Coleford Festival of Words celebrates 10 years with a wide range of things to enjoy, things to take part in all exploring how words tangle us up and amaze us. The theme is reading which will be explored through a programme in and around the town of public readings- new writing will be part of … Continue reading Coleford Festival of Words: 3rd – 9th July 2017
An exciting and varied end of June and start to July in the #DeanWye ! Romeo and Juliet in Puzzlewood, concerts, art exhibitions, Chepstow Museum and the British Museum working together, festivals, steam and inflatable labyrinths. Do you really need any more reason to visit us in the next 10 days? If you can't come … Continue reading Reasons to Visit the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean: 28th June – 9th July 2017
The ‘Town Of Music’ Ross On Wye is getting ready to bask in a jam packed Summer Of Sound, with loads of brilliant events planned for the town and surrounding areas. So no matter what your musical palate there will be a tasty treat waiting.
For instance if you like brass bands, there are the regular Sunday afternoon concerts on Ross Bandstand. Take a picnic and enjoy the beautiful river surroundings while listening to a great selection of local bands. This year there’s also ‘Pandemonium Steel Pans’ playing as part of a spectacular ‘Proms in the Park’ event (20th August).
There are plenty of opportunities to hear local choirs …and sing with them!. The Penyard Singers are always ready to welcome new members and St Mary’s Church is offering places on its ‘Come Sing’ event (July 23rd. Book to be a part of it). And if you can’t sing, why not try your hand at bell ringing! (also at St Mary’s).
As usual the annual ‘Ross Country Music Festival’ (9-10th July), now in its 15th year, gives you the chance to jangle your spurs along to some blistering country tunes. You may even end up line dancing!. On the same weekend the Linton Blues Festival rocks up, and as always boasts an impressive line up. This year the Sunday night headliners are Texas bluegrass outfit ‘Hayseed Dixie’. It’s just a pity these two great events clash.
Fast becoming a stock part of the Ross soundscape is ‘Ollie fest’ (25-27th August), organised to honour the memory of Ollie Floyd. Now in its 3rd year, this event is packed full of brilliant groups, as well as having a DJ night and other attractions like fairground rides. What’s more – its FREE.
Then there are other festivals such as the ‘Dubs On The Wye’ at Wilton Sports Centre(16-18th June), which is new this year, and features plenty of music as well as an open air cinema (showing Grease). Another must hear gig is the ‘Down On The Farm’ festival near Abby Dore (11-13th August) which this year is headlined by legends ‘Eddie and the Hotrods’.
Another brand new event this year is the ‘Ross Busking Festival’ (9th September). Organised by Nick Penny, in conjunction with ‘CreateRoss’ and Ross Town Council. This aims to fill the towns streets with all manner of live music, and hopes to be a regular feature which will encourage young talent.
Last but not least, there is of course the local pub music scene, with many of the town’s pubs having regular nights of live music and DJ’s …and don’t forget Jacqueline’s nightclub with its monster silent disco, or The Larruperz Centre with monthly country music nights. To cap it all The King Charles II has started an ‘Open Mic’ night on Tuesdays, giving a great opportunity for budding musicians to get stage time.
All in all the live music scene in and around Ross On Wye, the ‘Town Of Music’ is stronger than ever, so dust off your ears and do some soundbathing this summer.
You can get links to all the shows and festivals planned, as well as info on all manner of other events via the towns dedicated ‘whats on’ website http://www.playross.com
Wow! It's hot here in the DeanWye this week, so we're glad we can offer both inside and outside activities, depending on whether you are a sun worshipper or not! Enjoy woodland discoveries through art and find hidden creatures in Puzzlewood, improve your health through the Herefordshire Walking Festival or enjoy learning about edible flowers … Continue reading Reasons to Visit the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean This Week: 19th – 25th June 2017
Thursday 15th June 2017, Coleford Town and Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Tourism are linking up with the national BBC Music Day and planning a series of ‘pop up’ musical performances around the local area. Organiser, Nick Penny told us “these are not large concerts, it is simply a case of putting musicians into … Continue reading Coleford Town and the DeanWye gets ready for a day of music!
Time to say thank you! International Centre for Birds of Prey have been celebrating their volunteers, and ask you to Get Involved Almost 22 million people across the UK volunteer their time and skills to charities every year. Volunteers Week 2017 gave the International Centre for Birds of Prey the perfect excuse to extend thanks … Continue reading Volunteer at International Centre for Birds of Prey
Half Term may be over but there are plenty of reasons still to visit us here in the #DeanWye from exhibitions to concerts, tribute nights to transport festivals. With Father's Day Coming up why not plan further ahead and see what we can offer for Dads on 18th June here http://www.wyedeantourism.co.uk/whatson BREATH OF FIRE 5th June … Continue reading Reasons To Visit the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean this Week: 5th-11th Jun
International Centre for Birds of Prey celebrates Love your Zoo week on this very special anniversary Love your Zoo week is an annual nationwide event praising and promoting the important work that is done in zoos across the UK run by BIAZA (British & Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums). Coinciding with the May half-term … Continue reading Love your local Birds of Prey Centre!