Reasons to Visit the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean This Week

Chepstow Racecourse

Shake off the gloom of January with some February jump racing at Chepstow Racecourse. With seven races starting from 1.40pm, it’s set to be a packed afternoon of exciting races.
Lunch packages in Silks Restaurant start from £55 and include a two-course meal and admission.General admission is £15 in advance and £18 on the day or why not treat yourself to a ‘Day at the Races’ package for just £22 (only in advance)?

Indian Takeaway Experience

​If you’re a lover of curry and beer, don’t miss this epic cooking experience from Harts Barn Cookery School and Hillside Brewery.

Instead of reaching for the takeaway menu, pop down to the cookery school and join Versha Patel to learn how to make:

  • Chicken Pakora with a dip
  • Lamb kebabs with a riata
  • Chickpeas curry and light naan bread

Then up to Hillside Brewery for a fantastic brewery tour and beer tasting – leave with your takeaway in one hand and beer in the other!

The upcoming experiences are as follows:

  • Chicken – 6th February & 9th July
  • Lamb – 7th May & 1st October
  • Vegetarian – 18th June & 19th November

Humble By Nature

Valentine’s and Mother’s Day are just around the corner so be sure to have a beautiful gift to hand! Head to Humble By Nature and learn how to make a gorgeous willow heart from skilled willow weaver Amanda Rayner – the perfect gift for someone you love.

Beethoven’s Eroica and Mendelssohn’s Masterpiece
On Sunday 7thFebruary, Hereford Shirehall will host both the English Symphony Orchestra’s Kenneth Woods conducting the young virtuoso Alexander Sitkovetsky in a stunning program including Beethoven’s Third Symphony, Mendelssohn Violin Concerto and the UK Premiere of acclaimed composer Emily Doolittle’s “green/blue”  Described as a playful and exciting work full of the kinds of colourful writing it’s title would suggest.

Tickets £6.47–£21.24

Love is in the air…

There’s still time to book some romantic delights and deals to enjoy in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean this Valentine’s Day:

  • Come and celebrate Valentine’s weekend this year in one of Hot Pot Pottery’s cottages –The House of Bread with a complimentary bottle of bubbly and delicious chocolates.
  • Oakgrove Cottage is offering complimentary champagne, chocolates and flowers for a 3 night break in their romantic rural retreat.
  • Stowfield Barn B&B & Self Catering Cottage is offering a 3 night stay in their cosy cottage for £250 and for this weekend they will include a bottle of fizz, chocolates and roses. In the B&B, the rooms are £80 per night and will also include over the Valentine’s weekend those lovely treats.
  • Humble by Nature is offering a do-it-yourself Valentine’s Day experience in the form of arts & crafts and chocolate truffle making.
  • Harts Barn Cookery School is giving you the opportunity to whip up something delicious. Why not try your hand at bread making or creating heart-shaped ravioli?
  • Speech House Hotel is offering you a special romantic Valentine’s package including a candlelit dinner, champagne, chocolates and red roses when you check in.
  • Tudor Famhouse is offering a two night stay with a bottle of champagne, chocolates and flowers in your room on arrival.
  • Forest Holidays is offering you a three-night stay in one of their luxury cabins, where you can see the local attractions or relax together in the hot tub.
  • Deanfield Bed & Breakfast are offering a 3 night romantic stay with chocolates and wine £240 (for 2 people sharing). Price includes breakfast.


About Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Tourism

Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Tourism (WVFDT) was formed in 2006 and is the official Destination Management Organisation representing the interests of 300 members.

Managed by a 10-strong voluntary board, supported by professional advisers, the Forestry Commission and the AONB, it is funded by member subscriptions, the Forest of Dean District Council, Monmouthshire Council (via VisitWales), the Forestry Commission, and grant funding for specific projects.

Tourism in the Forest of Dean and Monmouthshire contributes £141.5 million and £158.1 respectively to the local economies.  WVFDTA members include tourist attractions, accommodation providers, outdoor activities, food producers, events and services.  The Association delivers four key functions:

  1. To represent the local tourism industry at local and national level
  2. To promote and raise the profile of Wye Valley and Forest of Dean
  3. To support members to improve and market their businesses
  4. To enable member businesses to work together

Any business interested in being part of the Association should visit or contact


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