Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Free Guided Walks And Events From Friends Of Castle Meadows

              

Thursday, April 27
  ‘The Myths and Magic of plants’ with Fiona Ford at Castle Meadows, Abergavenny. Meet at 7pm in the Byfield Lane car park.


Saturday, April 29
 ‘Geology Walk’ with Alan Underwood. Learn how Castle Meadows were formed. Meet at 10am in Byfield Lane car park.

Friday, May 5
 ‘Evening Bat Walk’ with Mark Langley. Meet at 8.30pm in Byfield Lane car park.

Saturday, May 13
 ‘Bird Walk’ with Steve Butler. See sand martins feeding their young. Meet at 9am in Byfield Lane car park.  Bring binoculars.

Saturday, June 10
 ‘Flowers and plants’ with Sheelagh Kerry. Meet 10am in Byfield Lane car park.

Saturday, June 24
 ‘Pond dipping’ with Rebecca Ward. Meet at 2pm at the Mill Street Entrance.  

Saturday, July 8
‘Butterfly Walk’ with Jeff Davies. Meet 11am in the Byfield Lane car park.

Saturday, July 15
 ‘Bug hunt’ with Rebecca Ward.  Meet at 2pm in Byfield Lane car park.


Walks organised by the Friends of Castle Meadows are free and last between two and three hours. Please wear suitable footwear.  Dogs on leads only. Mobility scooters can be booked in advance from Abergavenny Shopmobility 0800 298 3656. Walks may be cancelled due to weather conditions.  

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Abergavenny Writing Festival back for its second year


The Abergavenny Writing Festival, launched in 2016, is back for its second year. Taking place at the Kings Arms Hotel and Broadleaf Books in Abergavenny across three days and evenings 20th, 21st and 22nd April 2017. 

The aim of the event is to get people together to get writing, be inspired and have fun. The Aber Writing Fest aims to cover as many areas of writing as possible: from writing a novel, a diary, an article, a poem, a film, a speech, a song or a letter. There will be workshops, talks and performances for all ages and interest groups. The Abergavenny Writing Festival is sponsored for the second year by Abergavenny estate agent Christie Residential and Literature Wales is also supporting the event in 2017.


For the young ones children’s authors Nicola Davies, Sarah Hill and Bev Carr will give talks and workshops and there will be storytelling from Alison Newsam and Louby Lou’s Storytelling. The eclectic 2017 programme includes a songwriting workshop from singer songwriter Kizzy Crawford; a fantasy / science fiction writing workshop from Abergavenny writer Stephanie Burgis and a Letterpress printing workshop from poet and artist Francesca Kay. International bestselling author Julia Gregson (whose novels include East of the Sun and Jasmine Nights) will talk about her writing experiences.


For budding journalists the line-up includes talks from BBC Countryfile magazine editor Fergus Collins and Guardian and Observer arts journalist and Radio 4 documentary maker Jude Rogers. There will also be poetry, creative writing and mindful writing workshops, so plenty of opportunities to put pen to paper or just absorb the creativity in a relaxed environment.


The three evening events will be all about kicking back and relaxing; listening to inspiring words and music. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at the Kings Arms Hotel will be packed full of talks, music and readings, from poets Christopher Meredith, Phil Bowen and Paul Henry; non-fiction writers Georgina Jones, Emma Bevan and Robert Penn and bilingual musicians and writers Kizzy Crawford and Rufus Mufasa.

 

Abergavenny Writing Festival organiser Lucie Parkin explains: “I want everyone to feel that they can just come along and have a go, connect with people and be inspired by what others are already doing. My view is that we are all ‘writers’, whether we write professionally or privately. It’s really about communicating, connecting and finding your own voice. ”
Tickets are available via the www.abergavennywritingfestival.com website or to buy in person or by phone from the Borough Theatre Box Office, Abergavenny.

Abergavenny Writing Festival Events

Thursday 20th April

Sarah Hill, ‘Whimsy Woods’ children’s workshop and talk (10.00-11.00am)

Nigel Jarrett: Getting your work published in literary magazines (10.30-11.15am)

Nicola Davies:  A Whale in Words (11.30am-12.15pm) and Words and Pictures (12.45-1.45pm)

Best-selling fiction writer Julia Gregson talks about her writing experiences (2.00-3.00pm)

Pam Smail & Anna Goodson ‘Writing for Fun’ Workshop: Inspiring Creativity (3.30-5.00pm)

‘Stories to take away’ with Alison Newsam (4.00-5.00pm) at Broadleaf Books

Phil Madden Haiku poetry workshop (5.15pm-6.15pm)

An evening of inspiring talks from three non-fiction writers: Robert Penn, Emma Bevan & Georgina Jones (7.30-10.30pm)

Friday 21st April

Artist Catherine Wynne-Paton ‘in and out of text’ talk and workshop (10.00-11.30am)

Bev Carr reading from her children’s book Oliver and the Missing Scientist (11.45am-12.30pm)

Marketing workshop with Abergavenny Chronicle editor Liz Davies and Borough Theatre’s Linsey Wheeler (12.30-1.30pm) at the Chronicle Offices

Mindfulness Writing Workshop with Tom George (1.30-3.00pm)

me interested in Buddhism and spirituality, with his work reflecting these perspectives. He is currently working on writing projects with a number of wellbeing and mental health organisations. "In Mindful Writing we look with a deep curiosity at the world around us, finding a rich world of detail in the smallest things, looking with the non-judgemental wonder of a child. We gain insight from ancient Buddhist techniques that calm the mind and open up the senses.
In this session we will try out a range of creative writing techniques, do a little meditation and discussion, and step outside to find inspiration in the natural beauty of Abergavenny (weather permitting!)
Mindful writing is not about writing to impress. It is a self-compassionate and non-critical practice where the process is as important as the result. The aim is not to engage so much with personal stories or narratives but to be 'in the moment', to be immersed in sensory stimulii and write from that place." "In Mindful Writing we look with a deep curiosity at the world around us, finding a rich world of detail in the smallest things, looking with the non-judgemental wonder of a child. We gain insight from ancient Buddhist techniques that calm the mind and open up the senses.
In this session we will try out a range of creative writing techniques, do a little meditation and discussion, and step outside to find inspiration in the natural beauty of Abergavenny (weather permitting!)
Mindful writing is not about writing to impress. It is a self-compassionate and non-critical practice where the process is as important as the result. The aim is not to engage so much with personal stories or narratives but to be 'in the moment', to be immersed in sensory stimulii and write from that place."
Fantasy / science fiction writing workshop with Stephanie Burgis (3.30-4.30pm)

Create an artful story with Helen Cotterill (4.00-5.30pm) Broadleaf Books

BBC Countryfile magazine editor Fergus Collins – improving your writing skills (5.00-6.00pm)

A celebration of ‘Poetry Upstairs’ with readings from Christopher Meredith & Phil Bowen (7.30-10.30pm)


Saturday 22nd April

Louby Lou’s Storytelling (10.00-10.45am 0 to 3 Years and 11.30am-12.30pm for 4 to 11 Years)

Discussing the lyrics of Bob Dylan with John Cranna (10.30-11.15am)

Letterpress printing workshop with artist and poet Francesca Kay (1.00-2.00pm)

Talk from writer, speaker and social entrepreneur Marie Yates (2.30-3.30pm)

How to write a Radio 4 documentary with journalist Jude Rogers (3.45-4.45pm) 

Create an artful story with Helen Cotterill (4.00-5.30pm) Broadleaf Books

Songwriting workshop with singer and songwriter Kizzy Crawford (5.00-6.00pm)

Writing Fest Finale: an evening of poetry, songs and stories from Paul Henry, Rufus Mufasa and Kizzy Crawford (7.30-11.30pm)




Friday, 17 February 2017

Walks To Put A Spring In Your Step

With the brighter weather approaching, it’s time to dust off those walking boots and get out into the great outdoors. Here’s our top 3 walks to try this Spring provided by the National Trust.

Pen y Fan and Corn Du Circular Walk

The famous Pen y Fan and Corn Du circular walk is one to try if you’ve not done this yet. Admire the breathtaking views from Britain’s highest mountain.

Print the walking trail here>



The Skirrid Walk

The Skirrid walk is another top route filled with gravel tracks, sharp climbs and decents that’s sure to challenge you. Once you reach the top you’ll be blown away with views across the Brecon Beacons and Abergavenny.

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View from the Skirrid Fawr



The Sugar Loaf Circuit 

This walk is a challenging walk and has a moderate terrain. With splendid views across the Brecon Beacons and overlooking Abergavenny, it really is a refreshing and revitalising experience. 

Print the walking trail here>

View from the Sugarloaf Mountain 



For any further details on walking routes please email info@loveabergavenny.com

*All photos captured by Glenn Gameson-Burrows Photography.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

10 Reasons Why Abergavenny Will Ruin Your Life


1. Abergavenny has beautiful Summer scenery



2. Abergavenny is equally as breathtaking in the Winter too


3. The farmers market is unique and fun to visit


4. There's plenty of events going on all year round, including cycling and the Abergavenny Food Festival


5. Not to mention we're the gateway to the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park


6. The clear waters of the River Usk are wonderful to see


7. Abergavenny town have plenty of distinctive independent shops to visit



8. It's a foodie paridise 



9. There's plenty of hidden gems including Linda Vista Gardens and Abergavenny Castle


10. The views whilst hiking are not too bad either


Monday, 19 December 2016

Abergavenny at Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year...

December has arrived and the town is filled with festive cheer this season, and the streets of Abergavenny really are looking splendid. Twinkling lights, beautiful wreaths and Christmas trees of course, make Abergavenny a wonderful winter wonderland to do your Christmas shopping. It really is an experience like no other.

Here's a peek at what to expect...









Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Save The Date...

Don't forget to save the date for the Abergavenny Food Festival Christmas Fair on Sunday 11th December!