Chepstow Racing and Events

Chepstow Racing and Events

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Welsh National 2011

Don’t Miss It… Join us for the climax of 2011

Tuesday 27th December
Gates open 9.55am First Race 12.25pm Last Race 3.50pm

The highlight of the Welsh racing calendar and Chepstow’s most prestigious meeting of the year, the Coral Welsh National promises thrilling racing with top trainers and jockets competing for the glory of this year’s Welsh National crown.
Enjoy a great day out with admission tickets starting from just £20 ***if you take advantage of our Early Bird Offer!

Premier tickets from £30. Save £7.00 off tickets when booked in advance before Friday 28 October 2011. Prices per person include VAT.
For more information visit www.chepstow-racecourse.co.uk
Phone: 01291 622260

Battle Of Mortimers Cross

Mortimers Cross Re-enactmentBattle Of Mortimers Cross

History is dying.

Although it is, and will always remain, in the past, our history is becoming less well known as time passes. Children of a school age learn less and less about what has shaped our country and why we are the proud people that we are, or at least should be.

Time is a healer of great wounds, but at the same time it can bury those wounds in years of misinterpretation and ignorance. Re-enactors of all ages, whether it is Medieval or Tudor, Viking or Civil War, do not want this to happen. Our history has made us, and it should not die. Continue reading

Fishing in Wales on the Wye & Usk Rivers

River Ecology, Conservation & Restoration

The Wye & Usk Foundation is a charity concerned with restoring the habitat, water quality and fisheries of the rivers Wye and Usk. The Foundation is more than just a lobbying organisation: through a series of partnership projects, we are raising significant sums of money to remedy problems such as habitat degradation, poor water quality and diffuse pollution, barriers to fish migration and over-exploitation of our fisheries.

In 2000 we became a registered charity with the following objectives:

  • To conserve, protect, rehabilitate and improve the salmon and other indigenous species of animal and plant life of the rivers Wye and Usk, their tributaries, streams and watercourses (“the River”) and the banks, riparian lands and catchments of the river (“the River Corridor”) and …
  • To advance the education of the public in the conservation of rivers, river corridors and their animal and plant life and the need for conservation, protection, rehabilitation and improvement of such environments.
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J.K. Rowling’s Childhood Home


The childhood home of the creator of Harry Potter is up for sale. Church Cottage, in the village of Tutshill near Chepstow was where the teenage J.K.Rowling grew up and may have drawn her inspiration for her world famous series of novels. The village of Tutshill draws interest following J.K Rowling’s decision to name one of her quidditch teams ‘The Tutshill Tornadoes’. Church Cottage was built around 1852 by the Gothic Revivalist architect, Henry Woodyer. It served as a school house and then a rectory to the adjoining St Luke’s Church. The property retains many of its original gothic features, including mullioned stone windows and intricate wrought-iron rainwater goods. The trapdoor leads to the cellar which is a disused rainwater reservoir with a distinctive brick-vaulted ceiling. Continue reading

Flavors of Herefordshire Food Festival

Flavors of Herefordshire Food Festival

Simple, natural and local food

In the Year of the Orchard, the Flavours of Herefordshire Food Festival returns to Hereford Race Course for the weekend of Saturday, 22nd October and Sunday 23rd October, 2011.The Chef-in-Residence will be Jean-Christophe Novelli, who will be demonstrating his skills in the Food Theatre each day. Dubbed ‘the nation’s favourite French Chef’, his career started aged 14 as a baker in his home town of Arras, moving to Paris as the private chef of Elie de Rothschild and then to Keith Floyd’s pub the Maltsters in Devon.Jean-Christophe opened several London restaurants and one in Cape Town & Normandy, winning 4 consecutive Michelin stars along the way. Continue reading

Experience Eastnor

Experience Eastnor

Experience the true spirit of adventure in its purest form. Enjoy 5000 acres, 30 miles of carefully managed trails in an area of outstanding, natural beauty in the grounds of Eastnor Castle. Land Rover Experience Malvern’s provides a unique adventure that encourages drivers to push both the vehicle and themselves to the limit.

Prepare yourself for a driving adventure unlike no other. Experience the full breadth of capability a Land Rover has to offer in stunning surroundings. Endless natural tracks of varying difficulty will keep you occupied for as long as you like.

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Aunt Martha’s Victorian Tea-Rooms

An ideal place where you can meet friends and put the world to rights amongst surroundings that have the quiet harmony of perfect taste.
  • Good food, good cooking and courteous personal service are features for which Aunt Martha’s has become famous.
  • Step back in time and enjoy light refreshments and my famous High Teas, made by my staff in our famous kitchen.
  • All the cakes, savouries and preserves are made from recipes that are at least 100 years old. You will taste the difference.
  • Enjoy the elegant atmosphere of a traditional Victorian Tea-room, with pretty table cloths, proper china and good service with a smile.
  • You will be able to visit the new shop where you will find a fine range of cakes, biscuits and preserves.
  • There is also a range of gift ideas with Cousin Jayne’s Victorian needlework and Old Ned’s wooden treen.
  • If the weather is suitable you can stroll around the cottage garden and discover some of the unusual features.
  • Also, visit old Ned’s new greenhouse and see the latest in Victorian garden tools. I f you have  a special occasion then why not enjoy and celebrate it at Primrose Farm Tea-rooms.
  • Whatever the reason, for your visit you can be assured it will be an experience you will want to repeat.

Aunt Martha

Opening Hours:
March to October
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays
12.00 noon -5pm

For further information contact Nadine Carr, Primrose Farm, Brook Cottage, The Branch, Drybrook, Gloucestershire, GL17 9DB
Telephone: (01594) 824 514
Primrose Farm

Press Release


Wilton Court joins an elite number of just 66 properties to have achieved the AA
Highly Commended 5 Yellow Stars status in the whole country.

Wilton Court at Ross-on-Wye has just been awarded the AA Highly Commended 5
Yellow Stars Restaurant with Rooms 2011/2012. The very first to be awarded this
prestigious accolade in Herefordshire, this latest award will stand proudly next to
Wilton Court’s two AA Rosettes and Breakfast Award.

“We are absolutely delighted with our latest award” said Helen Wynn, joint owner of
Wilton Court with husband Roger since 2000. “We are running out of wall space!”

The news from the AA came hot on the heels of yet another award collected recently
by the couple at the Savoy in London – Highly Commended by The Considerate
Hoteliers Association.
June 2011

On the Way to the Wye

40th Celebration Event- On the Way to the Wye
A free family event celebrating the Georgian period in Ross on Wye. Fun, frolics, fiddles faddle, frippery and foppery with living history event. Meet 18th century ladies, gentlemen, soldiers, sailors, rogues and vagabonds. Join the historical progression through Ross with historian Heather Hurley and find out about the famous characters that popularised the Wye Tour and the Picturesque. There will be demonstrations of food, wine, costume, boatbuilding, lacemaking, candle making, basket making and rope making.
Location: Caroline Symonds Gardens ,Ross Riverside, Ross on Wye, Saturday 18th June
Ross Historical Progression
Meet characters from the Georgian period on their way to embark on the wye Tour from the Market House Heritage Centre led by historian Heather Hurley. Meet Lord Nelson, John Kyrle, Reverend Egerton and Gilpin as well as the notorious Sin eater.
Historical Demonstrations
Visit the conservatory at the Hope and Anchor pub on Ross Quay and learn historians Dr Annie Gray and John Hurley about Georgian food and wine. Observe how a lady dresses in Portrait of a Lady.
Military re-enactments
28th North Gloucestershire Regiment of Foot and the Worcester Yeomanry and Cavalry will be displaying sword and musket drill.
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10 Reasons why Ross is fit for a Prince…

10 Reasons why Ross is fit for the Royals

1) Food fit for a Prince
Herefordshire, with its lush green countryside, red fertile soil and benign climate, produces a range of delicious, fresh, local produce. Shopping for food for her Prince, Kate would find a selection of some of the best the country has to offer less than two miles away at Pengethley Farm shop, winner in the retail category of the Flavours of Herefordshire Awards 2010. Owner Joanna Lewis says: ‘We have several customers from Harewood Park and we would be over the moon to have the Royal couple among them. We are very lucky that in this country we are surrounded by local producers of all different sizes and there is such a fantastic selection of seasonal local produce, including local asparagus, soft fruits and tomatoes.’ If Prince William shares his father’s taste for organic food, he will find one of the best-stocked organic shops in the area at Field Fayre, The Organic Store in Ross on Wye.  ‘They could have handmade artisan breads, organic flours; they could do a full weeks shop here. We are an organic supermarket, everything in the shop is completely organic, with the exception of a couple of products which are purely natural and we have a lot of fair-trade products,’ says owner, David MacGregor who, with his wife Yolanda, moved to the area seven months ago, giving up corporate life in Edinburgh to take over the shop. Says David: ‘We buy local produce when it is available. Last apple season we had about 14 varieties of apples and nine varieties of pears all grown within a couple of miles and all organic. All out meat is organic and sourced from local farms and our local fruit and vegetable come from within a five to ten mile radius.’

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