What’s On In Abergavenny July 3rd – 16th


Welcome to this week’s look at what’s on in Abergavenny from July 3rd – 16th. You can add your own events to our calendar and get featured by filling in our events form.


Figure and Landscape Drawing/Painting**

3rd – 17th July 2017 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm


This course is for beginners to advanced.
Depending on ability students will either draw or paint the figure.
All students will landscape paint.
Figure drawing/painting from 9.30 – 12.30
Landscape painting from 1.30 – 4pm
Students will be responsible for their own transport though car sharing is a likely possibility.
All materials will be available to buy from the shop.

Tuition Fees £245

Model Fees £30

Materials Charcoal or Oil paint (depending on skill level)


Please see Terms & Conditions for more detail.


Sir Tony Robinson ‘No Cunning Plan’

3rd July 2017 @ 7:30 pm

A much-loved actor, presenter and author with a stellar career lasting over fifty years. Sir Tony Robinson is coming to Abergavenny! His long-awaited autobiography No Cunning Plan, reveals how the boy from South Woodford went from child stardom in the first stage production of Oliver!, to comedy icon Baldrick, the loyal servant and turnip aficionado in Blackadder.
Ticket with signed copy of No Cunning Plan £20


Ab Fab Afternoon Women’s Institute group

4th July 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Are you interested in…

Arts, Sports, Leisure and Science?
Food and Cookery?
Floral Art and Gardening?
Learning and Development?
Fun, Frolics and Friendship?
If the answer to any of the above is ‘yes’, then join the Ab Fab WI group.

The group meets the first Tuesday of every month from 2pm-4pm at the Abergavenny Community Centre.


Story Telling at Broadleaf Books

4th July 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.


Abergavenny Writers’ Drop-In

6th July 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Abergavenny Writers’ Drop-In meet on the first Thursday of every month at the Kings’ Head. If you’re a passionate or aspiring writer it’s worth making the time to go.

For more information contact Cath Barton on 01873 737671 or cath.barton@talktalk.net

The Farmers Arms Square

Open Mic at the Farmers Arms

6th July 2017 @ 8:00 pm

The “Open Mic Appreciation Society of Abergavenny” presents live music at the Farmers Arms every Thursday from 8pm and Sunday from 4.30pm.


Abergavenny Market Craft Fair

8th July 2017

A group lively creative artists sharing their work with the community every second Saturday of the month at the Market Hall.

Castle Meadows

Butterflies in the Meadows walk

8th July 2017 @ 11:00 am

Butterflies in the Meadows. Meet 11.00am in the Byfield Lane car park. The leader is Jeff Davies.

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/

IYE Event

IYE Festival 2017

8th July 2017 @ 11:00 am

A FREE ENTRY Festival in Bailey Park for the whole family. Plenty of entertainment by the Young People of Gwent and activities suitable for all ages. Youth groups welcome including singers, bands, dancers, drama groups, martial artists etc to perform. Youth organisations are invited to come along and have a stall to promote your work.


Music for a Summers Evening

8th July 2017 @ 7:30 pm

Music for a Summer’s Evening at the Priory Rooms, St Mary’s Church.

Tickets £10 available from Abergavenny Music and on the door.

Enquiries 01873 810145

Conductor: Roger Langford
Accompanist: Vaughan Bennett
Choir: The Gwent Back Choir


Sotavento Big Band

10th July 2017 @ 8:00 pm

The Sotavento Big Band is a Jazz and Tango orchestra formed in Buenos Aires 13 years ago. It started as a simple ensemble of students, has become the most active orchestra of the jazz scene in Buenos Aires.

The orchestra recreates the jazz golden age of the swing and the Argentine tango, in a musical project which combines the melodic and rhythmic patterns of Tango with harmonies and jazz improvisation.

Sotavento Big Band has a repertoire that focuses from the traditional tango to the music of Astor Piazzola in the Big Band format, with arrangements written specially for it. The ensemble has the particularity of having trombones and trumpets replaced by saxophones, giving a very warm sound.

The orchestra, which will visit BMJ as part of their European tour, have been introduced to us by Tango Jazz – who were so well received at last year’s wall2wall Jazz Festival.

£10 Standard

£8 Friends of BMJ

Students £3 on the door


King Henry Show: The Sound of Musicals at the Borough Theatre

11th to 13th July 2017 @ 7:00 pm

Talented pupils from the local school perform a range of songs from popular musical shows. With special guests from local primary schools.
Please Note: The school have had to cancel their plans to stage The Sound of Music due to licensing issues.


Open Mic at The Bridge Inn

13th July 2017 @ 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm

The Open Mic Appreciation Society of Abergavenny hosts open mics in various pubs in Abergavenny.
Join them this week for open mic at The Bridge Inn.


Taiko Drumming – introduction to Fukui-style course

14th July 2017 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Heather Murray, from Taiko Wales, was awarded a grant this year from the Arts Council Wales to travel to Japan and train with Taiko master Kurumaya-Sensei. Drawing from his wisdom and artistry, the course is based on the unique ‘Hokkuriko’ style of Taiko, developed by Sensei in the Fukui area of Japan. There is an emphasis on etiquette, focus and discipline. We begin with a short, Zazen meditation to connect with our still, creative centres; we then integrate movement, playful sticking and freestyle. You need to bring your enthusiasm, a level of fitness and a sense of timing.
We’ll explore ‘Ki’, the Japanese concept of life force, and ‘Ma’, the concept of silence and space, as we connect with the deeply respectful ways of this tradition.
Suitable for those new to Taiko and for players keen to develop their skills.


Mayzmusik Showcase 2017

15th July 2017 @ 12:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Mayzmusik Performing Arts Academy is one of the biggest performing arts schools in South Wales, and their annual Summer Showcase displays the talents of musicians, singers, dancers & actors who learn their craft at the Academy. With performers aged from 3 to 63 it is a true variety performance.


Llanover Village Fete

15th July 2017 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Come along to the Llanover Village Fete on Saturday the 15th of July. Fun for all the family with Welly Wanging, Fun Dog show, China Smashing, Children’s Games, Bottle stall, Tea & Cake and of course our fabulous BBQ and Beer tent. Lots of Free parking.

Castle Meadows

Bug and insect hunt at Castle Meadows

15th July 2017 @ 2:00 pm

Rebecca with other Gwent Wildlife Trust staff will lead a ‘Bug and insect hunt’. Meet at the Byfield Lane car park at 2.00pm.

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/

Creative Women

Celebrating Creative Women in the Abergavenny Area

16th July 2017 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Celebrating Creative Women in the Abergavenny area.

Abergavenny Community Centre Sunday, July 16th 11am – 4pm.

Donations on the door.

Paintings, furniture, sculpture, textiles, glass origami, wood carving, prints, plus demonstrations by local groups.

Centre Car Park on Merthyr Road NP75BY

Recurring events and activities in Abergavenny:


Pop-up cafe

Every Monday @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Pop-up cafe every Monday 10-2pm at Abergavenny Community Centre. Proper, wholesome nosh, at a price that suits your budget. Sit in or take away.

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! Hatherleigh House, Union Road West, Abergavenny 2-4 p.m.

a rhinos

Abergavenny Rhinos Athletics Club

Every Tuesday from 6pm

The Abergavenny Rhinos Athletics Club meet at the Pavilion next to the bowls club at 6pm every Tuesday.

Their current age group is 6 to 12.

Find out more about them on their facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/410817099307374/

Food @ ACC

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.

Minecraft Club square

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.

The Farmers Arms Square

Open Mic at The Farmers Arms

Every Sunday 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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