The Wye Valley AONB Unit runs a series of walks, talks, courses and events throughout the year. We also advertise events and courses going on in the AONB.

To find out more about an event or look at all our events available

Most events are free unless a charge is indicated. To book on an event please use the contacts given with each event. 

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River Festival Mask and Costume Making Workshops 20/04/14

Do you like or want to take part in and make things for theatre production? 
We need masks, costume and props makers to help create everything needed for the characers and participants of the Wye Valley River Festival events, including all the characters that will carry the main story - Ratty, Mink, Badger, Hedgehog, Wild Boar, policemen, judges and a whole host of other weird and wonderful creatures.  Over 30 masks and costumes is a massive task! 

Please contribute your skills, learn new ones, work alongside artists from Hereford Carnival Arts and help make everything needed for the festival events.

Dates:  April 20 and 21   Redbrook Village Hall
             April 26 and 27   Redbrook Village Hall
Time: 10:30 to 17:00 each day
Ages: 14+
Contact: Tel: 01600 710 844 Email: mobile: 07956 452 770

Celebration of the Hedgehog 26/04/14

Date: April 26 - May 18
This event should inspire children and adults to explore the world of hedgehogs and their habitats by enabling them to participate in an amazing range of creative arts with published writers and illustrators including Petr Horacek, Lizzie Harper, Adele Nozedar and Alan the Hedgehog!

There are also plenty of other fun-filled activities such as exploring the Hedgehog Trail and searching for hedgehogs on the Hog Treasure Hunt whilst munching on hedgehog cakes, buns and sweets being sold from local shops.
Come to the ‘Land of Hedgehogs’ and join us in fun-filled activities. Hedgehogs rely on your help and support to ensure their survival!  'like' and 'follow' the Celebration of the Hedgehog facebook page to keep up to date with what is happening and learn how you can get involved and join in.
Plus lots of interesting facts, images and tales about what has been voted Britain's favourite wild animal by BBC Wildlife magazine!

For further information please click here for the Full Programme
on the Celebration of the Hedgehog Facebook page

Forest Activities Festival 27/04/14

Whether you’re hoping to lead a healthier and more active lifestyle or simply looking to take up a new hobby, there will be everything from archery, mountain biking and bush craft to cookery, photography, golf and throwing pots on offer from a whole host of local businesses. Some of our most popular activity providers will be at the event including Go Ape, Pedalabikeaway Forest Hills Golf club, Taurus Crafts and Forest of Dean Adventure. Quirkier activity stands such as Artspace will invite you to try your hand at trapeze and circus skills.
Location: Speech House Hotel,Coleford Road, Coleford, Glos GL16 7EL
Date: April 27
Time: 10am - 5pm
Tickets: £2 Adults U 16’s free
Further Information:  Email:       Forest Activities website

Festival Walks: Wilton Quay and Ross Dock 30/04/14

Come and explore the beautiful Wye Valley on one of our choice walks. A brilliant way to get to know the area for the next time you come! 
For our first walk join renowned local historian Heather Hurley, author of 'Herefordshire’s River Trade', to explore the quay and docks at Wilton and Ross and to hear real stories about the barges, cargoes and the men of the river. An enchanting easy walk, full of history and atmosphere. 
Organiser: Wye Valley AONB Unit
Leader: Heather Hurley
Date: Wednesday, April 30
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Length: 2.5 miles, 4kms  
Terrain: Easy
Cost: £3.00 each
Further Information:

Tickets: Please purchase tickets for this walk through eventbrite
Buy Tickets from Eventbrite



Main Festival Event: Hereford River Carnival 03/05/14

Join the community of Hereford for a day long celebration in the streets and on the River Wye. See the world’s first underwater bicycle race, runners trying to beat the Cathedral Bells Maypole dances,The Hereford Bull, a spectacular river carnival with music and extraordinary large scale creatures and of course Ratty makes his first appearance.
Date: May 3
Time: 10am - 8pm
Venues: Various at Cathedral Close, Bishops Meadow, Castle Green and on the River Wye
Cost: Free



Festival Concert: Elijah 03/05/14

Huw Williams, Director of Music at the Chapel Royal in London, conducts his farewell performance with the Monmouth Choral Society with the Regency Sinfonia in a performance of Elijah by Felix Mendelssohn.
This epic work is full of great tunes, tells the dramatic story of the Old Testament prophet Elijah. Written in 1846 for the Birmingham Festival,
it was once almost as popular with choral societies as Handel’s Messiah.
Soloists Kirsty Hopkins, soprano, Martha Mc Lorinan,alto, Thomas Elwin, Tenor and Stuart Young, Bass.
Date: May 3
Time: 7pm
Venue: Wyastone Concert Hall, NP25 3SX
Further Information and Booking: Tel: 01594 531496  or in person from DS Music, 2-4 Monnow Street, Monmouth, NP25 3EE.
From choir members or on the door at the concert


Main River Festival Event: Ross on Wye River Pageant 04/05/14

Water Olympics, Youth Theatre, River Pageant, the Human Fountains plus Beer and Cider Festival and all the entertainment on the Ross riverside. Rumors are rife that Ratty is mingling with crowds.

Date: May 4
Time: 10:00 am -11pm
Venue: Rope Walk Ross on Wye Grid Reference: SO 596243
Cost: Free
Refreshments: Will be available on site and within local bars and cafés. Beer and cider festival
Disabled Access: Access to most of the event venues
Car Parking: Various parking sites  Ross car park information
Public Transport: Bus map download and Wye Valley Wanderer bus timetable
Toilets: Public toilets on site

Festival Walks: Symonds Yat Rock to Biblins and back 05/05/14

Come and explore the beautiful Wye Valley on one of our choice walks. A brilliant way to get to know the area for the next time you come!
Join Forestry Commission Community Ranger Hayley Clayton to explore the Rock at Symonds Yat and see the famous views, reminiscent of the Picturesque Tour. The route will take you down from Symonds Yat along by the river, over the Biblins Bridge and back down the other side of the river, then over on the hand ferry, stop at Saracens for tea and cake before the walk back up to Symonds Yat Rock!!!  Not wheelchair or pushchair friendly. Please bring £1.20 for the hand ferry and pennies for tea and cake at the Saracens!!
Organiser: Wye Valley AONB Unit
Leader: Hayley Clayton Forestry Commission
Date: Monday, May 5
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Meeting Place: Log Cabin at Symons Yat Rock OS Grid ref: SO564160
Length: 2-3 hours
Distance: 4 miles (approx)
Terrain: Steep slopes from Rock to River
Walk Rating: Moderate
Further Information:
Cost: FREE Book through eventbrite


Llangrove Grand May Fayre 05/05/14

Come to Llangrove for all the fun of the Fayre


Llangrove May Fayre

The Lydbrook Tump Fete 05/05/14

Fete 1-5pm

DJ 1.30-2.30pm & 3.30-5.00pm
- Lydbrook Band 2.30pm-3.30pm
- 2 Bouncy Castles
- Balloon making and clowns 3-4pm
- skittles
- tombola
- stocks
- huge cake (to feed 200) with Wye Valley River Festival logo plus photos of Lydbrook on top.
- Our BBQ will be lit for anyone who wants to use it. People also bring picnics.

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