Black Friday isn’t for everybody – why don’t you escape the masses, come and unwind and head to the hills.

Deals and Where to Shop…

Drover Cycles –2017 Ex-Hire Bike Sale


The 2017 Drover Cycles ex-hire bike sale is in full swing! We’ve got well over 100 bikes looking for new homes this year, from trail-ready hardtails and full-sussers to well-equipped road bikes and hybrids. Our fleet is carefully chosen, well maintained and many of the bikes on offer this year have barely been ridden. We replace any worn-out components before the bike is sold and you can bring your steed back for a free tune-up within the first 4-6 weeks. All of which means you can get a great value bike without sacrificing peace of mind. MTBs start at £319, a great option for a Christmas gift that will keep on giving! Interested? Check out the full details on our ex-hire bike sale page, pop in to see us in Hay or give us a call on 01497 822419. More here.

Order in advance for a delivery day of your choice at Black Mountains Smokery
With the festive season approaching us you may be wondering, “When should I place my Christmas Order?”  Please try to get your Christmas Orders in to us by early December to avoid disappointment. Our Christmas order book generally closes by about 15th December. Orders for Christmas ham must be placed by 4th December as these are produced to order.  Because we work on a desired delivery date system, ordering in advance for a Christmas delivery date of your choice is easy. You simply place your order online and select your delivery date on the calendar at checkout. Or give us a ring!

Christmas Ham orders close 5th December 2016Those delivery slots closest to Christmas get booked up quickly! Please remember that we can send gift orders direct to your friends and family all over the UK. It is also advisable to order in advance for collection from our Smokery shop – again you can arrange this online and by phone. The shop is open for ordering and collections on December weekends as well as week days.

Alternatively, because all of our products are freshly produced and vacuum packed they freeze beautifully. So you can buy early, and ease your mind, knowing that it is all waiting for you when you need it. Simply take it out of the freezer when required and thaw to serve at room temperature. More here.

Chapel Cottage Studio-Gift VouchersCCS Gift Vouchers
Gift Vouchers for Chapel Cottage Studio are available from just £10 and make a fantastic versatile gift. Book for a specific class or allow the recipient to choose how to spend their gift. Get yours here!

Hay Vouchers
Don’t forget to use your Hay vouchers when youre shopping in the town! They make great gifts for Hay enthusiasts and book-lovers or why not just treat yourself?! We have £5, £10 and £20 notes so they can be used for anything from stocking fillers at Christmas to ‘MAIN’ presents to keep-sakes from your travels. 100% of the voucher value is returned to the retailer and 95% of our very special, independent businesses in and around Hay accept them. The scheme is funded by the Chamber of Commerce ​in partnership with the brilliant team at Pughs Hay-on-Wye where you can buy them in person. You can also buy them online here.

Authentically Welsh
Avoid the Black Friday madness and buy Welsh! Authentically Welsh create hand picked, hand packed & even hand delivered hampers that make the ideal Christmas presents.. it only takes a minute to shop, order now & they’ll deliver before Christmas. More here.

Book-ish have lots of books and interesting gifts you can buy a loved one! They stock unusual gifts, especially for book lovers including a lovely range of Penguin based gifts, stationery and reading aids. Toys and games including beautiful wooden toys, traditional games, jigsaws and puzzles, educational play sets, science kits and puppets. As well as cards and gift vouchers! Click here for more information.

Things to do this Black Friday….

Here’s the best  autumn walks in the Brecon Beacons…
The Brecon Beacons comes alive in the autumn, with crisp leaves and roaring open fires in cosy inns and pubs. Head outdoors and go for a rejuvenating walk in many of the breathtaking spots in the Brecon Beacons.

Read our guide on where to stay warm in the Brecon Beacons…
Stay snug in the Brecon Beacons alongside roaring fires in traditional Welsh pubs, with warming whiskey tastings and enjoying hot drinks in our many cafes. Why not pretend you’re in tropical climate at the Butterfly house at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales?  We have plenty of ideas to keep you feeling toasty! Guide herewood fired bakery oven

Explore our many towns and villages
From small, picturesque canalside villages, like Llangynidr and Talybont to our historic market towns of  and Brecon, there is a place to suit anyone here in the Brecon Beacons. Enjoy independent shops and cafes, hike mountain tops with epic views or just soak up our beautiful scenery! View our town and villages guide here. Visit Crickhowell, a pretty Georgian town with a High Street full of unique independent shops, an ideal base for many to sample all the Brecon Beacons has to offer. There is a wide selection of places to eat from pubs, cafes, restaurants and a bistro and plenty of places to grab a bargain! View where to shop and eat here.

Head to Hay Festival Winter Weekend to see what bargains you can find!
Hay Festival Winter Weekend

Hay Festival Winter Weekend is an annual mini-festival taking place just before Christmas in Hay-on-Wye. Events take place at venues around the town, and include a wide range of author events, music, comedy and performance, as well as workshops for kids and Christmas shopping. Hang out with friends, laugh fit to burst, and enjoy the finest stories, ideas, food and company. Find the programme here. 

Go on a tour with Welsh Overland Safari
Book an independent guide and tour with Welsh Overland Safari who offer unique overland guided tours in the unspoilt landscapes of the Brecon Beacons and surrounding area . One of Wales’s best kept secrets, the region has a rich and diverse history dating back to well before Roman times. Exploring the rugged mountains, lakes, waterfalls and forests of the area.

All tours that can be adapted to suit your needs, that can include skipping parts out to spend longer at a particular point of interest. Book your tour here.

Michael Sheen will be switching on the Christmas lights in Ystradgynlais on Friday, November 24 at 5pm in the town’s Gorsedd Park. The Christmas lights switch-on event is part of the annual Gwyl Ystradgynlais Christmas Festival organised by the volunteers of the Ystradgynlais Society for Arts Trade and Tourism.23897338_10159671541570596_1996882339_o.jpg

Friday’s event will feature mulled wine and mince pies as well as carols by candlelight around the Christmas tree. Singer-songwriter Bronwen Lewis, who featured in the award-winning film Pride and appeared on BBC’s The Voice, will also perform a number of Christmas songs on stage. At the end of the evening, Santa and his elves will arrive to escort everyone to the St Cynog’s Church Christmas Fete at the Church Hall just around the corner. More here.

Book a Good Day Out
Days Out that Make a Difference, adventures helping good causes. Considering a gift? You can also buy a general voucher to spend later on any experience or product that Good Day Out has to offer. Find out more here. 

If you need somewhere to stay then discover your perfect accommodation here! Or click here for our Christmas food and drink gift guide!

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