Symonds Yat East Riverside

A dramatic setting for the perfect day out:

A riverside hamlet on the east bank of the River Wye; with a dramatic backdrop of a steep sided wooded gorge and limestone cliffs.

Take the ancient hand pulled ferry, in operation for hundreds of years, carrying travellers between the east and west banks of the Wye.

Kingfisher cruises run throughout the summer months giving you an opportunity of a relaxing informative river trip which all the  family are sure to enjoy.

You can also experience the river yourselves by hiring canoes and kayaks whether it be for an hour or the whole day. Organised trips, river guides, instructors and options to provide a fantastic experience whatever your requirements.

Great selection of bars, restaurants, tea rooms and gardens to relax and enjoy superb views, food refreshments and service.

There are a wide range of forest and riverside walks to cater for everyone’s needs, whether it be climb uphill to the famous Yat Rock viewpoint to take in the views and see the Peregrine Flacons, or a gentle stroll along the river, there is something for everyone.

Symonds Yat East is the perfect evening venue for enjoying a riverside drink and fine food in one of the bars and restaurants. Booking is advisable in high season.

Morgan Motor Company- Visitor Centre

Helen, Roger & friends went to visit Morgan Motor company this week in the cotswolds- Their pictures are attached!


For 100 years the Morgan Motor Company have been building exciting sports cars in the beautiful spa town of Malvern in Worcestershire. Morgan cars are famous the world over for their unique blend of charisma, quality materials, craftsmanship, technology and performance.

You can take a guided tour and see skilled craftsmen at work as they hand make their bespoke sports cars. Traditional car manufacturing combined with exciting cutting edge technology creates a tour like no other!! Tours cost £20.00 per person, £10.00 children aged 5-11 ( under 5 are not permitted), must be pre-booked. Some tours are available to book online and incur an additional booking fee.

Visit the Morgan museum and discover the fascinating family history, relax and watch the Morgan film and get up close to the cars of the past, present & future.


You can hire their cars during the week and at weekends:

Daily car hire: £200 Monday-thursday

Overnight hire: £260 Monday-thursday

Weekend hire: £550 Friday- Monday

Weekly hire: £975 +

Opening hours:

Monday- Thursday: 8:30am – 5:00pm

Fridays- 8:30am -2:00pm

FREE entry to museum and shop


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Chepstow Festival 24th June- 24th July 2016

downloadWith more open- air theatre productions than anywhere else in Wales, great music, inspiring and informative talks, poetry, dance and dancing, running and racing and finishing with fireworks to round off the bi-centenary celebrations of the beautiful Wye Bridge the Chepstow Festival is a four week long celebration of the Arts and community in the town and surrounds. Visit the website to find out more about each event and the latest news at www.chepstowfestival.co.uk.

Showcasing more of the towns extraordinary  talent is ” Bands on the Bandstand” the free music summer Sunday afternoons funded by Chepstow Town Council, at the truly beautiful venue of the riverside gardens overlooking the River Wye and its graceful 200 year old bridge.

During this years festival you will hear chepstow  Voice Choir, the Monmouth Big Band, the Don Fox Scandal a young chepstow band singing funk rock jazz swing and blues all together for an irresistibly dance-able set ( so get your dancing shoes on).  Twysted River who took inspiration for their name from the beautiful River Wye, playig an exciting mix of Blues Rock and coming from further afield the FB Pocket Orchestra on the last Sunday of the the festival River Wye bridge celebration afternoon, takes listeners back in time to the hot jazz, blues, ragtime and popular dances of the 1920’s and 30s and even earlier.

In the even more splendid surroundings of the lower courtyard of our majestic medieval castle, enjoying the beauty of being outdoors but with the benefit of the canopy for protection, the Chepstow Music centre showcase in the evening of Sunday 10th July, presents the best of local talent- ensembles and individual performances, including the community orchestra, gospel choir, jazz bands, madrigal and renaissance brass groups.

The castle walls will resound to music of a very different kind, when Chepstow musical youth theatre, seniors, bring Disney camp rock: The musical to town! This new musical, based on the hit Disney channel original movies camp rock and camp rock 2: The final jam opens with Mitchie and her friends arriving at camp rock ready to spend another summer jamming out and having the time of their lives. But the new flashy camp star across the lake now threatens camp rocks very existence. CMYT will be giving three evenings performances and a Saturday matinee from Thursday 14th to Saturday 15th July.


Tel: 01291 625981

What’s on at The Savoy Theatre Monmouth












Friday 6th May- Chris Packham- 7pm £9, tickets from Rossiter Books

Saturday 7th May- Measure for Measure: Globe on screen, 7:30pm  Tickets £12 and £10

Sunday 8th May- Mark Steel: Who Do I Think I am, 8pm tickets £15

Friday 13th May- An Evening Of Dirty Dancing: The Tribute Show 7:30pm tickets £18.50

Saturday 14th May- ED ACZEL: The random flapping of a butterfly’s wings. 8pm tickets £12

Wednesday 18th- Saturday 21st May: Relatively speaking off center theater. 7:30pm tickets £10

Sunday 22nd May: Monmouth- waldrown variety show. FREE TICKETS 6pm

Thursday 26th May: The Gruffalo and friends with Julia Donaldson- 4:30pm tickets £12 and £9 ( under 16’s)




Friday 29th April – Thursday 12th May , The Jungle Book (PG),

  • 29th-5th: everyday at 5pm &7:30pm Additional matinees on sat/sun/mon at 12:39pm &2:45PM.
  • 6th-12th: Friday at 12:30 only, sat 12:30pm, 2:45pm and 5pm
  • sunday at 12:30pm and 2:45pm
  • Monday- Thursday 5pm ONLY

The man who knew infinity ( 12a)

  • Sunday 22nd- Thursday 26th May
  • Sunday 2pm ONLY
  • Monday- Wednesday 4:45pm & 7:30pm
  • Thursday 7:30 pm ONLY
  • Additional matinee wed 2pm

Trumbo ( 15)

  • Monday 9th- Thursday 12th may
  • Everyday at 7:30pm
  • Matinees wednesday 2pm & 4:45pm

The Angry Birds Movie (u)

  • Friday 27th may – Thursday 2nd June
  • Friday at 5pm ONLY
  • Sat-Thur 2:30pm and 5 pm

Zootropolis ( pg)

  • sat 21st- sunday 22nd may
  • sat 12pm and 2:15pm
  • Sunday at noon ONLY

Florence Foster Jenkins (12a)

  • Friday 27th may- Thursday 2nd June
  • Daily at 7:30pm

Booking tickets: Online at www.monmouth-savoy.co.uk or phone 01600 772 467





Morris Men 1   Thank you to the Forest of Dean Morris Men for coming to dance to celebrate St George’s day . It is always a pleasure to welcome you and we hope to see you on New Years Day 2017 .Morris Men 3 Morris Men 2Morris Men 4

Wilton Court is once again Winner of the ”Forester Restaurant of the Year” 2016

Wilton Court Restaurant with rooms, Ross on Wye has once again been recognised as ‘’Restaurant of the Year’’ in the ‘’Forester Business Awards’’ 2016.

The award was presented to Head Chef Rachael Williams and Stef Marshall Assistant Manager  at the awards Gala dinner held at the Bells Hotel & Forest of Dean Golf and Bowls Club, Coleford on Thursday 21st April 2016

Owners Roger and Helen Wynn are  absolutely delighted at Wilton Court’s hat trick of awards this week which  include  maintaining   their  5 Gold Stars and 2 Rosettes  after their  AA inspection  on the 20th April. They have also  recently been awarded a Gold Award from Visit Wales for 2016

Helen said ‘’It is the teamwork and all the hard work that everyone puts in that makes it happen. We are very proud’’.


Pictured with the Forester award left to right Steph Marshall Assistant Manager Helen Wynn Owner Rachael Williams Head Chef

Looking for a magical experience?

Throughout the Wye Valley there are loads of different and quirky canoe adventures.

The River Wye Canoe Hire Company

Ross on Wye Canoe Hire

Wye Pursuits Ltd

Wye Canoes Ltd

Canoe Hire Symonds Yat East

Symonds Yat Canoe Ltd

Canoe The Wye


Above are all the well known registered licensed canoe businesses that you can enjoy a relaxing day with.

See the Wye Valley from a birds eye view

Enjoy an experience of a lifestyle with a hot air balloon flight over the Wye Valley- Aviators offer a fully trained hot air balloon flight for customers in Ross on Wye at various sites to launch across the country. These balloon rides have been ongoing for over 10 years. High quality safety equipment is used on all flights with modern fleet hot air balloons. This is a perfect birthday present especially those special dates such as 30, 40, 50 and 60

The hot air balloon rides for customers from Ross On Wye cater for all groups and sizes such as families, couples and corporate events. The hot air balloons cater for 2-16 passengers so we are bound to have something to suit your requirements.

Each balloon ride is a unique experience for customers from Ross On Wye as its all dependent upon the wind.

For more information visit their webiste http://www.balloonrider.co.uk/hot-air-balloon-rides/ross-on-wye/herefordshire/