Top 5 Family Easter Egg Hunts Events

Here is our top 5 Easter Egg Hunt events happening over the weekend in the Brecon Beacons:

National Botanic Garden of Wales

It’s going to be a beast of an Easter at the National Botanic Garden of Wales this year with meerkats, birds of prey and the world-famous Quack Pack to the fore.

@ National Botanical Gardens of Wales

There’s also an Easter Egg Hunt and an Easter Bonnet Parade to look forward too as well as music, magic, balloon modelling and much more besides.

The something-for-all-the-family fun begins on Good Friday and continues all weekend.  have a look at there website for more information

Brecon Mountain Railway

Come and join us for an Easter Bunny Steam Train ride and Egg Hunt at Brecon Mountain Railway

Meet the Easter Bunny © Brecon Mountain Railwa

Includes a present for every child and there is a prize for finding the Golden Egg
Friday 3rd April, Saturday 4th April, Sunday 5th April and Monday 6th April

Trains depart from our main station at 10.30am, 12.15pm, 2.00pm & 3.45pm. more info on there website

Dinefwr Park and Castle

Visit Dinefwr Park and Castle between Good Friday and Easter Monday to take part in an exciting Easter egg hunt across the parklands, where families are invited to work together in search for chocolatey rewards. more info on there website 

Children tucking into Easter Eggs © John Millar

Cantref Adventure Farm

Easter Bank Holiday Weekend Treasure Hunt.  Cantref’s Easter Egg Hunt will be taking place everyday between 3rd,4th,5th & 6th of April 2015 and is included in the farm park entry price.

Come on children, get your thinking caps on and hunt around the farm, why not say hello to the new minature animals we have here, they would love to meet you! (They might even a have a clue!!) If you can make up the sercet password come back to reception with your form filled in and then you can claim your prize! Go to website for more info.

Everyone loves feeding the lambs and at Cantref you can cuddle up to the lamb and feed it all by yourself – a perfect photo opportunity for Mum and Dad!

@ Cantref Adventure Farm

And that’s not all! Our Animal Encounters Tractor and Trailer rides will be returning.

Big Pit – National Coal Museum

Follow our FREE Mini Miners Easter Egg trail around the Big Pit. What will you find out about the museum? At the end swap your completed trail for an Easter treat. more information on the website

© Visit Wales

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Walking Wednesday – first audio sculpture near Llangorse Lake

A walk with a difference – Home to Dragons, Damsel and Devils!

The diverse and colourful wildlife of the western shores of Llangorse Lake have been brought to life through the installation of a unique 6ft audio sculpture at Caeau Ty Mawr, Llangasty – the first of its kind in the Brecon Beacons National Park.

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© Brecon Beacon National Park Authority

It’s very easy to walk through the wildflower meadows at Caeau Ty Mawr, Llangasty without realising that these are some of the few remaining flower-rich lowland meadows in Breconshire and are important for some rare species of wildlife.  This beautiful audio sculpture has enabled us to celebrate the plants and animals that live here, and together with the engaging audio has created an inspiring, informative and we hope memorable experience for visitors which we will be enjoyed for years to come.

Visiting the fields
You can visit Caeau Ty Mawr by taking a short (1.2km) stroll across open fields following a popular public footpath. The footpath crosses through Caeau Ty Mawr, allowing visitors to take in the sights and sounds of this wildlife-rich site. Please note there is no public access off the path. If you wish to visit the bird hide on the Southern Shore, continue your walk through Caeau Ty Mawr and into the fields beyond, a distance of approximately 750m.

From the hide you may glimpse some of the birds that visit the Lake and its fringes as well as discovering more about some of our seasonal visitors.

© Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

How to get there

There is plenty of parking at Llangorse Common, just follow the brown road signs to the lake from Llangorse village. Once you enter the common, pass the Caravan Park reception and shop on your left and then park in the carpark on your left. Check out the orientation map and way marking signs to ensure you set off on the right path.

The project was jointly funded by Natural Resources Wales and Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, and was designed to support the Llangasty – Caeau Ty Mawr management plan which balances the conservation of the site’s fragile wildlife with its enjoyment by visitors.

The Brecon Beacons is full of wonderful reserves, woodlands and grasslands where you and the family to enjoy the wonders of nature. to find out more go to here 

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Looking to experience the wilder side of the Brecon Beacons?

Why not explore the subterranean world of Porth yr Ogof. An exciting underground system of tunnels and chambers filled with fun challenges and fascinating geology, located in the Fforest Fawr Geopark, within the Brecon Beacons National Park.

© Sbri Cymru Porth Yr Ogof

© Sbri Cymru Porth Yr Ogof

Our highly qualified and experienced instructors will give you a safe and memorable adventure.   All safety equipment is provided and we will capture your day on camera as part of the service.

To book your place or for more information about this or any of our other activities please visit www.sbricymru.com or call us on 01792 824119.© Sbri Cymru

If you enjoy making the most of the great outdoors, you’ll love the Brecon Beacons.  Find out the full range of activities you can do here

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Brecknock Wildlife Walk – 28th March 2015

A Spot of Bird Watching in the Brecon Beacons….

Looking for ideas for things to do this weekend?

This Saturday is the perfect opportunity for a spot of bird watching at Brechfa Pool.

Brechfa Pool © Brecknock Wildlife Trust

Brechfa Pool © Brecknock Wildlife Trust

Brecknock Wildlife Trust have an annual calendar of events, this weekend the walk takes in the Birds of Brechfa Pool & the Commons, one of the 22 Brecknock Wildlife Trust Sites.  

Meet Keith Noble at 9.30am on Llandefalle Hill, which is about 6 miles north of Brecon (GR SO 071 371).   Directions can be found here.   The walk will visit Llandefalle Hill and Llangoed Common for resident Skylarks, Stonechats, Linnets, and perhaps Golden Plover flocks and newly-arrived Wheatears, then Brechfa Pool for water birds.

© Brecknock Wildlife Trust

© Brecknock Wildlife Trust

Suitable clothing and footwear for rough walking is advised.  The walk will be from 9.30am  til 12.30pm.

Suggested donation for this walk is £3.

Don’t forget to have a look at Brecknock Wildlife Trust’s other reserves on their website.

© Brecknock Wildlife Trust

© Brecknock Wildlife Trust

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National Tourism Awards 2015 – Our Winners!

The National Tourism Awards have announced their 2015 winners and we’re delighted that so many are in our beloved Brecon Beacons  With 3 Golds, 1 Silver and 3 Bronze Awards being won

Best Event (Small) Dinefwr Literature Festival won gold

Dinefwr Literature Festival ©

Dinefwr Literature Festival ©

Best Event – Abergavenny Food Festival won silver!

Abergavenny Food Festival ©

Abergavenny Food Festival ©

Best Visitor Welcome - Cantref Adventure Farm won bronze!

©Cantref Adventure Farm

©Cantref Adventure Farm

Best Place to Eat – The Bakers Table won gold!

Talgarth Mill © The Bakers' Table

Talgarth Mill © The Bakers’ Table

Best Place to Stay – Llangoed Hall won bronze!

Llangoed Hall ©

Llangoed Hall ©

Best Place to Stay (Hostels, Bunkhouses & Alternative Accommodation)Wye Valley Canoes won gold! 

Wye Valley Canoes and bunkhouse ©

Wye Valley Canoes and bunkhouse ©

 Rising Star Award – Ryan Thomas Llangorse Rope Centre received bronze

Llangorse Rope Centre ©

Llangorse Rope Centre ©

Huge congratulations to all the businesses!

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Brecon Farmers Market

The Brecon Farmers Market takes place in Brecon Market Hall on the second Saturday of the month and falls on 11 April. From 9.30am until 2.00pm, enjoy amazing locally produced food, a bite to eat in the cafe, and live music by local musician John Stuart Hogg.

Love at First Bake CafeTaken over by Teri Ann Winslow of Love at First Bake, the Farmers Market cafe will be serving her delicious gluten free cakes.


“Everything we bake is handmade and that means that each cake or muffin we make may look slightly different but we always use the freshest ingredients and, wherever possible, British grown and in season. So, if we can’t source British grown carrots for our Passion Cake, beetroot for our Beetroot and Chocolate Cake or parsnips for our Parsnip and Ginger Muffins then we won’t be baking them again until we can, but don’t worry there will always be plenty to choose from.“
Teri Ann Winslow

Mendy HoneyOf course the regulars will make an appearance, such as honey, beeswax polish and hand rolled beeswax candles from Bob and Pam Mendy’s bees. The couple are currently looking for a name for their cuddly bee mascot. So be sure to think of some suggestions before you visit.

There is still room for more producers. If you are interested in joining, send an email to info@breconfarmersmarket.co.uk with the details of what you would like to sell.

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Easter 2015

Looking for something fun to do this Easter with your loved ones? Here are a few of our suggestions.

Events

© Good Day Out

© Good Day Out

4th & 19th April - Sheep Trekking – Each sheep is fitted with a specially designed harness to carry your snack, and a soft rope halter, and you will choose your own sheep from a small flock of especially trained Jacobs. He will then lead you along a scenic trek on that takes you towards the Black Mountain with stunning views towards Pen y Fan.

£40 or children under 16 £20.00
Later dates: 3rd May, 31st May, 14th June, 21st June

© Good Day Out

© Good Day Out

4th & 19th April - Spring Forage & Wild Garlic Bake

A spring forage for wild garlic in the leafy woodlands of the Towy valley, then learning to cook with this delicious and versatile plant. On this enjoyable and informative day out you will learn how to identify this free and plentiful culinary delicacy and then make soups, sauces, pesto and delicious dishes using both its leaves and its flowers. Reserve your place now for this popular fun day in the country.
£55 ppn 5 hours.

© Good Day Out

© Good Day Out

18th April - Lambing on an Organic Farm

This ‘day in the life’ of an organic sheep farmer in the Brecon Beacons will take the whole family through a range of exciting daily tasks, from helping to mark and move ewes and lambs to collecting free range eggs to take home and of course, plenty of time to feed lambs! A tasty homemade lunch is included; the rest of the day is then free to walk around the farm and enjoy its stunning views.
£40 or £20 children under 16. 4 hours.
Later dates: 2nd,4th and 10th May

4-5 April – Erwood Station Gallery Grand Opening

Sister station to the Lion Street Gallery in Hay on Wye, Erwood station will be opening this Easter with a ribbon cutting ceremony from 5-7.

 Activities

Big Pit – FREE ENTRY – With free entry, Big Pit is a must-see for South Wales. With facilities to educate and entertain all ages, Big Pit is an exciting and informative day out. The Museum is set in a unique industrial landscape, designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000 in recognition of its international importance to the process of industrialisation through iron and coal production.

© Brecon Beacons Tourism

© Brecon Beacons Tourism

 Cantref Adventure Farm – With award-winning slides and a huge outdoor play area as well as a variety of horse rides on offer, Cantref will keep the kids busy and won’t break the bank.

Adventure Farm Prices: £32 for a family of 4

© Brecon Beacons Tourism

© Brecon Beacons Tourism

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.
2 adults and 2 children for £43.50

Tretower Castle – Tretower Court is a historical landmark with a great open space for children to let off some steam as well as events running throughout the summer

Family ticket for £14.25

Small Breeds and Owl Centre – The Owl Garden has been thoughtfully designed and planted in order to create an intimate setting Some of these owls cannot be seen on public display anywhere else in Europe.

Adults £8.50 Children £5.50

For places to stay in the Brecon Beacons have a look at the destination website 

Accommodation with good availability over Easter

© Brecon Cottages

© Brecon Cottages

Dafydds Cottage – Surrounded by 22 acres of meadows, bluebell woods and pony paddocks with a brook running through the woods, stabling and a stunning pond, this cottage really is something special in the spring. Children will enjoy meeting the friendly pony neighbours next to the house and keen fishermen can enjoy free fishing on the private lake. Sleeps 4, weeks from £394.

© Brecon Cottages

© Brecon Cottages

Cwmdu Court – Set in an apple orchard with stunning views of surrounding mountains, this cottage is nearby to some of the best restaurants and pubs in the national park, such as The Nantyffin Cider Mill or the Farmers Arms. Then why not hire mountain bikes from the nearby village to ride off a big meal? Sleeps 4, weeks from £307.

© Brecon Cottages

© Brecon Cottages

Apple Bough Cottage – This vibrant property stands out with its pretty red brick exterior and the inside doesn’t disappoint either; many of the features handcrafted by the owner who runs textile courses in the area. Within walking distance from the famous book town of Hay-on-Wye with its many second hand shops and boutiques. Sleeps 4, weeks from £426. 

© Brecon Cottages

© Brecon Cottages

Clear Water Barn – This spacious barn is spectacular on sunny days as the light floods in through the windows. Behind the buildings the land rises to reveal miles of wild, open country ideal for walking, mountain biking, pony trekking, bird watching (Red Kite are two a penny here!) and the great Llyn Brianne Reservoir is nearby too – a great spot for a picnic. Sleeps 5, weeks from £426.

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