Relax and Recoup at the Angel Hotel-Special Offer!

From £169.00

Make the most of the week between Christmas and New Year and retreat to The Angel for a night (or two!).

The one night break includes:Image result for oak room angel hotel

  • Overnight accommodation in an Executive Room
  • A three course dinner for two in the Oak Room (choice from our Festive Angel Menu)
  • Full English breakfast
  • Complimentary upgrade (based upon availability)

Valid from Wednesday 27th December – Saturday 30th December 2017.

More info here


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Brecon Beacons Winter Workshops

January / February 2018

Brecon Beacons Night Sky images. Pen y Fan and Corn Du

Come on one of our Brecon Beacons Winter Workshops; a Day workshop on January 21st and a Night workshop on February 17th*. With both workshops we go to great locations for photography to practise technique and composition. Great for a Christmas present!

  • Capture the winter landscape of the Brecon Beacons
  • Visit some great locations in the central Brecon Beacons
  • Understand your camera settings for night photography and see our amazing dark skies!

    Brecon Beacons Landscape Workshop
    Sat 21st Jan 2018 9.00 – 5.30pm (optional dawn start from 7.00am)
    £99pp or £185 for 2 Booking Together (exc. optional dawn start @£25pp)

Brecon Beacons Night Workshop
Saturday 17th February* 2018 5.30 – 9.30pm

£99pp or £125 for 2 Booking Together
(Click on the links above to view the itineraries – please note that the schedules illustrated are examples and timings may be varied according to the time of year and weather conditions)
Both workshops are aimed at those with some previous experience so the focus is on more advanced settings, technique and composition. With both workshops you’ll leave with some great ideas to practice in your own time and knowledge of new locations to return to. Please note that there is a 10% discount available for those booking both workshops

* NOTE ON NIGHT WORKSHOPS: With night workshops I usually try to allocate 3 days and choose the clearest of the three with the aim of achieving a clear night sky. This does require come flexibility with those booking but maximises the opportunity for ideal conditions. Saturday 17th is the default date for this workshop.
Both workshops are for a maximum of 6 people.. For full details visit the group workshop section of our website, call Nigel on 01874 676402 or email your reply to this newsletter

It would be great if you are able to attend, but:

  • If you would like to attend but are not available, there’s a full list of workshopson the website
  • If you know someone who may be interested and would be happy to have the information passed onto them (kindly ask permission first on our behalf!), please do so.Full information including equipment requirements and detailed information on each workshop will be forwarded to you on booking (payment required to confirm your place via Paypal or BACS – the reduction for 2 people or for Both Workshops is not available by booking through the website – please CONTACT NIGEL directly for this option)
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What’s on this weekend in the Brecon Beacons?

There’s plenty of things to do in the Brecon Beacons this weekend! With Theatr Brycheiniog playing host to plenty of entertaining shows, doggy weekend at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales and you can even join Santa for a scrummy festive breakfast! Click below for more information.

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Aberglasney’s Winter Fair ~ one of Wales’ biggest festive events Friday 1st December ~ 11am-4.30pm (parking at Aberglasney, no park and ride) Saturday 2nd December and Sunday 3rd December ~ 10am-4.30pm (parking at Aberglasney and free park and ride from Coleg Sir Gar’s Gelli Aur campus) A must-do of the Christmas season! > Be inspired by our Mansion and two large marquees which will be packed with 100 stalls offering a wide range of Christmas gifts and decorations, art, crafts,… Perfect for a bit of Christmas Shopping! More here.

Theatr Brycheiniog-Shows

  • Live at the Waterfont-Bob Evans

We have FREE live music at our Waterfront Bar every Saturday 1pm to 3pm, a perfect event for the whole family to enjoy!

Live @ The Waterfront Presents: Bob Evans
Come and join us between 1-3pm as Bob Evans delivers a songwriting showcase!

  • The Rat Pack: Christmas at The Sands!

This Christmas, be a part of a very festive treat, as The Rat Pack swings into the season with an all new production.

Take three superb West End performers, add a dash of comedy and rousing camaraderie with a pinch of the greatest songs ever written and what do you get? A perfect night’s entertainment with The Rat Pack Christmas at the Sands!

The show is beautifully choreographed and features all your favourite original hits, with a stunning live band. It is topped off with some Christmas treasures such as Winter Wonderland, Santa Clause is Coming to Town, Let It Snow, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas & many more. Tickets here.

Breakfast With Santa at Cantref Adventure Farm

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

Entry from 8.30am- Hot freshly prepared Buffet Breakfast served from 9.00am

Visit Santa and his Elves in his magical workshop from 9.30am – 10.30am. Book tickets here.

Doggy Weekend at the National Botanic Garden of Wales

It’s Doggy Weekend – bring your pet pooch for some of Carmarthenshire’s best fresh air!

Saturday – Young Archaeologists’ Club – Join the club and learn more on archaeology and the Garden’s fascinating history – 10am-12noon

Sunday – Jingle Bell Jog – 2.5k, 5k and 10k races to raise money for Tenovus Cancer Care. Registratoin – Adults from £6, Children £4. Contact the events team on or call 029 2076 8863


Santa makes visit to the Old Railway Line Garden Centre

Santa is here this weekend! Enjoy a magical experience for all the family including seeing Santa’s Reindeer, an exciting Polar Express walk, meeting Santa for a chat and suitable gift! More here.

And don’t forget Abergavenny Food Festival is coming up on the 10th of December! You can stock up on festive food and gifts at our Christmas Fair with street food, kids activities, chef demos tasting workshops, lantern parade, carols and more! Click here for more information.

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Latest Special Offers at The Angel

The Angel Hotel, Abergavenny
We are feeling very festive at The Angel and have many special offers available to help get you into the Christmas Spirit (or plan your post-Christmas recovery!)

Our special offers are only available when you book direct with us and can’t be found on any 3rd party booking sites.
If you are looking for a pre-Christmas break then The Angel is the perfect choice… twinkling lights, log fires, mulled wine, live music, Santa and his sleigh and the Après Ski Bar, make The Angel a magical place to be during the festive season.
The Angel is the ideal base for exploring the many independent shops of Abergavenny for those unique Christmas gifts and treats.
For a great Christmas gift a voucher for our January Flash Offer gives your loved ones something to look forward to and enjoy when all the festivities are over.
The Abergavenny Weekender

A 2 night break in December featuring some of the beautiful food & drink Abergavenny has to offer. Break includes Vin brulé in the Ski Bar, lunch at The Chapel, festive high tea & a bag of goodies from The Angel Bakery.  From £384.00
TWIXMAS: RELAX AND RECOUPTwixmas: Relax and Recoup

Make the most of the week between Christmas and New Year and retreat to The Angel for a night (or two!). Our Relax & Recoup break includes a three course dinner in the Oak Room from our Festive Angel Menu, bed & breakfast.
From £169.00 per night


Our most popular special offer, often purchased as a Christmas gift. A one night stay (Sunday – Thursday) in January with a three course dinner from ‘The Angel Menu’. A room upgrade will be given on arrival, if available.
From just £140.00 per night.

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Black Friday isn’t for everybody – why don’t you escape the masses, come and unwind and head to the hills.

Deals and Where to Shop…

Drover Cycles –2017 Ex-Hire Bike Sale


The 2017 Drover Cycles ex-hire bike sale is in full swing! We’ve got well over 100 bikes looking for new homes this year, from trail-ready hardtails and full-sussers to well-equipped road bikes and hybrids. Our fleet is carefully chosen, well maintained and many of the bikes on offer this year have barely been ridden. We replace any worn-out components before the bike is sold and you can bring your steed back for a free tune-up within the first 4-6 weeks. All of which means you can get a great value bike without sacrificing peace of mind. MTBs start at £319, a great option for a Christmas gift that will keep on giving! Interested? Check out the full details on our ex-hire bike sale page, pop in to see us in Hay or give us a call on 01497 822419. More here.

Order in advance for a delivery day of your choice at Black Mountains Smokery
With the festive season approaching us you may be wondering, “When should I place my Christmas Order?”  Please try to get your Christmas Orders in to us by early December to avoid disappointment. Our Christmas order book generally closes by about 15th December. Orders for Christmas ham must be placed by 4th December as these are produced to order.  Because we work on a desired delivery date system, ordering in advance for a Christmas delivery date of your choice is easy. You simply place your order online and select your delivery date on the calendar at checkout. Or give us a ring!

Christmas Ham orders close 5th December 2016Those delivery slots closest to Christmas get booked up quickly! Please remember that we can send gift orders direct to your friends and family all over the UK. It is also advisable to order in advance for collection from our Smokery shop – again you can arrange this online and by phone. The shop is open for ordering and collections on December weekends as well as week days.

Alternatively, because all of our products are freshly produced and vacuum packed they freeze beautifully. So you can buy early, and ease your mind, knowing that it is all waiting for you when you need it. Simply take it out of the freezer when required and thaw to serve at room temperature. More here.

Chapel Cottage Studio-Gift VouchersCCS Gift Vouchers
Gift Vouchers for Chapel Cottage Studio are available from just £10 and make a fantastic versatile gift. Book for a specific class or allow the recipient to choose how to spend their gift. Get yours here!

Hay Vouchers
Don’t forget to use your Hay vouchers when youre shopping in the town! They make great gifts for Hay enthusiasts and book-lovers or why not just treat yourself?! We have £5, £10 and £20 notes so they can be used for anything from stocking fillers at Christmas to ‘MAIN’ presents to keep-sakes from your travels. 100% of the voucher value is returned to the retailer and 95% of our very special, independent businesses in and around Hay accept them. The scheme is funded by the Chamber of Commerce ​in partnership with the brilliant team at Pughs Hay-on-Wye where you can buy them in person. You can also buy them online here.

Authentically Welsh
Avoid the Black Friday madness and buy Welsh! Authentically Welsh create hand picked, hand packed & even hand delivered hampers that make the ideal Christmas presents.. it only takes a minute to shop, order now & they’ll deliver before Christmas. More here.

Book-ish have lots of books and interesting gifts you can buy a loved one! They stock unusual gifts, especially for book lovers including a lovely range of Penguin based gifts, stationery and reading aids. Toys and games including beautiful wooden toys, traditional games, jigsaws and puzzles, educational play sets, science kits and puppets. As well as cards and gift vouchers! Click here for more information.

Things to do this Black Friday….

Here’s the best  autumn walks in the Brecon Beacons…
The Brecon Beacons comes alive in the autumn, with crisp leaves and roaring open fires in cosy inns and pubs. Head outdoors and go for a rejuvenating walk in many of the breathtaking spots in the Brecon Beacons.

Read our guide on where to stay warm in the Brecon Beacons…
Stay snug in the Brecon Beacons alongside roaring fires in traditional Welsh pubs, with warming whiskey tastings and enjoying hot drinks in our many cafes. Why not pretend you’re in tropical climate at the Butterfly house at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales?  We have plenty of ideas to keep you feeling toasty! Guide herewood fired bakery oven

Explore our many towns and villages
From small, picturesque canalside villages, like Llangynidr and Talybont to our historic market towns of  and Brecon, there is a place to suit anyone here in the Brecon Beacons. Enjoy independent shops and cafes, hike mountain tops with epic views or just soak up our beautiful scenery! View our town and villages guide here. Visit Crickhowell, a pretty Georgian town with a High Street full of unique independent shops, an ideal base for many to sample all the Brecon Beacons has to offer. There is a wide selection of places to eat from pubs, cafes, restaurants and a bistro and plenty of places to grab a bargain! View where to shop and eat here.

Head to Hay Festival Winter Weekend to see what bargains you can find!
Hay Festival Winter Weekend

Hay Festival Winter Weekend is an annual mini-festival taking place just before Christmas in Hay-on-Wye. Events take place at venues around the town, and include a wide range of author events, music, comedy and performance, as well as workshops for kids and Christmas shopping. Hang out with friends, laugh fit to burst, and enjoy the finest stories, ideas, food and company. Find the programme here. 

Go on a tour with Welsh Overland Safari
Book an independent guide and tour with Welsh Overland Safari who offer unique overland guided tours in the unspoilt landscapes of the Brecon Beacons and surrounding area . One of Wales’s best kept secrets, the region has a rich and diverse history dating back to well before Roman times. Exploring the rugged mountains, lakes, waterfalls and forests of the area.

All tours that can be adapted to suit your needs, that can include skipping parts out to spend longer at a particular point of interest. Book your tour here.

Michael Sheen will be switching on the Christmas lights in Ystradgynlais on Friday, November 24 at 5pm in the town’s Gorsedd Park. The Christmas lights switch-on event is part of the annual Gwyl Ystradgynlais Christmas Festival organised by the volunteers of the Ystradgynlais Society for Arts Trade and Tourism.23897338_10159671541570596_1996882339_o.jpg

Friday’s event will feature mulled wine and mince pies as well as carols by candlelight around the Christmas tree. Singer-songwriter Bronwen Lewis, who featured in the award-winning film Pride and appeared on BBC’s The Voice, will also perform a number of Christmas songs on stage. At the end of the evening, Santa and his elves will arrive to escort everyone to the St Cynog’s Church Christmas Fete at the Church Hall just around the corner. More here.

Book a Good Day Out
Days Out that Make a Difference, adventures helping good causes. Considering a gift? You can also buy a general voucher to spend later on any experience or product that Good Day Out has to offer. Find out more here. 

If you need somewhere to stay then discover your perfect accommodation here! Or click here for our Christmas food and drink gift guide!

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Special Christmas Experiences to have with your kids in the Brecon Beacons

These great Christmas events and activities will help make the season even more magical for your little ones!

Royal Welsh Winter Fair-27 & 28 Novemberdd

Take your kids to watch the fireworks and marvel at all the different animals at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair! Get an early present from Santa’s grotto and try all the different foods on offer! More here

Old Railway Line Garden Centre

-Santa’s Grotto- From 25th November
Open to children of all ages; our grotto experience really brings the magic of Christmas to life and is renowned throughout mid Wales, south Wales and Herefordshire. MORE INFOSanta's Grotto
-Breakfast with Santa-From 25th November
Make this Christmas extra special by having Breakfast with Santa! Enjoy a freshly prepared breakfast whilst Santa personally visits each table and gives your child a lovely present. BOOK ONLINE
-Afternoon Teawith Santa From 6th December
Our new, improved Afternoon Tea with Santa is the perfect opportunity to meet Santa after school! This event combines our delicious Afternoon Tea experience with a festive twist. BOOK ONLINE

Magical Winter Wonderland at Cantref! 24th and 25th of December

Come and meet the elves and have fun in the workshop. The elves will take you to meet Santa who can’t wait to meet you. Santa will check his official Naughty and Nice list and if you have been very good, Santa will present you with his magical golden key which opens the Present Room where you can choose your own gift!Christmas/Santa Experience

Mr Ev’s LOVES Christmas and will be starring in our special Christmas Panto…oh yes he is! Look out for your favourite Cantref animals too who will be making special guest appearances.

Lots of animals and heated indoor play areas all undercover and some fantastic Christmas decorations and stocking fillers in our gift shop.

Stop by the cafe and enjoy a steaming mug of Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows. Winter warmers will be available from the café…be quick though….Mr Ev’s has been munching the mince pies!

What are you waiting for….come along and join the festive fun and make magical memories for you and your children during the Christmas Season!  Your Christmas Santa Experience ticket includes Farm Park entry from 10am – 5pm. TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW HERE

National Botanic Gardens of Wales

The Garden’s Winter Wonderland! There’s a festive treat in store for visitors to the National Botanic Garden of Wales, from Friday December 8th – Sunday December 17th.

Come ‘To the Park After Dark’ this festive season and enjoy:

  • Amazing lights show
  • Stunning owl display
  • Free mulled wine and mince pie
  • Bar, barbecue, turkey rolls, candy floss and other yuletide treats
  • Fun, games and music

Special entry on these dates between 4-7pm: £6 adults, £3 children, free for members

Dan Yr Ogof Caves

Now, where can you take us kids to capture that special ‘magical’ Christmas experience that we will remember for the rest of the year?
Just 20 minutes from the M4, (junction 45), there is a Welsh mountain, with ancient caves, whose entrances are guarded by gigantic, but very friendly dinosaurs! Deep inside this mountain lies Wales’ only natural Christmas grotto… Fantastic!

Imagine the excitement as we set off to find Santa, and follow the twisting, turning cave passageways that eventually lead us down into Santa’s magical underground world. Underground lakes, waterfalls, vast colourful hanging cave formations have all been transformed by the truly stunning Christmas decorations put up by the ‘Cave Bears’. As dad is always saying “seeing is believing”!my day’s fun will just go on and on. The next amazing thing we can see is Cathedral Cave – its HUGE! Then we visit Bone Cave!

There is even an Iron Age Farm to see and a great Museum. Dan-yr-Ogof has one of the largest collections of life-sized dinosaur models in the world. That’s really cool! There will even be a tractor waiting to take us down to the Morgan Brothers’ farm for us to see all their farm animals, and of course their magnificent Shire Horses!

There’s even an undercover play area called ‘Barney Owls Playground’ to end my perfect day. Now that’s what I call a real “Dan Yr Ogof” Christmas experience! More here.

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Michael Sheen to turn on Ystradgynlais Christmas Lights

Michael Sheen will be switching on the Christmas lights in Ystradgynlais on Friday, November 24 at 5pm in the town’s Gorsedd Park. The Christmas lights switch-on event is part of the annual Gwyl Ystradgynlais Christmas Festival organised by the volunteers of the Ystradgynlais Society for Arts Trade and Tourism.

Friday’s event will feature mulled wine and mince pies as well as carols by candlelight around the Christmas tree. Singer-songwriter Bronwen Lewis, who featured in the award-winning film Pride and appeared on BBC’s The Voice, will also perform a number of Christmas songs on stage. At the end of the evening, Santa and his elves will arrive to escort everyone to the St Cynog’s Church Christmas Fete at the Church Hall just around the corner.


Ystradgynlais will also be hosting lots of other Christmas events!

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There will be a Christmas Tree Festival from the 5-10th of December, a Christmas Fayre on Sunday 10th of December with craft stalls, reindeer, carol singers,  a brass band, food and drink…with much more!

And don’t forget their Christmas carol service on the 19th of December!

Find out more here. 

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