Winter breaks, news & offers!

Lasswade Country House, Llanwrtyd Wells, is opening a new restaurant this winter in their conservatory with its stunning panoramic views. We are very excited to see their new Restaurant “The Glass House”! Lasswade Country House already have 2 A.A. Food Rosettes with their fine dining Restaurant. They are also recommended in the Good Food Guide and chef Roger is 2014 Organic Wales Champion Chef. Lasswade is offering short breaks from £34 pp now until March 2015. If you enjoy peaceful walks, sight seeing or just relaxing in our large lounge, by the log fire with a good book then look no further. 

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©Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages

Warm up this winter with a fabulous stay a cosy cottage in the heart of the Brecon Beacons. Cosy up in front of the real log fire and take in breath-taking views of the mountains. Take advantage of 30% off a winter break between October 2014 –February 2015 (rates may vary over Xmas/New Year.)

 The Felin Fach Griffin is perfect for those wanting to visit the Brecon Beacons for lovely winter walks before returning back to sit by the log fire and either eat or stay there in their supremely comfortable ViSpring beds. Starting on 2 November is our Winter Escape which at £150 per couple for three courses at supper, room and breakfast this is phenomenal value. This offer runs Sunday – Thursday until late March excluding half term and holidays. Children and dogs are welcome.

©Felin Fach Griffin
©Felin Fach Griffin

Outdoors @ Hay have just introduced their new Winter Walking Break – two nights accommodation with superb full British breakfast with an active day and delicious packed lunch to top it off. Head off into Hay on Wye for a relaxing evening in the towns many pubs and restaurants, waking to a superb full breakfast before setting off for a day outdoors. On the second day, wake to a relaxed breakfast reading the papers before winding your way home, perhaps stopping to browse in Hay on Wye and it’s many interesting shops. £99 per person. 

Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages have plenty of special offers on until the end of December:

20% off Sunday House, Brecon

A beautifully restored unique and quaint Sunday School set in a tiny hamlet.This cottage is perfectly situated for keen fishermen, just a short drive from the well stocked Usk reservoir.  Great for visitors with mountain bikes with numerous trails in the area and there is an electric vehicle charge point available.  Sleeps 4. With 20% off until 21st December now one week £359 down to £287

10% off Glyn Cottage, southern national park 

Nestled in a secluded woodland setting at Glyn Cottage you can watch the leaves change colour. This traditional Welsh Longhouse is the perfect place to stay for those who fancy winter walks along the coast with the Gower only 20 miles away. Sleeps 6. With 10% off until 20th December now one week £539.10 down from £599! 

©Glyn Cottage - Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages

©Glyn Cottage – Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages

20% off Boat Cottage, Crickhowell

This three hundred year old, traditional stone cottage, has its own  old fashioned range which can still be used. Located nearby to the Brecon and Monmouthshire Canal, guests can enjoy watching the boats float by and count the locks as they walk along the towpath. Sleeps 4. With 20% off from 31 Oct to 22 Dec, now one week £359 down from £287 – saving £72! 

20% off Acre, Brecon

A large family house very well equipped with all the latest technology – enjoy the home cinema whilst being in a wonderful location with the panoramic views of The Usk Valley with great views, fresh clear air and little traffic. Sleeps 8. Now with 20% off one week £516 down to £413 – saving over £100! 

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Handmade Christmas starts this Friday!



Handmade Christmas

@ Erwood Craft Centre & Café

New stock carefully selected from established artists.

Christmas carriage gifts from £2.50

Oct 31st – Dec 24th

Stocking fillers, tokens of affection, heartfelt gifts, come and have a browse.

Pop along in December and relax in our café with a glass of warm mulled spiced apple and cinnamon and traditional mince pie.

Open Mon – Sun 10am-5.30pm

Café open throughout

LATE NIGHT shopping – 8pm

Friday 12th & 19th Dec

10 mins south of Builth Wells,

20 mins from Hay and Brecon


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Show Your Bike Some TLC!

Hay-on-Wye’s Drover Cycles is aiming to demystify the dark arts of bike maintenance with a series of classes for absolute beginners.

Research shows as many as 41% of people admit to a lack of bike maintenance knowledge.

Drover’s Anna Hewyood said: “Imagine you’re miles from home, cycling your favourite loop and enjoying some rare peace and quiet. There’s not a soul in sight and there’s zero chance of your phone interrupting your reverie – because you’re deep in a reception blackspot.

“It’s all well and good if your bike’s in tip-top condition, and you know how to keep it that way. But what happens if you’re one of the many cyclists whose knees turn to jelly at the thought of a little bike maintenance?

“How would you cope with a puncture? What if your brakes needed adjusting? Or your gears?”

If you’re the type of rider who can’t tell their bottom bracket from their drop-out, or their stem from their spoke tool, fear not: Drover’s head technician Tom Sturdy has designed a bike maintenance course with total novices in mind.

Said Anna: “The facts is, a little maintenance can really help prolong the lifetime of your bike – not to mention help keep you safe when you’re out on your own – and something as simple as adjusting the amount of air in your tyres can make a huge difference to how your bike rides.”

“Most bikes are very simple machines at heart and although some things do vary from model to model, the principles are the same across the board.”

The classes will increase in technicality across the three sessions, which run next month and again in January.

Each two-hour tutorial (10am-12pm) costs £28, or the full course can be booked for £75.

Anna added: “Vouchers are available if you’d like to gift the classes. Dare we say – Christmas is coming!”

Course dates are: 8th, 15th and 22nd November 2014 and 10th, 17th and 24th January 2015.

Contact Drover on 01497 822 419 or via for more info or booking.

For ideas on the best cyclist friendly cafes read here! 

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Half-term Halloween in the Brecon Beacons 2014

Halloween is getting ready to hit the Brecon Beacons National Park with spooky activities to suit all ages, with fright nights, parties and haunted hotels!

Since Halloween is only two weeks away, it’s high time you got organised for all hallows eve. Here are a few ideas to get you started!

Halloween, Craig y Nos Castle

Thursday 30th October

We have something for the kids from 12pm to 5:30pm, with our Halloween Extravaganza, complete with masks for every child, a bouncy castle, spooky ghost tour, pumpkin carving, competitions and even free tattoos! £6.50


© Craig y Nos Castle

At 7:30pm the adults only Halloween Party will be kicking off for another year of spooky fun. There is accommodation available if you wish to stay the night in our eerie atmosphere.

Friday 31st October

Prepare for an evening of spooky performances. With 10 actors and actresses performing with the latest stage pyrotechnics and illusions, enjoy their total mind and fear control techniques, the Haunted Bar and a three course a la carte menu. £45

Halloween Party Week, Cantref
There are a lot of spooktacular activities happening at Cantref Adventure Farm from the 25th of October to the 2nd of November with their Halloween Party Week. With Halloween bingo, snap, arts and crafts, skeleton building and much more! Every paying child who enters the Frightfully Fun Treasure Hunt will be given a spooky prize! £8.75 for children and adults, families of four for £34, families of five £42.50 and kids under 93cm FREE!

Halloween Party at The Play Barn, Brecon
On the 31st of October, The Play Barn is putting on a fancy dress Halloween party for the kids. There’ll be fun and games between 2pm and 4pm for everyone aged from one to 11 years old! There’s even a blood curdling Halloween buffet before you go home! 4-11 years £6.50, 1-3 years £5 and adults FREE!

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© The Bell at Skenfrith

Medieval Halloween package at The Bell at Skenfrith, Brecon Beacons
Brave a stay in an attic suite between the 26th and the 30th of October, in this traditional inn, you can enjoy the Skenrith sleuth walk around the medieval church, war memorial and spooky ruined Skenfrith Castle. One of the walks, Black Habits Black Deeds, teaches you about ghostly apparitions in the area and on a full moon night the devil can be seen dancing with his muse… Families can learn about this mysterious, historical part of Monmouthshire and The Marches (sites of Norman battles), as well as walking in the steps of sci-fi wonder Doctor Who in the village of Skenfrith! £450 family of four

Don’t forget to get in early with these events, tickets are vanishing like ghosts!

Take a look at the Brecon Beacons website to find out about all of their exciting october activities!

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Brecon Arts Festival 2014

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Brecon will be coming alive over the next month with art, music, poetry and literature popping up all over the town for the Brecon Arts Festival 2014.  Artbeat Brecon is a group of Brecon based businesses and artists working together to positively … Continue reading

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It’s Back! The Sunset Slalom Returns to Hay

An afternoon of high-octane, pedal-powered fun is promised as dual slalom cycle racing returns to Hay-on-Wye on Saturday 18th October. 

Hay’s Drover Cycles and Trewern Outdoor Education centre in Cusop have teamed up to host the event –  badged The Sunset Slalom – which is open to everyone aged five and up. The short course can be raced on any bicycle, but the grass track favours mountain bikes and BMXs.

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The first Sunset Slalom went down a storm at April’s Hay Bike Fest, with visiting reporter Dave Jaquin from national mountain bike magazine Dirt bagging first place.

Joe Lally, of Wye Valley Canoes in Glasbury, took second.

Organiser Brock Sandeman, Drover’s new store manager, said: ‘It doesn’t matter how young or old you are, or what bike you ride, this is an event anyone take part in. We want it to be a real family occasion.’

A dual slalom sees riders racing head-to-head through a series of tight turns. Organisers promise a range of age categories – with winners’ medals and prizes for the fastest riders in each.Trewern will be warming up their wood-fired oven and serving fresh pizza from midday. And riders will be able to quench their thirst with local ales from Whitney-based Jones the Brewer.

The race arena will be open for practice runs and registration from 12pm, with the first races at 2pm. Cycle helmets are compulsory.

Organisers anticipate a lot of demand and recommend entering in advance at Drover on Forest Road for just £3.

On-the-day entry will cost £5.

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Brecon Mind Art Fair 2014

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Taking place on Thursday 16th October, 6-8pm and Friday 17th and Saturday 18 October, 10am-4pm at St Mary’s Church, Brecon. Free admission!  Two members of Brecon and District Mind have had artwork chosen for the Mind National Calendar. Dave Griffiths’s watercolour illustrates February … Continue reading

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