Gifts to give this Father’s Day

Father’s Day is coming up on the 17th June, so show your dad how much you love him with one of these Brecon Beacons experiences, gifts and meals out. Your only problem will be choosing which one to go for……

Treat him to an artisan hamper from Black Mountains Smokery
Their hampers range from £35 – £300 and they can even make up vegetarian hampers with smokedcheese, smoked nuts and seeds, scrummy vegetable crackers, hand stirred chutneys and jellies and artisan chocolates.You can order ahead over the phone or online for delivery or collection from the smokery on a day of your choice.  They also have foodie Father’s Day Gifts available-here.

Take him on a scenic train ride at Brecon Mountain Railway 
Bring your father with you and he can travel for the price of a child. Your dad whatever his age will enjoy a day out at the Brecon Mountain Railway, whether its reminiscing about steam trains, engineering, building or just a trip down memory lane.

Tickets for a show at the Theatre
We are lucky to have Theatr Brycheiniog on our doorstep, who have lots of different shows to take your dad along to.  What about enjoying lots of free, live music at their Waterfront Cafe, browsing through photos at their rally exhibition or enjoying some comedy with Tim Key: Megadate.

Book him on a Whisky tour at Penderyn

welsh whiskyPenderyn Distillery has one of the best visitor centres in the UK. Learn for yourself the history of whisky making in Wales as well as more general Welsh history in our exhibition centre.  Discover the secrets of Penderyn Single Malt Whisky, Brecon Five VodkaBrecon Gin and Merlyn Cream Liqueur. Find out more here

Take him on a foraging adventure with Brecon Beacons Foraging 
Courses include half-day courses, running during the week and at weekends, including forage and refreshments, once-a-month seasonal half-day midweek courses, ‘Wild Wednesday, Botanical Gin Workshops, including 300ml of your very own unique blend, a cocktail and nibbles and forage From Your Garden; become familiar with the plants closest to home! More here

Buy him a gift voucher for adventures with Good Day Out
Our Gift Vouchers are redeemable against any experience or product on the site, and are great for for special presents and significant birthdays. Available in £5 increments, you can buy a voucher for the amount you would like, and it can be redeemed against any experiences and products on the site. The voucher will be valid for one year from date of issue. Great presents for birthdays, anniversaries, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Christmas! Vouchers can be sent by e-voucher for free, or we can print and post to you or the recipient for just £2.99 Buy a voucher here.

Creative Photography Wales Gift Voucher
If your dad is interested in photography but would like to learn more then why not buy him a Creative Photography Wales Photography Course Gift Voucher. They are available for all our Group and Individual Course Options run by professional photographer Nigel Forster.

Take him on a Guided Adventure
There are so many experienced tour guides here in the Brecon Beacons, who can really show you and your father everything this part of Wales has to offer. Check out our blog of some of the guides available here. Or why not learn all about the famous book town of Hay on Wye with Hay Tours, info here

Book a table at one of the Brecon Beacons finest pubs or restaurants.
Treat your father by taking him tThe Felin Fach Griffin, with its top pub atmosphere and delicious locally sourced food or why  not take him to whats said to be Wales oldest Inn, The Skirrid  Mountain Inn for a decent spot for a pint! (Watch out for the ghosts though!) Take him to the welcoming Bear Hotel in CrickhowellThe Angel in Abergavenny or the charming and popular Plough Inn in Rhosmaen-there are so many to choose from! Find more choices to eat and drink here 

Fathers go FREE at the National Botanic Garden of Wales on the 17th June
What better way to treat Dad on Fathers Day than by bringing him along for fun, games and relaxation at the Garden. Dad can also enjoy a free pint of beer (if he is one of the first 50 to ask, anyway) as well as drinking in the summery delights all around. More here.

If you’d rather give the gift of adventure, then discover some fathers day experiences here!

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Catch the Bus Week-2-8th July

This year Catch the Bus Week will take place on 2-8 July 2018.

Each year this event is an opportunity to highlight the value of local bus services, and the contribution which buses make to the economic, social, and overall wellbeing of communities they serve. Public perception of local bus services tends to be mixed. Commenting on issues such as reliability, on board comfort, on time performance, and availability when they (the travelling public)  want to make a journey. However in recent years we have seen bus companies and local authorities investing in more user friendly buses, real time information, better interchange connections, and on road infrastructure (such as bus lanes) to speed bus services through the growing problems of traffic congestion.bus

Yet despite these investments, patronage of local bus services across Wales is declining. Some bus routes may be profitable for bus companies. However for many, continuance of local bus services continues to remain dependant on availability of public funds to subsidise their continued operation as a ‘socially necessary public service’ in both urban and rural areas.

One popular topic which has appeared over the past few months, has highlighted the growth and impact of ‘social isolation’ across all generations. Highlighting ways in which people can combat loneliness and re-connect with the communities in which they live or visit. Catch The Bus week and Tourism are two aspects which could come together to support local bus companies and the network of routes operated. In particular where a bus route serves a bus stops located close to visitor attractions (such as Rhondda Heritage Park): Outdoor activity centres (such as Garwnant and Craig Y Nos Country Park): Access points to public walking routes (such as Pen y Fan): Associated tourism related businesses (such as shopping centres, pubs and restaurants).

An exercise carried out earlier this year by Welsh Government to offer free travel on weekends aboard buses serving the Trans Cymru network. Resulting during the operational period in an increase of public awareness about these services, as well as improving ridership.

For Tourism Destinations, Catch the Bus Week can highlight an ‘untapped opportunity’ to develop interest, and encouraging people (such as Senior Citizens) to make use of travel schemes and All Wales Concessionary Passes to explore localities, visit tourism sites, attractions, events and related local businesses.

Operators in your area – Stagecoach and New Adventure Travel, already subscribe to Catch The Bus Week, primarily from holding events to meet the travelling public, and lobby public sector decision makers. If you feel that tourism should be part of this event agenda, then please spread the word.

Further information about Catch The Bus Week, please visit www.catchthebusweek.co.uk

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Digital Art arrives in Brecon!

The Lumen Prize presents: Microworld Brecon
Digital Art Exhibition 28th May – 24th June
Andrew Lamont Gallery, Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon

UntitledLumen Prize-winning artists, Genetic Moo, Nicola Schauerman and Tim Pickup are filling The Andrew Lamont Gallery at Theatr Brycheiniog with their playful and evocative animations for an innovative digital art exhibition: The Lumen Prize presents: Microworld Brecon. The focus for this month-long show is on contemplative, generative art. There is a wonderful ambient feel to the ‘Microworld ‘ and bean bags allow the audience to sit back and contemplate the huge variety of activity going on.

During the May half-term holidays Genetic Moo invited the local community to get involved. They ran a week of coding workshops and drop-ins in the gallery and helped people of all ages (6yrs-75yrs) to make their own digital artworks to be incorporated into the show. These were great fun and over 60 locals used. Processing to generate creative coding animations, and built artificial life forms in Genetic Moo’s creature building Animat program. Each workshop produced different geometries and motions and the Animats had a selection of new muscles and springs to bring them to life. Tim and Nicola then stitched these together into 5 large scale projections which are spread around the gallery creating a huge ever changing Microworld.

 


On top of the participant’s contributions Genetic Moo added some small scale microorganisms of our own; water-fleas, cockroaches, coral and the like. With
hundreds of moving parts they started to think of this piece as a single entity
which they are now calling Superorganism.

After a big effort to get all these elements together, the opening event at the end of the week was a charming night with real interest from the Brecon crowd. The show runs for the month and there has already been a lot of interest with the workshop participants coming back to see how their creations were incorporated.

The Lumen Prize for Digital Art, founded by Llangasty resident Carla Rapoport, exists to celebrate the very best art created with technology and has curated 40 exhibitions in 13 countries. ‘Genetic Moo’ are a collaboration between artists Nicola Schauerman and Tim Pickup, who won the 2013 Lumen Founder’s Award. They are based in Margate but work all over the UK and abroad with digital arts organisations, and are members of the arts collective The London Group. Tim and Nicola describe their work as “living installations in pixels and light”. See some pictures here and discover here.

The Usk River Trust also enabled this exhibition to come to Brecon and work
with the community. Queries: Punch Maughan Visual Arts Coordinator at Theatr Brycheiniog. punch@brycheiniog.co.uk / 07736 062840

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The Big Weekend Ystradgynlais!

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Ystradgynlais Big Weekend will kick off on the 15th June with Gin and Jazz! The evening will be held in a large marquee at the Gorsedd Park Ystradgynlais. Get your tickets from the Welfare Hall box office! The next event will be Buskagynlais held on the 16th June, with buskers around town, choirs at the Con Club, a fun fair and stalls at the Welfare hall. This is a free event with no tickets needed! And last but not least-the 17th of June will see Proms in the Gorsedd! Classical favourites, movie hits, popular hymns and arias and much much more! marquee seated tickets are £20pp-bring a seat or blanket and relax in the park tickets -£5pp 1-3pm. Gates open midday.  Find out more here.

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Days out with your Dad in the Brecon Beacons – perfect for Fathers day!

It’s Father’s Day on the 17th June so show your dad how much you love him with one of these Brecon Beacons experiences.  Your only problem will be choosing which one to go for…

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1. Father and Son Adventure Breaks

Adventure Britain have  come up with a Summer activity break during the school holidays just for father and sons set in the stunning natural adventure playground, the Brecon Beacons National Park. How does an action packed break including gorge walking, climbing and wild camping sound! – find out more here

2. Bear Grylls Survival Academy- 24 Hour Family Course

A combination of survival skills and adventure tasks that will put families to the test. Designed to inspire fathers and sons, mothers and daughters alike, this 24-hour outdoor adventure has been created by Bear Grylls and his close team of experts, and is delivered by a range of hand-picked instructors at various locations across the UK, each with their own challenges of woodland, heath and water. In parent and child teams, you’ll learn Bear’s famous survival techniques: how to build and light a fire, how to navigate at night, foraging for grubs and rodents, water purification, building a shelter, extreme weather survival and river crossings, and the best ways to use a knife for survival. On day two, you’ll put these skills into action, following Bear’s ethos of self-rescue, by crossing difficult terrain back to captivity. It’s an opportunity to bring family members together through a truly memorable and fun experience. Book your gift voucher here.

3. Sheep Trekking in the Brecon Beacons

Will LewisThe Good Day Out Sheep Trek, as featured on Countryfile, is excellent for the whole family, and is far more fun than your average walk in the hills. You can walk your very own especially trained Jacob sheep, fitted with it’s own halter and lead. Your sheep will then lead you along a scenic trek along ancient drover’s routes, taking you towards the Black Mountain with incredible views towards Pen Y Fan and the central Beacons. Around half way, you and your sheep will be treated to a snack picnic in a barn with a view. During the whole experience, you can chat with your farming host who will be happy to talk about life on their 200 acre organic Welsh Hill Farm, and you will also see quiet a few other animals along the way including horses, cattle, hens, ducks and dogs. Pricing is £35 per adult & £25 for 16s & under. Find out more here.

4. Treat dad to the ride of his life with Drover Cycles’ pick of leisure cycling routes from Hay-on-Wye

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Hire a bike from Drover Cycles for as little as £27.50 for the day, time it right and treat him to Sunday lunch at a country pub along the way!  Find out more here.

5. Tickets for a show at Theatr Brycheiniog

We are lucky to have Theatr Brycheiniog on our doorsteps who have lots of different shows to take your dad along to.  What about enjoying lots of free, live music at their Waterfront Cafe, browsing through photos at their rally exhibition or enjoying some comedy with Tim Key: Megadate.

6. Dad’s go free at Cantref Adventure Farm

Come and enjoy a fabulous Father’s Day here at Cantref Adventure Farm and the best news is that Dad comes in free of charge! But remember Dad, it is only fair if you bring a child or two with you to help join in the fun!  You will have great fun racing your kids down Europe’s Longest Sledge Ride, exploring the Swamp Ride or battling it out on our Ball Cannons.  When you are tired out you can refuel with a delicious Celtic Pride Steak roll with all the trimmings in our cafe.

So why not make your Father’s Day this year an exciting family day out in one of the best family attractions in Wales!

7. Book him on a Whisky tour at Penderyn Distillery

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Penderyn Distillery has one of the best visitor centres in the UK. Learn for yourself the history of whisky making in Wales as well as more general Welsh history in our exhibition centre.  Discover the secrets of Penderyn Single Malt Whisky, Brecon Five VodkaBrecon Ginand Merlyn Cream Liqueur. Find out more here.

8. Visit the Birds of Prey at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales

Set in the beautiful Carmarthenshire countryside, the Garden is a fascinating blend of the modern and historic. Here you’ll find an inspiring range of themed gardens, the world’s largest single-span glasshouse, our new tropical Butterfly House, play areas and a national nature reserve, all set in a Regency landscape which provides the stage for a packed programme of events and courses throughout the year. They also have a new Birds of Prey Centre which will feature 20 native birds of prey and opened on June 1st –offering Garden visitors awesome, close-up encounters with hawks, falcons, kestrels, kites and buzzards as well as eagles. It’s a great day out for you and your dad to enjoy!

9. Stroll around Hay on Wye with your book loving dads

If your dad appreciates a good book, then Hay-on-Wye is a must visit this father day!  Hay on Wye is uniquely positioned on the border of Wales and England and is home to around 30 bookshops. Home to the Hay Literary Festival, bringing around 80,000 writers publishers and literature fans from all across the world to this small market town in South East Powys at the end of May each year. There is plenty more to do in the town-discover here.

10. Explore the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal

Meandering through the Welsh countryside, the isolated Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal is the most popular attraction in the stunning Brecon Beacons National Park. It is one of our most beautiful and peaceful waterways following the line of the lovely wooded Usk Valley, it is a true hidden gem. Why not hire a boat for all the family to enjoy? Or simply stroll along, stopping at some great local pubs along the way! More here.

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The Waterfront Cafe now open in the evenings.

We are delighted to announce that evening food service will begin at Theatr Brycheiniog’s Waterfront Cafe from this Friday night! (1st June)

The brand new supper menu of modern Welsh cuisine will be available from Tuesday through to Saturday, with all food cooked in house by the two talented chefs, Ryan and Gareth.

They will also be serving Sunday Lunch beginning this Sunday!

Please book a table for the evening in advance by contacting Box Office on 01874 611622.

Daily Opening Times

Monday 10am – 6pm

Breakfast: 10am – 11am

Lunch: 11.30am – 3.30pm

No dinner service

Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 9.30pm

Breakfast: 10am – 11am

Lunch: 11.30am – 3.30pm

Dinner: 6pm – 9pm

Sunday 10am – 6pm

Sunday roast: 12pm – 3pm

No dinner service

The Supper Menu

Starters

Homemade soup of the day – £3.50

Served with fresh bread

Anti Pasti plate – £4.95

A selection of meats, roasted peppers, olives and bread

Creamy garlic mushrooms – £3.95 (V)

Served on garlic bread

Chicken satay skewers – £4.95

Served with a sweet chilly or garlic mayo dip

Garlic Bread – £1.50

Cheesy Garlic Bread – £2.00

Mains

Greek salad – £5.95 (V)

Fresh salad which includes olives, feta cheese and croutons

Sea bass – £12.95

Served on a bed of crushed new potatoes with a vegetable parcel and butter sauce

8oz Rib eye steak – £14.95

Served with dauphinoise potatoes, a vegetable parcel and a red wine jus

Chicken and bacon tagliatelle – £9.95

Served in a cream sauce with roasted peppers, mushrooms and onions

Vegetable tagliatelle – £7.95 (V)

Served in a cream sauce with roasted peppers, spinach, mushrooms and onions

Lamb shank -£13.95

Served on rosemary mash with onion gravy

8oz beef burger with bacon and cheese – £9.95

Served with a side salad

Children’s menu

Margherita teddy bear pizza – £2.50

50p per additional topping- ham, pineapple, peppers, onion, spinach, mushrooms

Penne pasta – £3.50

Served in a tomato sauce

Bangers and mash – £3.95

Served with onion gravy

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What’s on this June?

June’s calendar of events gives you plenty of opportunity to head outdoors and get active in the scenery of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Put on your walking boots test yourself with The WAAT4 and Bwlch With Altitude challenges….or if you’d like a more relaxing month, why not grab some delicious Welsh produce at Dinefwr Food Festival 2018? ..and don’t forget The Hay Festival runs until the 3rd of June!

Bwlch with Altitude-2nd June

Discover Llangorse & Bwlch

Bwlch With Altitude is a popular, family friendly navigation challenge held annually in Llangorse & Bwlch since 2009. The challenge can be conducted either by foot or on your mountain bikes, and it is a team event (minimum 2; maximum 8 members per team). Whilst navigating the routes, your team will have a quiz sheet to fill in, digital checkpoints to collect, photographs to take, and marshals to say hello to! There are prizes galore… all kindly donated by local businesses. The challenge starts with check-in, safety briefing and refreshments at Bwlch Village Hall.

There are 3 options to choose from:

  1. A 15 mile circular mountain bike route – ideal training for MTB challenges such as the Brecon Beast. Our route requires entrants to have some experience – it contains steep ascents/descents over rough terrain, and riders must wear a safety helmet.
  2. A 12 mile circular walk – ideal training for WAAT4 and similar challenges, or just a really good day out in the hills with your mates!
  3. A 5 mile circular walk – ideal for families of all ages.

More here.

Free entry for volunteers at the National Botanic Garden of Wales-6th June 

Calling all volunteers in Carmarthenshire! It is your Special Day on Wednesday June 6 which means FREE entry for you at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. Come and explore the Botanic Garden, meet our volunteers and discover new, amazing opportunities to help our worthy cause in the fields of horticulture, heritage, history, science and even birds of prey.

June 6 is the Garden’s celebration of those who give their time so generously for causes all over the county and Volunteer Co-ordinator Jane Down says it is going to be a fabulous event: “The Garden relies so heavily on volunteers but we are not alone – the county’s volunteer army is deployed in every walk of life and few aren’t touched by their unstinting and generous efforts.

“We will have plenty of our volunteer team members to shine a light on the great work they do here but it will also be an excellent opportunity for people to share their stories.”

The Garden is open from 10am to 6pm (last entry 5pm). Admission to the Garden is £11 (including Gift Aid donation) 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. Volunteers wishing to claim free entry for June 6 should bring some form of ID with them.

The Big Weekend Ystradgynlais-15th-17th June

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Ystradgynlais Big Weekend will kick off on the 15th June with Gin and Jazz! The evening will be held in a large marquee at the Gorsedd Park Ystradgynlais. Get your tickets from the Welfare Hall box office! The next event will be Buskagynlais held on the 16th June, with buskers around town, choirs at the Con Club, a fun fair and stalls at the Welfare hall. This is a free event with no tickets needed! And last but not least-the 17th of June will see Proms in the Gorsedd! Classical favourites, movie hits, popular hymns and arias and much much more! marquee seated tickets are £20pp-bring a seat or blanket and relax in the park tickets -£5pp 1-3pm. Gates open midday.  Find out more here.

WAAT4 Challenge-16th June

Become part of Team WAAT4 by taking part in the WAAT4 Challenge 2018, and raise funds for the vulnerable within the communities. Attracting over 500 participants and over 1,000 spectators each year, this iconic event has become a must do in the outdoor calendar. With 2 routes to choose from it doesn’t matter whether you’ve never done a navigation event before or are an champion of the mountains – there’s something for all abilities and ambitions! More here.

The Drover Cycles Gospel Pass Everesting Challenge-16th June

Fancy a sensational summer cycling challenge?? The concept of “everesting” is simple. Choose a hill and ride up and down by the same route until you have clocked up 8,848 meters of ascent, i.e. the height of the world’s tallest mountain, Mt. Everest. Simple does not mean easy. For our chosen route, from Hay on Wye to Gospel Pass, you’re going to need to repeat the climb 16 times. It’s as much a psychological challenge as it is a physical endeavour. How will you motivate yourself to keep grinding the gears and turning the pedals to achieve your goal? Base Camp at Drover Cycles will be in operation throughout offering food, drink and mechanical support as well as a bike expo, family-friendly activities and BBQ open to all. Spectators and supporters welcome! This event is raising funds for Himalayan Quests Foundation. Team entries available. More here.

Scottish Dancing at the National Park Visitor Centre-23rd June

Free entry. Come and join the South Wales Branch of the Royal Scottish Dance Society for an afternoon of dancing to the accordion playing of the world famous George Meikle. There will be demonstrations of dances by various teams interspersed with easy dances that everyone can join in. Come along and join in the fun. Suitable for children and adults. Car parking charges apply. More here.

Solar Scopes at The National Park Visitor Centre-23rd June

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FREE Family friendly event – Cardiff Astronomical Society invite you to the Visitor Centre to enjoy a rare chance to see our nearest star in close-up. Solar telescopes will be set up (weather permitting!) to allow you to view the sun safely. Come and have a peek, and find out how to get involved in astronomy. More here.

Brecon Town Open Studios-23rd-24th June

A walking art trail around the lovely Welsh market town of Brecon, taking in the studios of several of Brecon’s resident artists. Friday 23 and Saturday 24 June 2017, 1-7pm. More here.

Dinefwr Food Festival-23rd-24th June

Take one historic parkland and mansion, add some professional cookery demonstrations and a pinch of foodie entertainment, mix in a whole host of local food and drink producers and what have you got? – Dinefwr’s annual Food Festival.

This June, Newton House and Courtyard will be jam packed with stalls designed to tickle the taste buds of even the most sophisticated palates.Image result for dinefwr food festival 2018

We’ve chosen to support our local producers and chefs as much as possible, each providing a unique taste of Wales. The courtyard will be a hive of activity with live music to enjoy while you fill your bellies with delicious street food and local delicacies. As well as many taster talks, there’re lots of Fun With Food workshops to sink your teeth into; From cake decoration and pasta making to discovering the delights of a healthy diet with family Plant it, Grow it, Eat it activitiesCooking up a storm in the inner courtyard will be a host of industry professionals who’ll be demonstrating the tricks of the trade that got them to the top of their game.

Cwtch Catreing will be showcasing a dinner party extravaganza that you can impress your friends with. The guys at The Warren in Carmarthen will take the stage with one of their signature dishes, there’ll be butchery demonstrations on both days and lots, lots more.  Info here.

Finding Your Way: Introduction to Navigation-30th June

This one day course is for anyone who has ever looked at a map and wondered where to start.  At first glance they can appear a daunting prospect, but with a little knowledge you can unlock the information they contain and open up a whole new way of enjoying your walks.  During the day we’ll dispel a few myths, unravel contour lines and shortcut the mental maths of scales, grid references and bearings.  At the end you should be able to understand the features on a map, plan a simple route and navigate it competently.

The course is an ideal pre-cursor to our Safety on the Hills course and is run by Manzoku Climbing & Mountaineering, a local company with over 25 years’ experience of helping people safely enjoy the hills and mountains of the UK.  £35.00 per person.  Course needs a minimum of 4 participants to run.  This will be confirmed one week before the course. More here.

 

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