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Gadarene - Acoustic Band

Times:
28th March 2020

Gadarene are an energetic five piece acoustic band that blend ancient and obscure traditional English dance tunes, virtuoso acoustic musicians and electronica, transforming them into intricate acoustic trance and alternative modern dance hits. Drawing together Folk, Pop, Rock, Funk, Reggae, electronica and trance Gadarene’s selection of miniature masterpieces get amazing audience reactions and fully deserve the exposure given them by the band. Expect to dance!
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Forest of Dean Spring Half Marathon

Times:
29th March 2020

The Spring Trails Half Marathon is run in the beautiful Forest of Dean. 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. This year the Spring Trails Race has been chosen by the Trail Running Association to be the British Trail Running Championships - Short Distance event. This means that, in addition to the regular event medals, the race winner will become the British Trail Running Champion - Short distance and the first three male and first three female finishers will also receive TRA issued medals to commemorate their achievement.
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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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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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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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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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Times:
9th-17th May 2020

The Coleford area abounds in natural beauty and intriguing history. This wonderful walking festival offers a series of walks for all abilities covering a wide range of interests.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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