Reasons to visit the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean this Christmas and New Year

Welsh Grand National

Join Chepstow Racecourse for the biggest race meeting of the year, the £150,000 Coral Welsh Grand National, one of the most prestigious jump fixtures of the season in the UK and the richest race in Wales.

This is great festive day out for friends and family. Brush away those Christmas blues and come racing!Image

This race has been won by some of the very best horses in training including Synchronised, Silver Birch and Earth Summit. Dual winner Mountainous took the honours in 2015, adding to his victory in 2013.

The meeting also features the Grade One £50,000 Coral Future Champions Juvenile Hurdle.

International opera stars Bryn Terfel and Rebecca Evans will sing the Welsh National anthem before the runners and riders set off for the main event and the Regimental Band of The Royal Welsh will accompany the jockeys to the Parade Ring before the big race.

Before the racing we will have the Bridgend Male Voice Choir singing in the Parade Ring. There will be live music from the Wild Murphys throughout the afternoon in our Bonanza Boy Marquee.

Hospitality starts from £99.00 including VAT. To book, please call Charlotte or Jemma on 01291 622260.

This year our chosen charities are Welsh Air Ambulance and Ty Hapus.

Sleeping Beauty

sleeping beautyOnce upon a time, in a far-away land, a beautiful princess pricks her finger on a spinning wheel and falls under the spell of the wicked witch. With your help cheering them on, will the Prince, the Good Fairy, the Dame and her friends be able to save her? We guarantee you’ll have a fun packed time full of music, magic and mayhem – oh yes you will!

Friday 30th December at 2.00 & 6.00pm
Saturday 31st December at 12.00 & 4.00pm
Sunday 1st January at 2.00 & 6.00pm
Monday 2nd January at 2.00 & 6.00pm
Tuesday 3rd January at 2.00 & 6.00pm
Wednesday 4th January at 2.00 & 6.00pm

Tickets £12 (adult), £8 (child under 16), £35 (Family of 4)

David Bowie Is

To commemorate the first anniversary of the death of the rock and style icon, we present for the first time in Monmouth, the film of the V&A’s fastest selling exhibition ever. ImageTickets for the original ran out in minutes. So if you didn’t see this marvellous collection of photos, fashions, instruments, videos and other fascination Bowie belongings, many of which had never been seen before, then this is your chance.

Tickets:  £10

7pm, Sunday 8th January


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.

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.

ImageThe 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.

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.

Taurus Crafts Cafe until 2nd January


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