Featured: Tintern Fete goes from strength to strength

July 4, 2017

The  Tintern Village Fete, now in it’s sixth year, has become a much anticipated local event, in its beautiful setting with the backdrop of the lower Wye Valley  and Tintern Abbey. 

This year’s Fete, with a theme of Myths and Legends, was held on 24th June, on an almost perfect day, with a more comfortable temperature than the heatwave of the preceding week, but still with plenty of sunshine. This combination of the location, good weather and our past reputation for having a well run event attracted our best ever range of stalls and family activities and high visitor numbers.

Live music throughout the day and into the evening is an important aspect of Tintern Fete’s success, which was enhanced this year by a new sound system, purchased with the aid of a grant from the Gwent Police and Crime Commissioner’s Partnership Fund.

The Fete was opened by the sensational Monmouth Rock Choir, who really helped set a relaxed, fun-filled atmosphere, followed by The Dukes of Cymru, Lee McRory, Ella and headline evening band, Creatures of Habit.

Dragons were everywhere, especially featuring in the entertainment provided by Fiery Jack and Storyteller Carl Gough and were also seen on top of the big blue bus (rumoured to have been persuaded to land there by the Church Lads and Girls’ Brigade members) and even in the Children’s Fancy Dress competition.  There were also numerous fairies. That rarest of mythical creatures, the unicorn, was also spotted at various times. Children were especially delighted by the amazing Green Man stilt walker and were also eager to have their picture taken with one of the Fete’s “regulars, the owls from WOWLs. Fiery Jack and Arnie Kazam provided a sprinkling magic.

New attractions included swing boats, that proved very popular, and giant heritage games. As in past years, we were pleased to welcome the Fire Service with a fire engine from Chepstow.

There was a wide range of stalls, some commercial, some informative and other raising funds for charities. We are always especially pleased to welcome local producers, growers and craftspeople, who were very well represented this year and those who give up their time to promote our wildlife and heritage, which included the Gwent Wildlife Trust, Lower Wye Valley Building Preservation Trust and Friends of the Newport Ship.

The winners of the Children’s Fancy Dress Competition, judged by the Head Custodian at the Abbey were:

First Prize –  Sylvie Scheeres

Second Prize –  Ruby Hoskins

Third Prize – Toby Davies


The Tintern Bake-Off judged this year by James, the pastry chef at The Anchor:

Best Decorated Cake – Dorothy Andrews

Best Tasting Cake – Heather Davies

Finally, the Fete Committee would like to thank all our sponsors and partners for their generous support and all the Tintern residents who helped to make the Fete a great success.

The following collection of photographs give a flavour of the event. It is intended to have a permanent pictorial record of the event and if anybody has any interesting photographs they wish to be included please send them to John Livermore at baronjohn@live.co.uk

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