Join in the Festive Spirit....

Published: 29 November 2018

Monmouthshire’s residents invited to join in county’s festive spirit

 

28th November 2018

 

A great range of events will take place across Monmouthshire in the approach to Christmas offering residents and visitors the opportunity to celebrate the festive season in style!

 

Caldicot starts its Christmas Market at 9am on Saturday 1st December with a day of fun, shopping, music and a treasure hunt while Usk’s popular Christmas Festival returns the same day, featuring craft and charity stalls, food, drink, entertainment and music across the weekend. The town’s Christmas lights will be turned on at 6pm on Saturday evening with the highlight of the festival - the annual Usk Town Council Reindeer Parade – taking place at 5pm on Sunday 2nd December.

 

Abergavenny offers Christmas in the Courtyard on Saturday 1st December in the town’s Tithe Barn as over 20 local artists and makers join St Mary’s Priory Choir, Abergavenny Borough Band and other musicians with warming mulled wine, cider, mince pies and hot drinks.

 

Also on Saturday 1st December is Chepstow’s festive extravaganza with market stalls from 11am, a free grotto, music and a switch-on of the lights at 6pm by BBC weatherman, Derek Brockway as well as a performance by X Factor contestant, Russell Jones Jr.

 

Other festive events taking place in Monmouthshire include Tintern’s Christmas Craft Fayre on Sunday 2nd December, Monmouth’s Christmas lantern display on Friday 7th December, a craft fair at Llanfoist Village Hall on Saturday 8th December and Grosmont’s Winter Market on Saturday 15th December.

 

A number of performances will feature over the festive period including a unique celebratory show of Christmas music from Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band at Abergavenny’s Borough Theatre on Wednesday 5th December, followed by the evergreen Andy Fairweather Low and his band, The Low Riders on Friday 7th December.  The Chepstow Male Voice Choir Christmas concert takes place at the town’s leisure centre on Saturday 15th December with support from the Allegra Ladies Choir while Wednesday 19th December sees the launch of the Spontaneous Productions version of popular pantomime Dick Whittington at Monmouth’s Savoy Theatre.  Further performances follow from Friday 28th December to Wednesday 2nd January.

 

The Gwent Branch of the RSPCA offers an evening of Christmas carols and Welsh humour compered by Radio Wales personality Chris Needs on Saturday 8th December at the Choir Hall in Caldicot with the audience given the opportunity to join in the singing.  Music will be provided by the Severn Tunnel Brass Band and award-winning guitarist Chris Moreton.

 

Throughout December Monmouthshire County Council will work in partnership with mental health charity Mind to hold a number of festive crafternoon sessions.  Council staff will work in a variety of locations across the county to make Christmas decorations while offering a small donation to the charity to ensure no one experiences a mental health problem alone.  Among the events organised is a Christmas wreath workshop at Abergavenny’s Mardy Park Resource Centre on Tuesday December 6th.  Meanwhile, Monmouthshire’s Community Learning Team will welcome residents to join fellow crafters and make amazing Christmas trees out of old books at Abergavenny Youth and Community Centre on Thursday 6th December from 4pm to 5pm.  For more information or to book a place, contact Jemima - jemimajones@monmouthshire.gov.uk – or telephone 01291 426880.

 

These are just some of the many seasonal activities taking place in Monmouthshire.  For more information check out: www.visitmonmouthshire.com/christmas

 

County Councillor Bob Greenland, Monmouthshire’s cabinet member with responsibility for leisure and culture said: “Christmas is a very special time and where better to spend it than in our lovely county.  I wish our residents and visitors a very Merry Christmas and hope that they join in Monmouthshire’s festive spirit.”