Tintern will celebrate its very own fiesta this month when the village’s Old Station visitor centre hosts a week of entertainment from Monday 18th September designed to appeal to a wide range of people. All events take place in the event marquee on the lawn in front of the signal box.
The week starts with the launch of a new book from self-sufficiency expert Sally Nex from 2pm to 4pm on Monday 18th September. Sally will also talk about growing vegetables all year round. The following day local nursery owner Justine Scouller will discuss growing flowers for home arrangements. Tickets for both events are £5.
On Tuesday evening (19th September) Rosemary Hawthorne – also known as The Knicker Lady – will deliver a history of ladies’ under garments in her very own funny and entertaining style. Tickets at £12.50 are expected to sell quickly and there will be a musical performance during the interval.
A wood carving session (cost £5) planned for Wednesday 20th September will offer those attending an opportunity to create their own flower using a range of tools. In the evening, local photographer and author David Lloyd will present a talk on his award-winning book Spirit of the Rose and how to capture flowers on film. According to TV personality Alan Titchmarsh, Lloyd’s book contains the “best photographs of roses he has ever seen.”
The Old Station’s award-winning tearoom provides cream teas on Thursday afternoon from 3pm to 4pm (cost £5) with all proceeds going towards the five charities supported during Tintern fiesta week – S.A.R.A, Macmillan Cancer Care, Alzheimer’s Society, Chepstow Mencap and The Grand Appeal, Bristol Children’s Hospital. The cost is £5 and as with all events booking is essential.
On Thursday afternoon a memory walk takes place with the £6 fee donated to the Alzheimer’s Society. In the evening the Savoy Youth Theatre performs its own show called Inspirational Toast. Entry is by donation, suggested at £5 per person. Meanwhile, Friday’s comedy dinner based on hit TV comedy Allo! Allo! is sold out.
An action-packed Saturday morning features a magic show for children with Wizzo the Wizard followed by an opportunity for close encounters with snakes and lizards. The cost is £3 per person while a family of four can purchase admission for only £10.
A short celebration service at 6pm is followed by the St Michaels Church Harvest supper and a ceilidh featuring local band Life of Riley – tickets are £10 each.
Finally, Sunday (24th September) sees an evening with spiritual mediums, The Spirit Sisters. The cost is £5.
County Councillor Bob Greenland, Monmouthshire’s cabinet member said: “The Old Station’s magical Wye Valley setting is the ideal place for the events featured within Tintern’s fiesta celebration. It’s easy to reach and there’s plentiful parking. The eclectic mix of entertainment is sure to attract crowds so my advice is to book early.”
Tickets for all events made be purchased from the Old Station in advance either by ringing 01291 689566 or via email to pay by bank transfer. A bar serving local beer, soft drinks and wines will be available throughout the week.
Further details of acts are available on The Old Station’s Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/oldstationtintern
- Tintern’s Fiesta is made possible by the generosity of the Friends of Old Station Tintern and main sponsor Carriages Catering, with kind support from County Marquees.