Here is the full programme of events for our 2018 festival. We hope you will join us at one of our events this year and look forward to welcoming you.


An Evening with Sunny Ormonde

7.30pm | The Savoy Theatre | £12

Courtesy of The Savoy Theatre Monmouth, the Women’s Festival is delighted to offer a ‘curtain raiser’ for the full event. Playing ‘The Archers’ outrageous and raunchy Lilian Bellamy for the past 14 years, Sunny’s one-woman show offers a glimpse behind the scenes, with anecdotes, banter and reflections on a long and distinguished acting career. We suspect she has done a great deal to ‘Press for Progress’!

TICKETS: Available from The Savoy Theatre or online through their website 

THURSDAY 8th MARCH – International Women’s Day

Business Breakfast Networking Hub

7.30am | Monmouth School for Girls | By Invitation

Organised by students from Monmouth School for Girls, this morning’s networking meeting provides an opportunity for students and business partners to network over an informal breakfast.

TICKETS: By invitation only

Festival Launch – Skype the World

10.00am – 12.00pm | Shire Hall | Free

This open session invites you to come and SKYPE the world – how are Monmouth girls doing out there? See and hear daughters and friends making progress in the wider world. Here is your opportunity to enjoy the contact, to press for more progress right round the world, and take note of what has already been achieved by many of the young women who will be joining us by SKYPE. Over tea and coffee, consider what more we could do to ‘Press for Progress’ in the digital world.


Monmouth Rock Choir

7.30pm | St Mary’s Church | £8

The Monmouthshire and Newport Rock Choirs, led by Royal College of music post-graduate, Suzie Anderson, have the opportunity to have a multi-layered experience from fun weekly sessions to national performances, singing at community events at Wembley Stadium or recording at Abbey Road studios. They help raise funds and awareness as well as spirits. Join us in a rousing celebration of women’s place in the world of rock.

TICKETS: Via Ticket Source or at Rossiter Books, Monmouth


The Taste of Foodwriting – Lindy Wildsmith

12.00-2.00pm | The Priory | £5

Acclaimed author, food writer, cook, teacher and translator Lindy Wildsmith will talk about her career taking her from plate to page and offer ‘tasters’ for evidence. Her cookery books cover curing and preserving, and even making your own drinks, ‘everything from tisanes to Champagne.’ Her new book, ‘Raw and Rare’, features, among other things, raw fish, and she is a specialist in Italian regional food. This promises to be an entertaining and inspiring spur encouraging us all to press for progress in the kitchen.

TICKETS: Via Ticket Source or at Rossiter Books, Monmouth

Fashion Show

7.30pm | The Priory | £5

Monmouth Women’s Festival is delighted to welcome Lynda Hughes, proprietor of ‘Vanilla’, Monmouthshire’s newest ladies’ fashion boutique, providing a fashion show featuring her exclusive range of women’s wear and accessories. For a glimpse of what you’d like to be wearing for the summer, or ideas for that special occasion, this is the event to let you see how clothes behave off the hanger and accessories can really complete the picture.

Hats by Hannah Bendall, Bespoke bags by Tina Fennell.

TICKETS: Via Ticket Source or at Rossiter Books, Monmouth


Craft Fair

11am – 3pm | Shire Hall | Free

Enjoy browsing and discovering original and interesting work from local craft experts. Refreshments are available, and fathers may be happy to note an opportunity for children to join a chocolate activity with tomorrow’s Mothers’ Day in mind!


Women’s Rugby Match

2pm | Chippenham Playing Fields | Free

Following last year’s very successful ‘Rugby Coaching for Girls’ event in the 2017 Women’s Festival, this year we are delighted to showcase the progress our girls have made with a competitive match for teams from Monmouth Comprehensive School and Monmouth School for Girls. We are very pleased to have secured further support from Welsh Rugby Union’s Craig Everett, Monmouth Rugby Club’s Rugby Development Officer. Great strides have been made by women in sports worldwide, including those traditionally excluding women. The rugby field is where you will really see pressure for progress in all senses of the words.


Cabaret and Festival Conclusion

7.30pm | Shire Hall | £10

‘Truth and Truffles’ – Comedy, stories and song. And chocolate. Cat Weatherill and Naomi Paul present an evening of comedy, stories and song. They also promise chocolate… how could you resist?

Cat Weatherill is one of Europe’s leading performance storytellers, performing internationally at storytelling and literature festivals, on national radio and television and at schools throughout the country. She is also a bestselling children’s author, with books translated into eleven languages.

Naomi Paul has performed at the Edinburgh Festival, drawing critical approval for her innocent delivery masking ‘a deeper humour embedded in mistrust of jargon, right-wing politics and training initiatives.’ Add some nicely observed Victoria Wood-style songs and this is likely to be a very entertaining reflection on our lives and times.

TICKETS: Via Ticket Source or at Rossiter Books, Monmouth

You can view a PDF of our full printed programme here 


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