Places to stay, things to do, good food and drink
Every summer, the Chepstow Festival brings a month of music, theatre and performance to this historic town. This year, there are 11 exciting theatre productions in Chepstow Castle by Britain’s top professional touring open-air theatre companies.
On Saturday 11th, experience magic with the Ilyria production of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice as the sun sets over the turrets of Chepstow castle.
Picnics are welcome and in the event of rain the huge audience canopy not only provides shelter but also greatly enhances the acoustics. Family tickets are available at £40 over the phone from Chepstow museum (01291625981) or at £49 at the gate.
Ross-on-Wye Country Music Festival
In aid of St Michael’s Hospice, this ever-popular country music festival is back for its 13th year from the 10th-12th July. Last year’s artists booked to appear included DEE JAMES DUO, KALIDRE, DANNY RIVERS, BOXCAR KELLY TRIO, BEN THOMPSON, TRAVIS LOGAN and SHERRI. Weekend tickets are available for £20 per person with days tickets starting from £6.
Pop-up Opera presents Rossini’s L’Italiana I Algeri
Back in the original pop-up opera venue, the cider barn at Broome Farm, this year’s production takes Rossini to Las Vegas as love and fidelity compete against the city’s tantalising promise of endless wealth and sensory gratification.
Tickets are available from £17.50
Forest and Valley Open Studios
A celebration of the wealth of creativity within the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean, during the open studios visitors will be able to skip around galleries and studios to seek out the top artists in the region.
Explore the history of the Forest…
Set across a stunning and fully interactive five acre site, the Dean Heritage Centre protects and preserves the unique history and heritage of the beautiful Forest of Dean. Sat by the River Wye, its exhibitions, woodlands and galleries explore the history of the region from the Ice-Age to the present day. Until the 31st August, they are offering 10% off admission. Collect your voucher here.
Adult admission is from £7.20, Children (3-16 years) is £5.40 and family tickets are available for £23
Folk on the Lawn
Run without a budget and entirely dependent on the goodwill of those involved, Folk on the Lawn in the Abbey Mill, Tintern never-the-less attracts international artists and signed band, in addition to the Welsh, English and very local talent. The ‘genre’ is distinctly homespun, innovative and the complete antithesis to the X Factor style ‘tired folk’.
The festival runs from the 10th-12th July and entry is free.
A Relaxing Get-Away
Make the most over everything the region has to offer this week by retreating to the beautiful Oak Grove Cottage. Overlooking the River Wye, and with direct access to stunning walks through the woodland and Offa’s Dyke, the cottage is available with a £60 discount for the weeks commencing the 11th and 18th July making a stay £350 instead of £410. It sleeps two with the double bedroom looking out onto stunning scenery that surround the cottage.
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