The Brecon Beacons National Park at Easter

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!

1. Canoeing

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!

4. CavingGo caving with experienced activity providers

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

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Back by Popular Demand! – Daily Easter Hunt (Every day between 24th March – 15th April) Grab your baskets and hop to it and join the giant Easter Bunny on a daily Easter Egg Hunt in our fantastic Easter Garden. No matter if it is a rainy day or if it is fabulous sunny day; here at Cantref Adventure Farm we have loads of things to keep the kids busy in the Easter holidays! We are open everyday  from 10.30am – 5.30pm.

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!

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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!Our multi-award-winning Indoor Activity Training Centre is open all year round and offers a wide variety of fun-filled and educational activities!

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.

We hope you can join us in the Brecon Beacons this Easter!

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Our Top Five Family Easter Egg Hunts

Here is our top 5 Easter Egg Hunt events happening over the Easter weekend in the Brecon Beacons:

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Join us on Easter Saturday for our annual Easter Egg hunt. 10.30am start, weather depending. Egg hunting, Easter colouring and facepainting. More here.

Cadbury’s Easter Egg Hunt at Dolaucothi Gold Mines

Family fun this Easter Bank Holiday Weekend-30th March-2nd April.
Bunny has been up to his old tricks again. Find the clues around the mine yard and you may get a chocolatey treat! More info.

Daily Easter Hunt at Cantref Adventure Farmcantreff

Back by Popular Demand! – Daily Easter Hunt (Every day between 24th March – 15th April) Grab your baskets and hop to it and join the giant Easter Bunny on a daily Easter Egg Hunt in our fantastic Easter Garden. No matter if it is a rainy day or if it is fabulous sunny day; here at Cantref Adventure Farm we have loads of things to keep the kids busy in the Easter holidays! We are open everyday  from 10.30am – 5.30pm.

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!!

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.

Easter Trail at Tretower Court

Can you can follow the trail left by our “rambling rabbit” around the ruins of the 12th century castle and through the residential splendour of the 15th century court at Tretower – and hopefully find where he’s hidden those eggs…? More here.

Find out whats on at Theatr Brycheiniog this Easter here!

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What’s on at Theatr Brycheiniog this Easter?

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! Read on for more details on some of the events being held at the Theatr!

Comedy Club-30th March

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

Mark Oliver

‘Oliver has a great story to tell’  The List

‘Cheerful and funny’  The Guardian

Lou Conran

English Comedian of the Year 2017 Finalist

‘Naturally funny’ Sarah Millican

‘Absolutely hilarious’ Chortle

James Meehan

“More than great comedy, it is a call to stand up for others and ourselves.”  Ed Fest Mag

“His earnestness is compelling” The Scotsman

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Theatr Brycheiniog Friday 30 March 2018, 20:00 (Doors open 19:45)

We have FREE live music at our Waterfront Cafe every Saturday 1pm to 3pm, a perfect event for the whole family to enjoy!

Live @ The Waterfront Presents: Country Folk

Country Folk are Lesley Elworthy and Les Coveney and we play at pubs, clubs, sessions and events around Mid-Wales. We accompany ourselves on guitar, bouzouki, ukuleles, harmonicas and percussion, mixing original songs with a selection of the best folk, blues, country and contemporary material around. Songs that tell stories, songs that make you smile. Some to listen to, others to sing along with. All of them to enjoy!

The Camden Town Group – Linda Smith-3 Apr

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly-4 Apr, 5 Apr

Written by Steven Lee & Directed by Nick Lane

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. I don’t know why she swallowed a fly…

But The People’s Theatre Company do!

And now you can too as they bring one of the world’s best loved nursery rhymes to life just in time to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Pam Adams’ best selling book

This magical show has been written especially for grown ups to enjoy with their children, so come and relive the delights of this most charming of tales complete with a feast of sing along songs, colourful animal characters and heart warming family fun. It’s the perfect treat for anyone aged 2 to 102!

The songs in the show, including If You’re Happy and You know itIncy Wincy Spider and many more are available to sing along to on The People’s Theatre Company’s website at www.ptc.org.uk, so why not have a listen and join in when you visit the theatre!

 A great introduction to the theatre with just the right balance of sitting listening and taking part  ★★★★★ –Bristol Guide

 Thoroughly entertaining and brilliant fun. ★★★★★ – Patricia Goodwin, What’s on Stage

Family Dance Festival 2018-7, 8 Apr

A free event featuring four short performances and a chance to dance! Enjoy a jam-packed hour of pop-up dance from three of Wales’ most lively companies and one local dance group and witness the amazing dancers twisting & turning, locking and popping. Take part in a short workshop after the performances and try some of the moves that you’ve just seen!

“Mesmerising and wonderful performances by very talented dancers and performers. A wonderful event that was thoroughly enjoyed by all the family. Thank you very much!” (Audience member)

Suitable for all ages. No booking required just turn up and enjoy the show. Performances will take place either outside the venue (weather permitting) or within the venue’s public spaces.

The performance at 14:00 on Saturday is audio described in Welsh and the 16:00 performance on Saturday

THE PROGRAMME

Bombastic is a dance, theatre and digital media company for young people based in south Wales. Are you a shy and retiring ‘wallflower’? Let this humorous, quirky and interactive piece take you out of your shell – you’ll blooming love it!

Gary and Pel is a live action cartoon company based in South Wales, mixing dance, slapstick physical comedy and Tom & Jerry combat. Expect wedding bells, chaos and laughter.

Jukebox Collective brings us world-class Hip Hop with BBC Young Dancer finalist Kate Morris’s goofy and charming solo Drifter. Plus, a playful duet made specially for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s visit to Wales, that is sure to have you bobbing along.

Local dance groups Will be adding something extra special to the show with a diverse range of dance styles and opportunities to see young talents doing their thing.

Our Life with Birds-12 Apr

Over the last 25 years, husband and wife team Lloyd and Rose have devoted their lives to taking care of birds and mastering the art of capturing them on film. They are, without a doubt, the world’s experts at tracking birds and in-flight filming.

Between them, Lloyd and Rose have been involved with over 100 different productions and feature films and have worked with every natural history television star, including Sir David Attenborough, Steve Backshall, Bear Grylls, Michaela Strachan, Chris Packham, Kate Humble and many more.

They often appear on camera themselves and are frequent guests on BBC programmes such as ‘The One Show’, ‘Springwatch’ and ‘Countryfile’. From Tilly the golden eagle to Poppy the pigeon, it’s unusual to find Lloyd and Rose without one of their feathered family under their arms.

The Bucks are remarkable people because when they do imprint, they form a bond they can’t break and it means those swans are with them for life’ – Sir David Attenborough

To book for this event, please book your ticket for the show, ‘Lightspeed from Pembroke Dock’. You will then be sent an exclusive code, which will allow you to book your place for this free workshop.

PLAYS AT LIGHTSPEED – Script Writing Workshop 

Are you a wannabe writer, or someone who loves to get creative with words? If so, you will not want to miss this fantastic opportunity to create your own short drama script AND have it performed by professional actors, all in one day! This FREE workshop will be run by Dirty Protest, Wales’s leading new writing company.

During the workshop, you will experiment and play with ideas for a new play whilst picking up useful writing tips and skills. With a professional playwright, a director and the four actors who will be performing in Lightspeed from Pembrook Dock at your disposal, you will write a brand spanking new short play. The play will then be rehearsed and performed on the night to an eager audience!

How to Book

To take part in this unique and exciting opportunity, simply book your ticket for the show, Lightspeed from Pembroke Dock, which is at Theatr Brycheiniog on Wednesday 2 May. You will then be sent a confirmation email with an exclusive code, which will allow you to book your free ticket to this workshop. Please note that spaces for the workshop are limited to 10, and will be available on a first come, first served basis.

About Dirty Protest Theatre Company

Since 2007 Dirty Protest Theatre have produced numerous sell-out new play nights and have worked with over a hundred writers and are hungry and eager to work with more! The company creates exciting new work and new writing by collaborating with established AND wannabe writers.

Dirty Protest are touring their landmark production, Lightspeed from Pembroke Dock, to venues all over Wales, and want to meet the diverse and exciting theatre voices we have here. Celebrate and be a part of the creation of new writing with this fantastic Welsh theatre company.

Workshop Timetable

Friday 13 April, 10am – 3pm, Theatr Brycheiniog’s main auditorium
Main House Stage
Open to anybody aged 15+
Only 10 spaces available for the workshop, so don’t delay in booking your place!

Rehearsal of pieces
3 – 6pm

Sharing performance
6.30pm
Tickets available for £3

For more information, please contact Harriet Coleman, Business Development Manager: harriet@brycheiniog.co.uk

An Audience with Martin Kemp-14 Apr

Martin is enjoying a truly amazing career.  In 1979 he formed the new romantic band Spandau Ballet which led to incredible global success. He hit the headlines on BBC1’s Eastenders , has conquered great personal challenges, had a best selling book and won many new fans on Celebrity Big Brother and not forgetting his stunning performance in the International hit movie The Krays.

This very personal show has come out of his desire to get closer to his many fans and spend an evening talking with them about his life and career.

“The show gives me a chance to say everything I can’t say in the media and it’s achieving what I wanted it to achieve, which is allowing people to get to know me”

His book ‘True – An Autobiography of Martin Kemp’ was published in 2000

Theatr Brycheiniog Saturday 14 April 2018, 19:30

YFC – Entertainment Feast-15 Apr, 15 Apr

Come and let YFC members from across Wales entertain you as they stage Pantomime performances at Theatr Brycheiniog, Aberhonddu.

This event is one of the highlights of the Wales YFC calendar and will be a showcase of YFC talents.

Welsh Performances 

10.30am – Productions by Sir Benfro / Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion, Sir Gâr / Carmarthenshire

6.00pm – Productions by Maldwyn / Montgomery, Ynys Môn, Meirionnydd

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Prices:

1 session – £10

Day ticket – £16 (Please contact the box office on 01874 611622)

Wales YFC is the leading rural youth movement in Wales and provides members with various opportunities through the year, for further information please go to www.yfc-wales.org.uk

Find out more here.

 

 

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Easter Walks in the Brecon Beacons

A walk in the Brecon Beacons National Park comes complete with perfect picnic spotsawe-inspiring views, fascinating historic sites and grand geological features.   Easter is a great time to head outdoors for a walk and explore all these perfect landscapes the Brecon Beacons.   Read on below to find the best walks for all interests abilities and ages.

Here’s all our short walksmoderate walks and longer walks

Best for Picnics

Pontneddfechan
You’re spoiled for choice when it comes to inviting riverside picnic spots on a Waterfall Country walk to Sgŵd Gwladus.
Craig-y-Nos Country Park
Lakes, ponds and big valley views mean that the Craig-y-Nos Circular is the ideal walk for some alfresco eating.
Vaughan Gardens
Take a break from the Talybont Valley walk in a peaceful garden sown with fragrant herbs.
Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal
A short distance into the Brecon to Pencelli canal walk you’ll find the perfect picnic spot, complete with ornate woodcarvings that depict the canal’s industrial heritage.
National Park Visitor Centre
With spectacular views, naturally beautiful grounds and children’s trails for little ones to explore, the Visitor Centre is the perfect place for a picnic. Get your fill before walking on Mynydd Illtud.
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Best for Wildlife

Castle Meadows
It’s a birdwatching bonanza on this stretch of the Abergavenny Riverside walk. The banks of the river Usk are home to colonies of aerobatic sand martins, along with brightly coloured kingfishers and goosanders.

 Talybont Reservoir
It may be man-made, but this 318-acre (129ha) stretch of water is a haven for wildlife. As you pass on the walk from Bwlch to Tor y Foel, keep your eyes peeled for water birds like pochard, tufted duck, mallard and teal.
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Craig Cerrig-Gleisiad
Known for unusual alpine-arctic plants like purple saxifrage and serrated wintergreen – found here at their southernmost extreme in the UK – craggy Craig Cerrig-Gleisiad is a natural highlight of both the Glyn Tarrell Geotrail and the Storey Arms to Visitor Centre walks.
Traeth Mawr and Traeth Fach
These neighbouring marshlands en route to Cefn Llechid form part of a Site of Special Scientific Interest thanks to their natural bounty. As well as unusual bog plants and colourful dragonflies, you may spot birds like snipes, curlews and lapwings.
Mynydd Illtud
Explore this undulating common on the walk from the Visitor Centre and you can expect to spot fork-tailed red kites wheeling in the sky above. Also watch out for colourful butterflies and birds like larks and wheatears.
Llangorse Lake
View the ancient Crannog from the Carannog Viewpoint and take a stroll around the largest natural Lake in South Wales. Walk to Llangasty Church and Bird Hide or visit the nearby Walled Garden.

Best walks for History

Craig-y-Nos Castle
Now a hotel, the neo-gothic Craig y Nos Castle was built in the 1840s on a spectacular spot beside the river Tawe. Its most famous resident was opera singer Adelina Patti, who lived there from 1878 until her death in 1919. Catch a glimpse while walking the Craig-y-Nos Circular.

Abergavenny Castle
Founded in the 11th century, this ruined castle is now home to Abergavenny Museum. Packed with artefacts from the market town’s long and varied history, it’s a fascinating stop off on the Abergavenny Riversidwalk.
Llanilltud
Found on the walk to Cefn Llechid, the ancient enclosure of Llanilltud has ancient roots. It was a settlement during the Iron Age and later the site of St Illtud’s Church. The church is gone now, but weathered gravestones still stand in the former churchyard.
Bronze Age burial sites 
The mighty 886m summit of Pen y Fan has exerted a magnetic pull for millennia. Ascend the peak on the walk from Cwm Gwdi and you’ll find the remains of a burial cairn left by our Bronze Age ancestors. There’s a similar cairn on top of nearby Cribyn too.

Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal
Originally designed for the transport of barges laden with coal and limestone, the 32-mile (51km) ‘Mon and Brec’ is now devoted purely to pleasure. Sample one of the National Park’s key pieces of industrial heritage on the Talybont Valley and Brecon to Pencelli walks.

Castell Dinas
At 450m above sea level, the ruined Castell Dinas is reputed to be the highest castle in the UK. Stop off here while walking the Flying high from Talgarth route for awesome views in all directions.
Dinefwr Castle 
Dinefwr Castle not only occupies a place of great affection in the minds and traditions of the Welsh people but also majestic hilltop locations above the Tywi valley. The site is forever associated with the princes of Deheubarth, the kingdom in south-west Wales.

Best for Geology 

Dan yr Ogof
With vast subterranean chambers, winding passages and delicate stalagmites and stalactites, the National Showcaves Centre for Wales is a real rock star. Check it out while walking the Craig-y-Nos Circular.
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Craig Cerrig-Gleisiad
Both the Glyn Tarrell Geotrail and the Storey Arms to Visitor Centre walk take in the spectacular 150m-high cliffs of Craig Cerrig-Gleisiad. Carved out by glaciers during the last Ice Age, these atmospheric crags are among the National Park’s most compelling features.
Cwm Llwch
The deep hollow beneath Corn Du is another of the National Park’s many classic geological features. Scooped out by the grinding of giant ice sheets, it can be seen as you tackle the Beacons Circuit.


Sgŵd Gwladus
This beautiful 10m waterfall is the cascading climax of the Sgŵd Gwladus walk. Set in a shady natural amphitheatre, it was formed as torrents of meltwater from the last Ice Age carved out the area’s rocky gorges.

Find out where else to walk here

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Easter at The Angel

The Angel Hotel, Abergavenny
Happy Easter from all of us at The Angel

This Easter weekend sees the launch of our extended weekend service times for lunch and tea.

From Saturday 31st March we will be serving Lunch each Sunday from 12.00pm – 4.00pm and High Tea every Saturday & Sunday from 1.00pm – 5.30pm, meaning we can accommodate more tables at these popular times of the week.

To book a table for lunch, tea or dinner please visit our website (www.angelabergavenny.com) or give us a call on 01873 857121.

SPRING FLING BREAKSpring Fling Break

An overnight stay for 2 at The AA Hotel of The Year, Wales 2016/17, with dinner, available on selected date up until the end of May 2018; from £169.00 per night. Read more.

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10 things to see and do in the Fforest Fawr Geopark this Easter   

 

Did you know that the western half of the Brecon Beacons National Park is also a Geopark? Fforest Fawr UNESCO Global Geopark stretches from Brecon and the Central Beacons in the east all the way to Llandeilo in the west. A cracked and crumpled layer-cake of rocks, 480 million years in the making, it is celebrated for the spectacular landscape, industrial history and the people who have shaped it. 

The Black Mountain - credit Hepburn Photography

So why not go west this Easter and discover the wide open spaces, mountains carved by ice, castles, hillforts and starry skies of the Geopark. Here are 10 things to see and do over the Easter holidays.

  1. Take a hike – For seasoned hikers, the Geopark is a great destination for a day’s walking. Head to the summit of Fan Brycheiniog (802m) in the Black Mountain range in the far west, which is part of the Beacons Way. For those who want an easier walk head up Pen-y-Crug above Brecon town.
  2. Get on your bike – For mountain bikers, the Usk Reservoir circular loop is a good place to start and for road-cyclists try the Cycle Across The Beacons route. Starting from Llandeilo the route takes in some of the most scenic parts of the Geopark and National Park before finishing in Abergavenny.Cycle across the Beacons - credit Chris Davies Photography
  3. Climb a hillfortGarn Goch is one of the largest Iron Age Hill Forts in Wales. Take the family and climb the ramparts, imagine what it would have been like 2500 years ago and be rewarded by the views from the top.Carreg Cennen Castle - credit Hepburn Photography
  4. Conquer a castle – The picturesque and romantic Carreg Cennen Castle, near Llandeilo, sits high up on a rocky hilltop overlooking the Black Mountains. Take along a torch and head into the cave underneath the Castle.
  5. Explore a quarryHerbert’s Quarry, once a busy limestone quarry, it’s now a fascinating place with panoramic views over the Geopark.
  6. Go geocaching – Head to Mynydd Illtud Common, Libanus and hunt the eight geocaches that are hidden on the common. It’s a treasure hunt for the whole family!
  7. See stars – The Usk Reservoir is the darkest spot in the Geopark, which is within the International Dark Sky Reserve of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Perfect for stargazing; Look up on a clear night and you will see a sky full of stars and maybe even the Milky Way in the night sky.
  8. Walk with the Romans – Step back in time at the Roman Marching Camps of Y Pigwyn and Waun-Ddu near Trecastle. Download the ‘Roman Walk’ App before you visit and then let the characters of Rory and Primus guide you around the site.
  9. Visit a park within a park– Craig-y-Nos Country Park in Cwm Tawe was once the Victorian Garden of the world-famous opera singer, Adelina Patti. Family-friendly paths take you through woodlands, past rivers and lakes and a lively duck pond. Have lunch in the Changing Season Café and browse the craft shops.Craig y Nos Country Park - credit Hepburn Photography
  10. Spot a Red Kite – Watch an exciting aerial display of Red Kites and Buzzards as they swoop to feed at the Red Kite Feeding Station at Llanddeusant.

Visit www.breconbeacons.org to find out more.

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Whatever adventure you are planning – make sure you #BeAdventureSmart

Whatever Brecon Beacons adventure you are planning this Easter, be Adventure Smart:
Make your good day better.

Walking - Brecon Beacons Pen-y-Fan (from Cribyn)

Pen y Fan ©

A Welsh Government funded project Adventure Smart Wales are calling on people to with the launch of their new website today, providing essential information and advice for a great day out.  Find out more here

Adventure is happening every day in our National Park!

It’s up to you to choose what your next Brecon Beacons adventure will be – rock climbing, gorge walking, a walk in the hills, a family day spent along the Canal, caving, kayaking on our rivers,  mountain biking or horse riding the activity options in the National Park are endless. Check out all the activities you can do here.

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Whatever your activity, there are a few simple things you need to consider will help your day stay great and ensure that, at the end of the day, you travel home safely, looking forward to your next adventure.

Be Adventure Smart!

Check out the new website, AdventureSmartWales.com, which provides you with all the essential information you need to get outdoors, confident that you have prepared for a great day.  The website has launched today in time for the Easter holidays, and come rain or shine people will be heading off for adventures in the great Welsh outdoors! With the launch today of a new pan-Wales campaign we are calling on people to ‘Be Adventure Smart’.

Take a look at their video for some great tips on how you can enjoy the Welsh Countryside safely.


Ask yourself three simple questions before you set off: Do I have the right gear? Do I
know what the weather will be like? Am I confident I have the knowledge and skills for the day? From the weather forecast, time of sunset, tide times and lots more practical advice AdventureSmartWales.com will give you the answers you need.

 

 

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