Autumn Guide to the Brecon Beacons

Get a taste for the Brecon Beacons this Autumn!

Autumn is the season of the Harvest Festival and a sequence of festivals and holidays celebrating the culture, produce and nature of the countryside begins. Autumn is a great season for food and drink lovers, with food festivals and farmers markets in abundance this time of year but there’s something for everyone in the Brecon Beacons, you could… 

…Take a Walk

The Welsh International 4 Days Walk is from 18th – 21st September has waymarked walks every day and a variety of distances to tailor your walks just for you. The festival is non-competitive and open to all, and provides exciting entertainment for the walkers in the evenings.

Kevin Walker Mountain Activities

Following this, the Hay Walking Festival, from 10th to 14th October, has 48 walks over 5 days, with a mix of short and long walks each day. There are family friendly walks, and themed walks, for example: foraging, geology, archaeology, local history and ancient churches, and plenty of opportunities to learn new techniques, or polish up rusty skills.

There are also plenty of guided walks on offer throughout the season suited to all tastes and levels.

…Go Baa-my at the Sheep Festival

Sheep roaming

The Llandovery Sheep Festival celebrates Welsh sheep farming and the business of wool. From 28th to 29th September, visit stalls, workshops and exhibitions showcasing prized sheep, wool-craft, country cooking, country dancing, sheepdog trials and much more. An interesting and unique couple of days!

…Indulge in a taste of Wales

Food lovers rejoice! The autumn months are full of celebrations and festivals showcasing the best of local food and drink. British Food Fortnight kicks off on 21st September and aims to encourage a celebration of the best locally produced seasonal food.

GliffaesThe Brecon Beacons is host to a wide variety of food and drink, from smoked meats and fish at The Black Mountains Smokery and the unique Welsh whisky at the Penderyn Distillery, to award winning gourmet food at Llansantffraed Court or locally sourced country food at Gliffaes Country House Hotel.

Abergavenny Food Festival takes place on 21st and 22nd September, and is an excellent place to experience local foods and produce as well as some of the most exotic and daring culinary adventurers. With masterclasses, tasting sessions, talks and an abundance of stalls and shops, the food lover will be thrilled with produce to suit any taste. AbergavennyFoodFestivalMarketHall

To experience even more of what the Brecon beacons has to offer, pop in to the Brecon Beacons Food Festival on 5th October. The festival aims to showcase food and suppliers from the National park and surrounding areas and raise awareness of the local produce, from game to liqueurs and chocolate!

…Get creative!Erwood Station Interior small

The Brecon Arts Festival takes place throughout the whole month of October and celebrates local arts and crafts. There are plenty of workshops and fairs celebrating local artisans; learn the art of stained glass window making at workshops or pop in to the Arts and Crafts Fayre at the National Park Visitor Centre from 26th October to 3rd November and maybe even pick up some early Christmas presents!

…Get spooked on Halloween!

14654_200862879771_4914929_nWith Halloween at the end of October, why not try some Halloween crafts at the Erwood Craft Centre, or for the thrill-seekers, there is a Halloween ghost hunt at Gregynog Hall from 7pm until late!

…Remember, remember the 5th of November…

Head along to Talybont-on-Usk village hall for food and drink before an excellent bonfire and fireworks display and a lovely feeling of local community coming together.

…Enjoy an escape from everyday life

Strawberry Barn_largeYou could even take a short break from every-day life and escape into the complete rural landscape of the area for a few days. Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages has a wonderful variety of self-catered accommodation, from the smallest, most rustic thatched cottage, to renovated barns, manor houses and even luxury townhouses.

Alternatively, Countrypad provides luxury, exclusive accommodation for group holidays, corporate escapes or parties and events. This manor house is highly luxurious and provides a wonderful location for an escape from the world.

And if you’re looking for a walking holiday package GeoWorld Travel has a variety of weekend and short stay packages including accommodation and guided walking and touring in the Brecon Beacons National Park and Fforest fawr Geopark.

…get out and about

Throughout the year, the Brecon Beacons offers an excellent variety of outdoor activities and sports, but the Autumn period provides a glorious landscape in which to enjoy archery, mountain biking, caving, climbing and much more.

Visit Good Day Out for a wonderful variety of Autumnal activities such as the art of bell-ringing and horse-riding through the wild and rugged landscape or even help out for a morning at70130016 howey hedgehog rescue cr Will Lewis GDO ref WIL_4855 the Howey Hedgehog Resue, and spend a day foraging for food in the countryside and end the day with an evening meal cooked with pre-foraged foods and even some of your own finds!

The Brecon Beacons can offer something for everyone this Autumn, so why not celebrate the season of the Harvest festival by exploring the countryside and experiencing the very best food, drink and crafts that the area has to offer!

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