June’s calendar of events gives you plenty of opportunity to head outdoors and get active in the scenery of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Put on your walking boots test yourself with The WAAT4 and Bwlch With Altitude challenges….or if you’d like a more relaxing month, why not grab some delicious Welsh produce at Dinefwr Food Festival 2017? ..and don’t forget The Hay Festival runs until the 4th June!
2nd-4th-The Brecon Cathedral Singing Weekend 2017
The Brecon Cathedral Singing Weekend 2017 will run from the evening of Friday 2nd June to Sunday 4th June. Every year, singers come from far and wide to rehearse intensively and to sing a wide range of rewarding music at the Cathedral Services on Saturday and Sunday. Each singer pays a fee to take part which includes all meals and music copies for the weekend. This year, the Eucharist setting will be Jonathan Dove’s exciting and rhythmic Missa brevis, commissioned a few years ago by the Cathedral Organists’ Association. Sunday’s evensong setting is Howells’ St Paul’s service, and the anthem (which sets words from the first lesson) is Fear not, O land by Elgar. On Saturday, we begin on familiar ground with Stanford in C, and the anthem is Gibbons’ Pentecost anthem God so loved the world. Info here.
3rd-Bwlch With Altitude
Bwlch with Altitude is a family friendly navigational challenge in the Black Mountains region of the Brecon Beacons National Park, which can be conducted either by walking or on your mountain bike. It is a team event (minimum 2; maximum 8 members per team), whilst navigating the routes you will have to answer some basic questions and collect mementos and there will also be a prize for the best photograph taken during the challenge.
There are 3 Challenges for you to choose from, they are:
- A 15 mile circular mountain bike route – ideal training for the Brecon Beast. Entry fee £8 adult & £4 Junior (Early Bird booking) the cost will be higher if booked on the day of the event (£10 adult & £5 Junior). This route requires entrants to have some experience – it contains steep ascents/descents over rough terrain. Riders will have to wear a safety helmet.
- A 12 mile circular walk – ideal training for WAAT4. Entry fee £8 adult & £4 Junior (Early Bird booking*) the cost will be higher if booked on the day of the event (£10 adult & £5 Junior).
- A 5 mile circular walk – ideal for families of all ages. Entry fee £4 adult & £2 Junior (Early Bird booking) the cost will be higher if booked on the day of the event (£6 adult & £4 Junior). A family ticket is also available (2 adults & 2 juniors) for £10 (Early Bird booking) the cost will be higher if booked on the day of the event £15.
On the day Bwlch Village Hall will be open from 9am, refreshments will be available.
Challenge start times:
- Mountain Bike Route – 10am
- Long walking route – 10.15am
- Short walking route – 11am
Crickhowell Open Gardens
Crickhowell, between Abergavenny and Brecon, Powys
Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th June 2017
11.00am to 5.00pm
A wide range of different gardens will open to visitors, plus plant sales, children’s activities and special offers by local businesses / organisations.
Refreshments, lunches, cream teas available. Visitors can enjoy a stroll around Upper House Farm and the allotments. Free shuttle bus.
Funds raised will be used to support local good causes.
There will be plants for sale.
Adults £5.00 for one day, £7.50 for both days, accompanied children free.
How to get event passports:
Ticket sales at Crickhowell Market Hall 10.30am to 4.00pm.
Number of gardens:
Approximately 20 gardens will be open, but the total may vary from day to day – please contact the organisers if you need exact numbers.
Crickhowell is on the A40 between Abergavenny and Brecon.
17th-18th-Dinefwr Food Festival
Join us once again for a weekend of foodie fun at Dinefwr
- Booking not needed
- Free event (admission applies)
- 10:00 – 18:00
Cookery Demonstrations from top chefs.
Workshops including chocolate making.
Talks from industry professionals.
Children’s cookery activities focused on having fun with food, health eating and how to Plant It, Grown It, Eat it.
Music and much much more.
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10th-11th- Man V Horse
The Man v Horse Marathon began in June 1980 following a chat over a pint (or three) in the back bar of Neuadd Arms Hotel. The then Landlord, Gordon Green overheard two men discussing the relative merits of men and horses running over mountainous terrain. The enterprising Gordon, never one to miss an opportunity to promote Llanwrtyd Wells and improve business at his hotel, decided to put it to the test. And so began Green Events and its first, longest standing and now internationally acclaimed event, The Man versus Horse Marathon.
The course was changed in 1982 to provide a more even match between the man and the horse resulting year on year in very close finishes – sometimes with the horse winning by only a few seconds. It took 25 years before a man finally beat a horse, Huw Lobb won in 2hrs and 5mins beating the fastest horse by 2 minutes. His feat was repeated 3 years later by Florien Holtinger, but the horse has remained unbeaten for the 8 years since.
The escalating jackpot for a runner who beats the first horse and rider, which started at £500 and increases by £500 per year until it is won, stands at £1500 in 2016. The previous jackpot received by Huw Lobb in 2004 had reached £25,000! There is no longer the 1,000 Guineas prize money for the fastest competitor, but there will be a great trophy for the first competitor home.
PLEASE NOTE: RIDER PLACES ARE NOW FULL – You can still enter as a rider but will be placed on the Reserve list to be notified if a place becomes available.
21st June- Solar Viewing and Summer Solstice Event
A star gazing event with a difference. Join Alan and Martin from Dark Sky Wales for an opportunity to safely view the wonders of the sun.
They are also bringing their popular mobile planetarium for a more traditional exploration of the night sky, while Martin will also deliver a fascinating talk on the Summer Solstice.
The evening will start with Tea & Scone on the lawn of the Visitor Centre where you can take in the breath taking views of the Brecon Beacons National Park on the longest day of the year.
If the weather is against us, this event will still go ahead with the presentation and mobile planetarium.
To find out more about Dark Sky Wales click here.
Tickets are £15 which includes tea and scones on the lawn to get your evening off to a great start. This event starts at 5.00pm. Please bring a warm jacket in case it gets chilly as the sun sets. Organised by the Brecon Beacons National Park Visitor Centre in conjunction with Dark Skies Wales
17th June- WAAT4 Challenge
The WAAT4 Challenge is a prestigious navigation event in Wales’ beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park. Teams from all over the UK take part every year.
Its reputation is growing quickly and it features in the walking calendar for such events. Each year more than 500 competitors take part over either 30km or 40km Challenges which includes South Wales’ highest peak – Pen y fan.
Whatever your ability, you are welcome to enjoy the 40k route, or a shorter 30k route at your own pace. We want everyone to enjoy taking part by completing the course whilst taking in some of the best views in the Brecon Beacons.
The event is organised by the WAAT4 Committee and supported by Dyfed-Powys Police, volunteers, members of the Brecon Mountain Rescue Team and Wales Air Ambulance. Click here for more info.
23rd and 24th- Brecon Town Open Studios
Brecon Town Open Studios 2017 is on Friday 23 and Saturday 24 June, with artists’ studios open between 12pm-7pm on both days. Several participating artists, including painters, a visual artist, a sculptor-weaver, landscape photographer, a glassmaker, and others will be opening their studios in the historic market town of Brecon, in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Works of art will be available for sale direct from the artists and makers, alongside prints, greetings cards, and more. More here.
23rd June-Tawe Valley Arts Week
Click here for more info.
24th-Scottish Dancing Afternoon
Scottish Dancing at the National Park Visitor Centre – from 2pm
Free entry. Come and join the South Wales Branch of the Royal Scottish Dance Society for an afternoon of dancing to the accordion playing of the world famous George Meikle. There will be demonstrations of dances by various teams interspersed with easy dances that everyone can join in. Come along and join in the fun. Suitable for children and adults.
Car parking charges apply. Info here.
27th-09th July-Dare to meet Dwynwyn the Dragon at Tretower Court
Visitors are dared to meet Dywnwen, the mythical monster, at Tretower Court and Castle. Booking: No booking required. The dragon will be available to see until 09 July when she will continue her journey across Wales. Usual admission fees apply.
Don’t forget the Hay Festival runs until the 4th of June! Click here for more info or read our blog for the top 10 things to see and do during the festival