Autumn Guide to the Brecon Beacons

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 the year. There’s something for everyone in the Brecon Beacons, you could…

…Take a Walk

Kevin Walker Mountain Activities

Autumn is a great month to visit the Brecon Beacons with rolling hills awash with golden colour, crisp leaves and vivid colours in abundance. Click here for some great walks to enjoy. There are also plenty of guided walks on offer throughout the season, suited to all tastes and levels- they’re legendary! Crickhowell Walking Festival have even created an Autumn Extra festival with plenty of walks and events you can enjoy!

…Go Baa-my at the Sheep Festival

Sheep roaming

The Llandovery Sheep Festival celebrates Welsh sheep farming and the business of wool. Over the weekend of the 22nd and 23rd of September, you can 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. 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 HotelAbergavenny Food Festival takes place on the 15th and 16th of 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. There’s also plenty of farmers markets happening throughout Autumn-click here to discover. PLUS…Brecon Beacons Food Festival takes place on the 6th of October..an event not to miss including food & drink exhibitors, demonstrations & entertainment!

…Go Underground

The sun may not be popping its head out every day in Autumn but don’t worry! The Brecon Beacons National Park has plenty of underground adventures you can enjoy when the weather may not be at its best! The caves and mines underneath the hills are waiting to be explored! Discover here.

…Watch a show

There are plenty of shows, live music and workshops being held at Theatr Brycheiniog this September. You can enjoy the Last Night of the Proms, take part in Uplift Singing Sessions, laugh out loud at the Comedy Club, singalong to the best of The Eagles and enjoy plenty of live music at the Waterfront every Saturday 1pm to 3pm! Click here for the full lineup of events this September.

Mining Exhibition at Big Pit

…Get Historic!

There are plenty of events happening at Blaenavon World Heritage Site this Autumn! There’s an exhibition throughout September at Big Pit tracing the history of mining, Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway will be hosting their steam gala and there’s free admission to Blaenavon Ironworks on the 29th & 30th of September. There’s plenty more which you can discover here.

…Enjoy an escape from everyday life

You could even take a short break from every-day life and escape into the complete rural landscape of the area for a few days. The Brecon Beacons has a wonderful variety of accommodation, from the smallest, most rustic thatched cottage, to 5 star hotels, manor houses and even luxury townhouses. Book your escape here. 

…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. Click here to discover our outdoor activites. Visit Good Day Out for a wonderful variety of Autumnal activities such as going on a Piggy Walk with a Pig-nic!

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! Click here to keep an eye out for more events being held this Autumn. 

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