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.

Stock Image of Beech Woodland in the Wye Valley

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.
Grand Tour at Aunt Martha’s
Visiting Aunt Martha’s Victorian Restaurant is already an experience where you are transported to the year 1897 in an instant, but imagine what it would be like to dine in a Second Dynasty Egyptian Temple?

Aunt Martha is looking to now transport her guests to other eras with the creation of three new intimate and exclusive dining areas including the Oriental Tea Pagoda, Ancient Eygpt and the British Empire. To make the Grand Tour a reality, Aunt Martha is seeking support from you! A wide range of rewards are also on offer including vouchers for afternoon teas, celebration cakes and soirees!
Wednesday November 16th at 8.00pm

Alan Bennett’s Diaries Live

An unmissable live event that will take a candid look into the mind of Alan Bennett, Britain’s best-loved writer, who, at 82, shows no signs of slowing down.  The event will include a screening of ALAN BENNETT’S DIARIES, a new film about the writer, followed by an exclusive Q&A with Alan with from his local library in Primrose Hill.

Tickets:  £12

Monmouth Savoy

Indian Takeaway Experience

If you’re a lover of curry and beer, Harts Barn Cookery School has teamed up with Hillside Brewery to bring you the most jam-packed, epic cooking experience in the Forest of Dean.

With TV shows such as The Great British Bake Off gaining more and more popularity each year, this has caused people’s interest and love of food to increase – they’re now on the hunt for more unique cooking experiences, rather than reaching for the takeaway menu!

Pop down to the cookery school and join Versha Patel to learn how to make Chickpeas curry and light naan bread

Then up to Hillside Brewery for a fantastic brewery tour and beer tasting – leave with your takeaway in one hand and beer in the other!

Richard Grainger

A “singer with a great voice and delivery” ”top drawer guitarist” and established recording artist with 11 albums to his credit, Richard was born in Teesside, the industrial heart of North east England, and raised to the sounds of early skiffle and blues until discovering traditional music.

Apart from his song writing skills he is one of the foremost interpreters of traditional music. His songs inhabit the present day, the recent and distant past. On board an 18th century sailing ship, working the iron mines, fishing the north sea or in a drama of a lifeboat rescue, he sings with passion of the everyday lives of the working man.
Doors open in the function room of the Royal Oak, Whitecroft near Lydney at 7.30, admission £6 on the door.

Andre Rieu: Christmas with Andre

Come and delight with the master of the waltz in a glorious Christmas extravaganza. The visual and musical delights will have to be seen and heard to be believed.

Tickets:  £18

Saturday November 19th at 5.00pm

Monmouth Savoy Theatre

Severn Bore

The Severn Bore is one of Britain’s few truly spectacular natural phenomena. It is a large surge wave that can be seen in the estuary of the River Severn, where the tidal range is the 2nd highest in the world, being as much as 50 feet (approx. 15.4m).

Surfing the Severn Bore
Surfing the Severn Bore

The bore can be viewed from a number of places but the best views are from Minsterworth.

See the website for times and viewing locations.

Wellness Retreat
Staying in 5* accommodation, the retreat includes nutrition workshops, Ayurvedec Cooking Workshop, a range of activities including Nordic Walking, Combined walk and canoe, standup paddle boarding as well as gentler activities such as Yoga, Meditation. All activities will be tailored to suit the group.
No Experience required, food for meals which will be locally sourced as much as possible, recipes provided, workshops, and the activities are all included in the price.

Additional Options 1-1 Reiki, Massage, Consutations.  Individual cost please ask.
Take back control of your health, improve your fitness and allow your Wye Get Active short break to provide you with the tools to improve your health and wellbeing in an enjoyable and fun way, and learn a new activity then contact:

2017 dates – book now!

20th – 24th March

15th -19th May


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