Christmas and New Years Eve at Cantref

We can’t wait for Cantref’s Santa Experience to return on the 1st of December!   This is a ticket only event.  On-Line bookings are now open and some sessions have already sold out. Scroll down to find out more……….
Santa Experience @ Cantref Make Magical Memories this Christmas in our enchanting winter wonderland at Cantref! Our Christmas Experience is even bigger and better than last year. Walk through our Elves Kingdom with real animal nativity scenes and lots of Christmas Trees and Snow.  Make reindeer food, sit in Santa’s Sleigh, write your Christmas Letter, play our snowball game and do Christmas crafts while you wait to see Santa in his Grotto.  Santa will then give you a special key to enter the magical toy shop where you can select your own gift!   The excitement doesn’t end there, we also have Elf Academy where you can learn to be a Christmas Elf, our Mr Ev’s Christmas Show and Christmas Party Games with the entertainment team.  Combined with our usual shows such as bottle feeding, pet handling and pony rides along with lots of indoor and outdoor play there is plenty to keep you entertained for the whole day!  Our heated indoor soft play area is lovely and warm and our cafe will be serving lots of delicious food and tasty homemade cakes.  Tickets are selling fast so don’t miss out on all the fun! Book Tickets
Breakfast with Santa
Christmas is a magical time of year for all children so why not sprinkle that extra bit of magic and make Christmas even more special by treating the children to Breakfast with Santa at Cantref. Santa and his cheeky elves will be making special appearances while you enjoy a delicious hot buffet full English Breakfast feast in our lovely warm cafe.  There will be even be some scrummy pancakes for the kids. This package also includes a visit to the elves workshop, Santa’s Grotto and his amazing present room! 
Limited Spaces – Book Tickets
Kid’s New Year’s Eve Party with Special Count-Down @ 12 Noon  Our Special Kid’s New Year’s Eve Party is a ticket only event with limited capacity.

Cantref will be open from 10.30am to 4.00pm.  Make sure your arrive in plenty of time to join in with our special count-down and celebrations at 12 noon.  During the day we will have a disco and party games in the play-area with Mr Ev’s.  Other activities include pet handling, bottle feeding, mini farmers and pony rides.  Our sledge ride and swamp ride will also be open at intervals throughout the day.  This is a great way for the little ones to feel a part of the New Year celebrations and tire them out so the adults can celebrate in the evening. Book Now

Find out all the Christmas markets and Fairs you can go to this year here.

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Blaenavon World Heritage Site – November 2018 News & Events.

Events and Attractions

Blaenavon World Heritage Centre and Library
Christmas Craft Day – Saturday 1st December – 11am – 4pm. Join us to make unique handmade Christmas gifts- craft activities for all the family to enjoy.

Make a pottery Christmas gift on the Potter’s wheel
Design and make a colourful Christmas ceramic tile
£1 each per craft activity. Festive entertainment from Blaenavon Ladies Choir. Festive menu available in the Café. Christmas Craft in the Library 11am – 3pm, Christmas stories at 11.30am pre booking recommended-Free Entry. Visit: www.visitblaenavon.co.uk.

Blaenavon World Heritage Environmental Group
Sat 27th November 10:00am – 3:00pm – Mynydd y Garn Fawr Guided Walk 
A fairly strenuous walk of about 9.5 km (6 miles) not recommended for young children or people with limited mobility. This walk climbs past old coal and iron workings to Keeper’s Pond and the Foxhunter Car Park, before following the ridge of Mynydd y Garn Fawr, passing the Bronze-Age cairn Carn y Defaid.
Meet at Blaenavon World Heritage Centre and dress appropriately for the weather conditions.
No dogs allowed. Go to https://www.facebook.com/BWHEG
or http://www.bwheg.wales to keep updated on these events and further information.

Re-enactment of the 1868 Riot23rd November 5.30pm – At the Lion Hotel
To mark the 150th anniversary of the riot at The Lion Hotel there will be a special evening, including:
singing, dancing, a professional re-enactment and live music. Plus the official unveiling of the plaque.

Blaenavon and Pontypool Heritage Railway
Santa Specials – 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd and 23rd December 2018
Come and take the train and meet Santa with our Santa Specials. As well as the opportunity to meet with Santa, each child will receive an age appropriate gift. For the Adults there will be Sherry and a Mince Pie. Trains will run regularly. Booking is essential – Adult £12.00 Child £12.00 Visit our website for details of how to book your seats.
E-mail: volunteer@pbrly.co.uk

Santa is coming Blaenavon Ironworks!
Come and see Santa Claus in our historic Christmas grottos at Blaenavon Ironworks this Christmas – and make unique memories with the whole family!
On 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23 December, £3 per child to enter the grotto including gift. Free entry as normal to the Ironworks site on the day for all visitors, last entry 3:30pm. The grotto is situated within the site.
Book via the Ironworks shop, 01495 792615, book early to avoid disappointment, more details available.

It’s Christmas…Father Christmas at Big Pit
Be amazed as Father Christmas arrives at Pit Top at 10.30am, travelling 300ft UP from underground on his way to Lapland on 16th December. Once he’s arrived (and found his elves!) there’ll be an opportunity to visit him in his cottage, from 11am-1pm and 1.30pm-4pm, and tell him what’s on your Christmas list. Music will also be provided by Blaenavon Town Band. £5 charge to include a gift. Suitable for all children. No booking necessary. Supported by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery. Click here for details.

Heritage News

Welsh Slate Mining LandscapeDCMS Heritage Minister Michael Ellis has just announced that the Welsh Slate Mining Landscape bid can progress to nomination. Whilst there is still work to do, this is a huge hurdle cleared for the project. To find out more, click here…

 

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Celebrate Christmas at the Old Railway Line Garden Centre

Step into the Old Railway Line Garden Centre and you will be transported to a magic winter wonderland! They have amazing Christmas displays in store, a farm shop packed with festive delights and tonnes of Christmas decorations! They also have plenty of events to get you into the Christmas spirit…

What’s on?

DARK SKIES WALES: A NIGHT OF DISCOVERY TO REMEMBER! 16th November

We are proud to offer an evening of astronomy with astronomers from Dark Sky Wales. Using state of the art technology DSW astronomers will take you on a journey of discovery through our amazing Universe! The evening is split into three parts with a planetarium visit, astronomical talk and delicious food in the Railway Restaurant. Book your place here.

SANTA’S GRAND ARRIVAL-23rd November

 

WELCOME SANTA AS HE ARRIVES ON HIS SLEIGH! A fun and exciting evening with Santa arriving on his sleigh, a lively disco, games, bouncy castle and delicious festive food in the Railway Restaurant. An event to bring the magic of Christmas to life! Real reindeer and donkeys will also be here to view. FREE to attend with no booking required.

PET INFORMATION DAY-24th November

Don’t miss our special pet day, packed with information, free samples, talks, pet grotto and competitions!

We have lots planned including special guests & talks:

  • Sarah Nicholls – Sarah’s Doggy Day Care
  • Hannah from Hay Vets – Talk on ‘Winter Feeding for Dogs’
  • Zoe from Mucky Pups
  • Emma from LoveJoys
  • Many Tears Dog Rescue – Guess the Dog Weight!
  • Jonny Lewis – PHD Animal Nutrition Expert
  • Raffle

Bring your dog along to visit and enjoy our grotto experience including dog treats and a special gift! More details of talk times coming soon.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA-1st, 8th, 15th, 21st and 22nd December

This event is perfect for large or small groups of family and friends to meet to enjoy an experience to remember. Enjoy a freshly prepared breakfast whilst Santa visits each table.

AFTERNOON TEA WITH SANTA-7th, 12th and 14th December

Our delicious 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 including speaking with Santa and receiving a suitable gift.

FESTIVE VIP EVENING-13th December

Our delicious 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 including speaking with Santa and receiving a suitable gift.

Browse Online…

 

Christmas Lights

Christmas TreesChristmas Trees

Christmas Decorations

Garlands and Wreaths

Christmas Village

Christmas Candles

Christmas Dining

Find out where else you can celebrate Christmas in the Brecon Beacons here.

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Christmas in the Brecon Beacons

Get into the festive spirit by visiting one of the many Brecon Beacons‘ Christmas markets and fairs. 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!

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Pop along to browse through a great selection of local meats, organic fruit and vegetables, cheeses, bread, cakes, and some tempting locally brewed bottled beers!

Llandeilo Festival of the Senses-16th-18th November 2018

Llandeilo Festival of Senses is an annual free pre Christmas festival. Located across the West Wales town, the festival encompasses the towns shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants as well as offering Craft and fashion stalls, food stalls, buskers, entertainment and more. Join us in Llandeilo on the 16th – 18th of November, and get yourself in the Festive spirit. More here.

Brecon With Bells On – Saturday 17th November 2018

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Brecon With Bells On is a Christmas extravaganza taking place throughout Brecon Town Centre. It’s being organised by Brecon Town Council who have arranged a Christmas Market in marquees, Christmas stalls, children’s games, street food and entertainment.

Father Christmas will be in his grotto! The event starts at 12 noon and ends at 6:30pm.  At 6pm the town’s Christmas lights will be turned on by Neil Morrissey!! More here.

Hay Festival Winter Weekend-22nd-25th November

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.

Hay’s Christmas lights are turned on the 23rd, and extra fun is provided by the local arts and crafts market and Hay & District Chamber of Commerce. Hang out with friends, laugh fit to burst, and enjoy the finest stories, ideas, food and company. More here.

Traditional Christmas Fayre at Dinefwr-26th November

There’s festive fun for everyone at The Llandeilo Traditional Christmas Fayre at Dinefwr on the weekend of the 26th November from 10 till 6 – a mansion and courtyard filled with gift ideas and special treats.

Whatever the weather, you can enjoy choirs and bands in the courtyard and festive entertainment in Newton House. Plus, Santa will be there both days and there’s free mulled wine and mince pies for everyone! More here.

Royal Welsh Winter Fair, 26 & 27 November 2018

Come and celebrate Christmas and witness the finest prime stock show in Europe at this year’s Royal Welsh Winter Fair. First staged in 1990, the Winter Fair is now firmly established as one of the most popular attractions on the British agricultural show calendar. Leading stockmen from all over the UK compete for the top accolades in the competitions running throughout the two-day event. More here.

The Winter Fair 2018 at Aberglasney-November 

30 – December 2nd

Get into the festival spirit with a warm mulled wine or spiced apple juice and a mince pie for each visitor, served by dedicated volunteers. In the mansion and craft marquee, there will be over sixty stalls offering a wide range of Christmas gifts and lovely things including decorations, ceramics, glass art fine art, photography and more! In the food marquee there are thirty stalls of delicious artisan food and drink, from sweet treats such as fudge by Mabel George to Christmas essentials like somked salmon from Salmon fish and beef by Carn Edward and Rogers and Son. Jin Talog will have a gin bar and Coaltown will be serving their award winning coffee. There will be a hog roast, delicious food in the tearooms, music and dance, Santas grotto and Birds of Prey! More here.

December

Christmas Dinner at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales-3rd-23rd December

This Christmas we’re offering Christmas dinner at the Garden. The Christmas menu begins on Monday 3rd December and will run until Sunday 23rd December.

Entry is included in the price if you have pre-booked. Walk-in’s will be dealt with as normal, i.e entry and meal will need to be paid for. Crackers and napkins will be provided with a pre-booked meal. Garden Members will receive a discount of 10% of the menu price. Garden Volunteers will have their usual discounted rate. Deposits of £5 per person will need to be paid to secure a booking. This is non-refundable.

Crickhowell Christmas Fair and Late Night Shopping-6th December

On 6 December the annual Christmas Fair will take place in various venues, creating the opportunity for more people to enjoy the festive atmosphere, while Crickhowell businesses offer a festive Late Night Shopping opportunity. CRiC’s community Christmas tree decorating competition will also take place in various venues and St Edmund’s Church is putting on a great programme of children’s activities. More here.

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Myddfai Christmas Craft Fair- 7th December

There will be a wide range of local crafts & cakes available, as well as games and a quiz.  Mulled wine & mince pies plus other  tasty, home-made refreshments will be available from the cafe.  Entry is FREE. 10am-4pm

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Tradition at Tretower – old and new combine at Christmas for a Fayre and Festivities!
Visit our Christmas Fayre at Tretower for some local products from some local sources – and maybe get some inspiration for those last-minute gift ideas too. On Saturday we have the added attraction of the Medieval Household; come and learn how the Vaughan family retainers celebrated the festive season. Holly and ivy, mistletoe and mulled wine, wreaths and Yule logs, and there may be one or two carols as well – old ones, of course!

Prices
Adult – £6.90
Family – £20.00*
Member – Am Ddim/Free
Disabled and companion – Am Ddim/Free
Student and children under 16 – £4.10
Senior Citizen – £5.50

* Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children under 16.  More here.

Find out what else is on this November here.

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What’s on this November?

Embrace the Autumn and get out and about in the Brecon Beacons this November! We have plenty of firework displays lighting up the sky, family shows throughout the month and magical fairs to buy your Christmas gifts. Here’s our pick of the best things to do in Brecon Beacons this November. 

Find the perfect Christmas present at The National Botanic Gardens of Wales Gift Fair-3rd and 4th November

Do you need something for that difficult-buy-for friend or relative? Then our Gift Fair on November 3rd and 4th might just be the answer. There are stalls selling hand-dyed silks, handmade silver (and oak) jewellery, organic sheepskin and goatskin rugs, bird-tables, beauty care products, hand-crafted vintage lamps, gin, watercolour paintings, chutneys, curds and preserves. And much more!

Admission to the Garden is £10. Under 5s are free and parking is free for all. There is NO additional charge for admission to the Gift Fair. The Garden is open from 10am to 4.30pm. More here.

Ghostjam & Canalchemy Exhbition at Theatr Brycheiniog- 4th November

Additional artworks will be shown along with poetry and performance exploring parallel narratives of the living Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal and the ‘dead’ canal that used to link Merthyr Tydfil to the sea. Performance by Ghostjam in association with the Canalchemy project. Poets and performers include:

Lyndon Davies
Nia Davies
Allen Fisher
Steven Hitchins
Penny Hallas
Anthony Mellors
Camilla Nelson

Black Mountains Lions Bonfire & Firework Display at Hay-on-Wye/Y Gelli Gandryll-5th November

Baskerville Hall, Clyro. Gates Open 6pm. Bonfire Lit at 6.45pm and Fireworks 7pm. Adults £4, Children £1. Free Car-Parking. Variety of Stalls including Soup and Hotdogs!!

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Frankenstein at Theatr Brycheiniog-13th November

Celebrating 200 years since the publication of Mary Shelley’s masterpiece, Cascade breathes new life into a story that has become so much more to us than its 19th Century origins. Visceral and engaging, Cascade’s production brings to the stage all the potency, drama and tragic inevitability that has made the original novel beloved of generation after generation.

We all know Frankenstein; the tale of the monster made of and by man. A cautionary tale, a creation story, an outsider story…a love story. This November, a new Frankenstein is born as a company of five performers and two musicians bring to life Artistic Director Phil Williams’ compelling new adaptation of the ultimate gothic fantasy. Tickets here.

Llandeilo Festival of the Senses-16th-18th November

Llandeilo Festival of Senses is an annual free pre Christmas festival. Located across the West Wales town, the festival encompasses the towns shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants as well as offering Craft and fashion stalls, food stalls, buskers, entertainment and more. Its perfect to get yourself in the Festive spirit.

Brecon With Bells On – Saturday 17th November 2018

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Brecon With Bells On is a Christmas extravaganza taking place throughout Brecon Town Centre. It’s being organised by Brecon Town Council who have arranged a Christmas Market in marquees, Christmas stalls, children’s games, street food and entertainment.

Father Christmas will be in his grotto! The event starts at 12 noon and ends at 6:30pm.  At 6pm the town’s Christmas lights will be turned on by… our special guest! 🙂 More here.

Dark Skies Wales at The Old Railway Line Garden Centre-16th November

The Old Railway Line are proud to offer an evening of astronomy with astronomers from Dark Sky Wales. Using state of the art technology DSW astronomers will take you on a journey of discovery through our amazing Universe! The evening is split into three parts with a planetarium visit, astronomical talk and delicious food in the Railway Restaurant. More here.

Real Ale Wobble at Llanwrtyd Wells-17th November

Whether you are a hardened mountain biker or a fun rider who happens to like a drop of real ale, the Real Ale Wobble will be right up your street. With courses for both serious bikers and enthusiastic amateurs, anyone can give the event a go. Routes are waymarked and marshalled, with 2 check points along the way and one at the finish where beer tokens can be exchanged for locally brewed real ale (water, hot drinks and soft drinks are also available).

Hay Festival Winter Weekend-22nd-25th November

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.

Hay’s Christmas lights are turned on the 23rd, and extra fun is provided by the local arts and crafts market and Hay & District Chamber of Commerce. Hang out with friends, laugh fit to burst, and enjoy the finest stories, ideas, food and company. More here.

Welcome Santa as he arrives on his sleigh at The Old Railway Line Garden Centre-23rd November

A fun and exciting evening with Santa arriving on his sleigh, a lively disco, games, bouncy castle and delicious festive food in the Railway Restaurant. An event to bring the magic of Christmas to life! Real reindeer and donkeys will also be here to view. FREE to attend with no booking required

Hay Does Vintage-25th November

Hay Does Vintage returns to the Market Square. Over 50 vintage and retro traders. Vintage tearoom, Jewellery Curios, Vintage Clothes, Furniture and much more. 10.30 till 4.30. Visit website

Royal Welsh Agricultural Society Winter Fair- 26th & 27th November 

First staged in 1990, the Winter Fair is now firmly established as one of the most popular attractions on the British agricultural show calendar. Leading stockmen from all over the UK compete for the top accolades in the competitions running throughout the two-day event.

Away from the judging rings the very best of Welsh food producers will be showcasing their produce and Christmas shoppers can explore the hundreds of tradestands, demonstrations and exhibitions and festive atmosphere.

…and don’t miss out on Brecon Craft Fair on the 1st December

Brecon craft fair has been established for over 20 years and is based in the towns historic market hall. Each month up to 60 traditional independent craft workers and artists offer a wide range of high quality arts and crafts. This provides the opportunity to buy original and unique work directly from craft workers and artists. Held on the 3rd Saturday of every month from March to December.

 

Find a full list of spectacular Bonfire and Fireworks nights here.

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Bonfire Night in the Brecon Beacons National Park

November begins with a bang! Wrap up warm and head to one of the many firework and bonfire nights here in the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Bonfire Night at Dering Lines Brecon-Friday 2nd November

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Llandeilo Fireworks-Friday 2nd November

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Crickhowell Football Clubs Annual Bonfire and Fireworks event-Saturday 3rd November

We would like to invite you all to Crickhowell Football Clubs Annual Bonfire and Fireworks event! This year we welcome back Clams Cakes with their award winning brownies and Choc sauce! We also welcome for the first time the Beer Box who will be supplying Prosecco and a selection of Gins!  We also have LIVE MUSIC from Local Duo, NOTED! As well as the usual bar and food on offer. To cap it all off we have our usual fantastic Fireworks display illuminated by our Bonfire! All welcome! Come along and enjoy!

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Myddfai Fireworks Event-Saturday 3rd November

Myddfai Fireworks event Saturday 3rd Novemeber from 6pm with Fancy Dress Competition (no fixed theme) games, hot foods, bar and The Aunty Depressants band to follow. With help from Llanddeusant Community & Llandovery YFC

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Abergavenny Round Table Fireworks Extravaganza 2018-5th November

On November the 5th 2018, the skies above Abergavenny will be alight with colour as we take you back through 50 years of fireworks with our biggest display to date! Be part of history and make sure you’re there to witness this fireworks extravaganza!No automatic alt text available.

A fantastic night out for all the family with music, food, drinks, stalls, light up toys, a small children’s funfair and of course a professional fireworks display!

All proceeds will go to charities and good causes in the local area.

Adults: £5.00 early bird discount until October 29th or £6.00 afterwards.
Kids: £3.00 early bird discount until October 29th or £4.00 afterwards.

Gates open at 5:30 pm, Fireworks at 7 pm sharp! Belgrave Park, Monmouthshire on Monday 5 November 2018
Admission from 5:30PM
Starts at 7:00PM
Ticket Price: £3.00 – £6.00* More here.

Bonfire and Fireworks-Talybont-on-Usk-5th November

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Black Mountains Lions Bonfire & Firework Display at Hay-on-Wye/Y Gelli Gandryll-5th November

Baskerville Hall, Clyro. Gates Open 6pm. Bonfire Lit at 6.45pm and Fireworks 7pm. Adults £4, Children £1. Free Car-Parking. Variety of Stalls including Soup and Hotdogs!!

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16 things to do in the Brecon Beacons this Autumn

As the Brecon Beacons turns golden this Autumn, it’s time to reach for your wellies grab your camera and explore our wonderful National Park at one of the most beautiful times of the year!

Have a go at one of our 16 things to do in the Brecon Beacons and share your Autumnal snaps with us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using #VisitBreconBeacons. Happy exploring!

1. Go for a stroll in our beautiful countryside

Little can match the enjoyment of striding along our open ridges, strolling along our peaceful towpaths or exploring our beautiful, sun-dappled woods this Autumn. The Brecon Beacons National Park is full of wonderful places, guaranteed to give you a sense of exhilaration and freedom. Click here for all our wonderful walking routes.

2. Visit Waterfall Country

The sound of water rushing, gurgling and dripping over stone fills the ears. This is a place of movement, colour and sound, our Celtic rainforest. 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. The most famous waterfall is Sgwd-y-Eira, the Snow Waterfall, on the River Hepste, where a natural path leads right behind the curtain of water. Click here for more.

3. Cover more ground on a family bike ride

There are six recommended moderate, traffic-free cycle touring routes in the Brecon Beacons National Park. They’re perfect for a half day or full day cycle ride and a great way for you and your family or friends to get out into our beautiful countryside. Check out the routes here

4. Take to the sky – for a fun-filled day out

How better to enjoy the autumn colours and the changing of the seasons than to head to the sky and have a go at something new. Talgarth airfield is home to a small and very active gliding club, 970 feet above sea level in the stunning scenery of the Black Mountains.  With soarable conditions on most days, our average flight times are amongst the longest in the UK.  Find out more here

5. Layer up and take to the water

Give your legs a break from walking, hiking and cycling and check out the spectacular views from the water.  The Brecon Beacons National Park offers an array range of options for paddlesports, from the tranquillity of canals, reservoirs, lakes and rivers to extreme kayaking over jaw-dropping waterfalls. Find out more here

6. Explore our unique market towns – Llandovery, Llandelio, Abergavenny, Crickhowell, Hay On Wye, Talgarth, Brecon, Ystradgynlais and Builth Wells.

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Our National Park is ringed with characterful market towns while, further inside our Park, the River Usk, the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal and the shores of Llangorse Lake are dotted with pleasant country villages and sleepy hamlets. Together, our towns and villages reflect our history and heritage as a mining, quarrying and farming region and our role as custodians of a beautiful region of hills, valleys, lakes and waterways. Some are notable historic centres with classic Welsh architecture, interesting museums and ancient churches. Find out more here.

7. Warm up with our Welsh Whisky

Penderyn Distillery plans to triple production to nearly half a million bottles a year

Credit: Wales Online

The Brecon Beacons is home to Wales only Whisky producer, Penderyn Distillery. One of the few remaining independent distilleries, Penderyn takes its name from the old Welsh village in which it is located and nestles in the foothills of the ancient Brecon Beacons mountain range. Enjoy a distillery tour and take a journey through the history of single malt whisky-making in Wales, and explore the distilling process at first hand.Take a bottle away with you from the gift shop!

8. Enjoy a show at Theatr Brycheiniog

Situated at the end of the picturesque Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal in the pretty market town of Brecon on the edge of Brecon Beacons National Park, Theatr Brycheiniog offers a popular and acclaimed programme of performing arts and entertainment throughout the year.

9. Wet day? Head underground to marvel at the caves at Dan Yr Ogof

With ten attractions all covered on the one entry ticket – there is plenty to see and do for all ages at Dan Yr Ogof Showcaves. There are 3 different caves Dan-yr-Ogof, Cathedral Cave and Bone Cave each offering a unique underground experience. They also have one of the world’s largest collections of life-sized dinosaur models, a shire horse centre, Iron Age village, museum, and stone circles.

10. Explore ancient woodlands

There’s nowhere better to admire the changing seasons than in our woodlands. They stimulate the senses, from the beautiful songs of the birds and the smell of wildflowers, to the crunch of leaves underfoot. Click here for woodlands to visit.

11. Spend an afternoon in one of our many bookshops

Have a day out exploring the many bookshops in the Brecon Brecons, with bookshops being the local speciality in Hay-on-Wye! Visit Book-ish in Crickhowell, the quirky Hours Cafe and Bookshop in Brecon or Richard Booths Boookshop in Hay-its Europe’s largest secondhand bookshop! More here.Image result for felin fach griffin

12. Relax by a fire in a cosy country pub

Pubs are very much a key part of community life to most villages and towns in the Brecon Beacons National Park.  Visitors can quite easily stumble across a pub that offers a unique experience along with a fine selection of local food and drink, that makes the Autumn just that little bit better! Click here for some of our best pubs and inns.

13. Enjoy a great brew and a piece of cake

It’s the little treats, like a fresh pot of tea with sandwiches, Welshcakes or scones, jam and cream, that make holidays in Wales really special. Here in the National Park, we have lots of lovely cafés, tea shops and tea rooms. As a bonus, some of them double as galleries and gift shops. Check out our Cafe Guide here

14. Visit our Breathtaking Castles

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As our National Park is situated close to the border between Wales and England, many a territorial struggle has taken place on our doorstep. Magnificent ruins such as those at Brecon, Crickhowell, Llandovery and Tretower bear witness to a turbulent past, while grand mansions such as Cyfarthfa Castle, Newton House at Dinefwr and Tretower Court remind us that castles were once mighty symbols of power and wealth. Visit our most romantic Carreg Cennen-originally a medieval hill fort- it was a favourite of painter JMW Turner.  More information about all the Castles in the Brecon Beacons can be found here.

15. Imagine you’re in the Tropics at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales

Set in the beautiful Carmarthenshire countryside, just on the outskirts of the Brecon Beacons, the National Botanic Gardens of Wales are a fascinating blend of the modern and historic. Here you’ll find an inspiring range of themed gardens, the world’s largest single-span glasshouse, our new tropical Butterfly House, play areas and a national nature reserve, all set in a Regency landscape which provides the stage for a packed programme of events and courses throughout the year! Click here to find out what events they have on this Autumn.

16. Brave yourself for a haunted experience

Visit one of Wales’ most haunted pubs, The Skirrid Mountain Inn, standing for over 900 years & located in the beautiful Brecon Beacons, it’s steeped in legends of revolutions, ghosts & built on a mountain that once “shivered” – you will have to go a very long way to find an Inn with such history or character! Or dare yourself this Halloween with loads of events to scare you silly! Find them here.

Find our Autumn Guide to the Brecon Beacons here for more ideas!

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