The amazing mix of music, arts and show events in and around the Wye Valley can boost local property markets.
When the summer months arrive local B&B’s and Airbnb’s in Monmouthshire will always be busy. Many visitors come for the frequent and diverse festivals that take place in and around the Wye Valley.
As the summer approaches, many local towns and villages are gearing up for annual festivals. These activities are not only a dose of summer fun, they are also a good measure of a town or village community spirit and liveliness.
Summer festivals, whether they are focused on music, food, cycling, agricultural shows or comedy, indicate a stimulating, happening, and for many, attractive place to live.
Although many of these events can be big, drawing a large number of crowds, there are many other local, under the radar activities that take place across Monmouthshire, South Herefordshire and West Gloucestershire. Helping to create a sense of belonging, they are good news for culture vultures and home owners. “The local festivals have a positive effect on property values here in Monmouthshire” says Phil Smith of Roscoe Rogers & Knight, Monmouth.
We have compiled a selection of some of the best events, shows and festivals in the region.
Linton Festival: 5th, 6th & 7th July
Linton Festival returns for its 19th year and promises to be everything you are looking for in a 3-day festival. With a huge variety of music across 14 bands, delicious locally sourced food, thirst-quenching beers, ciders and real ales, and a beautiful campsite in which to view the countryside (which also has free parking!), this is an event you don’t want to miss. See featured image.
Coleford Music Festival: 13th – 14th July
The festival consists of a main stage featuring the best of local bands with national headliners to finish. The festival has lots of children’s entertainment and workshops, street food, stalls and local produce. The Festival prides itself on being extremely friendly, relaxed and an opportunity for families and all generations of people to come together and enjoy themselves.
Caerleon Festival: 5th – 12th July
The historic town of Caerleon is already full to the brim with culture and interest, but Caerleon Festival provides a full programme of even more to see and do. With Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing being performed in the Amphitheatre, talks from visiting authors and poets, and choirs singing in St. Cadoc’s Church, there is so much to look forward to… as well as the Big Free Weekend! Bands will be performing from morning until night along both banks of the River Usk, beside the Arts & Crafts Fair and even more entertainment on the Festival Meadow.
Monmouthshire Show: 6th July
Monmouth Show provides a great day out for all the family, with their huge array of entertainment. Children can enjoy the livestock and horse-riding competitions, go on ride-on tractors, have donkey-rides, get their face painted and give wall-climbing a go, whilst adults can peruse the Home & Garden marquee, the Food Hall and the Craft & Shopping Mall, before heading to the Music Stage to see amazing bands and solo artists perform.
The South Wales Shire Horse Show: 6th July
The South Wales Shire Horse Show happens in Bailey Park, Abergavenny (NP7 5PR) every year and aims to improve the breed and promote the breeding of Shire Horses. If you love horses this is something you cannot miss!
Wye Valley Chamber Music: 28th, 30th July and 1st August
Come along and experience the next generation of chamber musicians! With an outstanding selection of young artists and stellar tutors, the Summer Residency in July is not to be missed.
Castell Roc Festival: 8th – 26th August
A beautiful Welsh Castle, locally sourced food, quality local ales, ciders, wines, spirits, and amazing stars of the stage… a perfect recipe for a perfect weekend! There are a variety of different shows to suit all tastes in this world-class venue, which has been nationally praised for its relaxed atmosphere, and is perfect for all ages.
11th Annual Cider Perry & Music Festival: 9th – 11th August
Wall to wall music, great real ciders and camping available. This free festival gives you the opportunity to try different real ciders, with live music all weekend, so come down to the Lion Inn for a great weekend.
The Chepstow Show: 10th August
Chepstow Show is an annual celebration of the best of our local community – rural trades, talents and tastes.
The Show is open to all. Whether you are looking to enter one of the many classes, to showcase your goods and services or just to enjoy a wonderful family day out – you’ll receive a warm welcome.
Usk Show: 14th September
On the second Saturday in September, every year since 1844, Usk Farmers’ Club have held the Usk Show to celebrate the very best of Monmouthshire farming and rural life. Now one of the biggest One- Day Agricultural Shows in the whole of the UK, its popularity is second-to-none.
Abergavenny Food Festival: 21st – 22nd September
Called the ‘Cannes of Food Festivals’ for good reason, Abergavenny plays host to the best of Welsh, British and international producers for two days every September, alongside a wide variety of top chefs, entertainment, demonstrations and more, all in a beautiful market town nestled amongst the Brecon Beacons.
2019 marks the 21st edition of the Abergavenny Food Festival and this year’s festival will see some of the UK’s progressive chefs, food producers, farmers, cooks, and campaigners invited to join the celebration, showcasing the very best of British food and drink.