3. Go shopping in the beautiful market town of Monmouth
Technically in Wales, Monmouth feels as quaint an English town as Winchester or Oxford. Its riverside setting and compact town centre make it the perfect spot to spend a day trawling the shops, and if you visit on Friday or Saturday you can stock up on the best Welsh produce from the town’s two markets. Take a break for lunch in one of the Monmouth’s lovely courtyards and watch the world go by.
4. Visit a Welsh vineyard
Yes you did hear that right. Wales has vineyards. We’re not saying they’re going to rival Bordeaux any time soon but there’s certainly some drinkable stuff to be found. Take a tour of the vineyards at award winning Ancre Hill (opened by the Duchess of Cornwall), whose wines are organic and biodynamic, or visit the Sugar Loaf vineyards for a self-guided tour followed by cream tea. We can think of worse ways to spend an afternoon.
Taking place over nine days in July, The Monmouth Festival has been going for an incredible 34 years. With a line-up of iconic music legends, local artists and up and coming talent, and with music ranging from dance to classical and jazz to folk, you won’t be long finding your groove. 22nd – 30th July 2016.