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Monmouthshire's Hidden Gems

Llanthony Priory & the Vale of Ewyas

Nestled in the Black Mountains north of Abergavenny, Llanthony can feel like it is in the middle of nowhere. Discover the medieval churches of the Vale of Ewyas, walk along the heighs of the Offa's Dyke Trail and visit the ruins of Llanthony Priory (with a hotel on site for refreshments!).

Magor and the Gwent Levels

Tucked away in the South West corner of Monmouthshire is the village of Magor. Centred around the historic Magor Square, the village is full of great shops, cafes and restaurants.

Whilst here make sure to visit Magor Marsh and experience the natural beauty of the Gwent Levels. With abundant flora & fauna, and free to visit, Magor Marsh is a great hidden gem to experience. 

Magor also offers fantastic access to the medieval Caldicot Castle, and Roman Caerwent, which are both also free to visit. 

Llandegfedd Reservoir

The 434 acre Llandegfedd Lake is a hub for Monmouthshire watersports, offering open-water swimming, stand-up-paddleboarding, canoeing, sailing and more. It lays on the Monmouthshire - Torfaen border, and is just 15 minutes from both Usk and the M4.

White Castle

One of the 'Three Castles' (with Grosmont & Skenfrith) built to control the Welsh Marches, White Castle is arguably the least well known of the three. But set in the beautiful countryside in the heart of Monmouthshire, just 15 minutes from Abergavenny, it is definitely worth a visit.

The castle is open 10am - 4pm, and is free to visit. Make sure to visit the nearby White Castle Vineyard as well for some award winning wine!

White Castle

Cefn Ila Woodland, Usk

Discover redwoods in the heart of Monmouthshire at Cefn Ila woodland. An old landscaped manor ground, Cefn Ila has been redeveloped as a community woodland with an old orchard and arboretum to explore. 

There's space for 10 cars at the entrance, or you can walk the short 1 mile from the town of Usk. Make sure to pop into Usk itself after with its pubs, restaurants, cafes and shops.

What's On in Monmouthshire

MMT's Cabaret Night at the Priory

Sat 2 Oct 2021

It's Cabaret time! MMT's talented performers will be showcasing their favourite musical numbers. Tickets are strictly limited to 60 so get in quick!

An Evening with Alan McGee: 26th What’s the Story

Sat 2 Oct 2021

Alan McGee, the man who discovered Oasis live and in person on the Savoy stage to tell his story and that of the band.

Dom Joly's Holiday Snaps

Sun 3 Oct 2021

Re-arranged from 2020 this is the hilarious and fascinating story of Dom’s travels in the danger zone and his expeditions to some of the most unlikely places on earth.

Jump Racing

Fri 8 Oct 2021

Jump racing is back – and you can enjoy the action at Chepstow with a fantastic day at the races.

Psychic Sally

Fri 8 Oct 2021

A return visit for Sally Morgan, Britain’s most respected and best loved psychic medium.

Abergavenny Craft Fair

Sat 9 Oct 2021

Abergavenny Craft Fair is on the second Saturday of every month. There's always loads of hand made gifts from jewellery, cards, knitting, wood sculptures, glass work and artwork. Plus we have general stalls as well.

Jump Racing

Sat 9 Oct 2021

Jump racing is back – and you can enjoy the action at Chepstow with a fantastic day at the races.

The Ultimate Classic Rock Show

Sat 9 Oct 2021

Dust off your air guitars for an evening of the very best classic rock anthems from legends past and present!

An Evening with Nigel Owens MBE

Mon 11 Oct 2021

Nigel is one of the most engaging and humorous characters in the game of rugby union and it will be an evening not to miss for any sports fan as he recounts stories from his life and career.

Brother Thomas, the Cellarer

Sat 16 Oct 2021

Step back in time with Brother Thomas and learn what life was like as a monk in Tintern Abbey. Our sympathetic brother will give you inside information about the monks’ rituals and responsibilities.

Mark Watson: This Can't Be It

Sat 16 Oct 2021

Mark Watson is back for his third visit to the Savoy. We've all had some pondering to do about the fragility of life recently, but don't worry, skinny national treasure Mark has it covered.

Chepstow Walking Festival

Sat 23 - Tue 26 Oct 2021

The festival is back back and what better time to deliver the postponed Chepstow Walking Festival than in Autumn to celebrate its Autumn glory.

Albert Lee

Sat 23 Oct 2021

The legendary musician returns with his band to the Savoy. Book early because he attracts every musician within a 50 mile radius who come to marvel at the talent and craftsmanship of this brilliant guitarist.

Alfie Moore: Far Cop Unleashed

Sat 23 Oct 2021

Join BBC Radio 4’s cop-turned-comedian Alfie Moore for his latest stand-up tour show.

ABP Newport Wales Marathon

Sun 24 Oct 2021

Wales’ premier marathon event will return on Sunday 24th October 2021.

Chepstow Castle Halloween Trail

Mon 25 - Sun 31 Oct 2021

Follow our Halloween trail around Chepstow Castle! The trail is suitable for children of all ages.

Jump Racing

Tue 26 Oct 2021

Jump racing is back – and you can enjoy the action at Chepstow with a fantastic day at the races.

An Evening with Sir Geoffrey Boycott

Wed 27 Oct 2021

An Evening with Sir Geoffrey Boycott gives our audience a chance listen to Sir Geoffrey and to ask their own questions. It’s a brilliant new evening with our brand new knight.

Abergavenny Artisan Farmers Market

Thu 28 Oct 2021

Abergavenny Farmers Market takes place on the 4th Thursday of every month from 9-12pm. This vibrant market offers the good quality produce from local producers.

Willow Hedgerow Basket Workshop

Sat 30 Oct 2021

Learn how to weave a hedgerow basket with coloured wild hedgerow materials and willow using 5 different weaving techniques. All tools and materials provided.

Welsh Dragon