What’s on this Weekend?

Need plans for the weekend? Well you’re in luck! There is plenty of events taking place in the Brecon Beacons this weekend. There’s Gin Fever at the Abergavenny Hotel, Llandeilo Music Festival is truly underway and don’t forget the Royal Welsh Show will be kicking off on Monday!

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There will be a musical soiree at the house, on Friday 16 June, featuring pianist, Gerald Jones. The concert will be preceded by a champagne reception and, if the weather permits, we shall be holding this on the lawns of the mansion (if you watched the recent serialization of Evelyn Waugh’s ‘Decline and Fall’ on BBC television you may remember the surreal ‘Sports Day’ on those same lawns!). The musical entertainment to follow will of course be in the house itself and there will be chairs for those who prefer to sit at the same level as that on which the Bechstein Grand Piano will be situated, rather than using the more elevated vantage points provided by the ornamental stairs. If you intend to sit on the stairs then please feel free to bring a cushion along with you. Tickets £15 (to include Champagne reception and a fork). Info here.

21st-Brecon Indoor Market

Brecon Indoor Market takes place weekly on Tuesdays and Fridays in Brecon’s historic market hall. It’s a traditional market with a wide variety of stalls including fresh produce, clothing, local crafts, crystals, rugs, antiques & bric a brac, jewellery, birthday & wedding supplies, hair and beauty supplies, books and much more. There is also a cafe area where delicious homemade cakes and savouries can be purchased along with hot and cold drinks. There are also speciality markets held most Saturdays in Brecon Market Hall. 9.30am – 5pm. Brecon Market, High Street Superior, Brecon, Powys LD3 7LF

21st-22nd-Gin Fever at The Abergavenny Hotel

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If life gives you lemons….make a G&T!

The Abergavenny Hotel presents ‘Gin Fever’ – their first Gin festival.

So go and join them for a celebration of Gin & Gin cocktails on 21st and/or 22nd July from 6pm…order your favourite or try something new! More info here. 

22nd July- Have plenty of fun at The Old Railway Garden Centre

A&S Animal Encounters

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Saturday 22nd July

Don’t miss A&S Animal Encounters visit to the garden centre for a hands-on educational experience. Get up close to some amazing animals including Meerkats, Birds of Prey, a Bearcat and Snakes! There will be a series of talks and photo opportunities throughout the day.

Little Oaks
Activity Stand
Sat. 22nd July – 12-2pm

Bring the children to enjoy a fun, educational craft activity. FREE of charge to all ‘Little Oaks!’. Not yet a member… follow the link below or ask at the Welcome Desk next time you visit! MORE INFO

Hereford Owl Rescue

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Rescue Visit
Saturday 22nd July

We are pleased to be welcoming Hereford Owl Rescue back again! Come along and see some of the beautiful owls currently at the rescue centre. They will be here from 11am until 3pm… don’t miss out!

Don’t forget The Royal Welsh Show begins on Monday

Click here to find out what else is on this July.

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It’s Just Four Days until the Royal Welsh Show!

The Royal Welsh Show opens its gates in less than a week, taking place from the 24th until the 27th of July! If you’re thinking of visiting here’s what you need to know!

The Royal Welsh draws hundreds of thousands of people to Llanelwedd every year and 2017 is set to be another fanatic event. Visitors to the show can enjoy the best of Welsh Livestock, the finest produce from across Wales along with an action packed programme of entertainment!

Attractions this year include:
Lorenzo International Horse Display
The Kangaroo Kid
RAF HAWKS Display Team
The Regimental Band & Corps of Drums of The Royal Welsh
Black Mountains Falconry
Tristar Carriage Driving
Meirion Owen and the Quack Pack
Vintage Machinery Display
Royal Welsh Sports Village
Dinosaur Experience


The full programme can be found here.

To find out whats on every day download the App here.

Looking for somewhere to stay? Find local accommodation here


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Brecon Beacons Photo Taster Session

Freespirit Images are running a Photo Taster session in the Brecon Beacons this weekend – book your place today!
This Sunday (23rd July) photographer Nick Jenkins will run a photo taster session starting at 9.30 am from Talybont on Usk, and it will finish at 1.00pm – there will be lots of help on composition and camera use and all for JUST £15.00 – payable in advance.
Designed around beginners; those who want to get better shots out of their cameras and improve their compositions.
If you’d like to book a place drop Nick an email nick@freespiritimages.com
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Experience Adventure at Llangorse Multi Activity Centre

Llangorse Multi Activity Centre is located in the picturesque village of Llangorse at the heart of the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park. Boasting a wide variety of fun-filled indoor and outdoor activities, wide range of accommodation options and an on-site cafe this destination is perfect for individuals, couples, families, schools and any other sized groups to enjoy.

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Activity Centre Director, Ryan Thomas said “Our multi-award winning Indoor Activity Centre is open all year round and offers a wide variety of fun-filled activities. Our visitors enjoy indoor natural rock climbing, rope bridges, abseiling, zip line, caving and more; whatever the weather!

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“Outside our guests’ adventures continue with a choice of Horse Riding, Junior Challenge
Course and Sky Trek. Horse Riding is a perfect way to enjoy our surroundings with beautiful views of the Brecon Beacons, Black Mountains and Llangorse Lake. We have over 25 miles of private bridleways and we tailor the riding experience to suit the age and ability of groups including complete beginners!

“Our Sky Trek Challenge includes a series of interconnected zip lines and crossings as well as climbing and abseiling. The experience is exciting and adrenaline fueled offering
unrivalled panoramic views across Llangorse Lake to the peaks of the Brecon Beacons.
“Finally the Junior Challenge Course is the perfect adventure for children between the ages of 6 and 12 years old. Each section has a series of obstacles and crossing to overcome including stepping stones, hanging tunnels, balance logs and more.”


All activities are fully instructed by the activity centre’s friendly team and include all of the safety equipment needed. Accommodation options include on-site informal camping and two bunkhouses, each with room for up to 24 people. There are also nearby Bed and Breakfast options and the on-site Base Camp Cafe provides delicious, home-cooked food and drinks 7 days a week.

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Llangorse Multi Activity Centre was built in 1996 by the adventurous Thomas farming family who still own and run the business today. The family recognised a need to diversify and make the most of the beautiful rural surroundings, set in the stunning Brecon Beacons.

Gilfach Farm is now known as Llangorse Multi Activity Centre and is Wales’ Premier
Award-Winning Indoor and Outdoor activity centre. For more information about Llangorse Multi Activity Centre, upcoming events and how you can experience climbing, horse riding and the many other activities offered please call 0333 600 20 20 or visit http://www.activityuk.com.

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Llandeilo Festival of Music begins tomorrow!

Llandeilo Festival of Music begins tomorrow and takes place until the 22nd of July! There will be plenty of beautiful Music Performed By Great Artists In An Idyllic Setting.

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Performances taking place this year include:

15th July-Opening Celebration Concert.

It will all be kicking off tomorrow with the Opening Celebration Concert. The 2017 Festival will open with a very special event to mark the choir’s 40th anniversary. Included in their programme will be the world premiere of ‘Te Deum’, by leading Welsh composer, Eric Jones, commissioned by the choir for the occasion and performed in the presence of the composer.

Venue: St. Teilo’s Church

Time: 7.00pm
Admission: £15.00
In Partnership with Llandeilo Town Council

More info on this event here.


18th July-Evening Concert – Clarinet Goes To Town

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One of Britain’s best-loved clarinettists joins with two other distinguished performers to explore the roots of jazz, while paying tribute to some of the greatest clarinet exponents of all time, Sidney Bechet, Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw

Venue: St. Teilo’s Church.
Time: 7.00pm.
Admission: £15.00.
More info here. 

22nd July-‘In Memoriam’

As part of the continuing commemoration of the sacrifices of World War 1, the choir which won the National Choir of the Year competition in 2014 will bring the Festival to a close with the first performance of the completed version of its conductor’s new work. Its 15 movements feature settings of words by Hedd Wyn, Ann Franck and Nelson Mandela. Intertwined with some of Wales’s best-loved hymns and excerpts from the traditional Latin Requiem Mass.

Venue: St. Teilo’s Church.
Time: 7.00pm.
Admission: £15.00.

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Click here for the full programme or follow the event on Facebook here!

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Summer at Want to Canoe?

We’ve got loads of great activities on offer, for paddlers of all ages and abilities! want to canoe? is ideally situated on the banks of the River Wye in Hay on Wye on our small, organic, family-run farm.  The farm, as well as arable and pasture also offers a gorgeous mile-stretch of riverbank, ancient woodland areas, camping, glamping, BnB and self-catering as well as Hayfield Community Garden, sheep, pigs, chickens, horses and a market-garden raspberry patch!

This summer in Hay on Wye is set to be the best yet, the town is buzzing with lots of independent, shops, galleries, pop-up events and activities gallore . . . you can join us on the river to escape the town for a while and enjoy some peace and tranquility. It also works the other way around too! Why not combine your adventures on the river with a leisurely stroll around the bookshops, markets and historic sights in our friendly and vibrant market town of Hay on Wye.  It’s only five minutes walk over the bridge to town so make a day of it or even stay over!

Canoeing with us is a great way to have some fun in the outdoors, get a gentle work-out, oxidise and blast those bleary eyes from last night or simply just sit back and enjoy the breath-taking wildlife and scenery . . .

Book our hire-canoes and head off on your own or even better join one of our guided adventures. . . a bespoke set of tours for groups/families/staff teams etc.

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Pre-booking is advised but not essential and we have an enormous fleet of versatile Open Canoes available to hire including two-man, three-man and family options. We supply all the kit you need as well as the all-important return transport at the end of your route. There’s also a complimentary cup of tea or coffee on arrival while you are completing paperwork and planning your route with the team.

What is a Guided Adventure Session? . . .

Explore the secrets of the waterways from a whole new perspective. Whether you’re an absolute beginner or an experienced paddler, our Guided Adventures offer a great way to get out on the water during the epic summer months.

What else is on offer? . . .

New for 2018 we have Archery Sessions and Bushcraft by the River!

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Give us a call today to start planning your adventure!

Call Clare at Want to Canoe? HQ, Racquety Farm, Hay on Wye, Tel: 01497 820604 or Email: hire@canoehire.co.uk

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This week at the Kitchen Garden

The Kitchen Garden is a local showcase for small scale food production using organic principles. They offer a wide range of their own fresh produce and preserves, as well as that of other local suppliers. Here are some of the produce and workshops they have available this week…

We are welcoming a little rain this week, but it wont put a damper in our spirits. Its a busy time in the garden, with some crops ending, others only just  beginning! Our preserving well underway with the first batch of blackcurrant cordial now bottled. This cordial is now available along with a range of local produce, click here to see whats available this week! 

Florentina Wood Wear Range

We have a range of locally produced, beautiful wood wear, from spoons, to bowls and cheese boards, handcrafted by local turner – Florentina James.

The products are available to buy online on our website or stop in at The Kitchen Garden to see the range of available products.

To see the whole range please click here


Nonna Caterina Italian Feast

The sagra this weekend was a fantastic success with the weather being kind enough to allow for pre-dinner drinks in The Kitchen Garden!

We were delighted to have hosted guests from as far away as North Wales!
We still have spaces for the Italian Supper on the 15th. If you would be interested i

n joining us please call Alison of Nonna Caterina on 07490143385 to book your space.
Come and enjoy the delicious and authentic Italian cuisine, five courses of sheer bliss! To see this weeks menu please click here.

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Why not join us on the 22nd of this month for a morning of fun in The Kitchen Garden, with an introduction to the sustainable growing of edibles with hands-on demonstrations of composting, seed sowing, soil conditioning and more!

Fun for the whole family, regardless of age!

To book your space please click here

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