Places to stay, things to do, good food and drink
After the 600th Anniversary celebrations last year, continue on your journey into the past with the Agincourt Trail. Tracing locations of significance throughout the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean, from Monmouth – the birthplace of Henry V – to the homes of the archers who were integral to the victory at Agincourt.
Join authentic archers at St Briavels castle from 1pm on the 13th to see the planting of one of the trees marking the trail and try a long bow for yourself.
The Beauty of the Forest
From Friday 5th February until Sunday 20th March 2016, the Dean Heritage Centre will be welcoming a new exhibition showcasing the work of Jill Bouchier, a locally based artist.
This captivating display portrays the beauty of the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley through photography; inspired by nature and the local environment, Jill Bouchier has developed production techniques to echo the ephemeral transience of nature’s beauty.
Entry to this exhibition is included in the general admission price to the Dean Heritage Centre, which is open daily from 10am until 4pm during the winter season.
Take advantage of the stunning Monmouthshire night sky and escape to Abergavenny Castle on 11th February to view the stars from a spectacular location.
This stargazing evening will provide a spectacular tour of the night sky using lasers to illustrate the moon, planets, constellations and other wonders of the solar system.
Hot chocolate and mulled wine will be available from the museum and even if the weather dampens the evening, there will be a fantastic alternative light display in the museum.
For a ticket phone the museum on 01873 854282. The cost is £10 for a timed ticket. Slots available are 8-9pm and 9-10pm.
Rob Beckett – Mouth of the South
On the 12th February Beckett’s back with a brand-new hour of funnies and he’s taking on the big issues like Kit Kats and flatbread! Star of BBC1’s Live at the Apollo, BBC2’s Mock the Week & Channel 4’s 8 out of 10 Cats.
‘Relentlessly smiley, perpetually grinning Londoner whose unshowy, unpretentious but thoroughly funny shtick has every chance of winning him a big audience…’ – Guardian.
Over 15 Years Only
Tickets: £ 14.00. Friends & Students £12.00.
Get your Folk on
The Churchfitters is a folk band like no other.
A bass guitar made out of a frying pan. Heart-wrenching vocals accompanied by a musical saw. Foot-stompingly fast fiddle mixed with infectious funk-rock bouzouki, and traditional tunes reinvigorated with mesmerising jazz sax. Throw in some exquisite harmonies, a slew of startlingly original songs and a few jokes that create instant rapport and you’ve got a high energy show that always leaves audiences cheering.
FRIDAY 12TH FEBRUARY. 7.30 FOR 8.00 £8 Adv £10 on the door
Its Pongo the Pig’s birthday but everyone seems to have forgotten! Worse still, his presents have gone missing. Join Justin Fletcher and Nicola Davis as the voices of Pongo and Milly-Moo in a laughter packed fun filled adventure with song, jokes and the world’s biggest game of pass the parcel.
Tickets: Adults £9; Under 16s £8; Family £30 available from the theatre or ring box office: 01600 772467