Members of Ross-on-Wye Tourism Association blog about news, events, history and any topic of interest to visitors to the town, whether new or long-standing.

Regular bloggers include Caroline Utting (thewyenut), David Callinan (bookwriters), Alastair Stevenson (wyenotvisit), Sam Phillips (thewyewalker) and William Wilding (theplayross).


Oldschool Shopping

Ditch The Mouse (and go oldschool shopping in Ross On Wye)

Like many towns in modern Britain. Ross On Wye has roads lined with shops, some of which struggle to make ends meet. They blame all sorts of things for this. Out of town supermarkets and shopping malls, brexit, the wrong type of leaves on the pavement, etc etc. But the weird thing is, people are still shopping, perhaps more than ever. So why are shops going dark?. It all boils down to one thing. The rise of clickbait on that damn interwebby thingamajig. Continue reading

Magic On The Ears

Another unforgettable night at The Gig Club was experienced by an appreciative crowd last Saturday 26th May. Once again the venue was ‘The Venue’ on Hill Street, Ross town centre.

On the bill was award winning Canadian singer songwriter Ian Sherwood, whose latest UK tour wound up in Ross On Wye. But this was no end of season wind down, because Ian was on top form and treated the audience to a spellbinding set. Continue reading

A Summer of Festivals, Music and Sport in Ross 2018

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 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

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Open Gardens around Ross 2018

For gardening enthusiasts there are a wide variety of lovingly tended gardens open to the public near Ross this summer. Set in the beautiful landscapes of Herefordshire they are a real treat and visiting them helps raise money for charity. Relax and enjoy looking at the hard work of others, take inspiration from their efforts and, in most instances, enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and a slice of cake. The information for this blog comes from the National Garden Scheme, Herefordshire Open Gardens for Charity booklet, which is widely available from tourism information sites. For more information go to Numbers in brackets correspond to the number of the garden in the NGS booklet. Some gardens are open by prior appointment only.

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How to Set Up an Innovative Tourism Network in your Town!


In 2013, Herefordshire County Council (HCC) closed Ross-on-Wye’s Tourist Information Centre (TIC) so, whilst the local Town Council was in negotiations with asset transfers, a local resident with a handful of Ross shops took it into their own hands to share visitor information and stock leaflets to those visiting the town.

However, over the next two years, local traders were becoming frustrated with tourists asking for visitor information and visitors were complaining that they didn’t know where to go to find out what was going on in Ross-on-Wye

What did we do?

Behind the scenes, an accomplice and I were galvanised into action after witnessing more than 15 shops close in November- December 2015. During a late night conversation, we talked about the resources and the options available.

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A Night at the Theatre in Ross

If you haven’t booked tickets yet for “All Things Considered” I suggest you do, as you wouldn’t want to miss this highly entertaining production of Ben Brown’s tragic-comedy.

I have to admit it is a while since I last saw a play at The Phoenix Theatre in Ross and I definitely won’t leave it so long before I go again. For a small provincial and amateur company the bar is set high and the audience is never left squirming in its seats as a result of poor performance or production values.

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