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For Artisans


You’ve always gone your own way. You look for authentic experiences that are outside the mainstream. You’re inspired by culture and craft. You’re an Artisan.


In which case you’ll want to tick one or two of these off your list.


1. Meet some of the world’s most famous authors and discover the source of their inspiration at the Hay Festival in late May and early June.

2. Be inspired and challenged by world-class contemporary art at the Oriel Davies Gallery in Newtown.

3. Get ready for big belly laughs at the Machynlleth Comedy Festival in May, a weekend of top stand-up in the heart of Mid Wales.

4. Visit The Welfare in Ystradgynlais to see the paintings of displaced Polish Jew Josef Herman – or “Joe Bach” as he was known to his miner friends.

5. Feel the hairs on the back of your neck stand up when the singers of Mid Wales Opera belt out an aria or two at the Hafren Theatre in Newtown.

6. Catch a glimpse of Monty, Britain’s most famous osprey, at the Cors Dyfi nature reserve near Machynlleth.

7. Step inside St Andrew’s parish church in Presteigne to see one of just two pre-Reformation tapestries still hanging in a British church.

8. Be amazed at the riot of kitsch extravagance that is the Andrew Logan Museum of Sculpture at Berriew, Europe’s only museum dedicated to a living artist.

9. Follow the Art Trail of Open Studios every Spring Bank Holiday in Crickhowell and see our potters, painters and sculptors in their natural habitat.

10. Pitch a tent for the Green Man Festival in August, the ethically-minded alternative to Glastonbury.