In The Area

Pennyclawdd:

Winetasting – Tasting of wine and cider, organically made at Wernddu Farm nearby to High Cloud. Visit their winery, tasting room, nature walks and meet their friendly herd of alpacas.

Monmouth:

Lower Pen-y-Clawdd Farm Fishery – Lower Pen-y-clawdd Farm Fishery, easy access A40. Stephens Pool for pleasure, Wagtail Pool for matches. Toilet facilities & adjacent parking.

Monmouth Canoe & Activity Centre – Canoe and kayak hire on the River Wye. Families and large groups welcomed including the dog. Qualified instruction available. AALA licensed centre for U18s including rock climbing, abseiling, raft building and caving.

Monmouth Leisure Centre – Monmouth Leisure Centre is situated on the edge of Monmouth town on the comprehensive school campus, facilities include swimming pool, sports hall, fitness suite, aerobics classes, squash courts, astro turf pitch and dedicated customer free parking.

The Shire Hall – The Shire Hall in Monmouth, historic attraction, open daily for audio tours of the historic courtrooms, Tourist information Service and for hosting private events and functions. Public events programme throughout the year. Licensed for weddings and public entertainment.

Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – The Wye Valley AONB is a protected landscape containing some of the most beautiful lowland scenery in Britain. The River Wye winds through a spectacular limestone gorge, dense ravine woodlands with superb wildlife, intriguing archaeological and industrial remains and impressive geological features.

Raglan:

Raglan Castle – A late medieval castle dating from between the 15th and early 17th-centuries.

Abergavenny:

Abergavenny Leisure Centre – Abergavenny Leisure Centre is situated on the edge of Abergavenny town on the comprehensive school campus, facilities include swimming pool, sports hall, fitness suite, fitness classes, squash courts, astro turf pitch and dedicated customer free parking.

Big Pit – National Coal Museum – Discover Wales’s rich mining heritage in this amazing award-winning interactive museum complete with underground tour.

Treasure Trails – Treasure Trails are a fun and hugely popular way to explore the villages and towns in the area. Solve the intriguing clues which can be found on buildings, statues, monuments and plaques, revealing fascinating history and beautiful scenery.

Caldicot:

Caldicot Castle & Country Park – The castle’s well-preserved fortifications were founded by the Normans. Restored as a family home by a wealthy Victorian, visitors can explore in a setting of tranquil gardens and wooded country park gardens.

Caldicot Leisure Centre – Caldicot Leisure Centre is situated in the heart of Caldicot town on the comprehensive school campus, facilities include swimming pool, sports hall, fitness suite, fitness classes, sauna and steam rooms, squash courts, astro turf pitch and dedicated customer free parking.

Chepstow:

Chepstow Racecourse – race meetings, cross country events, live music, party nights.

Chepstow Castle – The oldest stone castle in Wales.

Chepstow Leisure Centre – Chepstow Leisure Centre is situated on the edge of Chepstow town on the comprehensive school campus, facilities include swimming pool, sports hall, fitness suite, fitness classes, sauna and steam rooms, squash courts, astro turf pitch and dedicated customer free parking.

Contour Outdoor – Contour Outdoor specialises in delivering, high quality, value for money adventure activities. Our unrivalled local knowledge combined with the area’s numerous crags, cliffs, trails and paths always ensures a memorable, thrilling day out , regardless of age, ability, or experience.

DBC Leisure – Clay shooting, air rifle, archery tuition with friendly, experienced instructors; beginners, stag/hen parties, corporate events, & private shoots. On-site catering. Please ring to discuss your requirements.

Dewstow Gardens & Grottoes – Imagine discovering a lost garden with tunnels and underground grottoes buried and forgotten under thousands of tons of soil for over 50 years. Built around 1895 the gardens at Dewstow were buried just after WW2 and rediscovered and renovated in 2000.

Dewstow Golf Club – Dewstow Golf Club offers 2 great courses: The Valley (par 72, 6091 yards) and The Park(par 69). As well as the two fantastic courses, Dewstow boasts a 26 bay floodlit driving range within the Golf Academy.

Forest of Dean:

Adventure Tower & Ropes – The climbing tower is an exciting way to let off steam! Based at Beechenhurst, a great location for a day out with the family. Come and Pay & Play. The ropes course is an adrenalin rush suitable for everyone aged 8 upwards.

All Saints Church – Newland – The Cathedral Of The Forest – All Saints Church, The Cathedral of the Forest, dates back to the 1200’s. King John appointed Robert of Wakering as first Rector in 1216. This historic church is home to the Miners Brass a symbol of the Royal Forest of Dean.

aMazing Hedge Puzzle – This traditional hedge maze is great fun for everyone. Find your way to the Temple at the centre, play hide’n’seek and tag! There is a puzzle shop and a fascinating museum of mazes.

Angling4aCatch Angling Tuition – Fancy a go at Angling? Why not let Angling4aCatch Angling Tuition show you how? Enjoy the fresh air and take in the stunning Forest of Dean scenery whilst enjoying Britain’s favourite pastime.

Aunt Marthas Victorian Tea-Rooms – Step back in time and enjoy the atmosphere at Aunt Martha’s Victorian Tea-rooms and gardens. Discover how your ancestors lived over 100 years ago without the benefits of electricity.

Bigsweir Fishery – Salmon Fishing in the Wye. Situated right opposite The Florence – 9 beats – Booking essential – call for details.

Dean Forest Cycles – Situated in Parkend only a few hundred meters from the traffic free family cycle trail. We offer high quality mountain and trail bikes along with children’s bikes, trailers, tow-alongs and baby seats. All available to hire at competitive prices. We have a welcoming café serving drinks and light snacks.

Dean Heritage Centre – Five modern museum galleries; Busy programme of events; Authentically recreated Victorian Forester’s cottage; Characters from the Forest’s history; Five acres of woodland; Millpond and working millwheel; Garden with Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs, ferrets and chickens.

Elton Farm Giant Maize Mazes – 3 maize mazes hiding the Nation’s favourite Cartoon & Animated Heroes. Trivia quiz, look out towers & hidden objects. Suitable for pushchairs & all ages. Picnic site, snacks and games area. Great for Birthday and Works parties with BBQ.

Forest Adventure – Our activities provide a base for promoting Self-esteem, Co-operation & Teamwork with experienced instructors. Rock activities, Canoe & Kayak river adventures. Cave & overnight cave experience. Archery, Mountain biking, Bivouac weekends and more.

Forest Bikes and Outdoor Leisure – We offer a wide range of Land Rover Cycles for Sale and Hire. We are a small family business offering a friendly, helpful and personal service. The Forest of Dean cycle routes offer traffic free, safe and beautiful cycling opportunities for all ages and can be accessed 250 yards from our door.

Forest Combat Paintballing – We offer a fun, yet challenging outdoor adventure, set on an open hillside, woodland and our unique ‘Killer Maze’. Ideal for birthdays, stag/hen parties and organisations, including clubs, schools and corporate.

Forest Hills Golf Club – Super Greens & challenging holes for players of every level. 6300 yard par 72 Golf Course. Memberships available, visitors welcome on the Course and in the Bar. Conference & Wi-Fi facilities.

Forest Leisure Coleford – Conveniently situated just outside Coleford. Facilities include swimming pool, tennis, squash, gymnasium and sports hall. Plenty of Free Car Parking.

Forest of Dean Mountain Bike Guides – We offer professional guided mountain bike rides on the fantastic trails in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley. We cater for all levels from gentle fun family rides to the more extreme routes that the area is famous for.

Forest Of Dean School Of Photography – Fun, photographic training and safari’s in the heart of the forest with a pro photographer David Broadbent for any skill level. Improve your general skill level on hone one area – it’s up to you.

Go Ape Tree Top Adventure – Every year, nearly half a million people Go Ape in the most awe-inspiring locations. So whatever your ability, join us if you fancy taking on zip wires, Tarzan swings, rope ladders & more.

Harts Barn Cookery School – The School runs hands-on cooking courses, demos, seasonal events and themed cook and dine evenings. It also offers; regular cooking clubs, after-school clubs and holiday activities and themed parties for children and adults. Membership packages are available for year-round discounts.

Mary Rose Young Pottery – Mary Rose Young makes her distinctive pottery at her studio in the Forest of Dean. Visit her gallery above the studio, you may even be joined by celebrity collectors like Mika, Lily Allen, Steven Tyler, Demi Moore and Ozzy Osborne.

Photowyedean – Photowyedean provides photo courses for everyone. Expert guides help you compose images, understand the digital camera and capture the Forest of Dean’s finest landscapes. Two hour courses, one day and weekend courses are specially designed for starters, improvers and enthusiasts.

Poet Pilot – Microlight Flying lessons over the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean. Fly with our qualified instructors in our ultra-modern Eurostar, or for bold adventurers, our vintage open cockpit trainer! Trial lessons start from just £65 !

Puzzlewood – A magical day out in the Forest of Dean. Set in 14 acres of ancient woodland. There are seven elusive features to find as you wander round. JRR Tolkien was a frequent visitor to the Forest of Dean and many believe Puzzlewood was the inspiration for the fabled forests of Middle Earth contained within The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.

RFOD Angling Club – Excellent sport on 7 waters, Steam Mills, Lightmoor, Meadowcliff, Waterloo Screens, Marians Pool, Plump Hill (Good for children, small and not so small) and a stretch of the Avon. We also now have a stretch of the Wye at Lower Lydbrook. Check out the website for more information.

Way2go Adventures – Get Up, Get Out, Get Active. Join one of our qualified Guides/coaches for Canoe or Kayak experience on the River Wye. Other activities include: Sea Kayaking, Raft Building, Nordic Walking, and BCU Courses. We welcome Families, Stag/Hen parties, Schools/Youth group and corporate events.

Whitecliff Off Road Centre Ltd – Off-road training, gift experience days, corporate, stag/hen events. Full or half day courses. Chauffeured rides for all the family. Owner driver courses. Gift Vouchers available. Must ring first to book.

Wyedean Canoe & Adventure Centre – Family run centre. All levels catered for. Qualified instructors. Expert tuition. Canoe & Kayak hire. Team Building. Corporate Days. We cater for adults and children.

Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo – Walk with butterflies as you explore the incredible and beautiful world of these wonderful creatures. This safari is for everyone with an interest in the environment, and has some wonderful photographic opportunities, come and see!

Wye Valley Miniature Golf – Play this new twelve hole miniature course, amongst the fantasy ruins of a picturesque Roman villa. Will you beat par? Half price admission with ticket holders for Amazing Hedge Puzzle or Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo.

Goodrich:

Goodrich Castle – Explore the 12th century keep, chapel and maze of small rooms. Climb to the battlements and take in the amazing views of the Wye Valley. Relax in the new cafe, which offers a selection of hot and cold refreshments. Enjoy a varied programme of special events.

Grosmont:

Llanthony Riding and Trekking – Superb mountain riding. British Horse Society approved centre in the heart of the Black Mountains offering hacks for experienced riders and beginners – minimum age 8. Choose one and a half hour rides, or full day rides stopping at a pub for lunch – April to end October.

Monnow Events – Whether you just want a go on the Quad Bikes, Go Karts, 4×4, Paintball or Clay Pigeons, you have a Stag weekend or Hen Weekend to organise, a Children’s Party or an important Corporate Event we can tailor an events to suit you.

Newport:

Supakart – has a multi-level indoor go kart circuit, with modern facilities including a cafe and spectator balcony

Megabowl – 10 pin bowling

Symonds Yat:

Kingfisher Cruises – Cruise for 40 minutes on the River Wye through the beautiful Wye Valley from Symonds Yat East.

Summit Mountaineering – Hill walking and rock climbing activities at Symonds Yat, the Wye Valley and the Brecon Beacons. Using a unique range of activities we deliver just the right amount of challenge and fun to suit all ages and abilities. Adventure guaranteed.

Symonds Yat Canoe Hire Ltd – Hire single kayaks 2/3/4 person. Canadian canoes & transport up river. Hourly/Half day/Full day. Longer trips also available.

Wye Canoes – Let Wye Canoes show you how to experience the wonders of the beautiful River Wye. With 2, 3 or 4 person Canadian Canoes, paddle this fantastic river at your leisure. Contact us for more details.

Wye Pursuits Canoe Hire Ltd – Welcome to Wye Pursuits! Canoe & kayak hire, Outdoor Activities! Families, Schools, Groups, Corporate, Stag & Hen! You have come to the right place if you are looking for a fun safe adventure in the beautiful Wye Valley!!!!!

Tintern:

Abbey Mill Wye Valley Craft Centre – Abbey Mill, home of the Wye Valley Craft Association for over 20 years. Craft demonstrations by members at weekends and in school holidays. Open 7 days a week from 1st February until 31st December. Check us out.

Parva Farm Vineyard – Vineyard tours. Award winning wines. Wine and mead tasting. Sales/gift shop /plant sales. Picnic area. Open all year round.

Stella Books – 30000+ Out of print & rare books in stock. Open every day. Art to zoology something for everyone.

The Old Station Tintern – A Visitor Centre with exhibitions, activities, refreshments & local information.

Tintern Abbey – Tintern was only the second Cistercian foundation in Britain, and the first in Wales. Despite the shell of this grand structure being open to the skies, it remains the best-preserved medieval abbey in Wales.

Torfaen:

Ski and Snowboarding dry slopes, – swimming pool with hydroslides, aqua aerobics, pool parties, paddle boats, inflatable fun, snorkelling, family fun
sessions.

Churches:

Our local churches are beautiful, very old, and welcoming to visitors.  Most local is the tiny quaint church of St Martin’s in Penyclawd.

Services are held on the first and third Sundays of each month at 9.30 am (Holy Communion/ Church in Wales 1984).  Visitors especially welcome since the congregation is small.

Church services on the second and fourth Sundays of each month are held in the nearby village of Dingestow, in St Dingat Church at 9.30 am. Second Sunday is for Holy Communion and fourth Sunday for Morning Prayer.

Special interest:  Harvest Festival in September – October is celebrated in each church on different days, for info try the Raglan church St Cadoc’s website which has a calendar of their events, some are special for children such as the animal blessings.

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