Valentines Day in the Brecon Beacons

Valentine’s Weekend at Foyles of Glasbury– 13th & 14th February 2016
Celebrate with your loved one at Foyles this Valentine’s Day! with our indulgent four-course menu Valentine’s Weekend Dinner Menu on the evening Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th February.

Why not make a night of it?
They are offering a 1 night stay for two on either 13th or 14th February in a King room with our Valentine’s dinner menu for two and sparkling wine on arrival for £225 per couple!  Add an extra night for £110 for two!  Call us on 01497 847550 to book

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Valentines Ride with Cantref Riding Centre

Why not treat that someone special in your life to something different this Valentines day. Whether you are sharing a new adventure together or want to dust off those old riding boots; get in the saddle and enjoy the fresh air and beautiful views of the Brecon Beacons…you may even find that perfect spot for a romantic wedding proposal!

We have many different rides to choose suitable for all abilities:

Cantref Red Kite Ride – a leisurely hour’s ride along farm tracks

Brecon Beacons Explorer Ride- Half day ride with beautiful views of the Beacons

Welsh Pony Trail – Full Day Ride for the slightly more adventurous 

Gift Vouchers also availableValentines Day Gift - Cantref Riding Centre

Valentines Stay at Craig Y Nos Castle

What could be more romantic thatwaking up with your loved one on Valentines Day and enjoying a full cooked breakfast? Staying the night before at Craig Y Nos Castle!
 
Saturday 13th February
  • Sit down to a welcome glass of pink bubbly
  • Begin with a choice of warm starters
  • Enjoy a choice of main course
  • Choose from a range of deserts
  • Relax in the Patti Bar in front of a roaring log burner
  • Retire to your En Suite Room
  • The following morning have your full cooked breakfast in the Function Room
So thats welcome drink, 3 course meal, overnight stay on Saturday 13th February, and full cooked breakfast for 2 people

Just £150 per room

The Plough: Valentine’s Romantic Candle Lit Dinner, Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th February
Pink sparkling cocktail with assorted Canapes on arrival plus
Single red rose
Thornton’s chocolates
Heart shaped helium balloon Diwrnod Santes Dwynwen at y Plough Rhosmaen

All the above for £27.50 per couple
(Which will be taken as a deposit to confirm your booking)

Dining from our à la carte Menu will be charged separately:
Starters from £5.45
Mains from £11.95
Desserts from £5.95

Also available will be our specially created Valentines Menu including Scallops, Welsh lamb, rosemary and chocolate fondant and passion fruit tart .

Why not stay the night?
Our rooms look out onto the beautiful Towy Valley, starting from £95 bed and breakfast. We can arrange for a bottle of Prosecco to be on ice in your room ready for your arrival, together with chocolate dipped strawberries, all for just £20.

Its home is in the vaulted caverns once used as the house cellars – we thought being close to the earth in the Brecon Beacons would naturally generate energy, and be a perfect location for our spa. Its design introduces a place of calm where you can slow-down, unwind and be pampered, allowing you a little well deserved ‘me’ time.
Our spa also offers you the chance to relax in the Jacuzzi; detox in the spa-brochure-6sauna; take a dip in our seasonal heated pool or work-out in our gym, where qualified fitness instructors are on hand to help you. Or simply sit in our Moroccan styled relaxation room after a treatment, have a drink and just chill-out. However, it must be said that the views of Cribyn and Pen Y Fan from the house will almost help you to recharge as much as the treatments do, but one thing is for certain, with this combination we know you will leave us feeling relaxed, refreshed and simply – lovely!
Buy a traditional bouquet of flowers at the Old Railway Line Garden Centre
If you’re an old romantic call the florists at the Old Railway Line Garden Centre today on 
on 01497847055 to order your beautiful bouquet. Remember we are offering FREE LOCAL FLOWER DELIVERY* on the 14th!* Terms & Conditions Apply

Booking up fast so the only way to get a table for Valentines dinner at The Bear this Saturday or Sunday is to stay the night ….but we have 20 per cent off all rooms on Sunday 14th, Valentines Day to make your stay all the more pleasant. Dinner bookings still being taken for Friday 12th
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Special Dog Days at Craig-Y-Nos Country Park

Craig-y-nos Country Park in the Brecon Beacons National Park are holding two special dog days on Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th February, 10am-4pm each day. The park in the Swansea Valley area receives thousands of dog walkers a year. It will host an array of dog related activities and demonstrations for visitors and their four-legged friends to get involved with this half term.

Local dog trainer and behaviourist Theresa Toomey will be on hand with top tips and tricks on dog handling. She will also be offering advice sessions for owners to get individual hints between 11am and 12noon and 1pm and 2pm on both days and dog owners can sign up for 10-15 minute slots first come first served on the day. For more adventurous pets there is also the chance to have a go at dog agility between 12noon and 1pm and again from 2pm to 3pm. Sessions are all free but spaces are limited. The National Park’s own Head Warden Judith Harvey will be giving a demonstration with her working dogs, two German Shorthaired Pointers and a Labrador.  Visitors can also meet a range of other breeds of dogs including giant Newfoundland Dogs and tiny Toy Dog breeds and treat their pets to a pamper session by dog groomer Rhiannon Saddler.

With spring fast approaching bringing the ground-nesting birds breeding season and spring lambs, ‘Paws in the Park’ is also the perfect time for visitors to find out more about how to make sure their dogs are safe out walking in the park.  Experts from Brecknock Wildlife Trust and the farming community will be attending on both days and will be happy to answer questions from the public.

Craig-y-nos Country Park warden, Ian Penn added : “The National Park is very popular with dog walkers and we wanted to celebrate all aspects of dog ownership with this event. We also want visitors to be able to walk their dogs in the park safely and with care. With around half of our visitors to Craig-y-nos Country Park bringing a dog with them it’s important to me that the Park can be enjoyed by both humans and wildlife alike.”

Mr Edward Evans, Brecon Beacons National Park Authority Member Champion for Agriculture and Land Management also commented, “It’s true that we are a nation of dog lovers but with so many people taking their dogs into the countryside over the Christmas break, sadly, the number of dog attacks on sheep grew alarmingly. Farmers are now at their wits end and with the lambing season beginning it’s even more important that sheep are not stressed or hurt by dogs – livelihoods are at stake and Police and farmers are warning that dogs found worrying and attacking sheep will be shot. To raise awareness of this and other dog related issues we are running the event at Craig-y-nos Country Park to encourage dog owners not to take any chances with the wellbeing of their pets and to give them vital information about wildlife and farm animals along with the tools they need to act responsibly.  We hope the displays and the dog training and agility will be a real draw for dog owners and motivate them to find out more about how to protect and support the countryside that they enjoy with their dogs.”

For more information click here.

 

Photograph © Bob Grainger Photography Caption: Dog walkers at Craig-y-nos Country Park

Craig-y-nos Country Park
Situated in the secluded upper Swansea Valley, Craig-y-nos Country Park is a 40-acre Victorian garden with woodlands, meadows, fishponds, lawns and rivers. The historic grounds of Craig-y-nos Castle, once home to the internationally famous opera singer Adelina Patti, are spread on the banks of the River Tawe. Now a Registered Historic Park and Garden managed by the Brecon Beacons National Park this family-friendly park is open every day of the year except Christmas Day. There is a visitor centre and tea room and admission is free.

If you fancy staying in a dog friendly place whilst in the Brecon Beacons, click here and select dog friendly in the accommodation search. 

Or why not find out about some of the Brecon Beacons dog friendly eateries here and our top 10 choice of the best places to walk your dogs here. 

 

 

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February Half Term

If you’re stuck for ideas on what to do this February half term with your family then look no further, we’ve got a few ideas to keep you entertain right here in the Brecon Beacons.

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The Chris & Pui Show– Children’s Events | Digwyddiadau i Blant17 Feb
CBeebies’ favourite double act is coming to town! See Chris & Pui from ‘Show Me Show Me’ in their new stage show with the toys & characters from their hit TV programme.

Incy WincyEmbedded image permalink, Twinkle, Old MacDonald, Humpty, Granny Humpty and many more of your favourite Chris & Pui characters will be dropping in along with the toys – Tom, Momo, Teddington, Stuffy and Miss Mouse.

Catch the ‘Gingerbread Man’, marvel at the ‘Ugly Duckling’ becoming a beautiful swan and oooh and aaah as Miss Mouse attempts to zoom zoom zoom to the cheesy moon in her rocket. With songs, comedy sketches, a dash of magic and heaps of joining in, this is the freshest family show in town. Book here or for more information, please go to www.chrisandpui.com

National Botanic Garden of Wales

Have a Campfire Adventure this February half term, making popcorn over a campfire being just one of the fun family activities at the National Botanic Garden of Wales-when children go FREE.

Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson’s creation ‘Stickman’ will be a special feature of the holiday fun and games and storytelling. Giant Jenga and draughts, making walking sticks and charcoal, stick swords and soap are all on the adventure agenda.Campfire adventure for half-term

The action starts on Saturday February 13th and continues until Sunday February 21st.

The Garden’s Family Activities run from 12noon until 4pm every day of half-term. The Garden is open from 10am until 4.30pm and it is free admission for the under-16s.

For more information on Garden news and events, email info@gardenofwales.org.uk or call 01558 667149.

Cantref Adventure Farm
Visit Cantref Adventure Farm to have an adventure with your family this Half Term. With lots going on, there’s plenty of activities to stay amused. Visit the lambing barn to get up close to some of the larger farm animals at the adventure farm.  The animals you can see change throughout the year but often include Cows, Donkeys, Goats and sometimes even cute baby piglets. Attend their pet handling show for a great chance to “cwtch” some of their cute smaller animals at Cantref with their enthusiastic entertainment team on hand to tell you some fascinating facts about them. You can see many animals including Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Chinchillas, Ferrets, Rats, Gerbils, Chipmunks and Turtles.

Click here t
o find out what else you can do and to plan your visit

The Play Barn at Brynich 
For more adventure, exercise and stimulation, visit The Play Barn at Brynich’ indoor soft play centre on the edge of Brecon. Suitable for children up to 11. With a café that offers delicious meals, snacks and drinks, the parents can stay happy too. The Play Barn at Brynich is open Wednesday to Sunday during term time. Open 7 days a week during Powys school holidays.

 

 

Big Pit
Join in on Big Pit’ Half term craft activities  or every Thursday morning join the team in their new PlayLab for a cuppa, storytelling and singing for parents and babies through the medium of Welsh. Explore our fanatstic soft play equipment and meet other parents. Suitable for 0-2 years.

Or discover Wales’s rich mining heritage in this amazing award-winning interactive museum complete with underground tour. Experience the sights, sounds, smells and atmosphere of an authentic coal mine.with free entry, underground Tours 10am-3.30pm.

 

Dan Yr Ogof Showcaves

Visit Dan Yr Ogof Showcaves, spot over 200 life size dinosaur models and visit the Shire Horse Centre this half term. The 3 different caves Dan-yr-Ogof, Cathedral Cave and Bone Cave each offer a unique underground experience, with their dinosaur collection being one of the largest in the world. The Shire Horse Centre offers the excitement of the 2 covered children’s play areas, the farmyard area, and make friends with the gentle giants – the Shire horses who are waiting to say hello. Include the Iron Age village, museum, and stone circles, and you have plenty to see and do for all ages, and for those who may want a break, there is our Coffee shop, and the Rock and Dinosaur shop to enjoy.

Old Railway Line Garden Centre
Visit the Old Railway Line Garden Centre for one of their Wild Wednesday workshops, offering a fun and creative workshop for children every Wednesday during the school holidays.

This session is packed with wild bird themed fun. Decorate a wooden bird feeder and make a suet treat to attract wild birds to your garden. Also take part in a hunt around our plant area… can you find all of the hidden birds!? Book here 

Visit one of the many food and drink producers the Brecon Beacons offers. We have Penderyn DistilleryBlack Mountian Smokery, Coity Bach Produce, Talgarth Mill and The Vension Centre to name a few.  Make sure you pop into one of our many cafes or deli’s to sample some of our local produce – find out more here.

 

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Royal Welsh Spring Festival 2016

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Christmas is over, the new year has begun and all Royal Welsh thoughts have turned firmly towards the Spring Festival.

Taking place at the showground in Llanelwedd, Builth Wells on 21 and 22 May, the Royal Welsh Spring Festival is a fantastic weekend-long celebration of smallholding and rural life.

The two-day festival, with its action-packed programme of entertainment, have-a-go educational activities, displays and main ring performances, offers the perfect family day out.

And to make things even better for our visiting families, this year all children aged 16 and under will have FREE entry. Plus, adult e-tickets for the festival can be purchased in advance at the discounted rate of £13 each – that’s a saving of £2 per ticket!
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With over 1,300 livestock, poultry and horses, hundreds of tradestands, the only Premier Open Dog Show held in Wales, children’s activities, a food and drink quarter, the Royal Welsh Trail Running Festival, vintage machinery, auction, country leisure and much more, the event has something for everyone whatever your interest or passion

For more information, or to get your discounted e-ticket, visit www.rwas.wales

Confirmed Attractions at this years event so far: 

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Experience Rugby in Wales

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There’s little argument that experiencing an international match rugby the Welsh Capital; Cardiff is very a special cultural experience, but if you’re not lucky enough to have a ticket the world renowned Millennium Stadium you can still experience the wonderful match day atmosphere by getting yourself to a local rugby club or country pub.

Here in the Brecon Beacons our welcoming watering holes are just the job, many of whom will be have the matches on for you to watch,  you’ll also be able to have a pint of real ale with the locals.  Here’s a list of all our local pubs. 

Why do Welsh people love Rugby Union? When other nationalities think of Wales, they think of mountains, The Stereophonics, Sheep and Rugby.

Love for the sport of Rugby is ingrained in us from the moment we land in this world. Welsh Rugby professionals often refer to the intense love and scrutiny we have for the sport as the ‘Gold Fish Bowl’.

The pride and passion is unbiased across all ages and everybody has an opinion on the matter regardless if you’re an 85 year old Great Grandmother or a 4 year old primary school pupil who imagines they are Dan Biggar the fly-half star of the World Cup at play times.  Despite Wales being the little brother when it comes to our international neighbours our pride and passion has resulted in us punching well above our weight over recent years.

This has never been more apparent than with our heroics during last years injury riddled World Cup campaign. If you want to immerse yourself in the passion and delirium the Welsh public has for its national sport, look no further than a local pub or a Rugby Club.

The atmosphere on match day is incomparable to a normal pub experience. Win, lose or draw be ready to give your vocal chords a work out, be prepared to make some new friends and sample some local tipples and cheer away……Iechyd da!

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Earlybird tickets now on sale for Hay Festival

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Finn Beales

 

We call it the Woodstock of the Mind. Every May, a huge roster of authors and readers converge on Hay. There’s food for the body and soul on offer, too, with plenty of fringe events offering music and comedy, plus stalls selling locally-produced food. Talking about books has never been quite as cool.

Here are the details of 2016 Hay Festival earlybird events. These are just a few highlights, more will be released throughout the spring.

Find out more here

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Crickhowell Walking Festival

Crickhowell Walking Festival 2016 kicks off at the end of the month. Read below to find some of the events and walks still available to book!

Walk 13-Canal and castle in song
Fun for all the family! Walk down to Crickhowell Bridge then across the meadows, through Llangattock to the canal near the Lime Kilns, then along the canal to Bridge 112. Return to the bridge across fields and through the beech wood then to the castle mound for harmony singing by Singplicity. Bring a decent torch, warm clothes and boots or good shoes. Afterwards come back to the hall for a bowl of warming soup, a roll and a brownie by Pepperberry Kitchen.

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Leading adventure film maker Alastair Lee is back with a brand new mountain film for 2015 ‘The Citadel’ featuring UK alpinists
Matt Helliker and Jon Bracy embarking on a first ascent in a
stunning and remote corner of the Alaskan wilderness.
The world’s first 4k mountain film, a truly amazing spectacle.
We also will be showing, ‘Operation Moffat’ an inspiring account of Britain’s first female mountain guide, the amazing Gwen Moffat (now 92). Added to the programme will be the superb short ‘Wild Atlantic’ a montage of all things climbing on the west coast of Ireland.

Event 16-Shaff Film Festival
A series of selected short adventure films straight from the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival.
A Front Door Adventure 
You don’t have to go far to find beauty, it’s right outside your front door.
Come on EileenThe remarkable story of Eileen Sheridan, one of Britain’s greatest ever cyclists, who defied the odds to become a pro-cyclist in the 1950s, setting recoSHAFF1__278__thumbnail.jpgrds that would stand for decades.
Danny Macaskill – The Ridge – For the first time in one of his films trials rider Danny MacAskill climbs aboard a mountain bike and returns to his native home of the Isle of Skye in Scotland to take on a death-defying ride along the notorious Cuillin Ridgeline.
El Sendero Luminoso – On January 15, 2014, Alex Honnold free-soloed El Sendero Luminoso (The Shining Path) in El Portrero Chico, Mexico in a little over three hours.

In the Frame  – In March 2011 Joe Beaumont fell off a mountain. He is very lucky to be alive. Joe sustained multiple injuries down one side of his body and lay in intensive care.  Thanks to the volunteers from Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team he was airlifted by the RAF Boulmer SaR team to hospital where he began his long journey towards recovery.
Jack – 93 year old Jack English reflects on living a solitary existence in his dream home that he built in the woods, five miles from the nearest road.
Megamoo – A journey by bike where love and adventure come together. Hannah Maia’s personal story of how she came to be pulling a heavy trailer across the worlds longest mountain bike trail.

Event 23-Kenton Cool
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Kenton Cool is the finest alpine climber of this generation.
He has summited Everest eleven times and is the first person in history to climb the three Everest peaks in one climb, a feat previously thought impossible. In 2012 he fulfilled the Olympic Games pledge of placing a 1924 gold medal on the Everest summit. He is the only Briton to have skied down two 8000-metre mountains, and in 2009 he guided Sir Ranulph Fiennes to the summit of Everest. And now, you can hear him speak about these and other adventures in his extraordinary life. Copies of his autobiography, “One Man’s Everest” will be on sale. All proceeds for Kenton’s talk will be donated to Sherpa Future Fund supporting the victims of the earthquake.

View their website here for dates and to book

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