Christmas Markets and Fairs in the Brecon Beacons

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

After the first fall of snow last weekend, winter is upon us, the air has got colder, the nights are drawing in and the count down to Christmas has well and truly begun.  We have lots of Christmas markets and fairs happening in communities right across the Brecon Beacons, it’s a perfect way to get in the mood for Christmas and start your shopping- let the festivities begin!


Here’s our round up of all the events happening from now until Christmas.



Hay On Wye Winter Food Festival- 28 Nov
Join Hay on Wye’s  one-day Food Festival. It’s limited to just 50 local producers to ensure the quality is the best, and there’s entertainment from local brass bands, male voice choirs and folk musicians.

The Hay Winter Food Festival is now in its 7th year. The event will be held in the Memorial car park in Hay-On-Wye. More


dinefwr2Llandeilo Edwardian Christmas Fayre at Dinefwr-28-29 Nov
There’s festive fun for everyone at The Llandeilo Edwardian Christmas Fayre at Dinefwr on the weekend of the 28th November from 11 till 5 – a mansion and courtyard filled with gift ideas and special treats.Whatever the weather, you can enjoy choirs and bands in the courtyard and festive entertainment in Newton House. Plus, Santa will be there both days arriving at 11am with free mulled wine and mince pies for everyone! More here

rwas wfRoyal Welsh Winter Fayre- 30 Nov-1 Dec
First staged in 1990, the Winter Fair is now firmly established as one of the most popular attractions on t
he British agricultural show calendar. Leading stockmen from all over the UK compete for the top accolades in the competitions running throughout the two-day event.
Away from the judging rings the very best of Welsh food producers 
will be showcasing their produce and Christmas shoppers can explore the hundreds of tradestands, demonstrations and exhibitions, and festive atmosphere. Info here

crick1.jpgTotally Locally Crickhowell Christmas Market and Late Night Opening- Dec 3
Join in the Festive cheer with this Christmas market.Over 30 Food, Artisan, Craft and Vintage Stalls,Torchlight processions through the Town, Have a go Bell ringing,Carols from school choirs and the coral society, Roller Disco,  Mulled Wine, Hog Roast, Christmas Trees for sale. And lots lots more! More info

Aberglasney Winter Fair-Dec 4-6
To get into the festive spirit the Aberglasney Winter Fair offers all visitors a free mince pie and mulled wine to enjoy as you stroll around the fair. The grounds of the mansion are filled with stalls selling homemade Welsh gifts, crafts and Christmas decorations. The Fine Food and Drinks Hall will be filled with seasonal foods, perfect to stock up on the holiday season. More Info here

tal 3Talgarth Christmas Market-Dec 5
Christmas presents, gifts and crafts with local produce and a chance to win a W.George 14Ib Turkey when you join us on Saturday 5th December 2015! More Info here


Makers and Artists Christmas Fair at The Muse Brecon- Dec 5
Hosted by the Big Skill, this year’s Christmas Fayre at the Muse promises to be something special for the whole family to enjoy! On Saturday 5th December 11-6pm, with beautiful handmade crafts downstairs and workshops upstairs. The cafe at the Fayre will be run by staff and volunteers of Usk House Hospice, with mulled wine and festive foods! For more information check the event out on facebook or click here

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Brecon Farmers Market-Dec 12
Local produce for excellent Christmas presents and festivities! A huge range of food and gift ideas, from local producers – we’ll even have Santa in his Groto! Live music, and a cafe provided by Love at First Bake! Info here

aber foodAbergavenny Christmas Food and Drink Fair- Dec 13
Exhibitors: With more than 85 producers selling their best selection of festive cheeses, meats, drinks and sweet treats, you will find plenty of Christmas gifts for the food lovers in your family.
Secret Treats workshops: Get crafty and discover ways to make the perfect homemade Christmas, from Christmas cards to gingerbread gifts.
Get hot seasonal tips from the region’s finest chefs to make this year’s Christmas dinner even more special. More info here

Christmas Craft Fayre at Craig Y Nos Country Park- Dec 19
A chance to buy those last minute special hand-made gifts and meet the local artists and designers.Music at 10:30 and 12:30 and refreshments on site. Free entry (parking charges apply) More


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Hay Festival Winter Weekend – eat, think (drink) and be merry!

Once a year is just not enough for the Hay Festival and all its fascinating guests, so this winter they’ve done it again. For three days the Welsh town of Hay on Wye will be transformed as hoards of bookworms come to listen to famous authors, politicians, lecturers, comedians along with some great live music.   Find the full weekend festival programme hereWinter-201408

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The Winter Weekend starts on 27th November with the turning on of the Christmas lights at 7pm by the Head Teacher of Hay Primary School, Fiona Howard. The school and local choirs will sing before the ceremony begins. There will be mulled wine and mince pies, local shops selling Christmas treats, and a festival ticket stall – Find the full weekend festival programme here


During the Hay Festival Winter Weekend there is plenty to keep you and your family entertained.  Pop into Richard Booth’s Book Shop on Saturday between 10am and 3pm for Christmas Crafts from robins to glittering garlands the book shop will be bursting with all kinds of fun and festive things to make and do. £2 donation.


On Saturday 28 November, Hay Food Festival will take place in Hay’s Market Square with more than 40 local producers selling their best selection of festive cheeses, meats, drinks and sweet treats, you will find plenty of Christmas gifts for the food lovers in your family.  find out more here.

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There will also be Beer and Cheese pairing at Hay’s independent craft beer shop, Beer Revolution on Saturday with Welsh brewery Celt Experience.

Celt will be at the shop, in the grounds of Hay Castle, from 1-4pm.  Find out more here.

On Sunday 29 November, from 10.30 – 4pm, Hay Does Vintage will be in town with their ‘Vintage Wonder Town’ Fayre.

hay does vintage winter

Visit the Market Square, Cheese Market and Butter Market for an abundance of vintage and retro stalls.  Find out more here.

If you are looking for accommodation for the weekend go here.

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Fforest Fawr Geopark Talk by Tom Sharpe

Fforest Fawr Geopark tenth year celebrations kicks off with an illustrated talk by Dr Tom Sharpe to mark 200 years since the printing of William ‘Strata’ Smith’s geological map of England and Wales – an extraordinary world-first! Tomorrow evening , Thursday 26th November at 7pm, Elim Hall on Canal Road, Brecon
Admission: £2 on the door price includes refreshments
tom sharpe

Tom was a geologist employed by Amgueddfa Cymru National Museum of Wales until 2013 (another victim of the cuts alas) – he now freelances on an international basis and as often as not is to be found in either polar region providing geological commentaries on board Ant/arctic cruise ships.

Tom was also a founder members of the South East Wales RIGS Group (‘SEWRIGS’) and also a former chair (and other roles) etc of the South Wales Geologists’ Association (‘SWGA’) and remains a prominent and active member. Though the Museum was never formally a partner of the Geopark, Tom has always been a friend of the Geopark and indeed gave a keynote talk during our Geopark Festival 2 or 3 years ago.

Tom had made particular studies of many of the greats of British geology of the nineteenth century and has spoken on these ‘great lives’ on numerous occasions. This year 2015 is really William Strata Smith’s year given the 200 years that have passed since he self-published his map which was to earn him the title ‘Father of English Geology’ (sadly Wales is generally omitted from this epithet but the effect was the same!)


Key things re the event:

  • Where: the Elim Hall on Canal Road, Brecon
  • When: 7pm Thursday 26th November 2015
  • How much: £2 on the door (includes refreshments)
  • Put on by: Fforest Fawr Geopark
  • Why?: to mark the bicentennial of a pivotal moment in the history of geology as a science and as part of a season of events to mark the tenth year of Fforest Fawr as a Geopark
  • Medium: illustrated talk in English
  • What else?: display of glass artwork by local artist Sue Thorne (Talybont-based) – inspired by local rocks and the colours of the geological map
  • Anything else?: Facsimiles of Smith’s map will be on display and also available to purchase on the night

If you’re interested in finding out more about the Fforest Fawr Geopark click here

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Hay does Vintage:The Vintage Wonder

Hhay does vintage winteray Does Vintage returns with the 7th fayre ‘The Vintage Wonder Town’ right in the centre of Hay-on-Wye. Visit the Market Square, Cheese Market and Butter Market for over 50 fabulous vintage and retro traders selling vintage, retro and mid-century furniture, textiles. clothes, jewelry, French antiques and curiosities, housewares, books and plenty more. Great outdoor flea fayre too. Celebrating the wonderful town that is Hay-on-Wye and providing you with a special shopping extravaganza.

For more information click here                                       £1 entry, Children free

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Hay Winter Food Festival

Join Hay on Wye’s  one-day Winter Food Festival  this Saturday the 28th November.


It’s limited to just 50 local producers to ensure the quality is the best, and there’s entertainment from local brass bands, male voice choirs and folk musicians._MG_0773

With more than 40 local producers selling their best selection of festive cheeses, meats, drinks and sweet treats, you will find plenty of Christmas gifts for the food lovers in your family.

The Hay Winter Food Festival is now in its 7th year. The event will be held in the Memorial car park in Hay-On-Wye.

During the weekend there is plenty for you to do, as it’s also Hay Festival Winter Weekend, find out more here.

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Cheese & beer pairing at Hay’s Beer Revolution

Hay’s independent craft beer shop, Beer Revolution, hosts a free event this weekend – cheese pairing with Welsh brewery Celt Experience.

Celt will be at the shop, in the grounds of Hay Castle, from 1-4pm on Saturday November 28th, which coincides with the Hay Food Festival and the Hay Festival Winter Weekend.

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Beer fans will be able to sample three creations from the Caerphilly-based brewery, each paired with a Welsh cheese.

Celt’s Ellie Stoppard said: ‘We’re all about food pairing and every beer recipe starts with a food pairing in mind.

‘The diverse and complex flavours beer provides us with mean that the world of beer pairing is just as (if not more) exciting than wine pairings!

‘Cheese and beer pairing is a great way to encapsulate how the flavours of food and beer work together, as food and beer can often share similar qualities; fruity, nutty, farmhouse, creamy, bitter etc.

‘We might look to complement those flavours or to contrast them.

‘For example – our American-style pale ale, Silures, works well with a mature cheddar as the tropical American hops complement the rich, fruity flavour of the cheese.

‘Meanwhile Bleddyn cuts through the crumbly creamy flavour of Caerphilly with its grapefruit flavour and bitter finish.

‘And then there is the flavour explosion that is an Imperial Stout, with a strong, blue cheese – sweet, creamy, pungent – it’s one that you just have to try for yourself!’

celt cheese pairing

Beer Revolution is passionate about promoting Welsh brewers.

They said: ‘The area around Hay-on-Wye and the Brecon Beacons is rich with Celtic history.

‘The Silures tribe were active in these parts, as were the Romans in their efforts to subdue them.

‘Celt Experience have found inspiration for their beers in this history, so hopefully Hay will feel like home territory to them. We’re thrilled to be welcoming them and we’re proud to offer our continued support to Welsh beer and brewing.’

Visit for Welsh craft beer, including Celt, Waen, Hopcraft, Otley, Mad Dog, Tiny Rebel and more.

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Santa’s Grotto at Cantref Opens this weekend!

cantref christmas bannerrCome and to Cantref Adventure Farm from this weekend onward and meet the elves and have fun in the workshop. The elves will take you to meet Santa who can’t wait to meet you. Santa will check his official Naughty and Nice list and if you have been very good, Santa will present you with his magical golden key which opens the Present Room where you can choose your own gift!

cantref christmas

Mr Ev’s LOVES Christmas and will be starring in Cantref’s special Christmas Panto…oh yes he is! Look out for your favourite Cantref animals too who will be making special guest appearances.

Lots of animals and heated indoor play areas all undercover and some fantastic Christmas decorations and stocking fillers in our gift shop.

Stop by the cafe and enjoy a steaming mug of Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows. Winter warmers will be available from the café…be quick though….Mr Ev’s has been munching the mince pies!

What are you waiting for….come along and join the festive fun at Cantref Adventure Farm and make magical memories for you and your children during the Christmas Season!

Find out more here  or ring 01874 665223.


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