Celebrate National Parks Week in the Brecon Beacons!

National Parks Week is the National Parks family’s annual celebration of everything that is unique and wonderful about Britain’s breathing spaces. It runs from Monday 25 to Sunday 31 July 2016.The theme for National Parks Week 2016 is adventure. With diverse landscapes, activities and events there’s an adventure waiting for you!

Here our some of our top facts you may not know about the Brecon Beacons National Park…

  1. Established in 1957, the Brecon Beacons National Park is the youngest of the three national parks in Wales. The other two Welsh national parks, Snowdonia and the Pembrokeshire Coast, were created earlier in the 1950s, along with important English national parks such as the Peak District, the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales.

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    Nigel Forster Cribyn Sunburst Panorama

  2. The Brecon Beacons National Park covers a staggering 520 square miles!
  3. The BBNP is home to the worlds largest single span glasshouse-The National Botanic Gardens of Wales 
  4. …and a 11mile long cave system-Dan Yr Ogof Caves
  5. Pen Y Fan is the highest point in Southern Britain
  6. Hiring a car, bike or twizy (electric car) is the best way to get around-details on how to hire here
  7. There really are sheep everywhere-with around 1250 farms within the park

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  8. Prince Charles has his Wales residence at the western edge of the park near Myddfai
  9. The SAS hold selection training excersises including the Fan Dance-a
    gruelling 24km non-navigational race over two sides of Pen Y Fan
  10. Britain’s largest breeding population of lesser horseshoe bats can be found in the Usk Valley.
  11. Eight places on Cadw’s Register of Landscapes of Outstanding and Special Historic Interest in Wales lie, at least partly, within the Brecon Beacons National Park. These include the Black Mountain and Mynydd Myddfai, the Middle Wye Valley, East Fforest Fawr and Mynydd-y-Glog and the Middle Usk Valley.
  12. In 2005 the Fforest Fawr Geopark was established, the first European Geopark in Wales. The area has been proudly recognised for its scientific quality, spectacular landscapes, educational value and historical and cultural interest. The geology tells the story of ancient climate change, mountain building as well as sea level changes. Impressively the hills and valleys are marked by glaciers from the Ice Ages
  13. The batcave in the 2012 Batman film The Dark Knight Rises,  was hidden behind Henrhyd Falls, the tallest of dozens of cascades in the western Brecons Beacons, the bit of Wales known as ‘Waterfall Country’.
  14. There are so many popular events held in the Brecon Beacons-such as Green Man Festival, Abergavenny Food Festival and Hay Literary Festival- this years Royal Welsh Show attracted tens and thousands of people. Events listings here

Plan your adventure to the Brecon Beacons National Park here. How will you #FindYourEpic?

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Last tickets remaining for Greenman Festival!

At the Green Man Festival, you can sit in the Welsh wilderness with the Black Mountains as the backdrop. This year sees the likes of  Mercury prize winners Laura Marling and James Blake gracing the stage, with plenty of bands covering every genre-such as Belle and Sebastian and Wild Beasts.

There are barrels of lipsmacking Welsh Ales and ciders and plenty of mouthwatering food to choose from. There are family friendly areas, a comedy tent and lots of live music!

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There are still some Weekend Tickets and Settlers Pass Tickets available for the festival. The settlers pass lets you have a week long holiday, giving you time to explore the local area. There are so many things to keep you busy in the local town of Crickhowell which is only a 10 minute walk from the site! Check out our town guide on things to do in the town.
Brecon and Abergavenny are both only a short bus journey away from Greenman! Click on the town names for guides to the town.

Discover Cymru are giving away a couple of tickets to Green Man Festival on Instagram, click here for how you can be in a with a chance of winning!!!

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Alternative camping for Greenman festival!
Cwmdu Campsite is a five minute drive from Greenman festival; so if you have day tickets that do not include camping or if you’re looking for a quieter, more relaxing time over the festival week this August (with access to clean showers and toilets!) we have availability for tents, motorhomes and caravans from only £7.50 per night.

Please send your booking enquiries to: info@campingbreconbeacons.com

Here our some of our top reasons why Greenman is such a great festival to go to!

One of the most family-friendly festivals

With the crowds, the mess and the overwhelming noise, parents who drag their kids to Glastonbury are just asking for a hard time. However, Green Man is constantlybeing praised as one of the most family-friendly festivals due to its manageable size, the facilities available and most importantly the welcoming atmosphere.

 

 

Location location location

As far as UK festivals go, Green Man‘s backdrop is hard to beat. With mountains as far as the eye can see, festival goers feel as if they’re safely nestled within this green valley as people come from far and wide to enjoy the views as well as the music.

Welsh pride

Not only is Green Man a favourite with the locals, the Brecon Beacons community is present in more ways than one. Welsh food, drink and bands are invited back into Glanusk Estate each year. Choose one of the many local ales or ciders, being assured that pennies are being pumped back into Wales.

Best Medium Sized Festival 

Green Man’s size means you can amble from stage to stage, find friends (and your tent) easily and know that you will bump into eachother again throughout the weekend.

 

One main stage 

With one main stage, there’s little chance you’ll suffer from a band clash so relax and set up your spot for the day. 

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The ease of exploring

For those that want to explore the area surrounding Green Man, it’s easy to venture out of the site and have awander around the local towns and villages by foot, bike or bus. Why not make a holiday of it? You can buy a Settler’s Pass ticket and stay for a week, enjoy the National Park, then just relax and wait for the music to start.

…It’s one for Mum and Dad, too.

Every year Green Man’s line up doesn’t try to impress, it aims to please. Whatever your musical taste, your age or your dancing ability, the whole family’s invited.

 

 

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Visit Wales Launch an Epic Summer of Adventure

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Giant mirrored letters reaching 4 metres high and 11 metres wide forming the word ‘EPIC’ have popped up overnight at Pen y Gwryd, Nant Gwynant! Having taken three weeks and four people to build, each letter weighs a staggering 350kg. – around two tonnes in total. Ten people will be needed to install it in each location!

The giant letters will pop up unannounced at locations across the length and breadth of Wales over the summer at some of our most epic locations. Make sure you keep an eye out on Visit Wales media channels, for where the next one will be appearing. Share your photos on social media using the campaign hashtag #FindYourEpic.

Wales has so much to offer to every type of adventurer, and through the tour and the campaign, we’re inviting people to come here and find your own personal epic this summer, whatever and wherever that may be!

Click here to find out where you can have your own adventure in the Brecon Beacons 

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A Summer of Sound

Wales has a long tradition of music culture and this year won’t disappoint. There’s folk and jazz festivals, the National Eisteddfod, music in pubs and at our much loved attractions, there really is music in the air this Summer in the Brecon Beacons…

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Monmouth Music Festival-22nd-30th July 
Over the years the nine-day free music festival has become THE big event for Monmouth, South Wales – and one of Europe’s biggest and best free music festivals, attracting visitors from all over the world. It’s a celebration of the town and its community, and a chance to see local and national musicians from rock, classical, pop, folk, jazz, ska, punk, world music and beyond. Monmouth has a festival and a community to be proud of, so join us, and let’s celebrate. (Situated East of the Brecon Beacons National Park) Info here
The National Eisteddfod-29th of July-6th August
The National Eisteddfod is a celebration of the culture and language in Wales. The festival travels from place to place, alternating between north and south Wales, attracting around 150,000 visitors and over 250 trade stands and stalls. The history of the Eisteddfod in Wales can be traced back to 1176, with the modern history of the organisation dating back to 1861.  The festival has been held every year, other than 1914, when the outbreak of the First World War saw it postponed for a year. 2015_08_02_eisteddfod_mawrth_6186.jpg

Traditionally a competition-based festival, attracting over 6,000 competitors every year, the festival has developed and evolved over recent years, and whilst the competitions form the central focus for the week, the Maes (site) itself has grown and developed into a vibrant festival with hundreds of events and activities for the whole family.

With over 250 trade stands its a mecca for shoppers and with a wide choice of food and drink stalls its the perfect venue it catch up with friends old and new.

……..and this year its coming to Abergavenny! Tickets and lineup here 

Brecon Jazz Weekend-12th-14th August 

The Brecon Jazz Festival is a music festival held annually in Brecon, Wales. This year it will take place from the the 12th-14th of August and the lineup includes;
Innovative jazz trombonist, Dennis Rollins, with his Velocity Trio, and supported by Nerija at Theatr Brycheiniog on Saturday the 13th of August from 9.30 pm. Book Tickets Here
Saxophonist Trish Clowes joins forces with the award-winning Brownfield Byrne Quintet at Guildhall on Sunday the 14th of August from 6pm. Book Tickets Here

During the day on Saturday, you can hear Simon Deeley’s band ‘Crossing Borders’ at the Cathedral (12-1pm) and on Sunday the 14th of August, there will be a Jazz Service at 10am. Watch out too for more concerts….

Pianist Geoff Eales, like Tina May, is an international jazz artist with links to Wales, also returning to his roots and very excited to be helping start off the 2016 festivities with a new trio. Hear Geoff on Friday the 12th of August at the Castle Hotel 6.15pm. Brownfield Byrne Quintet are award-winning young swing and bebop players, whose leaders originate in rural Wales, now much in demand on a far wider stage. On Sunday the 14th of August in the Guildhall (6pm), they join forces with saxophonist Trish Clowes for what promises to be a storming session of swing and bebop jazz, and late evening sees a Celtic Jazz quartet at the Muse (8.15pm).

‘Music and Welling’ is a theme this year, and there are workshops every day on this theme plus guitar improvisation and Latin voice/percussion sessions. There’s even a film with Sunday lunch backed by a vibes trio! (Check out 12-3pm at the Muse). More info and tickets here.  

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Brecon Fringe Festival-11th-14th August
As well as the main Jazz weekend, Brecon Fringe Festival organises alternative acts in pubs, hotels, galleries and cafes in the town. Brecon Fringe Festival 2016 will take place from Thursday, August 11 – Sunday, August 14. There are 30+  venues in 2016 with live music and other events taking place all over town and in nearby villages. More here 

Theatr Brycheiniog 
As well as playing host to many of the acts performing at Brecon Jazz weekend and Brecon Fringe Festival, Theatr Brycheiniog has plenty of other acts throughout the year. Lineup of events here.

Green Man Festival-18th-21st August
At the Green Man Festival, you can sit in the Welsh wilderness with the Black Mountains as the backdrop. This year sees the likes of  Mercury prize winners Laura Marling and James Blake gracing the stage, with plenty of bands covering every genre-such as Belle and Sebastian and Wild Beasts.

There are barrels of lipsmacking Welsh Ales and ciders and plenty of mouthwatering food to choose from. There are family friendly areas, a comedy tent and lots of live music! Tickets here

…..Don’t forget you will almost always find live music in a pub in the Brecon Beacons. Pubs such as the Kings Arms Hotel in Abergavenny, The Red Lion in LlangynidrThe Boars Head in Brecon and The Beaufort Arms in Crickhowell have live music throughout the year. Visit their websites for updates or click here for pubs in the Brecon Beacons. 

 

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Our Guide to Llandovery

Llandovery is a great base for enjoying the western Brecon Beacons. Llandovery is an ancient market and droving town, and has been home to a host of interesting historical characters. One of the most famous residents is Llywelynap Gruffydd, a statue of whom stands gleaming next door to the hill-top ruins of Llandovery Castle. Once the location of violent attacks and battles during medieval times, those who climb up to the castle will be rewarded with peaceful views over the town and the River Bran.

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Credit: Castle Hotel Llandovery

Activites
The area is popular for many outdoor activities including walking in the Black Mountain, road cycling, mountain biking at Crychan Forest and Cwm Rhaeadr, and fishing on the River Towy and Usk Reservoir. The town is also Biker Friendly and recently held the Llandovery Motorbike Festival!

 

 

Other local attractions include Llyn Brianne, the highest dam in Britain (229 ft, 91 m high) which was constructed in the 1960/70s to provide a regular water supply across South Wales. There are many beautiful walks in the vicinity. The nearby Dinas RSPB Nature Reserve is a peaceful woodland and river area with boardwalk.

History
As well as Llywelynap Gruffydd, other interesting former residents of the town include the ‘sweet songster’ William Williams Pantycelyn, who wrote the famous hymn “Guide me oh thou Great Jehovah” which is sung regularly at rugby matches; and Vicar Rhys Pritchard who compiled the influential poem Cannwyll y Cymry (usually translated as The Welshman’s Candle), a collection of poetical teachings and moral guidance.

Where to Eat
Lasswade Country House Restaurant
Lasswade Restaurant is a special place to relax and enjoy a fantastic evening with yoursleves, family and friends.  With 2 A.A. Food Rosettes and Sustainable Food Awards.  Lasswade is a period Country House with outstanding views and a large Lounge to enjoy pre-dinner drinks. We use locally sourced and mainly organic produce as the basis of our award winning menus. We regularly visit the local farms and farmers markets. Some produce is even grown and supplied especially for us by our local smallholders, thus supporting the local community. Roger, our professional Chef has a passion for the food he produces and this reflects in every mouthful.

The Old Printing Office Cafe
The Old Printing Office is a family run business in the heart of the beautiful market town of Llandovery,  Carmarthenshire. The building dates back to the 1700s and housed one of the first printing presses in Wales,  producing historic tomes such as Brutusiana.  The surviving printing press machinery was donated to the National Museum of Wales and can be seen on display from time to time in St Fagans and other heritage centres.  We’ve been open since 1977, and have recently expanded so that we could open the café serving home cooked seasonal food and tempting cakes and desserts together with freshly ground coffee. For fine days we now have outdoor seating overlooking the garden.

Castle Hotel Llandovery
People always tell us it’s really hard to find a ‘great pub’ in Wales. Not any more. Long ago, in our distant past we launched the first Welsh gastro pub and we’ve returned to our roots to renovate this charming Inn. In the best traditions of a Welsh coaching inn it has always been a place for travellers and visitors to rest, to replenish and recharge their batteries. It still is today.

A warm and friendly place to unwind, you’ll find a proper traditional bar, a roaring log fire to toast your toes and plenty of comfy sofas in which to lose yourself with a good book. The original rustic charm and character is still there, but we’ve added a few modern, fresh ideas.

Where to Stay
Basel Cottage Holidays
Basel Cottage is approximately 2 miles from Llandovery.  A great dog friendly self-catering holiday cottage that welcomes up to two dogs free of charge. (Dog sitting available by prior arrangement). Recently extended and converted, this stone cottage is believed to date from the 1700’s and is found via a private lane adjacent to the owners’ property, Little Hall (once an old hunting lodge) in a peaceful and tranquil location. The property has approximately 17 acres of land set alongside a ridgeline with woods and fields adjacent to the private garden. The river running close to the property attracts a wealth of wildlife. The Accommodation sleeps 4 + 1, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms.

Barons Court Caravan Park
Barons Court CL Site is located on a smallholding of 4 acres, which has both livestock (goats, sheep, chickens and ducks) and wildlife, surrounded by stunning scenery. Red kites are often seen flying around as the feeding centre at Llanddeusant is situated 6 miles away. We are a family friendly site and accept well behaved dogs. There is a regular bus service going to Carmarthen, Llandovery and Llandeillo and the Heart of Wales railway line is only one mile away.

Shopping
Red Giraffe Studio
Inspired home and lifestyle gifts with genuine provenance. Discover the unexpected! Sourced responsibly and ethically with regard to the environment we believe in the benefits of AID THROUGH TRADE and having lived in the third world many items are derived from the places with which we have a particular connection – Zimbabwe, Kenya and Malawi. Based in the heart of Wales The Red Giraffe Studio, Llandovery, Carmarthenshire, has an eclectic collection of gifts including art and craft which excite the Senses! Perfect gifts can be found for those who want to find something different.

Visit Myddfai Community Hall and Visitor Centre.
Myddfai Community Hall and Visitor Centre is an energy efficient facility in the heart of the picturesque village of Myddfai, three miles from Llandovery in Carmarthenshire, surrounded by the beautiful scenery of the Brecon Beacons National Park. With an integral café and craft shop, with quality local produce and crafts. This fabulous new Centre is recognised as one of the most stunning and well equipped venues in the area. More here

Events
Llandovery Sheep festival- September the 24th 2016

Llandovery Sheep Festival celebrates droving, sheep farming & the wool industry. All weekend the town of Llandovery will be celebrating its farming routes and connection to the drovers trails of old. Highlights of the weekend will include the sheep dog trials, sheep shearing demonstrations.  There will be competitions and music throughout.

Explore Llandovery  with Scenery Explained Wales‘ Wild West tour. This tour will take you around Llandovery, as well as other westerly places of interest-such as Carreg Cennen Castle, Bethlehem and Llyn y Fan Fach. More here  Llandovery – Is famous to geologists all over the world, because it lends it name to the Llandovery epoch in the Silurian period. Here the castle can be seen and interesting building stones throughout the town.

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Also…
Llandovery also has a swimming pool, and is home to Llandovery College, an independent school which has supplied a number of great players to the Welsh national rugby team.
Llandovery is easily accessible on the A40 and there are also regular train services on the Heart of Wales Line between Shrewsbury and Swansea, a journey which is highly recommended.

Check out our other town guides here

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Great Value Summer Holidays in the Brecon Beacons!

The Brecon Beacons is probably one of the best places to enjoy a free day out. With our beautiful landscapes and wildlife in abundance there are plenty of free things to see and do, even if its just a stroll in the countryside, it will prove to be a memorable day out. Read on to find our top things to do that won’t break the bank…

Visit one of our many Castles
Wales is home to some of Europe’s finest surviving medieval castles. Here in the Brecon Beacons, we have our fair share. Perhaps the most dreamy and dramatic of all are the weathered remains of Carreg Cennen Castle, perched high up on a limestone crag.

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Magnificent ruins such as those at Brecon, Crickhowell, Llandovery and Tretower bear witness to a turbulent past, while grand mansions such as Cyfarthfa Castle, Newton House at Dinefwr and Tretower Court remind us that castles were once mighty symbols of power and wealth.

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 £16.20
Click here for more info

Brecon Cathedral
The stunning cathedral is free entry if you fancy a stroll around one of Brecon town’s highlights.

Parks and Gardens
Vaughan Gardens-Take a break from the Talybont Valley walk in a peaceful garden sown with fragrant herbs.
Linda Vista Gardens, home to rare orchids and with stunning views to the Blorenge, is a great place to stop and enjoy the summer days.c2
Craig Y Nos Country Park- walk around  a 40-acre Victorian garden with shady woodlands, meadows, ponds, lazy lawns and rushing rivers. (There is a small car parking fee)
Dinefwr Park-Take a stroll around a medieval deer park at Dinefwr Dinefwr boasts a vast and diverse range of habitats and environment. From flower rich hay meadows to dense woodland, wide open spaces to bog woods and wet meadows. Each providing vital habitats for a range of species and playing a crucial role in Britain’s biodiversity.

Cyfarthfa Park-Don’t forget to pack your spare clothes on a visit to the splash pad at Cyfarthfa Park in Merthyr. Sit back and relax as you watch the children jumping their way through the jets of water. Finish the trip off with a ride on the park’s miniature railway. Info: The splash area is free but the railway has a small charge, www.visitmerthyr.co.uk

Enjoy some natural wonders
Llangorse Lake Cool off by paying a visit to the largest natural lake in Wales. Try a pedalo or even just grab an ice-cream and watch the ducks float by.
Making a splash at Talybont waterfalls is a summer must, or a relaxing cycle along the canal. End the evening at one of the great beer gardens while watching the sunset.

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Take a Walk
With the long summer days there’s no better or cheaper way to explore the Brecon Beacons beautiful countryside than on foot. Check out our walking Itineraries for ideas of where to go walking this summer. 

Visit a Gallery
The Lion Street Gallery– Recently rated as one of the best galleries in Wales by the Culture Trip website, only 50 yards from the clocktower in the famous book town of  Hay- on- Wye There are regular shows throughout the year, showcasing both established Welsh artists, as well as up and coming young talent. They are also part of the Arts Council of Wales 0% Collectorplan scheme, all to help make investing in art easier to do.
Art loving dogs are very much welcome. Open Monday – Saturday 10.30 – 5.00

Erwood Station Gallery is the sister gallery to the Lion Street Gallery in Hay on Wye. It shows the very best in contemporary craft, paintings and sculpture set within a station and 3 carriages! Erwood Station Gallery is in a well known beauty spot alongside the River Wye, ideal for walkers and bird watchers (there is a bird hide in the renovated signal box which is looked after by Radnorshire Wildlife Trust) and there is even an engine as well. There is also a tea room in the station.

Stargaze 
For the greatest free show on earth, all you have to do is look up at the night sky. The inky-black skies of the Brecon Beacons are perfect for star-spotting – so much so, it’s now Wales’ first and only the fifth destination in the world to be granted the status of an international dark sky reserve.

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Go Underground
Big Pit
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!

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.
Adults £14.00 Children £10.00 (ages 3 – 16)

Go on a tour underground-dates here 

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Have an Adventure with your kids!
Cantref Adventure Farm
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 having fun and won’t break the bank.  Adventure Farm Prices: £35.95 for a family of 4

Brynich Playbarn
An award winning indoor soft play centre on the edge of Brecon, suitable for children up to 11. Adults FREE, Up to 12 Months FREE1 – 3 year olds £3.65 4 -11 year olds £5.00
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Llanfaes Dairy
Head over for home-made ice-cream, offering over 90 flavours made fresh daily.
For 4 ice-creams: £7.60

Go to one of the Brecon Beacons many free events!  Full list of events can be found here.

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Whats on at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales this Summer

Set in the beautiful Carmarthenshire countryside, the Garden is a fascinating blend of the modern and historic.

Here you’ll find an inspiring range of themed gardens, the world’s largest single-span glasshouse, play areas and a national nature reserve, all set in a Regency landscape which provides the stage for a packed programme of events and courses throughout the summer and year. Here are our picks for things to do there this Summer!

Sir Gareth opens Plas Pilipala
Honorary president of the National Botanic Garden, Sir Gareth Edwards CBE will be cutting the ribbon at the official opening of the new Butterfly House on Monday July 25th.

The new Garden attraction is already a big hit with visitors and, with more than 500 tropical butterflies now on the wing, it is bound to prove a very big draw this summer for tourists and locals alike.

The Garden’s Director Huw Francis said: “This is a very important day for us and a very special occasion so who could be better than Sir Gareth to do the honours and declare Plas Pilipala officially open.”

The grand opening will take place at 11am.

 

The Garden is open from 10am to 6pm. Admission is £9.75 for adults with a family ticket (for 2 adults and up to 4 children) priced at £24. There is no additional charge for any of the dance or music  activities.

Here are a selection of photos taken by photographer Tim Jones.

July
Summer Craft Fair

    • Sat 06 Aug to Sun 07 Aug
    • 10am to 6pm

    The best of local art and craft will be on display in the Great Glasshouse on the 6th and 7th of August. Find out more

    Doggy Day

    • Sunday 14 August 2016
    • All day event!

    Doggy Day is here again – the perfect time to take your pooch for a mooch in the Botanic Garden Find out more

    Focus on photography

    • Saturday 20 August 2016
    • 10am to 1pm

    Join our photographer Darren Boxer on a tour around the National Botanic Garden and pick up expert tips and advice on taking great pictures

    Find out more

    Wales Woodcraft Festival

    Working with wood is the focus of this special weekend.

    Find out more

    Meet the Dragonflies

    • Wednesday 27 July 2016
    • 10am to 6pm

    Dragonflies are the centre of attention for a special day at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. Find out more

    Upper Lakes Tour

    Join us for a walk along the first three lakes, and learn about our plans for the restoration. Meeting point is the Great Glasshouse and tours will last approximately 30 minutes. Please congregate at the meeting point 5 minutes before the tour start time. Find out more

    Horticulture – natural pest and disease control

    Pests and disease are inevitable in the vegetable garden but most are easily manageable with a little know-how. This course will introduce you to the basic principles and teach you how to use natural methods to control pests and diseases in your garden. Learn how to grow healthier plants in a healthier environment and how…Find out more

    Solar Day

    • Sunday 31 July 2016
    • 10am to 6pm

    Observe the sun in safety by using Swansea Astronomical Society members’ special solar telescopes. Find out more

     

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    August

    Upper Lakes Tour

    Join us for a walk along the first three lakes, and learn about our plans for the restoration. Meeting point is the Great Glasshouse and tours will last approximately 30 minutes. Please congregate at the meeting point 5 minutes before the tour start time. Find out more

    Doggy Day

    • Thursday 4 August 2016
    • All day event!

    Doggy Day is here again – the perfect time to take your pooch for a mooch in the Botanic Garden. Find out more

Wales Woodcraft Festival

Working with wood is the focus of this special weekend. Find out more

Flower Arranging

  • Sunday 21 August 2016
  • 10:30am to 4:30pm

One day – two designs. Find out more

Digital Photography – Part 2

  • Aqualab
  • Saturday 27 August 2016
  • 10:30am to 4:30pm

Participants must have attended Part One You will cover the rules of composition and how to break them. Lens choice can have a dramatic influence on your photographs, so you will look at what they do and how to use them as a creative tool. Find out more

Click here for more info about the Gardens of Wales

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