Embrace the Autumn and get out and about in the Brecon Beacons this November! We have plenty of firework displays lighting up the sky, family shows throughout the month and magical fairs to buy your Christmas gifts. Here’s our pick of the best things to do in Brecon Beacons this November.
Find the perfect Christmas present at The National Botanic Gardens of Wales Gift Fair-3rd and 4th November
Do you need something for that difficult-buy-for friend or relative? Then our Gift Fair on November 3rd and 4th might just be the answer. There are stalls selling hand-dyed silks, handmade silver (and oak) jewellery, organic sheepskin and goatskin rugs, bird-tables, beauty care products, hand-crafted vintage lamps, gin, watercolour paintings, chutneys, curds and preserves. And much more!
Admission to the Garden is £10. Under 5s are free and parking is free for all. There is NO additional charge for admission to the Gift Fair. The Garden is open from 10am to 4.30pm. More here.
Ghostjam & Canalchemy Exhbition at Theatr Brycheiniog- 4th November
Additional artworks will be shown along with poetry and performance exploring parallel narratives of the living Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal and the ‘dead’ canal that used to link Merthyr Tydfil to the sea. Performance by Ghostjam in association with the Canalchemy project. Poets and performers include:
Black Mountains Lions Bonfire & Firework Display at Hay-on-Wye/Y Gelli Gandryll-5th November
Baskerville Hall, Clyro. Gates Open 6pm. Bonfire Lit at 6.45pm and Fireworks 7pm. Adults £4, Children £1. Free Car-Parking. Variety of Stalls including Soup and Hotdogs!!
Frankenstein at Theatr Brycheiniog-13th November
Celebrating 200 years since the publication of Mary Shelley’s masterpiece, Cascade breathes new life into a story that has become so much more to us than its 19th Century origins. Visceral and engaging, Cascade’s production brings to the stage all the potency, drama and tragic inevitability that has made the original novel beloved of generation after generation.
We all know Frankenstein; the tale of the monster made of and by man. A cautionary tale, a creation story, an outsider story…a love story. This November, a new Frankenstein is born as a company of five performers and two musicians bring to life Artistic Director Phil Williams’ compelling new adaptation of the ultimate gothic fantasy. Tickets here.
Llandeilo Festival of the Senses-16th-18th November
Llandeilo Festival of Senses is an annual free pre Christmas festival. Located across the West Wales town, the festival encompasses the towns shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants as well as offering Craft and fashion stalls, food stalls, buskers, entertainment and more. Its perfect to get yourself in the Festive spirit.
Brecon With Bells On – Saturday 17th November 2018
Brecon With Bells On is a Christmas extravaganza taking place throughout Brecon Town Centre. It’s being organised by Brecon Town Council who have arranged a Christmas Market in marquees, Christmas stalls, children’s games, street food and entertainment.
Father Christmas will be in his grotto! The event starts at 12 noon and ends at 6:30pm. At 6pm the town’s Christmas lights will be turned on by… our special guest! 🙂 More here.
Dark Skies Wales at The Old Railway Line Garden Centre-16th November
The Old Railway Line are proud to offer an evening of astronomy with astronomers from Dark Sky Wales. Using state of the art technology DSW astronomers will take you on a journey of discovery through our amazing Universe! The evening is split into three parts with a planetarium visit, astronomical talk and delicious food in the Railway Restaurant. More here.
Real Ale Wobble at Llanwrtyd Wells-17th November
Hay Festival Winter Weekend-22nd-25th November
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.
Hay’s Christmas lights are turned on the 23rd, and extra fun is provided by the local arts and crafts market and Hay & District Chamber of Commerce. Hang out with friends, laugh fit to burst, and enjoy the finest stories, ideas, food and company. More here.
Welcome Santa as he arrives on his sleigh at The Old Railway Line Garden Centre-23rd November
A fun and exciting evening with Santa arriving on his sleigh, a lively disco, games, bouncy castle and delicious festive food in the Railway Restaurant. An event to bring the magic of Christmas to life! Real reindeer and donkeys will also be here to view. FREE to attend with no booking required
Hay Does Vintage-25th November
Royal Welsh Agricultural Society Winter Fair- 26th & 27th November
First staged in 1990, the Winter Fair is now firmly established as one of the most popular attractions on the British agricultural show calendar. Leading stockmen from all over the UK compete for the top accolades in the competitions running throughout the two-day event.
Away from the judging rings the very best of Welsh food producers will be showcasing their produce and Christmas shoppers can explore the hundreds of tradestands, demonstrations and exhibitions and festive atmosphere.
…and don’t miss out on Brecon Craft Fair on the 1st December
Brecon craft fair has been established for over 20 years and is based in the towns historic market hall. Each month up to 60 traditional independent craft workers and artists offer a wide range of high quality arts and crafts. This provides the opportunity to buy original and unique work directly from craft workers and artists. Held on the 3rd Saturday of every month from March to December.