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Take a look at Chepstow & Tintern

Even though Covid restrictions are limiting the places to which we can travel, Monmouthshire businesses are still offering a huge range of products and services, on the high street and online, with many providing UK delivery, too.

Check out these ideas in and around Chepstow and Tintern and, if guidance allows, why not take a trip to the Wye Valley? (See latest Welsh Government guidance).

Click & Collect from Wye Valley Producers

Wye Valley Producers

Wye Valley Producers, a collaboration of the finest artisan food and drink producers in the Wye Valley, now offer a weekly Click & Collect service – as featured on BBC’s Countryfile programme. You can (literally) fill your car boot with gin, butter, eggs, cheese, ice cream, sourdough, jams, chutneys, hot sauces, marshmallows, coffee, mead, beer, cider, perry, apple juice, veg boxes, micro greens, sausage rolls, cakes and locally reared meat.

There's still a chance to get an order in before Christmas, with a collection date on Wednesday 23rd December; or treat yourself this New Year with another collection on New Year's Eve.

Shop online at www.wyevalleyproducers.co.uk, then collect your box of goodies from the car park of The Drill Hall in Lower Church Street between 5pm and 7pm. You don’t even leave your car – just open your boot, and your order will be placed in your car by the Wye Valley Producers themselves. It’s that simple. Remember, making a purchase from a Wye Valley Producer not only helps a local business but its means you get to try delicious, award-winning food and drink. Perfect for indulging in this Christmas and New Year.

If you're still looking for some last minute Christmas gifts, many of the producers are offering vouchers for 2021 experiences. There's Mead Making & Bee-keeping courses at Wye Valley Meadery, gin making at Silver Circle Distillery and jam making at The Preservation Society.

Naturally Green Micros

One of the newest members of Wye Valley Producers is a Naturally Green Micros. Started by Richard Cox during the first Covid lockdown, this Chepstow business grows fresh, healthy, nutritious microgreens in a bio-friendly way. Microgreens – small greens grown from vegetable and herb seeds in just a week or two – are a new form of superfood which is trending globally. While many of them microgreens look similar, their tastes are very different – from the sweet taste of pea shoots to the peppery kick of rambo radish. These tiny greens on top of a dish or in a green smoothie, take it to the next level!

Richard has carefully selected everything – from the seeds to the final packaging – with a view to his business having a minimal carbon footprint. Ultimately his goal is to become carbon negative and use solar power. Buy ready-to-eat micro greens online, or choose the Spicy Micro Salad Mix Grow Kit if you’d like to try growing them on a windowsill at home. What a great Christmas gift idea!

Naturally Green Micros

The Wine Woman

The Wine Woman

You obviously know the Milk Man? Let us introduce you to The Wine Woman. This is a new service offered by Fabien and Christine who run Tell Me Wine, a wine and tapas bar in Riflemans Way, Chepstow. Purchase a 3-month subscription and get French, Spanish and Italian wines delivered at regular intervals to your door, free of charge (within 5 miles of Chepstow). You can taste the wines in their shop before you buy, and the empty bottles will be collected and refilled – so it’s eco-friendly, too. For an even larger selection, visit their shop for over 150 different wines from all over the world, local beers, spirits, coffee beans, and refillable vinegar and olive oil from Mediterranean countries.

The Filling Station Cafe, Tintern

The Filling Station

A short drive from Chepstow is The Filling Station Café in Tintern – a family run café selling delicious freshly ground coffee, fine teas, scrumptious cakes and tasty baguettes. Open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until 20 December, the café has leased another building so there’s plenty of indoor space where you can enjoy their tempting treats. Don’t miss the festive window display which was created with help from the children at Llandogo School.

Parva Farm Vineyard, Tintern

Parva Farm Vineyard
Another Tintern business with a distinctly festive feel is Parva Farm Vineyard. Open Thursday to Monday 11.30am – 4pm, they are selling Christmas trees, holly wreaths and planted arrangements. What better accompaniment for your Christmas dining, than a bottle or two of their award-winning red, white and sparkling wines, and mead.

Monmouthshire Cottages

Tintern Abbey Cottage

If you’re looking for inspiration for 2021, Tintern Abbey Cottage, overlooking the iconic Tintern Abbey, is picture-perfect. It’s part of Monmouthshire Cottages’ collection of pet-friendly self-catering accommodation which recently won the accolade of best self-catering business in South East Wales, giving them a place in the final of the Wales Tourism Awards (date yet to be announced). Check out their popular Bubble Break which includes a bottle of fizz!

Just a short stroll from Tintern Abbey Cottage, takes you to the centre of the village where there is a selection of independent shops. Interestingly, every business in Tintern is dog-friendly so you can combine shopping with a walk, or lunch, or a longer stay very easily.

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Enjoy a local walk

View from Eagles Nest

Why not add a short stroll onto your next trip to Chepstow or Tintern? A walk in the Wye Valley is sure to boost your wellbeing. There are three trails around the streets of Chepstow which highlight the fascinating history of the town, and a 2.6-mile circular Piercefield Walk which starts at the leisure centre and includes viewpoints enjoyed by poets, artists and writers during the 18th century, when the Romantic movement saw tourists flock to the Wye Valley.

Health Walk - Tintern Walk

2.5 mile walk from the Old Station, Tintern enjoying both sides of the River Wye.

Health Walk - Piercefield Walk

2.6 mile route through Piercefield Park and returning on a section of the Wye Valley Walk.

Health Walk - Bulwark Walk

2.6 miles around the Bulwark area of Chepstow, taking in the Wales Coast Path through Warren Slade.

4 Tintern to Penterry

A 5.3 mile walk, starting in Tintern, with some steep sections.

Welsh Dragon