The first of the 40th anniversary celebration events, organised by the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Overlooking the Wye at Old Station Tintern, thrilled the crowds at a Hands on History event.
Over 2000 people attended and were thrilled by the ear splintering resound of cannon and musket fire demonstrations, ably performed by Sir William Pennyman’s Regiment. Alongside living history demonstrations of civil war cooking and a rather barbarous barber surgeon, displaying the gruesome surgical techniques of the time, visitors enjoyed demonstrations of papermaking, 17th century portrait painting and the art of the blacksmith.
Families found lots to amuse from face painting to local history information with the Destination Wye Valley exhibition int the newly refurbished railway carriages. Walks were organised along the River Wye to Tintern and there was also a chance to relax in the glorious sunshine and sample the superb food from the award-winning Station Café.
The event gave the Wye Valley AONB opportunity to demonstrate their work over the last forty years and for the Overlooking the Wye Heritage Partnership Scheme, a chance to show the public their work on over forty projects throughout the area.
The second event Iron Age Rampage will take place at Symonds Yat Rock on Sunday, May 22 when the Yat Rock Iron Age hillfort will echo to the sounds of Iron Age and Roman Britain. Living history demonstrations will be showing us what life was like in that turbulent period. There will also be a chance for anyone interested in archaeology to come along and bring their own artifacts for identification. There will also be an opportunity to take a tour of an iron age site.
After that we move onto the gorgeous Georgians. ‘On the Way to the Wye’ is the third event to be held in Ross on Wye on Saturday, June 18. Fun, fiddle faddle, frippery and foppery will be found at the Caroline Symonds Gardens at Ross riverside. This jamboree will be demonstrating various aspects of Georgian life and will also feature a historical progression through the town with notable Georgian celebrities such as John Kyrle, Coleridge and Nelson, led by local historian and author Heather Hurley.
The final event will be a Medieval Mayhem event at Chepstow Castle on Sunday September 18.In partnership in with the European Heritage Open Doors Project.This event will feature medieval re enactments . All events are free and will be a great family day out.