Reasons to Visit the Wye Valley and Forest of dean this week!

Heritage Open Daysheritage open days

Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to places that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission.

Every year on four days in September, buildings of every age, style and function throw open their doors. It is a once-a-year chance to discover architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities that bring local history and culture to life.

So much to see and do Free of charge and right on people’s doorstep, Heritage Open Days is an event for everyone, whatever their background, age and ability.

Download a full brochure showing all the locations in the region taking part here.

A Flappers Evening

On Friday 11th September, The Angel Hotel, Abergavenny, is hosting A Flapper’s Evening in association with Emma Corfield-Walters of {Book-ish} Crickhowell and Pan Macmillan.

It’s a swingin’ soiree, inspired by four enthralling publications about (or set in) 1920’s America;

‘Mrs. Hemingway’ by Naomi Wood
‘Villa America’ by Liza Klaussmann
‘Axeman’s Jazz’ by Ray Celestin
‘A Curious Friendship’ by Anna Thomasson

On arrival, guests will be greeted with the mellow tones of local group Red Rug Jazz & cocktails in the splendid surroundings of The Angel’s (fully licensed) Ballroom bar & terrace. A hot two course buffet will then be served in the decadent Ballroom and the authors of the four publications will then discuss their works and the ‘lost generation’. Dancing will follow till late to the sounds of the roaring twenties from ‘Inspector Gadjo with special guest Casey Greene’.

Although not compulsory, the organisers are encouraging guests to dress in 1920’s style attire and can recommend a visit to Alison Tod’s boutique on Cross Street for the perfect hat or fascinator to complete any outfit.

The evening will commence at 7.00pm and tickets cost £35 per person. Bookings are essential and may be made by telephoning The Angel Hotel on 01873 857121

The Usk Show

On the second Saturday in September, every year since 1844, Usk Farmers’ Club have held the Usk Show to celebrate the very best of Monmouthshire farming and rural life.  Now in its 170th year its popularity is second-to-none and it has become one of the biggest one-day agricultural shows in the whole of the UK.

At its 100 acre site near the village of Gwernesney just outside Usk, it currently 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 agriculture 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.
There will also be attractions and demonstrations throughout the day in our Main and Countryside Rings.

Hereford Art Week

h.Art Week 2015 will take place from 12th to 20th September. Since 2002 this county wide art trail has taken place every year over nine days from the second week of September.

There are over 150 artists and designer makers exhibiting this year, across 92 venues – 17 of which are entirely new. You can expect to see; painting, ceramics, sculpture, textiles, jewellery, furniture, printmaking, baskets, glass, photography and metalwork.

FREE guides with with pull out maps showing the locations of all venues plus information and pictures, will be available to download from here in the next few weeks. You can also receive a hard copy which can either be be picked up from galleries and tourist outlets from late July or posted to you (postage fees apply). To receive a copy in the post, order here.

Newent Onion Fayre

onionNewent Onion Fayre is a one day street festival of food drink and merriment which attracts almost 15,000 visitors. At the heart of the festival is the Onion Show which is unique in its status in the UK. The whole town becomes a party during what has become recognised as a celebration of the first day of harvest at the end of the summer.

With lots of live music, entertainment, food and drink, plus 100+ stands, exhibitions, children’s events and not forgetting the one and only Newent Onion show featuring the famous onion eating competitions.

And, for one year only- in celebration of 20 years of the modern Newent Onion Fayre- there is the Onion Fest After Party.

Newent Lake Park, will host the bands playing on a specially constructed stage out over the water, with a spectacular laser lighting show filling the sky.

With a licensed bar and hog roast, food and drink will not be in short supply either while the fun fair will keep kids of all ages entertained.

About the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Tourism Association

The Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Tourism Association (WVFDTA) aims for high quality, sustainable tourism for a unique region. Working closely with the three local councils (Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Monmouthshire) we promote it as one, unified travel destination. With a foot in England and in Wales, it is a true borderland between both nations with a rich culture and heritage.

Home to both the River Severn and River Wye and encompassing an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean is increasingly a location for international film and television productions. It offers unrivalled outdoor activities, including the world famous Severn Bore, alongside an abundance of native flora and wildlife.

WVFDTA, with the support of its members, aims to build the reputation of the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean and surrounding areas as a destination for artisan food and drink, quality attractions, exciting activities and remarkable natural beauty.

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