What’s on at Theatr Brycheiniog this September?

Theatr Brycheiniog is a great place to enjoy live music and shows for all ages this September! There will be free live music to celebrate the Canalathon, the return of the comedy club, Producer of Planet Earth II: Cities, Fredi Devas, takes you behind the scenes of the groundbreaking documentary, with Brecon Town Concert performing Last Night of the Proms! Read on for more…

Live @ The Waterfront – Canalathon Special- 9th September

We have FREE live music at our Waterfront Bar this weekend from 1pm to 5pm to celebrate the fact the Canalathon finishes at the theatre!

Brecon Town Concert Band – Last Night Of The Proms-11th September

Brecon Town Concert Band celebrates its 50th anniversary with a special concert featuring a selection of Welsh music, and a performance of Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition”.

The second half of the concert will feature vocalist David Bond and all the Last Night favourites. Come and raise your voices to “Land of Hope and Glory”; “Jerusalem” and “Rule Britannia”. Toot your hooters and try and keep pace with the band as they perform “Fantasia on British Sea Songs”.

Barry Steele and Friends ‘The Roy Orbison Story’-15th September

Barry Steele is widely recognised as one of the world’s leading vocalists playing homage to the legendary Roy Orbison. He has stunned audiences across the globe with his uncanny similarity and ability to authentically revive the exquisite toe-tapping sound of this music giant.

Planet Earth II: Cities-18th September

Fredi Devas, Producer of BBC Planet Earth II: Cities, takes us behind the scenes of this ground-breaking documentary series.

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GROWTH By Luke Norris- 19th September

A comedy about growing up and manning up from critically acclaimed writer Luke Norris (SO HERE WE ARE, Royal Exchange; GOODBYE TO ALL THAT, Royal Court).  Winner of a prestigious Fringe First Award at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, GROWTH embarks on its second national tour. 

Comedy Club September 2017-29th September

 Little Wander (the team behind the Machynlleth Comedy Festival) return with their monthly comedy club. Catch some of the UKs finest stand up stars at fantastic value. Line up may be subject to change

Jen BristerPaul Currie and Phil Ellis. 

Live @ The Waterfront – Pangolin- 30th September

Based in and around Abergavenny, Pangolin perform a variety of acoustic, folk, Americana and contemporary music. They play a bit of country and their own interpretations of some modern classics. They mostly play covers but sometimes play their own songs.

…click here for more events taking place at Theatr Brycheiniog.

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Autumn Guide to the Brecon Beacons

Get a taste for the Brecon Beacons this Autumn!

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

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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!


…Go Baa-my at the Sheep Festival

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The Llandovery Sheep Festival celebrates Welsh sheep farming and the business of wool. Over the weekend of the 23rd and 24th 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. British Food Fortnight kicks off on the 24th of September and aims to encourage a celebration of the best locally produced seasonal food.

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 Hotel.

Abergavenny Food Festival takes place on the 16th and 17th 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. 

…Get Historic!

Hay History Weekend takes place this Autumn from 23rd-24th of September. Go to their pop up museum at Hay Castle to learn about Hay’s wonderful history or why not go on a Hay Tour? Info and tickets here.

…Get spooked on Halloween!

With Halloween at the end of October, why not get spooked on a ghost tour at Craig Y Nos Castle or enjoy a Halloween experience at Dan Yr Ogof Caves!


…Enjoy an escape from everyday life

Strawberry Barn_largeYou 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.

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Visit Good Day Out for a wonderful variety of Autumnal activities such as going on a Piggy Walk with a Pig-nic on Sun September 24th 2017 or even help out for a morning at the Howey Hedgehog Resue! 

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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The world’s first Science, Nature and Comedy Festival at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales!

The line-up for the world’s first Science, Nature and Comedy Festival – at The National Botanic Gardens of Wales on Saturday and Sunday September 16-17.

Jim Al Khalili

Jim was born in Baghdad and is a theoretical physicist, TV broadcaster and author. He has presented the programmes ‘ The Beginning And End Of The Universe’, ‘The Secrets of Quantum Physics’ and ‘Shock And Awe : The Secrets Of Electricity’

Robin Ince

Robin is a multi-award winning comedian and author. Along with Brian Cox he presents Radio 4’s The Infinite Monkey Cage. Robin starts his next solo tour this autumn

Steve Jones

Steve Jones is a professor of genetics at University College London. He appears frequently on radio and television and has delivered the BBC Reith lecture

Sophie Scott

Sophie is a British neuroscientist and stand-up comedian. She is a Wellcome Trust Fellow researching the neuroscience of voices, speeches and laughter

Hugh Warwick

Hugh Warwick is a hedgehog obsessive ever since a visit to The Orkney Islands in 1986. His books include ‘A Prickly Affair’ and ‘Linescapes’

Joanna Neary

Joanna  won the Best Newcomer Award at The Edinburgh Festival in 2004. In addition to her solo stage shows she has appeared in Skins, Time Trumpet, Count Arthur Strong, Miranda, Green Wing and That Mitchell & Webb Look.

AF Harrold

AF Harrold is a poet who performs for  adults and children. He has been a poet in residence at both Glastonbury  and Cheltenham festivals and is the owner of many books, a handful of hats, a few good ideas and one beard.

Helen Arney

(Festival of The Spoken Nerd) Helen is the UKs premier geek songstress and has smashed a wine glass with her voice on Blue Peter and serenaded Jon Snow on Channel 4 News. She also presents science on BBC2s ‘Coast’ and The Discovery Channel

Matt Parker

Originally a maths teacher from Australia, Matt is the author of ‘Things To Make And Do In The Fourth Dimension’ which won The Euler Prize awarded annually to an outstanding book about mathematics.

Richard Osmond

Richard is a professional forager and poet based in Hertfordshire. His debut poetry collection ‘Useful Verses’ has been called “remarkable” by the author William Boyd.

Brenna Hassett

Brenna Hassey wrote the book ‘Built On Bones’ which is based on research of skeletal remains from around the world.

Will Ashon

Will founded the record label Big Dada in the process of winning The Mercury Prize on two occasions. He has had two novels published by Faber & Faber and his latest book ‘Strange Labyrinth’ deals with the poets, outlaws, mystics and murderers who have inhabited Epping Forest.

Penderyn Whisky

Come and find out hoImage result for penderynw Penderyn whisky is made. The Penderyn distillery produces award-winning whiskies and spirits in the foothills of the Brecon Beacons.

There will also be fungi foraging, walks, talks, tours, story-telling and lots of fun, family activities.

Click here for more info!



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Top Five Bike Rides in the Brecon Beacons

The best thing about biking in the Brecon Beacons is the variety.  The National Park offers a huge range of two-wheeled adventures, from family-friendly outings to all-mountain epics.  Here are five suggestions to get you rolling…

1. Brecon & Monmouth Canal.

Begin at Brecon Theatre and follow the towpath for seven flat and traffic-free miles to the pretty canal-side village of Talybont-on-Usk.  A great option for families, or anyone looking for an easy afternoon outing.

2.  Sarn Helen near Betws.

An off-road outing in the western part of the park, starting in Sennybridge.  Follow part of a Roman road and enjoy rocky double track and on-road climbs to test legs and lungs on this 25 mile MTB ride. 

3.  Wye Valley and Talgarth.

Start in the book town of Hay on Wye and head out along the back lanes following a Sustrans cycle route to Talgarth, where you can explore the recently restored Talgarth Mill (and refuel in the on-site cafe).  Great views of the Black Mountains as you return to Hay, crossing the River Wye at Glasbury.  20 miles.

4. Gospel Pass and the Black Mountains.

One for the roadies!  Abergavenny and Hay on Wye are linked by what must be one of the most scenic roads in Britain, culminating in the high point known as Gospel Pass.  A long steady climb brings ample rewards, with the historic ruins at Llanthony Priory offering added interest.  Abergavenny, Hay and Brecon form the points of the triangle and make for a great 60 mile ride. Find a cycling route by cycling friendly accommodation Glanpant here.

5. Cwm Rhayader.

Just outside the Park boundary but within easy reach of Llandovery, Cwm Rhayader is a quiet, compact trail centre on Forestry Commission land.  The 4-mile loop offers twisty single track through the forest and makes a perfect evening blast or a night ride when the evenings start to draw in…

If you need to hire a bike whilst here head to Drover Holidays. Based in Hay-on-Wye they operate all over the Brecon Beacons National Park.  They offer a range of services from walking and biking holidays, bike rental from a top quality fleet of bikes and also have a bike shop.

Find out more Bike routes in the Brecon Beacons here. 

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Penderyn Distillery- Gold all the way!

As you probably know, the AC featured on the branding of our Penderyn Single Malt Whisky stands for the ‘Aur Cymru’ which translates as ‘Welsh Gold’. The term is more appropriate than ever as we have recently won 8 Gold Awards in International Competitions. For this, and other news, please read on.

Penderyn Miniature Still Life pic by Paul Dallimore 



Brecon FIVE Vodka Wins Gold
Brecon FIVE Vodka won the Gold Award at the International Spirits Challenge 2017. FIVE is a premium 43% abv vodka made with pure clean water from Penderyn’s own glacier-bred, rock-filtered source situated below our distillery in the Brecon Beacons mountain range. FIVE is distilled five times for maximum purity (hence its name), and whilst Vodka may be charcoal filtered, FIVE is so pure it doesn’t need any further filtration. It gains a smooth fruit twist when we add a hint of barley spirit from our unique Penderyn still.

Brecon FIVE vodka now has a UK-wide listing with Tesco and in the north of England with Booths & Co. It is also available from Welsh distributors Castell Howell and Blas ar Fwyd, as well as the distillery and major online retailers.

Stephen Davies, Penderyn’s Chief Exec, said, ‘We regularly celebrate our whiskies and gins picking up international awards so are especially delighted that our vodka has won this prestigious award.’

Nikayla Langley, one of the organisers of the event said, ‘Winning an ISC medal is an outstanding achievement and underlines a producer’s commitment to quality and innovation through the spirit.’

Four Whisky Golds 

The World Whisky Masters Awards organised by The Spirits Business are one of the most prestigious of the International Spirits Awards, and Penderyn picked up gold for the following whiskies:  Penderyn Madeira 46%, Penderyn Myth, Penderyn Sherrywood; Penderyn Rich Oak.

Stephen Davies, Penderyn’s Chief Exec, said, ‘This is excellent news for everyone at the distillery. Our whiskies are now firmly part of the international whisky conversation and we are delighted with these awards. Penderyn is going from strength to strength, exports are increasing, we’ve become an established brand in multiples across the UK with ever increasing listings across our range, and we also have some more very exciting news which we look forward to sharing with you towards the end of the year.’
Our Sherrywood was then featured on the Spirits Business Website…

(Please note: Penderyn Sherrywood is now back on sale and available from our Distillery shop and online here.)

…Brecon Gin and 2 more Whiskies also victorious!

Three more gold awards have been won at international sprits competitions: Brecon Special Reserve Gin won gold at the London-based Spirits Business Global Gin Masters, and two of our single malt whiskies, Sherrywood 46% and Rich Oak at 50% won gold at the Meiningers International Spirits Awards ISW in Neustadt an der Weinstraße in Germany.

Meiningers, the publishing house, was founded in 1903 by Daniel Meininger in Neustadt, Germany. With his trade magazine ‘Das Weinblatt’, a weekly publication dedicated to ‘real viniculture and the wine trade’, he started a publishing house which, now in its fourth generation, is synonymous with journalistic expertise in the fields of wine, beverages and gastronomy.

Stephen Davies, Penderyn’s Chief Exec, said, ‘After the wonderful success of our Brecon FIVE Vodka winning gold at the International Spirits Challenge in June, it’s fantastic that our gin and single malt whiskies have again been recognised as among the finest in the world.’

New Penderyn T-Shirt 

We have a new tee-shirt for sale, and it’s available exclusively from our shop. It retails at £15 and features the distillery logo on the chest, as well as some iconic images on the sleeve – gold seam, a harp, shield, a dragon – and our AC logo on the back. Men’s and women’s sizes available. Call 01685 810 650 for more info.

Penderyn Music Book Prize 2017

The Penderyn Music Book Prize is the only UK-based book prize specifically for music titles including history, theory, biography, autobiography. The 2017 award ceremony took place at the Laugharne Weekend, onSunday 9th April. The winner was Daniel Rachel for ‘Walls Come Tumbling Down’ (Picador) – a book that charts the pivotal period between 1976 and 1992 that saw politics and pop music come together for the first time in Britain’s musical history.

Daniel is pictured below with (from left to right), Jon Tregenna (Penderyn Media Manager), Daniel Rachel (Prize Winner), Stephen Davies (Penderyn Chief Exec), Richard Thomas (Prize & Laugharne Weekend Organiser).

There is a video of the event on the Penderyn Youtube Channel.
The book has been described as a ‘triumphant oral history’ by John Harris in The Guardian, and as ‘a colossal and brilliant book’ by Shaun Keaveny on BBC 6 Music. After the ceremony Daniel said, ‘I am so thrilled to receive the Penderyn Music Book Prize. The last time I won a prize was the tombola at St Christopher’s Children Home when I was 8!’ Stephen Davies, Penderyn’s Chief Executive, said, ‘I thoroughly enjoyed reading the winning book. Congratulations to Daniel on his remarkable achievement. We look forward to next year’s prize.’

For more info, please go here: www.penderynprize.com

Liquor, Literature & Laugharne

Looking for a very special gift for that important person in your life? We are delighted to offer a two night Liquor, Literature & Laugharne B&B break in Brown’s in Laugharne, west Wales. The inn is iconic as the favourite drinking haunt of Dylan Thomas, and has been refurbished to a very high standard offering 15 luxurious rooms as well as the listed bar. 

As part of the break you will enjoy a Penderyn Masterclass in the evocative Brown’s board room on your first evening, and a 90 minute guided tour of the fascinating place Dylan called, ‘the strangest town in Wales’ the following morning.

Liquor, Literature & Laugharne is available on a Mon/Tues or Weds/Thurs and costs £225 based on a couple sharing. When you purchase you will be sent a gift card which you can pass on, or alternatively The Brown’s can post it out for you.

For further information please telephone 01994-427-688 or email info@browns.wales and the staff at Brown’s will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding this break.

Do you have any Penderyn recipes?

Louise Short, who has written this lovely cookbook (available from our distillery & online shops), is looking for recipes for Volume 2. If you, or anyone you know, have recipes that involve any of our spirits, please email them to Louise at: lshort62@aol.com

Those whose recipes make the published book will get a credit, a bottle of Penderyn Single Malt, a copy of the book and an invitation to the book launch party.

New Penderyn Website – You Can Now Book Online!!

We’ve recently launched a website which you can find at www.penderyn.wales

The main purpose of the exercise was to ensure the site was fully mobile responsive (and thumb-friendly) as over 60% of our site traffic now comes from smartphones, whilst making sure it also looked good on a desktop or tablet.

Also we now have an online booking system and new features including a ‘Distilling In Wales’ timeline, a press pageand more pictures than before. There will also be a Club Members page which will be populated soon.

Our shop remains atwww.penderynstore.com

Take a look, it’d be great to know what you think. Feel free to contact us via:

And finally…

Taittinger Champagne and Penderyn Whisky on the Orient Express. Lovely! Thanks to Phil Grey @greyo1970 for this great pic.

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What’s on this September?

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.

3rd –Take on the Taff Trail Cycle challenge for Ty Hafan.

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
More here.

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!

9th-Monmouthshire and Brecon Canalathon

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.

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11th- The Last Night of the Proms at Theatr Brycheiniog

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

12th-Make your own jam and leaf teas at Blaenavon World Heritage Centre

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 blaenavon.tic@torfaen.gov.uk

16th-Storytelling Festival at Craig Y Nos

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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.

16th-17th-Abergavenny Food Festival 

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.

23rd-Llandovery Sheep Festival

Llandovery Sheep Festival celebrates droving, sheep farming & the wool industry. AllImage result for llandovery sheep festival 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 info@llandoverysheepfestival.co.uk

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


Sunday September 24th
Pop-up Museum – Hay Castle Archaeology, Documents, artefacts and pictures of Hay’s wonderful history. Parish Rooms – Lion St. Hay. 12 – 3.30pm. Free entry

“Old Gwernyfed Estate since 1600”
 an illustrated talk by Colin Lewis, author of “Under the Black Mountains, the History of Gwernyfed since 1600”
3.30pm at the Parish Hall after the Pop-up Museum. Free entryFestival Guided Tours Around Hay-on-Wye-SEE MORE DETAILS AND BOOK ONLINE AT WWW.HAYTOURS.ORG

If you need somewhere to stay during your trip to the Brecon Beacons then click here.

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7 Memorable things to do for free in the Brecon Beacons

Some of the best things in life are free and in the Brecon Beacons free can be a lot of fun and definitely memorable. Here are 7 extraordinary things to do for free in the Brecon Beacons National Park.

1. Discover a Waterfall
We love our Brecon Beacons Waterfalls and we know our visitors do to! Brimming with life and wreathed in legend, the waterfalls and rapids in our National Park add an exciting, picturesque and thoroughly romantic touch to our woodlands and hillsides.

One part of our Park, at the head of the Vale of Neath, has so many wonderful waterfalls that we call it Waterfall Country. Many of these cascades are easily accessible on foot, as long as you’re prepared to walk through beautiful woods to get there. Find out more here breconbeacons.org/waterfalls


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2. Stroll along the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal
The Mounmouthshire and Brecon Canal stretches 35 miles from Brecon, through the stunning wildlife of the Brecon Beacons National Park right the way through to Cwmbran. Once an important transport route, it’s now a lovely place for lazy strolling. Peaceful and rural, with a flavour of times gone by, it’s often voted Britain’s prettiest canal. It passes through a generous swathe of the Brecon Beacons National Park, with appealing towns and villages to visit on the way. Click here for our top 5 stops along the way.

3. Visit Big Pit
Head to Big Pit to enjoy an exciting day out by experiencing the world famous tour which takes you 300 feet underground with a real miner to see what it was like for the thousands of men who worked at the coal face. On the surface you can visit the original colliery buildings including the Fan House, Blacksmith’s Forge, and Stables and winding Engine House. The Pithead Baths have also been restored showing where miners began and ended their shifts. You can also visit the traditional mining exhibition in the Baths building and take a virtual tour through a modern mine.

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4. Head on a hike for breathtaking views
Our walking comes with that boundless, let’s go, let-off-the-leash Beacony feeling you only get in this part of the world. The variety is world-class too. We have lakes and forests, beauty spots and secret places. And trails that suit everyone, from serious outdoor enthusiasts to families out for a Sunday afternoon walk in the park. Click here for some of our top walks.

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Head to Capel y Ffin for a wonderful walk, bike ride or drive!

5. Challenge yourself with some of the most iconic and breathtaking cycle routes in Wales!
Our National Park is a great place for a day out on two wheels, or even a cycle touring or mountain biking holiday. Cycling and mountain biking is a fabulous way to experience our glorious countryside. It gives you healthy exercise, relieves stress and allows you to spend time in the fresh air with family and friends.

We have lots of different terrain to explore, including towpaths, lanes and hillside tracks. And thanks to our public transport network, you can leave the car behind – especially on summer Sundays, when the Bike Bus is running. Click here for some of our top cycle routes.

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 6. Make a wish upon a star
On a clear night in the Brecon Beacons, you can see the Milky Way, major constellations, bright nebulas and even meteor showers. It’s enough to make anyone starry eyed. Our Park has some of the highest quality dark skies in the whole of the UK, making it the perfect destination for stargazers. We think that this is something worth shouting about, so we teamed up with the Brecon Beacons Park Society to apply to the International Dark Sky Association to make our entire National Park an International Dark Sky Reserve. In 2012, we became just the fifth destination in the world (and the first in Wales) to be accredited! Click here for our top 10 places to go stargazing or click here to discover how the Brecon Beacons has recently been named the top place to go stargazing by Rough Guides!!

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Dan Santillo Photography The Pond on the Craig Cerrig Gleisiad Saddle with Fan Gyhirych in the distance

7. Wander through an ancient woodland
The Brecon Beacons is blessed with many ancient woodlands that are wonderful to explore in any season. They stimulate the senses, from the beautiful songs of the birds and the smell of wildflowers to the crunch of leaves underfoot. Click here for a list of woodlands you can explore.

Make your trip even more memorable by choosing somewhere magical to stay!


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