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    May 04 2024


    9:30 am - 6:00 pm

    Merry Monmouth Day

    Join us for a magical day of FREE music, song, workshops, theatre and playful exploration with the ever popular Merry Monmouth Day.

    The programme for the day includes:

    • WORKSHOP! Puppet making workshop by Fetch Theatre, Outside Shire Hall in Agincourt Square: 9.30am-11am
      Make a river creature of your own to join the party ahead of the parade through the streets.
    • PARADE! May Mischief Masquerade, Monnow High Street: 11am-12pm
      The Goddesses of the rivers meet for the first time to celebrate the waters that flow through this land, leading us to the festival site for the day, accompanied by lots of other characters and creatures. Make a fish, grab a flag and join in the celebrations.
    • FESTIVE ACTIVITIES! Drybridge Park and Bridges Community Centre 12-6pm
      Enjoy the relaxing setting of the park as you watch and join a full programme of performers and workshops that entertain and engage the audience, young and old.
    • CONCERT! Songs and Sighs of Earth, Wood and Sky 7.30pm-9.30pm 
      An evocative evening of jazz, folk and improvisation inspired by the natural world, in the lovely riverside setting.

    Acts and Activities to look out for

    There are lots of performances and activities happening at Drybridge Park and Bridges Community Centre throughout the afternoon, including:

    No Fit State Circus BAMBOO!!: A spectacular new high-impact, high-skill outdoor circus production using only bamboo and human bodies, revealing the fragility and beauty of our interconnected and interdependent life on this planet. 

    Sound Forest: Music making and song curated by our band leader Tim Hill, running throughout the day. Come play with sound and nature with extraordinary musicians and singers, workshops, ear horns and a chance to just sit back and listen.

    The Singing Space: A workshop space for people to learn songs and explore their voices. 

    Tent of Taste: Tasting Spring. Come explore spring with presentations from herbalists and foragers Liz Knight and Rowan Mconegal.

    The Rumblers: Our fantastic resident touring theatrical troupe will be regaling festival goers with stories of the earth, fungus, food and folk law.

    The Wodwose: Our brilliant festival band will be parading and performing throughout the day.

    The Composter: The latest creation from the Desperate Men, the co-founders of the festival.

    Cup Ceramics, Mud Mythologies: join clay workshops to create river idols from the most ancient and sustainable of materials.

    Fabric: Join the creative conversation around this beautiful art work.

    Fish Boy by 2Faced Dance: Follow young Tommy Minton on an unforgettable dance adventure as he goes on a hunt to discover where his best friend ‘fish’ has gone.

    Let’s go Pop-Up Allotment: The Let’s Grow Nannies invite you to join them in their Pop-up Allotment for a bit of gardening and childcare.

    Folk Dance Remixed: The Ceilidh Jam workshop is for families to dance and create together!

    Plus an assortment of wonderful walkabout and family friendly shows, workshops and entertainment.


    General and Access Information for the day and the individual sites

    • There will be a parade in the morning then workshops, performance and street theatre throughout the afternoon. Exact activity timings will be displayed on chalk boards, or you can ask a steward for information.
    • All activities are FREE to attend, family-friendly, relaxed and informal. You can come and go as you like, chat, sing and move around. Play is encouraged!
    • Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome
    • All of the workshops and activities are wheelchair accessible
    • There will be very limited seating so you may need to bring your own picnic blanket or folding chair if you need to sit down
    • You are welcome to bring your own food and drink, although there will be food vendors in Drybridge Park and shops and cafes in Monmouth town centre.
    • We will have a photographer taking photos of the event for us. If you do not want to be in any photos, please let us know when you arrive.


    Monnow Street

    • The outdoor parade from Agincourt Square down Monnow Street is a paved road and pavements with step-free kerb access throughout
    • Sloping street down from Agincourt Square to Monnnow Bridge – there will be some roadworks still in place to navigate around
    • Public toilets at either end of the street (in Shire Hall at the top, or public block at the bottom of the hill). There is a disabled toilet in the block at by Monnow Bridge.


    Drybridge Park, Monmouth

    • This is an outdoor park site
    • It is a wheelchair accessible park with a flat paved path from the entrance gate that circles around the whole pond.
    • There is a public paid-for car park directly next to park
    • Accessible toilet across the street in Bridges Community Centre
    • There will be some refreshments available from food vendors
    • There will be limited seating available on hay bales only
    • There is a hired-in disabled toilet on site for the day


    Bridges Community Centre, Monmouth

    • This is an outdoor site covered by a marquee
    • Flat grass surrounded by paved pathways
    • There is an accessible toilet inside the Bridges Centre building which will be open
    • There is a free car park next to the centre with some disabled parking
    • There will be NO outdoor seating available, although there will be some hay bales across the road at Drybridge Park


    St Thomas’s Church 

    • Indoor venue with fixed pews and some steps inside and narrow aisles and doorways.
    • Steps at entrance to church
    • Parking nearby
    • Public toilets across Monnow Bridge
    • The concert is a relaxed concert so you are welcome to move around as you like throughout