Crickhowell Open Gardens – this weekend.

Crickhowell Open Gardens takes place this weekend.

Open Gardens

Open Gardens

Gardens will be open around Crickhowell on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th July from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

There will be over 20 different gardens to view, plus plant sales, and children’s activities over the weekend.

Free parking + shuttle bus *  Refreshments, lunches, cream teas available.

Purchase your tickets at the Market Hall, 10.30-4 Adults/Seniors £5.00 one day, £7.50 two days – Children free.

Crickhowell is located on the A40 between Brecon and Abergavenny – NP8 1BD

Enquiries  01873 811146 or 01873 812459

Access: not all gardens are accessible for wheelchair users. Disabled parking spaces in the main town car park (parking charges apply).

* not wheelchair accessible

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Stroll around Llangorse Lake

Stroll around Llangorse Lake – suitable for all the family.


Llangorse is surrounded by a patchwork of green hills, fields, meadows and hedgerows and is a truly beautiful spot and a lovely place to sail or paddle.  It is home to the largest natural lake in South Wales is a fine spot for sailing, wildlife-watching and waterside strolls with shimmering views. Hire a paddle boat and take to the water yourself.  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.

  • GRADE – Easy
  • DISTANCE – 7kms (4 miles)
  • ASCENT – 40m/125 feet
  • START POINT – There is parking a Llangorse Youth Centre, Llangasty Village Hall and Llangorse common.
  • TERRAIN – grassy paths and a short tarmac section, suitable for families. 
  • TIME–2 hours
  • REFRESHMENTS & TOILETS -Lakeside Cafe, Red Lion and the Castle Inn


The route:

Travelling from Brecon, Llangorse Youth and Community Centre (signed Community Centre)

The route is marked by green ringed posts, and information boards are provided at various points along the way.  At Llangorse Youth and Community Centre there is a children’s play area and also picnic tables.

A. Leaving the car park on foot at Llangorse Youth and Community Centre turn left to join the pavement and then left onto the road towards Llangorse Lake.

Take care along this short section of road before the road opens out to the common.  Continue past the Cafe and Shop and turn right at the display board by the footpath sign.

B. Walk across the Common and go over a narrow bridge.  Bear half left across the field to a  kissing gate.  In the next field, head slightly right to find a small gate in a club of tees.  Go straight across the next field passing two very ancient oak trees on your right.  After the small bridge, turn left to cross the field to another gate.  Straight across the next field will bring you to a fruthe gate – turn left after this gate to visit Llangasty Bird Hide overlooking Llangorse Lake

C. The Bird Hide, opened by HRH the Prince of Wales in 2012 is constructed from traditional materials and features a roof thatched with water reed from Wales.

From the Bird Hide head south to continue to Llangasty Village Hall (E) or go on to Llangasty Church (D).  To complete the walk retrace your steps back to Llangorse Youth and Community Centre (A).  Stopping for a drink and an ice-cream at Llangorse Cafe.

Enjoyed this walk? Then have a look the other walks featured in the Awesome Walks Around Llangorse and Bwlch here 

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Summer has arrived!

We have everything you need here in the Brecon Beacons for summer! 

Here are a few ideas of things you can do here.  From walking to taking a scenic train trip, spending a day on the river to discovering our towns and villages.  We hope to see you soon!

Looking to book accommodation for a longer stay? Go to our website to search for your perfect place to stay.

Cruise our Canal


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Take a trip on Brecon Mountain Railway


© Brecon Mountain Railway

Take a short trip by narrow gauge steam train on one of the most popular vintage railway routes in Wales.  The former Brecon and Merthyr Tydfil Junction railway takes you therough beautiful Brecon Beacons scenery from Pant to Pontsticill, along the full length of the Taf Fechan Reservoir. The train has all-weather observation carriages.At Pontsticill you can visit the cafe and admire the view across Pontsticill Reservoir, the largest of the four Taf Fechan reservoirs, to the peaks of the Brecon Beacons.  Find out more here.

Spend a day on the River

Want to Canoe?

Want to Canoe?

Our National Park offers an awesome range of options for paddlesports, from the tranquillity of canals and reservoirs to extreme kayaking over jaw-dropping waterfalls. Get ready to design your own adventure – Find out more here.

Talk a walk in our National Park

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Grab your boots! We’ve routes and trails for all abilities, with superb scenery along the way.  A walk in the Brecon Beacons National Park comes complete with perfect picnic spots, awe-inspiring views, fascinating historic sites and grand geological features. We’ve collected a few experiences you shouldn’t miss on your own journey through the National Park. Here are some walking highlights.

Go on a bike ride

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Cycling and mountain biking is a fabulous way to experience our glorious countryside. It gives you healthy exercise, relieves stress and allows you to spend time in the fresh air with family and friends.  Find out more here.

Visit one of our towns and villages

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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.

In our main towns, Abergavenny, Brecon, Crickhowell, Hay-on-Wye, Llandovery and Talgarth, there’s always something going on,  Find out more here.

Cantref Adventure Farm

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Brecon’s Biggest Adventure is a fantastic family day out in South Wales! With award-winning slides and a huge outdoor play area as well as a variety of horse rides on offer, open 10.30am – 5.30pm.  There is always events happening at Cantref – Find the full programme here


Dan Yr Ogof Showcaves
A great day out in any weather, Dan-yr-Ogof has impressive caves to explore, a museum, a shire horse centre and an adventure playground.
Find out more here.

Brynich Playbarn

An award winning indoor soft play centre on the edge of Brecon, suitable for children up to 11.  Find out more here.

© Brynich Playbarn

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Summer of Country Shows

If you love country shows, the Brecon Beacons are the place to visit.  We have an action packed summer of shows happening each weekend from July – September.   Here are all the dates for the Country Shows.

11th July Cwmdu show 11 July

Founded in 1988 in the heart of the Black Mountains, Cwmdu Show is a local village show with fantastic support and a great atmosphere, all brought together with the help and enthusiasm from our local families.  With children’s games and sports, vintage displays, dog shows, sheep classes, horse and pony qualifiers, its a family day out for all ages.

20th – 23rd July Royal Welsh Agricultural Show 

The Royal Welsh Show takes place the third week in July each year.  The Show showcases the cream of Welsh livestock and the high quality food and drink produced in Wales, it encompasses the wider spectrum of farming and rural life and successfully bridges the gap between town and country.


© Royal Welsh Agricultural Show

It provides something to interest everyone through its kaleidoscopic range of activities including forestry, horticulture, crafts, countryside sports, Sports Village and a 12 hour programme of exciting entertainment that continues throughout each of the four days of the event.  Find out more here.

25th July – Trapp Show

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Trapp Show takes place the end of July in the Western Beacons in Carmarthenshire. find out more here.

1st August Llangadog Show

Everyone is welcome at this traditional Country Show in Llangadog. More information can be found here.

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1st August Llanthony Valley and District Show

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The Llanthony Valley and District Show has one of the best sites of all local shows, deep in the Llanthony Valley near Llanthony Abbey, surrounded by the Black Mountains of Monmouthshire. It sits at the heart of a thriving farming community, and it’s longstanding popularity is driven by the full support of the local community.

Horse judging starts at 9am with show jumping at 9.30am. All entries to be in the produce tent by 10.30am and all sheep and cattle to be penned by 11am. Dog show entries taken from 12pm with judging to begin at 1pm.  Find out more here.

1st August Brecon County Show


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The Brecon County Show is held annually on the 1st Saturday in August at The Showground, Watton Villa, Brecon.  Each year the show has 400 horse entries, 100 cattle entries and over 400 sheep entries.  The show also hosts a major shearing competition, a poultry show, classes for goats, a novelty and exemption dog show and a dog agility competition.  The Show attracts over 10,000 people to the show and with over 100 trade stands and main ring attractions there is plenty of entertainment on offer for them.  Full information here.


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8th August Llanigon YFC Show

Attractions include: Dressage, Show Jumping, Dog Show, Speed Shear, Sheep Classes, Baby Show, Children’s Sports, Bale Tossing Competition and Tug of War.  More information can be found here.

15th August Llandeilo Show


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The show offers something for everyone, with classes for cattle, sheep, horses and pigs; the ever popular dog show; and fabulous entries in the produce and cookery tents. The show field certainly comes to life in the evening, with one of the best attended dances in the county, which seems to go from strength to strength each year.  The show offers a real family day out, whether you want to compete, or merely take a look at the animals, watch the entertainment or browse the stalls; there really is something for everyone.  More information here.


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22nd August Talybont on Usk Village Show

Everyone welcome to this happy and friendly traditional village event. More information here.

27th August Monmouthshire Show

The Monmouthshire Show is the largest one-day agricultural show in Wales, taking place annually in Monmouth on the last Thursday in August.

brecon summer fayre

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29th -31st August Brecon Beacons Summer Fayre
Family fun, local food, craft and artwork.

If you’re a fan of food, music, or the arts, the National Park Visitor Centre Libanus, near Brecon is the only place to be this August Bank Holiday weekend for the Tenth annual Brecon Beacons Summer Fayre.

It’s a great family day out supporting local Welsh producers. It’s free entry and only £2 to park for the full day.  Find out more here.

30th August Llangynidr Show


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Llangynidr Show pack a lot into this one day event. From agricultural, horticultural and craft comptetions, to cookery demonstrations, sheep sheering and family activities, we are sure you’ll be kept busy just deciding what to do next!! More information here.

5th September Sennybridge Show Traditional Agricultural Show

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Sennybridge Show takes place the first Saturday in September at Dicksons Field.
Featuring: Horse, Cattle, Sheep, Dog, Horticulture, Domestic and Childrens Classes, Craft Marquee, Trade Stands & Various Attractions. Find out more here.
12th September Usk Show On the second Saturday in September, every year since 1844, Usk Farmers’ Club have held the Usk Show to celebrate the very best of Monmouthshire farming and rural life.   There is a thriving Horse show and Show Jumping competitions, as well as Goats, Poultry, Rabbits, Horticulture, Homecrafts, a Companion Dog Show, Steam Corner and Vintage Tractors.  Find out more here.

19th September Trecastle Show From 10am. Sheep, Horticulture, Domestic, Handicraft, Children’s Classes, Farm Produce, Photography, Dog Show, Children’s Sports, Bouncy Castle BBQ & Bar Side Stall Bouncy Castle Refreshments.

26th – 27th September Llandovery Sheep Festival


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Llandovery Sheep Festival celebrates droving, sheep farming & the wool industry.  All weekend the town of Llandovery will be celebrating its farming routes and connection to the drovers trails of old.Highlights of the weekend will include the sheep dog trials, sheep shearing demonstrations.  There will be competitions and music throughout.  Please visit the website for the festival schedule and full list of fun things to do & see. Find out more about the weekend here.

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July Events

Events in the Brecon Beacons in July.

You may be arranging a trip to the Brecon Beacons this summer, there is plenty of fun things to see during your stay with us, here are a few upcoming events in July.  For the full event listing go our our website.

Crickhowell Open Gardens

Crickhowell Open Gardens

Crickhowell Open Gardens is organised for the benefit of the community. Funds raised will be used to support local good causes. Over 20 different gardens, plus plant sales, and children’s activities.  Refreshments, lunches, cream teas available


Llandeilo Festival’s Artistic Director has just announced that one of Britain’s most distinguished Lieder singers, the baritone Roderick Williams, will be gracing this year’s Festival with his formidable presence. This year will see the Festival celebrate its 15th anniversary, and the appearance of a singer who has been attracting such critical acclaim, and who is making two separate appearances in this year’s BBC Promenade Concerts in London’s Royal Albert Hall will be a further feather in the Festival’s cap. Indeed, it will continue its enviable record of attracting leading Proms artists to this small corner of rural Wales, with no less than four who have performed in Llandeilo (including Britain’s leading jazz trumpeter, Guy Barker, and clarinet virtuoso, Michael Collins) appearing in the Proms this season.


It’s the gardening event of the year – and it’s coming back to the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

On Sunday 19th July 2015, BBC Radio 4′s Gardeners’ Question Time is bringing its annual Summer Garden Party to the National Botanic Garden of Wales for a second year.  The GQT Summer Garden Party is a unique opportunity to enjoy two recordings of the BBC’s flagship gardening radio programme.

You’ll meet the GQT team, be able to put your questions to them in person and there will be demonstrations and horticultural happenings all over the Garden plus music, food and activities for all the family.

The party will feature the pick of the crop of gardening gurus, including Bob Flowerdew, Bunny Guinness, Chris Beardshaw, Pippa Greenwood, Terry Walton, Matthew Biggs, James Wong, Toby Buckland, Anne Swithinbank, Christine Walkden and GQT chairmen Eric Robson and Peter Gibbs.

So come along, meet the team and get your gardening problems solved once and for all!


The role of the modern Royal Welsh Show is a rounded one. As well as its principal function of showcasing the cream of Welsh livestock and the high quality food and drink produced in Wales, it encompasses the wider spectrum of farming and rural life and successfully bridges the gap between town and country.

It provides something to interest everyone through its kaleidoscopic range of activities including forestry, horticulture, crafts, countryside sports, Sports Village and a 12 hour programme of exciting entertainment that continues throughout each of the four days of the


Over the years the nine-day free music festival has become THE big event for Monmouth, South Wales – and one of Europe’s biggest and best free music festivals, attracting visitors from all over the world. It’s a celebration of the town and its community, and a chance to see local and national musicians from rock, classical, pop, folk, jazz, ska, punk, world music and beyond. Monmouth has a festival and a community to be proud of, so join us, and let’s celebrate.

View the line up here.

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Trapp Show takes place on the 25th July.

Find out more here.


Enjoy a rare chance to see our nearest star in close-up. Solar telescopes will be set up to allow you to view the sun safely (weather permitting). Come and have a peek for free, and find out how to get involved in astronomy.  To find out more call the National Park Visitor Centre (the Mountain Centre) on 01874 623366. Organised by Cardiff Astronomical Society

This free walking tour departs Shire Hall taking in Monnnow Bridge and returning to Shire Hall for a tour of the historic building, with Monmouth Ambassadors Dave Scaysbrook an Yvonne Turner. Find out more here.

thumb_6301__auto_888a33250dc28a4a61be7be79320469a Have you ever wondered where the expression “once in a blue moon” comes from? A blue moon happens when there is a second full moon within a calendar month, and this rare event is next happening on July 31st 2015 and we are holding a unique event to celebrate it!

Join us for a once in a blue moon experience, and walk up Pen y fan, the highest peak of the Brecon Beacons to watch the sun set and the moon rise.

With registration from 8.30pm at Pont ar Daf (Grid ref 988199), walkers can start the ascent between 9 and 9.30pm. The route will be marked and manned by the Brecon Mountain Rescue Team, and after some singing in true Welsh style on the summit, walkers can return to the car park where there will be refreshments and a Blue Moon certificate for all participants.

With a registration fee of only £15 per person (FREE entry for under 12’s) this is a rare opportunity not to be missed.

To secure your place, please download and complete the registration form here: Once in a Blue Moon Walk 2015 Registration Form

Organised by St David’s Hospice Care.  For any details please contact Sally Morris at Usk House 01874 611717  email


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Spend a day on the River Wye with Want to Canoe?

“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.”

― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Want to Canoe?

Want to Canoe?

– but don’t just take Poohs’ word for it, hop in one of our canoes and see for yourself.  At want to canoe?, based in Hay on Wye our opinion is that the river is what you make of it and we can help you choose a route and trip format that suits your requirements and interests, from bushcraft to camping to glamping to bird-watching to wildlife to paddle-sport to fly-fishing to family-gatherings to stag and hen parties to romantic getaways… the list is endless and the River Wye has got it all covered!

Want to Canoe?

Want to Canoe?

You could get very serious and plan a wild camping trip sleeping under the stars by night and canoeing the river by day.  Last summer the want to canoe? team spent a magical couple of weeks assisting the one and only Ray Mears who was in the area focusing on the River Wye whilst filming the next series of Wild Britain (being aired on the 2nd of August at 8pm on ITV1.).  What better challenge than to follow in his footsteps and if you’re feeling really tough you could go the whole hog and sleep under your canoe, if you’re Ray Mears you don’t even need a tent!

This peaceful and ever-changing setting is the ideal place to wile away a few hours, spend a day or even a week. Furthermore, what better way to get a bit of aerobic and cardiovascular exercise than canoeing the Wye? Burning calories has never been so relaxing!

Want to Canoe?

Want to Canoe?

The Wye is by far one of the most beautiful rivers in the British Isles and one of the few you can navigate by canoe, without restriction, for well over 100 miles. We offer you the chance to embark on a relaxing river adventure from several different points, with an array of different routes to choose from, all with their own unique sights, sounds and smells.

Along your journey, you can expect to see a number of spectacular and fascinating characters in their natural habitats, including kingfishers, herons, cormorants, swans and otters – all from the prime viewpoint of your canoe.

For those of you wanting to get the most out of your canoe-trip it’s worth considering a guided paddle with our Pro-Paddler and BCU Qualified Instructor Ollie.  Whether it’s providing safety and enjoyment for all the family, giving you the skills and knowledge to navigate down the river, safety and reassurance for nervous groups or knowledge of wildlife, local area and river hydrology, guided canoe trips with Ollie will give you that little bit extra! Ollie will be with us here in Hay-on-Wye every Friday throughout the summer and by appointment on any other day subject to availability.  Ray Mears thinks Ollie is AWESOME. Enough said.

Want to Canoe?

Want to Canoe?

​Check out our inteligent new website @ which helps you take the first steps towards planning and booking an adventure on the Wye.  Not only does it help you build and choose your route but it features all the great places to eat, drink, sleep and camp along the waters edge all the way from Glasbury down to Chepstow!

Hope to see you soon! Aubrey, Clare and the team x / 01497 820604 /

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Hay Does Vintage returns for 2015

Hay Does Vintage returns for another year to Hay on Wye.  ‘Viva la Vintage’ takes place this Sunday. 


Over 50 fabulous vintage and retro traders in 3 venues. Hay-on-Wye, 10.30 – 4.30.

The resounding success of last year’s Hay Does Vintage saw visitors and traders dressed in vintage attire and travelling miles to attend this successful event.

With over 60 quality vintage traders joining them this year, offering a diverse selection of vintage and upcycled goods Naomi and Jo feel there is something for everyone.

Hay Does Vintage

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The event takes place the same weekend as Hay’s annual Summer Food Festival on Saturday 27th June – a weekend not to be missed!

For more information: Visit Hay Does Vintage on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest

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