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A taste of Wales for Christmas

As we hunker down away from Covid-19 and the dark winter days,  how about giving (or buying for yourself) an excuse to visit Over the Bridge to Wales later in 2021. This area has a reputation for great food, as well as being home to brilliant artists so why not book onto a course to learn something new or purchase some local goodies online to enjoy - try Wye Valley Producers or Tiny Rebel Brewery.

Humble by Nature, set on a hillside above Monmouth, is a great base for discovering all sorts of smallholding and husbandry skills, rural skills and crafts as well as food and cookery; you can even stay. Travel down the Wye Valley and there are a couple of new ventures - Silver Circle Distillery where you can create your very own gin, and Wye Valley Meadery where beekeeping and mead making are open for everybody. 

If you love gardening then book onto one of Nant y Bedd Garden's courses - how to make perfect compost, homemade charcoal and wild gardening are a speciality. You can also book a short break at one of our great hotels, or a voucher for a luxury tea, or even join Cadw or the National Trust to ensure your days out in the summer 2021 are already sorted.


If art and crafts are what you are looking for then check out Craft Renaissance, Court Cupboard or Chapel Cottage Studios; all offer artist lead courses and can help you to find somewhere delightful to stay nearby. 

Check out the ideas below for great ideas - dream about getting back to normal and visiting Over the Bridge to Wales.


Humble by Nature

Humble by Nature offer a wide range of courses from rural skills to animal husbandry, food foraging and sausage making - loads of new skills to uncover.

Silver Circle Distillery

Set in the beautiful Wye Valley, Silver Circle Distillery offer tours of the distillery and the opportunity to make your very own gin!

Abergavenny Baker

Have a go at making all sorts of bread - traditional British, Italian, Sour Dough and even Middle eastern!

Wye Valley Meadery

Discover the secrets of modern day Mead - and book onto a course to make it yourself in the band new Meadery. Also beekeeping courses.

Join the National Trust

Join the National Trust and put a visit to Tredegar House and Park at the top of your list for 2021.

A short break at Celtic Manor Resort

A luxury short break at the Celtic Manor Resort - what more could you ask for?

Join Cadw and explore our Castles

Love castles - then join Cadw and your visits will be free.

Afternoon tea at The Angel

Repeatedly voted the best afternoon tea, a trip to The Angel is a treat to be savoured.

Chapel Cottage Studio

Chapel Cottage Studio offers art classes covering many styles and mediums with experienced tutors.

White Hare Distillery

White Hare Distillery in Usk offers a wide range of gin experiences for individuals and groups.

Court Cupboard Gallery

Court Cupboard Gallery hosts great exhibitions throughout the year and offers a wide range of craft courses.

White Castle Vineyard

White Castle Vineyard offers tours, mail order wine and your can adopt a vine - what a great idea!

The Preservation Society

Join The Preservation Society for a unique preserve class - jams, chutneys, curds and more.

Craft Renaissance

A craft centre with plenty of expert makers - courses include stain glass, silver jewellery, botanical art and wire sculpture.

Tiny Rebel Brewery

Join a brewery tour to discover how Tiny Rebel Brewery make their award winning brews. Order tasty brews online.

Nant y Bedd Garden

Beautiful gardens where you can discover the secrets of charcoal making, uncover tips for foraging as well as exploring the mysteries of plant diseases and wild gardening.

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Tiny Rebel Brewery

Wye Valley Meadery

Humble by Nature

Gardens of Monmouthshire

This project has received funding via the Regional Tourism Engagement Fund (RTEF) and supported through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the Welsh Government, the Fund to improve the visitor experience and create stronger destinations by working together.

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