What’s On This December

Tis the season to be jolly! and the Brecon Beacons has so much to make your festive season special this December, from gift workshops to enjoy with your children, to a food festival to stock up on all your Christmas treats!…

Dinefwr-Handmade leather notebook workshop-Wednesday 7th 
You’ll learn how to fold and insert the pages of your personalised leather notebook. Embellish the leather cover to make a wonderfully unique gift for someone special this year. Book here.1004008-national-trust-images-arnhel-de-serra-1

The jewel in the sky will be the Geminid meteor shower and Martin Griffiths, Lead Presenter Dark Sky Wales will also give a presentation on this facinating astronomical event.

Dark Sky Wales with their mobile planetarium will take you on a virtual tour of the heavens, and hopefully the skies will be crisp and clear so Allan Trow and Martin Griffiths can also use the telescopes and binoculars to guide you around the heavens and spot those all-important geminids.

This wonderful time of year will also allow those participating to see the wonders of the winter sky such as the great hunter Orion and his wonderful nebula, the seven sisters and Taurus the Bull.

If the weather is against us, this event will still go ahead with the presentation and mobile planatarium. Tickets are £14 which includes a jacket potato.  This event starts at 7.00pm.  Please come dressed in warm clothing. Tickets here


Christmas Shows at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales– 10-11 December and 17th & 18th-11am-3pm

Following on from the success of the Abergavenny Food Festival, the Christmas Fair is full of fantastic seasonal food and drink offerings from suppliers both local and from further afield. If you’re looking to find a special gift for someone, or want to stock up your cupboards with something that little bit different for Christmas, then this winter festival is the place to be. More here!Image result for abergavenny christmas 2016

Check out our guides on shopping locally this Christmas and things to do with you kids! 

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Shop Locally this Christmas

Shopping locally is a great way to support the local economy and  allows you to grab a great gift for Christmas!   The Brecon Beacons is one of the best places to do this, with so many independent shopping streets and quirky gifts you will love…  

Totally Locally have come up with a heart warming Christmas manifesto to get you into the spirit and all this is in time for Small Business Saturday tomorrow, the 3rd December. 


Totally Locally Christmas ManifestoDownload the pdf here, send to your printer, put one in your shop and give the other to a neighbour. Or just print loads off and give them out. Spread the Love. Now where’s that wrapping paper….

Here are some ideas, so you can give a local and unique gift from the Brecon Beacons to a loved one this Christmas…

Get into the festive spirit by visiting one of the many Brecon Beacons Christmas markets and fairs find all the dates here

The Beacons Farm Shop at the Welsh Venison Centre sells bread, eggs, bacon, beer and wint with their gift shop stocking beautiful, hand-picked gifts for your home or friends. There are lots of children’s presents including baking and gardening sets, wooden toys and colourful lunch bags.

Black Mountains Smokery

For the food lovers why not treat them to Black Mountains Smokery hamper. Choose whole hams to tapas, cured or smoked meats such as Welsh Dragon sausage or welsh beef. Or give in and buy the lot! Have a look which hamper your would like to purchase and place your order here. Be in with a chance of winning one here!

Spicy Fruit Loaf Pic

Make great “under a fiver” Christmas gifts – everything you need, with detailed step by step instructions, to make your own delicious loaf of bread.   The flour used is milled with Talgarth Mill Flour from locally sourced wheat and the kits are assembled by our wonderful team of volunteers.  Try our new improved Spicy Fruit Loaf Kit with double the fruit or our new improved Herb and Tomato Bread Kit with lots more sundried tomatoes for a really tasty loaf.  Find out more here

Black  Mountain Gold Chocolate

Something for the sweet-tooth. What about a gorgeous box of Black Mountain Gold Chocolates? Chose a mix of creamy white, milk and dark Belgian Truffles…….make sure you pick a big box so there’s plenty to share…..!  Buy online here


Penderyn Whisky

For the one who likes a tipple.   If you know someone who likes nothing better than sipping away at a scotch or gin at the end of the day, forget the big names and watch them marvel at the taste of one of Penderyn award wining welsh whisky’s or gin’s. Or why not book a tour of the distillery, something to look forward to in the New Year find out more here. 

  • Wine 

© Sugar Loaf Vineyard

© Sugar Loaf Vineyard

In the Brecon Beacons we are proud to have two vineyard’s Sugar Loaf Vineyard, and White Castle Vineyard.  What better way to celebrate Christmas than by giving a bottle or two of Welsh Wine! Find out more here


Blaenafon Cheddar

For the Cheese lover.   Blaenafon Cheese are a specialist cheddar cheese company based in the World Heritage site of Blaenafon, South Wales. The produce fifteen very distinctive cheddars and four varieties of goat’s cheese. All the cheeses are hand made at our shop in Broad Street Blaenafon.  Go online to buy.


Authenically Welsh provide a wonderful range of hand packed hampers bursting with flavoursome Welsh foods … delivered  directly to your doorstep – perfect for a really Welsh gift this Christmas.  Have a look at all the hampers and order yours online 

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Brecon Brewing has a new range of bottled beers available – from old favourites Brecon Gold and Brecon Red, to new additions Brecon Blonde and the exotic Brecon Bamboo. The Yuletide special Brecon Cwrw-istmas is also availble, but supplies are limited… They also have our colourful 3 bottle gift packs, and a range of beer inspired goodies, such as Landlord’s Chutney (made with our Copper Beacons by those lovely folk at Miranda’s), and a range of beef or mushroom jerkies made for us by Martin Cowley… Buy direct from the brewery, via mail order – find out more here.


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Have Breakfast with Santa at Cantref Adventure Farm!

Spreading Christmas Cheer!
Add that extra special magic to your child’s Christmas and join Santa and his Elves for a scrummy festive Breakfast Feast at Cantref.

Santa and his cheeky elves will be making special appearances during breakfast as well as a visit to the Elves workshop where Santa will check his official Naughty and Nice list then present you with a magical golden key to the Present Room!

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Take it easy and escape to the hills this Christmas with Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages

December is dawning, geese are getting fat, Strictly finals are looming. Christmas really is coming.  If your stress levels are soaring, we can help. Here’s our recipe for a super-calm, fantastic Christmas.

1. Leave the stress behind.  Book a cottage to avoid the frenzied pre-Christmas deep-clean to impress the rellies. Lots of our cottages will have a tree and the decorations up, and you may be greeted with a mince pie.

2. Outsource. Get local meat from Welsh Venison Centre or Morgans butchers – 01874 624522 (meat is reared on their farms) or have Christmas dinner out at The White Swan,  Peterstone Court or The Cawdor

3. Embrace last minute shopping.  Ditch online shopping – it’s impersonal, you’re bound to forget something and there’s always a doubt it’ll arrive on time. Instead, leave it to the last minute and spend a day in one of our sweet towns brimming with boutique shops and cafes to rest weary legs.

Christmas cottages for a big get-together

For big groups, try Forest Lodge (sleeps 24) or Cwmcynwyn Farm Barn – pictured left (sleeps 14).  They’re both in superb locations with spectacular walks from the door, and are both excellent value over the Christmas week, at less than £15 per person per night.

For 10 people, try Walnut Tree Barn (close to the village of Glasbury and good for Children) or Mercian House if you’d like to be able to walk to the pub or the Cathedral for the Carol service.

Festive mid-sized cottages

New on our books and perfect for Christmas is cosy Racquety Lodge (pictured)  It sleeps 7, and is a short stroll over the river from Hay for last minute shopping or a Christmas morning outing.  

Welcoming Lower Allt y Brain sleeps 6, has an open fire, lovely views and a good pub nearby.

Comfortable, pretty Ty Mawr sleeps 6 and is in the centre of Hay on Wye

Small Cosy Christmas Cottages

We’ve got a Christmas offer in the beautiful Hafod y Blodau (pictured)  reduced from £527 to £425. It sleeps 4 and has wonderful views, wood fires and solitude.

Groves Cottage sleeps 3 with a log fire and 3 great pubs just up the road.

Priory Mill Farm Granary sleeps 2, is cosy and romantic and a short walk along the river into Brecon.

And for 2017, we recommend…

For a really special holiday,
book Abercynrig House.  It sleeps
12, with fishing, a tennis court
and a cricket pitch.


Stylish, comfortable Cusop Mill Cottage sleeps 7 and is just a mile stroll from Hay on Wye. 


Tyn Y Cae sleeps 21 is walking distance from a great pub, and has loads of space.


Book with us and you’ll get our Exclusive Map – with jaw dropping discounts

It’s only available to our customers.  We have collated the best physical, culinary and gastro adventures on offer, and have negotiated exclusive discounts just for you. We totted up £380 savings for a family of 4’s holiday.




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Eat, Think and be Merry at Hay Winter Festival this weekend.

Once a year is just not enough for the Hay Festival and all its fascinating guests, so this winter they’ve done it again. For three days the little town will be transformed as hoards of bookworms come to listen to their famous authors, politicians, lecturers, comedians and some great live music too.

As well as the annual Hay Winter Food Festival taking place on Saturday and Hay does Vintage on Sunday.   A great weekend to start getting all festive!! Check out our guide to Hay on Wye here.

 We have lots of Christmas markets and fairs happening in communities right across the Brecon Beacons, it’s a perfect way to get in the mood for Christmas and start your shopping- let the festivities begin! Have a look what’s on here


© Adam Tatton-Reid

Adam Tatton-Reid

Hay Winter Festival– 25-27 November 

Ben Fogle will be turning on the Christmas lights and is a guest speaker at the winter weekend

Hay Festival 

The Hay Winter Festival, which is now in its 17th year, will include stories and workshops and will have nightly comedy and music.

The Festival weekend kicks off with Hay town lights being switched at 6:15pm Friday on by Ben Fogle

There is an exciting array of events lined up for you including Ben Fogle on Land Rovers, Daisy Goodwin on Victoria and Nic Compton on the shipping forecast. Laugh your Christmas socks off with Mark Watson stand-up, the Scummy Mummies talking about less than perfect parenting and Andy Hamilton on his Star Witness novel.

Dance away the Winter chills with The Ben Baddoo Afrobeat Band or simply cuddle up and listen to Flauguissimo Duo or Nuala Honan. Over the weekend the Box Office is in The Swan Hotel, where books by all the authors are available in the Festival Bookshop. We also have five great exhibitors with more gift ideas – Black Mountain Roast, Farmers’ Welsh Lavender, National Trust, RSPB Cymru and the Woodland Trust. We look forward to seeing you here.
Buy tickets and find out more here

Hay Winter Food Festival – 26th November

It’s that time of year again! Hay winter food festival is back and better than ever this Saturday 26th November, memorial carpark Hay. It’ll be foodie heaven with over 40 Welsh food and drink suppliers selling their produce. From 10am until 5pm you can shop, taste and order your Christmas turkey. We’re excited just thinking about it!

Hay Does Vintage – 27th November

Hay Does Vintage is hosting the NINTH fayre! Come along and join over 50 vintage and retro traders in THREE central locations in Hay-on-Wye. Doors open at 10.30am. Hay Does Vintage is a not-for-profit fayre and the £1 door fee is essential to the running costs.

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Brecon With Bells On – this Saturday


Brecon Town Council has provided the town with a Christmas tree for many years, along with the Christmas lights which are always switched on at the end of November but this year they are pulling out all the stops to put on ‘Brecon With Bells On‘, a Christmas extravaganza on Saturday 26 November which will appeal to local families and visitors to the town – with activities taking place from 10am – 8pm -the full programme can be be found below.

Have a read of our Brecon Town Guide here – to find out more about the town.

In the afternoon traditional fairground activities will bring an old fashioned Christmas atmosphere to the town with a coconut shy, a children’s carousel, crazy golf and more. These will be free for children to enjoy.

Visitors will also be invited to find golden cats in shop windows throughout the town in a treasure hunt organised by Jermin Productions who are putting on the pantomime, Dick Whittington, at Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon, in December and January.

There will, of course, be a visit from Father Christmas who has been offered the use of the mayor’s parlour at the Guildhall where he will meet children (from 4pm) and listen to their Christmas wishes.

For music lovers, there are performances from local choirs, members of the cast from Jermin’s Dick Whittington, a busking competition with a cash prize and performances by cast members of Peter Pan which is produced by the Westenders and staged at Theatr Brycheiniog in January. DJ and MC Mark Weller will be in attendance and he will make sure that the community stage on the Bulwark will have something to offer throughout the day.

The Mayor of Brecon, Councillor Rose Evans will be judging the Busking Competition in Bethel Square and she will also be at the Guildhall collecting for this year’s mayor’s charities.

Brecon with Bells On will reach its crescent do at 7pm when Paralympic table tennis gold medallist Rob Davies arrives to switch the lights on.

Several shops will be staying open for late night shopping, possibly a glass of mulled wine and a hot minced pie.

For more information contact Brecon Town Clerk at brecon.guildhall@btinternet.com or find Brecon With Bells On on Facebook.

We have lots of Christmas markets and fairs happening in communities right across the Brecon Beacons, it’s a perfect way to get in the mood for Christmas and start your shopping- let the festivities begin! Have a look what’s on here


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It’s Competition Time! Win a Black Mountains Smokery Gourmet Welsh Christmas Hamper

Win a Black Mountains Smokery Welsh Gourmet Hamper which will be delivered to the winner in time for Christmas!

A Really Welsh Gourmet Christmas Hamper

Would you like to win the perfect food lovers treat in time for Christmas? Enter into our draw below to win a Gourmet Welsh Christmas Hamper from Black Mountains Smokery.

The hamper includes a delicious selection of Welsh produce from the Brecon Beacons and beyond.

Enter the competition here.

The competition ends on 14th December at 12 noon and the winner will be announced at 4pm the same day.

Good Luck!

Full T&Cs  can be found below:


This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or any other social media platforms. You are providing your information to Brecon Beacons Tourism and not to Facebook or any other social media platforms. The information you provide will only be used for entry to the draw and marketing purposes for Brecon Beacons Tourism.

Winner will be notified by email. There is no cash alternative to this prize and it is not transferable.




November 2016

  1. These terms and conditions apply to the “Black Mountains Smokery Gourment Welsh Hamper competition” (the “Promotion”) and by entering, entrants will be deemed to have accepted these terms and conditions in their entirety.
  2. No purchase is necessary to enter the Promotion.
  3. The Promotion is only available to residents of United Kingdom, Jersey, Guernsey or the Isle of Man who are aged eighteen (18) or over. Brecon Beacons Tourism reserves the right to request identification in order to verify that participants meet these criteria.
  4. The promoter of this Promotion is http://www.breconbeaconstourism.org (the “Promoter”)
  5. To enter the Promotion, you must submit your full name and e-mail address . Only entries which provide full information will be accepted. The Promoter will use the email address submitted in order to contact the winner so you must ensure a valid email address is used.
  6. Only one (1) initial entry per email address will be accepted. However, you are entitled to submit additional entries where you have shared your entry via Facebook and Twitter in accordance with clause 9 below (limited to one (1) additional entry for each of Facebook and Twitter).
  7. To qualify for an additional entry, you must post your share of the initial entry on Twitter and/or Facebook using the supplied pre-populated text and hashtag. Please note that only entries which use the prescribed pre-populated text and hashtag will be eligible for entry; misspellings, alterations or non-use of the pre-populated text and hashtag may render your additional entry invalid.
  8. The competition will open at 12:00am BST on Wednesday 23rd November 2016 and end at 12 noon GMT on Wednesday 14th December (the “closing date”). Entries received after the closing date will not be processed.
  9. There will be one (1) winner selected at random from all of the entries validly submitted in accordance with these terms and condition. The winner will be notified via the e-mail address provided.
  10. The prize shall be a gourmet Welsh hamper from Black Mountains Smokery and will be sent to the winner by post
  11. The Promoter reserves the right to amend, alter or terminate this promotion at any time without prior notice.
  12. The prize must be claimed within four (4) weeks of notification. If the winner does not claim the prize from the Promoter within four (4) weeks or fails to provide adequate evidence that the winner meets the entry criteria, then the winner’s prize will be forfeited and the Promoter will be entitled to select another winner at random.
  13. The prize is non-exchangeable and non-transferable. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for any costs associated with the prize and that are not specifically included in the prize.
  14. The decision of the Promoter regarding any aspect of the Promotion is final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into about it.
  15. No entries from agents, third parties, organised groups or applications automatically generated by computers will be accepted. No incomplete or corrupted entries will be accepted. Any entries not in accordance with the entry instructions will be rejected.
  16. In the event of unforeseen circumstances the Promoter reserves the right to offer alternative prizes of equal or greater value.
  17. Neither Facebook nor Twitter Inc. sponsor this prize draw and neither Facebook nor Twitter bear any responsibility or liability for the administration, operation, judging, or conduct of the prize draw, or for the fulfilment of the prize associated with this Promotion.
  18. These rules terms and conditions are governed by the laws of England and Wales and subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English and Welsh courts.
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