@ 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more info or booking.
For ideas on the best cyclist friendly cafes read here!
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!
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
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!
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 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
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.
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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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