What’s On In Abergavenny April 24th – May 7th


Welcome to this week’s look at what’s on in Abergavenny from April 24th – May 7th. You can add your own events to our calendar and get featured by filling in our events form.

ACLC Square

Italian for Beginners

25th April 2017 @ 9:30 am – 2:30 pm

Italian for Beginners – Tuesday 12.30-2.30pm starting 25th April.
5 week course, costing £40.00.

For more details or to book a place please contact Jemima Jones: jemimajones@monmouthshire.gov.uk

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Dressmaking Course

25th April 2017 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Dressmaking course in Abergavenny.
Suitable for beginners or experienced sewers.

Tuesday 1-4pm, starting 25th April.
10 week course, costing £120.00.

For more details or to book a place, please contact Jemima Jones: jemimajones@monmouthshire.gov.uk


Three day Oil Painting Course with Alex Brown

26th April 2017 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

This course consists of three full day classes, one on the 15th February, one on the 15th March and one on the 26th of April, each running from 10am – 4pm.

Students will be guided through all of the basic techniques needed to master the Art of Oil Painting including tips for composition, various painting techniques and methods for colour mixing.

Suitable for complete beginners as well as those looking to improve and progress.

Price includes refreshments such as tea and coffee. Please bring a packed lunch for each class.

This event takes place at the Chapel Cottage Studio, Llanddewi Rhydderch, Abergavenny NP7 9TT.


Social running group launch!

26th April 2017 @ 6:00 pm

A new social running group to Abergavenny. All abilities welcome. The 26th is the launch with an informal chat and meet and greet. Join us!


Arts get together discussion at The Chapel

26th April 2017 @ 7:00 pm

Are you interested in the visual arts – painting, sculpture, photography, digital media, printmaking, drawing, craft, textiles, etc; music, dance, theatre and opera; creative writing; public art; well-being through art;…the list goes on. The 5 Yr Planning work for Abergavenny and District has highlighted that the opportunity to make more of the Arts is seen as a priority by many, including a broad cross-section of community groups, councillors and the wider public.

So what would be the best use of the limited time we each might spare to promote the Arts together, beyond what we’re each doing already? Many people felt that we could communicate more and learn from and support each other better. Other ideas included joining together to use vacant premises for ‘pop up shops and exhibitions’ or perhaps starting to plan an arts festival of some sort, building on the success of the Abergavenny Writing Festival and the Crickhowell Open Studios weekend.

If you’d like to get together to chat ideas through to promote the Arts in Abergavenny and the wider area? If so, please come The Chapel on Market Street on Wednesday 26th April at 7pm for our first meeting.

If you’re coming along please message Anna Williams at annamariawilliams@hotmail.com so we can make sure there’s enough coffee to go around.

Abergavenny Country & Western Music Festival 2016

Abergavenny Country and Western Music Festival 2017

27th April 2017 – 2nd May 2017

The Abergavenny Country and Western Music Festival is back for its fourth year bringing the Wild West to Abergavenny!

Thursday: Ben Thompson and Mickey Page
Friday: L A Country and Lance Merlin and Smokey Mountain Boys
Saturday: Ben Thompson and Memphis Bell and Ridgeway Country
Sunday: Johnny Holland and Laine West and Long Gone Daddies
Monday: Hank T and Ben Thompson and Rob Allen

Trilogy nights include:
Friday: Native American plus Mountain Men
Saturday: Tombestone and Gamblers and Saloon
Sunday: Military and Crinoline
Monday: Mexican

Other Activities:

Fast Draw
Real Rodeo
Carriage Rides
Horse Riding
Western Stalls
Line Dancing
Horse-Shoe Throwing
Hog Roast
Axe Throwing
Showering facilities will also be provided.

For more information click here.

Castle Meadows

Fiona Ford’s Myths and Magic free walk

27th April 2017 @ 7:00 pm

On Thursday, April 27th, Fiona Ford will share stories about the myths and magic of plants. Meet at 7.00pm in the Byfield Lane car park.

All walks are free and usually last between two and three hours. Please wear suitable footwear. Dogs on leads only. Mobility scooters can be booked in advance from Abergavenny Shopmobility on 0800 298 3656. Walks may be cancelled due to weather conditions. For updates, please check https://friendsofcastlemeadows.wordpress.com/ OR for more Friends of Castle Meadows walks click here: http://bit.ly/2qe5NTY


Pub Quiz at the King’s Arms

27th April 2017 @ 8:00 pm

Fund raising Pub Quiz at The Kings Arms, Abergavenny.
The last Thursday of every month.
Starts at 8pm, please arrive sooner to get good seats!
All welcome.

£2 entry and teams of up to 6 people.

£50 voucher prize to be spent at the Kings Arms Hotel.

3 ‘specialist subject’ rounds, 1 picture round and 1 general knowledge round, compiled by the quizmaster Cerian Jones.

This month proceeds will go towards an outdoor learning experience for the children of Llantilio Pertholey School, Abergavenny with www.outdoorcoachinguk.co.uk.


Vintage Finds day course

28th April 2017 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

(Written by Jan Thomas) I’m sure like me, many of you have lots of old bits and pieces that you can’t bear to part with but keep in a drawer because you don’t know what to do with them!! Things such as old pieces of fabric, lace, buttons, embroidered tablecloths, pillowcases etc.
Come along and spend the day giving them a new lease of life and take home something that you can use or display.

Castle Meadows

Free guided geology walk

29th April 2017 @ 10:00 am

Learn how the Meadows were formed in a guided walk with Alan Underwood. Meet at 10am in Byfield Lane car park.

All walks are free and usually last between two and three hours. Please wear suitable footwear. Dogs on leads only. Mobility scooters can be booked in advance from Abergavenny Shopmobility on 0800 298 3656. Walks may be cancelled due to weather conditions. For updates, please check https://friendsofcastlemeadows.wordpress.com/ OR for more Friends of Castle Meadows walks click here: http://bit.ly/2qe5NTY


Abergavenny Road Club Youth Session

29th April 2017 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Abergavenny Road Club runs coached sessions for our young riders, aged between 5 and 16 years, each Saturday, between 10.30 am and noon, at Abergavenny Leisure Centre, in line with school term dates. To find us, drive past the centre, and along the exit road above the playing fields. Immediately prior to the exit, turn right and you will find us on the gravel pitch (which we call the red gra).

Up to 70 young riders attend the cycling sessions provided by qualified coaches and willing, patient, parent volunteers. The sessions involve fitness, techniques, some racing and lots of fun.

On arrival, look for a coach or parent helper. They will welcome you and ask you to complete a pack which includes information about the club, a Parental Consent and Rider Information form, a membership form and a bike and clothing checklist. Please complete the Consent form before you child commences the session. We will add your child’s name to our coaching register, so that we can log their attendance each week. Regular participants must become members of Abergavenny RC.

The club is affiliated to Welsh Cycling and registered with British Cycling’s “Go Ride” development programme, which provides a fun and safe way to introduce young riders to the world of cycle sport and provides a platform to improve bike handling skills.

To embrace the huge demand for youth cycling the club has invested heavily in volunteers and currently has 11, active Level 2 coaches, 2 Welfare Officers and a host of helpers, who give up their time for free to ensure that cycling is inclusive to all and sessions are provided free of charge.

Parents are expected to get involved by helping set up or clear up after sessions, assisting at club events, etc.

Your child must have a bike which is in good working order (it is essential that it has working brakes and older riders will need working gears). He/she meeds a helmet, comfortable, tight fitting sportswear and a pair of gloves or cycling mitts. In cold or wet weather, waterproof clothing is required. He/she also needs to bring a drink of squash or water in a suitable container.

If your child is inexperienced or new to the club, you must remain at the session the whole time – the club does not offer a child minding service.


Stone Sole River at the King’s Arms Hotel

30th April 2017 @ 7:30 pm – 11:45 pm

Stone Sole River will be performing at the The Kings Arms Hotel Abergavenny on Sunday 30th April (early May Bank Holiday weekend).

Doors open at 7:30pm with the band starting around 9pm, £3 admission on the door.

The band consists of Mike Parker guitar & vocals, Lee Buckle bass & vocals and Carl Meehan drums. They’ll be performing original material along with an array of classic rock by Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Neil Young, Rory Gallagher and more.

The band is now entering it’s 18th year together. They have performed extensively over this time across the UK, touring with Joe Bonamassa, Fish (Marillion), Robin Trower, Wishbone Ash, The Blue Oyster Cult and numerous other classic rock and blues artists. They have released several EP’s as well as a critically acclaimed album, Terra Mama.

This is a public event, please feel free to share and invite friends and family.


Abergavenny Toy and Train Collectors Fair 2017

1st May 2017 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Abergavenny Toy and Train Collectors Fair will be a large model exhibition. – There you will be able to view working train sets and visit Classic Cars and Motorbikes outside the Town Hall – £1 Family Admission.

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Samba drumming workshop!

1st May 2017 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Samba-inspired drumming and percussion workshop. No previous experience necessary, tutors make it fun and accessible for all! Head to the Fairfield Guide Hall if you want to take part.

Find out more here: https://musicandthemuse.com/


The 6th Great Abergavenny Bake Off

1st May 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Baking Competition family fun day and afternoon tea.

Bank Holiday Monday May 1st 2017 at Abergavenny Cricket Club 2pm-5pm

The six categories are:

Celebration cakes
Traditional bakes
Junior baker
(up to and inc School Year 2, Juniors & up to and inc School Year 11)

Entries judged by guest judges

All entries to be made in advance and judged on the way

Competition entries can be registered between 11am-2pm

Cake viewing and silent auction 2.15pm-3.15pm

Judging at 3.15pm. Results at 4.30pm.

Afternoon tea served throughout £5 per baker / £3 per juniors

Free entry for non-bakers

Everyone welcome

All proceeds raised will be donated to Cancer Research UK – Relay For Life


9 to 5 The Musical at the Borough Theatre

2nd – 6th May 2017 @ 7:00 pm

Following the sell-out and award winning ‘Sister Act’, AAODS promises to delight again with the upbeat & high energy ‘9 to 5 – the Musical ‘.

Based in the 1970s when men ran the corporate world and women made the coffee and took notes, the story centres around three unlikely female co-workers who concoct a plan to get even with their lying, hypocritical and bigoted boss. As they take control of the company they realise there’s nothing they can’t do – even in a man’s world.

Outrageous and thought provoking the musical is about friendship, coming together and taking care of business…. and each other.

With music and lyrics* by Dolly Parton and featuring her original hit song, 9 to 5, this brilliant show is funny, feisty, packed full of catchy tunes and guaranteed to have you dancing in your seat.

*contains very occasional bad language some may find offensive Click here to find out more.


Story Telling at Broadleaf Books

2nd May 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Story-Telling for adults occurs on the first Tuesday of each month 7-8pm in Broadleaf Books, 16 Monk Street, opposite St Mary’s Church. A further story-telling session for children is being organised.

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Blorenge Films Production Club Intro Meet-up

4th May 2017 @ 7:00 pm

Want to get involved in filmmaking?

Come along to the introductory session of our new Film Production Club!

Learn new skills, discuss ideas, network with other creative people, share knowledge and more.

At Hen and Chickens, Abergavenny NP7 5EG

Castle Meadows

Evening Bat Walk with Mark Langley

5th May 2017 @ 8:30 pm

Evening Bat Walk with Mark Langley. Meet at 8.30pm in Byfield Lane car park.

All walks are free and usually last between two and three hours. Please wear suitable footwear. Dogs on leads only. Mobility scooters can be booked in advance from Abergavenny Shopmobility on 0800 298 3656. Walks may be cancelled due to weather conditions. For updates, please check https://friendsofcastlemeadows.wordpress.com/ OR for more Friends of Castle Meadows walks click here: http://bit.ly/2qe5NTY


Comedy Night at Kings Arms

5th May 2017 @ 7:30 pm

Friday 5th May sees our first ever Comedy Night! Three great acts will be treating you to an evening of laughter!

We’re pleased to confirm our line up is as follows:-

Wes Zaharuk
Wes Zaharuk has a world-wide reputation for a tornado-like approach to comedy, surreal feats and an eccentric collection of eye-popping prop tricks. He is a one-man tour de force, known to combine routines with power tools, bananas and film noir.

Noel James
A regular on S4C and Radio Wales, Noel James is a charismatic performer whose quick wit, warmth and charm have served him well in the stand up comedy clubs of the UK and overseas. He has been involved -in the past – in both performing and writing for theatre, radio and television.

Paul James
Once described as what would happen if Tim Vine hadn’t found God, Paul delivers a set that has the audience reeling from the first joke to the last. His high laugh rate has made him a hit with comedy club, art centre, theatre and university crowds up and down the UK and Ireland.

Tickets are just £10 and available in advance. Booking is essential as spaces are limited. Call us on 01873 855074 or email kingsarmsabergavenny@gmail.com to book.

Doors open at 7:30pm and the fun kicks off at 8:00pm

ACLC Square

Art Workshop – Acrylic and Palette Knife in Abergavenny

6th May 2017 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Pixel Landscape on Canvas

Taught by professional artist and tutor Emma Rhydderch Price.

Using palette knife techniques and square acrylic brushes produce a striking image, based on a pixel images.

Workshop suitable for experienced students as well as beginners. At the end of the day you will have produced an impressionist image of a landscape using bold strokes on a canvas.

Saturday, 6th May, 10am-3pm
Course cost £25.00

At the Abergavenny Youth & Community Education Centre, Old Hereford Road
For more details or to book a place please contact Jemima Jones: jemimajones@monmouthshire.gov.uk

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Dads Can Group (Llanfoist)

6th May 2017 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Dad’s group running the first Saturday of every month at Llanfoist Village Hall.

Book your place now: 01600 715608 / 07703 611860.

Contact: charlottecook@homestartmonmouthshire.org.uk


Tel: 01495 767187 (ext. 7187) 07794953780

Breakfast is available

Also a variety of children’s activities at different sessions such as a Bouncy Castle, Soft Play, Arts & Crafts and Face Painting.

Recurring events

ACLC Square

Job Skills Club

Every Tuesday 2:15pm–4:15pm

Drop in for help and support with:
Creating an email account, registering and using Universal Jobmatch, CV writing, searching and applying for jobs online, covering letters for job applications, Form filling and letter writing and advice on qualifications and available courses.

So Artrageous Square

So Artrageous! Arts & Crafts Session

Every Tuesday 2pm–4pm

Tuesday afternoon drop in craft session at So Artrageous! Station Enterprises, Station Road, Abergavenny. 2-4 p.m.

Meet at So Artrageous! Station Enterprises, Station Road, Abergavenny, NP7 5HY

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Weekly 2 course meal at Abergavenny Community Centre

Every Wednesday 12.30pm-1.30pm

Abergavenny Community Centre are holding a weekly 2 course meal every Wednesday.

Book your place by midday Tuesday by email: aber.hub@gmail.com or by phone: 07751666481.


Quiz Night at the Station Hotel

Every Wednesday from 8.30pm

Don’t miss the Wednesday night quiz, EVERY WEDNESDAY at The Station Hotel – 37 Brecon Rd, Abergavenny NP7 5UH.

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Minecraft Club at Abergavenny Library

Every Friday 10am-12pm

£8 per session. Book online at www.milittlepad.com

Baker St, Abergavenny NP7 5BD

7corners Square

7 Corners Cafe Film Friday

Every Friday 7pm-9pm

The 7 Corners Cafe hold a film night for young people every Friday. Be sure to check out their Facebook page on Friday for a cryptic clue of what will be shown.

The night begins 7pm and finishes 9pm.

Open Mic Night Square

Open Mic Night at Get Together

Every Friday from 8pm

Kick off the weekend with live music at Get Together’s Friday Open Mic nights starting from 8pm.

Get Together, Nevill St, Abergavenny NP7 5AA

The Farmers Arms Square

Open Mic at the The Farmers Arm

Every Sunday 2016 4:30pm

Join the Farmers Arms every Sunday from 4.30pm for open mic.

The Farmers Arms, 34 Lion St, Abergavenny NP7 5NT

The Grofield Square

Grofield Pub Quiz

Every Sunday 9pm-10pm

Head to the Grofield Pub every Sunday from 9pm to test your knowledge at their weekly quiz.

Baker St, Abergavenny NP7 5BT


Abergavenny Community Centre – Various Activites

The community centre hosts an ever changing and growing series of activities every week day and Saturday.

To check out what’s on be sure to visit their website for the full list.

They are based in the old Park Street School opposite the Somerset Arms.

Abergavenny Market

Markets in the Market Hall

The market is based in the heart of the town and is always busy.

The general market is held every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 9am-5pm.
The Bric-a-Brac antiques fair will be held Wednesdays.

For more information about the market click here.

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