The Abergavenny Arts Festival


We love the Abergavenny Arts Festival, it's always so varied and vibrant! It is also featured in The Big Skill Crafts & Arts trail as a pop-up venue, which we at The Melville Centre are taking part in, which means more collaboration and more fun for everyone visiting Abergavenny on 18th June! Please see the link to the AAF website below - you can also pick up a flyer when you drop in to see us on the 18th June - our café will be open and we have lots of activities and demonstrations for you to see as well... 

The Abergavenny Arts Festival2022-06-17T11:04:40+01:00

Free Arts & Crafts Workshops


Come along to The Melville Centre on Saturday 18th June for an exciting series of FREE workshops, and then relax and enjoy delicious snacks and refreshments in our coffee-bar.   Many thanks to The Big Skill for providing funding (you can book your places directly on their website from 26th May onwards, link below).   Schedule:   *10.00 am - 11.30 am: Sketching Workshop with Alli Neal... So, you think you can’t draw... Think you can’t draw or want to draw better? Want to draw but don’t really know how to begin? This workshop is intended for anyone who has ever [...]

Free Arts & Crafts Workshops2022-05-31T12:51:37+01:00

Twelfth Night at the Castle!


Abergavenny's Suitcase Theatre Company presents Shakespeare's bittersweet comedy of love - "Twelfth Night" - in the atmospheric surroundings of Abergavenny Castle. Bring a picnic and picnic chairs or a blanket to sit on the ground for an evening of theatrical delight. Thu 23 - Sun 26 June, 7.30pm. Entry strictly by pre-booked tickets - no tickets available on the gate. Gates open at 6.00pm. Tickets: Adults £12, under 18s £6 available at

Twelfth Night at the Castle!2022-05-04T11:26:21+01:00

Volunteer Coffee Morning Saturday 30th April


  At The Melville Centre, everyone here (from Directors to café assistants, advisors to events stewards), except the Centre Manager, is a volunteer, and that’s why we work so well, because the funding we receive can go directly to the creative programme, enabling us to provide affordable events, classes and workshops for all the community. We are always seeking new members of our Volunteer Team, who we treasure and who are very much appreciated! On Saturday 30th April, 11am - 1pm, we are holding a Coffee Morning for anyone interested about finding out more. If you would like to join one [...]

Volunteer Coffee Morning Saturday 30th April2022-04-06T13:52:36+01:00

Abergavenny Writing Festival April 7th – 9th


The Abergavenny Writing Festival is due to take place – in real life! – this year from the 7th to the 9th April. On Thursday and Friday events will take place at the Kings Arms Hotel and on Saturday at the Melville Centre for the Arts. Pop-up events will be held at other venues in Abergavenny including the Library and the Wool Croft. The three days will be brimming with talks, workshops, discussion and performances based on the theme of ‘Writing to transform’: How can writing help transform us? How can you transform your writing? How can writing transform our world? [...]

Abergavenny Writing Festival April 7th – 9th2022-03-25T11:34:03+00:00

Poetry, Myth & Paint (May 10th)


Welcome to Poetry Upstairs, at The Melville Centre! - please join us on Tuesday 10th May 7 - 9 pm for the inaugural event...   Ric Hool has 10 collections of published poetry and will be reading from his new collection, Personal Archaeology    He was the Welsh Academy poet for the Abergavenny Food Festival 2009, also Academy poet representative for the London South Bank London Global Poetry System 2009. His poetic themes are the psychological and geographical impact of place, time and space on the human experience. Water is a totem, poured from place to place and from experience to experience: [...]

Poetry, Myth & Paint (May 10th)2022-04-11T16:00:35+01:00



We are delighted to be able to offer such a variety of evets and activities here... please see below for some examples of dates coming up (email for more information) SATURDAY 26TH MARCH: Skylark Benefit Gig in aid of Welsh Refugee Council (Tickets £10 - to book please email (No tickets on door) ) WEDNESDAY 30TH MARCH: Big Skill Crafts Workshop: Decorate an egg for Easter (www.thebigskill/workshops to book) FRIDAY  1ST APRIL: Benefit Gig for the Ukraine SATURDAY 9TH APRIL: Abergavenny Writing Festival - activities here all day - book via ) MONDAY 25TH APRIL: Big Skill craft [...]

COMING UP AT THE MELVILLE!2022-03-14T17:41:09+00:00

James Oliver plays The Pirates (music performance)


James Oliver "James Oliver is without question one of THE finest guitarists to emerge from south Wales in recent years. With over 8 million YouTube views, he spent 3 weeks at number one on the Amazon blues chart. The late great Deke Leonard (of legendary Welsh rockers MAN) once said "speaking as a guitarist, James Oliver scares the hell out of me..". Bill Kirchen, the legendary American 'Titan of the Telecaster' says "James is the real deal, a passionate roots player loaded with firepower..." This show at Melville Theatre features James and his band performing classics from one of [...]

James Oliver plays The Pirates (music performance)2022-03-25T11:28:23+00:00

Children’s Theatre for Half Term!


The Girl Who Couldn't Pretend: Sunday 27th February, The Melville Theatre                     There was once a girl who couldn’t pretend. One day, while mum is busy, she’s left alone in a room with nothing but a box. But maybe a box isn’t just a box after all… The Girl who Couldn’t Pretend is a whirlwind adventure story of a girl who tries to find her imagination. Helped by many characters along the way, she hunts through forests, sea and sky to pretend her way into some of the most amazing places – [...]

Children’s Theatre for Half Term!2022-02-09T13:04:43+00:00
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