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

It’s an incredibly exciting week for the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean with the likes of Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish due to wheel through the area with the Tour of Britain on Thursday.

If cycling isn’t your thing, there’s plenty of other events to enjoy including the famous Newent Onion Fayre.

Tour of Britain

Returning to Gloucestershire this year is the biggest cycle race in Britain – however this time, the Forest of Dean & Wye Valley are included on the route!ToB Logo
This premier road cycling event returns on Thursday 8th September and stage five of the tour will pass through the area, via the Wye Valley at Brockweir, St Briavels, Blakeney, Soudley, Cinderford and Littledean before heading onto the A48 and Gloucester.

Taking place at Main Place / Old Station Way, the Coleford TIC have arranged a large screen to show footage of race entering and leaving the district, covered by ITV4.  Children are welcomed to line the Main Place side of Old Station way to welcome riders into the town. Bike PART Trail2

In celebration of the Tour of Britain Cycle Race coming through the Forest of Dean Taurus Crafts will be offering an incentive to all cyclists in the area. If you arrive by bicycle you can get a free cup of filter coffee when you buy a cake. The offer runs from the 3rd to the 11th September 2016

The young at heart can explore the centre’s Bike P:ART Trail. Colourful bike parts are displayed around the Taurus Crafts site – the aim is to find them all and match the colours. The takes place from 27th August until the 11th September,  trail is free to take part in and all entries will be included in a prize draw.

Newent Onion Fayre
Newent Onion Fayre is a one day street festival of food drink and merriment which attracts almost 15,000 visitors. At the heart of the festival is the Onion Show which is unique in its status in the UK. The whole town becomes a party during what has become recognised as a celebration of the first day of harvest at the end of the summer.adminupload_5738e1b50500fnof

With lots of live music, entertainment, food and drink, plus 100+ stands, exhibitions, children’s events and not forgetting THE ONE AND ONLY NEWENT ONION SHOW!
It has become the largest one-day festival in the whole of Gloucestershire.

Featuring live music, street entertainers, dancing, animal displays, fairground rides, exhibitions, lakeside events and over 100 stands with arts, crafts and plants to name but a few.

From organics and fresh local produce through to beers, wines, ciders and fruit juices, there’s a lot more than just onions!

Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to places that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission.

adminupload_51e575b1d0925heritage (1)Every year on four days in September, buildings of every age, style and function throw open their doors. It is a once-a-year chance to discover architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities that bring local history and culture to life.

So much to see and do Free of charge and right on people’s doorstep, Heritage Open Days is an event for everyone, whatever their background, age and ability.

Hungry Town

After more than a decade of world-wide touring and three album releases, Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson–otherwise known as the folk duo Hungrytown – have earned a reputation for the quality and authenticity of their song writing.adminupload_57bb608708acchungrytown

Lyricist Hall is credited with compositions “that sound as timeless as any traditional songs” (Northern Sky, UK) while producer/multi-instrumentalist/husband Ken Anderson is lauded for his “remarkable affinity for instrumental embellishment” (No Depression, USA) and for crafting Hungrytown’s “gorgeous vocal harmonies” (Folk and Roots, UK)

Friday 9th September at 7.30 for 8.00
Mackenzie Hall, Brockweir NP16 7NW
Al Murray The Pub Landlord: Let’s Go Backwards Together

Publican. Politician. Other thing beginning with P. Philosopher, yeah, that. The nation’s critically acclaimed bar-based-braveheart, Al Murray – The Pub Landlord embarks on a common sense crusade to re-Great Britain in his brand new show.

adminupload_577bcdad6add2almWe live in troubling times. Europe. The NHS. Whatever the hell is going on in the Middle East. The gathering storm of fortnightly bin collections? Who knows where it will all end?

Watch the one man who will answer the call of destiny even though it’s an unlisted number. Watch the one man who will call time on tyranny even though he isn’t quite sure what it means. Watch the one man who isn’t afraid to say no to women ordering anything other than a glass of white wine (or fruit based drink).

Tickets: £27.50
Savoy Theatre

9th September

Usk Show
On the second Saturday in September, every year since 1844, Usk Farmers’ Club have held the Usk Show to celebrate the very best of Monmouthshire farming and rural life. Now in its 170thyear its popularity is second-to-none and it has become one of the biggest one-day agricultural shows in the whole of the UK.adminupload_55bd041e2dde6usk show

At its 100 acre site near the village of Gwernesney just outside Usk, it currently comprises 11 different sections each holding their own competitions on the day.  Usk Farmers Club members bring their cattle, sheep and pigs to compete in the agriculture section.  There is a thriving horse show and show jumping competitions, as well as goats, poultry, rabbits, horticulture, homecrafts, a companion dog show, steam corner and vintage tractors.

Over 300 traders take part each year outdoors and in the Food Hall and craft marquee.

Traction and Steam Rally Show
Enjoy a great family day out at the Forest of Dean Traction and Steam Rally Show on the grounds of the Speech House Hotel.

There will be a display of vintage vehicles and machinery, children’s amusements, trade sales, craft displays and much more.

10am on Sunday 11th September 2016
Adults: £5
Concessions: £4
Children: FREE (*Must be aged 15 and under accompanied by an adult.)

Herefordshire Art Week

Since 2002 this county-wide art trail has taken place every year over nine days from the second week of September.adminupload_520e54643570dart1
You can download a free h.Art guide and map showing the locations of all venues plus information and pictures, you can see 2016’s here. Once you have your h.Art guide & map and you’ve planned some routes, you simply hop in the car, follow the pink signs and go exploring!
The Maze Runner

A 3 stage event comprising:

  • A run or jog over a 2K or 5K or 10K course including a 500 m descent down a 4X Cycle Track, woodland, green lanes and fields.
  • A Challenge Section with some 20 Challenges which will require skill, balance, flexibility and nerve, e.g.The Mole Tunnel, The Hamster Run, The Tangle Box, Traversing Walls, Grab It If You Dare! etc. and maybe a surprise or two. Some of the Challenges will involve common household foods (none to be consumed) so please state on your entry form if you have food contact allergies. All Challenges can be by-passed.
  • A partially signed run through the Elton Giant Mazes – the mazes cover 15 acres. The Maze Lions will be on hand to help those who get too lost.
    All participants will be timed and given an Event time.  Entries for 8 – 16 years old & Adults.

The Elton Giant Mazes near Newnham on Severn West Gloucestershire GL14 1JU.
It commences at 10.30 am and depending on entry numbers, participants may start in waves.

Music at Tintern

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

  • Sunday 18th September – The JAZZ LAdZZ (Jazz/funk fusion)

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