Places to stay, things to do, good food and drink
Every summer, the Chepstow Festival brings a month of music, theatre and performance to the historic town. This year, there are 11 exciting theatre productions in Chepstow Castle by Britain’s top professional touring open-air theatre companies.
The festival draws to a close this week with two final performances of Shakespeare. Rain or Shine Theatre present The Tempest on Friday 25th while the Illyria production of The Taming of the Shrew will end the festival on a high this Saturday.
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 http://www.chepstowfestival.co.uk/home
There’ll be no more cries of ‘I’m bored’ with this fantastic holiday bush craft session! Kids love nothing better than being outdoors so grab their wellies and get them outside building dens.
The first part of den-building is finding your materials. Your kids will be challenged to search the wood and forage for their den-making material. Then Paul will show them how to make weather-proof dens out of branches, leaves and anything else they can find, or should we say carry?
Join in the fun from the 23rd July. Tickets are £20.
Situated in the beautiful historic Welsh border town, Monmouth Festival is a nine day festival offering the unique atmosphere of yesteryear festivals in the here and now. It is proud to be considered one of the largest and best free volunteer organised festivals in Europe.
Throughout its 33 years the Festival has got bigger and better and now includes the Carnival, Busking Festival and a growing Fringe. The Festival prides itself on being extremely friendly, relaxed and an opportunity for families and all generations of people to come together and enjoy themselves.
Three Choirs Festival
For centuries, the cathedral cities of Hereford, Gloucester and Worcester have taken it in turn to host an annual ‘music meeting’. The original performers were the three cathedral choirs, who remain at the heart of the festival, but the large-scale choral repertoire at today’s concerts is performed by the TCF Chorus drawn from the three cities, joined by an array of international artists and ensembles to provide a diversity unimagined in the eighteenth century. In 2015, the festival celebrates its 300th anniversary.
For visitors and audience members, the Three Choirs Festival is a unique, immersive experience. Events take place throughout the day during festival week: you can start with a guided walk around the historic host city, take in an art exhibition or enjoy a lunchtime recital in a beautiful church, get on a coach for an afternoon concert somewhere in the surrounding countryside, be back in time for Choral Evensong or a tea-time talk, listen to an awe-inspiring choral and orchestral performance in a glorious cathedral setting, and finish with jazz and a drink at one of our more informal late night events.
You can find a full list of events and book tickets here.
Gorge Scrambling Experience
Rock climb waterfalls, scramble rocks and venture through tunnel in the dark – you will get wet! Great fun for older kids and a sure fire way to tire them out!
£33 per adult, £25 per child. Half day in duration.
www.inspire2adventure.comTel 01600 891515
Caribbean Night at Chepstow Racecourse
Head to Chepstow Racecourse on the 24th July for their ever popular Caribbean Night. There will be a steel bands playing on arrival and live music after racing from the fantastic Bob Marley tribute, The Trenchtown Experience. They will play all the hits including One Love, No Woman No Cry, Iron Lion Zion and Buffalo Soldier. There will also be a Best Hawaiian shirt competition.
Admission starts from £20 if booked in advance and there is a great value advance ‘Movers and Shakers’ package for £25, which includes a Premier ticket, Caribbean wrap, rum cocktail and race day programme.
Forest and Valley Open Studios
Ending on the 26th, this week is the last chance to catch this 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. Download the brochure for details on all the studios participating.
For more ideas on things to do, visit http://www.wyedeantourism.co.uk/