As well the many great attractions Explore our Beacons Guide nearby, each year the area is host to popular festivals and shows..
Talgarth Walking Festival -April to May
The ancient market town of Talgarth is an ideal base for visitors wishing to explore the Brecon Beacons National Park on foot, particularly as it forms the "Gateway to the Black Mountains". We offer visitors a taste of our town and the wonderful walking opportunities we have on our doorstep. We hope that you thoroughly enjoy your experience with us and return to our town in the near future.
Hay Festival -May to June
Hay Festival brings together writers from around the world to debate and share stories at its festival in the staggering beauty of the Welsh Borders. Hay celebrates great writing from poets and scientists, lyricists and comedians, novelists and environmentalists, and the power of great ideas to transform our way of thinking. We believe the exchange of views and meeting of minds that our festivals create inspire revelations personal, political and educational. Hay is, in Bill Clinton's phrase, 'The Woodstock of the mind'
Crickhowell Walking Festival -February to March
The Crickhowell Walking Festival takes place around the beginning of March each year and lasts nine days. It consists of a number of guided walks of various grades, all led by local experienced guides. There is something for every level of walker, whether you are happy trekking all day across the tops of the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons or would rather keep to paths and the lower slopes.
Brecon Beacons WAAT4 Challenge -June
The WAAT4 Challenge is a prestigious navigation event in Wales’ beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park. Teams from all over the UK take part every year.
Its reputation is growing quickly and it features in the walking calendar for such events. Each year more than 500 competitors take part over either 30km or 40km Challenges which included South Wales’ highest peak - Pen y fan.
Royal Welsh Show -July
The pinnacle event in the British agricultural calendar, the Royal Welsh Show.
Along with an exciting four-days of livestock competitions, with entries travelling from far and wide to compete, the show has something to interest everyone through its wide range of activities including forestry, horticulture, crafts, countryside sports, shopping, food and drink and a 12-hour programme each day of exciting entertainment, attractions and displays.
Brecon County Show -August
The Brecon County Show is held annually on the 1st Saturday in August at The Showground, Watton, Brecon. Our Show is based around the Cattle, Sheep, Horse & Pony, Goat classes, & a Poultry Show, which attract exhibitors from all over the Country. The show also hosts a major shearing competition. We have over 200 trade exhibitors bringing you the best in British Farm Produce, the latest tractors & farm machinery and cars to anything for the garden. From clothing and jewellery to hand made cards, there is something for everyone. Combine this with vintage and modern machinery, Dog Show, Food Hall, Fun Fair - rides and stalls for children, a beer tent and much more you will be sure to have a great family day out.
Brecon Jazz -August
Over twenty concerts will be held at the major venues in town – Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon Guildhall, Castle Hotel, Brecon Cathedral and The Muse.
From cosy gigs to big bands, from an emerging artists showcase to late-night jam sessions, there really is something for all jazz fans.
here will be street entertainment and activities in Bethel Square, a ‘Food Feast’ next to the Wellington Monument and Brecon Farmers Market at the Market Hall. In addition, Brecon Fringe Festival will ensure there is music for every taste in scores of different venues across the town.
Brecon Fringe Festival -August
The Fringe is an open-access event, which means gigs and events over the Fringe are organised and funded independently by local landlords, venue owners and individuals. There is no official commitee - which is probably why it's so successful! We then promote these events under the title Brecon Fringe Festival. Many of the gigs at pubs, galleries, cafes etc are regulars but anyone can put an event on as part of the Brecon Festival Fringe and we will include it on the programme.
Green Man Festival -August
BREAK OUR HEARTS AND SEND US BONKERS. EVERY GREEN MAN MOMENT HAS ITS OWN SOUNDTRACK.
Music is the lifeblood of Green Man. We get our biggest kicks from welcoming spellbinding musicians who you may know already, or will be really pleased we introduced you to. They stun us, break our hearts and send us bonkers. Every Green Man moment has its own soundtrack.
Celebrating its 154th year, Sennybridge Show, showcasing the very best of local farming, food and rural life. A great family day out for everyone of all ages, get up close to the livestock, including a dog show, craft, domestic, horticulture tents, sample great local food & drink and discover many of the trade stands around the showground.