The first ever full professional production of The Nutcracker created in Wales taking place 20th- 22nd December 2019 at Theatr Brycheiniog.
This extravaganza will feature:
Welsh Chamber Orchestra live
Professional principal dancers
Local dance students and actors
Original choreography by Artistic Director Katy Sinnadurai
Tickets on sale now from Theatr Brycheiniog Box Office 01874 611622 or book online here
Brecon Festival Ballet is a new, not-for-profit company that has been formed to present a brand-new production of The Nutcracker at Theatr Brycheiniog for Christmas 2019. Not only will this be the first time a professional version of this iconic ballet has been produced in Wales, it will also be the first time that Theatr Brycheiniog has ever presented a full-length ballet with a live orchestra!
The Nutcracker is probably the world’s most popular ballet – performed to packed houses all over the globe each Christmas. The ballet is a winning combination of Tchaikovsky’s beautiful music featuring famous and very familiar tunes, and a magical story involving a Christmas party, a journey through the Land of Snow and a feast of iconic dances in the Kingdom of Sweets, ruled over by the Sugar Plum Fairy.
The ballet will be created by Artistic Director Katy Sinnadurai, a ballet dancer and choreographer based in Brecon. All principal roles will be performed by professional ballet dancers, with children’s and character roles taken by local dance students and actors. The Snowflakes chorus will be sung by a local choir, and the production will be accompanied by the Welsh Chamber Orchestra.
This is an extremely ambitious project, so we are applying for grants and launching a fund-raising campaign to help us cover the costs of this exciting production… Brecon’s very own Christmas ballet.
This year’s Brecon With Bells On event takes place on Saturday 16th November 2019, with the switching on of the Christmas lights at 6pm by Welsh International Rugby star Josh Navidi. We have a great event planned and are hoping to build on the success of previous years.
Brecon Town Council has provided the town with a Christmas tree for many years, along with the Christmas lights which are always switched on at the end of November but this year they are pulling out all the stops to put on ‘Brecon With Bells On‘, a Christmas extravaganza on Saturday 16 November which will appeal to local families and visitors to the town – with activities taking place from 10am – 8pm -the full programme can be be found here.
The Christmas parade will start at 11.45am led by the Mayor and the Dinkey Donkeys followed by the official opening at 12pm. The countdown to the lights switch on will start at 5.45pm.
In the afternoon traditional fairground activities will bring an old fashioned Christmas atmosphere to the town with a coconut shy, a children’s carousel, crazy golf and more. These will be free for children to enjoy.
The Craft Makers Fair by the Guide Hall this month is on Saturday November 16th between 9am and 4.30 pm. Come along to admire the lovely products and begin your Christmas shopping! Several shops will be staying open for late night shopping, possibly a glass of mulled wine and a hot minced pie.
Seasonal Finds is Found’s exhibition for Christmas – with beautiful paintings and many a lovely thing to help with you in your search for Christmas gifts.
Seasonal Finds at Found Gallery, Brecon opens on Thursday, November 14th at 5pm and runs until the 24th December 2019. Find out more here.
Seasonal Finds is Found Gallery’s exhibition for Christmas with the beautiful landscape watercolours and oils by Llangadog based artist, Duncan Macdonald Johnson and Judith Stroud’s paper sculpture relief prints with their wonderful quirkiness and sparkle. Ceramicist, Justine Allison Ceramics has a selection of her delicate, hand built porcelain vessels and bowls. Local artist, Toose Morton, is showing her colourful mixed media paintings on board as well as charcoal and pen drawings of Brecon.
Christmas gift opportunities abound with Ruth Packham’s quirky birds, FfolkyFfelt’s heavenly angels, Molly Lemon Art‘s wood engravings, Paul Davies simple wood turned decorations, pens and more as well as gorgeous cushions, wraps and other lovely pieces from knitted textile designer @Katie Victoria Designs. Helen Flynn‘s framed paper cuts based on traditional embroidery samplers are coming straight to us from the Ruthin exhibition ‘Aelwyd’.
The sparkle continues with Angie Hughes colourful brooches and stunning jewellery by Alice Keeler whose lovely pieces are in the most glorious of boxes. Alice was the winner of this year’s h-Art Emerging Artist Bursary Award.
Autumn is the perfect time to get outside with your family and enjoy creating wonderful memories. And with all the events and activities you can get up to in our National Park it’ll be impossible for the kids to get bored this October half term.
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.
Visit one of our many Castles. 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. More information about all the Castles in the Brecon Beacons can be found here.
Enjoy an outdoor activity with a difference this October in the Brecon Beacons.With Good Day Out, you can enjoy one of their small group innovative Walking with Animals experiences. Take a Piggy Walk & Pig-Nic with a stroll along the scenic Senni Valley in the company of some KuneKune pigs with a paddle in the river if conditions allow and tea & cakes after, or Dinky Donkey Walking with sweet little Miniature Mediterranean donkeys around quiet farmland with far-reaching views and a picnic on the hill. You can also spend a morning learning about how to work a sheep dog. In the company of a local shepherd who competes internationally, you will see several dogs in different stages of their training, and get to have a go with voice commands and gestures to move a small herd of sheep. If you are keen on Wildlife and Conservation, the Hedgehog Experience is very very worthwhile, however it is only for ages 16 & over. Visiting a working Rescue, you will learn about emergency care and habitat, and will help with feeding any hoglets if this is needed. For these and other Good Day Out activities and adventures, please visit www.gooddayout.co.uk or contact them with email@example.com or 01874 749092.
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
Head to Cantref for Harry Trotter And The Pumpkin Patch – 26th October – 4th November 2019. Put on your scarf, wrap up warm and fly over to Harry Trotter’s Wizard School at Cantref for some magical fun this October Half Term. Hop aboard the Cantref Express through Platform 9 and 6/8 to driving past the spooky forest,continue on your journey to marvel at the talking pumpkins and complete your wizard training at Wizard School with the star attraction Harry Trotter himself!A day at Cantref Adventure Farm is always a full fun day, but this October half term, we promise it will be more fun than ever before!! Find out more here
Keep underground in Dan Yr Ogof Cave our annual ‘Halloween experience’ takes place. Long before you get to the unique setting for our Halloween festivities the cries, moans of the ghosts, and ghouls can be heard echoing through the cave! Looking up you will see witches flying out of the smaller cave passageways as they make their way to Cauldron Chamber, which is the starting point for this unearthly event. Everywhere in this section of the cave the human skulls, spiders, rats, and screeching sounds indicate that you are in another world, the underworld, where everyone’s most terrifying fantasies have suddenly become a reality! Find out more here.
Enjoy a Spooky afternoon tea at the Old Railway Garden Centre. Are you brave enough for our Spooky Afternoon Tea? We welcome families to join us for horror-rific Halloween themed cakes and spooky sandwiches before enjoying a scary story and venturing through our haunted Halloween Walkway – will you make it out the other side? There will also be a prize for the best child’s fancy dress and a party bag for each child to take home! Find out more here
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
Did you know on a clear night in the Brecon Beacons, you can see the Milky Way, major constellations, bright nebulas and even meteor showers. It’s enough to make anyone starry eyed. Our Park has some of the highest quality dark skies in the whole of the UK, making it the perfect destination for stargazers. There are loads of Events to enjoy stargazing – check out the ones on this month here. Check out our top 10 places to go stargazing here
There are lots of spooky goings on in the Brecon Beacons National Park this Halloween. Here are a few family friendly events to take your pick from;
Make a mythical beast mask or lantern at a free workshop hosted by Brecon’s Mari Lwyd on Wednesday 30th October, 2-5pm. (All children MUST be accompanied by an ADULT.)Then head out on the Mythical Beast & Lantern Trail on Thursday 31st October, 6pm starting at the Wellington Hotel in Brecon.
Take a ride on the Ghost train at The Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway. Trains are running from our Spooky Furnace Sidings station at regular intervals from 4pm through to 9pm. All visitors are encouraged to dress up in their spooky clothes (but not essential). Be prepared to be scared! Note: All children must be accompanied by an appropriate adult. Click here to book tickets for this event.
Beacons View Tearoom at the National Park Visitor Centre, Libanus has spooky story telling sessions every hour from 1pm. There are awards for the best costume and lots of colouring activities and it’s all free, this Thursday 31st October 1pm-4pm.
Visit Harry Trotter And The Pumpkin Patch at Cantref Adventure Farm this Halloween!
Put on your scarf, wrap up warm and fly over to Harry Trotter’s Wizard School for some magical fun, complete your wizard training and take a walk to see the Pumpkin Patch. The event runs until the 4th November, go online for more details.
Deep underground in Dan Yr Ogof, The National Showcaves Centre for Wales, Halloween is well underway! Hear the ghouls cry and see the witches fly as you brave the Halloween experience. The Halloween event runs up to and including Thursday 31st October 2019.
Spooky Halloween Day at Blaenavon Ironworks–28th, 29th and 31st October.Join in a Halloween-themed trail for a day of thrills and chills! With a prize for the first 150 to complete our spooky trail through the Ironworks. £2 charge per trail.Halloween Day itself only: come and hear Welsh spooky tales and legends in our cottages with storyteller Cath Little. Find out more here.
The Old Railway Line Garden Centre in Glasbury has a Spooky Halloween Walkway open 11am-4.30pm until the 31st October. It’s only a £1 per person and no booking is required.
Spooky decorations are being made at Talgarth Mill, make a spider and a web on Wednesday 30th October. No booking needed – just drop in to the Granary Room – £4.40 a go. Find out more here
The Trail of Spookiness reappears at Tretower – Hhhhaaapppy Halloween!- 29th-31st October. It’s that time again; time for the bats, the rats and the creepy-crawlies to emerge from their hidey-holes and join the ghosts in making a Trail of Spookiness around Tretower Court. Bring your youngster to test the trail, but BEWARE – you may yet see the White Lady walk along her balcony… Find out more here.
There are lots of events planned to celebrate King Goodwell Zwelithini’s visit to Visit Brecon in July.
Zulus will be welcomed into Brecon this July, making a wonderful opportunity to meet some of the descendants of the Zulu warriors who fought at Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. There will be several evening performances at Theatr Brycheniog and a special concert at the Cathedral. Read on for a schedule of events.
21st July – 1 pm – 5.30 pm Pageant at Brecon Barracks to Welcome King Goodwell. – FREE ENTRY
22nd July- A concert to Celebrate King Goodwill Zwelithini’s visit to Wales at Brecon Cathadral. 7.30pm find out more and book tickets here
KING CETSHWAYO THE MUSICAL at Theatr Brycheniog
Tracing the life of this heroic Zulu leader, King Cetshwayo: The Musical is a vibrant and colourful production performed by over 20 artists as well as live musicians from South Africa which combines theatre, film and traditional Zulu and Shembe dance movements.The story tells of the Zulu’s defiance against the English and Welsh Regiments during the Anglo Zulu Wars, and the victories that re-inspired the pride of a nation.
Motorbikers Rev up for Llandovery Motorbike Weekend, which takes place next weekend.
The local community in Llandovery, at the western gateway to the Brecon Beacons National Park, are inviting bikers to make time for more than a pit-stop at the picturesque, historic town with a special Motorbike Weekend on 6th -7th July – to show fans of the steel horse just what it has to offer!
Hundreds of motorcyclists pass through Llandovery every year, stop for a cup of tea and then travel on to other destinations. This summer Llandovery is hosting a weekend centred around motorcycles in a bid to give riders a more complete picture of the town, and a reason to stick around longer.
The weekend will include the following:
Vintage Bike Displays
First Aid Training
Fete & Gala Stalls
Arts & Craft Stalls
Youth & Biker Crier Competition
Health and Wellbeing
Live Music and much more!
Two of the key event organisers are Jonah and Sue MacGill, who run a five star self-catering holiday cottage near the town. Sue said: “Llandovery is already a magnet for bikers, so we’re celebrating that by welcoming and promoting responsible motorcycling in what promises to be a really exciting weekend.”