Tom Kerridge and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall headline Abergavenny Food Festival 2017

The Welsh town of Abergavenny will once again become a centre for culinary celebration in September.

Famous faces such as Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Tom Kerridge have confirmed their appearances on the Borough Theatre stage, alongside chefs Darina Allen, Gill Meller, Olia Hercules and Freddy Bird.Image result

Additional confirmed highlights include a pop-up feast by crowdfunded restaurant and food research hub Edinburgh Food Studio, and Ukrainian born chef Olia Hercules cooking up recipes from her soon to be released second cookbook KauKasis, at a special book-club dinner to include readings and stories from the author.

Expect Gill Meller cooking over fire, heritage skills workshops from Australian chef & author Rebecca Sullivan, an oyster masterclass from Simon Lamont, and seasonal British/Indian cookery classes from chef Romy Gill, MBE.

Visitors to this year’s festival should expect an expanded Producers’ Market showcasing the very best Great British food, the return of the night market on Saturday 16th, and activities for kids and families, including a new edible education space with plenty of opportunities to get little hands dirty.

A new website has been launched by the festival with a fresh look for 2017 and features initial details, with weekend wristbands now on sale via abergavennyfoodfestival.com

The jam-packed weekend of food festivities will include: an Abergavenny community feast on Thursday 14th September, pop-up feasts and evening celebrations on Friday 15th, and the Saturday night fireworks spectacular and party at Abergavenny Castle.

Abergavenny’s new Chief Executive, Aine Morris says:

“We’re incredibly excited about the strength of the festival line up this year. There is an abundance of food talent in Britain right now, and a wealth of incredible food books out this year. Our programme is a reflection of the skills, passion and commitment being shown to their craft by all those involved in bringing food to the table.”

“Abergavenny is fundamentally all about the food, with a focus on real food, real farmers, and real chefs. We are keen to get people trying new things, tasting new produce and strengthening their engagement with where food comes from.”

Abergavenny Food Festival 2017 is it’s 19th year running and reaches 35,000 people of a 2-day festival weekend.

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10 Ideas for Family Fun in the Brecon Beacons

It’s the Easter holidays! And the Brecon Beacons is the best ever playground! There are masses of things for active families to do. Of course, there’s no need to pack every day with expensive activities – simple things like picnics and Pooh sticks can be just as much fun. In fact, many of our favourite ideas are absolutely free.

Have a look at our top 10 ideas for family fun in the Brecon Beacons: 

1. Be king of the castle at Carreg Cennen

Let your dirty rascals scramble about on Carmarthenshire’s most striking ruins. They’ll feel on top of the world. To find out more, visit our page on Carreg Cennen Castle.

2. Paddle down the River Wye

Go canoeing or kayaking on the river with an experienced operator such as Wye Valley Canoes , then tuck into a scrumptious local lunch on the riverbank at The River Café, Glasbury-on-Wye. To find out more, visit our page on canoeing and kayaking.

© The River Cafe

3. Play I Spy in Brecon, Abergavenny or Talgarth

Turn a shopping trip into a fun morning out by playing games which keep the kids’ eyes wide open. If one of our local farmers’ markets is in full swing, there will be lots of goodies to taste. To find out more, visit our page on farmers’ markets.

Credit: Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

4. Go pony trekking

Whether your kids are seasoned riders or absolute beginners, the qualified instructors at our riding centres will keep them safe. Kids as little as four years old can have a go. To find out more, visit our page on horse riding and pony trekking.

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5. Climb a hill, go on a bug hunt and fly a kite

Climb a huge hill, looking out for butterflies, bees and other insects on the way. Sugar Loaf is a good one, with Mynydd Llanwenarth car park the best starting point. The ascent is easy at first, but little legs might want to skip the steep bit near the summit. Take a kite – on windy days, Sugar Loaf is a great flying spot. To find out more, visit our pages on walking.

© Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

6. Visit an adventure farm

Whatever the weather Cantref – is a fantastic family day out. There are dozens of activities to enjoy at this award-winning Adventure Farm. For starters, take your pick from bottle feeding pigs, rampaging through a play zone, handling hamsters, pony rides, pet racing, adventures through swamps and a badger-themed quest. There are indoor and outdoor areas, as well as tractor rides. Find out more about Cantref Adventure Farm.

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7. Know your stalactites from your stalagmites

At the National Showcaves for Wales, safely built paths allow you to explore fabulous natural limestone caverns, complete with human skeletons. As if that wasn’t exciting enough, there’s also one of the world’s largest dinosaur parks, a shire horse centre, a playbarn and more. To find out more, visit our page on Dan-yr-Ogof National Showcaves Centre for Wales.

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Dan Yr Ogof

8. Get muddy, climb to the tree tops and zip through the air

The Llangorse Multi Activity Centre has tons of fun challenges for kids, teenagers and adults alike, such as climbing walls, rope bridges, zip lines and a wet and muddy Dingle Scramble. Phew! To find out more, visit our Llangorse Multi Activity Centre page.

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9. Stare at the stars

If there’s a clear, moonless night during your visit, you’re in luck. The stars will put on a show. Get hold of a book, a chart or a stargazing map, and see if you can spot some of the constellations. To find out more, visit our page on stargazing.

The saddle at Craig Cerrig-gleisiad, Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales

Credit: Dan Stantillo

10. Get closer to our wildlife

The Brecon Beacons is full of places where you and the family can enjoy the wonders of nature. The Red Kite Feeding Station, at Llanddeusant in the remote western area of the Brecon Beacons National Park, attracts over 50 red kites and buzzards every day in a spectacular aerial display.

To see our top 10 places to enjoy wildlife here for a selection of brilliant spots that are easy to get to.

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Craig y Nos Circular Walk – A taste of the Tawe.

With lakes, ponds and big valley views, this circular walk at Craig y Nos is short but sweet. You’ll be crossing rivers via stepping stones and passing the National Showcaves Centre for Wales at Dan-yr-Ogof – a real rock star.

Need to know
Length: 2½ miles (4km)

Time: Around 1¼ hours (add another 2 hours if visiting the National Showcaves Centre)
Start and finish: Car park at Craig-y-Nos Country Park, Abercraf
OS map ref: SO 840156
OS map: OL12 Explorer (1:25 000 series)
Facilities: Refreshments, visitor information and toilets at Craig-y-Nos Country Park

Along the way
Craig-y-Nos Country Park

A lush 40 acres (16ha) of riverbanks, lakes, woodland and meadows, the park was once the ornamental grounds and ‘pleasure gardens’ of nearby Craig-y-Nos Castle. The park is a haven for walkers, wildlife spotters and picnickers. The castle, an imposing 19th-century ‘sham’ in typical high Victorian style, was the home of international opera star Madame Adelina Patti, who lived here for 40 years up to her death in 1919. It’s now a hotel and popular venue for weddings.
This subterranean marvel is part of one of the largest cave systems in Europe, stretching for at least 11 miles (17km) beneath the Brecon Beacons. All the classic features of the action of water on limestone rock are here, from vast underground chambers to delicate stalagmites and stalactites. Three separate cave experiences are available – the main showcaves complex, the Cathedral Cave named after its epic central feature, the 13m-high ‘Dome of St Paul’s’, and the archaeologically inspired Bone Cave. Dan-yr-Ogof is one of Wales’s prime family attractions with entertainment above ground too at its Bronze Age village, Shire horse centre and dinosaur park.
St Callwen’s Church
Though the church itself is a simple building, the churchyard is home to a few interesting memorials. One honours local people who risked their lives searching for the crew of a plane that crashed nearby in the winter of 1939. You’ll also find the grave of Morgan Morgan, a local farmer and industrialist who sold the land for Craig-y-Nos Castle to Adelina Patti. Two of his grandsons were the first to explore Dan-yr-Ogof caves by coracle and candlelight in 1912.

For a full route description, please click here.

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What’s on at The National Botanic Gardens of Wales this Easter

Enjoy the outdoors with activities and festive fun at the National Botanic Gardens this Easter!

 

    • Wednesday 12 April 2017
    • 9am to 5pm

    A fun-filled event for all the family to enjoy at the National Botanic Garden of Wales

    Find out more

    Meet a Meerkat

    • Thu 13 Apr to Fri 14 Apr
    • 11:30am to 3:30pm

    It’s Meet a Meerkat time again with the return of Tropical Inc and their magnificent menagerie of exotic animals

    Find out more

Good Friday

  • Friday 14 April 2017
  • 10am to 5pm

It’s going to be a beast of an Easter at the National Botanic Garden with ‘animal magic’ taking centre stage here through the school holidays

Find out more

Easter Saturday

    • Saturday 15 April 2017
    • 10am to 5pm

    Come along and enjoy Easter at the National Botanic Garden!

    Find out more

Easter Sunday

  • Sunday 16 April 2017
  • 10am to 5pm

Come and enjoy Easter in the Garden

Find out more

Easter Monday

  • Monday 17 April 2017
  • 10am to 5pm

Easter Monday will see the annual Easter Bonnet Parade through the Garden

Find out more

Also…

18 April – Meet a Meerkat – 11am, 12:30pm, 2pm & 3:30pm – £3 per seat per show

 
21 April – Members’ Coffee Morning – Illustrated talk on pollinator research – Members Only
 
22-23 April – Spring Antiques Show – More than 100 stalls, plus BBC’s Bargain Hunt
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Throughout the holidays, from 8-20 April, you can  Pet a Lamb at Millennium Square and from the 8-23rd you can take part in The Wallace Adventure Prize Trail!

 More events can be found here. 

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Easter at Cantref Adventure Farm

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We are very egg-cited to anounce the opening of our new Easter Garden at Cantref!

Come along and meet the Easter Bunny then hunt for the eggs hidden around the garden.

When you have found 5 different coloured eggs take them to our Easter Eggs-change and swap them for a yummy chocolate treat!

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Meet the Easter Cuties!

We have lots of gorgeous newborn spring lambs for you to meet at Cantref this Easter.

If you time your visit to our Big Animal Barn right you might even be lucky enough to see a lamb being born.lamb

Our Bottle Feeding Lamb Show will be on twice a day in our theatre, this is a great hands on show and the perfect  photo opportunity to capture memories from your family day out at Cantref.

Plenty More Easter Fun!

We are Egg-Stremely happy to announce that from Friday 7th of April Cantref is back open daily from 10.30 am to 5.30 pm.

We are Choc-O-Bloc with Family Fun this Easter!  We will see the return of your favourite shows such as Bottle Feeding Lambs, Animal Encounter Tractor and Trailer Rides and the re-opening of our Paddle Boats and Splash Wars.  Don’t miss our Mr Ev’s Easter Panto daily in our theatre!  We also have our new Adventure Bounce outdoor play area!

Cantref Camp-site will also reopen from this weekend.

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Own a Pony Day

Our Own a Pony Day on the 10th of April has now sold out but we still have some spaces remaining for the 17th of April.unnamed (3)

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

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 and Voucher

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Easter Activities with Want to Canoe?

Bring on British Summertime! River Wye Canoe Hire and Guided Adventure Tours. Spaces are available for Want to Canoe?’ Guided Adventure Sessions this Saturday afternoon as well as both Sunday morning and afternoon sessions.

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!

We warmly invite you to hire a canoe and discover the beauty of the River Wye. 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 several different points along the way, with an array of different routes to choose from, all with their own unique sights, sounds and smells.

Canoe hire is available 7 days a week from April to October or why not get more interactive on a GUIDED ADVENTURE SESSION – On selected days during the holidays, booking essential!unnamed (2)

Having our team as your Guides gives you the benefit of being able to learn basic canoe-skills, play games and make the most out of the new skills you’ve learnt, also take in the scenery and wildlife more easily as you have a guide showing you what to look out for and you are not simply concentrating on keeping the canoe in a straight line as you’ve got some basic technique from the outset!

If you’ve canoed before they can also help you expand upon and work on technique, they adapt easily to the needs of the group. The instructors paddle their own canoes so they can wizz about amongst the group, you then choose the boat format that suits your group on the day (we have single, tandem and rafted options).  Here’s a link to our gallery which includes some pics from some of their Guided Trips to give you an idea!http://www.canoehire.co.uk/gallery.php These sessions are the equivalent of British Canoeing 1* Qualification so everyone receives a certificate at the end of the trip!

Along your journey, you can expect to see a number of spectacular and fascinating characters in their natural habitats, including kingfishers, herons, cormorants, swans and otters – all from the prime viewpoint of your canoe.

This peaceful and ever-changing setting is the ideal place to wile away a few hours, spend a day or even a week. Furthermore, what better way to get a bit of aerobic and cardiovascular exercise than canoeing the Wye? Burning calories has never been so relaxing!

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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! Find our town guide here.

Contact Clare and Aubrey in the office to start planning your adventures. . .

Aubrey and Clare Fry
want to canoe?
Racquety Farm                                    www.canoehire.co.uk
Wyecliff                                                call us: 01497 820604
Hay-on-Wye                                         email us: hire@canoehire.co.uk
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Aubrey & Clare Fry

want to canoe?

Telephone: 01497 820604

www.canoehire.co.uk

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Top 5 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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Don’t miss out on our Easter Sunday Eggtastic fun day, children will love it! Enjoy a Sunday roast, enter a colouring Easter Egg competition and enter competition for the most creative hard boiled egg and then enjoy an Eggtravaganza Egg hunt In our beautiful grounds.(weather permitted)
Bookings will be required:
01874 665387
Hopefully the Easter Bunny 🐰 will make an appearance!

Brecon Mountain Railway

Come and join the 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 14th, Sat 15th, Sun 16th and Mon 17th April. Booking in advance is advised. We hope you can join us this Easter!

Dinefwr Park and Castle

Put your detective hats on this Easter at Dinefwr Park and Castle! They need your help to find the missing calf at Dinefwr. Solve the mystery and be rewarded with a Cadbury chocolate prize. April 14-17, 10am to 4pm.
More info and dates here. 

Cantref Adventure Farm

Easter Bank Holiday Weekend Treasure Hunt.  

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!cantreff

Open everyday  from 10.30am – 5.30pm.

Come on children, get your thinking caps on and hunt around the farm, why not say hello to the new minature animals we have here, they would love to meet you! (They might even a have a clue!!) If you can make up the sercet password come back to reception with your form filled in and then you can claim your prize! Go to website for more info.

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.

Tretower Court

The Treasure Trove of Tretower – truly an Easter Sp-EGG-tacular!!

Why not round off your Easter weekend with a Bank Holiday treasure hunt? Come and explore the ruins of the 12th century castle, alongside the residential splendour of the 15th century court at Tretower but, remember, wherever you wander, you may be mere inches from the fabled Treasure Trove of Tretower (?!?) – supposedly a lost horde of gold and silver coins, together with a gem the size of an EGG (if you can believe it!).

You never know, it might just be you who finds the fabulous “Fim Bull” of the Vaughan family..

Dates

17 Apr 2017
Times
10am – 4.30pm
Prices
Adult – £6.50
Family – £19.30*
Senior citizens, students and children under 16 – £4.20

Find out more events happening in the Brecon Beacon this Easter here!

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