Whats on this August

August’ calendar of events is full of festivals, country shows and workshops to keep all ages entertained!

Eisteddfod-29th July-6th August
Wales’ leading festival will visit Monmouthshire and the surrounding areas from 29 July to 6 August 2016 with the Maes located close to the beautiful town of Abergavenny.

Over 200 local people attended the public meeting to welcome the decision that the Eisteddfod is returning to the area, and since then we have been warmly welcomed by people of all ages across the region.

The Vintage and Antiques Fayre-Saturday 6th
The Vintage & Antiques Fayre, is held in the centre of the lovely market town of Crickhowell 3 times a year at the Clarence Hall, it has a broad range of vintage, antiques and bric-a-brac that attracts a hardcore of bargain hunting fans!

If you’re looking for that elusive collectable or special gift you will be spoilt for choice with over 30 specialist dealers selling a delightful selection of vintage and antique treasures including vintage clothes for that special occasion, unusual vintage & antique jewellery, fantastic sparkling diamonds, china, glass, homewares and snugly Welsh Blankets.

There will also be homemade cakes with refreshments at the Vintage Tearoom and this year, the chosen charity is – Wales Air Ambulance.

Last year over £1,000 for cancer research was raised! For more information tel 07977846509www.facebook.com/VintageandAntiqueFayres

Brecon County Show
The Show is based around the Cattle, Sheep, Horse & Pony classes which attract exhibitors from all over the country.  It also has over 200 trade exhibitors bringing you the best in British Farm Produce, the latest tractors & farm machinery and cars, to anything for the garden. From clothing and jewellery to hand made cards, there is something for everyone. Combine this with vintage and modern machinery, dog show, rides and stalls for children, a beer tent and much more you will be sure to have a great family day out.
Ticket prices:

Brecon County Show

Adult £9.00
Senior Citizen £5.00
Child £3.00  (5-16 years old)
Child FREE (under five years old)
Family £20.00  (2 adults & 2 children aged 5-16)

For more information visit: Brecon County Show.

Llanthony Show -Saturday 6th

Horse judging starts at 9am with show jumping at 9.30am. All entries to be in the produce tent by 10.30am and all sheep and cattle to be penned by 11am. Dog show entries taken from 12pm with judging to begin at 1pm.CLICK HERE for the 2016 Show Catalogue

The Llanthony Show was founded back in 1961. It is one of the only shows of its kind still, completely organized by local volunteers, with no major corporate sponsorship involved. The Show’s popularity is based on local support on a strictly non-commercial basis.

The Show was originally founded following a critical BBC documentary about the Llanthony Valley in 1959 called “The Dying Valley”. Local people banded together at the first Show Committee to prove that the Llanthony Valley was anything but dying! Its continuing success over the last four decades has proved how wrong that original judgment was.

The Llanthony Valley and District Show has one of the best sites of all local shows, deep in the Llanthony Valley near Llanthony Abbey, surrounded by the Black Mountains of Monmouthshire. It sits at the heart of a thriving farming community, and it’s longstanding popularity is driven by the full support of the local community.

Brecon Jazz Weekend-Friday 12th-Sunday 14th
Brecon Jazz Weekend 2016 will take place this August. This year’s event is a more intimate and community led event, but continues to have the highest quality of jazz music on offer. The event is supported by partners and allies of Brecon Jazz Festival and promises to offer something for everyone.

Summer Sundays at Blaenavon World Heritage Centre
Thursdays 28th July – 25th August 2.30-3.30pm
The Big Friendly Read Story and Craft activities for children aged five and over. Free of charge. Booking advisable, e-mail: Blaenavon.tic@torfaen.gov.uk – 01495 742333.
Sunday 7th August 2-4pm
Bring your favourite teddy to the Teddy Bears Picnic. Entertainment, activities and fun games with Mad Mel. Best dressed teddy wins a prize. Free entry. Picnics and cream teas will be served in the Heritage Café.
Sunday 14th August 2-4pm
Oakdale Silver Band will be entertaining visitors in the grounds of the Centre. Cream teas will be served in the Heritage Café.
Sunday 21st August 2-4pm
A toe-tapping afternoon with music from the Celtic Café Band & traditional dancing from the Isca Morris Dancers.
Blaenavon.tic@torfaen.gov.uk – 01495 742333
Greenman Festival-Thu 18th – Sun 21st
The Green Man  is an independent music festival held annually in the stunning Brecon Beacons. It has evolved from a one-day event into a seven day festival with live music including psych, folk, indie, dance and Americiana, as well as DJs playing everything from dub-reggae to electro and stoner rock, all throughout the night.

Literature, film, theatre, ceilidhs, all-night bonfires, comedy and secret gigs are part of the festival’s unique identity. The festival has carved a niche as a non-corporate and ethically-minded festival.

The festival site features nine stages offering over 400 different music and other acts each year. Music is the main content but science themed art, music and comedy area called Einstein’s Garden, as well as an activity area for young people under the age of 18 called Future Generations. Cinema, talks from respected writers and musicians and well known comedians also perform. Gourmet food and quality beverages are all part of the Green Man and an area called Nature and Nurture has many holistic therapies and arts installations in a glade within the festival.

Festival size: 20,000 people. Tickets are on sale now.

Volksfest Wales (VAG & Classic Porsche Show)-Friday 19th-Sunday 21st
Volksfest Wales is a family friendly VW show. Camping is available from Friday – Sunday and is open to day visitors on the Saturday and Sunday. Gourmet food, quality beverages, a variety of trade stalls and adults and childrens enterainment are all a part of Volksfest Wales not forgetting an array of classic and newer vehicles on display.  Saturday includes club displays and the latest arrival ‘It’s a Volksfest Knockout’ whilst Sunday is the main Show and Shine day. Its the 17th anniversary and  there is loads of things lined up to celebrate. Campers will be treated to live entertainment, theme nights, fire poi diplays and much more. Tickets are on sale now from the websitewww.volksfestwales.org.uk and through the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/volkfestwales/

Day visitor prices are just £5 per adult (16 and above) Weekend camping is pre book only £25 per person

Monmouthshire Show-Thursday 25th
Dating back to the late 17th Century, the Monmouthshire Show is held on the last Thursday in August. Each year over 20,000 visitors enjoy a taste of farming and the countryside at our stunning showground on the banks of the River Wye in Monmouth.

Talgarth Festival of the Countryside-Saturday  27th-Sunday 28th
Talgarth Festival: the celebration of the Black Mountains and Welsh countryside!A lovely, friendly, family festival in a beautiful setting and a great way to spend the Bank Holiday Weekend.FREE parking, FREE entry, and, on the whole, FREE entertainment. A great day out for all the family~

Brecon Beacons Summer Fayre-Saturday 27th-Monday 29th

If you’re a fan of food, music, or the arts, the National Park Visitor Centre Libanus, near Brecon is the only place to be this August Bank Holiday weekend for the Tenth annual Brecon Beacons Summer Fayre.

Come rain or shine join the fun at this celebration of Welsh food, drink, arts & crafts from 29th to 31st August. You’ll discover over 70 stands to explore, children’s activities and live entertainment set to spill on to the front lawn and surrounding fields.
While you browse through an endless array of local food, arts and crafts, your littles ones will be kept entertained by a range of inspiring activities including willow sculpting, badge-making, face-painting, pottery turning, a bouncy castle, and guitar and folk dancing lessons.
The selection of local produce on offer at this year’s Summer Fayre includes organic meats, dressings, fresh fruit and vegetables, jams, chutneys, smoked foods, honey, bread, ciders, beers and wines, cheeses, biscuits cakes, chocolates, ice creams and more. It’s a great family day out supporting local Welsh producers. It’s free entry and only £2 to park for the full day.The festival runs from 10am to 5pm each day.

Llangynidr Show-Sunday 28th
We pack a lot into this one day event. From agricultural, horticultural and craft comptetions, to cookery demonstrations, sheep sheering and family activities, we are sure you’ll be kept busy just deciding what to do next!!

World Bog Snorkelling Championship-Sunday 28th
Sunday 28th August 2016 sees the 31st World Bog Snorkelling Championships, held annually in Llanwrtyd Wells, an event that Lonely Planet described as one of the top 50 “must do” things from around the world in 2014. Hundreds of participants from around the world and plenty of spectators are expected once again.

In 2015 the bog snorkellers included participants from France, Holland, Poland, Sweden, Eire, Czech Republic, Australia, Japan, USA, and Canada, making this a truly international world championships.

The event takes place at Waen Rhydd bog on the outskirts of the town, getting underway at around 10am. The site is signposted from the town for those who don’t mind about a mile walk, and there is also a shuttle bus running from the town square to the bog and back, beginning as soon as we can manage between 9 and 10 am. There are food and drink stalls, crafts, a bouncy castle, live music and a bar on the site, so it’s a great day out even if you don’t fancy taking the plunge.

Online entries close 7 days before the event, so don’t leave it too late!! Apply here
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Papercraft Workshop – National Park Visitor Centre-Mon 1st,  Sat 6th, Mon 15th Aug
Make your own unique noticeboard using reclaimed and recycled materials. You will also get a chance to learn how to create paper furniture. Suitable for adults and children aged 5 and up. children under 12 – make sure you bring an adult with you….

Take pART Pottery Workshop-National Park Visitor Centre LD3 8ER-Tue 2nd, Tue 9th, Tue 16th, Tue 23rd Aug Times: 10:00- 13:00.
Be inspired by the natural environment around you and create your own masterpiece. Suitable for adults and children aged 5 and up. Children under 12 – make s…

Take pART Felt Picture Workshop at the National Park Visitor Centre (Mountain Centre), LD3 8ER.  Wed 3rd, Wed 17th, Wed 24th Aug Times: 10:00 – 13:00.
Make your own felt and then create and decorate your own Felt picture. Suitable for adults and children aged 5 and up. Children under 12 make sure you bring an adult with you.
Cost: £6.00 per person. Parking charges apply. Booking essential. To find out more and to book a place call the NPVC (the Mountain Centre) on 01874 623366.

In Search of Wildlife with a Camera Wed 10 Aug, Bear Hotel Crickhowell 
Illustrated talk by Chris Hatch. This talk will explore some of the rich wildlife to be seen and photographed in south-east Wales, and particularly in the Brecon Beacons National Park, before moving on to look at wildlife in other areas of Wales, the rest of  the UK, particularly Scotland and her islands, and then the mainland of Europe.  Chris Hatch is an Ecologist, Wildlife Photographer and Wildlife Tour Leader based on the edge of the National Park.

Wow what a jam packed month of events! For more click here

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