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

October is the perfect time to visit the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean. With a riot of autumn colour spreading through this ancient forest, delicious harvest treats to taste and award-winning hotels to relax in.

Visit award-winning hotelswhitebrook1

The Wye Valley and Forest of Dean is now home to the AA Hotel for Wales 2016 – The Angel at Abergavenny. The Michelin StarredWhitebrook was also named the AA Wine Award for Wales while Sawday’s Hotel of the Year, Tudor Farmhouse was awarded 3 Red Stars.

Spook-Free days at Perrygrove Railway

This October, Perrygrove Railway will be Halloween Free for those with young families and for those that don’t celebrate.

Enjoy a spook-free ride on the DeanWye’s favourite heritage railway, explore the variety of vintage trains, have fun on the adventure playground and much much more.

MonDean Walking Festival
This year walk leaders have put together a selection of more than 30 walks which take place from 1st – 9th October 2016. As a new venture this year is a Boots and Paddles walk and canoe with Way2go Adventures which allows you to walk and paddle a canoe on the same day.mdf1

For other walks there is a selection at different distances from 3- 4 miles and some 20 mile more challenging routes. These range widely across Monmouthshire and the Forest of Dean covering the history and natural history; scenery and high places throughout this area with a special Severn Bridge walk to commemorate the 50th anniversary of this iconic crossing point.

Cider Making in One Day

Matt has been making Apple juice and Cider for over fifteen years.

Ragman’s farm have planted cider and perry trees over the last 20 years and they are now coming into production – Tom Putt, Brandy Pears, Thorne, Yarlington Mill and Kingston Black – the king of the cider apples.

Come and experience the entire cider making process from picking to tasting on the 7th October with resident cider maker, Matt.

Price £75  (including 25 litres of apple juice to turn into cider)

Booking essential

Cheques should be made payable to Ragmans Lane Farm and sent to Ragmans Lane Farm, Lower Lydbrook, Glos, GL17 9PA. adminupload_57a7606acb70dapples

Welcome To The Big Apple 2016

Join us in celebrating English apples and cider in the 28th year of the Big Apple – a real opportunity to enjoy the autumn countryside in this corner of Herefordshire in and around Much Marcle.

In this unique event, we will be opening our farms and orchards, cider mills and barns for you to visit.

Eight special venues in all, each one of them different but all with one thing in common – apples!

Pop-up Opera

Pop-up Opera is an innovative professional touring opera company dedicated to making opera enjoyable and inviting without losing the quality of musical performance. They broaden the appeal of opera and challenge the way it’s traditionally performed by taking it into unusual spaces and making it fun, fresh and intimate.adminupload_56c2fadca82ab1936686_732084400225165_8857502982294669787_n

Come along to Hillside Brewery on the 8th October and enjoy the performance of ‘Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia’ (The Barber of Seville). Experience opera like you’ve never seen before, as Pop-Up Opera take to the stage with this incredibly fast-paced comical face in their adaptation of this much loved score. Witness razor-sharp timing as the ever resourceful barber, Figaro, tries to help the young Count Almaviva win the hand of the beautiful Rosina out of love rather than for his wealth. Soon the pair set about to produce many disguises for the count, and thus the farce ensues…!

Doors open at 6.30 pm and you’ll receive a free drink of your choice on arrival, plus the bar will be serving our excellent Hillside Brewery beers (that are produced on site) throughout the evening!
The performance will begin at 7.30pm, finishing around 9.25pm with a 20-minute interval midway.

If you fancy making the most of it and staying the night, we have plenty of space available for you to pitch a tent if you would like? There are both onsite toilets and showers available.

Early Bird Tickets are £20 but are only available for a limited period.

Please contact us for any further information or assistance at or call 01452 830222.

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The Monmouthshire Food Festival returns to the glorious surroundings of Caldicot Castle on the 8th October with a busy programme of demonstrations, talks, tutored tastings, children’s workshops and lots of food and drink to try.

Tickets: Entry £5 children under 12 free
Festival opening times: 10am – 4:30pm


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