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

Abergavenny Christmas Food and Drink Fair

The Abergavenny Christmas Food and Drink Fair returns on Sunday 11th December 2016, where we’ll have everything you need to get into the festive spirit. Why not start things off with a tasting of festive cocktails from master mixologist, Dom Jacobs on Saturday evening? Image

Entry to the Christmas venues is just £5 per adult.  You will find:

Over 85 of the top seasonal producers
Signed books by fantastic chefs on sale from Rossiter Books
Expert Christmas recipe demonstrations
Workshops for the kids (£1.50 per workshop, or £5 to do them all)
Musical procession and festive light display and much more …

Seann Walsh: One for the Road

Described by the Guardian as “One of the most entertaining observational comics on the block”. Currently starring in ITV’s Play to the Whistle. The Lie-In King would probably rather be on a couch somewhere but once he gets in his stride, he is unsurpassed

Wednesday December 7th at 8.00pmImage

Tickets £14
Monmouth Savoy

Scandinavian Christmas at Harts Barn Cookery School
Join Harts Barn for a Christmas alternative exploring the flavours of a Scandinavian Christmas.
A festive smorgasbord of Beetroot & dill salmon Gravadlax, mustard crumbed ham. Smoked herring rolls, cheese selection served with honey mustard sauce, Lingonberry preserve, celeriac remoulade and rye bread

Choose from (Svineribbe) Roasted Pork rib, (Finnbiff) beef Stew, marinated Reindeer, served with Julepolse (Christmas sausage), medisterkaker (white rissoles), beetroot & cabbage sauerkraut, gravy, potatoes, prunes, cranberry sauce & apple sauce.

(Lussekatte)r-St Lucia Saffron cake with (Riskrem)-cinnamon creamed rice and raspberry port sauce

Drink on arrival:
Swedish Glogg- a hot mulled wine spiked with vodka, slivered almonds & raisins

Friday 9th Dec
7.00pm – 11pm

£25 per head

Christmas Craft Fayre at Hot Pot Pottery

Discover a range of locally produced craft for sale or get involved with pottery painting and make your own unique presents and tree decorations this year!Image

There will also be a range of home-made tasty treats, hot and cold drinks and of course a Christmas Tree, a cosy wood-burner and sofa space and Christmas entertainment (TBC).

So come along, enjoy yourself, get cosy, get festive, get creative and get all your Christmas Presents in one place. for info about Hot Pot Pottery and directions or call 01594 837943/07974 983908 for info or to book space for pottery painting.
Saturday and Sunday 10/11th December 11.00 to 16.00

Taurus Crafts Christmas Market

Celebrate Christmas in style by doing your seasonal shopping at Taurus Crafts Christmas Markets on 3rd, 4th,10th,11th,17th,18thDecember. Over 30 stalls offering an inspirational selection of arts, crafts, gifts, decorations, food & drink and locally grown high quality Christmas trees. Local choirs and bands feature throughout the markets. Open 10am to 5.30pm. Free Entry, Free Parking.Image

Buy direct from the on-site artisan and craft businesses; Chocolatiers, Picture Framer, Jewellery, Artworks, Knitting, Leather Worker, Ethical fashion, Stone Mason, Antiques, Farm Shop, Beauty Retreat, Glass Beads, and Designer Glass Decorations.

Taurus Crafts Café serves delicious meals using many local and organic ingredients, handmade cakes and a range of coffees and teas.

Taurus Crafts Christmas Shop compliments the visiting makers at the markets and the onsite artisans craft businesses providing even more seasonal shopping choice to help you celebrate in style.

Sunday December 4th at 1.00pm

Father Christmas climbs down the chimney! – Perrygrove Railway
Every weekend in December & 22nd – 24th 
Experience Father Christmas coming down the chimney and enjoy listening to him tell festive stories.  Children will all receive a present and parents can enjoy a winter drink and mince pie.  Steam trains will of course be running and the treetop adventure will be open too.


Toddlers aged 1-2: £9

Christmas Treasure Hunt is £1.90

Après Ski at The Angel Hotel

Located in the courtyard, The Angel Hotel’s pop-up bar brings the atmosphere of an Alpine Ski Lodge to the heart of Abergavenny. The Après Ski Bar is a cosy spot to celebrate winter with friends and family.
Full of festive charm, it offers a range of seasonal tipples and hearty snacks.

Kick start the festive season at the Après Ski Bar Opening Party on Saturday 26th November.

The bar will then be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout December:

Fridays 5.00pm to 10.00pm
Saturdays 12.00pm to 10.00pm
Sundays 12.00pm to 9.00pm

Evie’s Aeroplane at Clearwell Caves

This is a spectacular event and really popular with children and adults alike. The wonderful seasonal scenes tell the story of Evie who finds a toy aeroplane in her Christmas stocking early on Christmas Morning and then her adventures begin.Image
The Christmas Fantasy runs from 26th November to 24th December 2016 and 27th December to 3rd January.

This year entry is by pre-booked ticket; you can book the timed tickets in advance through our website. £10.00 for adults or children, including a quality gift for children between 2 and 14 years old. There is a magical late evening every Friday until 7.30 (last booking). Take a look at the website to book or for more details.

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

Mycelium, Magic & Memories by Ian Gorton

Through working with both camera and computer Ian creates images that seek to challenge traditional conceptions of photography and painting. Techniques and understandings from both fields – such as the layering of colour or the interplay of light – are used to produce images that capture the spirit/essence of the locality.Image

Taurus Crafts Cafe, 26 November to 2 January

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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