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

There’s plenty of reasons to explore the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean this week.

The annual Forest Activities Festival returns to the historic Speech House on Sunday while Tintern Abbey invites you to explore the night sky through with its spectacular ruins as a backdrop.

For those looking for a stunning spring walk, there couldn’t be a better time to head to the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean as the annual explosion of bluebells is well and truly underway.

Tintern AbbeyHistoric Sites - Religious
Tintern Abbey 


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.


Stargaze from within the stunning surroundings of Tintern Abbey
Take a tour of the night sky, viewing familiar and unfamiliar constellations of the northern hemisphere, find various deep sky objects such as the Orion Nebula and learn the correct use of binoculars and navigation via star maps.

Sessions are suitable for those aged 12 and above. Refreshments will be available.

Attendees are advised to arrive from 7.30pm and to wear warm clothes and suitable footwear and to bring a torch and a blanket.

22nd April 2016
7.30pm – 9.30pm
Adult – £10.00
To book a ticket, please phone the abbey on 01291 689251

Two Williams

Several important anniversaries will be marked in 2016. Most notable of all is surely the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare in 1616. Less well known, but important for Hereford, is that of the priest/composer William Felton – a senior Vicar Choral during the 18th century and wrote organ concerti and other musical works.

On the eve of the day of Shakespeare’s birth (and death), Friday 22 April, Hereford Cathedral presents a recital commemorating these two Williams. There will be recitations of Shakespeare’s sonnets by Richard Willmott and Osyth Malone and examples of songs setting texts by Shakespeare by 18th-century composers William Boyce and Thomas Arne.

Felton’s music will be represented by an organ concerto played by cathedral organ scholar Charles Maxtone-Smith and a string orchestra, conducted by David Hatcher.

The recital will take place in College Hall, which was restored during the late 1750s as a venue for the fledgling Three Choirs Festival – a restoration that took place largely through the good offices of William Felton.

Eagles Tribute
Little Eagles bring a show celebrating the history and classic songs of this iconic American band. Whitemead Forest Park invites you to come on a journey starting in the early 1970’s where The Eagles Songbook will first perform the band’s early hits.

Enjoy Life in the fast lane, Get over it, and How Long, plus no celebration of the Eagles would be complete without Hotel California.

Friday 22nd April

For more information call 01594 560 400

Shakespeare Live

A once in a lifetime live event celebrating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death LIVE from the stage of the Memorial Theatre in Stratford on Avon. Hosted by David Tennant there is a line-up of major talent that will be unforgettable including Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Joseph Fiennes, Al Murray, Alison Moyet, Meera Syal, Rufus Wainwright, Tim Minchin, The ENO and the Royal Ballet. The live version in cinemas will include exclusive additional footage.shake

Tickets: £ 10.00

Savoy Theatre, Monmouth






Find out about all the events this week here.

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.

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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