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May promises to be an exciting month for the Forest of Dean & Wye Valley! The area hosts the Wye Valley River Festival from Saturday 3rd May to Sunday 18th May!

This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate nature, culture, the landscapes around and life along the River Wye. Starting in Hereford, events will flow downstream as communities contribute to the lively and thought-provoking programme.

The Festival's grand finale, on 18th May, is in Chepstow. Happy reading from all at the Wye Valley & Forest of Dean Tourism

See the world’s first underwater bicycle race, runners trying to beat the Cathedral Bells Maypole dancers, the Hereford Bull, a spectacular river carnival with music and extraordinary large scale creatures, not forgetting Ratty making his first appearance!
Enjoy a traditional fete held on Lydbrook Tump with attractions including the Lydbrook Band, Bouncy Castles, balloon making, clowns, tombola and a cake to feed 200 people! 
The Garden Café has organised a series of events over the bank holiday weekend. Wonderful music and food will be on offer. These events are likely to prove very popular so book early!


The community of Llandogo welcomes you to a grand Community Picnic in the festival meadow along the riverbank. Bring food, a rug and a chair. Entertainment includes a spectacular tightrope walk across the river, a torch procession, theatrical interruptions from the valley creatures.
Want to be terrified by ghost stories in the skeletal remains of a twelfth century ruined abbey? Charmed by tales from famous writers and entertained by beautiful Welsh voices? Then you need to be in the glorious grounds of Tintern Abbey, which plays host to Tintern village's part of the The Wye Valley River Festival.
Local artists will be putting on a wonderful programme of music and storytelling including the Narth Singers, harpist Charlotte Poulter and the Caldicot Male Voice Choir. This event is open air so please remember to bring chairs and warm clothing
The Wye Valley River Festival story continues with a celebration of water, history and trade. It’s a groundbreaking event, which brings the landscape to life while confronting the environmental issues affecting this beautiful river valley
The Wye Valley AONB Unit runs a series of walks, talks, courses and events throughout the year. They also advertise events and courses going on in the AONB.
There will be music, mayhem and street theatre in the afternoon. In the evening the pompus Wild Boar Judge arrives by river, at the steps of the Monmouth Rowing Club, to be greeted by dance and fanfare.
The village of Brockweir will be transformed to the heyday of the river trade when lawlessness reigned. A full day of theatrical activity, with a village walk, led by the local community in costume of the period. Expect to meet sailors, pick pockets and ladies of ill repute. Music, entertainment and a flotilla of boats. Come and join the fun, period dress recommended!
Finally there’s grand finale to the festival! Produced and directed by Desperate Men and the River Festival team, performed by the Wye Valley River Festival Ensemble with And Now Pyrotechnics, Savoy Youth Theatre and massed Choir under the direction of Karl Daymond. The River Festival reaches a thrilling climax at Chepstow as Ratty faces his final judgment, evidence is given by one last witness – the river. As the tide begins to turn Chepstow bridge comes to life with street theatre, choral music, a torch-lit procession and a breathtaking fire and flame finale.
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