Make sure you get tickets to Michael Morpurgo’s King Arthur at Theatr Brycheiniog!

Michael Morpurgo’s King Arthur at Theatr Brycheiniog-February 22nd-2pm

An epic tale of magic, heroism, love and betrayal adapted from the novel Arthur: High King of Britain, by Michael Morpurgo, the author of War Horse and Private Peaceful.

A drowning boy is rescued by a mysterious figure who claims to be Arthur Pendragon. As the old man tells his stories, he is transported back to the heady days of Camelot, the Round Table, Merlin, the Lady of the Lake, Excalibur, Lancelot and Guinevere.

Stories of brave chivalry, battles and the search for the Holy Grail are all part of this exciting new production. A fast-moving family adventure, full of physical theatre and outstanding storytelling. Suitable for 7 yrs +

“beautifully scripted, intelligently connected, and skilfully performed… this talented group are producing some of the best children’s theatre we have seen.” Caro Moses, Three Weeks

01874 611622 To Book or click hereTickets £12, Conc £10, Schools, £9.50

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Mid Wales farmhouse wins top Wales B&B award from trivago

A Mid Wales farmhouse located near the site where Llywelyn, the last native Prince of Wales, was killed in 1282, has been voted the best B&B in Wales and third best in the whole of the UK by hotel search website trivago.co.uk.

The first Richard and Jane Davies knew about the annual trivago Awards was when they received an email notifying them that their home and business, Pwllgwilym Self-catering Holiday Cottages and B&B at Cilmery near Builth Wells, had been successful with a rating of 94.97.

The couple, who opened their farmhouse to B&B business seven years ago, have a carving of Prince Llywelyn standing guard over the cottages. An annual service to commemorate his death at a riverside site nearby in December 11, 1282 was held recently.

Generations of Richard’s family have lived Pwllgwilym for nearly 200 years and he and his wife, Jane, converted an old ‘L’-shaped farm barn into three cottages 10 years ago. At the time, Richard was running a building business employing 40 people when the recession hit and he needed to diversify.

He still has a small-scale building business but also runs Welsh Overland Safari –www.welshoverlandsafari.com – an independent company offering unique overland guided tours of some of the most beautiful, unspoilt landscapes in Wales.

Pwllgwilym is situated in the village of Cilmery, two miles from Builth Wells, surrounded by 62 acres of green farmland with outstanding scenery. The property is within walking distance of the local pub and train station and the Royal Welsh Showground, Elan Valley Dams and an excellent 18-hole golf course are all nearby.

“We are chuffed to win the award and it hasn’t really sunk in yet, to be honest,” said Jane. “We work hard to make our guests welcome and comfortable and it’s a nice way to begin the year.

“We have got three B&B rooms in the farmhouse as well as the self-catering cottages. Websites like trivago help to get people here from all over the world and we get a lot of repeat business from satisfied customers.

“We have recently welcomed guests from Saudi Arabia who arrived here by train and Richard took them on a guided tour with Welsh Overland Safari. We like to tell guests about the area and Richard is passionate about the area’s hidden gems.”

trivago uses more than 175 million aggregated hotel reviews and semantic analysis to determine the best-rated hotels and B&Bs in the UK. By analysing reviews aggregated from different sources across the web, trivago aims to make the awards accurate, comprehensive and impartial.

Johannes Thomas, managing director at trivago, said: “Our awards recognise those hoteliers and B&B businesses that deliver an exceptional experience to their guests and we are proud and delighted to award those achievements.”

Welsh Overland Safari is a member of MWT Cymru, an independent organisation that represents around 600 tourism and hospitality businesses across Mid Wales.

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Richard and Jane Davies outside their award winning property.

 

For more information, please contact Richard and Jane Davies on Tel: 01982 552140, Val Hawkins, MWT Cymru chief executive, on Tel: 01654 703732 or Duncan Foulkes, public relations adviser, on Tel: 01686 650818.

 

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Assault Course Open Day!

Taff Valley Assault Course is one big giggle from start to finish, with about 16 obstacles and a mission to get yourselves but also something else over each obstacle (won’t spoil the surprise what that is!). You’ll get completely wet and muddy for about 2.5hrs! Testing your agility and teamwork! Suits all ages and fitness levels…

Obstacles like…
Over & Unders, Climbing Wall, Cargo Net Climb, Cargo Net Crawls, Tyre Runs, Swing over a ditch, Pond Crossing, Rope Crossings and more…

Usually needing groups of 10 people or more, but on 5 dates throughout 2017 they will be putting on open days where any number of people can book on for the normal £25.00 per person, no need to have a group together. file-page1In the morning its an Adult & Children session, in the afternoon its Adults only. Ages 8yo but if you have slightly younger just let us know and we can discuss the possibility.

Last year ‘s 2 open events were such a success we’ve added more dates for next year.

This is also ideal for practice if you have a run or mud event coming up! Great for finishing Half Term off with the kids! Ideal present for Valentines Day!

Book on today for your place, and enjoy an experience you won’t forget in a hurry!

Located near Pontypridd, just outside Cardiff, on our 340 acre hill farm… We also have quad biking, archery and clay shooting if you want to combine this with another activity on the same day!

Contact them on (029) 20 831658 to book or find the event on Facebook here

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Our top walks for 2017!

Welcome in the New Year with a stroll around the Brecon Beacons National Park. Here is a collection of our top picks of walks to make sure your 2017 if full of nature!

1.Waterfall Country

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Nestled into the southern slopes of the Fforest Fawr massif, west of Merthyr Tydfil, Waterfall Country is one of the most beautiful and popular parts of the Brecon Beacons National Park and the Fforest Fawr Geopark, with steep, tree-lined gorges and an abundance of tumbling water.

Known in Welsh as Coed-y-Rhaeadr (Wood of the Water), Waterfall Country lies within the triangle formed by the villages of Hirwaun, Ystradfellte, and Pontneddfechan. Here, old red sandstone and a long belt of outcrop limestone have created a highly distinctive environment of wooded gorges, caves, swallow holes and waterfalls.

A waymarked trail along a gorgeous woodland walk is the best path to talk to get to Sgwyd Yr Eira, the most famous and stunning waterfalls in waterfall country. This walk can be made longer by taking in ‘The Four Falls Trail‘, which is at least three hours but takes in the area’s other gorgeous waterfalls. Find out more about walking in waterfall country here. 

2. Pen y Fan

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A walk up Pen y Fan the highest mountain in South Wales is a must do in 2017! Challenge yourself and feel exhilarated when reaching the top where you will get suberb 360 degree views of the whole National Park. With well mainntained paths taking you to the summit as well as parking at the base of the mountain, it is an acessible and enjoyable walk for all. More here.

3. Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal

It is one of our most beautiful and peaceful waterways following the line of the lovely wooded Usk Valley, it is a true hidden gem. The navigable section of the canal runs for 35 miles from Brecon to the Pontymoile basin. Its location makes it a haven for wildlife and a favourite with nature-lovers, walkers and cyclists. The northern section forms part of the Taff Trail Long Distance Footpath, a 55 mile route that can be walked or cycled that starts at Brecon Basin and ends in Cardiff

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4. Craig y Nos Country Park

Situated in a dramatic and romantic location in the secluded upper Swansea Valley, Craig-y-nos Country Park is a 40-acre Victorian garden with shady woodlands, meadows, ponds, lazy lawns and rushing rivers. You are welcome to bring your dog but please keep it on a lead. Dogs are not permitted in the hay meadow while sheep are grazing in the winter months.  The river meanders through the park, but just as at home here is the designed landscape of tall trees, lush meadows, woodland plantations, fishpond, lakes, lawns and woodland walks. There is plenty for you to see as you walk around.

5. Sugarloaf Mountain

This rewarding walk takes you up the distinctive Sugar Loaf Mountain.Viewed from some directions it has the shape of a sugar loaf or even a volcano (which it isn’t!). It is a short climb to the summit and on a clear day it is possible to see hills as far north as Shropshire and as far south as Somerset as well as many of the major mountains in the Brecon Beacons. Below Sugar Loaf, Abergavenny is an interesting market town with a castle and market hall and lots to explore. More here

6. Garwnant Visitor Centre

For a great day out for the whole family why not explore one of the many woodlands open to the public within the Related imageBrecon Beacons National Park. Garwnant Visitor Centre, owned and managed by Forestry Commission Wales, is situated in Coed Taf Fawr, a large area of forestry situated in the National Park and Fforest Fawr Geopark. Coed Taf Fawr is a large mixed woodland with pleasant walks and streams running through it. It is nestled around three reservoirs,with beautiful views.

7. Dinefwr Castle and Park

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There are fabulous views from Dinefwr Castle. It was the capital of Deheubarth under Lord Rhys, a key figure in Welsh history. A Sight of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and the only parkland National Nature Reserve (NNR) in Wales, Dinefwr Park is a microcosm of Welsh heritage and natural history. The estate slopes down to the level fields forming the Tywi floodplain where small lakes on the plain edges add more beauty and interest to the landscape. Wynford Vaughan Thomas once said:  If you take a handful of the soil at Dinefwr and squeeze it in your hand, the juice that will flow from your hands is the essence of Wales.

8. Storey Arms to the Visitor Centre 

A dramatic trek through the heart of the Brecon Beacons, this moderate one-way walk through an inspiring mountainous landscape is home to rare flora and fauna. Steep descents, rocky ravines and peaceful country lanes all feature on a journey that’s packed with variety, ending at the National Park Visitor Centre. Find out the route here.

9. Talybont Reservoir and Forest

Set in the central Brecon Beacons, this is a popular place to visit with a road crossing the 380 metre long dam to forestry walks on the far side. The wide tracks in the Talybont Forest on the eastern side of the reservoir join up with the Brinore Tramroad and Taff Trail to give longer walks with no barriers. Most of the forestry tracks near the reservoir are level but get steeper further up the hill you go. Lay-bys and car parks alongside the Talybont to Pontsticill road offer good views of the reservoir and surrounding hills. There is one bird hide suitable for the disabled. More.

10. Llangorse Lake-Llangasty Bird Hide

Take a peaceful walk to the south shore of Llangorse Lake, where the wildflower meadows, reed beds and bird hide at Llangasty are an ideal spot for watching wildlife.Lots of different types of birds live in and visit the area including wildfowl and waders. The meadows around the bird hide are on level terrain and support a wide variety of wildflowers, including orchids, which carpet the meadows during the summer months. The bird hide which has benches and built-in bird guides is designed to accommodate wheelchairs. There are two routes to the bird hide:

The route from the car park at Llangasty Church passes through 3 narrow kissing gates. This is a level and gentle 700 metre walk across meadows, a small bit of woodland and short sections of boardwalk over the wettest areas.
If you are unable to walk far or you use a wheelchair, there is a route which allows cars to get closer to the bird hide. If you wish to use this route please contact the National Park warden service for more details. This route should only be used during the drier times of the year, with help needed to open the 2 large gates to the slipway. There is a gently- sloping, bumpy but wide grass path which leads to the ramp up to the bird-hide itself. This site is sometimes flooded during the winter. More

We hope this has given you some inspiration-share your photos of the Brecon Beacons with us via Instagram here using the hashtag #VisitBreconBeacons for a feature!

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Here our are top 12 things to do this New Year!

 
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Introducing The Royal Welsh Trail Running Festival

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We are excited to announce a new date for your 2017 running diary, as we launch of the Royal Welsh Trail Running Festival taking place at the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells on Sunday 21st May 2017 – with something for everyone.

A series of challenging but scenic trail routes will be available, set in the valleys, fields and stunning forestry surrounding the Royal Welsh Showground, offering views of the iconic showground below.

Runners can take part in Half Marathon and 10k distances as well as a 3km Family Fun Trail and Toddlers Challenge.

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Entry is Now Open

Take on the challenge and register NOW
Registration is now open, priced at just £20 for the Half Marathon and £15 for the 10k. Entry includes a technical race t-shirt, bespoke wooden finishers medal and entry into the Spring Festival (worth £15). Family trail prices start from £5 and also include access to the Spring Festival.


Plenty of Entertainment
Once the running is over, the Spring Festival, which draws over 20,000 visitors, will offer participants plenty of family fun – with a food and drink quarter (perfect for post-race refueling), trade stands and an action-packed programme of entertainment, activities, free workshops and main ring performances

 

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It’s competition time!

Win an adventure weekend away in Bwlch and Llangorse, in the Brecon Beacons National Park

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The beautiful area of Bwlch and Llangorse will be making a special appearance with Welsh treasure Derek Brockway, aka Derek the Weatheman Walking from BBC Weather, on his popular show ‘Weatherman Walking’ to be screened on BBC1, BBC Cymru Wales, Friday 20th January 2017 at 19.30.

Derek loves the Brecon Beacons National Park and was blown away with the beauty of the area around Bwlch and Llangorse – a hidden gem.

Check out the guide to Bwlch and Llangorse here

The Discover Bwlch and Llangorse Group are celebrating by offering the opportunity for 2 people to win a free adventure with us.

To enter:
– like @aroundllangorselake Facebook page

– like this post.
– share this post.

The prize consists of:
1) 2 nights accommodation in an independent hostel, staying in a private, en-suite bedroom (sponsored by The Star Bunkhouse)
2) Welsh hamper (sponsored by Beacons Farm Shop at The Welsh Venison Centre)
3) A choice of 2 activities from the following:
a) Behind the scenes of ‘Weatherman Walking’ guided walk with Emma following the route as seen on TV (sponsored by The Star Bunkhouse)
b) Guided road cycle ride (sponsored by Glanpant)
c) 1 hour canoe/kayak/paddle board hire on Llangorse Lake (sponsored by Lakeside Caravan and Camping Park)
d) Half day climbing (sponsored by Llangorse Multi Activity Centre)

Runner-up prizes:
– Basket of mixed preserves (sponsored by The Kitchen Garden)

The competition closes on Sunday 22nd January 2017 at midnight. The lucky winners will be announced and notified on Monday 23rd January 2017.

T&Cs apply – see Notes section on @aroundllangorselake Facebook page for details.

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Follow up via Twitter @aroundllangorse

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Family New Year’s Eve Party at Cantref!

Yes its that time of year again when Mr Time goes from the old to the new and we at Cantref Adventure Farm like to celebrate by throwing a massive party!

New Year's Eve Party

We’ve got party games & music to bring in the New Year at 12 noon! This is a perfect part to a great day out for the kids, we offer families a hands on experience with some of our smaller animals from Guinea Pig Handling to Pony Rides; we have the perfect recipe for when you looking for things to do with the kids in South Wales over the Christmas Holidays!

We start the countdown at 12 noon so all the family can join in.

See you in the New Year!

Buy your tickets here

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