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It’s a fabulous time of year to visit the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley, with plenty of sunshine it’s the perfect opportunity to get out and about and enjoy the fresh air and freedom, as well as the fantastic Bank Holiday events we’ve got planned. And don’t miss this month’s competition - a short break with free cycling and a vineyard tour! 
Thinking of your summer holiday? It's never too early, so do have a look at our ideas below for some inspiration... 

Hope to see you soon,

Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Tourism Association 

May: Bank Holiday events 

2nd-3rd May - Mad Hatter's Tea Party at The Angel - A whimsical afternoon inspired by the 150th anniversary of Lewis Caroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland'! Guests will be welcomed by eccentric characters and treated to a 'drink me' potion followed by a fantastic feast of treats. Tickets £30. 

2nd-4th May - An amazing experience with Thomas the Tank Engine! Ride with Thomas, Daisy and Duck's friend, plus miniature railway and roundabout, see Thomas race with Diesel, watch Punch & Judy, get your face painted and more... Adult £14, child £8. 

23rd May, 9:30-4:00 - Welsh Wine Week with Food Adventure - A tour of two vineyards, including Wales’ first commercial winery, as well as wonderful wine tasting! Participants will sample at least 10 different wines which include sparkling, white and red from both Ancre Hill and White Castle Vineyard. £99 pp.

For more May events check out our blog


Have you seen the bluebells yet? Now is the time to seek out those gorgeous flora filled fields. Tudor Farmhouse even offer a Bluebell Break: two nights dinner, bed and breakfast with a local walking guidebook and basket of local goodies from £420 - stay in April and get an extra night free! 

The River Wye is so blissful at the moment as it glitters in the sunshine. Of course the best way to spot the spring wildlife is by meandering down by canoeMany of our members are experts; not only do they have plenty of canoes for hire but offer guidance and instruction too. 

With this beautiful weather we should make the most of being outside - leave the car behind and instead spend your weekend on two wheels! There are several businesses in the area who provide bike hire - simply take your pick and off you go. We even have cycling routes available online to get you started. 

Father's Day gift ideas

Harts Barn Cookery School - How about their 'Men in the Kitchen' Experience - if he’s not confident in the kitchen, this year teach Dad how to make a three course meal. The day includes everything from knife skills to store cupboard ingredient knowledge whilst working with seasonal ingredients. £55 pp. 
Or why not try their butchery courses? These sessions include hands on sausage making and curing of pork loin for bacon to take home, demonstrations of hot smoking and more. £85 pp. 

Brewery Experience Day with Hillside BreweryIf Dad’s a huge beer lover why not send him behind-the-scenes? This day out includes breakfast upon arrival, hands-on brewing experience of all aspects of the process with training from qualified Master Brewer, local lunch, tasting session of classic collection of ales, a how-to guide to brewing to take home and one of each of the ales to take home! £100 pp. 

Ironwork at Old Field Forge Their three hour sessions include the opportunity to make a bottle opener, paper knife, key ring, hooks or other simple ironwork with their bespoke service. £35. Their five hour package really explores more complex blacksmith work. £85 pp. 

Thinking ahead to summer 

4th-5th July - Skenfrith Festival - Set in the magical surroundings of Skenfrith Castle by the River Monnow. Live music, Anniversary of Agincourt celebrations, real ale, cider, food, family entertainment and a huge laser show! £4 pp. 

4th July - NEW Big Day Out festival with Humble by Nature A huge range of activities, performances, demonstrations, and silly things to do for all ages. The evening will see a heady mix of live music, entertainment, songs around the campfire, food, drink and making merry, with camping and Sunday brunch available for those who simply don't want the day to end. Adult £25-£30, child £7.50-£10, family ticket £55-£70.

16th August - Victorian Day at Tintern Abbey - Step back in time and enjoy 'have a go archery’ for all ages, Punch & Judy, donkey rides, children’s crafts and treasure trails, music by Silurian (folk/country) and miniature train rides, as well as side shows and stalls. Free. 

July and August - Summer evening taster tours at Parva Farm VineyardSpecial vineyard tours with tutored wine tastings every Thursday evening during July and August.  £9 pp - just turn up on the day. 

Offers and discounts 

3 nights for the price of 2 at Wilton Court - A beautiful riverside hotel dating back to the 16th century, with distinctive architecture and intriguing objects d’art. Dine at the on-site restaurant, which is the only AA 5 Gold Stars Restaurant with rooms, two rosettes and a breakfast award in Herefordshire! 3 nights for 2 adults with breakfast and two nights’ 3 course dinner from a la carte menu from £370 (Sun-Thurs) or £390 (Thurs-Sat/Fri-Sun) Additional charge of £35pp for a la carte dinner on third night. Offer valid until 23rd December 2015

20% off Oakgrove CottageIdyllic rural detached cottage boasting spectacular views and wonderful walks! Designed for comfort with traditional cottage-style wood and stone features. Located within easy reach of local attractions in Tintern and Chepstow as well as outdoor activities such as canoeing and rock-climbing. Sleeps 2. Valid w/c 18th & 25th April. 7 nights stay was £375, now £300 for 2 adults - saving of £75!

20% off self-catering bookings at Capel Pentwyn and The Old School -  A former Arts & Crafts chapel in the hillside of Penallt turned luxury holiday home! Original features like stained glass windows, original shaped doorways and antique furniture alongside comfortable modern touches. Within easy reach of the Wye Valley and Symonds Yat. Sleeps 5. Next door is The Old School, a converted Victorian schoolhouse with three double bedrooms and a luscious garden. Sleeps 6. The two properties can be linked together for larger parties. Capel Pentwyn - 7 night stay 8th-15th May was £750, now £600 - saving of £150! The Old School - 4 night stay 4th-8th May was £425, now £340 - saving of £85!

20% off 2 night stay at The Bell, Skenfrith - Situated on the border of Wales and England in an area offering countless outdoor activities and close to many historic attractions. Enjoy dinner at the on-site restaurant, which offers locally sourced seasonal food (some from the hotel’s kitchen garden) boasting 2 AA rosettes - the hoteliers will even arrange dinner on the garden terrace if the weather allows! Offer valid Sunday to Thursday until May 31st. Call 01600 750 235 quote code wow2015. Two nights dinner, bed & breakfast for two adults was from £360, now £295 - saving of £65!

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