September is a great month to visit the Brecon Beacons, with plenty of fun things to do during your stay with us! It’s still warm enough to enjoy our great outdoors and beer gardens, with plenty of autumn events to enjoy…
2nd-3rd- Sennybridge Agricultural Show
Horse, sheep and cattle classes are held during the day, including an expanding dog show. Craft, Domestic and Horticulture tents together with Trade stands, Members tent and Bar surround the ring giving the show an intimate and friendly atmosphere. Show attractions including bands, various displays competitions and an evening BBQ combine to make our show well worth a visit and a good day out. On Sunday the 3rd, there will be a show concert with Rhydian perfoming on the show field, with features West End Star Lee Mead, A Capella Band Sorela and BBC Radio favourite Chris Needs! More on the concert here.
Gather your team of four cyclists and be a part of the adventure for what promises to be a challenging and unforgettable experience. Choose from one of two amazing challenges, taking on either the 79km or 41km route.
Full taff challenge – 79km – Brecon to Cardiff
Half taff challenge – 41 km – Merthyr to Cardiff
9th September- Usk Show
On the second Saturday in September, every year since 1844, Usk Farmers’ Club have held the Usk Show to celebrate the very best of Monmouthshire farming and rural life. Now one of the biggest One-Day Agricultural Shows in the whole of the UK, its popularity is second-to-none. Over 300 traders join us each year outdoors and in our Food Hall, Craft Marquee or Shopping Mall and you can come and enjoy it all!
A 35 Mile Team Endurance Challenge following one of the most scenic canal routes in Britain. Help celebrate over 200 years of one of the most scenic canal routes in Britain. This challenge that will take you on an historic journey through the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Boat rally & live music at Brecon canal basin finish.
Brecon Town Concert Band present their 50th Anniversary Concert-7pm
Including PromArt Competition. Medley of Welsh music; Pictures at an Exhibtion; Fantasia on British Sea Songs and many more. Sing along to: Jerusalem; Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory. With guest vocalist David Bond. Tickets £12.50/£10.00. Box office: 01874 611622
Monday 12th September at 10am and 1pm. Meet at the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre and get straight into making basic bread dough and whilst that proves you’ll forage for your ingredients in the centres beautiful grounds. Using your forage, hedgerow guru Adele Nozedar will show you how to make your own jam and leaf teas ready for delicious wild tea! Blaenavon World Heritage Centre, Church Road 10am and 1pm
Tickets: £15 booking essential. To book contact Blaenavon World Heritage Centre on 01495 742333 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Storytelling Festival at the Country Park on Saturday 16th September. £5 adults, kids free. A day and evening of storytelling, music, arts, circus and crafts and a great atmosphere for the whole family set in the historic grounds of Craig-y-nos Country Park, once the home of world famous opera singer Adelina Patti. Discover local legends, magical tales, stories from history and songs which tell a narrative of times old and new.
Why not check out one the country’s top food festivals this year.The event has been called ‘The Glastonbury of Food Festivals’ (Observer) and is renowned for its fantastic atmosphere and Welsh hospitality.The extensive markets spill into the streets and lanes, offering a huge variety of produce – from pepper plants to Welsh pancakes – featuring the best producers from Wales, the Marches, and much further afield. Enjoy sensory extremes and subtle contrasts – an explosion of chilli, a long cool beer. A real feast for the senses. In addition to the main markets there are individually ticketed Masterclasses, Tutored Tastings and Talks showcasing some of the most skilled, passionate and knowledgeable practitioners in the country alongside local and regional talent.
For the full ingredients visit www.abergavennyfoodfestival.com.
16th-17th- Science, Nature and Comedy Festival
The world’s first Science, Nature and Comedy Festival will be held at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales this September! The Line up includes: Jim Al Khalili-a theoretical physicist, Robin Ince-a multi-award winning comedian and author, Steve Jones a professor of genetics, Penderyn Whisky and many, many more! View the full lineup here! There will also be fungi foraging, walks, talks, tours, story-telling and lots of fun, family activities.
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 include the fantastic sheep race, sheep dog trials & sheep shearing demonstrations amongst other great sheep-related fun. There is also a Food Theatre celebrating local produce with demonstrations from guest chefs including Michelin Star holder James Sommerin. Tasty food stalls and craft stalls will be throughout the town all weekend, with music and street entertainment throughout. Please visit the website for the festival schedule for the full list of fun things to do and see or email email@example.com
23rd-24th-Hay History Weekend
23rd-The Welsh Country House an Illustrated talk by Dr. Mark Baker
Dr. Mark Baker is an architectural historian based in Wales. He read History and Archaeology at Bangor University, and Medieval British Studies at Cardiff University, where he also completed his doctoral thesis on The Development of the Welsh Country House in 2015. As a freelance architectural historian, researcher and writer, Mark has worked with organisations such as the National Trust, Cadw and the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales.
Dr. Baker will talk on Welsh Country Houses and the work he is undertaking at Gwrych Castle (illustrated above) in north Wales.
7pm – 8.30pm. Cusop Village Hall, Lower Mead, Cusop. HR3 5RW.
£4 including tea or coffee