Spring’s a great time to be in in the Brecon Beacons, winter is over the beautiful daffs are out, the birds are singing, the spring lambs are frolicking in our fields and everyone is generally in a good mood. The Easter holidays have arrived and we’ve got plenty for you and your family to do and enjoy, whatever the weather.
So what are you waiting for get out and have a Brecon Beacons adventure!
This Easter in Hay on Wye, just over the bridge from WANT TO CANOE? HQ the town is celebrating it’s independence and welcomes #BookstagramHay back for a second year . . . you can join us on the river to escape the buzz of the celebrations for a while and enjoy some peace and tranquility! It also works the other way around too! Why not combine your adventures on the river with a leisurely stroll around the bookshops, markets and historic sights in our friendly and vibrant town. It’s only five minutes walk over the bridge to town so make a day of it or even stay over!
Canoeing with want to canoe? is a great way to have some fun in the outdoors, get a gentle work-out, oxidise and blast those bleary eyes from last night or simply just sit back and enjoy the breath-taking wildlife and scenery . Book our hire-canoes and head off on your own or even better join one of our guided adventures. . . a bespoke set of tours for groups/families/staff teams etc.
The Wye is by far one of the most beautiful rivers in the British Isles and one of the few you can navigate by canoe, without restriction, for well over 100 miles. want to canoe?
offer you the chance to embark on a relaxing river adventure from two different start-points, all with their own unique sights, sounds and smells. Along your journey, you can expect to see a number of spectacular and fascinating characters in their natural
habitats, including kingfishers, herons, cormorants, dragonflies, ducks, swans and otters all from the prime viewpoint of your canoe. Alternatively, if you have your own boat and equipment you can bring it down, we can arrange your logistics and support!
Go on a Guided Tour: This Easter paddle your local area with a fantastic guide to enthuse and inform you! Explore the secrets of the waterways from a whole new perspective. Whether you’re an absolute beginner or an experienced paddler, our Guided Tours offer a great way to get out on the water during the fantastic Welsh spring-time. In 2016 the King of Hay, Richard Booth declared want to canoe? the Hay Navy and Aubrey Fry (owner) the Admiral! On selected days of the Independence Celebrations we will be running special ‘Independence’ Guided Tours . . . join the Admiral and his team to enjoy the splendour of the River Wye by canoe and find out exactly why this fantastic river was the birthplace of British Tourism and one of the King’s motivations back in the late 1970s to transform Hay and the surrounding areas into an international tourist destination! Keep up to date with all the goings-on @wantocanoe here.
2. Go Underground
Our caves and caverns have been quietly forming for thousands of years, underground and out of sight. Visitors from all over the world come to the southwest section of the Brecon Beacons National Park to explore these amazing spaces and feel the thrill of discovery. For some, it’s their first ever caving trip, while others have many years of experience.
1. Big Pit-Fully immerse yourself in Wales’ industrial past Big Pit should be on your itinerary. It’s near the Park boundary to the South and the the main attraction is the mine underground but don’t miss out the galleries on the hill – well worth a visit
2. Dolaucothi Gold Mines-The Gold mines will reopen for a brand new season on the 18th March. Its the only known Roman Gold Mine in the UK! Discover what life was like for Roman miners, who tunnels through the landscape with only the most basic of hand tools; or for the Victorian miners who used explosives to break through tonnes of shale to get to the precious metal within. There’s guided tours running throughout the day between March and November.
3. Dan Yr Ogof ShowCaves-If you aren’t quite ready to commit to the full caving experience the Dan yr Ogof Showcaves offers an amazing opportunity to explore caves and admire rock formations, as well as experiencing their dinosaur park!
3. National Botanic Gardens Of Wales
There’s an Easter feast of music, magic, balloon-modelling and the world-famous Quack Pack at The National Botanic Garden! There’s a feast of Easter fun on the menu at the National Botanic Garden of Wales with music, dancing, archery, bushcraft, tree-climbing, abseiling, magic and meerkats on the agenda. There are displays by the British Bird of Prey Centre, too, plus specialist historical talks and tours, the Spring Antiques Weekend plus the chance to see the Mediterranean plants in the Great Glasshouse in full bloom.
The action starts on (Good) Friday March 30th and there will be events and activities on EVERY day of the Easter holidays. Visitors will also have the chance to use the Garden’s popular ‘boomerang’ ticket, which allows folk to revisit for free within seven days of their original entry – so, hang on to your tickets! Admission to the Garden is £11 (including Gift Aid) for adults and £5 for children five-to-16 years of age. Under 5s are free. Entry is FREE for Garden members and parking is free for all. More here.
4. See the lambs at Cantref Adventure Farm
We are all really pleased to see a favourite family show returning to the Easter holidays –bottle feeding the lambs! Everyone loves feeding the lambs and at Cantref you can cuddle up to the lamb and feed it all by yourself – a perfect photo opportunity for Mum and Dad! And that’s not all! Our Animal Encounters Tractor and Trailer rides
will be returning – check out the show programme to see what time they are running today! And there’s so much more!!
5. Theatr Brycheiniog Easter Holiday Shows
Theatr Brycheiniog is a great place to enjoy live music and shows for all ages this Easter! You can laugh your socks off at their Comedy Club, enjoy plenty of live music, shows including ‘there was an old lady who swallowed a fly’, a family dance festival and even the chance to meet Martin Kemp! Click here for details for what’s on the Theatre this Easter!
6. Visit Llangorse Multi Activity Centre
Are you looking to get out and try something new this Easter? Llangorse Multi Activity Centre is home to the largest indoor Climbing, Riding & Multi-Activity Centre in Wales – in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park. They cater for individuals and families, whether experienced or novice, young or old. And best of all, they’re open all year round!
Multi-Activities, with a difference…From 6 years old you can take part in their popular multi-award-winning half day Indoor Activity Sessionwhich gives a taste of Climbing, Rope Bridges, a Zip Line, Caving and Abseiling!
Horse Riding in the Brecon Beacons…There are lots of things to do at their Riding Centre, too. From 4 years you can have your first instructor-led pony ride. For older children and adults, there are one hour & half day treks for beginners, rides with some cantering for intermediate riders and faster hacks for the more experienced.
Relax at Base Camp Cafe! After an energetic activity session – relax in ‘Base Camp’ Cafe offering a variety of meals and a delicious range of local homemade Cakes!
To start your adventure, visit http://www.activityuk.com or call 0333 600 20 20.
7. Easter Bunny Special at Brecon Mountain Railway
Come join Easter Bunny at Brecon Mountain Railway. Take part in our Easter Egg Hunt at Pontsticill Station, everybody will receive a little gift off Mr Bunny and a special extra gift for the finder of the Golden Egg. Trains run at 10.30am, 12.15pm, 2.00pm and 3.45pm on the Fri 30th, Sat 31st March and Sun 1st, Mon 2nd April. Booking in advance is advised.