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Wye Valley River Festival 2018

The Wye Valley River festival starts 5th May to the 20th May, its a wonderful series of magical family events, embracing innovative artistic work that inspires and challenges. follow the festival through the wye valley for more info go to here are a few highlights from the 14th to the 20th May at Tintern abbey the museum of the moon (Ticketed Event). Luke Jerrams’s Lunar spectacle is best viewed as the evening light fades and it glows in the dynamic ruins of Tintern abbey. On the 5th and 6th May Jony Easterby’s magical woodland light and sound show is being held at Symonds Yat Rock, picnic amongst the trees and be entertained with music and song before immersing yourself in the trees at night, the festival finale in Llandogo  on the 19th May includes an afternoon and evening of music, song, dance, then in the evening a dusk torch parade and fire sculpture. For More Information please go to there Webbsite

Forest of Dean Spring Classic 3rd May 2015

Venue: Monmouth – Trefynwy

Dates: 03/05/2015 to 04/05/2015


The Forest of Dean Spring Classic will become a two-day event over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend this year. The 11 edition of the sportive will feature the Monmouthshire Challenge on Sunday May 3 before the traditional Forest of Dean event with two courses on offer on the Monday.

The former will take in a 100km route through the county, including some of the British Road Race Championship route where Peter Kennaugh (Team Sky) and Laura Trott (then Wiggle-Honda) emerged victorious last summer.

A testing route, it is being offered either as a warm-up for the main event the following day or as a less-strenuous sportive and will cost just £15 to enter.

The following day will then see riders take on the undulating, picturesque Monmouthshire countryside, with a 145km Classic route boasting 20 individual climbs through the county and the Forest of Dean.

More than 8,000ft of ascending feature on the route, with Broadwell, Bulls Hill and Symonds Yat – a 25 per cent grind just before the finish – all among the ascents.

The shorter, 100km route takes in the most of the traditional route but with a more forgiving eight climbs included, but still amounting to more than 6,000ft of ascending in total – including Symonds Yat.

Starting and finishing in Vauxhall Fields, near to the town centre, free parking and camping are available on site.

Fully-signed routes, well-stocked feed stops, timing, mechanical back up from Shimano and a broom wagon are also included, alongside free tea, coffee and porridge at the start.

Entries, which are limited to 500 riders, and more information can all be found at


Wilton Court short listed by The Forester for Restaurant of the Year awards 2014

Recognising  the best businesses  in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley area The Forester Business Awards 2014 has began with a bang proving that this year’s event will be bigger and better than ever before!

This will be their fifth year presenting the Business Awards and every year it just gets better with more entries and an increase in popularity as we celebrate some of the best businesses the Forest and Wye Valley have to offer .

Entrants will be featured in The Forester and the winners  and runner ups will be announced at a Gala Awards Black Tie Dinner to be held at Forest Hills Golf Club on Thursday 24th April. Category The winners will receive a 2014 Business Awards trophy as well as coverage within The Forester.

This year there are thirteen categories waiting to be won. These are: to which Wilton Court has been shortlisted for Restaurant of the Year

Tourism Award Sponsored by Wildin & Co
Small Business of the Year Sponsored by SPP Pumps
Young Business Person of the Year Sponsored by The George Inn & Millingbrook Lodge
Pub of the Year Sponsored by Marstons Brewery
Restaurant of the Year TBC
Customer Service Award Sponsored by The Warranty Group
Retailer of the Year Sponsored by Weydean Properties
Health and Beauty Award Sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline
Green Business of the Year Sponsored by Vantage Point Business Village
Apprentice of the Year Sponsored by Gloucestershire College
Family Run Business of the Year Sponsored by Griffiths Marshall Accountants
Business Person of the Year TBC


For further details please contact Tina Coleman, Forester Commercial Manager on 01594 820623

Forest of Dean Cycling Guide

If  you are coming to visit and plan to cycle in the area you must take a look  at .

Their first guide is  the Forest of Dean and can be purchased on line for £6.95.  You can enjoy the ever popular nine-mile Family Trail – plus another 80 miles of easily rideable and beautiful tracks and trails just waiting to be discovered! Until now exploring these has been difficult – both to put together rewarding rides, and to avoid getting lost! They  have done all the hard work for you. !

What else do the guides offer?

  • They are waterproof and tear-proof – printed on tough plastic that feels like high quality paper. Why should a map fall apart after a shower or a gust of wind?
  • The superbly detailed Ordnance Survey Ⓡ 1:25,000 map is overlaid with our rides and important and useful information OS logo
  • Clear step-by-step directions are provided for a number of rides, plus many more miles of other tested and rewarding routes are shown.
  • The directions are always adjacent to the map panel you are using – no flip-flapping between directions and map!
  • Places to eat, drink and do, within easy reach of the rides
  • Tips and help in finding your way Continue reading

Perrygrove Treehouses Trains and Treasure 30 minutes from Ross on Wye

Wondering what to do with the kids? e there’s lots of things to do for children and grandchildren on a steam train day out at Perrygrove – not just a steam train ride but lots of other ideas for the kids including treehouses, under-cover play, and our wonderful woodland to explore.They  are adding new attractions for grown-ups too. Please allow at least 2 hours for your fun day out – many visitors stay all day! They are located on the edge of the Dean Forest, near Coleford in Gloucestershire and also located close by are Clearwell Caves and Puzzle Wood. For further details opening times etc visit 

Aunt Martha’s Victorian Tea Rooms, Primrose Farm , Drybrook the Forest of Dean Open March to October Limited gluten and dairy free menu

The ideal place for lunch  or afternoon  tea  when visiting the Forest of Dean

  • Opening hours Friday  Saturday and Sunday 12 noon – 5pm March to October . Other times by special appointment
  • All cakes  savoriness and preserves are made from recipes at least 100 years old
  • Elegant Victorian  tea rooms with pretty table cloths, fine china and good service with a smile
  • Gift shop with range of cakes and preserves and gift ideas
  • If the weather is suitable you can stroll around the cottage gardens
For further details please visit

Puzzlewood a magical day out in the Forest of Dean

Now the sun is shining and the weather is warmer why not take a trip to Puzzelwood in the Forest of Dean

Could it be the maze of pathways winding through the gulley’s of mossy rocks, the twisted roots of the yew trees or the bridges, lookouts and other things you can find on your way round?

Puzzlewood is a unique and enchanting place, located in the beautiful and historic Forest of Dean. Explore a mile of meandering pathways, with its fantastic tree and rock formations, through this 14 acre ancient woodland. It has an atmosphere quite unlike any other wood you have visited. JRR Tolkien is reputed to have taken his inspiration for the fabled forests of Middle Earth from Puzzlewood, and it’s easy to see why. Continue reading

Forest of Dean Morris Men return to Wilton Court on St Georges Day

We are pleased to advise that the Forest of Dean Morris Men and the Wimberely Cloggers will return to the Wilton Court as 8.00 pm  Monday 23rd April to celebrate St Georges Day.

They will dance in the courtyyard  and then perform their traditional music in the  Riverview Restaurant and  Bar.  

We look forward to welcoming  them back and hope that you will be able to join us for the celebration.

Wilton Court Loyalty Dining Card

Wilton Courts Loyalty Card

Join now for just £10.00  to benefit from Wilton Courts exclusive  dining club offers. A membership card will be issued and the card holder will qualify for the following offers and discounts:
• 10% discount on food prices for a maximum of six people ( Card holder needs to be present)
• If you recommend a friend to join and receive a free bottle of wine to take away next time you dine with us.
• Receive a special bedroom  rate for two of £40.00 (not a lot more than a taxi home)
• Annual members  cocktail party
Follow the link below to find out more information.