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

The Easter break is over but, with spring well and truly underway, there’s plenty to do in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean in including wine tasting, a step back in time with the Royal Welch Fusiliers and a great deal on a cottage escape.

Cheese and wine tasting at Ancre Hill

Join the award-winning Ancre Hill winery for a vineyard tour followed by a tutored wine and cheese tasting.

Ancre Hill, is a biodynamic vineyard with the only commercial winery in Wales.  On this fascinating vineyard and winery tour, you will go behind the scenes to learn all about how award-winning wine is produced.

You can’t beat a bit of cheese with wine, so Tom Lewis, owner of The Marches Delicatessen in Abergavenny to give you a tutored tasting of some fabulous cheeses.  Tom is a cheese expert and has access to some of Britain’s best artisan cheeses which he will pair with the wine.   ancre

Saturday, April 16th 2016, 13:45pm – 17:00pm

One the Edge
Kepow Theatre Company’s worldwide hit comedy show explores all those moments in life when we are ‘on the edge’ with excruciatingly funny results. Falling in love, leaving home, getting a job, bungee jumping. You name it, this show explores it. Essentially a comedy -with touching moments- it premiered at the Edinburgh Festival, had a sell-out run and garnered 5 Star reviews before going global

Supported by Air in G.
Age 12+
16th April 7.30 FOR 8.00. £8 Adv £10 on the door

Bee Gees Fever

Bee Gees Fever are the UK’s Number 1 Premier Bee Gees tribute show. They have been wowing audiences across the UK and Europe with their stunning live tribute to the music of the Brothers Gibb and have put their name firmly on the map as one of the most celebrated tribute bands in the business.

Tickets: £15

Frank Sinatra Tribute

‘Sinatra Celebration’ brings to the forefront of our minds the contribution of one of the most multi-talented men of the 20th century. A trip down memory lane as never before.

Designed to be flexible ‘Sinatra Celebration’ is suitable for small or large venues. Keith Slater has been a professional musician since 1981 and has toured extensively around the British Isles. He has appeared on national TV and Radio. He regularly works with well known artistes and award winning bands

For more information call 01594 560 400

Friday 15th April
£15 per adult, including a two course dinner. This is an over 18’s seated event

The 23rd Royal Welch Fusiliers Re-enactment Society

Head to the Kymin to get a glimpse into the way British Georgian soldiers lived. Watch displays of drills, musketry training, battlefield surgery and meet some of the soldiers’ wives.

Homemade tea and cakes also available to purchase.fusiliers

16th April 2016 – 17th April 2016
11am – 4pm each day
The Kymin, Monmouth NP25 3SF
Free event (normal admission charges to the Round House apply)

A spring escape

Oakgrove Cottage has a 15% April discount offer for three, four or seven night stays.

IMG_20160407_131752729_HDROverlooking the River Wye with breathtaking views of the valley, Oakgrove holiday cottage boasts an envious position in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Shielded from a rural country lane by woodland and fields, and reached by a secluded driveway, this holiday cottage has direct access to local footpaths, bridle ways and Offa’s Dyke.


Lea House Bed and Breakfast are offering 15% off all four night stays. A cosy retreat between Ross-on-Wye and Ledbury, Lea House provides a warm welcome for walkers and cyclists with on-site storage for muddy bikes and boots.


Forest Activities Festival

The Forest Activities Festival will return to the grounds of The Speech House Hotel on Sunday 24 April 2016, offering county locals and tourists alike a wealth of indoor and outdoor pursuits to try.

Whether you’re hoping to lead a healthier and more active lifestyle or simply looking to take up a new hobby, there will be everything from mountain biking, rugby and archery to Segway taster sessions along with bush craft, cookery, photography and golf on offer from a whole host of local businesses.

What’s more, live music from local musicians will perform throughout the day, while gastronomes can pick at a selection of food and drink from the region’s best exhibitors.

Furry friends are also welcome, with dogs on a leash allowed in the festival grounds, as well as the chance to enter into the popular fun dog show.
Wye Valley River Festival
Ahoy there! Don’t miss the Wye Valley’s watery extravaganza. The Wye Valley River Festival 2016, from its launch in Hereford on April 29 to its finale near Chepstow on May 15, there’s a fabulous, fast-flowing programme of community events in the run up to the Wye Valley River Festival, which will make a splash all along the Wye Valley.wye river

The Wye Valley River Festival is a biennial festival inspired by the landscape and led by arts professionals collaborating with the people who live in and around the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Environmentalists, artists and communities will come together for themed events including fire and flame; riverside revelry; performances; arts installations; workshops and walks and talks.

To see full details and to book please visit the Activity Days home page, here.


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