What is happening in the Brecon Beacons during Wales’ Great Weekend of Adventure?

2nd and 3rd April 2016- The great weekend of Adventure is a celebration of all the adventures you can have in Wales-from adrenaline fueled activities to just exploring areas you may not have been!  Here int he 

To celebrate our Year of Adventure here in Wales, we at WANT TO CANOE? HQ are holding a WILD CANOE and BUSHCRAFT WEEKEND!

Follow in the wake of Ray Mears in his canoe and join them for adventures and bushcraft sessions across a whole jam-packed weekend here in Hay on Wye. #wantocanoe #YearofAdventure #FindYourEpic


  • 2nd and 3rd April 2016 09:00am to 18:00pmOur pals from Axe and Paddle Bushcraft are joining us all weekend offering tasters such as Flint & Steel Fire Lighting Workshops, Bow Drill Demos, their Pop-Up-Shop and more! . . . in addition to all our usual, awesome canoe offerings!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 covering a glorious stretch of the Mid-Wye from Glasbury on Wye, through Hay on Wye to
    Whitney on Wye. Having a guide means being able to learn basic canoe-skills or brush up on existing skills and techniques, play games and make the most out of the new skills you’ve been practicing, also take in the scenery and wildlife more easily.
  • Beginner to Advanced! (Minimum Age 4)

The Wye is by far one of the most beautiful rivers in the British Isles and one of the few you can navigate by canoe, without restriction, for well over 100 miles. want to canoe offer you the chance to embark on a relaxing river adventure from two different start-points, all with their own unique sights, sounds and smells. Along your journey, you can expect to see a number of spectacular and fascinating characters in their natural habitats, including kingfishers, herons, cormorants, dragonflies, ducks, swans and otters all from the prime viewpoint of your canoe. Discover your wildness. . . see you all soon for an adventure!

Want To Canoe?Activity Festival/Event
Racquety Farm
Hay on Wye
DIRECTIONS TO VENUE: want to canoe? launch site can be found alongside the River Wye at Racquety Farm, Hay-on-Wye with FREE CAR-PARKING for our canoeists.

Launch Site: Post Code: HR3 5RS (if using SatNav please DO NOT use the postcode, instead navigate to Hay on Wye, Bridge Street and look for our signs!) NGR: SO227425

To book please phone 01497820604 or email hire@canoehire.co.uk

To find the event on Facebook click here 
More details on the 2nd April here.
For the 3rd of April click here. 

In celebration of Visit Wales’ Great Weekend of Adventure, The Angel are teaming up with experienced astronomers from Dark Sky Wales for a sophisticated evening of supper and star gazing. The evening will be divided into three sections:Planetarium – a unique view of the night sky from the comfort of a digital planetarium set up in our Ballroom. You will look at the planets, moons, constellations, galaxies and much, much more.

Talk – An illuminating presentation about the universe in the Ballroom12802732_1138096869556336_5405279041360751610_n.jpg Bar.
 Supper – served in the Wedgewood Room;
Glass of ‘Hubbly Bubbly’ upon arrival.
Selection of nibbles, Artisan breads and butter

Stargazy rabbit and langoustine pie with rocket salad ‘Mars’ pot au chocolat

Coffee and petit fours
£34.00 per person

Followed by star gazing outside (weather permitting)
Reservations essential as places are limited. Call on 01873 857121 to book. 6.30pm
Tracy cottage

Experience one of 5 magical tours in an eco-funky electric Twizy at a special offer price of £25 per day as part of Wales’ Great Weekend of Adventure on April 2nd and 3rd 2016.

Twizys are open sided, two seater, funky electric cars which are fun to drive and silent allowing you to enjoy every aspect of the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park.

Each of the magical eco tours offers you a scenic drive through our hills, valleys and villages combined with interesting sights to visit, short walks to enjoy and recommended places to stop off, relax and enjoy our local Welsh food and hospitality.

Click here for your choice of magical Twizy toursand for more information 


Parkwood Outdoors Dolygaer embrace adventure and welcome visitors to its Open Event.

Parkwood Outdoors Dolygaer will be taking part in the exciting National Year of Adventure Open Weekend to showcase their exhilarating outdoor activities, offering visitors the chance to experience a variety of discounted activities. This exciting offer will take place on the weekend of Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd April from 10am – 5pm.

63988 Dolygaer Launch web banner.jpgSituated on 14 acres of the Brecon Beacons National Park, Parkwood Outdoors Dolygaer is set in the scenic Welsh countryside between rolling hills and overlooking Pontsticill Reservoir. The centre is easily accessible from the motorway and only 30 miles from Cardiff. With a team of passionate, fully qualified and experienced instructors who have a rich background in safe adventurous leisure activities and coaching, this is the perfect place to try something new or enjoy some of your favourite outdoor pastimes in safe hands. Health and safety is the number one priority and all instructors hold applicable NGB qualifications in the fields they teach.

The Centre will be offering adventurous activities suitable for the whole family, starting with the Brecon Mountain Railway Trek via the steam train, then a hike to the reservoir, followed by a kayak/canoe across the water to meet the train again.

The expert instructors will then be on hand for anyone wishing to try a 30 minute water based taster session of either kayaking, canoeing or stand up paddle boarding.
A unique experience leaving you with a sense of achievement and desire for more!

Open all year round there is a wide range of exciting activities and challenges including caving, mountain walks, canoeing, sailing, bushcraft, rock climbing and abseiling, stand up paddle boarding, mountain biking and archery, to name but a few. Parkwood Outdoors Dolygaer caters for day trippers or groups wishing to stay overnight or for a week and has a range of packages suitable for Families, Friends, Corporate Groups, Schools, Stag/Hen parties and Charity events.

For further information on the Open Event and activities available please contact the centre either by telephone on 01685 848309, visit http://www.parkwoodoutdoors.co.uk or email dolygaer@parkwoodoutdoors.co.uk.

Welsh Overland Safari
Pwllgwilym Cottages – Base yourself a stone’s throw away the last native Prince of Wales memorial, in Cilmeri. As well as a nature walk on site and a wildlife viewing point our friends at Welsh Overland Safari will whisk you off for a morning or afternoon on one of their tours of Mid Wales.

Dan-y-coed cottage sleeping 4 for 2 nights including a Welsh Overland Safari tour for 4 people of their choice – £250.00 www.pwllgwilym-cottages.co.uk & www.welshoverlandsafari.com/ call Jane on 01982 552140 to book.overland.jpg

Take your family on an adventure with Woodlands Edge
Have a bushcraft and woodland adventure with outdoors experts Woodlands Econquers.jpgdge. Take your pick from Primitive Fire Lighting, Shelter Building, Natural Cordage, Camp-fire Cooking and much much more!

Activities will be taking place at Pwllgwilym Cottages, spaces are limited. For prices and availability call Jane on 01982 552140

Link to full programme is here

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hawkHawk Adventures are dedicated to providing a high quality professional service, working to a high standard delivering Caving, Climbing, Gorge Walks and other activities across the region. They have over 20 years’ experience, with a wide range of outdoor activities available for individuals and groups both large and small, all catered to your needs. Whether you are looking for a taste of adventure activities, fun corporate events or challenging team building events they have the activities to suit your needs. For the Great Weekend of Adventure, they have special offers on their underground cave tours and gorge walking, both for only £45.

Sheep Trekking-Good Day Out has teamed up with Aberhyddnant Farm & Aber Cottages to create a completely new concept, which is more native than Llama Trekking and more fun than your average walk in the hills. Each sheep is fitted with its own little halter, and you will choose your own sheep from a small flock of especially trained Jacobs. Your fleecy partner will then lead you along a scenic trek on that takes you towards the Black Mountain with scenic views towards Pen y Fan. Check out the lovely FYI:Brecon video from our inaugural trek

Pig-Nic’-Have a mini adventure and take a pair of little Kune Kune pigs for a walk down the lovely Senni Valley, followed by a “Pig-Nic” ! Great fun for families and any people wanting an engaging few hours in the countryside with these friendly little animals. You will be greeted and introduced to the girls, then have a yomp through the neighbouring field and if the mood takes them, the pigs may wander over the shallow river. After returning to the smallholding, you will have refreshments whilst taking in the lovely scenery, and having a chat about the pigs and their life in the Brecon Beacons.

This is a small group activity that is also carried out on various dates throughout the year (but mainly Spring through to Autumn unless very dry), which are published on our website, and is also available on request as long as your trainer, and the pigs are available. Wellies or waterproof boots advised, even in summer! Kindly note that the actual walk is normally about an hour through level easy walking, but the pigs sometimes want to go home earlier or later. Please enquire for individualsand small groups!

Stargazing and Astro-Photography Evening-Celebrate the Year of Adventure by Stargazing in the special skies of the #BreconBeacons with your very own professional astronomer for the evening, in one of the world’s few Dark Sky Reserves!
Take a tour of the night sky, viewing familiar and unfamiliar constellations of the northern hemisphere, find various deep sky objects such as the Orion Nebula and learn the correct use of binoculars and navigation via star maps. You will also be shown how to set up a telescope correctly before viewing and then photographing some of the magnificent sights in the night sky. No prior knowledge or equipment needed, but feel free to bring both!
GoodDayOut astronomy experience
National Botanic Gardens of Wales
For the Big Weekend of Adventure (Saturday and Sunday April 2 & 3) there is our Spring Antiques Fair and we will be inviting families to go exploring around the Garden and become an Adventurer, Explorer, Biologist, Naturalist – just like Alfred Russel Wallace, and take part in pond-dipping and wildlife walks – and don’t forget to Take a Selfie with Wallace, using his bust in the Wallace Garden.
Llanwrtyd Wells to join in the Year of Adventure Launch
ALL activities FREE to take part in! On the 2nd April the World Alternative Games will join with one of our supporters Manor Adventure to offer a variety of activities that will be a showcase for the much anticipated 3rd World Alternative Games to be held in and around Llanwrtyd Wells between the 12th – 29th August 2016.
Venue – Abernant Lake, the home of Manor Adventure and one of the venues for the World Alternative Games
Time – 10.00 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Bar: Open 10 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. Food available: From 11.30 a.m.
Parking – Will be available in the station car park or travel by train on our Heart of Wales Line (another supporter of our World Alternative Games)

From 10.00 a.m. Manor Adventure will be offering taster sessions in some of the activities they have at the Abernant Lake Hotel. So if you want to have a go at Climbing, Abseiling, Zip Wire, Archery, Fencing, Rifle Shooting or other activities; come and join in the fun with us at the start of the Year of Adventure.

Or why not Check out 31 other adventures you can have here

There are so many things to do in the Brecon Beacons for the Great Weekend of Adventure! How will you #FindYourEpic?

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