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/


Wye valley walk

  1. The walk starts in the centre of Dymock. With your back to the church, cross the B4215 and walk south-eastwards along the pavement towards newent. Cross the small stream then cross back over the road to a footpath on the left. Take the right hand path sign posted Poet’s Path No.1. Cross the field to the stile. Walk left around the cricket pitch then to the left of the pavilion, behind which the path goes between two white-tipped posts. Walk along the left side of paddock to the stile in the corner. Turn right, poet’s path 1 crosses diagonally right to the kiss gate. Down the steps onto the lane. Cross to Crowfield lane opposite. This takes you past Crowfield farm and over the M50 motorway.


  1. You are now in the wild daffodil country but they hide beneath the ground and are only visible in March and April. In May, look out for bluebells. Continue straight along the track, through a small gate and then follow the path along the top of the field. Go through a small gate and along a path beside ketford bank nature reserve. Through another gate onto the bridleway through the woodland. You will pass the outcrop of red sandstone. The path curves round to exit in the track and barn farm.

3. Turn left twice, cross the river Leadon and takes the bridleway on the right at the corner. ( note; short walk continues along the lane to re-join the main walk at Ryton) The main walk continues along Poets Path no.1. After 50 yards fork right and follow the track to cutmill. Just beyond the buildings, take the middle path exiting on Durbridge road.


  1. Turn left along the lane and walk for half a mile past wood fields to a three-way junction.


5. Take the bridley on the left that cuts through cobhill rough woodland for half a mile before curving right onto The Geopark Way and Poets Path.


  1. Turn left along Drove Road that linked Redmarley D’Abitot to Ryton. Pass a hillside with exposures of rich red sand (that gave redmarley its name). Go through the large gate and immediately left through another gate and up the bridleway alongside the edge of the woodland. You can now see the Malvern Hills on the right.



  1. At the hamlet of Ryton turn left along the lane and right at the junction, sign posted Dymock. Cross the M50 and at the corner turn right and then left.


  1.  Follow this lane for 120 yards to a hidden stile through the hedgerow and up the steps to the left. The right of way goes straight across this field, gently rising to a corner of hedge that juts out towards you. Walk ahead to the next corner and through the gap in the hedge. Cut straight across the next two fields to the historic barns at hill farm. In the farmyard go right then left behind the barns resuming the route down the drive to the pond. Take the footpath on the right and walk diagonally left to a stile via and old oak tree. Cross the stile into small woodland. Cross the stream into the vineyard. Follow the path around the left side and up to the farm building called The Burtons.


  • Go through the kiss gate and turn left down the lane. At the junction cross to Poets Path no.2 and follow this well-marked route to the lane, turn right then left over the river Leadon and across the filed on the right


Aim for the landmark spire of Dymock chrch where the walk ends.

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Wednesday 24th June 7.30pm – Main House



Ballet Cymru prides itself on being different and Cinderella will be no exception, with a brand new music score and circus elements combined with the finest classical dance. Ballet Cymru will be working with award winning composer Jack White and Circus Company Citrus Arts to conjure a surprising world of wonder and magic.

Featuring choreography by Creative Wales Award winner Darius James and costumes by Welsh designer Steve Denton, Ballet Cymru bring to life this timeless story using the company’s unique blend of classical technique and storytelling.

Tickets £14

Concessions £12

Saturday 16th May 2pm – Studio Theatre

The Conquest Senior Youth Theatre Present


Taking an inspiration from L. Frank Baum’s original 1900 novel ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’.  Join Dorothy, The Tin Woodsman, The Lion and The Scarecrow battling against the Wicked Witch of The West and her clever cat in this new take on an old tale.

As part of our ‘Over The Rainbow’  project of performances, workshops and qualifications the members of our sister Youth Theatre, Bromyard’s Conquest Senior Youth Company have worked their silver slippers off to bring you a classic tale with a twist.

Tickets £10

Concessions £9