Lights, music, action – 15-17 March
15th March – The Mighty Pledge at The Venue, Ross On Wye. £15 (includes supper)
16th March – Orchestra Of The Swan at The Venue, Ross On Wye. £10
16th March – ‘Hush Now, Hidden Women’ in town centre, Ross On Wye. Free
17th March – Noisy Oyster at St Marys Church, Ross On Wye. £5
17th March – Launch of ‘Museum Without Walls at The Prospect, Ross On Wye. Free
THE MIGHTY PLEDGE
Get your dancing shoes out. ‘The Mighty Pledge’ have rightly become legends of the hugely successful Monmouth Festival. Formed in 1990 by a group of musicians with a shared love of 60’s soul music to perform a single one-off gig at the Festival, the band finds itself today still going strong, still in demand and still pleasing audiences of all ages with their interpretation of the music from that classic period. Ticket price covers entry and supper during interval.
ORCHESTRA OF THE SWAN
Orchestra of the Swan (OOTS) has its home at the Stratford Playhouse in Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon and is resident orchestra at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and The Courtyard, Hereford. OOTS gives over 45 concerts annually, has toured to China, Istanbul, Mexico and New York, and toured the UK with ‘Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel’ and ‘James’, with sell-out performances at London’s Albert Hall. Associate Artists for our 2018-19 season are New York based ‘trans-classical’ composers Lucia Caruso and Pedro da Silva.
The circus has come to town! Come and be amazed by aerial acrobatics on the flying trapeze, spectacular cycling stunts, trampolining ups and downs, and laugh at the antics of the cheeky clowns, one of whom takes the joke that bit too far – with disastrous consequences. The DaSilva marionette circus troupe has been delighting audiences of all ages, around the world, for almost half a century. Each of the one third life-size marionettes has been individually crafted to perform its own feat of dazzling dexterity, on the big top stage. This traditional family show, now in its second generation, has been brought right up to date with all the thrills and spills of a real-life circus.
Ross-on-Wye puts tourism in the spotlight
The Ross-on-Wye Tourism Association (RTA) has joined forces with Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Tourism (WVFDT) to increase its impact and improve the profile of Ross-on-Wye regionally, nationally and internationally.
This is just another step forward for the RTA which was formed in 2015 by a group of enthusiastic volunteers all of whom wanted to play a part in promoting Ross to a wider audience. Several have direct professional experience of tourism and PR.
One of the RTA’s first actions was to establish a network of Tourist Information Sites in existing businesses in the town centre, to fill the gap left when the County Council run visitor centre was closed – there are five sites in the town (Made in Ross in the Market House, Mandy Moos Café, Return to Splendour, Raglan House and Hope Treasures at The Hope and Anchor). All of these sites are equipped with a local accommodation folder, town maps and trails. Tourist information is also available from The Ross Information Service at The Corn Exchange and The Priory Coffee House.
In addition the RTA has set up two websites: www.playross.com provides links to events, live music, art, film and culture as well as to community organisations and www.visitrossonowye which provides visitors with an overview of the town and what it has to offer plus occasional blogs, it has also published a “Dog Friendly Ross” leaflet and is working on a town guide.
“Working with the WVFDT means that all of these products have a much higher profile and wider platform for promotion,” said RTA Chairwoman Caroline Utting, “The RTA is very grateful for the support and funding it has received from the Ross-on-Wye Town Council and the Town Team which has enabled it to achieve so much in a short time, we can now really move forward working with such an established tourism body and benefit from the widest local, regional and national profile.”
“We’re delighted that the RTA has decided to join us at Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Tourism,” said Maureen McAllister, Executive Director of WVFD. “ We have formed partnerships with many town councils, associations and market towns across the DeanWye and I am delighted that the RTA is now one of these. Ross-on-Wye is a fabulous town, with lots to offer the visitor and we already have a number of high profile businesses in Ross-on-Wye so this with further enhance our promotion of this beautiful town.”
“The trick will now be to encourage more tourism businesses in and around Ross on Wye to join WVFDT so that there is a wider Ross on Wye offer for visitors,” added Caroline Utting. “ We are so much stronger together and can achieve so much more if we work in partnership to showcase all that is great about Ross-on-Wye.”
RTA Chairwoman Caroline Utting and committee Members Alastair Stevenson and Yolande Watson met Maureen McAllister and John Bosley of the WVFDT to discuss working together. ( L-R :John Bosley, Caroline Utting, Maureen McAllister, Alastair Stevenson)
Find out more about Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Tourism here www.wyedeantourism.biz