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

The Green Gathering

A festival beyond hedonism powered by wind, sun and people.

A place to party…then wake up the next morning and put the world to rights with your new mates from the night before!adminupload_569bcdaaf2a87green

Solar-powered open air stages and intimate venues host a fabulous line up of festival favourites, up-and-coming young artists and politically conscious bands.

Safe spaces and adventurous places for babies, children and teenagers provide opportunities to explore, learn, play and perform. Traditional children’s fairground rides, climbing frames, dressing-up boxes, treasure chests, nature rambles, storytelling and circus skills for all ages are just the beginning!

4-7th August 2016

Creative Detectives

Creative Detectives is a series of family-friendly sessions, delivered by Rachel Shilston – Inspiring Creativity, who encourages you to explore the countryside together, through a range of fun and creative activities. Suitable for all ages from toddlers right up to grandparents and over the two hours, you will become a ‘Creative Detective’, hunting out colours, unearthing textures take part in a ‘hedgerow safari’, plus experiment with photography creating cool ‘sun prints’.adminupload_5795cd069f0d3detect

4th August 2016, 10am -12midday
£12 per family – based on 4 people. (Extra participants £2 each.)

BOOKING ESSENTIAL – please email to book your place, or phone 01594 844221 / 07732-694148.
More details at

Status Quo
Thousands of rock fans are expected to flock to Caldicot’s country park and medieval castle this summer when the legendary Status Quo roll in to town. It’s an event not to be missed in Monmouthshire.adminupload_569d3340971a7sq

Saturday 6 August 2016
Tickets: £35 plus booking fee
Available from: Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena Box Office – 02920 224488

Summer Meditation Walks

A range of meditations to help develop qualities such as clarity, concentration, equanimity and love. These meditations will be suitable for people of any faith or none and for beginners and more experienced meditators alike.

adminupload_574483a3df544lancautMartin Kerrigan is an experienced Buddhist meditation teacher who has been practicing, primarily within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, for over 20 years. He has also been involved in a number of multi faith events.

Wednesday 22nd June 6pm – 8pm
Saturday 6th August 11am to 4pm
Meet at Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust car park, Lancaut, NP16 7JB

This is a free event sponsored by The Forest of Dean Buildings Preservation Trust, custodians of the ruins of St James’s Church, Lancaut.

Children’s Activity Days at Nature in Art
Throughout the year during the school holidays Nature in Art are running a wide range of Activity Days for children.adminupload_56f7cc1a6ced6easter

Each Activity Day has a theme. Each workshop interprets that theme using age appropriate materials and techniques.

The times are:
10.30-12.00pm: for 3 – 7 years
1.00-2.30pm: for 3 – 18 years
3.00-4.30pm: for 8 – 18 years

2nd Aug – Paper Making
3rd Aug – Finger Print Doodles
4th Aug – Origami
5th Aug – Sun Print Photography
9th Aug – Paper Sculpture Lizard
10th Aug – Model with Mod Roc
11th Aug – Make a Clay Vessel
12th Aug – Wire Sculpture
16th Aug – The Art of Print Making
17th Aug – Cave Paintings
18th Aug – Painting Party
19th Aug – Pen & Watercolour in the Garden
23rd Aug – Marvellous Mosaics
24th Aug – Landscapes in Textiles
25th Aug – Encaustic Art
26th Aug – Weaving
30th Aug – Build & Decorate a Hedgehog House
31st Aug – Simon Says “Draw & Colour!”

Gorge Scrambling Experience Eisteddfod Special Offer

Rock climb waterfalls, scramble rocks, balance along ledges and go through a dark tunnel with water rushing by! A fun and exciting activity where you will get wet.  This activity has something for everyone, suitable for all, and is an enjoyable challenge.  The Gorge Scrambling Experience is perfect for visitors to the Eisteddfod festival looking for a mini adventure taking time out to explore the surrounding area.

Duration approximately 2 hours; 10am & 1pm start time for morning & afternoon session.  Please call to check availability as places are limited.

£25 per person – price includes all activity and safety equipment along with qualified instructors. Minimum age 8 years olds and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Please email, telephone 01600 891515, or visit for information on how to book, confirmation of meeting point and time.

Location: Near Gilwern, within minutes from Govilon Park & Ride and Castle Meadow site. 
Available from 29th July – 6th August 2016

National Eisteddfod
Held during the first week of August every year, the National Eisteddfod is a celebration of the culture and language in Wales.

The Eisteddfod is the natural showcase for music, dance, visual arts, literature, original performances and much more.  Encompassing all aspects of the arts and culture in Wales, it is an inclusive and welcoming festival, which attracts thousands of Welsh learners and those who do not speak the language as well as Welsh speakers every year.  Translation services are available in the Pavilion and bilingual information is available.  We also have a centre for learning Welsh on the Maes.adminupload_569b99d820cb7eis

Described as Wales’ leading mobile regeneration project, Eisteddfod week is the highlight of a two year community project, bringing together people of all ages and backgrounds from a different part of Wales every year.

With a mix of outreach work, lifelong learning and volunteering opportunities, the community project steers the preparations for the festival, giving local people a chance to make their mark on our national festival.

Most of Wales’ leading writers, musicians and poets have competed at the Eisteddfod, with many performers appearing on a national stage for the first time during the festival.

The Eisteddfod is held on Castle Meadows in Abergavenny from 29 July – 6 August.

Summer Holidays at Taurus Crafts
THE FLOATING CASTLE. Lullaby Leesa and her amazing puppets with tales of recycling and King Arthur. Make your own fun puppet. (1hr), £3.00. 25th July, 1st, 8th, 15th, 22ndAugust 10.30, Age 3+, 11.30, 1.00, 2.00.

TED’EES ‘PATCH’ BUILD A BEAR. Create your very own special Teddy Bear, and design him a T-shirt or recycled bandana to wear.  (1hr) From £14.50. 29th, 30th July, 5th, 7th, 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 26th, 27th August, All Ages, 10.30-4.30.

PAINT YOUR OWN POT. Paint pottery items and have them glazed and fired. (20min approx), from £6. 23rd July till 31st August, All Ages, 11.00-1.00 + 2.00-4.00.

STONE CARVING with Cats Eye Carving, £5.00 to have a go (20min), £20.00 to carve a design on a 4” square piece of stone to take home (45min) 27th July, 3rd 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st August. Age 5+. 10.30 -4.30.

JEWELLERY & WIRE HEARTS with Balm Jewellery, make beautiful beaded jewellery or a heart decoration with new and up-cycled beads (20 min approx) £3.50, 26th July, 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th August. All Ages. 11.00-4.00.

WEDNESDAY WORKSHOP. Create something different every Wednesday with Mad Dog Designs using recycled materials. (20min approx), Free, 27th July, 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st August. All Ages. 11.00-1.00 + 2.00-4.00.

ARNIE KAZZAM THE WIZARD. Laughter and magic show. (40min), £2.00 per child, Shows. 17th, 24th August.                     All Ages. 12-12.40 & 2.00-2.40.

T-SHIRT TO TOTE. Visit the Gift Shop to create your very own tote bag from a recycled T-shirt. Bring your own T-shirt or use one provided. (20min approx) £3.00, 6th & 13th August, All Ages. 11.00-1.00 & 2.00-4.00.

FINGER KNITTING with Silk Road Bazaar. Learn this innovative technique to create your own stunning necklace and bracelet. (2hr workshop), £25 (Includes enough yarn and buttons to make x3 necklace/bracelet set), 23rd July – 31st August. Adults and Children age 10+ Booking Only, 01594 840789.

RECYCLED BUG HOTEL. Artist Frances Warren will be demonstrating how she creates her bug hotels using found and recycled materials to create a valuable refuge for insects. 11.00-1.00 +2.00-4.00. 21st August. Free demonstration.

SING & SIGN. Learn baby signing the fun way and help your baby to communicate before speech. (40-45min), 6 months+ £5. 10th August. 10.00-11.00. Numbers are limited so booking is essential.  For more info or to book email:

Music at Tintern

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

  • 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 4th Sept – Tripling Trio (Post-graduate RWCMD woodwind instrumentalists)
  • Sunday 18th September – The JAZZ LAdZZ (Jazz/funk fusion)

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