THE WEEKEND is here at last, and there’s plenty to keep you entertained throughout Gwent over the next few days. From celebrating unique traditions to enjoying gin, from theatrical fun to marvellous musicians, there is something for everyone.

(Wassailing Picture: Mark Lewis)

• Chepstow is being taken over by revellers for their thirteenth annual Wassail and Mari Lwyd this Saturday.

This is a free fun event, kicking off at 1pm at Greenman Backpackers, on Beaufort Square. Guests – with their Mari Lwyd (horse skulls decorated for good luck) – will knock doors, challenging residents to rhyme Welsh insults before sharing a drink.

There will then be wassailing of the apple trees in the nearby Castle Dell, followed by a Mari Lwyd beauty pageant – at The Drill Hall – from 4pm. At 6.15pm, the English and Welsh will meet in the middle of the Old Iron Bridge, followed by a floodlit 'grand' Mari Lwyd outside Chepstow Museum from 7.15pm.

Read more about Wales' "oldest new tradition"

• Don’t miss out on your last chance to see Newport Playgoer Society’s latest production, Death in High Heels.

The owner of a London salon is about to select one of three candidates to run his new branch salon in France. Excitement runs high throughout, reaching a climax when one of the candidates is murdered. Discover who is the victim and who is the murderer when you come along to see the play.

READ MORE: Newport Playgoers Society production of Death in High Heels at Dolman Theatre

Death in High Heels will be at Dolman Theatre in Newport tonight (Friday) at 7.15pm, with the final performance – a matinee one – at 2.30pm this Saturday.

Tickets are £12.50 or £8.50 for students and children.

For the matinee performance, senior citizens’ tickets are £11.

To find out more, or book tickets visit: or call: 01633 263 670.

• If you prefer comedy to murder and mystery, Theatre Adhoc may have just the thing for you.

Their production of Vicar of Dibley is touring and will be at Abergavenny’s Borough Theatre tonight (Friday), with the final performance at The Workmen’s Hall in Blaenavon this Saturday.

Based on the hit TV show, the story features Hugo and Alice returning from their honeymoon and Alice turning to Geraldine for weight loss advice.

The Vicar is getting some unwanted attention, there are secrets being revealed and there’s a show to produce! What could go wrong?

Both performances are from 7.30pm and tickets are £9.

For the Abergavenny performance, at Borough Theatre, visit: or call: 01873 850805

For the final performance, at Blaenavon Workmen’s Hall visit: or call: 01495 792661

(WNO Orchestra Picture: Gareth Iwan Jones)

• Following the success of their 2018 New Year concert, Welsh National Opera (WNO) Orchestra are returning to Newport Centre, in Newport.

A Night in Sierra will take the audience on a musical journey to the ‘city of music' with musicians, directed by David Adams, performing a stunning repertoire including some of the greatest waltzes and polkas.

Read more about A Night in Vienna

Tickets for this concert, starting at 4pm, are £18, or £15 concessions and can be ordered online through:

Alternatively, phone The Riverfront’s Box Office on: 01633 656757

(Celtic Manor's Mulberry Bar)

• If gin is more your thing, why not check out Celtic Manor’s The Mulberry Bar?

To celebrate ‘ginuary’ the luxurious venue will host people from 5pm and 8pm on Saturdays and Sundays throughout January.

For £45, guests can enjoy delicious canapes, dished up by award-winning chefs, along with four gin and tonic drinks from their extensive range.

READ MORE: What's on in Celtic Manor this month

(Ginuary at Celtic Manor Picture: Oliver Edwards)

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