The Wye Valley River Festival at Tintern

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From 5th to 20th May 2018 the Wye Valley River Festival is returning and promises to be bigger and better than ever. It will be flowing through the riverside towns and villages of the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), as artists and communities celebrate the river and its wonderful woodlands in a magnificent arts and environment festival. Tintern is playing a major part in the programme, including a presentation in Tintern Abbey of the Museum of the Moon.

The Museum of the Moon at the iconic Tintern Abbey, in partnership with Cadw, between Monday 14th and Sunday 20th May 2018.

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A Festival highlight, Tintern is hosting the Museum of the Moon which is a unique and amazing lunar art installation by international artist Luke Jerram. As night falls, a seven metre wide fusion of lunar imagery and moonlight, suspended high in the ruins of Tintern Abbey, will be illuminated, accompanied by a surround sound composition from BAFTA and Ivor Novello award-winning composer Dan Jones. Using imagery from NASA, each centimetre of the sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface.
Tickets for the night time experience (6 to 10pm) are available from the River Festival website. Prices are Adult £3.80, Child £3.00 and Family £12.00.
If you visit the Abbey during the day (9.30am to 5.30pm) you will pay Cadw’s normal entry fee to the Abbey and be able to see the Museum of the Moon, but it won’t be the same experience as at night time.


Other Festival events during this week include:

Tuesday 15th May, The Moon – What does it mean?

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Join the Tintern Philosophy Circle in Tintern Village Hall at 7pm for a spot of philosophical moon gazing when they try to answer the question, ‘The Moon, what does it mean?’ Dr. John Clarke will give an illustrated presentation of the many meanings of the moon in myth, astrology, lunacy, science and space travel. This should put you in the mood to stroll across to Tintern Abbey to experience the Museum of the Moon.
Tickets are £6 including free entry to the Museum of the Moon and refreshments at the end of the presentation and can be obtained at the River Festival website.

Wednesday 16th May, Pilgrimage Walks to the Moon

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Tintern Abbey has been a place of pilgrimage for hundreds of years. Join one of our three pilgrimage walks to the Museum of the Moon.
Walk 1 from the Kymin, near Monmouth (11 miles, challenging walk). Meet at the Wireworks car park (Forge Road) in Tintern at 11.30am, where you can park all day. A mini bus will transport you to the start of the walk at The Kymin where you will meet your guides, National Trust wardens Martin and Sarah. The route follows Offa’s Dyke path down to Bigsweir Bridge and then runs beside the Wye for the second half of the walk. Along the way Sarah and Martin will share some historical facts about pilgrimage. Arriving in Tintern at 6.30pm, a simple pilgrim’s soup supper will be served by the local community in the village hall, before visiting the Museum of the Moon in the Abbey. There will be a comfort stop at Lindors Hotel where you can buy a snack or picnic in the grounds. Please wear walking boots and wet weather gear if needed. Please also note public toilets are few and far between on this walk! Well behaved dogs welcome on a lead.
Ticket (Adult £6, Child £3.80, Family £15) includes pilgrimage walk, simple pilgrim’s soup supper at Tintern Village Hall, evening entry to the Museum of the Moon and transport from Tintern to the start of the walk. Tickets can be obtained at the River Festival website.
Walk 2 from Chepstow (6 miles, with some climbs and descents). Meet at the Wireworks Carpark (Forge road) in Tintern at 3pm, where you can park all day. A mini bus will transport you to the start of the walk in Chepstow where you will meet your guides for the walk from “Chepstow Walkers Are Welcome”. The route follows the Wye Valley Walk through the historic Piercefield Estate and ancient woodland before dropping down into Tintern where a traditional pilgrim’s soup supper will be served by the local community in the village hall, before visiting the Museum of the Moon in the Abbey. Wear walking boots and wet weather gear if needed. (Please note public toilets are far and few on this walk!)
Ticket (Adult £6, Child £3.80, Family £15) includes pilgrimage walk, simple pilgrim’s soup supper at Tintern Village Hall, evening entry to the Museum of the Moon and transport from Tintern to the start of the walk. Tickets can be obtained at the River Festival website.
Walk 3 Join our gentle pilgrimage amble from the old port of Brockweir down river for 1½ miles, passing Tintern Old Station and the ancient church of St Michaels on the way to the Abbey. Meet at the Wireworks Carpark (Forge road NP16 6TQ) in Tintern at 5pm where you can park all day. A mini bus will transport you to the start of the walk in Brockweir where you will be met by your guide. .Try out one of our traditional hazel walking staves made by Wye Valley AONB Youth Rangers. Led by “Monmouth Walkers are Welcome”.
Ticket (Adult £6, Child £3.80, Family £15) includes pilgrimage walk, simple pilgrim’s soup supper at Tintern Village Hall, evening entry to the Museum of the Moon and transport from Tintern to the start of the walk. Tickets can be obtained at the River Festival website.

Thursday 17th May, Passing the Baton in Tintern Abbey

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With live music and magical theatre this performance focuses on stories from the Forest of Dean, inspired by memories from Lydbrook Band and the local community. It’s a beautiful, heart-felt show suitable for all ages. Commences at 7.30pm. Ticketed event. Tickets Adult £3.80, Child £3.00, Family £12.00 including entry to Museum of the Moon can be obtained at the River Festival website.

Friday 18th May, Community Picnic Night with the Abbey Moon

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As John Byng wrote in the late 18th century, ‘The way to enjoy Tintern Abbey properly… is to bring wines, cold meat, with corn for the horses; bread, beer, cyder, and commonly salmon… and spread your table in the ruins’. So join the community of Tintern at a wonderful ‘under one sky’ picnic to celebrate the Museum of the Moon visiting Tintern Abbey. Bring a picnic, or visit the food stalls on site, and enjoy an evening of entertainment in the grounds of the Abbey, including the Singing Club, the Ronaldos and ‘Heart to Hart’ Festival show. As darkness falls visit the Museum of the Moon and immerse yourself in the magic of the Wye Valley.
‘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.
Open 6.30 to 10pm Tickets Adult £3.80, Child £3.00, Family £12.00 including entry to Museum of the Moon can be obtained at the River Festival website.

Sunday 20th May , Moon Bathing Meditation & Poetry in the Abbey

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Indulge in a spot of moon bathing amongst the romantic ruins of Tintern Abbey. Meditations on the Moon is a guided meditation with Helen Stott. Reconnect yourself to the lunar energies!  Poetry readings in English and Welsh by Grahame Davies. Ticket price includes entry to the Museum of the Moon.
Open 7.00 to 10pm Tickets Adult £3.80, Child £3.00, Family £12.00 including entry to Museum of the Moon can be obtained at the River Festival website.
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