Longhope Open Gardens Success

The Longhope Open Gardens launched over the Bank Holiday weekend to a fantastic amount of visitors. Over 280 visitors from all over the place including Monmouth, Cheltenham, Cardiff, Evesham, Stockport, Worcester, Birmingham, Broadway, Newent, Gloucester, Chippenham, Hereford, Newport and Missenden. Even visitors from South Florida, Pennsylvania and West Virginia paid the gardens a visit! The … Continue reading Longhope Open Gardens Success

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

Half-term is here and the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean is bursting with activity. With the sun finally out, why not make the most of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on foot, boat or bike.? Summer of stories at Tintern Abbey Wales is renowned worldwide for its literature and poetry, and this summer … Continue reading Reasons to visit the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean this week

The Four Elements Retreat: Canoeing Experience

In collaboration with Way2Go Adventures, Hot Pot Pottery and The House of Bread, Wye Forest Retreats have created two fantastic, creative learning and wellbeing retreats in the Dean Wye with the first starting in June. The retreat called ‘Four Elements Retreat’ will combine Earth, Air, Fire and Water to create a perfect balance for a … Continue reading The Four Elements Retreat: Canoeing Experience

Arts in the Marches, Summer Sculpture Exhibition

Arts in The Marches are delighted to be working in collaboration with Taurus Crafts on a second “Summer of Sculpture”. In 2015 Taurus Crafts established the first joint sculpture exhibitions, featuring the work of sculptors from Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and the Welsh Borders. In 2016 they are extremely pleased to confirm that some of the favourite … Continue reading Arts in the Marches, Summer Sculpture Exhibition

2015 was an exceptional year for tourism in Monmouthshire

According to the county’s 2015 STEAM (Scarborough Tourism Economic Activity Monitor) report, 2015 was an exceptional year for tourism in Monmouthshire. The county welcomed 2.19m visitors, a 4.4% increase on the previous year and a 6.7% increase on 2013. The 4.4% increase between 2015 and 2014 is slightly higher than the currently estimated 4.2% increase for … Continue reading 2015 was an exceptional year for tourism in Monmouthshire

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

It's a distinctly literary week in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean with celebrations of the region's connection to Samuel Coleridge. There's also plenty for the little ones with Julia Donaldson visiting the Savoy Theatre and Open Attic performing the delightful Much Ado About Puffin. Coleridge in Tintern Founder of the Romantic Movement, poet … Continue reading Reasons to visit the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean this week

The Four Elements Retreat: Pottery Experience

Wye Forest Retreats has collaborated with Hot Pot Pottery, The House of Bread and Way2Go Adventures to create two fantastic, creative learning and wellbeing retreats in the Dean Wye this year. The four elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water have all been combined in perfect balance for a 7 day creative adventure and wellbeing … Continue reading The Four Elements Retreat: Pottery Experience

Launch of first litter shop in UK as part of anti-litter campaign

A new campaign to fight litter in rural areas has recently launched in Coleford. Countryside littering is a huge problem and each year 250 tonnes of rubbish is removed from the Forest of Dean alone. The ‘Love your Forest’ campaign, designed by behaviour change charity Hubbub, are trialling new and positive approaches to the growing … Continue reading Launch of first litter shop in UK as part of anti-litter campaign

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

Hellensmusic Hellensmusic to brings exceptional musicians to work together in intimate surroundings exploring new ideas The event has a strong focus on music education and training for the young. The main concerts take place in the early evenings, and during the day the performing musicians deliver a series of masterclasses to talented students from the … Continue reading Reasons to visit the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean this week

Things are “hotting” up at the Dean Heritage Centre

A fiery Bank Holiday weekend is in store at the Dean Heritage Centre (DHC) as its annual Fire and Wood festival returns on Saturday 28th until Monday 30th May. This three day event at the centre is a fantastic celebration of local artisans, heritage crafts and the preservation of the traditional charcoal burn process; with … Continue reading Things are “hotting” up at the Dean Heritage Centre