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Spring

Welcome to Springtime in Mid Wales, where nature awakens, festivals flourish, and the countryside comes alive with the vibrant energy of the season.

 

As the chill of winter gives way to the warmth of spring, Mid Wales transforms into a kaleidoscope of colours, scents, and sounds, inviting visitors to experience the beauty and excitement of the region. From the rolling hills of the Brecon Beacons to the tranquil shores of Lake Vyrnwy, nature adorns the landscape with cherry blossoms, daffodils, and playful lambs, creating picturesque scenes straight out of a storybook.

 

Throughout the season, the region hosts an array of festivals celebrating Welsh heritage and hospitality, from the Wonderwool Wales Festival for textile enthusiasts to the Machynlleth Comedy Festival for lovers of laughter. Meanwhile, the renowned Hay Festival gathers acclaimed authors, thinkers, and artists from around the world for inspiring talks and performances.

 

With mild temperatures and occasional showers, spring weather in Mid Wales sets the perfect stage for outdoor adventures and memorable experiences, whether hiking in the Brecon Beacons or picnicking by a picturesque lake. 

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What's on

Springtime brings a vibrant array of festivals and events, celebrating the region's rich culture, heritage, and creativity. From the bustling market towns to the serene countryside, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

 

Kicking off the festivities on April 27th and 28th, Wonderwool Wales takes centre stage at the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells. This annual event is a haven for wool enthusiasts, showcasing the best of Welsh wool and fibre crafts. From intricate knitting and crochet to colourful weaving and felting, Wonderwool Wales offers a fascinating glimpse into the world of textiles, alongside workshops, demonstrations, and stalls brimming with handcrafted goods.

 

As April draws to a close and May beckons, laughter fills the air as Machynlleth transforms into a hub of comedic brilliance for the Machynlleth Comedy Festival. From May 3rd to 5th, various venues across the town come alive with laughter-inducing performances by top comedians from across the UK and beyond. With stand-up shows, sketch performances, and improv sessions, this festival promises side-splitting entertainment for comedy lovers of all ages.

 

On May 14th, literary enthusiasts worldwide unite to celebrate International Dylan Thomas Day,  honouring the life and work of the legendary Welsh poet. From readings and recitations to discussions and poetry slams, communities come together to pay homage to Dylan Thomas's enduring legacy, spreading his words of wit and wisdom far and wide.

 

As the month progresses, the Royal Welsh Showground once again welcomes visitors for the Smallholding and Countryside Festival on May 18th and 19th. This event celebrates rural life in all its glory, offering a delightful mix of livestock displays, agricultural demonstrations, and countryside pursuits. From sheepdog trials to falconry displays, visitors can immerse themselves in the sights, sounds, and flavours of the countryside, with plenty of opportunities to learn about sustainable living and traditional crafts.

 

And of course, nestled amidst this whirlwind of springtime celebrations, the world-renowned Hay Festival awaits. From May 23rd to June 2nd, the charming town of Hay-on-Wye plays host to a dazzling array of literary luminaries, cultural icons, and thought-provoking speakers from around the globe. With a diverse program of talks, discussions, workshops, and performances, the Hay Festival ignites minds, sparks creativity, and celebrates the transformative power of words and ideas.

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Spring Wildlife 

Spring in Powys is a wonderful time for nature lovers, as the region's diverse flora and fauna come to life after the winter months.

The rolling hills and valleys of Powys offer ample opportunities to explore and discover the region's unique wildlife.

 

One of the most iconic sights in Powys during the spring is the blooming of wildflowers. The countryside is dotted with carpets of bluebells, daffodils, and other colourful flowers, providing a stunning backdrop for nature walks and hikes.

 

The region is also home to a diverse range of wildlife, including birds, mammals, and reptiles.

 

In the springtime, you can spot newborn lambs, as well as other wildlife such as red kites, buzzards, and peregrine falcons soaring through the skies.

There is an impressive array of butterflies and insects, including the rare pearl-bordered fritillary and the small pearl-bordered fritillary. 

You can also spot other species such as the common blue butterfly, the green hairstreak butterfly, and the emperor moth.

 

Ynys Hir RSPB

At RSPB Ynys-hir, lapwings can be spotted throughout the reserve, particularly in the marsh and meadow habitats. 

The reserve is one of the species' most important strongholds and provides a safe haven for these beautiful birds to breed and thrive.

However, lapwings are not the only species found at RSPB Ynys-hir. 

 

The reserve is home to a wide variety of birds, including red kites, ospreys, and woodpeckers. 

The ancient oak woodland, with its vibrant spring flowers, is particularly stunning and a delight to explore.

The reserve offers several nature trails that wind through the diverse habitats, providing visitors with a unique opportunity to experience the region's rich wildlife up close. 

With its breathtaking landscapes and diverse wildlife, RSPB Ynys-hir is a must-visit destination for nature lovers and bird enthusiasts alike during the springtime in Powys.

 

 

Dyfi Osprey

The Dyfi Osprey Project is another popular destination for bird enthusiasts visiting Powys in the springtime. 

Located near Machynlleth, the project is dedicated to the conservation and protection of ospreys in Wales.

Visitors to the project can observe ospreys in their natural habitat from the observation point or via live webcam feeds, providing a unique opportunity to witness these magnificent birds up close. 

The ospreys typically arrive at the project in late March or early April and can be seen nesting and rearing their young throughout the spring and summer months.

In addition to observing the ospreys, visitors can also learn about their behaviour, habitat, and conservation efforts from the project's knowledgeable staff and volunteers. The project also offers a range of activities and events throughout the year, including guided walks and talks, birdwatching, and photography workshops.

 

The Dyfi Osprey Project is a fantastic destination for anyone interested in birds and wildlife, and a must-visit for anyone exploring Powys in the springtime. 

So come and experience the majesty of these beautiful birds and learn about the important conservation work being done to protect them in Wales.

Pwll-y-Wrach

Springtime in Powys is a time of renewal and rejuvenation, and one of the best places to experience the beauty of spring is at Pwll-y-Wrach nature reserve. 

Located near Talgarth, the reserve is home to a stunning waterfall where the River Enig plunges down a wooded gorge, creating a beautiful natural pool known as the 'witch's pool'.

During the spring, Pwll-y-Wrach is a riot of color, as wildflowers burst into bloom and cover the woodland floor in a stunning carpet of colour. The white stars of the wood anemones peek through a yellow carpet of lesser celandines, creating a beautiful contrast of colors. As the season progresses, the bluebells appear, flecking the woodland floor with shimmering blue.

But the beauty of Pwll-y-Wrach isn't just limited to its wildflowers. The woodland is also filled with the heady scent of wild garlic, which fills the air and adds to the enchanting atmosphere of the reserve.

For nature lovers and hikers, Pwll-y-Wrach is a paradise. 

The reserve is crisscrossed by several footpaths and trails, providing visitors with the opportunity to explore the stunning scenery up close. 

And with its beautiful waterfall, ancient woodland, and stunning wildflowers, Pwll-y-Wrach is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to experience the beauty of spring in Powys.

 

 

Rhayader -  Elan Valley / Gilfach 

With its many rivers, lakes, and ponds, Powys provides a variety of habitats for dragonflies to thrive, and there are several locations throughout the county where visitors can observe these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat.

 

One of the best places to see dragonflies in Powys is the Elan Valley. This area of "astounding natural beauty" is home to several species of dragonfly, including the beautiful emerald damselfly, the four-spotted chaser, and the black-tailed skimmer. Visitors can walk the many trails and paths around the reservoirs and streams, and observe these amazing insects as they dart and hover over the water.

 

Another great destination for dragonfly enthusiasts is the Radnorshire Wildlife Trust's nature reserve at Gilfach. This beautiful reserve is home to a wide range of dragonfly species, including the golden-ringed dragonfly, the common hawker, and the southern hawker. Visitors can explore the many trails and footpaths that wind through the reserve, and enjoy the stunning scenery and abundant wildlife.

 

For those interested in learning more about dragonflies, there are several guided tours and events throughout Powys during the spring and summer months. 

These tours are led by expert guides who can help visitors identify the different species and provide insights into their behaviour and habitat.

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Traditions 

Wales boasts a rich tapestry of traditions, influenced by both historical customs and the unique cultural heritage of the Welsh people. 

In Wales, there are several traditions and celebrations that occur in the springtime, reflecting the cultural heritage and history of Wales

 

Some of these traditions include:

 

  • St. David's Day: St. David is the patron saint of Wales, and St. David's Day is celebrated annually on March 1st. It's a national day in Wales, where people (especially children) wear traditional Welsh costumes, daffodils, and leeks, and participate in parades, concerts, and cultural events to honour Welsh heritage and identity.

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  • Calan Mai (May Day): Calan Mai, or May Day, marks the beginning of summer in the traditional Welsh calendar. It's celebrated on May 1st and is associated with various customs and festivities, such as maypole dancing, singing, and the crowning of the May Queen. In some rural areas, it's also a time for traditional games and sports.

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  • Eisteddfod: While not exclusively a springtime tradition, the National Eisteddfod of Wales often takes place in the late spring months. The Eisteddfod is a festival of Welsh literature, music, and performance, with competitions and events showcasing traditional Welsh arts and culture.

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  • Nature: With the arrival of spring, there's often a renewed focus on nature and the outdoors. Spring is also the time for lambing season in Wales, as it is in many other rural areas. It is a time to celebrate the blooming of flowers, the return of migratory birds, and the revitalisation of the landscape after winter.

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