Chepstow’s Summer of Celebration of the town’s 950th anniversary gets underway in earnest this week. Wednesday 5 July sees the first of three talks about the Norman conquest organised by Chepstow Museum at the Drill Hall. Mark Morris, historian author and TV presenter delivers a talk entitled “The Norman Conquest, Why Did It Matter?” At 7:30 PM.
The celebrations continue with theatre in Chepstow Castle on Thursday 6 July, Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” by Rain or Shine Theatre. On Friday there is a grand picnic organised for primary school children of the town by the Chepstow/Cormeilles twinning Association which will be attended by the Mayors of Chepstow and Cormeilles .
At noon on Friday 7th July the 1st Rifles, from Beachley Barracks will be parading through the town. And in the evening there is a treat for Jane Austen fans (within a fortnight of the 200th anniversary of her death in July 1817) with Illyria’s presentation of their much loved production of “Pride and Prejudice”.
The Austen theme continues next week on Tuesday 11th July with Heartbreak Productions Performance of “Northanger Abbey”.
Wednesday 11th July in the Castle there is a Birthday Party for the Castle “The Great Tower Party” a special evening, in the form of a grand garden party with music from the FB Pocket Orchestra, tales told by torchlight, guided tours, local food, beers and ciders and finally as it grows dark a showing of the Hollywood epic Ivanhoe filmed in Chepstow Castle in 1913.
The celebrations continue In the Drill Hall on Thursday 13 July with the second of the three talks this time by historian and historical novelist James Aitchison “Resistance and Retribution, the aftermath of 1066” the week is rounded off by two more theatre performances in the Castle, Friday 14th July “The Taming of the Shrew” and Saturday 15th July, The Secret Garden both by heartbreak productions.
Earlier in the day on Saturday 15th July at 1 PM there will be a procession from the High Street to the Castle lawns where Norman re-enactors, singers, games, Food & Drink will be the fun of the fair.
Details of the full programme, talks and theatre are available on the Chepstow Festival website www.ChepstowFestival.co.uk tickets for all events can be bought from Chepstow Museum telephone 01291 625981.