Here's our guide to some of the upcoming events in Monmouthshire.­

— It's Monmouthshire Show this weekend

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Monmouthshire Show takes place on Saturday at the Monmouthshire Showground, Monmouth.

Two centuries since the show was first held, this event is still a huge draw for those wishing to see the highlights of rural life in the Wye Valley.

This annual celebration of the best of local rural and agricultural talent attracts thousands of visitors.

There will be demonstrations, displays and parades in the main ring, as well as showjumping and the usual livestock shows featuring sheep, cattle, dogs, and horses.

Other attractions include the live music stage and a sheep-shearing competition.

Also featuring in this year’s show will be a Home and Garden marquee, Craft and Shopping Mall, Food Hall and a large trade stands section.

This year, the on-site parking facility has been expanded to accommodate all the show’s visitors.

There will be a free shuttle bus service running from 9am until 5.30pm return.

Pick-up and drop-off points are located at Rockfield car park and the bus stop opposite Waitrose in the town centre.

To buy tickets, visit the show’s website at

Tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 for children aged 7-18.

Children aged under seven go free. Discounted family tickets are also available.

Gates open at 9am on Saturday.

­— Watch Shakespeare play in the open air

Free Press Series: Illyria performs William Shakespeare's The Tempest.Illyria performs William Shakespeare's The Tempest.

The Chepstow festival’s programme of outdoor theatre isn’t complete without Shakespeare, whose plays were designed for touring troupes playing beneath the sky in Tudor times.

Production company Illyria play Shakespeare as close to the original, both in content and Elizabethan style. They are renowned for their clarity, quality and ingenuity, and this year they turn to The Tempest.

The magician Prospero is marooned on an island with his daughter Miranda. With the assistance of a powerful air spirit he keeps in servitude, he conjures up a storm to shipwreck his enemies on the shore of the island.

Inexorably they are driven towards the centre of the island to answer to Prospero – until Prospero learns that in spite of everything, Miranda has met and fallen in love with Ferdinand, the son of his enemy.

Which is greater – his thirst for revenge or his aptitude for forgiveness?

Now in its 28th year, Illyria has delighted audiences throughout the UK, and in the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, France, the United States and Canada.

See The Tempest at Chepstow Castle on Friday at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £14 full, £10 child, £12 concession, and £42 family. They are available in advance from the Illyria website ( or from Chepstow Museum (telephone 01291 625981).

­— Popular horse show returns

Free Press Series: Judging best in class at a previous edition of the Shire and Miniature Horse Show, in Bailey Park, Abergavenny. Picture: Mark LewisJudging best in class at a previous edition of the Shire and Miniature Horse Show, in Bailey Park, Abergavenny. Picture: Mark Lewis

THE 37th annual South Wales Shire Horse Society show will take place at Bailey Park, Park Road, Abergavenny, on Saturday, with judging commencing starting at 11am.

The show aims to improve the breed and promote the breeding of shire horses, and is sure to be a treat for all horse-lovers.

Admission costs £6 for adults, and £3 for children and senior citizens.

Children under 12 who are accompanied by a full fee-paying adult enter for free.

­— Start planning a fun summer for children

Free Press Series: Children taking part in The Monmouthshire Games.Children taking part in The Monmouthshire Games.

Monmouthshire County Council has this week launched The Summer They Want campaign for the second year running.

The campaign supports parents and carers in planning activities for children and young people during the school holidays, focusing on the wide variety of activities and events taking place in leisure centres, museums, castles and tourist attractions across the county throughout July and August.

For primary aged children, The Monmouthshire Games (TMG) offers days packed full of fun, friendship and physical activity for children aged 5-12 years of ageat all four leisure centres.

When booking a place at TMG, you can choose from two options.

Option one provides activities 9am-3pm and costs from £13 per day.

Option two runs 8am-5pm, includes breakfast and after-games club, and costs from £15 per day.

MonLife also offers a variety of specialist TMG camps delivered by inspirational coaches from the Sports Development Team.

The TMG activity days provide children with the opportunity to try something new or fine-tune existing skills.

For more informationm you can visit the local authority’s website. To book a place, call or visit a MonLife leisure centre. TMG specialist camps require advance booking and places are limited.