This January offers something for everyone in the Brecon Beacons National Park! Head to Pen Y Fan to cheer on those taking part in the gruelling Fan Dance Race, watch plenty of shows at Theatr Brycheiniog, celebrate St Dwynwen’s Day and get some delicious produce at Llangynidr Farmers Market!
5th – 6th January – The Fan Dance Race
The Fan Dance is a gruelling 24km non-navigational race over two sides of Pen Y Fan, the highest mountain in the Brecon Beacons. This infamous route has long been a part of SAS (Special Air Service) and SBS (Special Boat Service) selection. Find out more about The Fan Dance.
17th Jan-24th Feb-Portrait of a Farming Community: Exhibition at Theatr Brycheiniog
Rob was a Large Animal Veterinarian working in the Brecon area from 2004 to 2010. His interactions with the farming community gave him the opportunity to photograph local farming families. Robs portrait collection slowly grew and in 2006 he co-produced a calendar titled ‘Welsh Dudes’ which highlighted some of the local farmers.
2010 saw Robs departure from Veterinary practice due to ill health, and while he is no longer involved in the farmer community he still remembers the characters he was privileged to meet during his time in practice, these portraits have been stored away, some dating back 14 years.He feels privileged to have been asked to have his photographs displayed, and once again share some of the moments he captured during his time in practice`
His photography includes individuals or several generations of the one family, some who are no longer with us. From 2015 Rob had a career change, he now teachers Yoga in The Well Being Centre, Brecon. He also teaches yoga at Ysgol Penmaes, Bannau Camlais and Orbis centres in Bronllys and Womaston.Rob is still involved in photography today; with his focus more on the local landscape, fauna and flora. More here.
19th-26th January-The Westenders – Sleeping Beauty
Come and celebrate 70 years of The Westenders at Theatr Brycheiniog this January as they present their spell binding Pantomime, Sleeping Beauty! A show full of comedy and romance, bursting with energetic numbers, spectacular scenery and mesmerising special effects that’s guaranteed to entertain the whole family! Please note the performance on Tuesday 22 will feature BSL interpretation by Julie Doyle who will be standing stage left. Tickets here.
25 January-St Dwynwen’s Day
On the 25th of January each year, people all over Wales celebrate St Dwynwen’s Day, the Welsh patron saint of lovers. The Brecon Beacons National Park will be full of love, so why not pay us a visit with your loved one, for unforgettable experiences and special days out in the heart of South Wales. Find out more here.
27th January- Llangynidr Farmers Market
Meet local suppliers and be spoilt for choice. Stalls include locally produced meats, butter, eggs and cheeses, plants, gardening tools; cards, knitted and other craft items, cakes and Fairtrade products. More here.