Events at Tretower Court and Castle

Tretower Court and Castle are ready for a legendary summer, with plenty of events to keep everyone occupied! Dare to meet the Dragons, enjoy garden tours, expect lots of laughs with a unique take on Shakesperes The Tempest and you can even become a Bat-Man or Bat-Woman! Find out more below.

Sun 25 Jun 2017-Garden Tour and Talk

A humorous and informative herbal tour and talk in the beautiful medieval garden at Tretower Court.

Find out what strange and wonderful cures can be obtained from nature in your own back yard.

Herbs have been used throughout the centuries as an aid in medicines, to flavour our food, in cosmetics and to cover offensive odours. Touch, smell, feel, take away and enjoy!

Tours and talks at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

Dates, times and prices

25 Jun 2017

11am – 4.30pm

Adult – £6.50
Family – £19.30*
Senior citizens, students and children under 16 – £4.20
Member – Am ddim / free
Disabled and companion – Am ddim / free
*Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children under 16

More info here

27th June-09th July- Dare to meet Dwynwen and the Baby Dragons

Date / Time: 27 June – 09 July
Venue: Tretower Court
Info: Visitors are dared to meet Dywnwen and her Dragon Babies at Tretower Court and Castle.
Booking: No booking required. The Dragons will be available to see until 09 July when they will continue their journey across Wales. Usual admission fees apply.

More info here. 

06 Jul – 09 Jul-Taking Flight — ‘The Tempest’ Tretower Court and Castle

Taking Flight Theatre return to Cadw sites across Wales once again, this time with their unique take on Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

Join the Magic Staff Liner Corporation and indulge yourself with a jaunt on the newest addition to their fleet — their number one luxury ocean liner, The Remembrance.  Let their crew take care of your every worry, your every woe on their 10 year anniversary cruise to the Island that Time Forgot.

Expect lots of laughs, physical comedy, live original music and most of all expect the unexpected.

This performance has live integrated BSL interpretation and audio description. Touch tours and BSL introductions are available by arrangement — please contact or on 07785 947823 to discuss this, or any other access requirement.

Thursday 6 July 7pm
Sunday 9 July 5.30pm

For tickets click here

For information go to or phone 02920 230020

Family friendly show.
Every performance is a relaxed performance and is supported with BSL/SSE and audio description

Dates, times and prices

06 Jul – 09 Jul 2017

7.00pm – 9.00pm

Adult – £14.50
Family – £35.00
Senior citizens, students and children under 16 – £10.00

Child £5.00

More info here.

22nd July-3rd September-A Legendary Summer

Tretower Court

Tretower Court

It’s the Year of Myths and Legends – where do YOU fit in?

Come and join the fun at Tretower Court and Castle as we celebrate the summer holiday season with period games like “Horseshoes” and “Jeu de Mail” alongside activities such as face-painting and lantern-making – and maybe the odd story or two!

Dates, times and prices

22 Jul – 03 Sep 2017

10.00am – 5.00pm

Adult – £6.50
Family – £19.30 *
Senior citizens, students and children under 16 – £4.20
Member – Am ddim / free
Disabled and companion – Am ddim / free
*Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children under 16

More info here

20th August-Sunday Best in the 15th Century

Tretower Court

Tretower Court

Discover a day in the life of the Tretower household – see the differences between now and then!

Have you ever wondered what day-to-day life was like in the 15th Century, with questions such as “What sort of food did people eat?” and “How did they spend their time?” Well, now you can discover the answers! While away an hour or two with our friendly re-enactors, who will be in residence to give appropriate advice on all sorts of subjects – from dining etiquette to the best way of keeping your sword sharp and your bowstring dry!!

Dates, times and prices

20 Aug 2017

11am – 4.30pm

Adult – £6.50
Family – £19.30*
Senior citizens, students and children under 16 – £4.20
Member – Am ddim / free
Disabled and companion – Am ddim / free
*Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children under 16

More info here.

26th August- It’s a Bat’s Life

Brilliant Bats

Brilliant Bats

Become a Bat-Man or Bat-Woman! Join our Bat Investigation Team for a nocturnal tour of Tretower Court!

Join an evening tour of Tretower Court and be part of our bat investigation team, with the help of wildlife officers and bat detection equipment. What species are here? What do they eat? Where do they go during the day?

The Vincent Wildlife Trust works to protect wildlife and help people learn about the species with which we share our gardens, woodlands and ancient monuments.  Wildlife Officers will give a brief introduction to the work of the trust and the types of wildlife that may be encountered, whilst Tretower’s custodian will explain the history of the site over the last 900 years.

Please wear suitable clothing; and sturdy footwear and small torch also advisable.

£3.00 for adults, £1.50 for under-16s

Dates, times and prices

26 Aug 2017

7.00pm – 9.00pm

Adult – £3.00
Senior citizens, students and children under 16 – £1.50
Disabled and companion – Am ddim/Free

More info here. 

23rd-14th September-Open Doors – Tretower Court and Castle

Tretower Court and Castle

Tretower Court and Castle

Join a tour with Tretower Court and Castle’s very own custodian. Find out more about its fascinating history and architecture, and take a walk around to appreciate its beautiful setting and location.

For over 900 years Tretower Court and Castle has been altered, adjusted and adapted. Much of this was done to keep up with style, fashion and the tastes of the time.

The Picards and the Vaughans who lived here were rich influential Welsh families; the movers and shakers of their time. They needed a place to impress. And the sumptuous accommodation they created reflected their high status as Welsh gentry.

When the Vaughans left in the 18th century, Tretower Court became a working farm and, where ladies and gentlemen had lived, lambs and geese moved in!

Now, in the 21st Century, we’ve recreated a suite of rooms as they may have been in 1470 when the Vaughans were part of high society. Discover a sophisticated way of life: from intricately carved furniture right down to the pots and pans of a working kitchen. Experience 15th century living at its best.

Tours will be at 11.00am, 1.00pm and 3.00pm.

Getting there – Signposted in Tretower village, off A479 3mls/5km north west of Crickhowell, Powys

Although admission to this event is free, it is a ticketed event. Tickets available on the website from the beginning of September.  here

Dates, times and prices

23 Sep – 24 Sep 2017

11am – 4pm

Adult – Am ddim / free
Family – Am ddim / free
Senior citizens, students and children under 16 – Am ddim / free
Member – Am ddim / free
Disabled and companion – Am ddim / free

More info here. 

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What’s on at Theatr Brycheiniog this Summer?

Theatr Brycheiniog is a great place to enjoy live music and shows for all ages this Summer! It’s also in the perfect location for a day out,with a children’s park just around the corner and it’s situated on the canal basin where you can hire a boat or go for a stroll along the beautiful canal! They also have a new cafe and ice cream for sale. Read on for some of the events being held there this Summer.

June 24th-Live @ The Waterfront Presents: Elisabeth Webb

Elisabeth Webb is a Welsh Actor Musician and Singer Songwriter. She writes original music with guitar, ukulele and piano. She is a regular guest artist on the Jamie Owen Show- BBC Radio Wales. Elisabeth plays at her own shows in London and Cardiff, her favourite venue is Camden Proud.

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Friday 30th June-Comedy Club

Little Wander (the team behind the Machynlleth Comedy Festival) return with their monthly comedy club. Catch some of the UKs finest stand up stars at fantastic value.

Friday 7th July- Sir Ranulph Fiennes – Mind Over Matter

Credit-John Cleare

In Mind Over Matter, Sir Ranulph Fiennes offers a personal journey through his life, from birth to the present day. From light-hearted to strikingly poignant, Mind Over Matter covers Sir Ranulph’s childhood, misdemeanours at school, army life and early expeditions, right through the Transglobe Expedition, to his current Global Reach Challenge, which includes the record breaking and immensely challenging projects – which saw Sir Ranulph receive the Guinness Book of Records accolade as ‘Greatest Living Explorer’ – while suffering frostbite and risking life and limb in some of the most ambitious private expeditions ever undertaken.


Saturday 22nd July-Live @ The Waterfront – Iron Eye

A crunchy, urban sax sound glued together with breakbeat drums. A bassy, raw and high-energy trio with a kick to their beats and a swing in their tails.Inspired by the dirty sounds of the New York cave music scene and New Orleans street funk, these guys fill more acoustic space than you ever thought could be possible. Fusing dance music and acoustic jazz they create the loudest, boldest and most original sound like you’ve ever heard. 

Saturday 12th August-Dream Team

Once Labeled by Independent Newspapers’ Sunday Tribune as “the most talked about group out of Durban about to make it big in the music industry,” DreamTeam has certainly lived up to this expectation, and were recently chosen to perfrom for the Zulu Royal Family.

DreamTeam is a concept that believes in pushing the envelope, surpassing conventional boundaries and setting new standards in music entertainment. The statement, “Teamwork makes the Dream work,” is the rudimentary element that brought group members Trevor Sineke (Trey), Lusaso Ngcobo (Saso) and Mthoko Mkhathini (Dash) into partnership in early 2011, and has since seen the trio take Durban, KZN and now South Africa by storm.

The name DreamTeam itself speaks to the friendship that existed before the group was formed, and the individual as well as team goals that laid the foundation behind the concept of DreamTeam.

Theatr Brycheiniog has free live music at their Waterfront Bar every Saturday from 1pm to 3pm, a perfect event for the whole family to enjoy! 

Click here for the full of schedule of events happening in Theatr Brycheiniog over summer!

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Walk Wednesday: Hay-on-Wye Circular and a Taste of Offa’s Dyke

A Taste of Offa’s Dyke Path

This week’s Walk Wednesday is a contribution from Drover Holidays, who are based in Hay-on-Wye.

Here’s a walk that offers an excellent insight to the surrounding Hay-on-Wye area and really showcases what is on the famous book town’s doorstep.  The walk goes past numerous historic spots including the famous Offa’s Dyke path.

DISTANCE – 8kms (5 miles)
START POINT – Hay on Wye Public Car Park
MAPS – OS Explorer OL13.  OS Landranger 161

DESCRIPTION: Hay on Wye is well known for its bookshops but is also a wonderful base for walking.  This circular 5-mile walk takes you into the foothills of the Black Mountains and offers lovely views of the town and surrounding countryside – to the Central Brecon Beacons and beyond on a clear day.  The walk takes around two hours – three if you take it easy – and is just strenuous enough to work up a good appetite!

PARKING: Plentiful parking at the main pay and display car park in Hay on Wye.  Hay on Wye is also served by a regular Hereford to Brecon bus service.

From the top of the main car park on Oxford Road turn right and walk along the road passing two tall semi-detached houses.  Turn right onto a lane, you’re now following the Offa’s Dyke Path, a long-distance path which runs for nearly 180 miles along the English-Welsh border.  It follows, roughly, the line of a defensive earthwork built by King Offa in the 8th century AD.  This is a National Trail and marked by the acorn symbol which you will see regularly as you follow the footpath.

Visitors on a guided walk with Luke from Drover Holidays ©

At the end of the lane, go through a kissing gate and follow a broad path across a large field, the hedge to your left.  Continue through two more gates.  The path starts to ascend more steeply.  Cross a footbridge over a stream which runs down into the Dulas Brook which, despite it’s small size, forms the border between England and Wales.  Continue straight ahead at the next two gates, following a finger post pointing to Cusop.  Go over a stile and cross a track, now bear slightly left across the field.  At the fence line, bear right and follow the field boundary with the stream below in the valley on your left.  These gardens belong to Lower House B&B, a beautiful property in a secluded spot.  Their eco-friendly cabin is visible from the path and blends modern and old technologies and materials perfectly – sheep’s wool insulation and triple-glazing combine to keep it cosy in winter!

Cross a stile to reach a road.  Turn left and walk up the road for 150 metres, then turn right across a stile. Ascend steeply bearing to the right of the dwelling to cross the stream via a footbridge and kissing gate.  Turn sharp left and continue uphill following the field boundary closely.  Cross a stile to reach the road.  Turn right and walk between the buildings of Upper Dan y Fforest.  Follow the road which now climbs steeply through mixed woodland.  At the cattle grid, turn sharp right across a stile and descend through the wood.  Bear left to reach a stile.  Cross this and continue downhill through a broad, steeply sloping field.  50 metres beyond the stile, turn left across a stile and cross a steam.  Ascend to another stile and cross this to reach a large field, farm buildings are visible on the far side of the field.  Bear right acrross the field diagonally, cross the small stream (no footbridge) then cross a stile to reach the lane.  Turn left and follow the lane past Pant y F farm.

250 metres on from the farm, leave the road via a stile on your right.  A fingerpost points towards Llanigon.  Cross the field, keep to the left to avoid losing height and aim for the metal gate on the skyline.  Go through the gate onto a track.  Take a moment to enjoy the fantastic view of the Central Brecon Beacons and the  Radnorshire Hills to the North.

Do not follow the main track but turn right from the gate onto a footpath heading north.  Cross a stile and descend through Wern Wood on a very pleasant path which winds down through the trees to emerge into field beside The Werns, an isolated stone-built house.  Pass to the right of the house, cross the access track to the dwelling, and go over a stile into a field of rough pasture – usually full of inquisitive sheep.  Bear left to reach the left-hand field boundary and follow the path which keeps to this side of the field as you descend through scrubby vegetation and trees.

The field tapers to a point as you reach the bottom corner.  In fact, many of the fields are small and oddly shaped in these foothills of the Black Mountains!  This pattern is a relic of medieval and early post-medieval enclosure which was characterised by small irregular fields.  The mixed woodland and, where they survive, hedges of hawthorn, hazel and ash are also centuries-old features of the landscape.

Continuing the walk – from the bottom of the field bear right here and follow the field boundary for 400m – there are some distinctive metal railings which run almost the length of one field and make a good landmark.  At the end of this level path, the path forks.  Bear left and begin your descent into Hay following the beautiful Login Brook.  Wooden bridges and steps have been installed to make the descent less slippery and this mossy, green corridor is especially welcome on a summer’s day when the shade and cool water are welcome!  At the bottom of the path you emerge onto a perfectly mowed lawn, the brook disappears into a culvert, and the churchyard appears on your right.  Go straight ahead to reach Brecon Road – and civilisation!

Turn right here and follow the road into town, passing The Swan Hotel and continuing uphill to the junction with Oxford Road.  Turn right and you’re back at your starting point.

To extend your walk and visit St Mary’s Church, turn right upon reaching Brecon Road and then turn left into St Mary’s Road at the end of which you will find the church.  From the entrance gate, a path leads straight down to the River Wye, passing underneath the old trackbed of the railway which once served Hay on Wye.  Now turn right and follow the pleasant riverside walk for 500m to reach the main road bridge.  Ascend to the road and turn left for the town centre – the chippy and The Granary Cafe are just around the corner if you’ve worked up an appetite!

For more information on Drovers Holidays click here or for more Walking Wednesday routes click here.

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Abergavenny Festival of Cycling begins this Saturday!

The Iron Mountain and Monmouthshire Sportif Four sportives on June 24th are included in the Abergavenny Festival of Cycling for 2017. The four events are: the Monmouthshire 20 (previously titled “Leisure Ride”), the Monmouthshire Sportif 40 miles, the Iron Mountain 70 miles and the famed Iron Mountain 100 mile event.

In addition, we again provide the Wales Open Criterium comprising two events our ever popular ‘Traders’ Race’ and the E/1/2/ Event, both held on 7th July. Use the form below to start your entry.

Schedule of Events 2017

Date Time Event Distance Fees Enter Option
Sat 24/06/17 09:00 Iron Mountain 100 100 miles Online from £20.00
On Day: £40.00
Sat 24/06/17 09:30 Iron Mountain 70 70 miles Online from £20.00
On Day: £40.00
Sat 24/06/17 10:00 Monmouthshire 40 40 miles Online from £15.00
On Day: £35.00
Sat 24/06/17 10:30 Monmouthshire 20 20 miles Online from £10.00
On Day: £20.00
Fri 7/07/17 18:00 Wales Open Criterium Traders Race On Day : £10.00 Click to Enter
Fri 7/07/17 20:00 Wales Open Criterium E/1/2 Race Online : £25.00 Click to Enter

Having again listened to the feedback from you we have tweaked the rides which we hope make for a more enjoyable and challenging experience.

The Monmouthshire 20 over the flatlands of the Usk Valley make for a leisurely ride on the existing course with a stop at the Black Bear Bettws Newydd.

A Monmouthshire Sportif over a shorter route than last year which but still retains the challenging ride around North Monmouthshire. The undulating roads of the iconic Rolls Estate before descending into the Monnow Valley and climbing out through the historic village of Grosmont to meander back over the rolling roads back to Abergavenny

The Iron Mountain 70 completes the ride through the Monmouthshire Sportif before tackling the Iron Mountain and Llangynidr Moors before descending into Llangattock and returning to Abergavenny.

The Iron Mountain 100 again completes the Monmouthshire ride, climbs the Tumble and heads over the Llangynidr Moors and descends into Llangynidr. On through Talybont, Llanfihangel Tal-y-llyn and Llangorse before climbing the Dragons Back and descending to Abergavenny via Crickhowell.

Click here for more info 

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Tawe Valley Arts Week-23rd June-2nd July

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A local Arts Week is a great way to show case the huge variety of creativity in your area. The Tawe Valley is home to many hidden treasures; in the landscape, the history and especially in the people. The time feels right to share the rich culture of our Valley. This years Tawe Arts Week will be from the 23rd of June until the 2nd of July.

Art Studios, Craft Workshops, creative groups, venues and Artisan businesses will come together in a printed Directory, on this site and the Facebook Page, to show off all the fabulous things that are going on around here to everyone who is interested in having unique, hand-made, beautiful things around them. On the 23rd of June, 2017, we will open our studios, put on exhibitions and invite the public to tour this wonderful area and visit us to learn about our art-work and buy pieces to keep.

Tawe Valley Arts Week is the opportunity for a wonderful day out; expect the unexpected, be inspired, diverted and delighted- and come home with a unique artwork of your own. You’ll be able to meet artists in a wide variety of amazing venues, talk about their work, watch demonstrations and maybe have a go yourself. Or simply feast your eyes on a huge range of creative activity, from painting, photography, textiles, sculpture and ceramics to furniture, glass, mosaics, jewellery, digital art and much more.


Click here for more info.

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Best Spots for Picnics in the Brecon Beacons

Make the most of the sun this weekend by heading outside for a relaxing picnic! Here are some of our favorite picnic spots for a blissful weekend in the #BreconBeacons

Craig-y-Nos Country Park
Lakes, ponds and big valley views mean that the Craig-y-Nos Circular is the ideal walk for some alfresco eating.
Vaughan Gardens
Take a break from the Talybont Valley by walking through a peaceful garden sown with herbs and other plants author and physician Henry Vaughan would have used in his scientific and medical experiments, the Vaughan Gardens are a fragrant spot to stop and bask in the serenity of the surrounding countryside. Laid out with benches, it’s also the ideal place for a relaxing picnic.
Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal
A short distance into the Brecon to Pencelli canal walk you’ll find the perfect picnic spot, complete with ornate woodcarvings that depict the canal’s industrial heritage.
National Park Visitor Centre
With spectacular views, naturally beautiful grounds and children’s trails for little ones to explore, the Visitor Centre is the perfect place for a picnic. Get your fill before walking on Mynydd Illtud.
Llangorse Lake

the_lake.pngThe grassy common alongside Llangorse Lake is a popular picnic site and often grazed by horses, sheep and sometimes cattle. It is the ideal place to mess about in boats, take a gentle stroll or watch the bird life.

Castle Meadows- Abergavennny
This 20 hectare site of flat, floodplain grazing land is next to the River Usk, along with bordering trees, small copses, streams and ponds making it the perfect picnic spot! Waitrose is near by so you can stock up on the essentials. More here

You’re spoiled for choice when it comes to inviting riverside picnic spots on a Waterfall Country walk to Sgŵd Gwladus.
Click here for our top walks of 2017 if you fancy something more energetic!
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6 weeks until the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show!

What’s with all the Royal Welsh excitement?

As one of the pinnacle events in the British agricultural calendar, the annual Royal Welsh Show is an action-packed event with four-days of exciting competitions, livestock, forestry, horticulture, crafts, countryside sports, shopping, food and drink, a 12-hour programme of non-stop entertainment, attractions, displays and much more… the list goes on!

When and where?

24 – 27 July 2017 at the Royal Welsh Showground in Llanelwedd, Builth Wells

The show is held every July at the beautiful Royal Welsh showground, nestled in the picturesque countryside of Mid-Wales.

For some it’s an annual pilgrimage for the whole week, for others it’s a day out to remember each year… but, surprisingly, there are some who have never had the ‘Royal Welsh Experience’. We know! It’s hard to believe. So, with only six weeks to go, here are just a few reasons why you should visit…

1. Animals galore

With over 8,000 livestock entries, the animals are one of the main attractions at the show each year. Exhibitors travel from far and wide to bring their potential prize winning animals to the show with expectations of returning home with a highly sought-after Royal Welsh rosette. There will be plenty of opportunities to watch the judging and displays and to also get up close and personal with a huge variety of animals, including; horses, cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, rabbits, chickens, pets, and even some snakes and spiders!

2. Noise, speed and danger
With an exciting 12-hour programme of entertain
ment each day, you’ll be kept busy all day long. The show is bigger and better than you could ever imagine with non-stop action in the main ring from the minute you arrive at the showground.
Whether you are attracted to the majestic horses, the impressive livestock displays or the thrill and danger of the displays, there is something for everyone to enjoy. All the entertainment, attractions and displays are included in your ticket price, so come along and make some unforgettable memories.

3. The Flying Frenchman 
Known as “The Flying Frenchman,” Lorenzo the International Horse Display is joining us at the show from his home town of Saintes Maries de la Mer in southern France.
You will be treated to an incredible display of dare-devil stunts which includes flying over a series of jumps while standing on the backs of several of his stunning horses! His show, which is a demonstration of incredible skill and control, will have you biting your nails and holding your breath in suspense and anticipation!


4. The Kangaroo Kid
Daring tricks, amazing wheelies and spectacular jumps! A thrilling performance by world class Australian stuntmen. With their incredible skills and nail-biting tricks, the daring-duo will hurtle around the main ring on their quad bikes, keeping you on the edge of your seat throughout the seriously exciting performance!

5. Jumping out of a plane!
Joining us for the first time will be the amazing RAF HAWKS Parachute Display Team. All taking time out of their busy active duties in the RAF, the team will be flying from Swansea to jump into the main ring on the first three days of the show. Once landed, you will be welcomed into the ring to meet the team in person.

6. Quack Pack
The combination of clever Border Collies with cheeky Indian Runner ducks makes a highly interactive and humorous display. You’ll be able to join Meirion and his trusted quack pack in the ring for a chance to get hands-on with the display.



7. Free parking
Visitors can enjoy easy, quick and hassle-free parking with our superb park and ride service – just what you need after your journey to beautiful Powys.



8. Shopping, shopping and more shopping!
You really will be able to shop until you drop with over 1,000 tradestands at this year’s Royal Welsh Show. There will be plenty of opportunities to treat yourself as you enjoy a stroll through our shopping avenues and marquees. From clothing to tractors, livestock equipment to jewellery, artisan gifts to furniture, plus lots more! And don’t worry about having to carry it about all day… we have dedicated ‘shopping crèches’ where you can leave your precious purchases until you’re ready to go home.

9. Food & Drink
When it’s time for a spot of lunch or if you fancy a tasty treat, just follow your nose. You’ll not be left disappointed with so many opportunities to enjoy mouth-watering experiences around the showground. Whether it’s in our Food Hall, Festival of Food Marquee, Farmers market or from one of the many food outlets, you will be surrounded by tempting tasters produced from Wales and further afield.

10. Big, shiny tractors
It’s every little (and big) boys (and girls!) dream. Avenues and avenues of the latest, high-tech machinery on display. Whether it’s a new quad bike, a shiny new tractor, a state-of-the-art combine harvester or a new horse box, the range of kit at the show is huge. Enjoy a browse and take a seat on some seriously impressive equipment!

11. Shearing
Undoubtedly one of the most popular places to be during the four-days of the show is the Meirion Shearing Centre. Make sure you lend your voice to the national anthems as you watch as the Welsh Team compete in test matches against the national teams from England, Scotland, France, New Zealand. The incredible atmosphere and the noise from the thousands of cheering supporters raise the roof while the skillful shearers from across the world battle through a packed schedule of competitions.

12. Sports Village
Bring the kids along to enjoy our Sports village. There will be plenty to keep you, and them, entertained with rugby, football, golf, trampolining, judo, netball, tennis, cricket and more. You might even get the chance to meet representatives from the Scarlets, Cardiff Blues and Ospreys teams!


13. Horticulture
For the green-fingered amongst us, our horticulture marquee will be your perfect idyll. Packed to the brim with an impressive range of plants, vegetables and floral art displays, competitions, trade stands, workshops, on-stage demonstrations and talks, children’s gardening competitions, the Welsh  National Honey Show and lots more!

14. Competitions
We’re an agricultural show, first and foremost, but it’s plain to see from thousands of competitions held throughout the four-days that there is something for everyone:
– Livestock, shearing and woolhandling– School arts, gardening and photography
– Homecrafts, cookery, produce and handicrafts
– Dairy produce, cheese, butter, ice-cream
– Welsh National Honey Show
– Pets, rabbits and guinea pigs
– Woodlands,  treefelling and  woodchopping
– Poultry and pigeons
– Horticulture and floral art
– Farriery, ironwork and jewellery
– Tug of war
– Grassland, silage and farm buildings
Impressed yet? The list goes on…

15. Join 14,000 party-goers in the Young Peoples Village
 Running alongside the Royal Welsh Show, the Young People Village attracts over 4,000 campers and 14,000 party-goers as Wales YFC hosts the biggest festival in Mid Wales.

Excited revellers can join in with the fun from theSaturday before the show and be entertained each night by a host of local and national stars, from up and coming Welsh bands to Radio 1 DJ’s, including Greg James. Check out their website for more info here.

So, what are you waiting for?


And the best bit… if you book your tickets online before 9 July you’ll even get a discount! For more details or to buy your tickets today,


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