The second week of October 2023 is shaping up to be an exciting one in the beautiful Wye Valley. With everything from guided nature walks and historical tours to wine tastings and art festivals, there’s no shortage of fun to keep locals and tourists entertained. Here’s a look at what’s going on in the region between October 2-8.
Forest of Dean Walking Festival – October 2-5
The Forest of Dean Walking Festival is a fantastic opportunity to experience the region’s majestic woodlands in the company of knowledgeable local guides. With numerous walks offered over four days, there’s something suitable for all fitness levels, from gentle strolls to challenging treks.
Huntsham Court Food and Wine Weekend – October 2-4
This is a must-attend event for food and wine lovers. The Huntsham Court Food and Wine Weekend is an opportunity to enjoy local cuisine and award-winning wines, with workshops and tastings led by top-notch chefs and sommeliers from across the country.
Hereford Arts Festival – October 3-8
Artists and art enthusiasts should not miss the Hereford Arts Festival, a six-day event showcasing the work of local and national artists spread across various venues in the city. Attendees can enjoy exhibitions, workshops, and performances in visual arts, theatre, film, and music.
Chase Distillery Tour – October 5
Whisky enthusiasts can take a guided tour of the Chase Distillery, located in the spectacular Herefordshire countryside. Aside from learning about the distilling process, visitors will also have the chance to sample a selection of fine spirits.
Guided Tour of Ross-on-Wye – October 6
Explore the beautiful market town of Ross-on-Wye on a guided tour that showcases the best of its historical landmarks and architecture, including the 17th-century Market House, St. Mary’s Church, and scenic riverside paths.
Chepstow Farmers’ Market – October 7
Chepstow’s popular farmers’ market is the place to be on October 7. Visitors can enjoy a distinctive shopping experience, discovering high-quality local produce — everything from freshly baked bread and organic vegetables to locally reared meat, honey, and more.
Ledbury Poetry Festival – October 8
Rounding up the week is the Ledbury Poetry Festival, Billed as the largest poetry festival in the U.K., attendees can look forward to poetry readings, workshops, and a multitude of open-mic events.
Whatever your interests might be, there’s bound to be something in the Wye Valley to draw you in this first week of October. With such a diverse offering of events, it’s hard to resist the charm of this picturesque region.