What to look out for in 2013…

There’s so much going on in the Brecon Beacons this year that you probably don’t even know where to start. We didn’t either, which is why we put together this little round up of 2013’s most popular events, as well as nearby accommodations, so you can get planning early and best the crowds!

Walking in Crickhowell © B Therin
Walking in Crickhowell © B Therin

In March, the Crickhowell Walking Festival will be celebrating its 6th successful annual event with a record 88 walks, including a challenging three-day trek across all thirteen peaks in the Black Mountains. There will also be the chance to hone your navigational skills and even brush up on your photography.

Mayberry Cottage
Mayberry Cottage

Nearby accommodations include:
Acorns (sleeping 2)
The Crown (sleeping 4)
Mayberry Cottage (sleeping 8)

Then, in April, the brand new Hay-on-Wye Bike Festival will explode onto the roads and paths surrounding the famous book town. Expect a whole weekend of guided rides, expert advice, all types of gear and a really good atmosphere.

Nearby accommodations include:
Gardeners Granary (sleeping 2)
Cefn Barn (sleeping 4)
Blaencwm (sleeping 8)

Geopark Festival
Geopark Festival

Things really get going in May, with the Talgarth Walking Festival, the annual Geopark Festival and, of course, the famous Hay Festival, which brings together some of the world’s greatest writers and thinkers for a whole host of talks and workshops. Be sure to book early for this one!

Nearby accommodations (for Geopark Festival) include:
Cwmgwyn Farm Cottage (sleeping 4)
Cennen Lodge (sleeping 8)
Llys Lodge (sleeping 8)

Things get jazzy in August with the arrival of the annual Brecon Jazz Festival, where talented locals can play alongside some of the true greats. Past headliners have included Dionne Warwick, Van Morrison, Amy Winehouse, Jools Holland and Cerys Matthews.

Nearby accommodations include:
Ann’s Barn (sleeping 2)
Glowty (sleeping 4)
Buttercup Barn (sleeps 6)

Llandovery Sheep Festival
Llandovery Sheep Festival

September sees the arrival of both the Llandovery Sheep Festival and Abergavenny Food Festival. On one side you’ll be able to take advantage of some truly fun family-friendly events and activities. On the other, you’ll be tucking into some of the very best grub from local producers.

Strawberry Wood Barn
Strawberry Wood Barn

Nearby accommodations (for the Abergavenny Food festival) include:
The Tower (sleeping 2)
Birch Tree Barn (sleeping 4)
Strawberry Wood Barn (sleeping 10)

Finally, in October, the Hay Walking Festival returns for its third year, complete with a full programme of both long and short walks, plus loads more family-friendly and even themed walks to make sure there’s something for everyone.

Nearby accommodations include:
Beacons View (sleeping 2)
Hay Riverbank House (sleeping 5)
Walnut Tree Barn (sleeps 10)

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