What’s on in September in Brecon Beacons

September is a great month to visit the Brecon Beacons, with plenty of fun things to do during your stay with us! It’s still warm enough to enjoy our great outdoors and beer gardens, with plenty of autumn events to enjoy…

2nd-3rd- Sennybridge Agricultural Show 

Horse, sheep and cattle classes are held during the day, including an expanding dog show. Craft, Domestic and Horticulture tents together with Trade stands, Members tent and Bar surround the ring giving the show an intimate and friendly atmosphere. Show attractions including bands, various displays competitions and an evening BBQ combine to make our show well worth a visit and a good day out. On Sunday the 3rd, there will be  a show concert with Rhydian perfoming on the show field, with features West End Star Lee Mead, A Capella Band Sorela and BBC Radio favourite Chris Needs! More on the concert here.

3rd –Take on the Taff Trail Cycle challenge for Ty Hafan.

Gather your team of four cyclists and be a part of the adventure for what promises to be a challenging and unforgettable experience. Choose from one of two amazing challenges, taking on either the 79km or 41km route.
Full taff challenge – 79km – Brecon to Cardiff
Half taff challenge – 41 km – Merthyr to Cardiff
More here.

9th September- Usk Show

On the second Saturday in September, every year since 1844, Usk Farmers’ Club have held the Usk Show to celebrate the very best of Monmouthshire farming and rural life. Now one of the biggest One-Day Agricultural Shows in the whole of the UK, its popularity is second-to-none. Over 300 traders join us each year outdoors and in our Food Hall, Craft Marquee or Shopping Mall and you can come and enjoy it all!

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9th-Monmouthshire and Brecon Canalathon

A 35 Mile Team Endurance Challenge following one of the most scenic canal routes in Britain. Help celebrate over 200 years of one of the most scenic canal routes in Britain. This challenge that will take you on an historic journey through the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Boat rally & live music at Brecon canal basin finish.

11th- The Last Night of the Proms at Theatr Brycheiniog

Brecon Town Concert Band present their 50th Anniversary Concert-7pm
Including PromArt Competition. Medley of Welsh music; Pictures at an Exhibtion; Fantasia on British Sea Songs and many more. Sing along to: Jerusalem; Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory. With guest vocalist David Bond. Tickets £12.50/£10.00. Box office: 01874 611622

16th-Storytelling Festival at Craig Y Nos

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Storytelling Festival at the Country Park on Saturday 16th September. £5 adults, kids free. A day and evening of storytelling, music, arts, circus and crafts and a great atmosphere for the whole family set in the historic grounds of Craig-y-nos Country Park, once the home of world famous opera singer Adelina Patti. Discover local legends, magical tales, stories from history and songs which tell a narrative of times old and new.

16th-17th-Abergavenny Food Festival 

Why not check out one the country’s top food festivals this year.The event has been called ‘The Glastonbury of Food Festivals’ (Observer) and is renowned for its fantastic atmosphere and Welsh hospitality.The extensive markets spill into the streets and lanes, offering a huge variety of produce – from pepper plants to Welsh pancakes – featuring the best producers from Wales, the Marches, and much further afield. Enjoy sensory extremes and subtle contrasts – an explosion of chilli, a long cool beer. A real feast for the senses. In addition to the main markets there are individually ticketed Masterclasses, Tutored Tastings and Talks showcasing some of the most skilled, passionate and knowledgeable practitioners in the country alongside local and regional talent.
For the full ingredients visit www.abergavennyfoodfestival.com.

16th-17th- Science, Nature and Comedy Festival 

The world’s first Science, Nature and Comedy Festival will be held at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales this September! The Line up includes: Jim Al Khalili-a theoretical physicist, Robin Ince-a multi-award winning comedian and author, Steve Jones a professor of genetics, Penderyn Whisky and many, many more! View the full lineup here! There will also be fungi foraging, walks, talks, tours, story-telling and lots of fun, family activities.

23rd-Llandovery Sheep Festival

Llandovery Sheep Festival celebrates droving, sheep farming & the wool industry. AllImage result for llandovery sheep festival weekend the town of Llandovery will be celebrating its farming routes and connection to the drovers trails of old. Highlights of the weekend include the fantastic sheep race, sheep dog trials & sheep shearing demonstrations amongst other great sheep-related fun. There is also a Food Theatre celebrating local produce with demonstrations from guest chefs including Michelin Star holder James Sommerin. Tasty food stalls and craft stalls will be throughout the town all weekend, with music and street entertainment throughout. Please visit the website for the festival schedule for the full list of fun things to do and see or email info@llandoverysheepfestival.co.uk

23rd-24th-Hay History Weekend

23rd-The Welsh Country House an Illustrated talk by Dr. Mark Baker
Dr. Mark Baker is an architectural historian based in Wales. He read History and Archaeology at Bangor University, and Medieval British Studies at Cardiff University, where he also completed his doctoral thesis on The Development of the Welsh Country House in 2015. As a freelance architectural historian, researcher and writer, Mark has worked with organisations such as the National Trust, Cadw and the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales.

Dr. Baker will talk on Welsh Country Houses and the work he is undertaking at Gwrych Castle (illustrated above) in north Wales.
7pm – 8.30pm. Cusop Village Hall, Lower Mead, Cusop. HR3 5RW.
£4 including tea or coffee

CLICK HERE TO BOOK TICKETS Sunday September 24th
Pop-up Museum – Hay Castle Archaeology, Documents, artefacts and pictures of Hay’s wonderful history. Parish Rooms – Lion St. Hay. 12 – 3.30pm. Free entry


“Old Gwernyfed Estate since 1600”
 an illustrated talk by Colin Lewis, author of “Under the Black Mountains, the History of Gwernyfed since 1600”
3.30pm at the Parish Hall after the Pop-up Museum. Free entryFestival Guided Tours Around Hay-on-Wye-SEE MORE DETAILS AND BOOK ONLINE AT WWW.HAYTOURS.ORG

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About Alison Kidd

Research Psychologist
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