Things to do this St David’s Day

Visit any where in Wales on March 1st; St David’s  Day and you’ll see children wearing traditional Welsh National costumes or Welsh rugby shirts, wearing bright green leeks and yellow daffodils turned into colourful accessories.

St David’s Day or Dydd Gwŷl Dewi (Sant) Hapus in Welsh is always a special time in Wales, when local communities come together to celebrate the culture and qualities of Wales.    If you live or are visiting the Brecon Beacons today expect to see hear lots of wonderful Welsh choirs and taste lots of delicious locally made foods.

Events

1. David’s Day concert on 1 March. It is event no. 5 in the Crickhowell Walking Festival.

Details are: A Welcome in the Hillside!Clarence Hall, Crickhowell, 7.00pm 1st. March

With folk duo Taith. A Feast of Welsh Songs

Tickets £8.00. Students/U18 free

from www.crickhowellfestival.com; CRiC; Webbs Crickhowell; Abergavenny Music

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2. St David’s Day themed Waterfall Walk With Hawk Adventures
Did you know that St David was a vegetarian who ate only bread, herbs and vegetables and who drank only water, and is also known as Aquaticus or Dewi Ddyfrwr (the water drinker) in Welsh. Sometimes, as a self-imposed penance, he would stand up to his neck in a lake of cold water, reciting Scripture. It is also said that milestones during his life were marked by the appearance of springs of water.

We promise not to submerge you in cold water but we are running a St David’s day waterfall walk on the 4 th March where you can take in the wonderful scenery and waterfalls of the Brecon Beacons and learn more about St David and other Welsh legends.

**Hawk Adventures were voted the Best Activity Provider at the Brecon Beacons Tourism Awards in 2016**

Here’s how to contact us:
https://www.hawkadventures.co.uk
https://www.facebook.com/hawkadventures
https://twitter.com/HawkAdventures
01558 668878 or info@hawkadevntures.co.uk

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3. Come and celebrate with the National Botanic Gardens of Wales on the day of our patron saint. dydd-gwyl-dewi-2017-v2-2-861x1024

It’s FREE entry for all at the National Botanic Garden of Wales on Wednesday March 1st in honour of our patron saint.

St David’s Day is a great time to reacquaint yourself with the Garden after the long, wet winter and enjoy a taste of Welsh culture.  Enjoy a leisurely stroll across the Garden’s acres or take advantage of this excellent opportunity to see the stunning display of daffodils as well as a fantastic array of spring flowers from around the world in the Great Glasshouse.

The Garden is open from 10am until 4.30pm, with last entry at 3.30pm.

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Indulge in some locally produced food

Buy some great local Welsh foods, with hampers from Black Mountains Smokery  and  Authentically Welsh. Their Crickhowell Cracking Hamper will introduce you to some of Crickhowell’ delicious local artisan foods. Or why not treat yourself on this special day and visit a Welsh pub or restaurant here in the Brecon Beacons that have made the 2016 Michelin Star Guide. Click here to find out who made it!

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay in the Brecon Beacons this March then check out our guide on accommodation to suit everyone here!

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A dramatic journey into Fforest Fawr Geopark.

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This tough but illuminating route, which takes you to the plateau of Fforest Fawr, involves some walking off marked footpaths. At the end, you’ll know how ice shaped these landscapes and why the Brecon Beacons National Park is home to Wales’s first European Geopark.

Need to know

Length: 6¼ miles (10km)
Time: Around 3–4 hours
Start and finish: Storey Arms, on A470 between Brecon and Merthyr Tydfil
OS map ref: SO 982203
OS map: OL12 Explorer (1: 25 000 series)
Facilities: Car park at Storey Arms. Toilets are located at the next car park, a few hundred metres to the south.

Along the way

Storey Arms
It’s a good starting point, not just for the walk but as an introduction to how glaciation during the last Ice Age – which ended around 10,000 to 12,000 years ago – shaped the Brecon Beacons we see before us today.  You’re at the centre of the last great ice sheet that covered the region. The ice initially melted away around 15,000 years ago, though the high cwms were reoccupied by glaciers for a short-lived cold period around 10,600 years ago. Storey Arms stands in a critical spot at the saddle (or col) between the Tarell valley to the north and Taf valley to the south. Both valleys are glacial troughs with a classic and characteristic U-shape, scoured out by ice around 25,000 years ago, the col representing a former ‘ice-divide’ at the centre of the last glacier.
Fan Fawr
On the northern side of 734m-high Fan Fawr, in a shallow hollow at around 560m, you’ll see a collection of hummocks and ridges. These may reflect the existence of a small glacier or rockfalls that occurred over snow or ice on the flanks of Fan Fawr around 10,600 years ago. Look at the boulders or stones making up these ridges – you may find striations, scratch marks created by the scouring of ice.
Fforest  Fawr
This walk takes you into the area known as Fforest Fawr (The Great Forest), so called not because of its tree cover but to signify its ancient status as a hunting ground. It’s high, wild moorland gives its name to Fforest Fawr Geopark, created in 2005.
Here’s one of the National Park’s most compelling, fascinating features. Although just a stone’s throw from the busy A470, this atmospheric amphitheatre of soaring, craggy cliffs seems a world apart, solitary and self-contained. It’s a National Nature Reserve (NNR) thanks to its fascinating range of arctic-alpine plants. Craig Cerrig-Gleisiad’s dramatic, steep-sided crags and lumpy, bumpy lower slopes were created during the Ice Age when snow that collected in the north-facing slopes eventually turned into a glacier. The scooping and grinding action of the ice carved the 150m-high cliffs, and when the glacier eventually retreated it deposited the debris within it to create what are known as moraines – the mounds and hillocks that are clearly visible in the bowl beneath Craig Cerrig-Gleisiad’s dark crags. Given its genesis and shady, brooding character it’s somehow appropriate that the NNR is famous for its rare arctic-alpine plants such as purple saxifrage and serrated wintergreen. They survive here at or near their southern limit in Britain (and do not reappear again until the Alps), clinging to Craig Cerrig-Gleisiad’s ledges, gullies and crags. Their inaccessibility has also contributed to their survival, so you are asked not to climb the steep crags or screes for a closer view – please bring binoculars.

For a full route description, please click here.

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Walking in the East of the Brecon Beacons National Park-Abergavenny Riverside

The Usk up close.
A gentle and easy-to-access walk along the scenic banks of the river Usk. Along the way, you’ll pass verdant meadows and clear running water, see lots of wildlife – and also get an insight into the history of the gateway town of Abergavenny.

Need to know

Length: Just under 4½ miles (7km)
Time: 1½–2 hours
Start: Pyscodlyn Farm bus stop by Pyscodlyn Farm and Campsite on A40 between Abergavenny and Crickhowell (OS map ref: SO 268156)
Finish: Abergavenny bus station (OS map ref: SO 302140)
There are regular buses from Abergavenny to the starting point on routes X43 and 43
OS map: Explorer OL13 (1:25 000 series)
Facilities: Visitor centre and toilets at Abergavenny bus station, cafés, pubs, shops and railway station in Abergavenny

Along the Way

Castle Meadows
Twitchers will be pleased to learn that this stretch of the river Usk is particularly abundant with birdlife. Colonies of sand martins nest in the river’s sandy banks, providing a dazzling display of high-speed aerobatics as they snap up insects on the wing. Kingfishers can also be spotted regularly, while the winter months give a good chance of seeing goosanders – the males particularly resplendent in their dazzling white plumage with black and green heads.

River Usk
Its headwaters are in the Usk reservoir at the foot of the remote Black Mountain in the west of the Brecon Beacons National Park. It flows for 63 miles (102km) reaching the sea at Newport. For much of its length – especially in its central stretch around Abergavenny – it flows through a beautiful, broad vale framed by the central Brecon Beacons to the west and borderland Black Mountains to the east. Noted for its flora and fauna (and prized by anglers for its salmon and trout fishing), the river is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Abergavenny Castle
The town’s ruined castle was founded in the 11th century, growing into an impressive stone-built fortress by the 1300s before being demolished by Charles I in 1645. What remains of the castle is now home to Abergavenny Museum. It’s a centuries-spanning exploration of local history, featuring everything from Roman artefacts to a recreated World War II air raid shelter, a late 19th-century Welsh kitchen to posters advertising The Beatles’ 1963 show at Abergavenny Town Hall. Find out more here.

Llanfoist Bridge
Linking Abergavenny and nearby Llanfoist, this has been an important river crossing since the times of King Henry VI – hence its former name of Tudor Bridge. The seven-arched span has seen significant alterations over the years, notably in the early 19th-century when it was widened to accommodate a tramroad. Stop for some refreshments in the garden of the adjacent Bridge End Inn for a lovely view of the bridge and the gently flowing waters of the Usk.

For a full route description, please click here or view our town guide on Abergavenny here.

 

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Experience Lambing Live in the Brecon Beacons!

It’s nearly Springtime in the Brecon Beacons! One of the busiest times of the year, farms across Wales will soon be welcoming 100,000’s of new lambs into the world! Join in the excitement and get involved with one of these lambing live events.

 

Join in the Lambing Festival at Cantref Adventure FarmFebruary Half Term - Lambing Festival

..Springtime is a very busy time of the year for Farmer Ken with fluffy new arrivals being born every day.

Join Farmer Ken in the Lambing Barn and you may be lucky enough to see our cute baby lambs being born?

With so many family favourites; bottle feeding, pony rides and pet handling, make sure Cantref Adventure Farm is on your “To Do” list this February Half Term. Book your tickets here.

Have A Good Day Out-Lambing on an Organic Farm
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A ‘no holds barred’ day in the life of an organic sheep farmer in the beautiful Brecon Beacons at lambing time. We cannot promise you will witness a lambing but you will be able to help with a range of daily tasks: feeding lambs, bedding down, marking, moving and collecting eggs. You will be free to ask as many questions as you wish and Paul & Liz will be happy to talk about organic farming and their alternative energy initiatives. A tasty homemade lunch is included and then you will be free to walk around the farm to enjoy the stunning views.

Undated vouchers can be bought and then redeemed by the recipients, or please book one of the dates here for 2017.

 

Watch the Spring Lambs over a slice of cake at Beacons Farm Shop

Spring is a lovely time of year for customers at Beacons Farm Shop to see the spring lambs skipping around the field just opposite.With 400 ewes to lamb in a short few weeks, the farm is a busy place to be. The smells, sights and sounds are unique to this wonderful time of year. You will notice the baby lambs in the field as you drive up towards the shop, be sure to come and see them. Park your car in their large car park and enjoy a lovely spring walk, there are plenty to choose from in the ‘Awesome walks around Llangorse & Bwlch’ booklet.

Also, enjoy a cuppa with a lovely slice of cake in the sunshine or why not try their all-day breakfast! Open all over the bank holiday weekend. Good Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 9am-5pm, bank holiday Monday 10.30am-5pm. Be sure to call in and find some great Easter specials. Have a lovely Easter from all the Welsh venison centre and Beacons farm shop.

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February Half Term at Cantref Adventure Farm

Don’t miss the newborn lambs at Cantref Adventure Farm this half term!

Adorable Newborn Lambs!
This February Half Term come and meet our gorgeous fluffy newborn Lambs in the Big Animal Barn at Cantref.  If you time your visit right you might even be lucky enough to see a Lamb being born.  We have lots of expectant mothers and can’t wait for the magic to start!
We have a special lamb themed programme this half term which includes Meet the Shepherd, Lambing Talks, Bottle Feeding Demonstrations where you can watch some of our newest lambs having their bottle and Sheep Themed Craft Activities.
Fun on the farm this Half Term
There’s loads to keep the family entertained this half term at Cantref.  We have Bottle Feeding Goats, Pet Handling, Pony Rides,Mr Ev’s Show, Visits to the Lambing Barn and more….  With our huge heated indoor soft play area the kid’s can have hours of fun whatever the weather.
On Monday the 20th of February we have 4 spaces left on our Own a Pony Day which is great for any pony mad child from complete beginner to the more experienced horse rider.  Booking essential   Further Information
  Award Winners Again!

Cantref Adventure Farm recently won 3 prizes in the National Farm Attraction Award Ceremony in Brighton.  Proof that Cantref is a great place for a fun filled family day out!

Adam Price Entertainment Team Manager at Cantref won 1st prize in the Day Maker Category for his excellent customer service and going above and beyond on numerous occasions during the course of his work.
Cantref was also runner up in the Farm Attraction of the Year Award and runner up in the Best Digital Presence Award.
Cantref previously won the Farm Attraction of the Year Award last year and in 2005 and was runner up in 2010.  This is the top award in the ‘Oscars’
for UK farm and rural attractions.  Well done Team Cantref!
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Early birds now on sale for Hay Literary Festival

Early birds to the 30th Hay Festival in Hay-on-Wye are on sale NOW! This years festival will take place from the 25th May to the 4th June with acts including: Garry Kasparov and Stephen Fry, Paul Beatty (The Sellout), Fat Freddy’s Drop, Will Young, Tracey Emin, Letters Live, and Ken Dodd!
The full programme will be released on the 3rd of April here.

Don’t forget there are 700 events over 10 days running from breakfast until midnight feasts across seven venues at the Hay FestivalIf you are coming to this year’s festival, then heading into town is a must.  Hay on Wye is full of interesting places to visit and is a short walk (or shuttle bus ride) away from the festival site.

Have a read of our top ten things to do during Hay Festival for ideas.

1. Head to one of the many second hand bookshops 

© Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

Explore one of the many independent bookshops. Hay has a lot – it’s not known as the town of books for nothing. There is something for everyone.

© Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

 

2. Wander around Hay Castle

You can’t miss the Castle as it is located in the center of the market town.   Inside the grounds there are lots of shops for you to peruse.

 

 


3. Hire a bike

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Hire a bike from Drover Cycles they have bikes for roadies, mountain bikers and leisure riders. And if you want to take the string out of the hills, they have electric bikes too. Contact them here.

4. Buy an Ice-Cream
Pop into Shepherds to buy a delicious homemade ice-cream, then sit down and eat it. They also serve a great coffee and cake! Perfect way to watch the world go by.

5. Explore all the wonderful independent shops
Shop! Hay has a great range of shops where you can buy anything from clothes to decorative nick-nacks.

6. Hire a canoe
Hire a canoe and spend some time discovering the beautiful River Wye. Contact canoe hire companies here. 

7. Find yourself a pub and sample a local ale
Get yourself into a local pub, there are plenty to try in Hay.  Have a look here

8. Go on a walk to the beach
Despite being landlocked, Hay on Wye has its very own beach. Yes, really. The Warren is a pebble beach about a 20 minute walk from town, find out more here

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9. Go on a Hay Tour

Discover the history of a Hay by going on a Hay Tour. All the guides are local volunteers SPAB+Castle+Dave.jpgwho enjoy bringing the stories of Hay to life, many of which can be uncovered just by walking along the main streets of the town. During the Hay Festival they will be running a selection of tours including the Hay Railway Tour, Hay Heritage Trail, theSwan Loop,Armstrong Murder Trail and the Eliza Trail. For more information and to book click here

Click here for our town guide to Hay-On-Wye

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Valentine’s Day #LoveRoyalWelsh give-away

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we thought we’d share some love.

Are you one of the many happy couples who have meet at one of our Royal Welsh events? We’d love to know more about your story and you could win a pair of tickets to spend a romantic day together at the 2017 Royal Welsh Show.

All you need to do is post a photo of you and your partner of Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, tell us how long you’ve been together and use the hashtag #LoveRoyalWelsh

We’ll automatically enter you into a prize draw to win a pair of tickets to the 2017 Royal Welsh Show, the perfect opportunity to rekindle your love.


A celebration of smallholding and rural life
20 & 21 May 2017

The Royal Welsh Spring Festival, with its action-packed programme of entertainment, have-a-go educational activities, displays and performances, offers the perfect day out for everyone:

  • Livestock & horse classes
  • Smallholder’s workshops, talks and demonstrations
  • Hundreds of tradestands
  • Children’s activities, living classroom & learning activities
  • Entertaining displaysbunny
  • Gifts & crafts
  • Dog show
  • Trail running festival & family fun run
  • Country sports
  • Gardening
  • Food & Drink Quarter, street food area & cookery demos
  • Live music & folk dancing
  • FREE entry for all children (16 and under)

The festival is open till late on Saturday evening, so come and enjoy an early summer evening of street food and live music with friends.

Buy your early bird discounted e-ticket now!

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