One month till Crickhowell’s first Literary Festival takes place.

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We are delighted to introduce the programme for the first Crickhowell Literary Festival!

The Festival will take place from the 3rd til the 11th October, in Crickhowell.

The Festival features something for everyone – there will be lots of talks – on books, poetry, art, sport and politics; and there will be readings, stories, interviews, debates, candle-lit literary suppers, creative writing workshops and wholesome walks.

Have a look at the festival programme and book your tickets here.

The 2014 Wales Book of the Year for Fiction winner Francesca Rhydderch will launch the week’s festivities and a reading from this year’s Costa Book Award for poetry winner, Jonathan Edwards, will close it.

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Festival organizers hope that the Crickhowell Literary festival will bring opportunities for learning and pleasure to the entire community.

Whether you want 4 star comfort, cosy B&Bs, your own cottage or to camp or caravan there is a huge selection of accommodation available in Crickhowell and its immediate surrounding area.

Details of local accommodation providers can be found here

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NEWSFLASH: Three Brecon Beacons businesses featured in Good Food Guide top 50 for 2016

We are very pleased to announce that the Felin Fach Griffin and The Hardwick have made the Good Food Guide Top 50 Pubs and Llangoed Hall has also made the Good Food Guide Top 50 Restaurants 2016 guides both published this week. 

Congratulations all! We’d highly recommend a visit to all of them!

The Felin Fach Griffin, is located in Felinfach just outside the market town of Brecon. It’s a heart warming country inn – it’s everything a good country pub should be.  Have a look at the sample menus here.

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The Hardwick restaurant is run by owner and chef, Stephen Terry – simply the finest dining experience in and around Abergavenny.  Have a look at the menus here.the hardwick

Llangoed Hall is a magnificent country house hotel located in Llyswen in the stunning Wye Valley. The perfect destination for lunch, evening meal or afternoon tea.   Have a look at the menus here.

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In the Brecon Beacons, we take food and drink pretty seriously. Have a read of all the amazing places to eat here.

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What’s on at Theatr Brycheiniog this Autumn

A new season at Theatr Brycheiniog, a new brochure chock full of beatboxing champions, Max Boyce and Elvis.  We asked Nigel Evans from the Theatr for his round up of what to see this Autumn.   Find the full programme of events here.

Yes, I look at some other entertainment organisations and they’re so tasteful and demure. And that’s fine when you’ve got a niche market but here in Brecon our populous is hugely diverse and they demand accordingly.

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Okay, I’m gonna be honest with you. It’s not the real Elvis,I haven’t suddenly gone into raising the dead. The real Elvis really has left the building, this Elvis (in A Tribute To Elvis on September 26) is an electrician from Abergavenny called Keith. He’s good mind. And so far he’s raised £250,000 for local charities. Ah uh uh. That’s Elvis’ catchphrase btw. He performs live with his Memphis Mafia (that’s Memphis in Gwent).  Book your tickets here.

David Starkey knows all about the Magna Carta and tells all on Friday September 25. Quite controversial stuff, limiting the power of the monarchy 13th century style. Sounds like a 1970s heavy metal band but it’s not. Dave may be accompanied by the Magna Carta Mafia. How scary would they be?  Book your tickets here.

Max Boyce photoexpOggy, oggy, oggy – oi, oi, oi! It’s the one and only Max Boyce. Lol, lol, lol! It’s quite easy to diss the great 70s Welsh comedian, singer, songwriter, storyteller as corny and sentimental. However, I revisited his back catalogue recently and he’s more real than anything happening nowadays – in my honest opinion. The Pithead Bath’s A Supermarket Now, Duw it’s Hard, We All Had Doctor’s Papers. All brilliant stories from an age when we didn’t have Facebook sucking us dry of all our free time. An age when people did things together and went on mad, barmy trips to watch rugby and get drunk. I expect Max is teetotal these days, having just had bypass surgery. If you go (Thursday September 17), remember to do the oi, oi, oi bit. It’s traditional.  Book your tickets here.

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Talking of traditional, Grace Savage brings beatboxing to Theatr B on Wednesday September 23.  Book your tickets here

Sorry, I’ll type that again. Talking of traditional, world renowned classical harpist, arranger and composer Catrin Finch performs music from her new album, Tides, on Wednesday October 14. She’s great and I will resist the urge to compare her to Harpo Marx.  Book your tickets here.

Dinosaurs! A couple of weeks back, a couple of blokes turned up at the theatre with an 18 foot long dinosaur. They were here to promote their upcoming show Jurassic Adventures on Wednesday October 28.

Jurassic_Web15_mediumOf course, I’d forgotten they were coming but lied and made a brave face and took them into Brecon town centre to scare kids and grannies. Actually, kids love the T Rex, it’s dogs who are afraid. Check out the film I did for fyi:Brecon here… http://brecon.fyinetwork.co.uk/search%20dinosaur,23396-Dinosaur-roams-free-in-Brecon  Book your tickets here.

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Did I mention the new comedy spoof version of The 39 Steps? Black RAT Productions do it on Thursday October 29 and it looks tres fab!

In fact it’s on the cover of our new Autumn brochure.

Get a copy from the theatre box office or the Tourist Information Centre in Brecon. Book your tickets here.

Loads of other eclectic stuff – Abbamania, The Christians and Roachford, Earthfall, Mid Wales Opera, Andy Parsons, Superstars Of Wrestling, The Boyan Ensemble Of Kiev. You lucky people! Visit www.brycheiniog.co.uk to book online or call the box office on 01874 611622.

See the full programme here 

If you’re coming to the Theatr, why not have a pre-show supper at the canal-side restaurant Tipple’n’Tiffin

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Relax with a glass of one of our modern style wines and a light dish or two before the show; or stay with us for a heartier meal and enjoy the full range of our carefully chosen menu with something to suit each and every taste.

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Prepared with fresh, local ingredients, the dishes complement each other and can be combined in a way you choose. It’s a chance to experiment with something new. Or perhaps enjoy an old favourite with a twist. You can share each dish with the rest of your party or keep your plate to yourself – its up to you! We just want you to enjoy your food, your wine and being together.

To reserve a table or for further information, please telephone 01874 611866.

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Experience a Brecon Beacons Country Show this bank holiday weekend.

Our Country Shows are something not to be missed, this bank holiday weekend there are 6 to attend!  Each show are action packed offering something for everyone.  From agricultural, horticultural and craft competitions, to cookery demonstrations, sheep sheering and family activities, you’ll be kept busy just deciding which to attend and what to do next!!

1.Monmouthshire Show 

Thursday 27th August The Monmouthshire Show is the largest one-day agricultural shows in Wales, taking place annually in Monmouth on the last Thursday in August.  Each year over 20,000 visitors enjoy a taste of farming and the countryside at our stunning showground on the banks of the River Wye in Monmouth.  Find out more here.


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2.Talgarth Festival of the Black Mountains 2015

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 Saturday 29th – Sunday 30th August Talgarth Festival of the Black Mountains is a ‘free’ summer festival located all around the small market town of Talgarth. Based on the Market Square, it caters for a variety people, ages and interests.

A true celebration of food, farming, music and the countryside.   Find out more here.

3. Brecon Beacons Summer Fayre

Saturday 29th – Monday 31st August.  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.

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Come rain or shine join the fun at this celebration of Welsh food, drink, arts & crafts.  You’ll discover over 70 stands to explore, children’s activities and live entertainment set to spill on to the front lawn and surrounding fields.  Find out more here.

4. Talybont on Usk Village Show

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Saturday 29th August.  Everyone welcome to this happy and friendly traditional village event.  More information here.

5. Llangynidr Show

 Sun 30th August.  We pack a lot into this one day event. From agricultural, horticultural and craft competitions, to cookery demonstrations, sheep sheering and family activities.  Find out more here.

6. Felinfach Show and Speed Shear

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Monday 31st August.  Felinfach Show and Speed Shear – horses, sheep, cattle, cakes and much, much more including an evening sheep SPEED SHEAR competition! Come along and join the fun.

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National Botanic Garden of Wales host National Vegetable Championships this weekend

Prize-winning veg on the menu this weekend at the National Botanic Garden 

Do you grow champion veg? Then why not enter one (or more) of the 37 classes in The National Vegetable Society’s Welsh Branch Championship being held in the National Botanic Garden on Saturday and Sunday, August 22-23.

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Championship entry forms are available from show secretary Colin Lewis – contact him on lewiscolin@hotmail.co.uk  There are also available from our admissions staff in the Gatehouse.

But, even if you don’t know your asparagus from your elbow or don’t grow world beating beet, they will be plenty to feast your eyes on at this special event – from long, pointed carrots and a dish of three parsnips to table marrows and Best Legume Collection.

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If the expert classes are too daunting, there are novice and junior classes alongside the national championships and special trophies.

And, if the children need something to do, they can enter our Veg Olympics where the leek javelin competition and the ‘Putting the Swede’ showdown are always hotly contested.

The Garden is open from 10am to 6pm with last entry at 5pm.

Admission to the Garden is £9.75 (including Gift Aid) for adults and £4.95 for children over five.  Entry is FREE for Garden members and parking is free for all.

For more information about this or other events, call 01558 667149, email info@gardenofwales.org.uk  or go to www.gardenofwales.org.uk

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Join the 25th Year Celebrations at the Old Railway Line Garden Centre this Saturday

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This year The Old Railway Line Garden Centre is celebrating 25 years in business, it has been 25 years since planting the seeds of the garden centre in a small greenhouse in 1990. This Saturday they are hosting a celebration to remember to thank all loyal customers for their continued support. They hope you can make it!

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2015 is the 25th year in business since present owners, Mark and Christina Cleary started the business from a small greenhouse in 1990. They are inviting all of our customers (old and new) to join them for a day of celebration which will take place this Saturday 22nd August.

For Children: Bouncy Castle, Face-painting, Wellie Throwing, Goodie Bag & Balloons and Cake!

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For Adults: Live Music, Bar, Cake Freebies, Raffle (£100 Vouchers Top Prize) and more!

For more information about the business’ past, present and future click here…

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The Old Railway Line Garden Centre likes to keep things interesting with a wide range of events suitable for people of all ages and interests. Take a look at some of the other upcoming events here

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Discover the magic of trees at the National Botanic Gardens this weekend

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Discover the magic of trees at the Wales Tree Festival held at the National Botanic Garden on Saturday and Sunday August 15-16.

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Take a fascinating Welsh tree trail and hear talks to help you discover which trees grow in the Garden and all about the creatures that live in and around them.

The Woodland Skills Centre will be here to pass on their skills and knowledge of woodland crafts. Members of the British Woodcarvers’ Association will also be on hand to demonstrate how to make wooden pens and walking sticks, how to choose the right timber and how to woodturn.

Visitors will also have the chance to buy some unique handmade wooden gifts. There’s spell-binding chainsaw carving from talented local artist Simon Hedger and the children will love making bows and arrows and building dens, inspired by the legend of  Twm Siôn Cati, the medieval Welsh outlaw.

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They’ll love looking for signs of fairies in our special Wales Tree Festival Fairy Wood and they can join the grown-ups in weaving a souvenir willow pot-stand (Saturday only) and joining local artist Louise Burston painting and drawing trees – including the Ghost Forest (Sunday only).

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All the Wales Tree Festival activities are free.

The Garden is open from 10am to 6pm with last entry at 5pm. Family activities run from 12noon until 4pm every day

Admission to the Garden is £9.75 (including Gift Aid) for adults and £4.95 for children over five.  Entry is FREE for Garden members and parking is free for all.

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For more information about this or other events, call 01558 667149, email info@gardenofwales.org.uk or go to www.gardenofwales.org.uk

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