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

Shakespeare at Raglan Castle

In the year that marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, The Lord Chamberlain’s Men invite you to join them this summer for Shakespeare’s sparkling, battle-of-the-sexes comedy, Much Ado About Nothing.adminupload_5724eff40dbadmuch

Bring a chair and a picnic and spend a glorious summer’s evening watching this funny, moving and fast-paced production of one of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies. Performed in the open air, by an all-male cast with Elizabethan costume, music and dance, this is undoubtedly one of the hottest tickets of the summer.

9th-10th June
Raglan Castle
£14.50 Adults
£8.50 child

Raglan Music Festival

Raglan Music Festival will take place, as always, throughout the second weekend in June: 10-12th June. The boutique music festival takes place across the whole village and will host many varied and exciting gigs and activities for all ages throughout the weekend; many of which are free, so save the date in your diary and come along and enjoy!adminupload_57545ace51abfragfest

Celebrating local musical talent, supporting up-and coming Welsh acts whilst fostering a welcoming village community ethos, Raglan Music Festival 2016 promises to be a great event!

Hellens Garden Festival

Check out a host of exhibitors offering beautiful plants, lots of growing advice, garden products, hand-made goods, and design services, food stalls, and many others.
There are lots of  children’s activities such as: hands on clay workshops for all ages, storytelling, willow weaving, pizza making, face painting, and more.
There’s also wonderful music we have this year.  Local bands, The Fordsons and Slippery Slope, will beguile and charm with their unique blend of traditional and contemporary music styles, playing a variety of musical instruments. Throughout the weekend artists will be exhibiting their work in the Great Barn and also the Garden Library, where poets will be giving readings of their botanical poetica inspired by the Hellens Physic Garden.

11th-12th June

Much Marlce

Create the perfect Father’s Day Present at Hot Pot Pottery

Give your Dad the best and most creative present this Father’s Day with pottery painting at Hot Pot Pottery.

A personalised mug or a plate with his favourite food painted on…… Let your imagination go wild!

Anything painted Fri-Sun 10-12 June will be ready for collection by Mon 13th June in great time for Father’s Day. Open 11-4 – book a place to avoid disappointment. for info. Or call 01594 837943/07974 983908. Email:


Without a shadow of a doubt the best Bob Marley tribute in the UK. They have already sold out the Savoy twice before and this will be a third. Infectious and pulsating rhythms will have you on the dance floor for the entire show. If you want to enjoy the band as a concert then you  need to sit in the circle!

11th June

Tickets: £15.00
Savoy Theatre

Magpie Lane

Ross for Refugees present the legendary Oxfordshire folk band Magpie Lane on Saturday 11th June at 20:00 in The Venue, Crofts Lane, Ross-on-Wye. HR9 7AB

Tickets costing £10.00 are available from The Globetrotter Coffee House and River Music or online costing £10.00 plus £1.05 booking fee per ticket.
The Power Of Compassion
‘The Power of Compassion’ is a 90 minute performance of masked dance and sacred chant by monks from Tashi Lhunpo, a Tibetan monastery, offering an entertaining and informative introduction to a unique and endangered Buddhist monastic ritual. The performance includes introductory explanations of each item in the programme which allows audiences to get more understanding of the presentation. The performance workshop is suitable for all ages and offers the chance to learn some of the dance steps, discover more about the system of debate in the Buddhist tradition called ‘Taksel’ and learn some of the mudras (hand gestures) from a Tantric prayer.  The monks have performed in theatres, arts centres and village halls all over the UK and Europe. Music from a recent CD forms part of the soundtrack of the Netflix film, ‘Marco Polo’, which was released in December 2014. Supported by Air in G. Age 12+adminupload_5726460e98494compassion
Saturday 11th June

Mackenzie Hall Brockweir NP16 7NW


Arts in the Marches

Arts in The Marches are delighted to be working in collaboration with Taurus Crafts on a second “Summer of Sculpture”.

In 2015 we established the first joint sculpture exhibitions, featuring the work of sculptors from Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and the Welsh Borders.

Returning sculptors include Caro Burberry, (bronze resin) Diane Ree,(3D portraits)  Victoria Westaway (willow) and Ardyn Griffyn, this time with her papier mach birds, plus blacksmith Stephen McRaewith his kinetic steel sculptures and Alan Richardson who presents a new array of eccentric driftwood items.

adminupload_574481641f154petleyThis year we are joined by three new established blacksmith’s Claudia Petley and Paul Shepherd and DavidPreston; plus new comer Sandrina Gay who is exhibiting her enchanting copper works for the first time.   Di Philipson’s fused glass and Frances Warren’s work made from recycled materials “not just a load of old junk” will also be on display.

The exhibition runs from May 28th until October 2nd, at various locations around Taurus Crafts; including the courtyard, garden, Wonderpod Garden, and the café.

Music at Tintern
Come to the Old Station Tintern throughout the summer for fantastic musical performances from 2pm – 4pm.

Sunday 12th June – Wyedean Gospel Choir
Sunday 19 June – Red Rug (Jazz Quartet formed by young Royal Welsh College and Music and Drama musicians)
Sunday 26th June  – Blitz Time Sally
Sunday 3 July – David Grubb and Borderline (Folk/Jazz Fusion group, led by David on the fiddle)
Sunday 10th July – Silurian
Sunday 17 July – Brass instrumentalists from Chepstow Town Band
Fri 29 July – Alex Ishmael and Henry Blight (Young singer/guitarists in the style of Ed Sheeran and Jake Bugg)
Sunday 31st – Mad Toms Crowd
7 Aug – Alex Kirk and Laura Bonar (Post-graduate pianist and violinist)
Sunday 14th August – 3 miles per hour (acoustic trio)
Sunday 21st August – Nataley Simpson (Folk/pop,singer/guitarist)
Sunday 28th August – Jan & Ian
Sunday 4 Sept – Tripling Trio (Post-graduate RWCMD woodwind instrumentalists)
Sunday 18th September – The JAZZ LAdZZ (Jazz/funk fusion)


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