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
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Myths & legends
It won’t take you long to realise, especially after a night in one of our wonderful pubs, that here in Mid Wales we like to tell stories. The taller the better.
Some of them are scary, some heart-warming, some impossibly romantic. Some go all the way back into the mists of our Celtic past and help remind us who we are. Some may even be true. You’ll have to make your own mind up about that. We’re pretty convinced that the legendary bard Taliesin was born in Llanfair Caereinion, that the holy well of Llanfyllin had magical healing properties and that they really did dunk witches at Pwll-y-Wrach nature reserve.
The last dragon in Wales may well still be asleep in Radnor Forest, guarded by four churches all dedicated to St Michael. And the Robber Grave at Machynlleth church probably did lie bare for a century thanks to a curse by a wrongly-hanged man.
To be perfectly honest, we’re less sure that a water nymph called Sabrina lives in the River Severn. Or that the Bronze Age monolith of Maen Llia wanders off for a drink every time a cock crows.
But we’re right behind Gorsey the Afanc of Llangorse Lake. Part crocodile, part creature of nightmare. Our very own Loch Ness Monster, and every bit as real – honest.
Artist tecstilau o Gymru yw Helly Powell; mae’n byw yn Sir Fynwy ble mae’n creu cerfluniau “Fauxidermy” sydd wedi dal dychymyg llawer o bobl. Gwaith enwocaf Helly yw ei chasgliad “Parc Lodge”, ac mae hi wedi uno â melin decstilau Melin Tregwynt ac oriel CRiC Crucywel i greu casgliad newydd, “Creaduriaid y Mabinogi”, sy’n dod â bywyd newydd i fywyd gwyllt cynhenid tirwedd hudol Cymru.
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.
Beth am daith bersonol o amgylch castell preifat? Yna dyma’r peth perffaith i chi yn 2017! Stapleton Castle occupies a commanding position on the hill overlooking Presteigne. It has no public access, due to the perilous state of the ruins. However for 2015 we are pleased to announce that the owners, Trefor & Margaret Griffiths, are offering guided walks to private parties around the site. Tours last a minimum of one hour and include the site of the 12th century castle, the ruins of the 17th century house, the mill site and a relaxing stroll through the gardens.