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HMS Pinafore - Outdoor Theatre with Opera Anywhere

Times:
1st August 2021

This is a tale of mismatched love across different social classes. Josephine is the captain’s daughter and has fallen for lowly sailor Ralph. Yet her father has other ideas – he has promised her to Sir Joseph Porter, the First Lord of the Admiralty. Will love prevail? Climb aboard to find out and enjoy a feast of fun along the way with Opera Anywhere! Hip hip hooray! See Gilbert and Sullivan's famous opera in an outdoor setting in the Forest at the Dean Heritage Centre.
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The Railway Children - Open Air Theatre, Forest of Dean

Times:
1st August 2021

Jenny Wren Productions present Edith Nesbit’s classic story of separations and reunions in a unique re-telling. At the end of World War 1, the Railway Children, now grown-up, revisit their childhood adventures in an effort to help Peter recover his lost memory. With live music, tales of community and unexpected friendships, acts of bravery and red petticoats, The Railway Children is a fun-filled show celebrating the joy of being together. The perfect antidote to the last year. In the open-air – please bring a blanket or chair. Performance 6pm – grounds open 5pm for picnics.
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Monmouth Bee Festival

Times:
1st August 2021

Monmouth Bee Festival is now in its 4th year and they are offering a wide range of entertainments and activities, displays on environmental issues run by local groups, and food and refreshment stalls. Set in the wonderful open spaces of The Nelson Garden and Chippenham Fields with ample open-air space for social distancing, this will be a wonderful event for families. Entry is entirely free, with activities kicking off at 10am. Visitors can learn about bees and the environment, enjoy street theatre and get involved in activities and art designed for children and families. Over 30 stallholders with delicious honey, books, mead, food, drink, arts, crafts and more on offer.
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South Wales Car Festival

Times:
8th August 2021

This is an exciting new Super Car Show to be held at Chepstow Racecourse. The day will be a mixture of various vehicles on display including Supercars, commercial, vintage, car clubs, motor cycles and much more. As well as cars they will offer something for the whole family including bars, street food, kids corner, live music, entertainment, craft stalls and local produce. All funds raised will help fund the amazing work of our local hospice, St David’s Hospice Care.
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Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Times:
12th - 15th August 2021

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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Stargazing Safari

Times:
14th August 2021

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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Street Food Saturday

Times:
14th August 2021

Welcome to Street Food Saturday, with Silver Circle Distillery. Every second Saturday of the month (from May to September) they have invited a different street food trader to 'pop up' at the distillery for the day. All traders will have vegetarian options and children and dogs are welcome.
Sat 14th Aug - Spicy Meze with Parva Spices
Sat 11th Sep - Tacos with The Bearded Taco
Each event will feature a specially curated cocktail menu to accompany the food.
Book now to reserve your spot for £8pp. Every booking comes with an £8 voucher to spend on food and drinks at the event. Visit Website

Pride and Prejudice Open Air Theatre

Times:
15th Augusts 2021

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen’s witty and romantic masterpiece is one of the best-loved stories of all time, dealing with the most important questions in life… Join The Pantaloons this summer for this delightfully innovative and hilarious new open-air adaptation.
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The Secret Garden Outdoor Theatre

Times:
15th August 2021

Folk music weaves through this stage adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic. A children’s tale the whole family will love, this is an open-air performance so please bring chairs/blankets and picnics to enjoy whilst watching (picnics welcome from 3.00pm). Ice-Creams available on arrival. Toilets provided and performance will be held within church if wet weather.
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Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club at Chepstow Castle

Times:
24th August 2021

Legendary actor, host and broadcaster Craig Charles is one of the UK’s most beloved Funk and Soul DJs. From Robot Wars to Red Dwarf, Craig has now grounded himself as a Funk & Soul icon after 10 years of broadcasting on BBC 6 Music with their primetime Saturday night show.
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The Railway Children - Open Air Theatre, Forest of Dean

Times:
26th August 2021

Jenny Wren Productions present Edith Nesbit’s classic story of separations and reunions in a unique re-telling. At the end of World War 1, the Railway Children, now grown-up, revisit their childhood adventures in an effort to help Peter recover his lost memory. With live music, tales of community and unexpected friendships, acts of bravery and red petticoats, The Railway Children is a fun-filled show celebrating the joy of being together. The perfect antidote to the last year. In the open-air – please bring a blanket or chair. Performance 6pm – grounds open 5pm for picnics.
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Art in Penalt

Times:
28th - 30th August 2021

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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Murder Mystery on a Steam Train - Crime at Cafe Rene

Times:
4th September 2021

This murder mystery on a steam train starts at Norchard Station at 18:00, where you will be introduced to your suspects, before traveling in style on board our steam train, with a two-course meal, consisting of a main course and a dessert (options will be available closer to the day), served on board while you crack the case! The evening will conclude at approximately 21:00. Visit Website

Wye Valley Trail Race

Times:
4th September 2021

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. Visit Website

Monmouth Raft Race

Times:
5th September 2021

Spend a fun afternoon along the river watching the 55th Monmouth Raft Race. It starts at Noon at Monmouth Rowing Club (Just off the A40 at Monmouth) and is paddled over 6.5 miles down the beautiful River Wye to the finish at Tump Farm, Whitebrook, (courtesy of the Cullimore Family) where there is a Family Festival of entertainment and ample refreshment opportunities.
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Usk Show

Times:
11 September 2021

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. For 2021 the Main Attraction is Jamie Squibb Freestyle Display Team in the Main Ring (as seen on BBC One’s The One Show!) and The Welsh Axemen, Black Mountain Falconry, Rowan Working Horses & Usk Valley Gun Dogs in our Countryside Ring. Over 300 traders join us each year outdoors and in our Food Hall, Craft Marquee or Shopping Mall.
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Stargazing Safari

Times:
11th September 2021

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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Street Food Saturday

Times:
11th September 2021

Welcome to Street Food Saturday, with Silver Circle Distillery. Every second Saturday of the month (from May to September) they have invited a different street food trader to 'pop up' at the distillery for the day. All traders will have vegetarian options and children and dogs are welcome.
Sat 11th Sep - Tacos with The Bearded Taco
Each event will feature a specially curated cocktail menu to accompany the food.
Book now to reserve your spot for £8pp. Every booking comes with an £8 voucher to spend on food and drinks at the event. Visit Website

Wings of Wales, Llandegfedd Lakes

Times:
11th September 2021

Go along for a fantastic opportunity to see various birds on display including the White Tail Eagle, Scandinavian Barn Owl, Hawks and more! This is a free event although there is an optional guided ‘hawk walk’ through the woods with a small charge of £2 per person.
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Abergavenny Food Festival

Times:
18th - 19th September 2021

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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Monmouth Great Wye Swim

Times:
25th September 2021

Swim Wild Wye's annual Monmouth Great Wye Swim will be over three distances:
2KM Swim (includes 500M upstream)
1KM Swim
New! 500M Taster Swim and Fun Float Swim
Early bird entrants from 2020 will still get the opportunity of a free guided recce of the swim route on Saturday August 21st with highly qualified and insured wild swim specialist Angela Jones who has been swimming the River Wye for over 30 years. This swim is open to everyone over the age of 16 and all abilities.
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Forest of Dean Autumn Half Marathon

Times:
26th September 2021

Using the same organization (but a different course) as the popular Spring event, this race follows a forest trails course with no road crossings. This course has some interesting hill challenges and offers a chance to experience the Forest with its late-summer leaf canopy. Visit Website

Stargazing Safari

Times:
2nd October 2021

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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Forest Showcase Food Festival

Times:
3rd October 2021

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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