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Welcome to the Vale of Glamorgan

Come rain or shine there is always something exhilarating about a visit to the coast and countryside of the Vale of Glamorgan, the most southerly point in Wales and yet, just a stone’s throw from Cardiff, the vibrant capital city of Wales. It’s the perfect place for a holiday or short break. Browse through the accommodation pages for a fantastic choice of places to stay from bed and breakfasts to elegant hotels or holiday cottages. The unspoilt protected Heritage Coastline of the Vale has dramatic plunging cliffs and tiny secluded coves. The picturesque countryside of rolling hills and wooded valleys is steeped in history, beauty and culture and peppered with legendary villages, historic towns, fine gardens, ancient churches and medieval castles.

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The Cowbridge Food and Drink Festival is taking place in Spring this year!  Sunday 24th and Monday 25th May 2015 will see the return of some tasty locally produced foods as well as a lot of newcomers selling their delicious products.  As well as lots of foodie activities there is also a craft fayre, a childrens flower and produce show, a treasure trail and lots of other family fun.  This year you can book early to receive a discount on your ticket price.  Have a look at www.cowbridgefoodanddrink.org.  It’s all set to be a brilliant weekend in the Vale!


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St. Georges Mushroom Forage @ St. Pierre Woods, Chepstow
May 2 @ 12:15 pm – 4:00 pm

May is a glorious time of the year for foraging. It’s the time when you will find wonderful spring wild foods that include the St George’s mushrooms. These mushrooms typically come out on St George’s day, hence the name and are normally in the height of season in May.  

Join us on our foraging woodland adventure!  Henry Ashby, expert forager and supplier of wild food to Wales’ top restaurants, will lead this foray in the St Pierre’s Great Woods just outside of Chepstow. Henry will teach you how to identify these edible treats and how to forage sustainably. We hope to find St. George’s mushrooms, and other spring treats such as ramsons, wild chervil, pig nuts and celandine.

After our forage we will head to The Millers Arms near Chepstow to enjoy a light bite featuring foraged foods. We will talk about the wild foods found on the day and give you lots of ideas and tips on what to do with your edible treats.

Please bring good outdoor clothes and shoes/boots.

Day Agenda

12:15 Arrive at The Millers Arms in Mathern, near Chepstow for welcome tea or coffee.
12:30 Dress for the weather and depart for our foraging site. We will drive in convoy 2 miles to the site. Individual maps will be given on the day.
12:40 to 2:40 Guided forage in St Pierre’s Great Woods

2:40 Back to The Millers Arms for a light bite featuring foraged foods.
4:00 Day ends

What’s Included

Welcome tea or coffee

Guided forage walk by Henry Ashby

A light bite featuring foraged foods with your choice of tea or coffee

Tips and recipes for your foraged finds


Cash bar

Price: £45.00 for adults (13+) and £15.00 for children (12 and under)

Vale of Glamorgan Music Festival @ Various venues
May 12 @ 9:30 am – May 23 @ 8:00 pm

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Happy New Year
Booking is now open for the 2015 Vale of Glamorgan Festival which this year takes place from Tuesday 12 – Saturday 23 May.
Highlights include:
A major retrospective of composer Arvo Pärt as we celebrate his 80th birthday with performances of works spanning some 30 years of his career.An opportunity to explore the distinctly sensuous music of one of Britain’s most hotly tipped young composers – the Bulgarian-born Dobrinka Tabakova.

A hugely welcome return visit from the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir who give concerts at All Saints Church, Penarth and St David’s Hall where they will be joined by the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra conducted by Kristjan Järvi..

Plus …
The inspiring sound world of Fretwork - ‘the finest viol consort on the planet today’ (London Evening Standard).Amsterdam’s Nieuw Ensemble with their unique blend of instruments: mandolin, guitar, harp, wind and percussion.

Violinist Sara Trickey comes ‘home’ for a recital of music evoked by story-telling, landscape and folksong.

Robin Green performs one of the great cult piano works of the last forty years:Frederic Rzewski’s The People United Will Never Be Defeated

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Cowbridge Food and Drink Festival @ Cowbridge
May 24 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Since being founded in 2004 as part of the Cowbridge Charter Trust’s 750 year celebrations, Cowbridge Food and Drink Festival has grown from a one day event with 40 exhibitors on one site to a whole weekend of foodie family fun with over 80 food and drink exhibitors, food demonstrations, entertainments and so much more spread around the beautiful town of Cowbridge.

The Festival in 2015 sees a wealth of changes, not least moving from October to the new dates on the second May Bank Holiday (Sunday 24th and Monday 25th). We hope to offer everything you’ve loved before as well as securing some new venues to offer more for your ticket price.

We look forward to welcoming you in May.

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