Easter events and what’s on this April

With just over a week to go to Easter, there’s plenty to look forward to over the Easter holidays and throughout April. Our new What’s On event guide will help you navigate the many activities and events taking place in and around Ross-on-Wye – download the pdf version here or the digital flip book here (best viewed by clicking on the Full Screen icon, bottom right of the window when it launches).

If you’re looking for some family fun, why not take part in the Ross-on-Wye Business Association’s Easter Egg Hunt which runs from 9th to 20th April to win a selection of Easter prizes? Collect a form from the Market House’s Made in Ross gallery, from Truffles Delicatessen (46 High Street) or you can download a form from the www.facebook.com/visitross.

For art lovers, there are many wonderful galleries in town including Gallery 54, Lyons Gold and the Man of Ross Gallery plus a variety of workshops, installations and pop up exhibitions. Be sure to have a look at Made in Ross‘s exhibition upstairs at the Market House this month, open every day from 10am until 4pm. Al Blethyn is displaying his stunning pieces of brightly coloured pastel art – from landscapes to abstracts, skyscapes to still life and graphics to illustration.

There is plenty on offer for the kids, particularly arts and craft workshops. Why not try one of The Art Studio’s creative workshops – there are nine in total starting next Monday 11th April where you can create anything from Easter fabric wreaths to Dragon Eggs or Water Dioramas to Recycled Robots! For more details visit their website or email artstudioross@outlook.com.

Film buffs will be spoilt for choice with movies showing in three venues. You can catch No Time To Die and West Side Story at The Phoenix Theatre or a short drive from the town will take you to The Gateway Cinema which is showing several movies including Frozen, Peter Rabbit, Encanto and Paw Patrol. On Tuesday 12th April, Flicks in the Sticks at St Mary’s Church Hall is showing the good natured, heartfelt adventure comedy-drama, The Peanut Butter Falcon, about a young boy with Down syndrome who runs away to fulfil his dream of becoming a professional wrestler. 

Also at St Mary’s Church you can enjoy two live concerts this month – Handel’s Messiah is being performed by the Ross-on-Wye Choral Society on Saturday 9th April and later in the month, Suzy StClair, will be performing a wonderful organ recital including pieces by Bach and Handel.

Ross-on-Wye Library is showing a puppet theatre performance on Wednesday 20th April where Oscar Wilde’s magical tail of The Selfish Giant is brought to life. For the even smaller ones, there will be a free short theatre production called Dig! on 27th April where stories of growing plants, busy bugs and wriggling worms are narrated to music.

If the kids have eaten their body weight in chocolate, you might want to encourage them to try something a little more energetic and head outdoors. Ross Swimming Pool is offering a week of free swimming lessons every day starting Monday 11th April (call 01989 763487 to book) whilst Ross Sports Centre at Wilton is holding Football Fun Days with activities and matches throughout the 4 days. There are also plenty of walks in and around Ross town centre – visit Walking in Ross for details. If you fancy heading out of town and over to Symonds Yat, there is a Parents & Kids Wye Valley Walk on Tuesday 19th April starting at 11am from the Symonds Yat West car park – email Andrew Lamb or visit their website for ticket details.

Enjoying local beer and cider is always a popular past time in Herefordshire and April is the perfect time to indulge. Visit Ciderganza, The Yew Tree Inn‘s cider festival running from Friday 15th to Monday 18th April where you can take part in tours of the orchards, cider tastings and much more.

And finally, the end of the month brings us the annual Ross Beer & Cider Festival at the Ross Rowing Club – two days of fantastic live music over the last weekend of April with plenty of local beer, cider and prosecco to help you relax into the weekend.

For further queries or ticket information on any of the activities above or in the guide, please contact the organisers directly to find out more or to check timings.

Happy Easter!