New shopping experience for retro lovers Eighteen specialist independent shops and one ‘old-world’ tea room have formed a ‘trail’ around Ross-on-Wye. It provides visitors looking for antiques, collectibles, interesting bric-a-brac, vintage clothes and jewellery, furniture and a host of quirky objects with fascinating tour. The Vintage Shopping Trail is expected to attract serious buyers and … Continue reading Vintage shopping trail for Ross-on-Wye
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
Brooks Country House, the Georgian manor house hotel which opened between the pretty town of Ross-on-Wye and the cathedral city of Hereford last summer, will be introducing a glamping option just in time for spring. This month, three vintage Bedford horseboxes will open as alternative guest accommodation in the hotel grounds, each custom designed and … Continue reading Brooks Country House Introduces Vintage Horseboxes as Stylish Glamping Option in the Wye Valley
A local Llangrove couple were concerned that the barn owl that they found was near to death, but their prompt action saved its life. Edward and Marian Drzymalski discovered the barn owl lying in the grass in a field adjoining Thatch Close, their bed and breakfast and holiday cottages in Llangrove, between Ross-on-Wye and Monmouth. “We … Continue reading Prompt Action Saves Barn Owl
Visitors to Labels Shopping, Ross-on-Wye will soon be able to view a huge wall-size cow mural painted by professional local artist, Sam Morris. Sam, who specialises in realistic paintings of champion pedigree cattle for farmers, auctioneers, breeders and collectors also designs commercial stylized illustrations which she sells all over the UK including at the new … Continue reading Great Moos for Local Cow Artist
Choirs from Monmouthshire, Herefordshire and the Forest of Dean are being offered a fantastic chance to showcase their singing at key events during this year’s Wye Valley River Festival. “It’s a chance for established choirs in and around the Wye Valley to bring themselves to the attention of new audiences. We are calling on them … Continue reading Volley of voices along the valley
We are privileged to have a destination that is in England and Wales, but to celebrate St. George's Day today, here are a few things we love about our English side! The breathtaking views: Symonds Yat Rock is known as a viewpoint to spot a host of wildlife, including peregrine falcons, adders, and otters, as well as a great spot to … Continue reading St. George’s Day – Why We Love England!
WYE, OH! WYE - A Most Theatrical and Musical Community Celebration of the Famous Wye Tour Friday 16 May 7.30pm Drill Hall, Lower Church St Chepstow Produced by OperaPlayhouse in collaboration with Chepstow Museum Tickets £8, £6 concessions from Chepstow Museum (tel 01291 625981) This production uses words written by the tourists of some 200 … Continue reading Wye, Oh! Wye – A trip down the river in words and music
An exciting opportunity to celebrate nature, culture, landscape and life along the River Wye. Like the nature of the river, events flow downstream starting from Hereford ending in Chepstow as communities contribute to the lively and thought-provoking programme. FESTIVAL EVENTS: 3 May - Hereford: River Carnival taking place besides & actually on the Wye 4 … Continue reading Welcome to the First Wye Valley River Festival!
The hedgehog is the town emblem of Ross-On-Wye which is in an area once called the 'Land of the Hedgehogs' by Celtic invaders more than 1500 years ago. The humble hedgehog is the UK's oldest mammal and is on the verge of extinction. Ross-on-Wye is reviving its historical links, interest and support for the hedgehog from the 26th … Continue reading Celebration of the Hedgehog in Ross-on-Wye