Pop-Up Adventure- Free Mountain Bike Event!

On Friday 25th August Epic Road Trip Wales is taking the Pop-Up Adventure series to Merthyr Tydfil, Wales. Head down the community events area near to the Robert and Lucy Thomas Memorial Fountain/Giller Street to put your mountain biking skills to the test!

The event will run from 1am – 5pm you will have the chance to have-a-go on this mobile bike track to test your skills. Either bring your own bike or there will be some available. There will also be the chance to learn where to go for more epic biking adventures from MBWales – Mountain Biking Wales
This is a Pop-Up Adventure brought to you by Snowdonia-Active as part of their 2017 ‘Epic Road Trip’. The project has been funded via the Welsh Government’s Tourism Product Innovation Fund which aims to encourage new innovative product ideas working in partnership which will have a greater impact and attract more visitors.
The event will run from 1- 5pm you will have the chance to have-a-go on this mobile bike track to test your skills. Either bring your own bike or there will be some available. There will also be the chance to learn where to go for more epic biking adventures from MBWales – Mountain Biking Wales

This is a Pop-Up Adventure brought to you by Snowdonia-Active as part of their 2017 ‘Epic Road Trip’. The project has been funded via the Welsh Government’s Tourism Product Innovation Fund which aims to encourage new innovative product ideas working in partnership which will have a greater impact and attract more visitors.

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Explore The Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal by the Canal and River Trust

Meandering through the Welsh countryside the isolated Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal is the most popular attraction in the stunning Brecon Beacons National Park. It is one of our most beautiful and peaceful waterways following the line of the lovely wooded Usk Valley, it is a true hidden gem. The navigable section of the canal runs for 35 miles from Brecon to the Pontymoile basin.

Its location makes it a haven for wildlife and a favourite with nature-lovers, walkers and cyclists. The northern section forms part of the Taff Trail Long Distance Footpath, a 55 mile route that can be walked or cycled that starts at Brecon Basin and ends in Cardiff.

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Find stoppages, restrictions and other navigational advice for this waterway

Days out and waterside walks

There are numerous activities to enjoy on this beautiful canal, relax on a boat trip, take in the local heritage, there are lime kilns and old workings from our industrial heritage that can be seen all along its length, spot wildlife, buzzards, red kites, herons and dragonflies.

Enjoy a family day out to the wonderful sites of Brecon Basin, Llangynidr locks or Goytre Wharf, with its historic limekilns or pop in for a snack at Pontymoile or any of the numerous canal side pubs or cafes.

Download your free guide (English)

Download your free guide (Welsh)

Limekilns Trail

Visit Brecon Basin

Events

Monmouthshire and Brecon Canalathon- 9th September 2017

A 35 Mile Team Endurance Challenge following one of the most scenic canal routes in Britain. Help celebrate over 200 years of one of the most scenic canal routes in Britain. This challenge that will take you on an historic journey through the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Boat rally & live music at Brecon canal basin finish.

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Our Top 5 Memorable Stops Along the Canal 

  1. Llangynidr’s five locks 

    Llangynidr’s Five Locks suddenly come along all at once.  Not only is it an interesting stopping point, it’s also a beautiful spot, right in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park, and there’s a pub called the Coach & Horses, by the bottom lock. Nearby attractions include Talybont Reservoir, famous for its water-based sport activities, and the very interesting Tretower Court & Castle historic house.2. Talybont-on-Usk

    The Star Inn Talybont was Powys Pub of the year, it has great beer garden and a very refreshing pint with some nice food.  Other places to eat close by include the newly revamped TalybontPost Office and Café which serves the most amazing cakes and the White Hart Inn.

    3. The Brecon Basin

    The finishing or starting point of the canal, offers a wonderful welcome or goodbye atmosphere to the town of Brecon.  The sights of canal boats docked up, the beaming Brycheiniog Theatre and surrounding cafes creates a great environment.

    4. Llangattock Escarpment & Hillside

    Between bridges 111 and 112 there’s an excellent viewing point of the surrounding area.  There are some limestone cliffs and the view behind Llangattock is of the picturesque Sugarloaf Mountain.  Passers by can also spot an Old Marina.  Also nearby is a famous geomorphic area where you’ll find some caves and some nice peaceful green fields.

    5. Govilon Wharf

    This is a nice stopping point where you’ll find a café, some old lime kilms, a picturesque Victorian church.
    Historic sights include Bailey’s ware-house which was built on Govilon wharf in 1820 at the end of the Llanvihangel and Baileys tramway. Constructed on the wharf around 1820 was a bank of three limekilns, one of which made use of the canal for direct charging.  There are also the remains of an old building which is believed to be an old Inn.

History of the Mon & Brec

What is nowadays popularly referred to as the Mon & Brec started life as two separate canals: the Brecknock & Abergavenny Canal, and the Monmouthshire Canal. The 35-mile navigable section seen today is mostly the former. In the 1790s, the Monmouthshire Canal Company received its Act of Parliament at the same time that the Brecknock & Abergavenny was being planned. Following discussions, it was decided to link the two at Pontymoile.

The Monmouthshire Canal, including a branch from Malpas to Crumlin, was opened in 1799 with the Brecknock & Abergavenny extending from Brecon to Gilwern by 1800, finally reaching Pontymoile by 1812.

Both canals were supported by horsedrawn tramroads that were mainly used to bring coal, limestone and iron ore from the hillsides. The canal played a significant part in our industrial heritage, connecting Hill’s tramroads to the iron works in Blaenavon and the forges at Garnddyrys.

Though originally constructed to transport coal, lime and agricultural products the canal was used extensively by ironmasters and industrialists as their main transport network, bringing the raw iron ore up the canal from Newport to Llanfoist Wharf and thence by tramroads to the iron works and returning with trams loaded with iron, the finished product. Remains of this heritage can still be viewed along the canal today these include wharfs and lime kilns.

The Blaenavon area and a section of the canal were granted World Heritage status in 2000 in recognition of its historical significance.
In 1880 the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canals were taken over by the Great Western Railway. Within 35 years, commercial carrying had all but ceased.

Restoration

Throughout the 20th century various parts of the Monmouthshire Canal and its Crumlin Arm were filled in for road construction. The line was all but obliterated through Cwmbran, and was effectively unnavigable further north. It’s fair to say that this beautiful part of our canal network came close to disappearing altogether. But vigorous campaigning by canal enthusiasts heralded a new dawn for the canal, and in 1968 restoration work from Brecon to Pontymoile began in earnest.

Recent developments have included a complete regeneration of the terminus at Brecon, and various works continue to reclaim the navigation between Pontymoile and Newport.

Part of the Crumlin Arm has also been restored, and the Fourteen Locks Canal Centre is open regularly to the public.

The Mon & Brec today

This peaceful and almost entirely rural waterway is a must-see for nature-lovers. The Llangattock escarpment is designated as a Special Site Of Scientific Interest (SSSI), and is the entrance to an extensive cave network.

The canal passes through a World Heritage Site, which contains industrial landmarks such as the Big Pit Mining Museum. The Cefn Flight of fourteen locks has also been recognised as being of international significance, and is on Cadw‘s list of Scheduled Ancient Monuments.[18]

As the Mon & Brec is not currently accessible from any other waterway, most boaters cruise it on a hire-boat. There are several fleets based on the canal, including Beacon Park Day Boats, Dragonfly Cruises and Castle Narrowboats 

Click here for more information about the Monmouthsire and Brecon Canal

 

 

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Legendary Days Out In The Brecon Beacons

You can have plenty of Legendary Days Out in the Brecon Beacons! Discover the magic and myths hidden in the rolling hills of the Brecon Beacons by going on an adventure with some of the best tour guides and activity providers around…

Kevin Walker Mountain Activities
Kevin Walker Mountain Activities is a small, long-established mountain activities training business based in the Brecon Beacons National Park, but working all over Wales. They pride themselves in providing the highest quality instruction and guiding delivered by friendly, experienced, enthusiastic, qualified, mature instructors. 

They work with very small groups, that are never more than 4 people per instructor (often less), allowing for personal attention and flexible, effective training. You can come by yourself, with friends, or join a group. More here. Perfect For: Keen Walkers 

Muddy Boots Guided Hiking
Offering gentle, moderate and challenging routes, you can pick and choose your routes with Muddy Boots! Walks are tailored especially for your day out with some of our the routes including The Fan Dance, The Canadian War Memorial and Fan Y Big. Click here for more info. Perfect for: Exploring Wales’ Hidden Gems

Guided Hiking in the Brecon Beacons

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Welsh Overland Safari
Almost every region in Mid Wales has something interesting to discover – quiet villages, stunning scenery, historical buildings lost in the countryside…so before rushing to visit the most popular regions why not think about somewhere else for a change? You can avoid the crowds and still have a great time discovering the ‘real’ Mid Wales!

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Photo Credit: Welsh Overland Safari

Welsh Overland Safari is an independent guided tour company offering unique overland guided tours of some of the most beautiful, unspoilt landscapes in Europe, as well as rare natural habitats for wildlife. One of Wales’s best kept secrets, the region has a rich and diverse history dating back to well before Roman times. Explore the rugged mountains, lakes, waterfalls and forests of the area with Welsh Overland SafariPerfect for: Authentic Guided Tours in Spectacular Scenery 

 

Good Day Out
Based in the beautiful Brecon Beacons, Good Day out has an emphasis on local good causes and projects, particularly with an environmental, wildlife or animal sanctuary emphasis. You can choose from a variety of small group activities that engage you with the farming, the landscape, rural skills and wildlife.  Experiences include, Pig Walking with a “Pig-NicSheep Trekking trips as seen on BBC Countryfile, Lambing on an Organic FarmHedgehog Helper Morning and Red Kite Photography Day! More Legendary adventures herePerfect for: A Unique Adventure for a Good Cause 

Exploring Mid Wales
Exploring Mid Wales offer bespoke, exclusive, guided tours – by car, on foot or by bike. We meet you, drive you and guide you through our homeland. Every tour is tailored for you. So

whether you want to exercise the body, the mind, or both, they can offer you a unique service to get the most out of your time here. They even offer folk tale tours where you can find out about Twm Sion Cati, The Brecon Elves, The Physicians of Myddfai and many other tales! You can explore locations of great tales and experience a sense of wonder at the beautiful places that you’ll visit. More on the folk tale tours here. Perfect for: Discovering the Legends of the Brecon Beacons 

 

Brecon Beacons Tours
Brecon Beacons Tours offers Sightseeing Tours and Walking Tours in the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales.  Our tours start either at  Abergavenny station, the gateway to the National Park, or your Brecon Beacons based accommodation.

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Photo Credit: Brecon Beacons Tours

Abergavenny station is only 40 minutes from Cardiff and 2 hours from London, so our tours can be done as day trips from many UK locations. You can even combine your tours with stays in our B&B accommodation to make a complete break.  Additionally they also offer bespoke, geology and fishing tours. Learn about the legends of 7 castles and 2 medieval houses on their Castle tour, or learn about the history of the Park on a fascinating tour that explores how the area was central to the Industrial Revolution with tramroads and canals criss-crossing the landscape. They offer plenty more tours, click here for more info.
Perfect for: New Discoveries

Brecon Beacons Foraging
Brecon Beacons Foraging offers courses through all seasonsImage result for brecon beacons foraging of the year, adapting the course to what nature provides at that time. A Spring Forage is all about leaves, flowers, buds and shoots, as well as the joy of getting out into the open after the dark months of Winter, whereas the promising shoots of Spring are all grown up in the Summertime Forage, with the meadows, lanes and riverbanks teeming with beautiful sights, sounds and scents. The Autumn forage offers fruits, nuts and berries, that fill the hedgerows with their colourful, generous harvest. Brecon Beacons Foraging also offers foraging for kids and even Hedgerow Cocktail making! Perfect for: Nature Lovers 

 

Drover Holidays
Go on a self-guided and escorted cycling and walking holiday with Drover Holidays! They cover the length and breadth of Wales and the Welsh Borders and vary in length from two nights to two weeks. Hire a bike from their base in Hay On Wye-they have a well-maintained fleet of over 60 high quality bicycles – from mountain bikes to baby seats! Click here for more. Perfect for: A Sporty Adventure 

 

Wings of Wales

Located at Crag Y Nos Country Park, Wings of Wales offers outstanding scenery where you are able to fly birds on a one to one basis or as a family. The Brecon Beacons are the backdrop to their unique flying experience days, where their eagle soars thousands of feet, the woodland is superb for hawk walks, and our open valley pastures suit the flights of our owls and falcons. Perfect for: Animal Lovers 

Walkabout Wales
Take a walk on the wild side with Walkabout Wales on one of their guided walks! Their walking programes cover anything from a half day, gentle strolls, to longer, multi-day trekking with accommodation and meals. We tailor make a program to suit your requirements and budget.They cater for both individuals and groups of all abilities and fitness levels and operate trips throughout the year. They can arrange to collect you from your hotel or guest house in our people carrier or minibus, depending on size of group and transport you to the walk start or outdoor activity centres and return you following the walk. Perfect for: A Fun Experience Walking in the Brecon Beacons

 

Creative Photography Wales
Creative Photography Wales undertakes work throughout Wales and the UK and is owned by professional photographer Nigel Forster. Nigel specialises in fine art landscape photography, with an expertise in understanding composition and light and translating these into strikingly simple images. He offers Photography courses, as well as Photograpy holidays, where Nigel acts as your guide to your choice of destination! What more can you ask for! Perfect for: Transforming your Photography

Click here to discover the stories and legends of the Brecon Beacons National Park or click here if you need somewhere to stay!

 

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The Brecon Beacons named worlds top stargazing spot by Rough Guides

The Brecon Beacons have been named the top place to go stargazing by Rough Guides – keep reading to find out more about where to go stargazing in our National Park.

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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.

Keen to experience our magical dark skies? Here are ten superb places to try – click here for more information 

Our Park has some of the highest quality dark skies in the whole of the UK, making it the perfect destination for stargazers.

We think that this is something worth shouting about, so we teamed up with the Brecon Beacons Park Society to apply to the International Dark Sky Association to make our entire National Park an International Dark Sky Reserve. In 2012, we became just the fifth destination in the world (and the first in Wales) to be accredited.

Through this highly prestigious status, we hope to preserve our magical night skies for future generations and help reduce carbon dioxide emissions in our Park. We also intend to help protect a whole host of nocturnal creatures that need dark nights to forage, hunt and migrate.

Watch the amazing Brecon Beacons Dark Sky video

We promise it will blow you away!

 

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Brecon Beacons Summer Fayre

The annual Brecon Beacons Summer Fayre takes place this Bank Holiday weekend (26th-28th) at the National Park Visitor Centre. The three-day celebration is one of the highlights in the National Park’s calendar and this year will host the Go Outdoors Tent Show, a visit from the Lonely Planet UK Tour along with live music, welsh food stands, craft stalls and children’s activities. The fayre is free to enter and at only £2.50 to park all day it’s a great family day out.

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Come rain or shine the Summer Fayre held at the Visitor Centre near Libanus, will be open from 10am to 5pm each day with over 30 stalls providing food, drinks and crafts.  Welsh wines, candy floss, Snowdonia cheese and honey products are just some of the weekend’s offerings, along with handmade teddy bears, paintings and ceramic jewellery. There will be a sizzling BBQ and cream teams along with entertainment provided by the Brecon Town Band and Tony Royale.  For the kids, there will be a free soft play area, badge making, an activity tent and the chance to meet some spectacular birds of prey.

Go Outdoors will display a range of different tents to explore and buy and on Saturday 26th August Lonely Planet will be stopping by as part of their road trip exploring Britain’s Best Wild Spots; they’ve promised book promotions and giveaways.

Mel Doel, Chairman of the National Park Authority said; “The Summer Fayre is a great summer celebration that is a really smashing day out for all the family. It’s a huge attraction for local people and visitors each year . As well as all the stands and stalls that will fill the grounds for this really special event  the National Park visitor centre will also be open offering food for all the family and a chance to buy crafts hand made in the Brecon Beacons.”

Click here for more events happening this Bank Holiday Weekend! 

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Discover the Water World of the Brecon Beacons

If you’re visiting the Brecon Beacons National Park this summer, then you must explore our waterfalls, lakes and rivers! The water world of our National Park has its own unique beauty that’s hard to match anywhere else in Britain! Visit the tumbling waterfalls of Waterfall Country, discover the legends of our lakes and spot the wildlife around our Rivers! 

Waterfalls

Pwll Yr Wrach.

A popular Brecknock Wildlife Trust reserve, known locally as the ‘Witches Pool’ this amazing spot of myth and legend is located near Talgarth.  The woodland is particularly beautiful in early spring and near the eastern end of the reserve the river plunges over a spectacular waterfall into a dark pool below, where legend has it that those accused of witchcraft in medieval times were put to the water test to determine their guilt or innocence.

You can download a leaflet here

Sgwd yr Eira 

Majestic Sgwd yr Eira waterfall which translates as ‘fall of snow’ can be found in  “Waterfall Country”  along with several other dramatic waterfalls.    It’s one of only two waterfalls in the UK (both located in the Brecon Beacons) that you can walk behind. Have a look the walking trails to the waterfalls which can be found here

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Henrhyd Falls: the highest waterfall in the Brecon Beacons National Park

With a drop of 27m, Sgwd Henrhyd, on the River Nant Llech north-west of Glyn-Neath, is the highest waterfall in the National Park.

A walking trail leads to the waterfall from the National Trust car park (grid reference SN853121) near Coelbren, off the A4221 a mile south-east of Abercrave. You follow a steep path down into the mystical wooded valley, with occasional glimpses of the falls through the trees. A wooden bridge takes you across the stream which you then follow up to the pool at the base of Henrhyd Falls. You can then walk down the Nant Llech valley, whose steep sides are lined with sessile oak, ash, small-leafed lime, alder and wych elm trees. This takes you to Henrhyd Small Falls.

Lakes 

Llangorse Lake

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Llangorse lake is the largest natural lake in South Wales and is a fine spot for sailing, wildlife-watching and waterside strolls with shimmering views. There’s local history to explore, too at the Crannog near the northwest shore. Over 1000 years ago, this was the homestead of a local king. Find out more here

 

Rivers

The River Usk

The silver ribbon of the River Usk truly belongs to our National Park. It rises on the northern slopes of the Black Mountain range and flows from our western moorlands to our fertile south-eastern farmland in a generous arc. On the way, it passes through many of our towns and villages. Sennybridge, Brecon, Talybont-on-Usk, Crickhowell and Abergavenny all once depended on the river for their prosperity. The Usk also feeds the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal.

The whole river is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It waters woodlands and grasslands and provides a habitat for salmon, trout, otters, dippers, kingfishers and herons, among many other species. In winter it can be wild and swollen with the force of mountain streams but in summer its character is calm and gentle. More here.

The River Wye

Britain’s fifth longest river, the beautiful River Wye, makes just the briefest of visits to our Park, flowing through Hay-on-Wye in the north-east corner before winding east then south through Herefordshire and Monmouthshire to meet the Bristol Channel at Chepstow.

By the time it reaches Hay, the Wye is already a broad, meandering river. The Warren, a peninsula formed by a beautiful rocky loop in the river, just west of the town, is an ideal place for a dip. To walk there, take the road opposite the Cinema Bookshop. Turn right onto a footpath by the church, then left along the path above the river. More here.

Rivers of Waterfall Country

With the exceptions of the Sychryd and Pyrddin, each of the rivers which combine to form the River Neath rise on the long southerly dip-slopes of the Old Red Sandstone hills of Fforest Fawr. They flow southwards through scenery whose variety and beauty is hard to match anywhere in Britain. More here

Caves

Ogof Ffynnon Ddu Cave

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At 308m, Ogof Ffynnon Ddu in the Upper Swansea Valley is Britain’s deepest cave.

If you would like to explore the cave then get in touch with one of the activity providers here

In search of the fabled dragon’s Breath

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If the conditions are perfect the mystical dragon’s breath forms over the River Usk at dawn lying in wait for the warmth of the morning sun to free it from its slumber. You can read more about it here

Maen Llia

Standing just 60m off the minor road between the Senni valley and Ystradfellte, this impressive stone is relatively easy to visit.

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Made from a massive sandstone block which stands 3.7m high, the task of moving and erecting it must have been a huge engineering challenge, especially as it is likely that up to a third of the whole stone is below ground.

On a clear day it can be seen from quite some distance down the Llia valley suggesting that it may have been important as a territorial marker. Standing at an altitude of 573m it is also thought to be the highest standing stone in South Wales.  Legend has it that whenever a cock crows, the stone moves off to drink in the River Nedd. According to another story, the stone visits the River Mellte on Midsummer morning.

There are over 30 standing stones in our National Park. Some of them are many centuries old and wreathed in myth.

Whitney Bridge

Whitney Bridge (a working Toll Bridge) is Grade II listed ancient structure with a social and historical interest. The original toll bridge was enabled in 1774 as a more convenient crossing to the River Wye, other than by ferry.  Still a working toll bridge today, visitors are charged 80p which goes to the maintenance of the bridge.

Fishing

Anglers on the banks of the river Usk in teh Brecon Beacons National Park

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The Brecon Beacons offers excellent coarse fishing or game fishing in rivers, canals, lakes and reservoirs. We also have a great selection of country hotels that offer a special welcome to outdoor sportsmen. The Gliffaes Hotel is located on the River Usk, near Crickhowell has a long tradition of looking after fishermen with fishing records going back to the 1930s available for guests to read. The hotel has over 1.5 miles of fishing on the Usk, split into 5 beats, which are open to both residents and non-residents alike.  They also offer fly fishing holidays and courses for the beginner and the expert.  To find out more go to our website

Check out our website to plan your trip to the Brecon Beacons.  We hope to see you soon!

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What’s on this Bank Holiday Weekend?

There are so many things going on in the Brecon Beacons this Bank Holiday Weekend! Enjoy some bubbly at The Abergavenny Hotel, have some family fun at Llangynidr Show,  listen to live music and stories at Tretower Court or why not have some fun at the World Bog Snorkeling Championships?

24th -25th August-King Cetshwayo: The Musical at Theatr Brycheiniog

Tracing the life of this heroic Zulu leader, King Cetshwayo: The Musical is a UK Premiere that combines theatre, film and traditional Zulu and Shembe dance movements. This vibrant and colourful production is performed by over 20 artists as well as live musicians, from South Africa.

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; defeating guns with spears in a David and Goliath real life story. Told through multimedia, song, dance, dialogue and storytelling, the performances features performances from the Zulu Royal Family and descendants of King Cetshwayo. Events, talks and exhibitions will be happening across Brecon around this iconic Zulu
visit.Get your tickets here!

26th August-Talgarth Festival of the Black Mountains

Fun filled weekend for all the family, including live music, stalls, bouncy castle, historical society, Dog show, sheep shearing and more.

26th-28th-Bank Holiday Weekend at The National Botanic Garden of Wales

Cyril the Swan has a starring role in the August Bank Holiday offering at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. The popular Swansea City mascot will perform the official opening of the West Wales Koi Keepers’ Society 2017 show, which is being held at the Carmarthenshire attraction for the second year in a row.

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Cliff urged everyone (not just Swans fans) to visit the Garden this bank holiday to see the fabulously fishy spectacle: “Come along and experience first-hand the beauty of these wonderful fish – there will be more than 100 of them. Members of the club will be on hand to answer any questions you might have and a warm welcome awaits,” he said.

The koi carp show is just part of the fabulous bank holiday family fun on offer at the Garden. As well as the crowning of The Grand Champion Koi of Wales, there is also magic, music, balloon-modelling, water zorbing, hay-bale maze, tropical butterflies, birds of prey displays and the ever-popular annual Botanic Garden Vegetable Olympics.

Families will again be challenged by such events as the rhubarb javelin, putting the swede, potato throwing and welly wanging. The faster, higher, stronger you are, the more likely you are to end up with one of the Garden’s coveted winners’ wreaths. More here. 

25th-27th August-Presenting Prosecoo at The Abergavenny Hotel

Join us this bank holiday weekend to enjoy a selection of sparkling wines
and fizz inspired cocktails
including the mesmerizing ‘Unicorn Tears’ Friday 25th from 6pm
Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th from 3pm. Bring on the bubbly…More here.

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26th-28th August- Brecon Beacons Summer Fayre

If you’re a fan of food, drink, music, or the arts, the National Park Visitor Centre in Libanus, near Brecon is the only place to be this August Bank Holiday weekend for the annual Brecon Beacons National Park Summer Fayre.
Come rain or shine join in the fun and discover many stands full of local food, arts and crafts, children’s activities and live entertainment spilling out onto the front lawn and surrounding fields.
The Beacons View Tea Rooms will keep you fully fuelled with local welsh food both inside the Tea Rooms and outside on the lawn with a delicious BBQ.
Taking place 10am – 5pm each day of the bank holiday weekend it’s a great family day out supporting local Welsh producers.
Entry is free to all and only £2 to park for the full day.

27th August-Classic Transport Show at Blaenavon’s Heritage Railway 

Join us for a festival of classic transport with many vehicles on display and the chance to travel behind our classic steam and diesel loco’s in 1950’s Mk1 carriages. Visit website for more details.

27th August-World Bog Snorkelling Championships

The 32nd annual World Bog Snorkelling Championships are to be held on Sunday 27th August 2017 in Llanwrtyd Wells – an event that Lonely Planet described as one of the top 50 “must do” things from around the world. Hundreds of participants from around the world, and plenty of spectators, are expected once again.

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The current World Champion is Daniel Norman who achieved a time of 1 minute 26.38 seconds in the 2016 championships, whilst the World Record, which was set in 2014 by Kirsty Johnson from Lightwater in Surrey, still stands at an amazing time of 1 minute 22.56 seconds. The Junior World Champion in 2016 was Tom Murphy with a time of 1 minute 41.00 seconds, and the Ladies (and International) Champion was Anna Lohman from Sweden with a time of 1 minute 33.10 seconds.

In 2016 the bog snorkellers included participants from Sweden, Eire, Czech Republic, Australia and Germany, making this a truly international world championship. As usual there were plenty of fancy dress entries, with the first prize for fancy dress going to Daniel Lyness who was dressed as a galleon.

Entry fees are £15 for seniors (aged over 18) and £12 for juniors (aged 14 to 17). More info here. 

27th August- Llangynidr Show

In the heart of the Brecon Beacons – the Llangynidr Show is a great day out for everyone. We pack a lot into this one day event. From agricultural, horticultural and craft competitions, to cookery demonstrations, sheep shearing and family activities, we are sure you’ll be kept busy just deciding what to do next!

 

27th-28th August-Tall Tales from the Tower

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Beyond The Border and Cadw present ‘Tall Tales From The Tower’

A Weekend Feast of STORIES & MUSIC at TRETOWER COURT, CRICKHOWELL

SUNDAY 27th AUGUST 11.00am – LATE

MONDAY 28th AUGUST 11.00am-6.00pm

Weekend Tickets:
Adult £22.50 / Child £11.25 / Under 5 Free

Day Tickets (Sun or Mon):
Adult £15 / Child £7.50 / Under 5 free

 
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