Hot Lists Sunday, July 24th

What To Do in Ross-on-Wye: Summer 2017

Hot Lists Sunday, July 24th

What To Do in Ross-on-Wye: Summer 2017

Live near or visiting Ross-on-Wye? Here are six things to do this summer, handpicked by William Wilding of

1. Take a Walk on the Buggy Route (all summer)


Ross is big on walking. It’s a ‘Walkers Are Welcome’ town, which means that besides a Walking Festival every year (this year on 22-24 Sept), there are also plenty of walks nearby all year.

The ‘Walkers are Welcome’ group are very active in the town and have, for instance, created a 4-mile ‘Buggy Route’, accessible for those with pushchairs, wheelchairs and mobility scooters.

2. Get Your Carnival On - Floats, Food and Ecentricity (August 5)

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It’s well worth a visit to Ross on Carnival day. This year it falls on Saturday, August 5 and celebrates its 40th anniversary.

The Carnival itself, made up of all manner of colourful floats, brass bands and eccentric individuals, parades round the town twice from about 11am, before ending up down by the riverside, where there’s a Funfair, stalls, food outlets and music to keep the whole family entertained all afternoon. | #rosscarn17

3. Spend Sunday afternoons by the Bandstand (until August 27)

Head to the bandstand down by the riverside, where on Sunday afternoons throughout the summer a selection of brilliant brass bands fill the air with their unique sounds.

You can’t do better than bring a picnic (maybe a deckchair), and soak it all up. This year there’s a special ‘Proms in the Park’ featuring 3 bands, including ‘Pandemonium Steel Pans’ steel band on August 20.

4. Go to Ollie Fest for Live Music + Rugby (August 25-27)


Now in its third year, Ollie Fest goes from strength to strength. It was originally set up in memory of Ollie Floyd, and held at Ross Rugby Clubs ground where he was a player. This year’s festival is over 3 days, with 2 large stages featuring a whole shed load of great live music (Friday night is DJ night). There are rides and bouncy castles, food and drink etc, and of course an exhibition rugby match. A brilliant family day out, which goes on into the evening.

5. Run, Ross, Run! a 10k, a 5k and a Fun Run (September 3)

The Ross 10k, 5k and Fun Run started in 2011 to raise money for Acorns, the Children's Hospice Charity. You can register online for the 5k & 10k on the link below. FUN RUN registration is on the day only.

The whole of the 10k & 5K course is off-road but over mixed terrain, and depending on the weather it could be rutted or boggy. The Fun Run course is kinder, and totally within the Ross Rowing Club field.

6. Show Buskers Some Love at the Ross Busking Festival (September 9)

As Ross is rebranding itself the ‘Town Of Music’, the first annual busking festival is bound to be a great event.

Buskers can just turn up on the day, register, and then perform at various sites around the town, with the chance of being chosen to perform on the main stage at the end of the day. The town will be alive with music, and a marvellous time is guaranteed.

7. Celebrate Hogs of the Hedge Variety (throughout September)

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Come and celebrate the hedgehog, Ross-on-Wye's ancient emblem, as well as other wonderful wildlife, down by the riverside.

There'll be lots of fun-filled, hedgehog-themed arts and craft activities for children and adults of all ages on the day. Plus, opportunities to learn about preserving hedgehogs and their habitats and our local hedgehog projects.

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