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Explore the Magic of Powys This July: Must-See Events and Attractions

This July, Powys comes alive with a range of activities and festivals that promise to enchant locals and visitors alike. From the harmonious melodies of a choir festival to the exhilarating Royal Welsh Show, here’s your guide to the best things to do and see in Powys this month. There really is something for everyone.

Whether you’re a music lover, a sports enthusiast, or someone who enjoys cultural festivities, Powys in July is the place to be. Mark your calendars, pack your bags, and get ready to create unforgettable memories in this charming part of Wales. Have you attended any of these events before? Share your experiences and let us know which event you're most excited about this year!

Heart of Wales 7s Dates: July 5-7, 2024

Originally known as the Creative Rugby 7s, the Heart of Wales 7s Festival was born out of the desire to bring a premier party and playing experience to all of Wales. Since its inception in 2015, the festival has grown significantly, adding new sports and entertainment options each year. 2024 promises to be the biggest and best yet, with an array of exciting new additions:

Highlights: • Sevens rugby tournaments for men and women, including elite categories. • Mixed Touch rugby, Mixed Ability rugby, and the Welsh Tug of War Championships. • Newly added sports: Rounders, Darts, and the return of Hockey. • Music festival with a diverse lineup (details available on socials and the festival website). • Special attractions: Jump Dogs Parachute Display team, and a Hall of Fame.

Location: Llanidloes

Tickets: Final tickets remaining, available on the Heart of Wales 7s website.

Llanidloes’s location almost dead-centre in Wales accounts for much of its character. It’s a crossroads town straddling lush, rounded border country and mountainous ‘Wild Wales’ with a rural – and surprisingly industrial – heritage. This mix of influences is apparent in its architecture, which ranges from black-and-white half-timber (a classic borderland look) to ornate Victorian.

Find out more about Llanidloes here:

Presteigne Carnival Date: July 13, 2024

Presteigne Carnival is a vibrant and colourful celebration that encapsulates the spirit of community in Powys. The carnival features a parade, live entertainment, and various family-friendly activities, making it a perfect day out.

Highlights: Parade, local food vendors, live performances, and children’s activities. • Location: Various locations around Presteigne.

Tickets: Free entry for all.

Occupying a historically turbulent spot on the boundary between Wales and England, Presteigne has seen its share of action over the centuries – though it’s safely on the Welsh side of the border these days. With conflict long behind it, it’s now a lively little town with a unique arty ambience. Its past as a trade and administrative hub has left it with a wealth of historic buildings on display as part of one of the prettiest high streets you’ll find anywhere in the UK.

Find out more about Presteigne here :

Brecon Choir Festival Dates: July 18 - 21, 2024

For those who adore choral music, the Brecon Choir Festival is a must-attend event. This festival features a series of concerts and workshops held in the historic town of Brecon. Choirs from around Wales and beyond come together to perform a wide repertoire, from classical pieces to contemporary works.

Highlights: Performances by local and international choirs, vocal workshops, and special guest appearances.

Location: Various venues around Brecon.

Tickets: Visit the Brecon Choir Festival website for more information and to purchase tickets.

Nestled in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park, Brecon is a thoroughly modern market town. Alongside handsome Georgian architecture, medieval heritage and military history, you’ll find an active community where galleries, theatre, live music and museums contribute to a busy cultural scene. Find out more about Brecon here :

Rhayader Carnival Date: 16th -23 July 20, 2024

Rhayader Carnival is a highlight of the Rhayader summer, bringing the entire community together for a week of fun and festivities. The carnival includes a lively parade through the town, live music, performances, and a variety of stalls and activities.

Highlights: Grand parade, live entertainment, games, and local food vendors. Location: Various locations around Rhayader.

Tickets: Free entry for all.

As the gateway to the gorgeous Elan Valley, Rhayader is a magnet for walkers, cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts. But don’t rush off. Full of life and with a bucolic-meetsbohemian vibe that’s all its own, the town itself is just as worthy of exploration. Find out more about Rhayader here:

The Royal Welsh Show Dates: July 22 - 25, 2024

The Royal Welsh Show is one of the most significant agricultural events in the UK, attracting visitors from all over the world. Held in Builth Wells, this four-day event offers a unique insight into rural life, with a plethora of activities for all ages.

Highlights: Livestock competitions, equine events, craft stalls, food and drink exhibits, and live music.

Location: Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells.

Tickets: Available online with options for single day or multi-day passes.

Don’t be deceived by the name. In common with its other neighbouring ‘Wells’ (Llandrindod, Llangammarch and Llanwrtyd), Builth’s spa days have long gone. Today, it’s a bustling country town that serves the local farming community and visitors who are surprised to discover a thriving shopping and café scene the rival of many urban areas, with the bonus of beautiful riverside walks along the banks of the Wye.

Find out more about Builth Wells here :

Explore the Beauty of Powys While attending these fantastic events, take some time to explore the natural beauty and historical sites of Powys. Here are a few suggestions:

Brecon Beacons National Park: Ideal for hiking, cycling, and wildlife watching.

Powis Castle and Garden: A magnificent castle with stunning gardens, perfect for a day of exploration.

Elan Valley: Known for its picturesque landscapes and dams, it's a great spot for photography and picnics.

Lake Vyrnwy: Enjoy boating, bird watching, and scenic walks around this beautiful lake. 


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