Christmas Markets and Fairs in the Brecon Beacons

Get into the festive spirit by visiting one of the many Brecon Beacons‘ Christmas markets and fairs. We have lots of Christmas markets and fairs happening in communities right across the Brecon Beacons, it’s a perfect way to get in the mood for Christmas and start your shopping- let the festivities begin!

Llandeilo Festival Of Senses-17th-19th November

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Llandeilo Festival of Senses is an annual free pre Christmas festival. Located across the West Wales town, the festival encompasses the towns shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants as well as offering Craft and fashion stalls, food stalls, buskers, entertainment and more. Join us in Llandeilo on the 17th – 19th of November, and get yourself in the Festive spirit.

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Joanna Lumley, the Absolutely Fabulous star and advocate for the Gurkha Justice Campaign is to switch on the Christmas lights in Brecon this year.
This will be the highlight of the town’s “Brecon with Bells On” Christmas Market on Saturday November 18th organised by Brecon Town Council. It is the second year the event has been staged in the town centre

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Now in its 18th year, the Winter Weekend is a smaller version of the main festival with events taking place in four venues in the town. This year’s Festival will be our biggest yet with a new 450-seater venue and extended programming. The town’s atmospheric market square will be a focus of festivities: On Friday 24 November, the Hay Christmas lights will be turned on, transforming the town into a winter wonderland brimming with festive cheer, accompanied by carol singing, readings and evening entertainment.

On Saturday 25 November, Hay Food Festival celebrates all that’s good about winter cooking, with over 50 stalls showcasing the very best of local produce, from savoury to sweet.

On Sunday 26 November, Hay Does Vintage transforms the square into a festive outdoor fleamarket with over 50 vintage and retro traders offering a diverse collection of items from clothes, textiles and jewellery, to furniture, collectables, and kitchenalia. Click here for more info.

Traditional Christmas Fair at Dinefwr-25th November

A mansion and courtyard filled with tasty treats and hand made gifts. There’ll be festive entertainment in the marquee, Father Christmas will be in his Grotto and there’s a free glass of Mulled Wine (or fruit juice) and a mince pie for all. More here.

Royal Welsh Winter Fair-27th and 28th November

First staged in 1990, the Winter Fair is now firmly established as one of the most popular attractions on the British agricultural show calendar. Leading stockmen from all over the UK compete for the top accolades in the competitions running throughout the two-day event.

Away from the judging rings the very best of Welsh food producers will be showcasing their produce and Christmas shoppers can explore the hundreds of tradestands, demonstrations and exhibitions and festive atmosphere. More here.

Aberglasney Winter Fair-1st-3rd December

A must-do of the Christmas season!

> Be inspired by our Mansion and two large marquees which will be packed with 100 stalls offering a wide range of Christmas gifts and decorations, crafts, homeware, toiletries and clothing:
you’ll be sure to find some special things for you and yours
> Warm up with mulled wine or spiced apple juice and a mince pie included with entry
> Enjoy delicious local artisan food and drink on the day and to take home
> Feel festive with music and choirs across the event (programme coming to this page soon)
> Visit Santa’s Grotto on Saturday and Sunday (times and price TBC) ~ find the entrance in the Ninfarium!
> Marvel at falconry in the Cloister Garden on Saturday and Sunday
> Take a break in the Tearooms

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Come and join us at the Gilwern Victorian Christmas Market.  We have a brand new location at GILWERN COMMUNITY CENTRE but with all the amazing Victorian Christmas atmosphere that we all know and love. A fun packed afternoon with something for everyone. Santa will be arriving and joining in with the festivities along with our street vendors, festive food and drink, theatre groups, music, games and much, much more. More here.

Christmas Late Night Shopping in Crickhowell-7th December

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Come and join us for the town’s annual late night shopping event.
This year the Clarence Hall will host over 20 independent artisan traders (to book a table contact CRiC 01873 811970 ) , whilst the town’s businesses and High Street shops will stay open late offering a host of special offers…. street food and choirs will also entertain you, and St Edmunds will host activities and bell ringing as usual!(There will be no road closure this year) More here.

Myddfai Christmas Craft Fair-7th December

Saturday 7th December is the date for this years Myddfai Christmas Fair 10am-4pm

There will be a wide range of local crafts & cakes available, as well as games and a quiz.  Mulled wine & mince pies plus other  tasty, home-made refreshments will be available from the cafe.  Entry is FREE. 10am-4pm

There are still a few stall spaces available to local crafters please get in touch with Les on les@www.myddfai.org or 01550 720449 or 07879 119223. More here.

Brecon Farmers Market-9th and 17th of December

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Local produce for excellent Christmas presents and festivities! A huge range of food and gift ideas, from local producers – we’ll even have Santa in his Groto! Live music, and a cafe provided by Love at First Bake. More here.

Christmas Craft Fair at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales-9th and 10th December

The Garden’s popular Christmas Craft Fair will return this year, and there’ll be something for everyone looking to buy that perfect last-minute gift, on Saturday and Sunday December 9 & 10.

The Great Glasshouse will be the venue for a fabulous fair with a fantastic array of stalls showcasing locally-made crafts and gifts; from handmade and hand-dyed silk scarves and handmade jewellery to homewares and glass items – and plenty of Christmas decorations too! More here.

Abergavenny Christmas Fair-10th December


With festive food and gifts, street food, kids’ activities, chef demos, tasting workshops, lantern parade, carol singing and sleigh rides with Santa, it’s set to be a fantastic day for all the family. More here.

….or why not pop into The Old Railway Line Garden centre for some Christmas shopping…

We love Christmas at The Old Railway Line Garden Centre and this year we have our biggest and best displays ever! Our magical festive displays are packed with all of the trees, decorations and lights you need this Christmas. Our Santa’s Grotto experience is renowned throughout Mid Wales, South Wales and Herefordshire and includes real reindeer, donkeys, magical walk, meeting Santa and receiving a suitable toy. We also host many other events and our stunning displays offer the inspiration and ideas to take home and replicate in your own home. Don’t miss out… visit us to experience the magic for yourself! More here.

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Whats on this weekend?

This weekend promises fun for everyone, with even a celebrity visiting the Brecon Beacons! We have live music and drinks, a festival of senses and Joanna Lumley will be lighting up the town of Brecon to get you in the Christmas spirit! Read on for more things to do in the National Park this weekend!

Diamond People Exhibition at The Andrew Lamont Gallery-Theatr Brycheiniog-3rd-19th November

The next exhibition in Theatr Brycheiniog’s Andrew Lamont Gallery will be the Diamond People exhibition, a photographic exhibition of Billie Charity’s work. The exhibition celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Brecon Beacons National Park, and some of the special people who make the Park what it is today!

This exhibition has been touring since early July and we are thrilled to have the exhibition finishing with us between Friday 3 and Sunday 19 November. Click here for more information.

The Abergavenny Hotel Presents Viva La Vodka-17-18th November

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Llandeilo Christmas Festival of the Senses-17th-19th November

We are pleased to announced that our festival dates for 2017 will be the 17th, 18th and 19th of November. We’ll keep you updated with news and events over the next few months. But put the dates in your diary now

Make your own silver ring at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales-18th November

Come and make your own silver ring in a day here at The National Botanic Garden of Wales. The course will be held in the Aqualab not far from the main entrance. A small extra charge for materials will be made to Laura, the tutor, on the day. If you have any questions please e-mail education@gardenofwales.org.uk

Brecon with Bells On-18th November

Joanna Lumley, the Absolutely Fabulous star and advocate for the Gurkhajoanna Justice Campaign is to switch on the Christmas lights in Brecon this year! This will be the highlight of the town’s “Brecon with Bells On” Christmas Market on Saturday November 18th organised by Brecon Town Council. It is the second year the event has been staged in the town centre. Brecon with Bells On” will start at 12 noon with stalls and entertainment for the whole family in the town centre, leading up to the switching on of the town’s Christmas lights at 6 pm. More here.

Or why not spend a day at our many attractions? Click here for info.

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Brecon Beacons Cafe Guide

It’s the little treats, like a fresh pot of tea with sandwiches, Welshcakes or scones, jam and cream, that make holidays in the Brecon Beacons really special. Here in the National Park, we have lots of lovely cafés, tea shops and tea rooms. As a bonus, some of them double as galleries and gift shops.

Check out our Cafe guide for 2017:

The Hours

The perfect spot to sit and unwind, to catch up with family and friends in relaxed surroundings with the daily papers, close at hand… in fact it’s the just the place to wile away the hours. They’ve also recently opened a Deli next door to their shop!

The Walnut Tree Store and Cafe 

Situated in the picteresque village of Llangynidr. Situated close to the dramatic River Usk and a short distance from the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal this is a perfect spot to enjoy freshly made cakes and sandwiches!

 

National Park Visitor Centre & Tea Rooms, Libanus 

You can fuel yourself for the day at the Tea Rooms which offer full breakfast, lunch and snack menus, along with a great range of tempting cakes and desserts.  The Tea Rooms are licensed, so you can also relax and unwind after a rewarding day in the hills with a local beer or wine.  There is a full range of teas, coffees and soft drinks too, to quench that well earnt thirst.

The Honey Cafe, Bronllys

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Our cafe was established in 1933 by our Grandmother, Glynwen in what was originally a malt house and brewery. During the 60s the cellar was home to the honey cavern a live music night club for the local area. In 1994 we introduced the texmex menu which was a huge success and today we are still providing good food and service at reasonable prices, whilst being eco-conscious, keeping the business well maintained and remaining faithful to our roots. Enjoy their gourment burgers, sweet treats and tex mex menus!

The River Cafe

The River Café is a licensed cafe-bar-restaurant located across the boatyard with the Wye Valley Canoe Centre next door. It is a relaxed and informal space with tables on the decking overlooking the River Wye. Relax and enjoy a glass of wine or a local ale on the decking. There really is no better way to spend the day!

Theatr Brycheiniog Waterfront Cafe

The Waterfront Pop-Up Café is open throughout the day selling a wide variety of food, freshly cooked to order. From light bites, to warming dishes, along with mouth watering cakes and coffee, or a pre-show meal, there is something for every occasion. The fully licensed bar and café is nestled on the waterfront, with Brecon’s famous canal providing a stunning location right in the heart of Brecon. On some show nights the café will be open later, and food may be ordered up to 45 minutes before the start of a show.

Beacons Farm Shop and Welsh Venison Centre

The Beacons Farm Shop at the Welsh Venison Centre sells bread, eggs, bacon, beer, wine, pork pies and a range of other deli items as well as meat from our butcher’s counter.

Our gift shop stocks beautiful, hand-picked gifts for your home or friends. We also have lots of children’s presents including baking and gardening sets, wooden toys and colourful lunch bags. Stop for a cup of tea and slice of cake, admire the stunning views of the Brecon Beacons, and see our deer, sheep and cows roaming the fields. Pop in today and see what we have to offer!

Bakers Table at Talgarth Mill

The Bakers’ Table Cafe and Bakery make everything from scratch including bread, cakes, lunches, pastries and savouries.  They have a wood fired oven which we use for pizzas and some of our bread. They offer a range of bread baking courses for beginners and more advanced bakers, using the flour from Talgarth Mill.  They use local ingredients of top quality including James Gourmet Coffee, Rowlestone Farmhouse Icecream, Black Mountains Preserves, Aber Valley and Graig Barn Farm Apple Juice, Brian George family butcher, Black Mountains Smokery and Welsh Farmhouse Cheeses from Country Fayre.

The Old Printing Office

The Old Printing Office in the heart of Llandovery offers a wide range of  gifts & Image result for the old printing officethe café serves quality food & drinks. Vegetarian food features in equal measures to meat based dishes,  using the most local and most ethically reared meat available and we try hard to cater for those with gluten free or dairy free diets.

Pilgrims Tea Rooms

Alongside the Heritage Centre, a very popular restaurant has been established. It offers traditional home cooking for every occasion. Toni and Andy Borgia, the Concessionaires, provide excellent meals from local produce. Pilgrims is open from 10am for coffee, serves lunches from noon, and afternoon tea thereafter. The restaurant also caters for private functions in the evening. Group bookings are also welcome. Pilgrims restaurant is situated in the Tithebarn in the Cathedral close.

Old Railway Line Garden Centre Cafe

The Old Railway Line Garden Centre is an award winning, family run, independent Garden Centre, Farm Shop and Restaurant combined, offering the very best gardening, home and outdoor living products alongside delicious, fresh, locally produced food and drink. Awarded ‘Best Garden Centre in Wales and the West’ in 2012, 2013 and 2014 we pride ourselves on the wide range of quality products stocked alongside our helpful, knowledgeable staff. We aim to always provide a shopping experience to remember and a restaurant that never fails to deliver delicious food.

Fancy a full afternoon tea if you’re feeling flash? Check out our blog of our recommendations here.

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This week at The Kitchen Garden 

This week at The Kitchen Garden 

Its been a busy couple of weeks here at The Kitchen Garden, even with the changeable weather! We have been harvesting Jerusalem Artichokes, Red Brussel Sprouts, Root Chickory, Celeriac, Mooli and Yellow Citrus Peppers.

You can see our full range of available fresh produce and preserves, as well as that of other local and some certified organic suppliers.

Click here to see this weeks list of available produce.

Moorland Gold Compost! 
We are excited to announce we are now stockists for Moorland Gold Composts. Moorland Gold range of composts are unique, as they are made with a natural occurring peat product which is collected through water filtration.  These composts are rich in naturally occurring minerals and trace elements, which encourages strong and healthy balanced growth, with reduced need for additional feeding. The resulting plants and fruits will be free from artificial fertilisers and will taste as nature intended.

Moorland Gold composts are manufactured to cover all stages of your organic plant’s growth, these are approved for use in organic systems by the Soil Association. We are stocking the Seed and Cutting Compost and the Potting and Container compost, give Rae a call or email to check price and availability on 07949 396 589 or rae.gervis@lime.org.uk

Italian Suppers!
The Nonnna Caterina Italian Suppers are proving to be hugely popular and booking is essential to avoid disappointment. Our next available night is 18th November. To see an example of the menu please click here.

Why not try a Christmas party with a twist. We are now taking bookings for 23rd December and New Years Eve!

To book please call Alison on 07490143385.

Courses
We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has attended courses so far for the year at The Kitchen Garden, its always fantastic to have feedback from these events!

A huge thank you for today, I really enjoyed it! I can’t believe how knowledgeable you are!! It’s amazing to listen to you, you’re great at explaining things, very inspiring! I am looking forward to having a garden 🙂
Thank you and I hope I can come back springtime!

Our Fermentation Made Easy Course have now finished for the year, however we have confirmed dates for the new year! See our website for full list of dates!
As always we can arrange for tours of the Kitchen Garden, with 24hrs notice as well as offering homemade soup and fresh bread, booking essential, as well as tea, coffee and homemade cake available between 10am – 4pm. So if you are visiting the bird-hide, taking a walk or cycling around the lake why not book in to warm up!

While there why not have a look around the shop and see our range of homemade preserves, apple juice, artisan Welsh produce, local products, plus of course seasonal vegetables.
For any queries or bookings please call or email Rae on 07949 396 589 or rae.gervis@lime.org.uk

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Walking Wednesday-Pen-y-Crug-near Brecon

Standing on the summit of a prominent hill above the UskValley, Pen-y-Crug is one of the most impressive hillforts in the Brecon Beacons National Park. 

It can be found at a height of 331m on the Crug, a hill just outside Brecon. During the IronAge, about 2000 years ago, Pen-y-Crug would have been a very busy place,where people lived,worked, farmed and traded. In the 18th and 19th centuries, areas of the Crug was occupied by a brick and tile works, and worked as a tile quarry; old quarry workings and clay pits,trackways and kilns indicate the Crug was a locally important industrial site. Today the site is situated on common land and is owned and managed by the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority. The walk to the hillfort is well worth the trip, coupling impressive archaeological remains with breathtaking and expansive views of the Central Beacons.

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Where is it?
Start – Maen-duWell LD3 9PN. Explorer map OL12 or Landranger Map 160. Grid ref. SO 039 296. Pen-y-Crug is 1.5 miles/2.5 km northwest of Brecon. Heading north out of Brecon on the B4520 (Pendre Hill), take the last left hand turn before you exit Brecon into Maes y Ffynnon. Immediately take a right hand turn and follow the road up to a roundabout.

Distance
2.5km (1.5 miles) return

Time
Allow 1-2 hours.

Terrain
Mostly grassy paths and several stiles throughout the walk. There is a steady climb covering 140m of incline from Maen-duWell to the top of Pen-y-Crug.

Grade
Moderate

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The Route

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    Start the walk from the drop
    off near the roundabout, where Maen-duWell is clearly
    marked with a brown sign post next to the red ‘no entry’
    signs. Head over to Maen-duWell which dates from the
    mid-1700s.You will see a small stone building with a water
    course coming from it. Inside the building you will be able to
    see the well-pool – the spring is here.
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  2. Looking towards the peak of Pen-y-Crug, cross the stile to the
    left of Maen-duWell.This leads into the next field on your
    route. Follow the National Park way markers more or less
    straight ahead and continue uphill until you reach the summit
    of the Crug marked by a stone pillar (trig point).This section
    of the walk crosses stiles and fields initially, then more open
    bracken covered hillside.
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  3. When you are close to the top you will cross the fort’s
    ramparts, which today are rounded earthwork banks and
    ditches.These were once made of stone and earth with a
    wooden defensive palisade or fence, built on top.They
    allowed those who occupied the hillfort to defend themselves
    and made it very difficult for anyone to attack the settlement.
    Entry to the interior of the hillfort was gained through a single
    well-guarded entrance on the southeast side.Above ground,
    little survives of the round houses,stock pens and granaries
    that once occupied the hillfort.
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  4. 4 Pen-y-Crug SO 029303. It is clear to see why Iron Age
    peoples chose to build a defendable settlement here. In clear
    weather you can see over the whole of Brecon and far
    beyond from the trig point at the top of Pen-y-Crug. Looking
    south-west, you should be able to make out the Iron-age hill
    fort ofTwyn-y-Gaer on the Mynydd Illtud Common. Looking
    south-east you should be able to make out SlwchTump (with
    the mobile mast), the third of the hill forts all visible to each
    other.You can also see the Black Mountains in the east and
    Pen y Fan and the Central Beacons to the south. Notable
    landmarks in Brecon are St Mary’s Church tower and the
    Cathedral.
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  5.                           To return to the start point, retrace your steps and head
    down back towards the well.

    Variation
    To lengthen 4km/2.5 miles. Start your journey at Brecon Cathedral (SO 045290) then head up the hill away from the town centre.The road is signed as Pendre and changes to the B4520 (please note that Pendre Close is the wrong road). Head up the hill until you get to the last left hand turn – Maes y Ffynnon.Take the obvious and immediate right hand turn, and follow the road until you reach a mini-roundabout.
    Follow the route card from the Maen-duWell section. Return via bridle path back to the B4520 (green dashed line on the map)

Activities suitable on this route
Journey sticks. Photography. This route is ideal for bird spotting. A set of binoculars will also make it easier to view some of the landmarks such as Twyn y Gaer and Slwch Tump.

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Information
Parking
There is often free parking in Maes y Ffynnon for cars or a mini bus and a roundabout for easy turning.
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Refreshments and toilets
Pilgrims Tea Rooms, next to the cathedral. Ring 01874 610610 to check opening times.
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The nearest toilets are at Brecon Cathedral- opening times may vary according to the season. http://www.breconcathedral.org.uk/visiting/visiting.php
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There are no train services. For buses to Brecon check http://www.traveline.cymru The 40A leaves from Brecon
Interchange and town centre every half an hour Monday-Saturday to Maes y Ffynnon at the start of the walk.
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Nearest Towns
Brecon has most facilities including cafes and pubs. Places to visit include Brecon Cathedral, the Regimental Museum of the Royal Welsh and the Monmouth and Brecon Canal.

Sample Itinerary
10.30 Take a little time to have a look around Maen-du well at the start of the walk. Bring a set of binoculars to spot local birds and landmarks.
12.30 Complete walk Picnic lunch or eat at Tea Rooms
1.30 Visit Brecon Cathedral and Heritage Centre.

More info on this route can be found here. 

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Walking Wednesday-Twyn y Gaer

The remains of an Iron Age hillfort can be seen on the grassy mound of  Twyn y Gaer. Though little remains of this ancient structure, it’s easy to see why our ancestors picked this naturally defensive spot to settle.

On a clear day there are stunning views all around; the peaks of Pen-y-Fan and Corn Du; the Black Mountains; the River Usk; as well as a patchwork pattern of farmland stretching out towards mid Wales.Image result for Twyn y Gaer

Where is it? Follow the signs for the National Park Visitor Centre close to the village of Libanus. The Centre is signposted from theA470 at Libanus 5 miles/9km south of Brecon LD3 8ER.Explorer Map OL 12 or Landranger Map 160 Grid ref SN 977 262.

Distance 4½km (2½ miles) return Time Allow 1½-2 hours.

Terrain Grassy paths, gentle slopes with one steeper climb (70m of ascent) toTwyn y Gaer. Paths onto the Common are fairly level but are grassy and can become boggy in wet weather so may not be wheelchair/scooter accessible.

Grade Moderate.

Please Note. Trails can become slippery due to adverse weather conditions. Please take extra care when walking. Suitable footwear, sturdy shoes or boots with a good grip, are best worn at all times. Mynydd Illtud can become very wet in winter.

Activities suitable on this route Geocaching Mynydd Illtyd GC3C98Q, Xenoposeidon:Watch your step GC4AMZJ, journey sticks, colour palettes, bird watching, and photography.

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The Route
1. Arrive at the National ParkVisitor Centre (SN 977262), also known as the Mountain Centre.The Centre is situated on Mynydd Illtud Common, one of several commons purchased in 1984 by the National Park Authority to protect and conserve the open landscape. Local farmers have the right to graze their sheep and cut bracken here. Look out for red kites and other birds of prey, along with sky larks and wheatears. The Common takes its name from St Illtud, a Celtic Christian missionary and teacher of St David,Wales’s patron saint.

2. Go through the gate next to the disabled parking by the main building.Cross the road and follow the grassy track leading away from the road on the opposite side (north westerly). Follow this path for approximately 5 minutes to reach a standing stone which was placed here about 5000 years ago in the Bronze Age. It is believed it acted as a calendar – if you stand near this standing stone on the shortest day of the year, you will observe the sun rising between the twin peaks of Pen y Fan and Corn Du.

3. At the standing stone, bear right and follow the grassy track that runs parallel with the road for about 20 minutes.You will see the hill ofTwyn y Gaer appearing to your left. It has a white pillar (trig point) on the summit.When you arrive at a white marker for an underground pipeline and the road starts to drop downhill, cross the road, head downhill for a short distance then cross another road. 3 Follow the path to the trig point on the summit of Twyn y Gaer 367m. (SN 989280).This is a short,steep climb but well worth the effort.You can see evidence of an Iron Age Hillfort from about 2000 years ago.There are the remains of the defensive ditches which surrounded the Celtic village and a gateway to the north east side (nearest Brecon)

4. To return, walk down the grassy path which leads back across the road and retrace your route.There are a number of alternative paths to choose from here-as long as visibility is good and you keep Pen y Fan to your left, you should be able to see theVisitor Centre after walking for about half an hour.

Variation
To shorten Walk to the standing stone and back only. There are a number of shorter /longer walks on Mynydd Illtud.Check websites listed.

Information
Parking Please use the Visitor Centre car park whenever possible. £1 for 2hrs £2.50 for over 2 hours. Free parking for disabled badge holders. There is a wheelchair available for use at the Centre.

Toilets A tea room and toilets are on site. Open every day except Christmas day, 9.30-4.30(winter), 9.30- 5.30 (summer).Tel: 01874 623366 http://www.breconbeacons.org/national-park-visitor-centre

Public Transport http://www.traveline.cymru By Bus-T4Traws Cymru.This bus only goes to Libanus and there is an uphill walk of 1.5 miles/2.4 km from the village.

Nearest Towns Libanus, Brecon.

Websites http://www.breconbeacons.org     http://www.Geocaching.comhttp://www.fforestfawrgeopark.org.uk/understanding/archaeologyand-industrial-heritage/the-iron-age/      www.breconbeacons.org/explore/things_to_do/walking/where_ to_walk/short_walks/mynydd_illtud_from_the_visitor_centre

More info on this route can be found here. 

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What’s on this November?

Embrace the Autumn and get out and about in the Brecon Beacons this November! We have more firework displays lighting up the sky this evening, family shows throughout the month and magical fairs to buy your Christmas gifts. Plus there’s the diamond people exhibition to keep you entertained. Here’s our pick of the best things to do in Brecon Beacons this November. 

Diamond People Exhibition at The Andrew Lamont Gallery-Theatr Brycheiniog-3rd-19th November

The next exhibition in Theatr Brycheiniog’s Andrew Lamont Gallery will be the Diamond People exhibition, a photographic exhibition of Billie Charity’s work. The exhibition celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Brecon Beacons National Park, and some of the special people who make the Park what it is today!

This exhibition has been touring since early July and we are thrilled to have the exhibition finishing with us between Friday 3 and Sunday 19 November. Click here for more information.

Myddfai Family Fireworks 5th November from 6pm.

Adults £5, children 5-16y.o £3  under 5’s free.  BBQ & Teas & Cakes.  All ticket proceeds go to two local charities- Lluest Horse & Pony Trust & Llandovery Young Farmers Club

The Magic Porridge Pot – English Language- 8th November-6pm

The Magic Porridge Pot / Hud y Crochan Uwd

In a village on the edge of the Enormous Forest, Aggie is always trying to help her mother and the other villagers, but often ends up just making a mess. Whilst on one of her adventures Aggie is given a magical pot which makes tasty porridge, but when her mother tries her hand at it and can’t make the pot stop, the town is filled with porridge and Aggie’s help is really needed… by everyone.

The Magic Porridge Pot is overflowing with songs, music and fun for all the family, especially those under 7, this Christmas. Tickets: Adults & Children £5 / Tocynnau: Oedolion a Plant £5.  Click here for more information.

Table Top Sale at Myddfai Community Hall-11th November

Myddfai Community Hall Saturday November 11th 10am-2pm  £5 per table all indoors, come and pick up a bargain or cash in those surplus items.

The Abergavenny Hotel Presents Viva La Vodka-17-18th November

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Llandeilo Christmas Festival of the Senses-17th-19th November

We are pleased to announced that our festival dates for 2017 will be the 17th, 18th and 19th of November. We’ll keep you updated with news and events over the next few months. But put the dates in your diary now


Brecon with Bells On-18th November

Joanna Lumley, the Absolutely Fabulous star and advocate for the Gurkhajoanna Justice Campaign is to switch on the Christmas lights in Brecon this year! This will be the highlight of the town’s “Brecon with Bells On” Christmas Market on Saturday November 18th organised by Brecon Town Council. It is the second year the event has been staged in the town centre. Brecon with Bells On” will start at 12 noon with stalls and entertainment for the whole family in the town centre, leading up to the switching on of the town’s Christmas lights at 6 pm. More here.


Hay Festival Winter Weekend-23rd-26th November 

Hay Festival Winter Weekend

Now in its 18th year, the Winter Weekend is a smaller version of the main festival with events taking place in four venues in the town. This year’s Festival will be our biggest yet with a new 450-seater venue and extended programming. The town’s atmospheric market square will be a focus of festivities: On Friday 24 November, the Hay Christmas lights will be turned on, transforming the town into a winter wonderland brimming with festive cheer, accompanied by carol singing, readings and evening entertainment. On Saturday 25 November, Hay Food Festival celebrates all that’s good about winter cooking, with over 50 stalls showcasing the very best of local produce, from savoury to sweet. On Sunday 26 November, Hay Does Vintage transforms the square into a festive outdoor fleamarket with over 50 vintage and retro traders offering a diverse collection of items from clothes, textiles and jewellery, to furniture, collectables, and kitchenalia.

Cantref’s Santa Experience– 25th-26th November

Make Magical Memories this Christmas in our enchanting winter wonderland at Cantref! All under cover we have over 40,000 sq ft of festive fun. Walk through our Elves Kingdom with real animal nativity scenes and lots of Christmas Trees and Snow.  Make reindeer food, sit in Santa’s Sleigh, write your Christmas Letter, play our snowball game and do Christmas crafts while you wait to see Santa in his Grotto.  Santa will then give you a special key to enter the magical toy shop where you can select your own gift! The excitement doesn’t end there, we also have Elf Academy where you can learn to be a Christmas Elf, our Mr Ev’s Christmas Show and Christmas Party Games with the entertainment team.  Combined with our usual shows such as bottle feeding, pet handling and pony rides along with lots of indoor and outdoor play there is plenty to keep you entertained for the whole day!  Our heated indoor soft play area is lovely and warm and our cafe will be serving lots of delicious food and tasty homemade cakes.  Save money by pre-booking your tickets on-line. Book Tickets

First staged in 1990, the Winter Fair is now firmly established as one of the most popular attractions on the British agricultural show calendar. Leading stockmen from all over the UK compete for the top accolades in the competitions running throughout the two-day event.

Away from the judging rings the very best of Welsh food producers will be showcasing their produce and Christmas shoppers can explore the hundreds of tradestands, demonstrations and exhibitions and festive atmosphere.

Myddfai Farmers Markets, Myddfai Hall-29th November

 9am-1pm- there’s a huge range of quality local produce to purchase!

There’s plenty more bonfire night events in the Brecon Beacons to go-click here for more info…..If you need somewhere to stay in the Brecon Beacons this November then find somewhere to stay here!

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