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Must-do winter events in the Brecon Beacons

The cold weather and shorter days shouldn’t stop you enjoying a winter break. It’s often the season when you could do with some ‘me’ time. Relax in total luxury, indulge in the excellent local food and drink, and perhaps take the opportunity to try out something new. Here are some events and activities, all within a short drive of our houseboats and cottages, which might take your fancy.


Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival

14-22 January

An outstanding festival. International artists present chamber music concerts of the highest quality in intimate venues on the Wales/England border.


Chepstow Wassail and Mari Lwyd

21 January

At the border town of Chepstow, two ancient outdoor traditions are celebrated at or around New Year to look forward to a prosperous year ahead: the Wassail (from England) and the Mari Lwyd (from Wales) and look forward to a good and prosperous year ahead. Wrap up warm and enjoy this spectacle!


In Search of Charles Rolls: a guided walk

22 January

Free, 6-mile guided walk through the rolling countryside near Monmouth, with superb views across to Abergavenny and the Black Mountains. Highlights include the Hendre (shown below), once the home of the Rolls family (of Rolls-Royce fame) and the church which is Charles Rolls’ final resting place.

Abergavenny Chamber Music

27 January, 17 February, 24 February, 8 April

A splendid series of chamber concerts in the beautifully restored Chapel in Abergavenny, commencing with the highly-acclaimed Mavron Quartet.

Life Drawing at Arts Alive Wales

28 January, 25 February, 25 March

A one-day workshop with artist Tony Tribe, in which students are introduced to key areas of life drawing – measuring, proportion, anatomy, line, tone and mass. Suitable for all abilities, students work directly from the life model. You need to supply your own drawing materials.


Clytha Castle: a guided walk

4 February

Free, 6-mile guided walk that includes part of the Usk Valley Walk, the Iron Age hill fort of Coed y Bwnydd, Clytha Castle and estate.

An evening with Joanna Trollope

27 February

At this event, hosted by our local independent bookshop, Bookish, and held at The Angel Hotel in Abergavenny, bestselling author Joanna Trollope discusses her latest novel 'City of Friends'.

Silver jewellery workshop

11 March

A one-day workshop with Frances Lester, who teaches students how to create a piece of silver jewellery. Held at Court Cupboard Craft Gallery, just outside Abergavenny. Workshops also available in basketry, hand spinning, sugarcraft and knitting!

If you’re visiting the area in a different month, check out the many other things you can do in the Brecon Beacons and the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.