Reasons to Visit the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean this week

The Severn Bore
The Severn Bore is one of Britain’s few truly spectacular natural phenomena. The tidal surge travels up the River Severn where the tidal range is the 2nd highest in the world, creating waves as high as 50 feet!

Surfing the Severn Bore
Surfing the Severn Bore

Local surfers and kayakers are expected to take to the river for what will be one of the first good waves of the year on the morning of the 10th March.

The bore can be viewed from a number of places but the best views are from Minsterworth. A public footpath runs along the river bank.

In October 2007 Ray Gravell, a man who for many embodied what it is to be Welsh, passed away after complications resulting from contracting diabetes. He was 56 years old. Known to millions for his legendary exploits on the rugby field, ‘Grav’ was and is so much more than that. An actor, a cultural icon, a father, a husband, a man with a life packed full of stories that deserve to be heard once more.

The Torch Theatre Company presents ‘Grav’ written by Owen Thomas, a one man show that will explore the life of a man who was as fascinating away from the rugby field as he was on it. Starring Gareth Bale as Ray Gravell.

£12 from the Monmouth Savoy Theatre

Jenny Éclair
Professional Grumpy old woman, Splash survivor, amateur soup maker, and novice knitter, Jenny Eclair is younger than Madonna but eats crisps and likes wine. Semi –bearded and suffering from outbreaks of gout and hysteria, Eclair puts middle age under the microscope and decides whether to laugh, cry or buy a dachshund! You are most welcome to join her, just button your cardi up properly and wipe that lipstick off your teeth.

Tickets £17.50 from the Monmouth Savoy Theatre

Six Nations Race Day

Head to Chepstow Racecourse for Six Nations Race Day where there will be one of the biggest screens in Wales showing the action.

six nations
Chepstow Racecourse

They’ll be showing the England vs. Wales Six Nations game live in the marquee bar behind the main Grandstand as well as Ireland vs. Italy match at 1:30pm.

There will be live music throughout the afternoon from Irish band Murphy’s Marbles.

Gates open at 11.50am. The first race is off at 1.50pm. The last race is 5.20pm. Admission starts from £20 if booked advance.

Greg Russlle and Ciaran Algar

Winners of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award in 2013, this outstandingly talented young duo are true successors to 70s icons Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick.

Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar

After recording their second album in the November of 2013, Russell (vocals, guitar and bouzouki) and Algar (fiddle, bouzouki and vocals) received the Horizon Award for Best breakthrough act at the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Their second album, The Call, received 5 Stars in fRoots, 4 Stars in both R2 Magazine and The Telegraph. The duo come from musical households and both began to develop their musical skills long before joining forces in 2012.

SATURDAY 12TH MARCH 7.30 FOR 8.00. £8 Adv £10 on the door

Perrygrove Wedding Fair

Perrygrove Railway

Planning your big day? Perrygrove Railway is a brand new wedding venue, situated in the beautiful in the Forest of Dean.

Come along to the wedding fair on the 13th March to see just how unique a special day at Perrygrove Railway could be.

English Tourism Week

It’s English Tourism week – the perfect excuse to shake off winter and spring into adventure.

There’s plenty of ways to celebrate in the Forest of Dean – keep up to date with offers here.

  • Where does our food come from?
    More and more people are keen to know exactly where their food comes from these days and that’s why we just love showing people around behind the scenes on our organic dairy farm. If you would be interested in joining us on one of our private farm tours at Hanley Farm Shop, please send an email to
  • £10 off cookery school voucher
    During English week March Harts Barn Cookery School will be offering £10 OFF a £55 voucher that can be used against any of their cookery classes listed on our website. Available to buy online. The £10 OFF is only valid on our £55 voucher and must be purchased online using the voucher code TW2016. The £10 will be taken off automatically in your basket once the code has been entered online. Vouchers are valid for 12 months from time of purchase and can only be used against cookery classes.
  • 15% discount B&B accommodation
    The recently refurbished Crown at Whitchurch is offering 15% discount on bookings made directly with the hotel during Wales and English Tourism Weeks.  Non-discounted rates are from £60 per night. Or grab a free dessert with every main course. Neither offers can be used in conjunction with any other offer running.
  • Scenic tour of the farm in farm vehicle
    Book a room for 2 or more nights at Dryslade Farm during Tourism Weeks and enjoy a scenic tour of the farm in a farm vehicle. Rolling countryside with stunning views. Bring your wellies to visit our Hereford cattle in their winter barns.
  • Free Nordic walking taster session
    Contact Way2go Adventures to book a free Nordic Walking taster session, 10.00 Saturday 5 March 2016. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.
  • 15% discount on Nordic walking courses
    Book a Nordic walkingtechnique course with Contact Way2go Adventures during Tourism Weeks and receive 15% discount off the Normal price of £60per person 4 x 1 hour or 2 x 2hr sessions.
  • Two for one offer on canoe trip
    2 for 1 offer (50% discount) on half-day guided canoe trip on River Wye with Contact Way2go Adventures on Sunday 6 March.
  • Two for One on bike hire
    Dean Forest Cycles are offering two for the price of one when hiring bikes during Wales Tourism Week, 29 February to 4 March and again during English Tourism Week, 7 to 11 March.
  • 40% off Bushcraft course
    On Saturday 5 March, 09.30 to 16.30, Forest Bushcraft offers a 40% discount off the normal prices (£70.00 per adult and £45.00 per child) for their basic bushcraft course.

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