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When you visit the Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean this summer, you will be spoilt for choice with all the fantastic events and festivals in and around the area.

We’re looking forward to attending some of these great events and if you’re staying in one of our holiday cottages in Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean this summer, then maybe we’ll see you there.


The Ledbury Poetry Festival

June 29th – July 8th, Ledbury.
The biggest poetry festival in the UK takes place in Ledbury this summer and is the 22nd of its’ kind, featuring poets from all over the world. This festival features live readings, performances, workshops, open mics, music, exhibitions, films, family events, street events, a slam and much more.


The Highway Rat Forest Feast

forest-feast-hideaways-holiday-cottages-wye-valley-forest-dean.jpgJuly 5th, Coleford.
You’re invited to The Highway Rat Forest Feast! Bring your own picnic and head to this local woodland where you’ll meet The Highway Rat and take part in fun games and activities.


Linton Music Festival

linton-music-festival-hideaways-holiday-cottages-wye-valley-forest-dean.jpgJuly 6th – July 8th, Linton.
This annual 3-day music festival celebrates and features the very best in Rhythm & Blues on a huge outdoor stage in Linton near Ross-on-Wye in rural Herefordshire.


Ross-on-Wye Country Music Festival

ross-on-wye-country-music-festival-hideaways-holiday-cottages-wye-valley-forest-dean.jpgJuly 6th – July 8th, Ross-on-Wye.
Country music has gained a great following in this country on the past few years and some super country music festivals have popped up all over the country as a result. The Ross-on-Wye Country Music Festival is a fantastic example of these, featuring an entire weekend of camping, delicious food and drink, stalls and, of course, the best in country music.


The Monmouthshire Show

monmouthshire-show-hideaways-holiday-cottages-wye-valley-forest-dean.jpgJuly 7th, Monmouth.
An annual celebration of the best of the local community of rural trades, talents and tastes.Inaugurated by the local farming and town communities 200 years ago, this show has certainly moved with the times, but one of its aims is still to represent life in the wonderful Wye Valley. Every year The Monmouthshire Show attracts thousands of visitors, young and old, and there is something for all of them with music, animal shows, competitions, exciting demonstrations, displays and parades.


Velothon Wales

velothon-hideaways-holiday-cottages-wye-valley-forest-dean.jpgJuly 8th, Abergavenny – Y Fenni.
VELOTHON Wales offers cycling enthusiasts the unique opportunity to race through the stunning scenery of South Wales on traffic-free roads. The 2018 event promises to deliver another spectacular day of cycling.


Coleford Music Festival

coleford-music-festival-hideaways-holiday-cottages-wye-valley-forest-dean.jpgJuly 14th – July 15th, Coleford Town Centre.
Coleford will be abuzz with music revellers during its summer festival with live music performances played across four different stages over the weekend in the town centre.The jam-packed programme boasts an eclectic mix of top music acts and is designed to appeal to all tastes, with jazz, reggae, folk musicians and more on the line up.Music lovers can also enjoy a plethora of attractions spanning workshops, market stalls, demonstrations, street food, and much more.A celebratory free event which supports the local community, Coleford Music Festival is sure to exceed festival-goers’ expectations and be a weekend for the whole family to enjoy.


Monmouth Festival

July 27th – August 4th, Monmouth.
monmouth-festival-hideaways-holiday-cottages-wye-valley-forest-dean.jpgSituated in the beautiful historic Welsh border town, Monmouth Festival is a nine day FREE festival offering the unique atmosphere of yesteryear festivals in the here and now. Throughout its 36 years the Festival has got bigger and better and includes Monmouth Festival Unplugged, a Family Fun Day and Fringe.Music is the very essence of Monmouth Festival with a great mix of iconic legends, local artists and up and coming young talent, dance, classical, country, folk, jazz, pop, rock’n roll, ska, world music and so much more. The Festival is inclusive and prides itself on being extremely friendly and, relaxed. It is an opportunity for families and all generations of people to come together and enjoy themselves.


Ross-on-Wye Carnival

August 4th, Ross-on-Wye.
ross-on-wye-carnival-hideaways-holiday-cottages-wye-valley-forest-dean.jpgThe Ross-on-Wye Carnival has been held on the first Saturday in August every year since 1977 and every year the annual procession makes its way around the town’s centre, showing off a magnificent display of floats and fancy dress. Anyone can take part in the carnival, with some great prizes up for grab.
The procession ends at the Ropewalk where you will find plenty of great entertainment including a fun fair, many different stalls and a wide range of food and drink.


Day out with Thomas

day-out-with-thomas-hideaways-holiday-cottages-wye-valley-forest-dean.jpgAugust 17th – August 19th, Dean Forest Railway.
It’s an amazing day out for the little ones and their parents and grandparents when Thomas visits the Dean Forest Railway. Doors open at 9:30 and as long as Sir Topham Hatt, also known as the Fat Controller, is able to wake up Thomas, the fun will begin and a fun packed day awaits.

Book your holiday cottage in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean and attend one of these exciting summer events.