Attention all Real Ale & Real Cider lovers. Organised in association with CAMRA Radnorshire, this event is free to attend and open to all, will be held on the Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th of April and Monday the 1st of May at the Llandrindod Wells Conservative Club and in the Marquee outside. Open every day from 11 am until 11 pm each day. There will be a 60s music night on the Monday bank holiday from 8 pm until late, again free entry and open to all. www.llandrindod.co.uk/event-calendar/llandrindod-wells-beer-cider-festival
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You relish the freedom of our landscape. You’re a traveller, not a tourist. You want to experience local food and local culture. You’re a Discoverer.
So here are your very own Top ten Things to Try.
- Walk Sarn Sabrina, a romantic trail from Llanidloes to the source of the River Severn on Plynlimon mountain.
- Ride in the open-balconied coaches of the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway for an unbeatable view of the beautiful Banwy valle
- Eat an unforgettable meal at The Checkers restaurant in Montgomery, where chef Stéphane Borie has quite a way with the local lamb – not to mention a Michelin star.
- Sail a narrowboat down the impossibly picturesque Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal and see the world drifting by at a stately three miles per hour.
- Go stargazing in the International Dark Sky Reserve of the Brecon Beacons National Park – only the fifth in the whole world.
- See 7,000 magnificent livestock and taste the finest food Wales has to offer at the Royal Welsh Show in Builth Wells every July.
- Discover how many of Hay-on-Wye’s one million second-hand books you can flick through in an afternoon.
- Stroll the world-famous Baroque gardens at the National Trust’s Powis Castle near Welshpool.
- Sit side by side in a whirl pool overlooking the lake at the Lake Vyrnwy Hotel.
- Go to one of our farmers’ markets and meet the people who baked the bread, brewed the beer, bred the lambs and harvested the apples.
A tour of the Estate with a birdwatching expert to see the typical breeding birds of the area. Suitable for beginners and experienced bird watchers. Please bring binoculars if you have them and suitable clothing/footwear for some short walks. Meet at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre (Grid reference SN 928646) at 9.30am, back about 1pm. Bookings in advance on 01597 810880. We reserve the right to change/cancel events. www.elanvalley.org.uk
Have you ever heard of the Gruffalo? Well, why not join us at RSPB Lake Vyrnwy where we'll start off with one or two of his stories (with a little bit of help from his friends of course) before going on a Gruffalo hunt to find the Gruffalo himself. Booking essential. www.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynature/seenature/reserves/guide/l/lakevyrnwy/about.aspx
Crafts of yesteryear and today. Come and see a range of crafts made by local crafters and artists carad.org.uk
Helly Powell is a Welsh textile artist living in Monmouthshire where she creates “Fauxidermy” sculptural pieces which have caught the imagination of many. Best known for her “Parc Lodge” collection, Helly has joined forces with Welsh textile mill, Melin Tregwynt and Crickhowell’s oriel CRiC gallery to create a new collection, “The Beasts of the Mabinogion”, breathing life into the native wildlife of an ancient mystical Welsh landscape. In celebration of the national ‘Year Of Legends’, the exhibition is on tour.