is reflected in the sinuous hedges that lead to the pool and provide the perfect backdrop for other planting schemes. Anne has a great interest in the history of the local landscape and has incorporated this into the garden design, in particular a large parterre of grasses in a pattern of box hedges based on the local Tithe Map of 1842.
The garden will be open from 2pm-5pm on the first and third Sundays of June, July, August and September

Caldicot Castle and Black Rock Circular Walk

Times:
21st June 2020

Starting at Caldicot Castle, the walk follows footpaths and roads down to the estuary, alongside the magnificent Prince of Wales Bridge. The route then follows the Wales Coast Path to ancient Sudbrook hillfort and on to Black Rock, for spectacular views over the estuary, returning via Portskewett.
10.30am - 4.30pm.
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Murder on the Disorientated Express

Times:
27th June 2020

It’s time to get on board the night train to murder at the Dean Forest Railway at the second annual Hercule Poirot look alike competition. Someone has let their little grey cells go to their head as last year’s winner is discovered dead and it’s up to you to discover which one of the dapper detective’s doppelgangers did the deed.
Your evening starts at Norchard Station at 18:00, where you will be introduced to your suspects, 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.
Pre-booking is essential.
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Usk Open Gardens

Times:
27th-28th June 2020

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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The Monmouthshire Show

Times:
4th July 2020

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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Scenic Supper Cruise

Times:
4th July 2020

Enjoy a relaxing journey along the Dean Forest Railway on board the Heritage Diesel Railcar with a fish and chip supper (or other choice of food) delivered to your seat. There will also be a quiz on board the train, so make sure you come with your thinking caps on!
Food will be served from 18:15 for the 18:00 departure or from 19:45 for the 19:30 departure.
Please note that if booking for the 19:30 departure you can board the train at an earlier time, but your food will still be served from 19:45.
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FarOpen Art Trail, Forest of Dean

Times:
4th July-12th July 2020

Forest and Rivers Open, farOpen, first established in 1995, is a nine day art trail, for artists, makers and creative businesses to open studios, galleries and group exhibitions. The aim is to raise artists' profiles, sell artwork and make people aware of the diversity of talent, both professional and amateur, in this fabulous part of Britain. 51 artists and studios took part in 2019 so keep an eye on their website for 2020 information.
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The South Wales Shire Horse Show

Times:
4th July 2020

Meet the gentle giants and most magnificent British Heavy Horse at the annual show held at Bailey Park, Abergavenny. Many of the breeds on show, including the Shire, Clydesdale and Suffolk Punch, are on the Rare Breeds List and attending the show is a great way of seeing them. And then of course are the magnificent miniature horses. Go and see the cheeky, yet most loved Miniature Horses in the mini ring. A show suitable for all the family. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on leads!
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Veddw Open Days at Veddw House Garden

Times:
5th July 2020

This stunning garden is set in the wonderful countryside of the Welsh border above Tintern Abbey. There are two acres of ornamental garden and two acres of woodland. A favourite part with visitors and gardeners is the dramatic reflecting pool. The local landscape of rolling hills is reflected in the sinuous hedges that lead to the pool and provide the perfect backdrop for other planting schemes. Anne has a great interest in the history of the local landscape and has incorporated this into the garden design, in particular a large parterre of grasses in a pattern of box hedges based on the local Tithe Map of 1842.
The garden will be open from 2pm-5pm on the first and third Sundays of June, July, August and September

Caerleon Annual Summer Festival

Times:
9th - 19th July 2020

From its roots as a sculpture event the Festival has blossomed into a celebration of the arts. It showcases local talent and draws in artists from elsewhere. Here is a taste of what's on offer: Schools’ Art Exhibition at the Celtic Manor; Shakespeare in the Amphitheatre; celebrity poetry and a big choir in the Church; “Literature on the Lawn” of the Priory Hotel; bands both plugged and unplugged in pubs; and “The Big Free” Weekend with over 45 bands/performers on the Hanbury Arms Quayside, The Bell and Ship Inns; and arts, crafts, exhibitors, and sculptors on the Festival Field completing works of art for the “Sculpture Trail” that meanders through the village.
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Coleford Music Festival

Times:
11th - 12th July 2020

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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Life on Marsh Fesitval

Times:
11th July 2020

Join the annual Gwent Wildlife Trust and Living Levels festival, Life on Marsh, to celebrate the amazing heritage of the Gwent Levels. Magor Marsh will host music, dancing, singing, crafts and a large dose of laughter at this unique and enjoyable event. Spend a summer afternoon amongst ancient meadow flowers and plants, marvel at the strange and fantastic creatures at home on the marsh, watch the bird life from our hide and have a go at craft making. Local brewers, bee keepers, skilled crafts people, societies, food producers and artisans will be waiting to welcome you. Please note: Wear long sleeves and trousers because you will be exploring in the long grass. Some paths are not suitable for wheel chairs or push chairs. Refreshments will be available.
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Folk on the Lawn

Times:
17th - 19th July 2020

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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Harry Potter, Outdoor Cinema Caldicot Castle

Times:
23rd July 2020

Expecto patronum! An amazing outdoor cinema experience at Caldicot Castle with a showing of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Plus: Food, Snacks, Bar and Music before the film starts.
Gates open 8pm, film starts shortly after sunset.
Bring a blanket or camping chair and watch on a giant cinema screen under the stars!
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Mamma Mia, Outdoor Cinema Caldicot Castle

Times:
24th July 2020

An amazing outdoor cinema experience at Caldicot Castle with a screening of the fantastic MAMMA MIA!, the story of a bride-to-be trying to find her real father told using hit songs by the popular 1970s group ABBA.
Plus: Food, Snacks, Bar and Music before the film starts.
Gates open 8pm, film starts shortly after sunset.
Bring a blanket or camping chair and watch on a giant cinema screen under the stars!
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Monmouth Festival

Times:
25th July - 2nd August 2020

Situated in the beautiful historic Welsh border town Monmouth Festival is a free music 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. The 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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Falconry at Tintern Abbey Copy

Times:
26th July 2020

Visit Tintern Abbey to see majestic birds of prey in flight, and have your photo taken with them for a unique souvenir! Learn how the Tudors used birds of prey and why falconry was the most popular sport of the day, and how birds of prey live.
There will be a flying display at 2pm if weather conditions permit. Standard admission prices apply.
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Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Times:
6th-9th August 2020

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 sight of hot air balloons filling the skies, there is a large number of great trade stands, fairground rides and entertainment.
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Chepstow Agricultural Show

Times:
8th August 2020

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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Castell Roc Music Festival - Chepstow Castle

Times:
13th - 30th August 2020

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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Veddw Open Days at Veddw House Garden

Times:
16th August 2020

This stunning garden is set in the wonderful countryside of the Welsh border above Tintern Abbey. There are two acres of ornamental garden and two acres of woodland. A favourite part with visitors and gardeners is the dramatic reflecting pool. The local landscape of rolling hills is reflected in the sinuous hedges that lead to the pool and provide the perfect backdrop for other planting schemes. Anne has a great interest in the history of the local landscape and has incorporated this into the garden design, in particular a large parterre of grasses in a pattern of box hedges based on the local Tithe Map of 1842.
The garden will be open from 2pm-5pm on the first and third Sundays of June, July, August and September

Art in Penalt

Times:
29th-31st August 2020

Art in Penallt is a three day event, featuring local and international artists and makers, including Fine Art, Sculpture, Wood, Photography, Glass, Ceramics & Jewellery.
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Coleford Faddle Fair

Times:
30th August 2020

St John’s Street Traders Association are proud to present the summer ‘Faddle Fair’ in Coleford. 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. From fashion to flowers, cafe's and restaurants, hotels & bars...…. even a dog friendly micropub; Coleford is becoming the place to be! What's not to love!
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Wye Valley Trail Race

Times:
5th September 2020

This superb and scenic 15 mile trail running race event starts and finishes at Chepstow race course 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.
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Usk Show

Times:
12 September 2020

One of the biggest One-Day Agricultural Shows in the whole of the UK, Usk Show's popularity is second-to-none.
At the 100 acre showground near the village of Gwernesney just outside Usk (Sat Nav: NP15 1DD), the Show comprises 11 different Sections each holding their own competitions on the day. Usk Farmers Club Members bring their Cattle, Sheep and Pigs to compete in the Agricultural Livestock Section. 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 there are displays and demonstrations taking place throughout the day. Over 300 traders join us each year outdoors and in our Food Hall, Craft Marquee or Shopping Mall.
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Wye Valley Mighty Hike - Charity walk in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support

Times:
12th September 2020

Hike a marathon through the glorious Wye Valley, bordering England and Wales, and get fantastic views of historic Chepstow Castle and Tintern Abbey.
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Abergavenny Food Festival

Times:
19th - 20th September 2020

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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Forest of Dean Autumn Half Marathon

Times:
27th September 2020

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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Forest Showcase Food Festival

Times:
4th October 2020

The Forest Showcase Food & Drink Festival is back at the Speech House Hotel. They showcase creative producers from The Forest of Dean and surrounding areas alongside invited traders who have something that ‘little bit different’ to bring to the Festival. From cheese mongers, bakers, brewers and baristas to chocolatiers, butchers, winemakers and those that create delicious ice cream, you will find them all. Over 100 top local and artisan producers, stunning hot food, real ale, gin and wine, interesting talks, parent & child cookery lessons and lots of children’s activities, top chef demos, excellent live music, arts & crafts, all together it makes a lovely foodie family day out.
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Sherlock Holmes Murder Mystery Evening - Dean Valley Railway

Times:
10th October 2020

When the world's greatest detective receives an invitation to a murder he realises that the criminal may be someone closer than he ever imagined. In fact it could just be Sherlock himself! Can you untangle the villain's riddle and solve this crime before the killer escapes justice forever? Question the suspects, examine the evidence and uncover the truth as the game is definitely afoot!
Your evening starts at Norchard Station at 18:00, where you will be introduced to your suspects, before travelling in style on board a steam train, with a two-course meal served on board while you crack the case! The evening will conclude at approximately 21:00. Pre-booking is essential.
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The Royal Forest of Steam Gala

Times:
16th - 18th October 2020

Guest engines and the home steam fleet join the Dean Forest Railway to round off their 50th anniversary celebrations!
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FearFest-Evil 2020

Times:
23rd - 31st October 2020

FearFest-Evil is an immersive experience, taking you on a terrifying journey through anxiety-inducing, adrenaline-filled indoor and outdoor environments. Set around an abandoned railway line, disused quarry & forgotten woodland at Chepstow’s National Diving & Activity Centre, FearFest-Evil is the ultimate Halloween Scare Experience for only the bravest of horror fans. FearFest-Evil runs across selected nights in October 2020, from Friday the 23rd and including Halloween. FearFest-Evil Condemned is strictly for people aged 16 years and over. This is a terrifying event and may not be suitable for those of a nervous disposition. You have been warned!
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Marshy Monday, Fungal Foray

Times:
26th October 2020

A fun afternoon for all the family at Magor Marsh. You will be finding out what part mushrooms and fungi play in nature on the Gwent Levels and how they have been traditionally used in the past. There will be pond dipping, bird watching and making autumnal crafts in the Centre. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
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