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”.

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_574481641f154petley

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.

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.

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

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)

 The Caerleon Arts Festival

From the 1st to the 10th July a packed ten days of performance and participation await you adminupload_51b363cb54758caerleonin the ancient Roman Legionary fortress town of Caerleon – drama, literature, poetry, comedy, music, dance, arts, crafts, sculpture and more……

Coleford Festival of Words: One day in Broadwell

An exhibition of memories, photographs, films, stories, things lost and recalled.

Evergreen Hall Broadwell GL16 7BN

Meatloaf Tribute

Pure meatloaf – Andy Pryke pays tribute to rock legend Meatloaf. Andy is a huge Meatloaf fan and has put a lot of effort into making his tribute to this rock legend as authentic as possible. All the classic tracks are performed in this phenomenal show including “Dead Ringer” and “Anything for Love”. The show will end with the explosive “Bat out of Hell”.

Friday 8th July
£15 per adult including a two course dinner. This is an over 18’s seated event
For more information call 01594 560 400

Indian Takeaway 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.

With TV shows such as The Great British Bake Off gaining more and more popularity each year, this has caused people’s interest and love of food to increase – they’re now on the hunt for more unique cooking experiences, rather than reaching for the takeaway menu!

Pop down to the cookery school and join Versha Patel to learn how to make Chicken Pakora.

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!

If you would like to find out more, read all about it here

Brass Band Concert

Open air concert. Bring a chair or rug and enjoy pleasant surroundings of Newent Park and Lake.  Teas in St. Mary’s Church during the interval – Event will take place in the Church if weather disagreeable.

Newent Park GL18 1AN


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