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Monmouth Show
7th July

The Monmouth Show is a great family day out.  As well as great shopping with hundreds of trade stands and craft marquees, you can enjoy a dog show, a jitterbug circus, stilt walking, donkey rides and bouncy castles. 

In the main ring you will find exhibitions for Cattle, Sheep and Horses, as well as show jumping, stunt bike riding and much more. 

The show is also a great place to get face to face with amazing prize winning animals, and the more unusual animals such as Alpacas, Reptiles, Heavy Horses and some wonderful birds in the falconry.

www.monmouthshow.co.uk/

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Hay-on-Wye Book Festival
24th May - 3rd June

 

The Festival Site is free to enter and is packed with stalls, exhibitors and activities.

You will find our fantastic bookshop where you can buy festival books and meet your favourite authors, to vintage clothing, handmade jewellery and trees to plant from the Woodland Trust.

Our glorious gardens provide the perfect place for you to relax with a book and there is plenty to keep young children busy at our Make and Take and Mess Tents, where glitter, glue, paint and sticky cakes reign supreme.

You will find many other free activities and workshops on the festival site from BBC and RSPB events to talks in the Compass venue. Some events still require booking in advance so please remember to check the programme for more details.

www.hayfestival.com/wales/

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Local Special Events

Here are some special events that are happening around the Dovecote in 2018. Check our availability on these dates here 
Royal Welsh Show
23rd - 26th July 2018

The pinnacle event in the British agricultural calendar, the Royal Welsh Show, will be held on 23 - 26 July 2018 at the showground in Llanelwedd.

Along with an exciting four-days of livestock competitions, with entries travelling from far and wide to compete, the show has something to interest everyone through its wide range of activities including forestry, horticulture, crafts, countryside sports, shopping, food and drink and a 12-hour programme each day of exciting entertainment, attractions and displays.

www.rwas.wales/royal-welsh-show/

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Monmouth Music Festival (Free)
27th July - 4th August 2018

Situated 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. 

Music is the very essence of Monmouth Festival. They take great delight in showcasing an eclectic 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 aim is to enable everyone to enjoy a live music performance whether it is in the open air, in a church or pub; whether it is an old favourite, new or local talent, there is something to please everyone.

www.monmouthfestival.co.uk/

(Image left - courtesy or www.monmouthfestival.co.uk/)

Monmouth Music Festival (Free)
27th July - 4th August 2018

Situated 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. 

Music is the very essence of Monmouth Festival. They take great delight in showcasing an eclectic 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 aim is to enable everyone to enjoy a live music performance whether it is in the open air, in a church or pub; whether it is an old favourite, new or local talent, there is something to please everyone.

www.monmouthfestival.co.uk/

(Image left - courtesy or www.monmouthfestival.co.uk/)

Abergavenny Food Festival
September 2018

Through their outstanding programme of activities, including product tastings, kids’ activities, masterclasses, hands-on cookery lessons and topical debates, they provide the inside track on food issues, offer new ideas about the future of our food and showcase rising stars emerging from the industry.

Over the years, the festival has attracted top food heavyweights such as: Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Jamie Oliver, Monica Galetti, Jane Baxter, Jose Pizarro and Valentine Warner, to name but a few.

This is a great day out for foodies and families.

http://www.abergavennyfoodfestival.com/

(Image left - courtesy or http://www.abergavennyfoodfestival.com/)

Abergavenny Christmas Fair
10th December 2017

With tasting workshops, markets, kids activities and chef Demos, the Abergavenny Christmas Fair is a fantastic way to pick up unique gifts and get into the Christmas spirit. 

With a day ticket from at £5 available at the gate, it is affordable and fun.

http://www.abergavennyfoodfestival.com/

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