Live Screenings this Autumn at Theatr Brycheiniog

We are very excited that this season brings the launch of Live Screenings at Theatr Brycheiniog! Do read on to discover all that’s coming up…

September

National Theatre Live
King Lear
Thu 27 Sep, 7.00pm
£17.50 / £15.00

★★★★★ ‘Ian McKellen reigns supreme in this triumphant production.’ (Daily Telegraph)

Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear sees two ageing fathers – one a King, one his courtier – reject the children who truly love them.  Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends. Book Now.

October

Oscar Wilde Season Live
The Importance of Being Earnest
Tue 9 Oct, 7.15pm
£15.00 / £12.50

Featuring Sophie Thompson, Jeremy Swift, Fiona Button, Pippa Nixon and Stella Gonet.
Oscar Wilde’s much-loved masterpiece throws love, logic and language into the air to make one of theatre’s most dazzling firework displays. Jack, Algy, Gwendolyn and Cecily discover how unsmooth runs the course of true love, while Lady Bracknell keeps a baleful eye on the mayhem of manners. Book Now.

National Theatre Live
King Lear (encore)
Tue 16 Oct, 7.00pm
£17.50 / £15.00

Encore from the live screening on Thu 27 Sep. Book Now

November

National Theatre Live
Allelujah! (encore)
Thu 1 Nov, 7.00pm
£17.50 / £15.00

‘Leaves you bobbing on a wave of happiness’ Independent

The Beth, an old fashioned cradle-to-grave hospital serving a town on the edge of the Pennines, is threatened with closure as part of an efficiency drive. A documentary crew, eager to capture its fight for survival, follows the daily struggle to find beds on the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward, and the triumphs of the old people’s choir. Book Now.


National Theatre Live
The Madness of George III
Tue 20 Nov, 7.00pm
£17.50 / £15.00

Featuring Olivier Award-winners Mark Gatiss in the title role, and Adrian Scarborough.

It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy. With the King’s mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown, and expose the fine line between a King and a man. Book Now.

December

The Royal Ballet
The Nutcracker
Mon 3 Dec, 7.15pm
£15.00 / £12.50

Choreography Peter Wright
After Lev Ivanov
Music Tchiakovsky

 

Tchaikovsky’s much-loved music is matched to a magical adventure on Christmas Eve for Clara and her Nutcracker doll. Their journey to the Land of Sweets brings with it some of the most familiar of all ballet moments, such as the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Waltz of the Flowers. Book Now.

 

National Theatre Live
Antony & Cleopatra
Thu 6 Dec, 7.00pm
£17.50 / £15.00

Featuring Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo.

Caesar and his assassins are dead. General Mark Antony now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome. But at the fringes of a war-torn empire the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love. In a tragic fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for war. Book Now.

Find out what’s on this September here!

 

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Llandovery Sheep Festival-Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd September 2018

Celebrating all things sheep, in the ancient drovers town of Llandovery! This years festival will feature a Viking camp with Viking warriors and re-enactment battles, Wool Crafts, Craft Courses, Sheep Dog Trials, Music, Entertainment, Artisan Food Producers, Cookery Demonstrations-all in all a full weekend of fun! Some of the programme includes…

The Vikings are Coming-All Weekend at Castle Fields

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Saturday 22nd

Heb Enw Morris-12:00-1:00 at Music Marquee and 3:00-4:00pm at Market Square

Morris team based on the Carmarthenshire / Pembrokeshire border, drawing members from both counties, performing in costume with musicians.

The Aunty Depressants-2:00 pm at Market Square

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Llandovery based band ‘The Aunty Depressants’ have been going since 2009 playing blues covers and well known pop and rock songs all over wales and the UK.

Traditional Blade Sheep Shearing- 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Market Square

Ragsy-6-8pm at Market Square

Ragsy is a South Wales based singer-songwriter. He appeared on The Voice in 2013 and was mentored by fellow Countryman Sir Tom Jones. Since the show, Ragsy has been continuously performing at various events, showcases, venues and festivals such as Glastonbury.

Sunday 23rd

Sheepdog Trials-All Day at Mart Field, Llandovery

Come and see the combined skills of the Border Collie and its master from 8am.

Modern Railway Exhibition- 10:30 am-4:30 pm at Llandovery Railway Station

John the singing farmer-11:00 am – 12:00 pm at Market Square

Singing ex dairy farmer , sings vintage songs , country ,jive, Irish ,and lots up to date party songs.

Town Walks-10am at Llandovery Railway Stationsheep1.jpg

Fiddle and Box-12:00 pm-1:00 pm at Music Marquee

Fiddle and box duo who play a mixture of Welsh, Klezmer and Celtic tunes.

Jam Jar Blues-2:00 pm-3:00 pm at Music Marquee

Jam Jar Blues play the Blues, some Rock and a little Soul.

We hope you enjoy the festival-find the full programme here! Find out more about the town of Llandovery from our town guide here

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Special festival returns to the National Botanic Garden of Wales

William AtkinsLaurence ScottSusan Murray and Rosamund Young are just some of the names starring in the second Science, Nature and Comedy Festival at the National Botanic Garden of Wales on Saturday and Sunday, September 15-16.

Two days of serious thought plus fun and games, gin and chocolate are in store and you will be able to find out all about the Secret Life of Cows and whether the concept of ‘self’ really is an allusion.

Infinite Monkey Cage star and self-confessed lover of books about man-eating mutant crabs (in Aberystwyth) Robin Ince returns to the Garden hot on the heels of the release of his latest book: I’m a Joke and So Are You.

Among many others, he is joined by John Higgs, author of the acclaimed Watling Street in which one of the best writers of cultural history takes us on a journey along this historic road, which runs from Dover to Anglesey.

Another name is Jo Neary: comedian, writer and actress. In 2004, she received a nomination for the Perrier Newcomer Award for her debut Edinburgh solo show. She has worked on Time TrumpetCount Arthur StrongSkinsThat Mitchell and Webb Look and is described as “a Joyce Grenfell for our age”.

Christopher Edge grew up in Manchester and is an award-winning children’s author whose books have been translated into more than 20 languages. His latest book is The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day. “Unique and incredibly readable” says The Bookseller.

Also appearing is Bruce Hood, a Canadian-born British experimental psychologist who specialises in developmental cognitive neuroscience. Wow!

Representatives of Carmarthenshire-based Jin Talog and Nom Nom Choc

olate will teach you about how gin and chocolate are made. Free samples will, of course, be available

To book tickets, please visit here. Festival talks, walks, activities and readings are free with admission.

The National Botanic Garden of Wales is open from 10am-6pm daily and entry costs £10.

 

 

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Special Offers at the Angel Hotel Abergavenny

Whether taking a break with the family or planning a romantic getaway, The Angel Hotel’s Special Offers provide exceptional value. They are updated regularly and often include seasonal suggestions, early booking discounts and late availability offers. Special offers are subject to availability. Rates may vary by arrival date and be limited to specific room types. Some of their available offers include….

SHADES OF AUTUMN

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From £193.00. One night stay (based on 2 guests sharing) inclusive of the following:

  • Overnight accommodation in an Executive Room
  • A bottle of Saint Marc Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay in the room for arrival
  • 3 course meal in The Oak Room (choice from the Angel Menu)
  • A buffet breakfast; alternatively, the à la carte breakfast menu is an additional charge as priced on the breakfast menu
  • Complimentary upgraded based upon availability
Valid until Wednesday 31st October 2018

FORAGING FUN BREAK

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From £239.00. Try something new this autumn with this exciting new break we are offering in partnership with the fabulous Adele Nozedar of Brecon Beacons Foraging

One night stay (based on 2 guests sharing) inclusive of the following:
  • Overnight accommodation in an Executive Room
  • A buffet breakfast; alternatively, the à la carte breakfast menu is an additional charge as priced on the breakfast menu
  • 3 hour foraging experience with Adele in Brecon
  • A 3 course meal for two (either lunch or dinner from our set Angel Menu)
  • Complimentary upgrade based upon availability
This break is available on: Available to arrive on Saturday 6th or Sunday 7th October 2018 and the foraging trip will take place on the morning of Sunday 7th October. Depart from The Angel around 10.00am and returning around 1.00pm.

ANCRE HILL VINEYARD BREAKoffer3

From £249.00. One night stay (based on 2 guests sharing) inclusive of the following:
  • Overnight accommodation in an Executive room
  • Choice from the set Angel Menu for the evening meal
  • A buffet breakfast; alternatively, the à la carte breakfast menu is an additional charge as priced on the breakfast menu
  • A tour of Ancre Hill vineyard, a light lunch of three Welsh cheeses with homemade chutney, local breads and a glass of wine followed by a wine tasting
  • Complimentary upgrade (based upon availability)
Valid on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights throughout September 2018.
From £149.00. Thank goodness it’s Friday! One night stay (based on 2 guests sharing on a Friday) inclusive of the following:
  • Overnight accommodation in an Executive room
  • Bottle of Prosecco on arrival to help you unwind and forget the stresses of the working week!
  • A buffet breakfast; alternatively, the à la carte breakfast menu is an additional charge as priced on the breakfast menu
  • Complimentary upgrade (based upon availability)

Valid until Friday 30th November 2018.

SUNDAY SLUMBERoffer5

From £159.00. One night stay (based on 2 guests sharing on a Sunday) inclusive of the following:
  • Overnight accommodation
  • A buffet breakfast; alternatively, the à la carte breakfast menu is an additional charge as priced on the breakfast menu
  • 3 course evening meal in The Oak Room (choice from The Angel set menu
  • Complimentary upgrade based upon availability

Click here for ideas of what to do in the area.

Valid until Sunday 9th September 2018.

FOODIES DELIGHT

From £520.00. A special culinary break at The AA’s Hotel of The Year Wales 2016/17 that includes dinner at Shaun Hill’s Michelin-starred restaurant The Walnut Tree and Champagne High Tea at The Angel Hotel.  The Angel has previously been the winner of The Tea Guild’s prestigious Top City and Country Hotel Tea Award 2011 and has received annual Wine Spectator Awards.

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Two night stay (based on 2 guests sharing) inclusive of the following:

  • Award-winning Champagne High Tea at The Angel Hotel for 2 guests on one of the afternoons
  • 3 course dinner at The Walnut Tree (full choice from the à la carte menu) on one night
  • A bottle of Morton Mimi sparkling wine in your room upon arrival
  • Coffee or tea following your meal at The Walnut Tree
  • A bottle of house wine with your evening meal at The Walnut Tree
  • A buffet breakfast; alternatively, the à la carte breakfast menu is an additional charge as priced on the breakfast menu
  • Complimentary taxi to and from The Walnut Tree
  • Complimentary upgrade (based upon availability)
  • Comprehensive ‘Guest Pack’ including information such as walking routes, local markets and food producers, galleries and craft centres, events and heritage attractions. A visit to a local food producer can be arranged (at an additional cost).

The Walnut Tree is open Tuesday to Saturday. Add Sunday night as a 3rd night at a rate of £50.00. Click here for ideas of what to do in the area.Valid until Thursday 28th February 2019.

From £109.00. Take advantage of our advance purchase rates and plan your next relaxing break to Abergavenny. Early bookers can save from our published rates when reserving in advance.
The offer is subject to availability. The rate is per room, per night, based up to two guests sharing in a hotel room inclusive of a buffet breakfast (alternatively, the à la carte breakfast menu is an additional charge as priced on the breakfast menu) and
the current 20% VAT. The offer does not apply to groups; cannot be combined with any other offers. Must purchase online at least fourteen (14) days prior to arrival. Credit card will be charged immediately for entire stay at the time of booking. Payments for Advance Purchase Rates are not refundable and bookings may not be modified. No refunds for changes, cancellation or non-arrival on check-in date. Charges cannot be applied to other stays, services or merchandise. No prices or hotel availability are guaranteed until full payment is received. Extra beds are suitable for children under 12 years at a charge of £26.00 per bed. Cots are complimentary. Children’s meals are chargeable.
Valid until Thursday 13th September 2018.
From £191.00. One night stay (based on 2 guests sharing) inclusive of the following:
  • Overnight accommodation in an Executive room
  • A glass of Vin Brulee and mince pies upon arrival
  • Choice from the set Angel Menu* for the evening meal
  • A buffet breakfast; alternatively, the à la carte breakfast menu is an additional charge as priced on the breakfast menu
  • Recommended local stores for shopping
  • Complimentary upgrade (based upon availability)
Valid until Sunday 23rd December 2018.
*Note: The Angel Menu will become the Festive Christmas Menu in December

NEW YEAR CELEBRATION STAY

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From £678.00. Enjoy a two night break, arriving on either 30th or 31st December, inclusive of the following:
  • Two nights’ accommodation
  • Inclusive of a buffet breakfast; alternatively, the à la carte breakfast menu is an additional charge as priced on the breakfast menu
  • New Year’s Eve dinner dance in the Ballroom
  • Oysters and Champagne in the Foxhunter Bar on New Year’s Day, followed by an invigorating guided walk through the local countryside and three-course late lunch
  • Three-course dinner from ‘The Angel Menu’ on the additional night of your stay (either 30th December or 1st January)
*Note: A non-refundable deposit of £198.00 will be taken upon booking.

JANUARY FLASH

From £140.00. One night stay (based on 2 guests sharing; Sunday – Thursday) inclusive of the following:
  • Overnight accommodation in an executive room
  • 3 course evening meal in The Oak Room (Angel set menu)
  • A buffet breakfast; alternatively, the à la carte breakfast menu is an additional charge as priced on the breakfast menu
  • Complimentary upgrade based upon availability

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Rate is per night, based up to two guests sharing, inclusive of a buffet breakfast and the current 20% VAT. The break is available Sunday – Thursday only. The offer does not apply to groups, cannot be combined with any other offers, cannot be modified and is must be used in January 2019. The break applies to the ‘Angel Menu’, any upgraded items to the a la carte menu are chargeable. Credit card will be charged immediately for entire stay at the time of booking. No refunds for changes, cancellation or non-arrival on check-in date. Charges cannot be applied to other stays, services or merchandise. No prices or hotel availability are guaranteed until full payment is received. Extra beds are suitable for children under 12 years at a charge of £26.00 per bed. Cots are complimentary. Children’s meals are chargeable.

Valid to stay Sunday – Thursday in January 2019.

If your stay coincides Abergavenny Food Festival on the 15th and 16th of September, then find out our must do’s at the Festival here. 

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FELIN FACH GRIFFIN RETAINS DINING PUB OF THE YEAR AWARD IN WALES

EATDRINKSLEEP can happily announce that its mid-Wales Dining Pub with rooms, The Felin Fach Griffin, has been named Dining Pub of the Year for Wales in the 37th edition of the Good Pub Guide which is published on 6 September. The Griffin retains its crown from the 2018 edition of the guide.

The Griffin, hosted by Julie Bell, is a seven bedroom inn at the foot of the Brecon Beacons, owned since 2000 by brothers Charles & Edmund Inkin through their company EATDRINKSLEEP. It has a thriving restaurant and bar that is a base for the community, supporting local producers, brewers and growers, as well as having its own kitchen garden. It follows the brothers’ belief in “the simple things done well”, a philosophy which was developed during their dairy farming childhood in neighbouring Monmouthshire.

The Inkin brothers also own two sister inns in Cornwall, The Gurnard’s Head, near St Ives, and The Old Coastguard, an iconic seaside hotel in nearby Mousehole. Both have recently been awarded Gold awards in the annual Taste of the West hospitality awards and both achieve bedroom occupancy levels of nearly 95% year-round. The group now employs over 120 people in Wales and in Cornwall.

The 2019 Good Pub Guide said of The Felin Fach Griffin: “Highly thought-of dining pub with exceptional food, a fine range of drinks and upbeat rusting décor; inviting bedrooms. The gently civilized but easy-goingImage may contain: text
atmosphere, excellent food, super wine list and friendliness of the efficient staff all come in for high praise.”

Edmund Inkin commented on the Good Pub Guide’s Dining Pub of the Year award, “Merely being included in the Good Pub Guide is important to us. So, to win one of its awards is always a huge reward for our people who work with us at The Griffin. It recognises the work of all of the team over the whole year but I’m particularly happy for recent arrivals in the team, including our new Head Chef, Rollo Mason.”

Media Enquiries: Philippa Hodson 07980 444 961 philippa.hodson@gmail.com
Edmund Inkin 07786 932 755 edmund@eatdrinksleep.ltd.uk

NOTES
The 2019 Good Pub Guide is published by Ebury Press and is an independent guide featuring over 5,000 pubs. Entry is by selection only and is based on reviews by 2,000 of the guide’s readership. The website www.thegoodpubguide.co.uk and the related Iphone app contain the details of all the pubs in the guide.

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Crickhowell Walking Festival-Autumn Extra!

A weekend of autumn walks in Crickhowell from the 14th-16th September. All walks start at CRiC Centre, Beaufort Street, Crickhowell, NP8 1BN at the stated time.

To complement the very popular annual Walking Festival at the end of February, an autumn walking weekend has been created in the glorious Black Mountains. A great chance to come and enjoy our beautiful hills in their autumn colours with (hopefully!) plenty of sun and no rain!

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Events include:

Welcome to Crickhowell-on-Sea!

Date:  Friday 14th September
Place: Bowls Pavilion, Crickhowell
Time: 7.30pm
Price: £6.50
Speaker: Alan Bowring
Sponsored by: Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

Christopher Somerville – The January Man

Date: Saturday 15 September
Place: Bowls Pavilion, Crickhowell
Time: 7.30pm
Price: £6.50
Speaker: Christopher Somerville

Walks include:

Walk 02 Abergavenny to Crickhowell via Sugar Loaf

Date: Friday 14th September
Meeting Point: CRiC for bus to start
Times:  10am to 4pm
Distance:  9 miles
Ascent:   2145ft
Leader:   Bill Chase
Price: £12.50  (includes £4.00 bus fare)
Sponsored by:  Walkers are Welcome in Crickhowell

Walk 06 A View to the Sea – Ancient and Modern

Date: Saturday 15th September
Meeting Point: CRiC
Times: 10am to 4pm
Distance: 8 miles
Ascent: 1750ft
Leader: Alan Bowring
Price: £8.50
Sponsored by: Brecon Beacons National Park

Walk 11 Table Mountain and lunch!

Date: Sunday 16th February
Meeting Point: CRiC
Times: 10am to 4pm
Distance: 7.5 miles
Ascent: 1770 ft
Leader: Simon Baldwin
Price: £8.50 excluding lunch

Walk 13 Tor y Foel and Tea

Date: Sunday 16th September
Meeting Point: Gliffaes Hotel SO 170198
Times: 10.30am to 4pm
Distance: 10 miles
​Ascent: 2100ft
Leader: James Suter
​Price: £8.50

Sponsored by Gliffaes Hotel

There are plenty more walks for you to enjoy which you can find here.

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Blaenavon World Heritage Site News and Events – September 2018

Blaenavon World Heritage Site hosts a range of exciting events throughout the year-and this September is no exception. There’s an exhibition throughout September at Big Pit tracing the history of mining, Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway will be hosting their steam gala and there’s free admission to Blaenavon Ironworks on the 29th & 30th of September. There’s plenty more….

Big Pit National Coal Museum From Mine to Museum

As Big Pit celebrates its 35th Anniversary, this exhibition traces the history of Big Pit as it transformed from a working coal mine into one of UK’s leading museums and tourist attractions. Further details.

Wales Valleys Walking Festival

The industrial heritage and Flora of “The British” – Friday 7th September 10am. A 4 km walk around the northern section of “The British” Talywain, taking in some the industrial history and the story and uses of a variety of plants that thrive in the area. Free, booking essential, further details.

Blaenavon World Heritage Environmental Group

“A Walk in the Woods” guided walk. Saturday 22nd September. Meet at Blaenavon World Heritage Centre 10:00am. A short walk of about 6.5 km (4½ miles), suitable for families. We’ll walk up to the Blaenafon Community Woodlands to look for signs of autumn, including mushrooms, toadstools and other fungi. Then we’ll walk down through the woods to join the old railway track (now SUSTRANS) back to the World Heritage Centre. Further information https://www.facebook.com/BWHEG or http://www.bwheg.wales to keep updated on these events.


Open Doors at Blaenavon Ironworks

Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th September 2018 – 12pm – 4pm – Free admission. Over two hundred years ago, a different form of cutting-edge technology enabled the power of steam to be harnessed, making Blaenavon possible and taking Wales’s industrial might to a new height.Tours at 12pm and 3pm. More information

 

Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway Steam Gala

Join us on the 14th, 15th and 16th September for our Steam Gala – one of the highlights of the year. The home engines will be 71515 ‘Mech Navvies Ltd.’ and ‘Rosyth No.1’. Visit website for more details. E-mail: volunteer@pbrly.co.uk

Dawnswyr Blaenafon Visit to the National Eisteddfod 2018

Blaenavon’s own Welsh dance group, Dawnswyr Blaenafon, performed at the National Eisteddfod in Cardiff on Friday 10 August. This is the first time that Dawnswyr Blaenafon had been invited to dance at this exciting event. The group had a wonderful day and the dancing was huge success. The team is now looking forward to going to Conway in 2019.

Controversial World Heritage Conference at Tower of London

World Heritage UK is pleased to announce that registration is now open for its 4th Annual Conference, ‘Setting the Scene for World Heritage’, taking place at the Tower of London UNESCO World Heritage Site on the 15th and 16th October 2018.  Further details.

Rebecca Hartley nominated as Vice Chair of World Heritage UK

In June this year Rebecca Hartley, Team leader Economy, Renewal & Culture at Torfaen Council was appointed as Vice Chair of World Heritage UK in recognition of her work to promote and develop the Blaenavon World Heritage Site.
https://worldheritageuk.org/about/about-us/

Find out what else in on in September in the Brecon Beacons National Park here.

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