Discover Exciting Events in the Wye Valley for the Week of May 27 to June 2, 2024!

The Wye Valley, parlously located on the borders of England and Wales, is known for its breathtaking beauty and diverse range of activities and events that cater to people of all ages and interests. As we usher in a new season, there’s more excitement than ever for the last week of May leading up to early June 2024, with a plethora of thrilling events, festivals, and exhibitions.

May 27th

Wye Valley River Festival

Kicking off the week is the Wye Valley River Festival, an annual event that starts on the 27th May. This vibrant festival is a mesmerising fusion of creativity, nature, and culture. Expect to see stunning theatrical performances, guided walks, and music shows along the riverside. Kids will be excited to take part in interactive workshops and creative activities that echo the importance of caring for our rivers and nature.

May 28th

JR Hops Cider and Beer Festival

On the 28th of May, the JR Hops Cider and Beer Festival takes over the Scudamore’s Yard. This event is a haven for beer and cider enthusiasts, featuring over 40 local and national real ales, along with a fantastic selection of ciders.

May 29th

Hay Festival of Literature and Arts

The famed Hay Festival of Literature and Arts commences on the 29th. This renowned event attracts writers, poets, filmmakers, politicians and musicians from all over the world to share and discuss their works. With over 600 events spread over 10 days, this festival in the picturesque town of Hay-on-Wye is a cultural highlight for locals and tourists alike.

May 30th

Ross-on-Wye Walking Festival

The Ross-on-Wye Walking Festival starts on the 30th of May, inviting all nature enthusiasts to experience the captivating Wye Valley and surrounding areas by foot. This event offers numerous guided walks, each differing in distance and difficulty, accommodating both the novice stroller and the seasoned hiker.

May 31st

Hereford Art Week

The Hereford Art Week (h.Art) begins on the 31st of May. This countywide art trail, running for nine days invites you to explore art studios, group exhibitions, arts and crafts workshops, and much more. It’s a splendid opportunity to meet and interact with talented local artists and perhaps even purchase some original artwork.

June 1st

Monmouth Festival

Starting on June 1st, the Monmouth Festival, one of the most significant free music festivals in Europe, takes centre stage. Over nine evenings, you can expect to enjoy a variety of live music, from rock and pop, to reggae, folk, and classical.

June 2nd

Dean Heritage Centre Family Day

Conclude your week with a trip to the Dean Heritage Centre on June 2nd, perfect for a fun-filled family day out. Immerse yourself in interactive displays, woodland trails, and explore five acres of forest. Highlights include a Victorian cottage, a charcoal burner’s camp, and an adventure playground for the little ones.

Whether you’re an arts enthusiast, an adventurous hiker, or a history buff, the Wye Valley has something for everyone. With its stunning landscapes and riveting events, this splendid region is the perfect destination for those seeking a memorable outdoor experience amidst the charm and wonder of nature.

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