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

The Bank Holiday may be over but this week is packed with exciting events in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean.

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.Heron at launch. Wye Valley AONB

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.

May the 4th be with you

The community of Coleford is set to come together on the 4th May to celebrate the town’s connection to the Star Wars: The Force Awakens which had key scenes filmed in nearby Puzzlewood.

Events and retail promotions planned throughout the day and into the evening:

  • From 9am – a number of town shops are running Star Wars themed promotions and will be decorating their windows and wearing costumes to get into the spirit of the day.
  • From 10am – Puzzlewood is open allowing visitors to check out the scenes used in the film.
  • 3:45pm – Costume parade (from Co-Op) and prize giving in the town centre – everyone welcome to turn up and take part.
  • 4:15pm – Make you favourite characters in milk or dark chocolate workshop at Sixteen Community Cafe (£2/child).
  • 5:00pm – Watch Star Wars – The Force Awakens at Studio Cinema Coleford.
  • 8:00pm – Star Wars quiz night at The Angel Hotel.

Severn Bore

The Severn Bore is one of Britain’s few truly spectacular natural phenomena. It is a large surge wave that can be seen in the estuary of the River Severn, where the tidal range is the 2nd highest in the world, being as much as 50 feet (approx. 15.4m).surf

There are several promising waves predicted for the weekend. With May the 4th just a few days before, you might even spot some surfing Stormtroopers.

See the website for times and viewing locations.

 An Evening with Chris Packham
In association with Rossiter Books, the Savoy Theatre presents TV’s favourite conservationist, naturalist and animal expert who has published his autobiography, Fingers in the Sparkle Jar and he will be talking about the book and other animal in what promises to be an illuminating evening.

Tickets: £9 (£3 may be used towards purchase of the book)

Indian Take-away experience

If you’re a lover of curry and beer, Harts Barn Cookery School has teamed up with Hillside Brewery to bring you the most jam-packed, epic cooking experience in the Forest of Dean.

Pop down to the cookery school and join Versha Patel to learn how to make:

·         Chicken Pakora with a dip
·         Lamb kebabs with a riata
·         Chickpeas curry and light naan bread

Then up to Hillside Brewery for a fantastic brewery tour and beer tasting – leave with your takeaway in one hand and beer in the other! We’re so pleased that these two establishments have come together to create a great product, and we can’t wait to see what you conjure up. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #deanwye to show us your food snaps!

Mad Hatter’s Tea Pary
The Angel Hotel celebrates ‘Alice in Wonderland’ with a mad hatter’s tea party crowned with millinery by Alison Tod.

On Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th May The Angel Hotel, Abergavenny, is holding a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, combining The Angel’s award-winning high tea with the creative brilliance of acclaimed couture milliner Alison Tod.

adminupload_56e8507d615a8hatterAfter the huge success of last year’s tea party, we are once again teaming up with Alison Tod Couture Miliner to celebrate Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’.

Everyone is requested to wear a colourful hat. Bring out an old favourite or visit Alison’s shop and treat yourself to something new.

All guests will receive preferential rates on purchases until the end of May from Alison Tod’s millinery boutique upon presentation of their Mad Hatters Tea Party ticket.

A glass of Morton ‘Mimi’ A selection of sandwiches A selection of warm savoury pastries Warm scone with strawberry jam and freshly-whipped cream Freshly-baked cakes and pastries Tea or coffee

Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th May

£30.00 per person
There will be two sittings. The first starting at 2.00pm and the second starting at 4.15pm.

Fabulous Photography

Enjoy a nformal jargon free photo training in a small all day group course at the beautiful Puzzlewood with Forest of Dean & Wye Valley School of Photography.

Suitable for all levels.

7th May

£65/per person in advance

Archery Tag

An exciting new onsite activity has recently launched at Hillside Brewery… Archery Tag! adminupload_56c2f79fd3b3dhillside archery

Great for all ages from 10 years and over, it offers a great insight to the sport of archery, mixed in with the true interaction of friends and family in a safe and unique environment. It will run for 20 minutes and Hillside Brewery will need to be contacted prior to the day to guarantee a time slot for a free taster session.

Saturday 28th November from 10am – 5pm
For more information, visit their website, email or call 01452 830222.

Spring Craft Fayre
Head to St Stephen’s Church for a range of wonderful handcrafted items available from local and Fairtrade artisans alongside light lunches, tea and coffee, cakes, raffle and craft activities for children and young people.

There are a variety of stalls already confirmed including handpainted glass, paintings, jewellery, photography, knitted toys and clothes, handmade soap, handstitched items, fabric boxes, felt items, pottery, gifts, haberdashery items, wooden ornaments and gifts along with a variety of Fairtrade handcrafted items.

Entry is free

Belle Vue Road, Cinderford

Saturday 7 May

10 am until 1 pm


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