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Best Brecon Beacons events in May

With warmer weather just round the corner (hopefully), now’s the time to plan some days out. May is a particularly busy month in the Brecon Beacons, with all sorts of events taking place. We think the following are definitely worth a look:

Royal Welsh Spring Festival

21-22 May     

It’s a weekend that celebrates smallholding and country living. Expect horticultural displays, artisan food, plenty of livestock and exciting displays in the main ring.

Forest Fawr Geopark Festival

21 May - 5 June

This festival showcases the less well known, though no less stunning, western part of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Plenty of opportunity to walk, learn and meet wildlife and geology experts.

Glanusk Estate Garden Fayre

22 May

Wander through the glorious gardens, meet the Estate Gardener and see the work of over twenty local craftspeople and artists – from charcoal producers and herbal soap makers to photographers and wood turners.


How the Light Gets In

26 May - 6 June     

An intriguing festival at Hay-on-Wye – it focuses on philosophy and music. With over 700 events, the range, choice and depth of the programme is unmatched, yet the scale of the venues is intimate. 

Hay Festival

26 May - 5 June

Founded 29 years ago, the family-friendly Hay Festival continues to attract the most exciting writers, filmmakers, comedians, politicians and musicians to inspire, delight and entertain. Bill Clinton Described it as ‘the Woodstock of the mind’.



Crickhowell Open Studios

28 - 30 May

Over twenty local artists open their studios and become part of an Art Trail in the Crickhowell area. Spend the entire weekend indulging in exceptional art; meet artists, share their passions and enjoy their hospitality.


Abergavenny Steam Rally

29 - 30 May

Set in Bailey Park in the centre of Abergavenny, this family event showcases steam and vintage vehicles, includes a children’s funfair and boasts a wealth of stalls selling everything from handicrafts and auto jumble to garden plants and homemade food.


If you’re visiting the area in a different month, check out the many other things you can do on a canal holiday in the Brecon Beacons.