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

Count Arthur Strong
Fresh from his engagement in panto at the London Palladium no less, the legend of light entertainment arrives at the Savoy with his new show that pays tribute to the musicals, re-creating the poignant and salient moments for your delight.Image

Tickets: £20
Savoy Theatre, Monmouth

1st March
Cheltenham Festival Preview
On Thursday, March 2nd Chepstow Racecourse will host their first ever stand-alone Cheltenham Festival Preview Evening in aid of Velindre Cancer Hospital and Racing Welfare.

Coral Bookmaker is delighted to confirm that it will be the title sponsor of the Festival Preview which sees PR Director, Simon Clare, host the panel.Image

The evening commences at 7pm in the Silks Restaurant at Chepstow Racecourse on Thursday, 2nd March 2017.

Tickets cost £25 per person and includes supper.

Simon King – Nature Watch

The naturalist, writer and TV presenter Simon King will be at the Savoy to talk about his new book Nature Watch which encapsulates his firsthand knowledge as an observer of wildlife, their habitat and their ways of life. A fascinating and illuminating night in prospect.

Tickets: £15 and £12 (under 16’s)

Monmouth Savoy

3rd March

Feast the eyes and expand the mind, discover the changing Art of Landscape

Chepstow Museum presents a course of 10 lectures exploring how the depiction of landscape has changed over the centuries
By popular lecturer Eleanor Bird

At the Drill Hall, Lower Church St Chepstow beginning Mondays 2-4pm beginning 23 January 2017

Potter’s Wheel Day or Weekend Workshops

Spend a relaxing day or weekend making pots on the potter’s wheel. Small friendly groups and seven electric potter’s wheels ensure plenty of individual attention and guidance. You will explore a whole range of making techniques based upon the potter’s wheel including: throwing, turning, attaching handles & motifs and decorating methods using under-glaze and coloured slip.
Day 1

The workshop starts at 10am where you’ll be individually assigned a potter’s wheel for the duration of the workshop. After tea/coffee, introductions and initial demonstration you will be taken as a group, step by step, through the pot throwing process. Once you have got the hang of things, you will be encouraged to develop at your own pace with individual tutoring as and when required. Around 1pm, a lunch consisting of rolls, cheese, ham, salad and fruit is served. In the afternoon there will be further demonstrations after which you will work larger lumps of clay, make bigger pots and explore different shapes and forms. At the end of the workshop you will select your favourite one or two pieces, depending on size to be fired and glazed. (Extra pots can be fired at cost – approx. £6 per item payable on the day) The session ends at 4pm.

If you are participating in the weekend workshop, the results of your labour from day one will be left to dry overnight.

Day 2

10am. Your pots from Saturday are now ‘leather-hard’ and ready to be turned. After further demonstrations you will learn how to throw foot-rings, add handles and other motifs. After lunch and once you have experimented with the techniques, you will select your favourite one or two pots, depending on size, and colour them using under-glazes and decorating slips. Extra pots can be fired at cost approx. £6 per item payable on the day. The weekend concludes at 4pm.

Your fabulous creations will be left with us to dry thoroughly before they go into the kiln. Once they have been fired and glazed, we’ll carefully wrap and dispatch your finished pots to your home address. You will be delighted at the professional results when they arrive on your doorstep approximately one month later.

Cost: £120 a day £215 weekend. Includes refreshments, lunch, all materials, firing, glazing and the cost of posting your finished masterpieces. These prices will be honored for all 2017 bookings as long as they are made before 1/1/17.

Please note price increases as from 1/1/2017 – £130 a day & £240 weekend.

These are the dates for our one day potter’s wheel workshops:

Sat 14 Jan, Fri 27 Jan, Sat 4 Feb, Sat 18 Feb, Fri 24 Feb, Sat 18 Mar, Fri 24 Mar, Sat 8 Apr, Sat 22 Apr, Sat 6 May, Sat 20 May, Sat 10 June, Fri 8 Sept, Sat 16 Sept, Sat 7 Oct, Sat 4 Nov, Fri 10 Nov, Sat 2 Dec

And weekend dates:

7 & 8 Jan, 28 & 29 Jan, 25 & 26 Feb, 11 & 12 Mar, 1 & 2 Apr, 29 & 30 Apr, 3 & 4 June, 1 & 2 July, 5 & 6 Aug, 9 & 10 Sept, 30 & 1 Sept/Oct, 28 & 29 Oct, 25 & 26 Nov


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