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With 2023 coming to a close it's time to turn our attention to 2024 and some of the great events coming up next year in Monmouthshire. We've put together some of the upcoming highlights.

January

Chepstow Mari Lwyd

It's back! After a four year absence the Border Morris dancers will be returning to the streets of Chepstow for the New Year's Wassail and Mari Lwyd celebration. It's sure to be a spectacle as they sing, dance and play music through the town whilst parading a variety of traditional Beasts and Maris. The event celebrates the South Wales folk custom entailing an eponymous hobby horse - the Mari Lwyd - made from a horse's skull mounted on a pole and carried by an individual hidden under a sackcloth.

Chepstow Wassail and Mari Lwyd

February

Snowdrops

February is Snowdrop season in Monmouthshire, and there's no better place to see these beautiful flowers than at the Wye Valley Sculpture Garden open days. There'll be over 80 different varieties on display (with many available for purchase), all viewed alongside sculptures in this beautiful garden. 

Braziers and warming refreshments will ensure you don't get too cold, plus you can chat to snowdrop experts on site.

Snowdrop Open Days at Wye Valley Sculpture Garden

Signs of Spring across Monmouthshire

April

View over Severn Bridge, by Callum Baker

It's time to get your walking boots on for five days of trails, talks, hikes & strolls at the annual Chepstow Walking Festival. There'll be over 20 guided walks to enjoy, from small scale town loops, to longer walks which take in parts of the Wales Coast Path and Wye Valley Walk. 

Tickets go on sale in February, so keep your eyes peeled for the programme in the new year!

Chepstow Walking Festival

May

Balter Festival - James Bridle

Festival season begins at the start of May with the return of the biennial Wye Valley River Festival. Expect 10 days of spectacular happenings in outstanding locations throughout the Wye Valley, with performances, plays, crafts, games, celebrations and more.

Then at the end of May live music will fill the lower Wye Valley with the return of the brilliant Balter Festival at Chepstow Racecourse and the Devauden Festival in the Monmouthshire countryside near Chepstow.

June

Usk Open Gardens

There'll be two days of fantastic music at Caldicot Castle this June, as punk rock legends The Stranglers celebrate their 50th anniversary on the 8th and the music of Ibiza gets a Ministry of Sound Classical twist on the 7th.

Then at the end of the month Usk's Town of Flowers celebrates its floral heritage with the Usk Open Garden festival, one of many great gardening events across the year.

Garden events in Monmouthshire

August

Castell Roc

What do you get when you combine a 1,000 year old castle with 13 different musical performances over 18 days in August? Castell Roc! From country to classical, rock to funk (and many more in between) Castell Roc is an annual celebration of music, all set within the historic stone walls of Chepstow Castle.

Castell Roc Music Festival

September

Abergavenny Food Festival

The highlight of the foodie calendar each yeah, Abergavenny Food Festival has been called the 'Glastonbury of Food Festivals' for the big names it attracts and the renown it has in the food world.

The festival takes over the town of Abergavenny, with over 150 different exhibitors across various venues, plus chef demonstrations, talks, walks, fun, music and more.

Abergavenny Food Festival 2024

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Chepstow Wassail and Mari Lwyd
Dance - Traditional
Chepstow Mari Lwyd

Come to Chepstow this January and enjoy one of the most interesting traditions in Wales, the annual New Year Wassail and Mari Lwyd procession.

Snowdrop Open days
Art Exhibition
Snowdrops

Garden open to view beautiful Snowdrop display and sculptures. Warming homemade refreshments, snowdrops and artworks available to purchase.

Chepstow Walking Festival
Walking Festival
Early flier 2024

Join Chepstow Walkers are Welcome for 6 days of walking fun at the annual Chepstow Walking Festival, held 2nd - 7th April 2024.

Wye Valley River Festival
Arts Festival
Folk Dancers in Llandogo

Join us for the 2024 Wye Valley River Festival! 10 days spectacular happenings in outstanding landscapes throughout the Wye Valley, from Chepstow to Ross-on-Wye.

Devauden Music Festival 2024
Music Festival
Devauden Festival

The Devauden Festival has been running since 2010 and is a family friendly event set in the heart of Monmouthshire.

Balter Festival 2024
Music Festival
Balter Festival. Photographer - James Bridle

Balter Festival is a full on festival experience, expect to see outlandish walkabout and sideshow performances, art installations and plain bizarre forms of bingo.

The Stranglers Live at Caldicot Castle
Concert
Stranglers

Join us on Saturday 8th June at Caldicot Castle for a special live summer performance with British punk/rock icons, The Stranglers!

Ministry of Sound Classical
Concert
Ministry of Sound Classical

Prepare for a club night like no other in Wales this summer as Ministry of Sound Classical brings its critically acclaimed anthemic show to Caldicot Castle on Friday 7th June.

Usk Open Gardens
Open Gardens
Usk Open Gardens

A celebration of flowers & gardening, with around 12 gardens open across Usk, plus beautiful public displays.

Castell Roc Music Festival
Music Festival
Castell Roc

Castell Roc is an annual festival held within Chepstow Castle. Enjoy 12 different performances over 18 days in August.

Abergavenny Food Festival
Food / Drink Festival
Cooking over Fire at The Castle

Seven venues, over 150 top-notch exhibitors, and the brightest lights of the food world in action: dems, debates and talks. Plus children's cookery classes and family entertainment.

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