Visit the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean

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Three Choirs Festival – Stay in the Wye Valley or Forest of Dean

Hereford Cathedral - copyright Julian-P-Guffogg

Hereford Cathedral - copyright Julian-P-Guffogg

The Three Choirs Festival, Europe’s oldest musical event takes place annually in August, alternating between the cathedral cities of Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester.  This year the festival takes place 8th – 15th August in Hereford.  As usual, most of the events take place in the cathedral or nearby locations but some are at Tewkesbury Abbey, Leominster Priory and Wyastone Concert Hall.  In addtion to the varied programme of orchesteral and coral works, on Wednesday 12 August Sir Roy String is leading a guide to the ancient churches of Kilpeck and Dore Abbey.  The full programme of events can be seen on the festival website.

If you are attending the festival or visiting Hereford during this busy period, have you booked your accommodation yet?  Rather than stay in Hereford, why not consided one of the market towns nearby.  Newent, Ross-on-Wye, Monmouth and Abergavennay are all close and just a short drive from Hereford.  Newent and Ross have lots of black and white buildings typical of this area; Monmouth and Abergavenny are busy Welsh border towns.  All have high-quality accommodation, good places to eat and drink and lots of the specialty shops that make visiting small towns a delight.  In addition if you want to escape from the music for a short while, you are well placed to tour the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean.

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