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

Marvel at the colours of autumn

The Forestry Commission has predicted a spectacular autumn of colour across the British Isles and there’s nowhere better to see it then the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean. Discover a hidden gem spanning England and Wales and the three counties of Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Monmouthshire.

Home of one of the last ancient forests in the UK and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, each September it explodes in hues of orange and gold.

Head to Symonds Yat for spectacular views across the River Wye and miles beyond or enjoy the stunning sight of Tintern Abbey against the autumn colours.

Explore on foot or on bike with miles and miles of public cycle and walk ways or set up camp next to a roaring fire at one of the areas many award-winning pubs and hotels.3k5c1355-bigsweir-bridge-2

Visit award-winning hotels

The Wye Valley and Forest of Dean is now home to the AA Hotel for Wales 2016 – The Angel at Abergavenny. The Michelin Starred Whitebrook 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.

Autumn adventure at Go Ape

Every day is an adventure, after all, and you haven’t lived it to the full until you’ve swung through the trees. A Sunday in Autumn, where our leafy hideouts are bursting with colour, could be that day! SAVE 20% per person on a Sunday forest adventure this October at Go Ape Tree Top Adventure.

Promotional code: ADSTUR

Offer includes Tree Top Adventure, Forest Segway, Tree Top Junior and Zip Trekking Adventure. Validity: Offer valid until 30 October 2016. Applicable for Sunday bookings throughout October 2016. T&C: Excludes Corporate Events and gift voucher purchases. Participation and supervision ratios apply.

Half-Term at Taurus Crafts


PAINT YOUR OWN POT. Paint pottery items & have them glazed and fired. (20min approx), From £6. 20th – 30th Oct, All Ages, 11.00-1.00 + 2.00-4.00.  (Please note: 22nd Oct sessions run 2.00-4.00pm)

THROW YOUR OWN POT with a Taurus Crafts potter & take away an unfired pot. (20min approx) £8.00, 22nd & 24th Oct, All Ages, 11.00-1.00 + 2.00-4.00.

PUMPKIN CARVING, All you need to design and carve your own Halloween Pumpkin, From £4.00 (20min approx)

11.00-1.00 & 2.00-4.00, 27th, 28th & 29th Oct.

KING ARTHUR & THE SPOOKY CAVE. Lullaby Leesa shares a magical tale of King Arthur with her amazing puppets. Make your own spooky puppet and perform your own puppet story. (1hr), £3.00, Age 3+, 10.30, 11.30, 1.00, 2.00. 24th Oct.

ARNIE KAZZAM THE WIZARD. Laughter & magic show. (40min), £2 per child £1 per Adult, Shows. 26th Oct. All Ages. 12-12.40 & 2.00-2.40.

TED’EES ‘PATCH’ BUILD A BEAR. Create your special Teddy & design him a Halloween T-shirt/Bandanna to wear. (1hr) From £14.50. All ages – 10.30-4.30(1hr) From £14.50. 22nd, 23rd, 29th & 30th Oct, All Ages, 10.30-4.30.

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) Age 5+. 10.30 -4.30. 24th Oct.

WIRE COBWEB with Balm Jewellery. Make a beaded wire cobweb decoration with new & up-cycled beads (20 min approx) £3.50, 25th Oct, All Ages. 11.00 – 4.00.

FINGER KNITTING with Silk Road Bazaar. Learn this innovative technique to create your own necklace & bracelet. (2hr workshop), £25 (incl: enough yarn & buttons to make x3 necklace/bracelet set), 20th – 30th Oct. Adults & Children age 10+ Booking Only, 01594 840789.

MAKE & PAINT A CHOCOLATE with The Chocolate Bar, from £5/person, (20min approx), All Ages, 20th, 21st, 26th, 27th, 28th Oct 11.00-1.00 & 2.00-4.00.

POM POM SPIDERS with Mad Dog Designs, create your own pom-pom spider with yarn, Free (20min approx), All Ages, 26th Oct 11.00-1.00 & 2.00-4.00.

FREE HALLOWEEN TRAIL. Search around Taurus Crafts for clues to that will make up the secret word. Enter the daw for your chance to win a prize. All Ages, 20th – 30th Oct
Raiders of the Lost Pumpkin

Deep in the rainforest we meet our hero Dr. Jones in search of the legendary lost Pumpkin and the secrets it holds. But so is the evil Pharaoh, Mustafa Gold. A roller coaster ride of adventure ensues, both in the rainforest and in the haunted temple where our hero seeks his fortune. But beware you don’t anger the most evil spirit – Mustafa’s mummy! Bolder dodging, slap stick and things that go bump in the night all form the essential ingredients of this adventurous plot sure to delight youngsters and adults alike. A ghoulishly spooktacular production for this October half term. adminupload_57ff575193a9araiders

Monday October 24th at 12noon

Tickets £9 & £7(under 16’s) Family £28
Savoy Theatre, Monmouth

Halloween Witch Hunt at Puzzlewood

Mischievous, colourful witches have crashed landed in this magical forest. They are all over the place and very funny!

Come and search the woods and when you find them, look at their clothes carefully for clues. These clues will help you work out the name of the cheekiest witch. Come and tell us in the cafe and we’ll have a special treat for you.

Until Sunday the 30th October, every day from 10am to 3.30pm last entry. Normal admission prices plus £1.50 per Halloween trail

Halloween Fun

adminupload_5603c26a2a6c8spookHead to Goodrich Castle for a bone-chilling day out this Halloween half term. With a feast of frightening fun and spooky stories from Goodrich’s gruesome past, your little horrors are in for a frightfully good time!  Daily children’s fancy Halloween fancy dress competition with a prize for the best costume.

Mon 24 – Fri 28 Oct 11am – 4pm

Creative Detectives Halloween Special
Hunt out colours, unearth textures and create your own spooky spiders and ghastly gouls! A family session, encouraging you to explore the woodland together, through a range of fun, creative activities that help you to connect to nature.

24th October 2016, 10 am to 12 noon in the woods around Beechenhurst Lodge.

£12 per group of 4 people (one needs to be an adult)
BOOKING ESSENTIAL – please email to book your place or phone 0159 844221/07732-694148.

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Halloween Cook and Craft

Join Harts Barn Cookery School for a spooky morning of Halloween themed fun – have fun cooking chocolate treats with Yvette Farrell and a enjoy a fun craft session with artist, Rachel Shilston.

You will make ‘ghastly’ chocolate truffle eyeballs and spooky Halloween chocolate lollies in the Cookery School and then you will design and craft your own terrifying ‘Trick or Treat’ buckets with Rachel.

There will also be other crafty creepy things on offer for little hands.

£20 per child

Tuesday, 25th October

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Night Flight – Zip Wire in the Dark!

Fight the fear, leap into darkness and take flight through the dark forest. A unique experience this Halloween. adminupload_57d833d0ddf63zip2

29th October, From 6 pm
Forest of Dean Adventure, Adventure Ropes, Bracelands Drive, GL16 7NN
£10.00 pp includes equipment instruction and 2 flights

Spooky Goings-on at the Kymin for Halloween

“If you go down to the woods today you’re in for a big surprise!”

The Kymin Halloween Trail has been going for several years and has become a local tradition with lots of visitors each day.

The Round House will be suitably and spookily decorated for the occasion. There’ll be a range of Halloween activities in the Round House – making your own ‘Bat-tastic’ mask or wobblin’ bat-hat, colouring in, and Halloween ‘word-search’.

Follow the scary trail through Beaulieu Wood looking out for skeletons, enormous spiders, skull, giant snake, jar of eyeballs, severed hand and more! Great fun for all the family.

Price £1.50 per trail (all proceeds go towards the National Trust and the up-keep of the Round House and grounds). No booking required.adminupload_57e1706513215kym

There’ll be prizes for children who take part. Halloween costumes are positively encouraged.

Thursday October 27th at 7.15pm

Hallowe’en Music Night  
Following on from the VoLT Autumn Fayre and Pumpkin Party at the Alma, and ‘Light Up Linton’ (display your lit pumpkin in the lanes of the village) head to a creepy Hallowe’en Music Night  at the Village Hall  with dancing to new band ‘Code-x’:

Musical marauders decoding the enigma, – professional purveyors of punchy pop rock playing covers from bands like Blondie, The Coral, PJ Harvey, The Who, Cream, Tom Petty and Elvis Costello.

There will also be a new ‘pop-up’ caterers serving Chips and Pumpkin Soup in the car park from 6.30pm for any hungry ghosts and ghouls who are wandering the lanes admiring the pumpkins! Come as you are, or come as who you aren’t- get wrapped up in the spirit of the occasion and dress to impress!

Saturday 29th October

Doors open 7pm, band on about 8pm.
Tickets £8. Bar.

Email or call 07974 48 41 41

Lee Hurst: Comedy Show Number 9

It stars Lee Hurst
It’s his 9th tour
It’s full of comedy
Say no more!

Friday October 28th at 8.00pm

Tickets £16
Savoy Theatre, Monmouth

The Entertainer

The third and final live offering from the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Co at the Garrick Theatre in London. Branagh plays Archie Rice in John Osborne’s evocative play THE ENTERTAINER. John Hurt will appear as his co-star. The will be one of the theatre highlights of 2016 without a shadow of a doubt

Tickets:  £15 and £12(under 16’s)
Sunday October 30th at 11.30am

Savoy Theatre, Monmouth

Acoustic roots duo Mambo Jambo present a bit of a musical feast. They will take you on an enjoyable and intriguing musical journey, mixing sounds from around the world, folk and jazz, plus their own compositions. Their repertoire draws in a wide range of styles that might include Bluegrass, Latin & Caribbean New Orleans, Balkan, and more. Blending all these influences they create an upbeat rhythmic and rootsy sound all of their own – with appeal across a very wide audience.adminupload_57bb628851f20mambo

Between the two of them they carry with them more instruments than the average orchestra!  Pete plays guitar, vocal, banjo, percussion, tres (traditional Cuban guitar), ukulele, accordion, suitcase (!), and Frankie plays saxophone, clarinet, flute, guitar, vocal and lots of percussion.
Saturday 29th October at 7.30 for 8.00
Advance tickets are £8 01291 689812. £10 on the door.

Refreshments available but BYO alcohol.
Mackenzie Hall, Brockweir NP16 7NW

Marty MacDonald’s Toy Machine

Everyone is delighted when the special delivery arrives at the farm – the new machine that makes all the toys you need. But Crafty Crow has been up to his tricks and it shouldn’t be there at all. Worse still, it’s broken and needs to be mended before the Toymaker comes to get it back. All your favourite characters such as Sally The Scarecrow, Pongo the Pig and Milly Moo the Cow as well as Marty himself. Featuring the voice of Justin Fletcher as Pongo

30th October

Tickets £9 & £8 Family £30

Savoy Theatre, Monmouth


Faustus is an established name in the English folk scene made up of three of the best-known and talented English folk musicians – Paul Sartin (Bellowhead, Belshazzar’s Feast), Benji Kirkpatrick (Bellowhead, Seth Lakeman Band), and Saul Rose (Waterson: Carthy, War Horse).  .

Sunday 30 October
Lydbrook Village Hall, Lydbrook, Glos. GL17 9PP. 7.30pm £13 Tel. 01594 544321

Thomas the Tank Engine at Dean Forest Railway
Doors open at 9:30 and as long as Sir Topham Hatt, the Fat Controller is able to wake up Thomas!adminupload_56f6b3dbda688thomas
But will Sir Topham be able to keep control?

There is so much to see and do, and Sir Topham insists that it’s all included in your great value ticket – there’s nothing else to pay!

Activities include:
Unlimited travel on the steam train to Lydney Junction.
Story-telling trip into the forest all the way to Parkend in Daisy the Diesel
Rides in Toad the brake van pulled by Thomas – Look out for Sir Topham Hatt!
Devious Diesel and the Troublesome Trucks will be providing entertainment.
Face painting, Bouncy Castles and Competition with prizes.
The Imagination Station – with colouring pages, table-top toys and regular magic shows.
Musical children’s entertainer travels on the steam train.
Day Out With Thomas Certificate for all children riding.

Please note: Thomas does not pull passenger trains as he is involved in giving visitors rides at Norchard Station in Toad, the guard’s Brakevan.



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