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Street Food and Craft Night Market at Abergavenny Market

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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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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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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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