Abergavenny Steam Rally – this weekend

It’s the Abergavenny Steam Rally this Sunday and Monday.

© Abergavenny Steam Rally

© Abergavenny Steam Rally

The event takes place at Bailey Park, Park Road, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire NP7 5PR

This is a Unique Event in the Steam Rally Calendar in the UK because it takes place in a Park in the middle of the Market Town of Abergavenny, a marvellous day out for the whole family.

 

© Abergavenny Steam Rally


Adults £6, Secondary School Children and OAPs £4. Younger Children Free

As well as the mighty giants of steam and vintage vehicles, the show has a children’s funfair, a food village, rural crafts and handicrafts and a wealth of stands selling everything from auto jumble to garden plants and everything in-between.

 

© Abergavenny Steam Rally

For more information go to www.abergavennysteamrally.co.uk

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Limited mobility? – Enjoy a new way of getting out and about in the Brecon Beacons

In addition to their fleet of electric Twizys, the Eco Travel Network is now hiring ‘Boswell’ – a Boma 7 All Terrain Electric Wheelchair. The Boma enables people with limited mobility to join family and friends in enjoying walks in the Brecon Beacons National Park.

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The Boma 7 is easy and comfortable to use whether climbing steep slopes, fording streams or traversing rough or muddy ground. Everyone who’s ridden Boswell so far comes back grinning from ear to ear – especially when it’s given them a chance to enjoy a walk with their family that they couldn’t manage before.

Here is a short tutorial on how to operate a Boma 7 wheelchair.

As well as catering for gentle strolls, Boswell has also taken part in more challenging ventures – scaling Pen-y-fan and also completing a Gold DofE expedition with a group of 6th formers.

Local residents and visitors can hire Boswell on Mynydd Illtud common for £25 – just a mile from the popular National Park Visitor Centre. Booking via Jonathan Davies CwrtyCastell, Libanus, Brecon LD3 8NR, Tel. 01874 636845 or 07775 980693,

DofE with Expeditions Wales

© DofE with Expeditions Wales www.expeditionswales.co.uk

For organisations, who would like to hire Boswell for several days for a DofE expedition or other activity, please contact Eco Travel Network Directors, Alison Kidd and Peter Williams by email alison@prospectory.co.uk or Tel. 01874 665401. The cost of Boswell hire by organisations is £25 for the first day and £10 for successive days up to 1 week. This does not include transport of the wheelchair.

Details can be found here.

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© Eco Travel Network

Just a reminder that the Eco Travel Network’s electric Twizys are also for hire all year around from locations scattered across the Park. The Twizys offer a fun and funky way to enjoy a day out in the hills or exploring the local towns for £45 a day.  Find more information here

Tracy Twizy outside holiday cottage

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Half Term Activity Day at Craig y Nos Country Park

If you’re looking for something to do with the kids during the half term break – the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority Activity Day at Craig y Nos Country Park is one not to miss!

The Activity Day takes place on 27th May 10am til 4pm. 

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@ Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

A family friendly fun packed day with lots of things to do, see and discover including zip wire, geocaching, archaeology, green woodwork, orienteering, storytelling, woodland games, puppet theatre and traditional crafts.

This event is park of the Fforest Fawr Geopark Festival – find out more about this festival here

Craig-y-nos Country Park Swansea Valley SA9 1GL
Free Entry (normal car parking charges apply)
For more information: 01874 623366

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10 Things to do in the Brecon Beacons this half term

Looking for things to do in the Brecon Beacons this half term?  There is plenty going on -here are a few of our suggestions. Enjoy!

@ Garwnant Visitor Centre

@ Garwnant Visitor Centre

1: Garwnant Visitor Centre offers a great day out.  Explore over 400 acres of beautiful woodland. Experience the tranquil nature trails or thrilling kids’ mountain bike course and enjoy fresh local produce in our restaurant.

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@ Garwnant Visitor Centre

2. Discover Welsh gold at Dolaucothi Gold Mines

Family group kitted up for underground tour © Keith Morris

@ Keith Morris Dolaucothi Gold Mines

These unique gold mines are set amid wooded hillsides overlooking the beautiful Cothi Valley.  2,000 years ago, the powerful Romans left behind a glimpse of gold-mining methods. The harsh mining environment continued in the 19th and 20th centuries, ending in 1938.  Go on a guided tour and be taken back, to experience the conditions of the Roman, Victorian and 1930s underground workings. Find out more here

3. Try our Welsh Whiskey. Take a tour to find out about the unique history of Welsh whisky at Penderyn Distillery.  This is a fun trip where there’s plenty to see, learn and sample at Wales’ only whisky distillery.  Find out more here

@ Penderyn Distillery

The Brecon Beacons has an outstanding agricultural heritage – while you’re here, why not get to know some of the people who work the land and make delicious food and drink from its ingredients?

We have Black Mountian Smokery,  Blaenafon Cheddar Company, Coity Bach Produce, Talgarth Mill, The Vension Centre to name a few.  Make sure you pop into one of our many cafes or deli’s to sample some of our local produce – find out more here.

3. Visit the Mountain Centre and Mynydd-Illtyd

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@ Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

The National Park Visitor Centre or ‘Mountain Centre’ is located 7km south west of Brecon and is one of the most popular visitor attractions in the Brecon Beacons National Park.

The Centre stands 1100ft (330m) above sea level and offers stunning views of our highest mountains Pen y Fan and Corn Du.

The adjacent common land, Mynydd Illtyd, offers plenty of easy walks with fantastic views of Pen y Fan and the Central Beacons. Route maps are available in the centre or go to our website.

4. Cycle the Taff Trail from Brecon to Brynich Lock

@ Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

This traffic free section of the Taff Trail is perfect for the whole family it starts from the car park at Brecon Canal Basin and follows the
well-surfaced tow path of the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal
for 3 easy miles down to the first lock at Brynich find out more here

Don’t forget to have a look around the market town of Brecon, there are plenty of cafes and shops.

Find more traffic free routes here or if you fancy a longer route go here

5. Spend a day at Llangorse Lake 

Feeding ducks at Llangors Lake

@ Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

Llangorse Lake is the largest natural lake in South Wales 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.

With a onsite cafe, it’s a perfect place to spend the day.  Find out more here

If you are feeling adventurous have a look at walks around Llangorse and Bwlch here 

6. Spend a day in Abergavenny – heritage, views and a vineyard

@ Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

Start your day with a visit to Abergavenny’s Museum set in the ground of a ruined Normal Castle.

Entrance is free as are the stunning views from the Castle over the Usk Valley and the Blorenge Mountain.

Enjoy a picnic in the grounds or walk to the town centre to find some lunch from one of the many cafes and restaurants.

Entrance is free as are the stunning views from the Castle over the Usk Valley and the Blorenge Mountain.

Enjoy a picnic in the grounds or walk to the town centre to find some lunch from one of the many cafes and restaurants.

Stop off at the Sugarloaf Vineyard on the way back to town for refreshments at their coffee shop.

Plan your day here

7. The National Coal Mine Museum or Big Pit

Discover Wales’s rich mining heritage in this amazing award-winning interactive museum complete with underground tour. Experience the sights, sounds, smells and atmosphere of an authentic coal mine.  Take a free tour of a historic underground mine.  More information here

@ Big Pit National Coal Museum

8. Take the family to Dan y Ogof and Craig y Nost Country Park and Castle

Craig-y-nos Country Park and Dan-yr-Ogof Show Caves

@ Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

The Cwm Tawe area of the Brecon Beacons is in the heart of the Fforest Fawr Geopark – an area of international importance because of its extraordinary geological heritage. Craig-y-nos sits between imposing crags of Carboniferous Limestone, rock which has been carved into extensive cave systems. The National Showcaves Centre for Wales gives an insight into the subterranean world. Combined with the other attractions developed in the centre, including a dinosaur park, a Shire Horse centre and indoor soft play area, it makes for an action packed family day out.

The Country Park has extensive grounds to explore. Once the pleasure gardens of the Craig-y-Nos Castle, now a hotel. Level and gently sloping paths take you through a meadow, around tall trees and along the flowing river. Look out for the different ducks on the ponds.

Plan your day here

9. Attend one of festivals and events

There are many events happening over the Bank holiday weekend and during half term in the Brecon Beacons.  World renowned Hay Festival kicks off this weekend along with Crickhowell Open Studios and The Fforest Fawr Geopark Festival just to start.  Make sure you go to our website to get the full list.

10. Go for a walk in Waterfall County

@ Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

For a stunning day out why not visit our Waterfall Country which is a stunning region of our National Park.

Waterfalls Centre in the village of
Pontneddfechan is an ideal place to start a walk along one of the many paths to
the waterfalls and to visit the remains of the gunpowder works
and silica mines which hint at the hive of activity and industry that
once filled this enchanting place.

To walk behind the curtain of water at Sgwd yr Eira (Waterfall of
the Snow) is an experience never to be forgotten!

Find out more here

Make sure you have a look at our website to plan your trip.  We hope you enjoy your time in our National Park. 

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Crickhowell Open Studios – this weekend

Crickhowell, at the centre of a vibrant community of artists, will again this year be at the hear of the eagerly awaited annual Crickhowell Open Studio weekend.

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© Crickhowell Open Studios

The Art Trail of Open Studios champions and celebrates local artists and their work. It is an annual event which takes place during the Spring Bank Holiday weekend in May. (23 – 25 May 2015)

It affords visitors the opportunity to explore and enjoy the beautiful Brecon Beacons and surrounding countryside whilst visiting the studios of some of the area’s exceptional artists.

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© Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

The 3 day event creates the perfect opportunity to explore, meet artists, be inspired by their art.   The 29 venues will this year include over 200 exhibiting artists from the area.

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Free brochures which act as a guide to the studios are available online  or at Tourist Information Centres and other outlets or from the Crickhowell Resource and Information Centre, Beaufort Street, Crickhowell, NP8 1 BN Tel 01873 813667 Further information can also be found on www.visitcrickhowell.co.uk or email gallery@visitcrickhowell.co.uk.

Enjoy the rich heritage and beauty of the area while you follow the distinctive red across with venue numbers in Crickhowell and further afield to discover artists, makers and designers who work in a wide variety of disciplines including paint-working, printmaking, photography, textiles, sculpture, glass and forged ironwork.

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© Crickhowell Open Studios

Watch this video to find out more – we hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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What’s on at Cantref Adventure Farm this half term

Cantref Adventure Farm is the perfect place for a family day out this half term come rain or shine.  Cantref has a great mix of animals, indoor and outdoor play and hands on shows and activities.

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© Cantref Adventure Farm

They offer a jam packed programme of shows every half an hour throughout the day including everybody’s favourite Bottle Feeding the cute baby lambs, Pet handling where you get to stroke Rabbits and hold Guinea Pigs, Mr Ev’s Mini Panto, Animal Encounter Tractor Ride where you get to see some of the farm’s larger animals and rare breeds and marvel at the stunning views of the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains and Pony Rides which include a Rosette.

The highlight of the Show programme is the hilarious Pig Racing Show where you get to cheer on Cantref’s celebrity pigs as they race around the track even tackling a few jumps.

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© Cantref Adventure Farm

To complement the show programme Cantref has a range of play from a large heated Indoor Soft Play Area, Ball Cannons, Pedal Tractors, Role Play Houses and outside there are Paddle Boats, Jungle Swamp Boat Ride which is great for the whole family to work as a team, Water Wars a hilarious game involving firing water balloons at your family and friends and Europe’s longest Sledge Ride which is a favourite with the adults!

The highlight of half term will be Wednesday 27th of May when Fireman Sam will be coming to Cantref for the 1st time!  Fireman Sam will be making appearances at intervals throughout the day.  Cantref recommends pre-booking farm park entry tickets on-line to avoid disappointment.  Don’t forget your camera!

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Back by popular demand Cantref will also be running it’s “Own a Pony Day” on Wednesday 27th of May, which is the perfect gift for any pony mad child this half term.

All this combined with our on-site Horse Riding Trekking Centre which offers day and half day rides into the Brecon Beacons and Hour Rides and Lessons around the farm, Farmhouse café serving lunch time snacks, homemade specials and delicious homemade cakes all with the spectacular back drop of the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains and Gift Shop mean Cantref has everything you need for a fun filled family day out.  Cantref also has an on-site 4 star camp-site for tents with electric hook-up and free Wi-Fi for those who want to extend their stay.

For further information please visit www.cantref.com

To book tickets https://cantref.digitickets.co.uk/tickets

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It’s Welsh Wine Week – celebrate by sampling wine grown in the Brecon Beacons

Wales has a growing number of award wining wine growers, we even have a Welsh Wine Trail

In the Brecon Beacons we are proud to have two vineyard Sugar Loaf Vineyard, and White Castle Vineyard.  What better way to celebrate Welsh Wine Week by sampling some welsh wine!

Sugar Loaf Vineyard.

© Sugar Loaf Vineyard

© Sugar Loaf Vineyard

Sugar Loaf Vineyard grow 7 varieties of grapes each with their own character to suit all palates.  Their wines have achieved Quality Status from the European Wine Standards Board and won awards in National Competitions.

They have four varieties of white wine, our special blend of red wine and sparkling wine.

You are able to take a take a self guided tour through the vineyard or why not book a whole group for an afternoon of tasting!

Don’t forget to buy some excellent Welsh wine as a souvenir of your visit. You are also able to buy from their online shop  Opening times and days vary with the seasons. find out more here.

White Castle Vineyard

© White Castle Vineyard

© White Castle Vineyard

White Castle Vineyard is a small Welsh vineyard situated near the market towns of Abergavenny and Monmouth.  You are able to tour the 5000 vines.

They have 6 different Award Winning Quality Welsh Wine including red wine, white wine and sparkling wine which are available for purchase from the Cellar Door.

Cellar door open Friday, Saturday, Sunday & bank holidays 10 – 5pm for wine tasting,
wine purchases and Gifts.

They offer a conducted vineyard tour followed by wine tasting at 3pm each day – book here. 

Enjoy!

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