Experience Adventure at Llangorse Multi Activity Centre

Llangorse Multi Activity Centre is located in the picturesque village of Llangorse at the heart of the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park. Boasting a wide variety of fun-filled indoor and outdoor activities, wide range of accommodation options and an on-site cafe this destination is perfect for individuals, couples, families, schools and any other sized groups to enjoy.

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Activity Centre Director, Ryan Thomas said “Our multi-award winning Indoor Activity Centre is open all year round and offers a wide variety of fun-filled activities. Our visitors enjoy indoor natural rock climbing, rope bridges, abseiling, zip line, caving and more; whatever the weather!

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“Outside our guests’ adventures continue with a choice of Horse Riding, Junior Challenge
Course and Sky Trek. Horse Riding is a perfect way to enjoy our surroundings with beautiful views of the Brecon Beacons, Black Mountains and Llangorse Lake. We have over 25 miles of private bridleways and we tailor the riding experience to suit the age and ability of groups including complete beginners!

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“Our Sky Trek Challenge includes a series of interconnected zip lines and crossings as well as climbing and abseiling. The experience is exciting and adrenaline fueled offering
unrivalled panoramic views across Llangorse Lake to the peaks of the Brecon Beacons.
“Finally the Junior Challenge Course is the perfect adventure for children between the ages of 6 and 12 years old. Each section has a series of obstacles and crossing to overcome including stepping stones, hanging tunnels, balance logs and more.”

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All activities are fully instructed by the activity centre’s friendly team and include all of the safety equipment needed. Accommodation options include on-site informal camping and two bunkhouses, each with room for up to 24 people. There are also nearby Bed and Breakfast options and the on-site Base Camp Cafe provides delicious, home-cooked food and drinks 7 days a week.

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Llangorse Multi Activity Centre was built in 1996 by the adventurous Thomas farming family who still own and run the business today. The family recognised a need to diversify and make the most of the beautiful rural surroundings, set in the stunning Brecon Beacons.

Gilfach Farm is now known as Llangorse Multi Activity Centre and is Wales’ Premier
Award-Winning Indoor and Outdoor activity centre. For more information about Llangorse Multi Activity Centre, upcoming events and how you can experience climbing, horse riding and the many other activities offered please call 0333 600 20 20 or visit http://www.activityuk.com.

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Llandeilo Festival of Music begins tomorrow!

Llandeilo Festival of Music begins tomorrow and takes place until the 22nd of July! There will be plenty of beautiful Music Performed By Great Artists In An Idyllic Setting.

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Performances taking place this year include:

15th July-Opening Celebration Concert.

It will all be kicking off tomorrow with the Opening Celebration Concert. The 2017 Festival will open with a very special event to mark the choir’s 40th anniversary. Included in their programme will be the world premiere of ‘Te Deum’, by leading Welsh composer, Eric Jones, commissioned by the choir for the occasion and performed in the presence of the composer.

Venue: St. Teilo’s Church

Time: 7.00pm
Admission: £15.00
In Partnership with Llandeilo Town Council

More info on this event here.

 

18th July-Evening Concert – Clarinet Goes To Town

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One of Britain’s best-loved clarinettists joins with two other distinguished performers to explore the roots of jazz, while paying tribute to some of the greatest clarinet exponents of all time, Sidney Bechet, Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw

Venue: St. Teilo’s Church.
Time: 7.00pm.
Admission: £15.00.
More info here. 

22nd July-‘In Memoriam’

As part of the continuing commemoration of the sacrifices of World War 1, the choir which won the National Choir of the Year competition in 2014 will bring the Festival to a close with the first performance of the completed version of its conductor’s new work. Its 15 movements feature settings of words by Hedd Wyn, Ann Franck and Nelson Mandela. Intertwined with some of Wales’s best-loved hymns and excerpts from the traditional Latin Requiem Mass.

Venue: St. Teilo’s Church.
Time: 7.00pm.
Admission: £15.00.

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Click here for the full programme or follow the event on Facebook here!

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Summer at Want to Canoe?

We’ve got loads of great activities on offer, for paddlers of all ages and abilities! want to canoe? is ideally situated on the banks of the River Wye in Hay on Wye on our small, organic, family-run farm.  The farm, as well as arable and pasture also offers a gorgeous mile-stretch of riverbank, ancient woodland areas, camping, glamping, BnB and self-catering as well as Hayfield Community Garden, sheep, pigs, chickens, horses and a market-garden raspberry patch!

This summer in Hay on Wye is set to be the best yet, the town is buzzing with lots of independent, shops, galleries, pop-up events and activities gallore . . . you can join us on the river to escape the town 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 market town of Hay on Wye.  It’s only five minutes walk over the bridge to town so make a day of it or even stay over!

Canoeing with us 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.

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Pre-booking is advised but not essential and we have an enormous fleet of versatile Open Canoes available to hire including two-man, three-man and family options. We supply all the kit you need as well as the all-important return transport at the end of your route. There’s also a complimentary cup of tea or coffee on arrival while you are completing paperwork and planning your route with the team.

What is a Guided Adventure Session? . . .

Explore the secrets of the waterways from a whole new perspective. Whether you’re an absolute beginner or an experienced paddler, our Guided Adventures offer a great way to get out on the water during the epic summer months.

What else is on offer? . . .

New for 2018 we have Archery Sessions and Bushcraft by the River!

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Give us a call today to start planning your adventure!

Call Clare at Want to Canoe? HQ, Racquety Farm, Hay on Wye, Tel: 01497 820604 or Email: hire@canoehire.co.uk

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This week at the Kitchen Garden

The Kitchen Garden is a local showcase for small scale food production using organic principles. They offer a wide range of their own fresh produce and preserves, as well as that of other local suppliers. Here are some of the produce and workshops they have available this week…

We are welcoming a little rain this week, but it wont put a damper in our spirits. Its a busy time in the garden, with some crops ending, others only just  beginning! Our preserving well underway with the first batch of blackcurrant cordial now bottled. This cordial is now available along with a range of local produce, click here to see whats available this week! 

Florentina Wood Wear Range

We have a range of locally produced, beautiful wood wear, from spoons, to bowls and cheese boards, handcrafted by local turner – Florentina James.

The products are available to buy online on our website or stop in at The Kitchen Garden to see the range of available products.

To see the whole range please click here

 

Nonna Caterina Italian Feast

The sagra this weekend was a fantastic success with the weather being kind enough to allow for pre-dinner drinks in The Kitchen Garden!

We were delighted to have hosted guests from as far away as North Wales!
We still have spaces for the Italian Supper on the 15th. If you would be interested i

n joining us please call Alison of Nonna Caterina on 07490143385 to book your space.
Come and enjoy the delicious and authentic Italian cuisine, five courses of sheer bliss! To see this weeks menu please click here.

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Why not join us on the 22nd of this month for a morning of fun in The Kitchen Garden, with an introduction to the sustainable growing of edibles with hands-on demonstrations of composting, seed sowing, soil conditioning and more!

Fun for the whole family, regardless of age!

To book your space please click here

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Summer at Cantref Adventure Farm

There’s plenty of things to keep the children entertained this summer at Cantref Adventure Farm

New for 2017

Sat 22nd July – Sun 6th August.

Harvest a Free bag of carrots from our new Carrot patch – 1 Bag for every family to take home. (Subject to availability)  Displaying

Teach your children the importance of the “Field to Fork” journey whilst having fun in the Carrot Patch digging up their own bag of carrots to take home to make a delicious meal.

Combined with our usual programme of shows and activities such as bottle feeding,pet handling, tractor rides, pony rides, pig racing etc and loads of indoor and outdoor play you are sure to have a great family day out.

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Our new Minion Maize Maze will be opening in August.  There will be 5 acres to explore with your family, so why not get some gentle exercise and enjoy the stunning views of the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains during your family day out at Cantref.

There’s lots of great shows and activities this Summer at Cantref Adventure Farm.

Shows Include:-
Pet Handling
Bottle Feeding
Pony Rides
Tractor Rides
Pig Racing
Chinchilla Bath-Time
Visit the Big Animal Barn
Mr Ev’s Show

There’s plenty of great play too with our indoor soft play area, ball cannons, pedal tractors, play houses, sledge ride, paddle boats, swamp ride,sand and water play area and our new Adventure Bounce!

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Own a Pony Day

This is a great present for any pony mad child this Summer at Cantref.  Own a Pony Days are suitable for complete beginners through to the more experienced rider.  Children must be Age 6+.Displaying

The day costs £59.95 and runs from 10am – 4pm and includes lunch.  During the day your child will learn all about their horse, how to groom and tack up, have a riding lesson and a ride out around the farm.  At the end of their exciting day as well as some magical memories to treasure they will receive a Certificate for completing the Own a Pony Day.

Dates Available:-

24th & 31st July

7th, 14th & 21st  August

Book Your Place

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Walk Wednesday-The Iconic Beacon’s Horseshoe

That’s exactly what drew us to the Horseshoe walk in late May, to take a peek at the tremendous work carried out by Brecon Beacons National Park  and assorted others through a Crowdfunded Scheme . The results are extraordinary and well worth the trudge up to the top ridge to see them.

The picture below is taken from about half way the path looking down over the lower Neuadd Reservoir.

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Car Park at Neuadd Reservoir Car Park SO 031 173. This is a well known car park but some people can be a tad idiotic in their parking. Just take a deep breath. Do not leave valuables in your car or anything in plain sight.

This is a popular walk and therefore there are those who might wish to avail themselves of kit left in locked cars……. Alternatively park at the Taf Fechan car park just a bit further down the road and add a little more milage….. Do not park in the entry way to the private road to the pumphouse area as access is needed.

Distance 14km

Ascent total of 668m

Allow 4.5-5.5 hours, depending on weather and ground conditions. Best keep this for a clear day as the views are breathtaking, but you will see a lot of other walkers on this route. If it’s solitude you are after avoid it.

This is a fantastic walk which will throw the challenges of the three summits of the Central Beacons, Corn Du, Pen y Fan & Cribyn, at you. This is actually the first walk I ever did in the Beacon’s on my own. Starting out as I meant to go on by the looks of things.

We parked at Neuadd car park and headed towards the Welsh Water owned pump house and reservoir. The path is pretty obvious as you come off the road and through the first gate. Make your way to the reservoir where, in season, you will see a fantastic show of Azaleas and Rhododendrons. The views leading up into the Central Beacons aren’t to bad either

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Having crossed the head of the reservoir go through the metal gate and you will see in front the newly laid path leading you straight up the side.

 

Don’t forget to keep looking around you as the higher you go the more breathtaking the views become. I like to think of little stops to catch my breath as photo opportunities!

IMG_1828This is looking across to our final descent of the day Cribyn and then path that we will wander back to the car park, the Roman Road.

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Here you can see the netting used to stop the erosion of the soil and to hold the rock in place. It will likely have been seeded as well to help the plant life to reestablish itself.

P1080452When you reach the top turn right and make your way along Graig Fan Ddu, Craig Gwaun Taf and basically keep going for approximately one hour, or 3 km, until you get to the start of your ascent up Corn Du.

Don’t forget to look behind you as you travel along the ridge. The reservoirs of Neuadd leading to Pentwyn & Pontsticill in the distance.

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As you travel along the ridge do take a chance to look at the Old Devonian Red Sandstone formations and the remains of the glacial action in the valley below.

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You will note in the middle left of the picture a retaining wall but no water behind it. This is the area of the Upper Neuadd Reservoir which is currently drained as the wall needs repairs as it is a Grade 2 listed structure. There is a hope in the future that the water will once more fill the reservoir but in the meantime take the time to explore the fantastic island in the centre with it’s cairns. Having camped on it and watched the Perseid Meteor shower one August, it’s a pretty special place to be.

Anyway back to our route.

Come around the shoulder below Corn Du, Bwlch Duynt and start your ascent. There is a short scramble (very short) at the top.

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Summit Corn Du and then make your way across to Pen Y Fan (translates as Head of the Peaks) You are now on the highest point in South Wales. You can see the glorious Black Mountains behind me in this pic.

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I have to admit to rarely having my pic taken on the summit as I am lucky to be there regularly but on this occasion we made an exception.

We descend down the back of Pen Y Fan, much more preferable than coming up it! This route is known as “Jacob’s Ladder” and an integral part of the infamous Fan Dance route undertaken by the SAS whilst training. Jacobs Ladder is the most distant path you can see in the picture below. This picture is taken on Cribyn looking back.

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As you descend you will see the sharp nose of Cribyn ahead of you, yes, we are now going to go straight up that. The views from there are stunning. You are looking at the North Eastern face of Pen Y Fan and the weathering of the rocks is amazing to look at. See the top picture again.

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As you head up Cribyn just take time to breathe in the surroundings. Sometimes you are lucky enough to see the emergency Search & Rescue/Coastguard helicopter out on manoeuvres.

You will often also see the Mountain Rescue Volunteers out training with them too. This area is generally covered by Central Beacons Mountain Rescue and Brecon Mountain Rescue

Make your way off Cribyn using, again, the well defined path, taking care on the steep descent to the gap road. You are now on the home straight. At this point you can go up onto Fan Y Big if you wish to add in another one of the iconic peaks in the Beacons. and stand on the “Diving Board”. We didn’t on this occasion, hence no pictures.

Follow the Old Roman Road that skirts the valley Tor Glas. I love being able to look back at this point and see the whole walk in a glance. It is a great feeling of “I did that”.

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We headed back to the car through the pump house area again to avoid a very nasty drop to a stream and scramble…. got to think of our knees!

What flowers did we spot on this day? The first of the season Southern Marsh Orchids! There were copious numbers of Butterwort, Birds Foot Trefoil among a plethora of others.

If you are on OS Maps here’s the link to the walk The Iconic Beacons Horseshoe

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Party in the Park!

The Brecon Beacons National Park are inviting everyone to join in its 60th Anniversary celebrations at Party in the Park this Sunday 30th July, 11am-3pm. The party will take place at two venues; the National Park Visitor Centre near Libanus and Craig-y-nos Country Park. Entry is free and everyone is invited to pick one of the venues, bring a picnic and join in the celebrations.

At both venues National Park Authority staff will be hosting a range of activities for people to take part in. All activities are free but must be booked on the day at the welcome desk. Children can decorate their own 60th Anniversary cupcake and families can join in arts and crafts activities including bunting decorating and badge making. People can have a go at orienteering at Craig-y-nos or geocaching at the Visitor Centre, take a walk with a warden or try pond dipping. Craig-y-nos will have a super fun zip-wire for children, a fibreglass cave,  family games on the meadow and a chance to learn more about your dog with local dog trainer and behaviourist Theresa Toomey. At the Visitor Centre there will be daytime stargazing through Solar telescopes with Cardiff Astronomical Society and a chance to visit the Planetarium with Dark Sky Wales. The Beacons View Tea Room at the Visitor Centre will be open for visitors to purchase food and will be running a BBQ in the grounds. At Craig-y-nos the Changing Seasons Restaurant will be open for food, drinks and ice-creams. Visitors will also get to see the very special 60th Anniversary touring photographic portrait exhibition, Diamond People, featuring people from across the Brecon Beacons who have made a difference to the National Park.

Mel Doel, Brecon Beacons National Park Authority Chairman said;

“We look forward to welcoming people from far and wide to help us mark this significant anniversary of our National Park. With it also being National Parks week it’s a double celebration of everything great about our protected landscapes. It’s the people and the communities that make the Brecon Beacons so special and who have helped shape the park to make it the unique place that it is today . We hope as many people as possible join us and we welcome everybody to our Party in the Park this weekend.”

Find out more about the event by visiting www.breconbeacons.org./events

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Activities: all free but must be booked in advance at the information desk.

 The National Park Visitor Centre
Decorate a celebration cupcake
The Dark Skies Planetarium
Solar Scopes with Cardiff University
Family arts & crafts activities
Have a go at geocaching
Walks with wardens
Diamond People exhibitionThe Beacons View café will be open as normal and running a BBQ for visitors to purchase food from.
Craig-y-nos County Park
Decorate a celebration cupcake
Paws in the Park
Family arts & crafts activities                                                     More info here.
Go orienteering
Have a go at caving
Brave the zipwire
Pond dipping
A Geopark walk
Diamond People exhibition
Games on the lawnThe Changing Seasons Tea Rooms and Restaurant will be open as normal for visitors to purchase food.
Also to celebrate celebrate 60 years since the parks designation in 1957, the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority have commissioned local photographer Billie Charity to take the portraits of some of those people that make the park the special place it is today. The Diamond People exhibition will be touring around various venues in the Brecon Beacons, so make sure you go along! Find out more about the exhibition, including who is featured, here.
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