The best of Monmouth
Music and Drama
Throughout the year there is a full programme of very diverse entertainment going on in the town. The Off Centre Theatre Company produces three or four plays annually, including a very popular pantomime. Monmouth Operatic Society also stage a variety of musical performances from Gilbert and Sullivan to Strauss and including an autumn concert of songs from the musicals.
The Monmouth Choral Society also has an excellent reputation and performs regularly in the town and the surrounding area.
The Merlin Society, one of the largest music societies in the country, holds concerts in the hall at Monmouth School and Nimbus Records, based just outside the town, offers occasional concerts by world-famous soloists and orchestras currently recording there.
Every summer see's Monmouth Festival held in the shadows of the Monnow Bridge, featuring music for all tastes. This is followed by a very colourful Carnival Day with floats, fairground rides and sideshows. The Monmouth Town Band features regularly at town events and also has a busy concert calendar.
There is an interesting old cinema in Church Street, the Savoy. It features the current films on distribution nationally.
This is held on the last Thursday in August and is the biggest one-day show in the West attracting over 20,000 visitors. Originally an agricultural show, it still features rare breeds of animals, craft displays, show jumping competitions, dog shows, horse racing and many other attractions. A great day out for the family!
There is a recently built Leisure Centre at the Comprehensive School and a swimming pool. An eighteen hole golf course, which welcomes visitors and has wonderful views of the surrounding countryside, is situated on the edge of the town.
The Rowing Club is found close to the Comprehensive and the town has a splendid collection of competition silverware. Both young and veteran teams can be seen practising on the Wye and every year in May, there is a Regatta attended by teams from all over the country. Canoeing is another local sport and there is a local raft race for charity in September of each year.
The town also boasts cricket, bowls, rugby, football clubs and the well known Rolls of Monmouth golf club at the Hendre.
The area has much to offer walkers. Offa's Dyke, a long distance footpath beginning in Chepstow and finishing in Prestatyn, North Wales (a total distance of 177 miles) attracts many people to the town as does the scenic Wye Valley Walk. The TOURIST INFORMATION OFFICE in the Shire Hall has a variety of walking leaflets. The surrounding area is rich in natural history and there are many opportunities for birdwatchers.
Places to Visit Around Monmouth
The Tourist Information Office has leaflets about the many castles in the area which are worth a visit and also many other places of interest.