2018’s summer of festivals, music & sport

There’s a lot to look forward to this year in and around Ross. From May to September there are a series of amazing events to entertain you. Loads of live music, some drinking, a bit of art, a spot of sport and lots of fun to be had and this is just a taste as other events will be slotted in as the summer goes on. Be sure to keep an eye on http://www.playross.com for up to date information on what is going on in this lively town. We can’t wait to welcome you to our party. To find out more read on…….

Photo credit Ross-on-Wye Town Carnival

Ross-on-Wye Beer and Cider Festival 5-6thMay Ross Rowing Club


This well established community fundraising event is now in its 5thyear. With a huge ‘beer hall’ marquee, live music and food as well as a large selection of beers and ciders and a Prosecco Bar, this festival enjoys a glorious setting on the banks of the Wye.

Bands in the Park and Proms in the Park every Sunday 2.30pm 20thMay – 26thAugust


Free event

These concerts at The Bandstand in Caroline Symonds Gardens, Wye St. are organised by Ross Town Council and feature a different local band each week.

Call 01989 562373

Proms in the Park 22nd July 1pm – 8.30pm

A special extended concert featuring:

Free event
1.00 – 2.00pm Forest of Dean Male Voice Choir

2.30 – 4.30pm The Metz Big Band

5.00 – 6.00pm Allegra Ladies Choir

6.30-8.30pm Ebbw Valley Brass Band

The River Festival 10th May Hope & Anchor 6.30pm

Call 01600 710846 www.wyevalleyriverfestival.co.uk

Free event

A drama, ‘Heart to Hart’ is this year’s ensemble performance featuring a retinue of woodland characters. It’s a fantastical fairy tale, filled with fine music, song and dance that runs through the festival like mycelium. Meet the mildly ridiculous King Sessile, his loyal Royal Surveyor ‘Sloe’, the composer Whitebeam and Lieutenant Lord Leif Blower as they travel down the Wye Valley, inspecting the health of the trees and woods and all things bright and beautiful.

Also enjoy the music of The Hot Potato Syncopators and Mr Cherry.

Dubs on the Wye 8 – 10thJune Ross-on-Wye Sports Centre, Wilton Rd HR9 5JA

Facebook @dubsonthewye  www.rockyleeslittlefeet.co.uk/projects/

A family friendly, dog friendly event including a VW Show, Open Air Cinema, Stalls, Live Music and Camping.
Fundraising for registered charity Rocky-Lee’s Little Feet

Ross Country Music Festival 6-8thJuly Ross-on-Wye Sports Centre, Wilton Rd HR9 5JA


For thigh slapping, gun toting, toe tapping fun. This long running festival includes live Country acts, dancing, food and drink, stalls and camping.

Linton Music and Beer Festival 6-8thJuly The Alma Inn, Linton

Call 07765 032728 www.lintonfestival.org/ticket-menu/tickets/

Linton Festival is a music, real ale and cider festival near Ross-on-Wye in rural Herefordshire. Held over 3 days in July, It has been running for over 17 years, is crewed by volunteers, and gives donations to charity yearly.

Buy your tickets for this year’s festival from one of the following outlets:
The Alma Inn Linton.
River Music Shop in Ross-On-WyeorGloucester Tourist Information Centre

Ross Carnival 4th August 11am The Rope Walk Carnival Field

Call 07399 550982www.rosscarnival.org.uk

Free event

Lots of stalls, games, music acts and a funfair

Town centre street parade from 1pm with floats, bands and entertainers.

Ross Rowing Regatta 25th– 26thAugust(Bank Holiday Weekend) Ross Rowing Club, The Rope Walk, Ross-on-Wye HR9 7DD


Free entry

This annual celebration of rowing brings teams from all over the country to Ross to enjoy racing in the beautiful setting of the Wye. Food and drink are available and camping.

Ollie Fest 25th– 27thAugust (Bank Holiday Weekend) Ross Rugby RFC Grounds, Abbotts Close Greytree Ross-on-Wye

Call 07788 537511 www.facebook.com/olliefest/

Free entry

This festival was created to celebrate the memory of Ollie Floyd and includes live bands, food and drink, children’s inflatables, fireworks and rugby.

Ross Busking Festival 18th August (provisional date) Ross town centre

Call 07801 650977www.colefordbuskingfestival.co.uk

Free event

One in a series of local festivals that brings busking musicians together for a day to entertain shoppers and music lovers. Relax and enjoy a variety of talented music acts while you browse the great independent shops in Ross, have a coffee or stop for lunch.

Ross Cider Festival 31stAugust- 2nd September Broome Farm, Peterstow

Call 01989 562815 www.rosscider.com

“Live Music, Great Food and, of course, a huge cider selection.
Friday will see Music from 4pm to 12pm and our traditional cider bar.
Saturday we invite some of our favourite Cider Makers to share their cider with you in our Barn whilst music plays from 3pm to 12pm.

Sunday everyone tries to recover from the event; we have a chill day with music from 12.30 to 3.30 or so. Times may vary on the day. We have a small craft market.”

h.Art Open Studios 8th– 16th September at various locations in Ross and beyond

Call 07983 495966 www.h-art.org.uk

Free event

Herefordshire Art Week is a nine day art trail, for artists, craft makers and creative businesses to open studios, galleries and group exhibitions to raise their profile and sell artwork.

The Hedgehog Festival in Ross-on-Wye 11 – 4pm Sunday 16th September at The Hope & Anchor field, Wye St. Ross-on-Wye

http://www.facebook.com/festivalhog/ @festivalhog

Free event

Celebrating the natural world with an emphasis on this country’s favourite mammal, this festival seeks to inform and educate through art and play. Money raised goes to projects working with local school children and the care of hedgehogs.

Ross Walking Festival 28th– 30thSeptember


An annual 3 day programme of guided walks around the beautiful landscape of Herefordshire and Gloucestershire with many added extras. Booking is via the website or Rossiter Books in High Street Ross.