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

The May Bank Holiday is on the horizon and the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean is bursting with activities to keep the while family entertained.

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).

The Water Ones crop
The Water Ones

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.

Tea by the Wye

Enjoy a scrumptious cream tea for two complete with home-made scones, clotted cream, butter and jam with a choice of tea or coffee for just £10 at The Royal Lodge in Symonds Yat.

Overlooking the stunning River Wye, the new function room is available for weddings, meetings and conferences with seating for up to 100 guests. The room offers private dining for large groups as well a comforting large wood burner and large windows that open to showcase the stunning garden views.

Cream tea is available daily from 2:30pm-6pm and this particular offer is valid until 15th July 2016. Booking is essential, please contact The Royal Lodge on 01600 890238 to arrange your experience.

Spring Lambs

lambsCome see the lambs at Parva Farm this weekend. Enjoy an exhibition on the ewes, their lambs and information about rearing sheep on a Welsh farm. Some of the sheep may be stroked & lambs cuddled and there is a chance of bottle feeding a lamb.

23rd April -8th May 11:30am – 5pm


The (almost) Complete History of Britain

“Horrible Histories meets the Reduced Shakespeare Company…Genius” Gloucestershire Echo

Mud, blood and stiff upper-lips! Join the critically acclaimed Pantaloons theatre company for a breathless race through the centuries in this delightfully inventive show and see the whole story of our country told in less than two hours! Have you ever wanted to see the life of Henry VIII as a romantic comedy or the tale of the Spanish Armada as a musical? Well, look no further as The (almost) Complete History of Britain realises these dreams and more… A historically hysterical show packed with songs, sketches and silliness.history

Blake Theatre, Monmouth

28th April

Adult £12, Children £10, Family (2 adults, 2 children) £35

Beading Workshop

Prima Vera means Spring which couldn’t be more fitting! Celebrate the coming of Spring and spend a day creating a lovely pendant or brooch using only needle, thread and lots of lovely glass flower and leaf beads with a few crystals to give a little sparkle. This workshop is suitable for complete beginners and improvers.

Sally has been beading for 25 years and teaches adults at residential colleges and other venues nationally. She also sells her pieces and works to commission.

£25 per person plus materials (approx. cost of materials £8)

Saturday, 30th April 10am – 4pm
Tel: 01989 770598
Taurus Crafts, The Old Park, Lydney, Nr 

Border Counties Steam and Vintage Show

With something for the whole family  a selection of all types of vintage vehicles, models, crafts.Also a collectable Vintage Sale Saturday and Car Boot Sale on the Saturday/ Sunday all day, Tug of war competition and a dog show on Sunday which you can enter on the day.

Vauxhall Fields Monmouth

30th April 2016 – 1st May 2016
Adults £6.00 Concession £4.00 12 to 16 yrs £3.00 12yrs under FREE

A Day Out With Thomas

Doors open at 9:30 and as long as Sir Topham Hatt, the Fat Controller is able to wake up Thomas, he puffs into the platform at approximately 9:45 for the start of a fun packed day (Its very difficult to keep a young engine like Thomas under control!) Thomas’ first task is to find the coaches for the “big” train, pull them into the platform and then we’re off on an action packed fun day.

But will Sir Topham be able to keep control?
Activities include:

  • Unlimited travel on the steam train to Lydney Junction.
  • Story-telling trip into the forest all the way to Parkend in Daisy the Diesel
  • Rides in Toad the brake van pulled by Thomas – Look out for Sir Topham Hatt!
  • Devious Diesel and the Troublesome Trucks will be providing entertainment.
  • Face painting, Bouncy Castles and Competition with prizes.
  • The Imagination Station – with colouring pages, table-top toys and regular magic shows.
  • Musical children’s entertainer travels on the steam train.
  • Day Out With Thomas Certificate for all children riding.


Boots and Paddles

Way2Go Adventures are offering a Boots and Paddles activity this April.

This exciting activity will include a moderate walk from Redbrook to the Kymin to enjoy some great views before dropping down into Monmouth forIMG_8335 lunch before finishing with a gentle paddle along the River Wye.

For more details on this event or to book, please click here.

Llantilio Crossenny Festival of Music and Drama

An annual festival in rural South Wales dedicated to the advancement of creativity in young people, and a range of musical and theatrical events, based in and around Llantilio Crossenny and Treadam.
Feel free to download a 2016 brochure with booking form right here.

1st May 2016 – 15th May 2016

Ross Beer Fest

Thirsty? Head down to the third annual Ross-on-Wye Beer and Cider Festival on Bank Holiday Monday. With over 30 beers and ciders, it’s sure to be a delicious weekend.

Saturday has some great headline musicians playing, with local bands starting the afternoon. Sunday is May Day so we will be off to a traditional start with some folk and Morris Dancing from The Forest of Dean Morris Men.

Hungry? This year the food on offer will be better than ever! Barbecue, hot and cold snacks and crispy snacks will be there for you to buy.

30th April – 1st May at Ross Rowing Club

£5 entry which includes a Ross Beer Fest glass



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