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

Chepstow Festival
The Chepstow Arts and Community Festival is a month long celebration of theatre, music and creativity in the town. With over 80 events being staged by a wide range of community groups. This years Festival is underway.

adminupload_57530fa7506d9chepstowfestivalThe Festival will culminate on 24 July 2016 with a 200th anniversary celebration of the opening of Chepstow’s historic cast iron bridge.

This summer there are 13 exciting theatre productions in Chepstow Castle by Britain’s top professional touring open-air theatre companies. Since 2012 we have had the benefit of the audience cover which keeps audiences of over 250 dry in the event of rain.

Arts in the Marches

Arts in The Marches are delighted to be working in collaboration with Taurus Crafts on a second “Summer of Sculpture”.adminupload_574481641f154petley

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.

This 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 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)

Art in the Signal Box

An exhibition of paintings by the Anthea Binns will take place at the Signal Box at Tintern Old Station from

27th June 2016 – 3rd July 2016

Garden Mosaic

Enjoy designing and creating your own beautiful mosaic patio slab to brighten up your garden. You will use a variety of glass tiles, ceramic beads and mirror to create your design. All the tools, materials and tuition will be provided, plus tea and coffee. We won’t get time to grout, but a demo will be given at the end of the workshop and you will be provided with enough grout to finish your piece at home.

28th June 2016 6.30 – 9.30pm

1, Hanley Business Centre. Tidenham

 £35 per person

Ledbury Poetry Festival

The Ledbury Poetry Festival takes place over ten days.

adminupload_56ae2c25abf1dledburyThe biggest and best poetry festival in the UK, featuring poets from all over the world. If you think you know what poetry is, come along and we’ll surprise you.

Live readings, performances, workshops, open mics, music, exhibitions, films, family events, street events, a slam and much more.

This is their twentieth year, so why not join them for a celebration of poetry in the rural heartland of England.

1st July- 10th July 2016

The Caerleon Arts Festival

From the 1st to the 10th July a packed ten days of performance and participation await you in the ancient Roman Legionary fortress town of Caerleon – drama, literature, poetry, comedy, music, dance, arts, crafts, sculpture and more…

Friday 1st – 10th July. 

Big Day Out farm festival

Food & drink-We are delighted to welcome back Matt Tebbutt who has helped to create a truly mouth-watering weekend of outdoor cookery and demos.   adminupload_56db0c58df3c8bdo

Live music- listen out for beautiful acoustic music in the field in the afternoon, bring an instrument and take a turn on the trailer stage or head over to the lambing shed for the barn dance with Life of Reilly on Saturday evening. Look out for Grace Hartrey, Remi Harris and Railroad Bill.

Fun for kids, Farm Olympics & well-being area

1st July 2016 – 3rd July 2016

Usk Summer Festival

adminupload_5736157601872usfThings are hotting up behind the scenes as the Usk Summer Festival is building into a very exciting free event, with a street market, street food and a great line up of bands and other live entertainment suitable for the whole family.

Check out the whole program here.

2nd-3rd July



A Creative Silence

Treasured by a generation of young composers whose lives were extinguished or forever changed by WW1.adminupload_5751be177462fmoment

Charming and moving pieces that have rarely been performed, but have a unique and poignant connection with the events of a hundred years ago.

(Peter Wilman (Tenor), accompanied by Bob May and St Mary’s Singers)

Tickets: Adults £10, Students £3 (reserved in advance)                                                                     From: Dymock Shop 01531 890259 & Dymock Church 01531 890676

Dymock Church- 7.30pm

Sat 2nd July

The Railway Children

Another chance to see the wonderfully captivating production from the Kings Cross Theatre in London.

Acclaimed by the critics and adored by audiences, this version of E Nesbitt’s timeless tale of the children who live by the side of the railway waiting for their father to return includes an appearance by a real live steam train

Tickets:  £15.00.  Under 16’s £12.00

Sun 3rd July – 2.00pm

Barron Brady at the Forest Folk Club

Barron Brady comprising Ros Brady and Si Barron are contemporary songwriters and interpreters of traditional English folk song specialising in songs from nature and the land, written with Devon People and about the Devon Landscape.

adminupload_574c6da804478barronbradyBarron Brady have toured Ireland, Scotland as well as completing numerous extensive England tours. performed at all major UK festivals and clubs.

Royal Oak, Whitecroft (near Lydney)

Admission= £6 (on the door)

3rd July 2016- 7.30pm


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