What’s on in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean

Entertainment, Arts and Culture Events

To enable you to know what’s going on in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean, we’ve put together a list of things that you might want to plan or book ahead for during your stay in one of our large holiday cottages.

Regular Events

4th Thursday of every month – Abergavenny Farmers Market –  Visit Website

1st and 3rd Saturday of every month – Usk Farmers MarketVisit Website

Every Friday and Saturday – Open Air Market in Monmouth Visit Facebook Page

Upcoming local events in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean

Peppa Pig at Dean Forest Railway @ Dean Forest Railway
Apr 14 @ 10:00 am – 3:45 pm
Peppa Pig at Dean Forest Railway @ Dean Forest Railway

Peppa Pig is returning to Dean Forest Railway.

Take a steam train through the Forest of Dean and meet Peppa Pig at Parkend Station (only accessible via train for this event).  There will be plenty of activities during the day too including bouncy castles, face painting and magic shows.

The event takes place at Norchard Station which opens at 9.30am and closes at 4.30pm

For more details visit the Dean Forest Railway website

James Phelan – An Evening with the Trickster @ Hillside Brewery
Apr 20 @ 6:00 pm – 11:30 pm
James Phelan - An Evening with the Trickster @ Hillside Brewery

A charitable event featuring the talents of James Phelan, the nephew of the late Paul Daniels at the Hillside Brewery, Forest of Dean.

Noted as one of the best young magicians in the UK, this evening of entertainment continues the tradition of magic with a sense of humour whilst also offering you the chance to support charity through a raffle and auction.

There will also be a three-course meal.  Dress code is smart casual.

You can purchase individual tickets or book a table and go as a group.

More details on the Hillside Brewery website.


Mendelssohn: The Two Piano Trios – Musical Discovery Weekend @ Clytha Park
Apr 21 – Apr 22 all-day
Mendelssohn: The Two Piano Trios - Musical Discovery Weekend @ Clytha Park

A weekend of study sessions, performances, discussions and Q & A’s based around Mendelssohn’s Two Piano Trios.

Discover the inner workings of these famous piano trios and get involved with the musicians performing them.

Led by Wye Valley Chamber Music’s Daniel Tong (Piano) and accompanied by Catherine Manson (Violin) and Robin Michael (Cello) the weekend includes session, garden visit and dinner on Saturday, study sessions, lunch and final concert on Sunday.

Numbers are strictly limited so please get in touch with Wye Valley Chamber Music for more details on booking your place!

Wye Valley River Festival 2018 @ Various
May 5 – May 19 all-day
Wye Valley River Festival 2018 @ Various

The Wye Valley River Festival happens every two years and celebrates nature, culture, landscape and life along the River Wye.

Through a packed programme of events the festival works it’s way down the River Wye over the course of a couple of weeks.  This year’s theme is ‘Trees’.

The previous festival featured art, music, story walks, theatre performances, a carnival and more!

For more information about where each event will take place, visit their website for further details.

Walk the Wye 2018 – Charity Walk @ Monmouth Showground
May 13 all-day
Walk the Wye 2018 - Charity Walk @ Monmouth Showground

Walk the Wye is a fundraising walk in support of Breast Cancer Research organised by Monmouth Rotary Club.

With 7 different routes starting from around the Wye Valley, walkers of different abilities can choose from a short flat route or an increasingly challenging one.

Money raised will go to the Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff and selection of other charitable causes in Monmouth, Chepstow and Ross-on-Wye.

Walkers meet on the day at Monmouth Showground and free buses will take you to the start of your chosen walk.

For more information and registration details, please visit their website.


Monmouthshire Food Festival 2018 @ Caldicot Castle
Jun 2 – Jun 3 all-day
Monmouthshire Food Festival 2018 @ Caldicot Castle

Monmouthshire Food Festival takes place again at Caldicot Castle.

Showcasing the best culinary delights from Monmouthshire and beyond there are ranging of activities that allow you to sample food produced in the area and learn from those who make it.

Activities over the weekend include

  • Chef’s Theatre
    • See some of the best local Chef’s up close demonstrating their skills
  • Producers
    • Meet many local producers of food and drinks from the local area
  • Children
    • Activities specially designed to get children interested in healthy food
  • Guide Dogs
    • Get involved with the dogs who make life easier for partially-sighted people
  • Look and Learn
    • Interactive sessions that offer you an opportunity to learn new things

For more information visit the Monmouthshire Food Festival Website

Coleford Music Festival @ Coleford Town Centre
Jul 14 – Jul 15 all-day
Coleford Music Festival @ Coleford Town Centre

Billed as the Forest of Dean’s best kept secret, The Coleford Music Festival is held outdoors in Coleford town centre every summer.

With an eclectic mix of music, art and culture and put together by the local community, all are welcome to come and enjoy everything on offer including;

  • Local and upcoming music artists in a variety of genres
  • Workshops
  • Street food and local produce
  • Stalls featuring local artisans
  • Children’s entertainment

The festival encourages a friendly and relaxed atmosphere for all generations and is organised in partnership with many unpaid volunteers with assistance from Coleford Town Council with the aim of promoting Coleford and the Forest of Dean.

For more details please visit their website

Monmouth Festival @ Monmouth
Jul 27 – Aug 4 all-day
Monmouth Festival @ Monmouth

Monmouth Music Festival returns for 2018 with more great music and events over 9 days and venues throughout Monmouth.

This FREE festival showcases the best amateur talent from many music genres as well putting on various activities through its Fringe Festival, Family Fun Day and Busking Festival.

There will also be stalls and vendors selling everything from street food to local artisan gifts.

For more information on who will be performing and what is on each day please visit the Monmouth Festival website.