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What have you got planned for the summer? We don’t want to say the B word, but amid Brexit uncertainty, staycations have become an increasing trend – so we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed for a repeat of last summer’s heatwave! We want to encourage you to enjoy what your local area has to offer and have found some fun family events taking place this summer that won’t break the bank.

Monmouth Show Saturday 6th July

You’ve got nine days to experience the Monmouth Festival and, even better, it’s free! Over the last 36 years, the festival has grown, attracting visitors from all over the world, and is now one of the longest-running and largest volunteer-organised festivals in Europe. Enjoy an eclectic mix of iconic legends, local artists and up and coming young talent in dance, classical, country, folk, jazz, pop, rock ’n roll, ska, world music and so much more this July.

The Big Cheese Caerphilly Friday 26th - Sunday 28th July

If you’ve been to the Big Cheese before, this year it will look a little different. The festival has a new layout, new street-food stalls, a live lounge bar area, three food halls and live cookery demonstrations. Take the family along to this free event set in the grounds of Caerphilly Castle and enjoy food and drinks from local and regional Welsh producers.

Monmouth Festival Saturday 27th July – Sunday 4th August

The Monmouth Show celebrates rural trades, talents and tastes from across the Wye Valley. Not even the rain can stop the fun; simply dig out your wellies and enjoy the demonstrations, competitions, music, food halls, craft stands and much more!

Green Man Thursday 15th – Sunday 18th August

Nestled in the Brecon Beacons you’ll find the Green Man Settlement, an opportunity to camp amongst the area’s stunning mountains, forests, waterfalls and rivers. The festival will be showcasing music from almost 100 acts during the week-long celebrations, along with a big line-up of comedy, literature, film, performing arts and science.

Usk Show Saturday 14th September

Since 1844 on the second Saturday in September the Usk Farmer’s Club have held the Usk Show. Set at the 100-acre Usk Showground, it’s one of the biggest one-day agricultural shows in the UK. Alongside over 300 traders in the food hall, craft marquee and shopping mall, the show has some new additions including camel racing, dog agility displays and mountain falconry.

Abergavenny Food Festival Saturday 21st - Sunday 22nd September

The Abergavenny Food Festival has an exceptional reputation and continues to get better each year. The perfect place for foodies, the festival attracts over 30,000 visitors and has an estimated £4 million impact on the local economy. You can support your local community whilst sampling food from the best local producers and top chefs. The programme also includes activities and masterclasses for kids, as well as showcasing rising stars emerging from the food industry.

If you’re saving for your first home or planning on some home improvements, make the most of what our local area is putting on this summer.

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