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

Josh Widdicombe: what do I do now…

Josh Widdicombe, that guy from the TV comedy shows with the curly hair, is back on the road with a brand new tour. Since he’s been away from stand up Josh has been working  hard on other things but don’t worry in his spare time he has found a lot of minor things to get annoyed about, and now he has a chance to talk about them on stage (in the form of jokes).

Since he was last on tour Josh’s Channel 4 show The Last Leg has gone from strength to strength and been nominated for various awards including a British Comedy Award and a Broadcast Award, while finally winning one at the Royal  Television Society Awards.  He has also been seen on BBC2’s Mock the Week and QI, BBC1’s Live at the Apollo and Have I Got News for You and ITV1’s The Jonathan Ross Show, amongst other stuff.  If it is only his voice you like then he is now the host of BBC5Live’s legendary Saturday morning sport show Fighting Talk and The Josh Widdicombe Show on Xfm. Most excitingly of all he has also written and starred in his own sitcom Josh which will be broadcast on BBC3 in autumn. To be honest, it is going to be a blessed relief to get back to the relaxing world of live stand up.

11th August at Monmouth Savoy

Tickets: £18.00

Shakespeare Wyndcliffe Court Sculpture Gardens

Enjoy the words of the Bard in the stunning surroundings of Wyndcliffe Court Sculpture Gardens this week. Performances of Romeo & Juliet and As You Like It will take place amongst the sculptures and flower beds in the afternoon and as the sun sets.

3.30pm Saturday 13 August 2016 – Romeo & Juliet
7.45pm Saturday 13 August 2016 – As You Like It
3.30pm Sunday 14 August 2016 – As You Like It
7.45pm Sunday 14 August 2016 – Romeo & Juliet

Grounds open an hour before performance
Running time: 2 hours with 30 min interval

Tickets: £9.00 – £11.00

Chepstow Show
Chepstow Show is an annual celebration of the best of our local community – rural trades, talents and tastes.

The show is open to all. Whether you are looking to enter one of the many classes, to showcase your goods and services or just to enjoy a wonderful family day out – you’ll receive a warm welcome.

Saturday 13th August at Chepstow Racecourse.
Gates open at 8am. Public admission from 9:00 AM.

Ukulele Day
Ukes ‘Uv’ Azzard, Gloucester Strings, Uke3A will be at Taurus Crafts for a Ukulele Day.

There is lots going on all day, Ukulele making workshops, childrens craft activities, BBQ and market featuring Mcrindles Cider and Castle Brewery, and ukulele taster jam sessions, so come along and join in with the fun.

Sunday 14th August, 12pm to 5.30pm

Poetry Walk

A poetry walk with Stewart Carswell, featuring readings of specially-written poems about sculptures past and present. This walk will not include all the sculptures, but visitors are welcome to explore the rest of the Trail following the initial guided tour. 

More about the poet: 
Stewart Carswell grew up in the Forest of Dean. He has performed his poetry at the Bristol Poetry Festival, and the In Other Words Festival in Cambridge. His poems have recently been published in magazines including Envoi, Cadaverine, and Brittle Star,and included in the Best New British and Irish Poets 2016 anthology (Eyewear Publishing). His poems are influenced by the mysterious and secretive nature of the Forest, and its unique layers of history.

WHEN – Sunday, 14 August 2016 from 11:00 to 12:45 (BST)
WHERE – Beechenhurst Lodge – B4226 Speech House Road, Coleford

Free of charge. Parking on site: £3.50.

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.

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

26th Jul – Oil Pastels Inspired by Picasso
27th Jul – Marvellous Marbling
28th Jul – Garden Noughts & Crosses
29th Jul – Pond Dipping
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!”

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 14thAugust – 3 miles per hour (acoustic trio)
  • Sunday 21stAugust – Nataley Simpson (Folk/pop singer/guitarist)
  • Sunday 28thAugust – Jan & Ian
  • Sunday 4thSept – Tripling Trio (Post-graduate RWCMD woodwind instrumentalists)
  • Sunday 18thSeptember – The JAZZ LAdZZ (Jazz/funk fusion)





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