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What’s on in Wales – February Half Term

With the first school holidays of 2017 just around the corner we’ve pulled together a list of just some of the events taking place in Wales. So if you’re in search of great events to keep the children entertained then we’ve got Puddle Jumping, Pirates and Mud all waiting for you:

1. 18th – 26th of February – Half Term fun in the Garden with family activities –  National Botanic Gardens of Wales, West Wales 

There will be fun and games on every day, including zoo bugs and bug crafts, make and decorate your own rockets and constellation cards and look at the skies with telescopes.

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There will also be a welcome return to the Garden by Jugglestruck, with shows on February 18th, 25th and 26th.

To round the week up there will be a very special St David’s Celebration Day in honour of our patron saint, with a food and craft fair and music by local choirs. Entry to this Celebration Day will be free to everyone.

2. 18th – 26th of February – Welsh Puddle Jumping Championships with Dusty Duck at WWT – Llanelli Wetland Centre, Llanelli, West Wales

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Could you be the WWT Welsh Puddle Jumping Champion 2017? Grab your wellies and waterproofs and make a splash for the judges at the competition running daily at 2pm during half term. Prizes available daily as well as the chance to be the overall WWT champion.

3. 18th – 26th of February – Family Half Term Workshops – National Museum Cardiff, Cardiff, South Wales 

A fun way for the whole family to learn more about the artists while uncovering hidden talents!

Places are limited so you will need to book on arrival

4. 18th – 26th of February – Pirate Week – Gower Heritage Centre, Gower, South Wales

A fun-filled week of pirate-themed events at The Gower Heritage Centre!

With gold panning, bouncy castle, craft activities and swashbuckling movies held in Wales’ smallest cinema, La Charrette and of course the opportunity to cross swords with infamous Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Charlotte Duberry!

5. 20th – 24th of February – Crafty Castle Creations – Carew Castle & Tidal Mill, Pembrokeshire

Paint a shield or make a lance ready for battle, create a dragon, a clay tile or even try calligraphy. Come along and make your own Castle creation! Activities change daily.

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6. 20th – 24th of February – Mud Week – Plas Newydd House & Gardens, Anglesey 

Since usually blessed with perfect mud making weather so we thought we’d celebrate!

From Mud Pie making to puddle splashing walks around the woods, get those wellies on and join us for some muddy fun!

No need to be a stick in the mud!

Booking not needed.

7. HwyNos – The Real Welsh Experience – The Plough Rhosmaen, Llandeilo, West Wales 

Come and join the Real Welsh Experience with our HwylNos evening at The Plough Hotel And Restaurant on Friday the 24th of February. An evening of Welsh entertainment and food with Georgina Cornock-Evans Harpist, Carl Gough Storyteller, Dawnswyr Penrhyd, Bois y Castell and Aled Jones.

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This event is aimed at visitors into the area (as well as locals) and showcases our Welsh culture and talent for you to enjoy while staying in the area.

Tickets are £15 (including a 3 course buffet) and are available from The Plough Rhosmaen ( 01558 823431). It’s going to be a great evening of entertainment, food and Hwyl.

Looking for accommodation for February Half Term, head to our search page or contact us on 01650 511101.

Romantic Wales For Valentine’s Day

There are two romantic celebrations coming up soon which gives you a great opportunity to treat your other half with a romantic break. Dydd Santes Dwynwen (the Valentine’s day for Wales) on the 25th of January and of course Valentine’s Day on the 14th of February.

You can read all about Dydd Santes Dwynwen here and earn some extra brownie points for being extra romantic this year with a Welsh weekend away. Whether you decide to head away in January or February we have some great romantic cottage for you to choose from. Rural retreats with cosy log fires to take long romantic walks from are waiting for you. Here’s a selection of our Romantic Cottages……

Bwthyn Tawel – Abergavenny 

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Cae Cefn – Aberystwyth

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Crud y Deryn – Bala

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Cysgod y Ffynnon – Solva

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Hen Bost Nefyn – Llyn Peninsula 

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Penlon – Pwllheli 

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Y Daflod – Machynlleth

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To search our full range of cottages on offer head to our search page or contact us on 01650 511101 or info@bestofwales.co.uk and we’ll help you find the perfect romantic break.

Events in Wales this November…

This is the time of year where you wrap up warm with scarves and hats and enjoy the wonderful events Wales has to offer. Take a look at what’s taking place this month…

4th – 5th November 2016

Fancy some sparkle in your lives? This weekend is bonfire night with fantastic fireworks to give you that magical feeling. Take a look at the local events near you where there will be a bonfire night with fireworks in each county over Wales. You are sure to find somewhere to play with your sparklers…

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Always remember to be safe and if you’re away in any of our cottages make sure to keep yourself, family and ensure that the pets are happy too:)

10th November 2016 – 3rd January 2017

It’s officially Christmas in Cardiff as it opens up to the Christmas Winter Wonderland which includes an ice rink and many more attractions for the family. If you’re in Cardiff over this month and enjoy a bit of Rugby the Under Armour Series will be in full swing with Wales playing Australia, Argentina, Japan and South Africa.

The Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

Cardiff Principality Stadium, Cardiff

15th – 20th 2016 November Abertoir Horror Festival

Didn’t get scared enough on Halloween? Why not head to the horror festival in Aberystwyth for a night of ghastly films which also includes concerts, theater shows and masterclasses.

20th November 2016 – Conwy Half Marathon

Why not join in the Conwy Half Marathon to keep yourself fit and healthy? With all the mince pies you’ll be indulging in the next month you won’t feel so guilty. This is one of the top scenic runs in the UK and if you just fancy going to simply support the runners and enjoy the surroundings this is also for you.

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View with road bridge Conwy Castle

28th November Hay on Wye Winter Food Festival

As we all know this is the time for food and drink and the Hay on Wye winter food festival is the place for this. With a weekend of stories, music and great company, join in and indulge in the best quality Welsh food you can find.

28th – 29th November Royal Welsh Winter Fair

For some Christmas shopping with a bit of livestock in the mix this is the perfect place for you. With award winning products in the food hall you are able to explore numerous different trade stands, exhibitions and judging, all whilst being in the festive atmosphere.

These are just snippets of events we have going on in Wales. If any of these take your fancy and you’re looking for accommodation in these areas then head to our search page for our availability or contact us on 01650 511 101.

Wales Rally GB #findyourepic

The next #findyourepic adventure is here and with a special sneak peek to an event coming to Wales this weekend, hold tight as we have a surprise in store for you. Elena our Customer Service Officer went to Phil Price Rally School in Knighton, Mid Wales to a pre-event test with Osian Pryce prior to the Wales Rally GB this weekend. The event held from the 27th-30th October is the penultimate round for the FIA World Rally Championship.

If you’re around the legendary welsh forest this weekend why not try something new and spectate at this event with up to 148 car entries, this is a weekend not to be missed out on…

Visit the website for more information and how to buy last minute tickets, news, press releases, and syndication information on the official website of Wales Rally GB; http://www.walesrallygb.com/home.php

Fancy a bit of rallying this weekend? Find out what availability we have this weekend; http://www.bestofwales.co.uk/

Best of Wales @ Abergavenny Food Festival

In September Sue one of the Best of Wales staff ventured to the Abergavenny Food Festival for a foodie adventure. The Festival which is one of the biggest food festivals in Europe has an amazing atmosphere to experience and explore.

Sue had a great day trying out diverse food cultures with numerous different aspects to the food festival from the gin palace, world food market, meat market to the night market. Let see how she got on.

If you missed out on this foodie event why not head to the Abergavenny Christmas food and drink fair on the 11th of December 2016 to indulge in the festivity…

As we are nearly at the end of our Year of Adventure we will be surprising you with the rest of our staffs epic adventures – stay tuned for what we have next in store…

For more information visit their website

Heading to Abergavenny? How about staying in one of our cottages in the area

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Re: Llandeilo Festival of the Senses 2015

A weekend of Senses in West Wales – Llandeilo Festival of Senses

The weekend of the 18th – 20th of November is a great time of the year to visit West Wales and join in the celebrations throughout the town of Llandeilo with their annual Llandeilo Festival of the Senses.

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With a weekend full of shopping, food, entertainment, Christmas lights, fire works and Father Christmas this is the place to be.

The annual festival starts on the Friday with craft, food and fashion stalls taking over the town. Leading into Friday night where there’s late night shopping, switching on of the Christmas lights, entertainment and fireworks.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend with the shopping, entertainment and food taking place throughout Saturday and Sunday.

For more information on the festival head to www.fos.wales

and why not make a weekend of it and stay in one of our cottages in the area

Y Dderwen Ty Coch – Sleeps 10 – 10% during the Festival of the Senses weekend + free bottle of prosecco

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Yr Efail – Sleeps 4

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Cwmtywi – sleeps 4

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Hafan Myrddin – Sleeps 8

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September – The Month For Events In Wales

The Summer school holidays are over but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying some time away. And September is a great time of year to head to Wales with a range of events to enjoy. From food festivals, to Ironman challenges, to balloon festivals, it’s all waiting for you to visit.

Here at Best of Wales, we’ve compiled a list of some of the great events you could be visiting over the next month, so head out and enjoy the start of Autumn.

17th – 18th of September – Wales International Balloon Festival – Llangollen

Llangollen will once again be the home to Wales’ only hot air balloon festival, a spectacular sight over the area. This year will see a number of new attractions including the inaugural Wales International Balloon Festival Great Balloon Race. The Red Devils parachute display team will also be making a controlled jump out of a balloon for the first time at a major ballooning event.

17th – 18th of September – Roald Dahl’s City of the Unexpected, Cardiff 

Roald Dahl's City of the Unexpected

Roald Dahl’s City of the Unexpected

Cardiff’s city centre will explode into the weird and wonderful world of Roald Dahl, with unexpected sights, performances, pop-ups and spectacles appearing on the streets and buildings throughout the city, culminating in a finale that evening.

17th – 18th September – Abergavenny Food Festival, Abergavenny

Abergavenny Food Festival

Abergavenny Food Festival

With 200 exhibitors from Wales and further afield this is one of the UK’s biggest food events. You can enjoy a food Academy for children with hands-on workshops, a rolling programme of chef demonstrations featuring the region’s finest and special master classes, workshops, tutored tastings and talks.

17th – 18th September – Mold Food and Drink Festival

Showcasing outstanding local produce, celebrity chef expertise and live music to create a fabulous foodie weekend for the whole family.

18th September – Ironman Wales, Tenby 

A fantastic spectator event in Tenby and the surrounding area of Pembrokeshire. Watch and admire as the athletes take on 2.4 mile (3.8km) swim, a 112 mile (180km) cycle, followed by a marathon.

23rd – 25th of September – Elvis Festival, Porthcawl

Elvis Festival Porthcawl

Elvis Festival Porthcawl

Elvis lives, thanks to the thousands of fans and the tribute artists who attend this annual gathering of the Elvis Festival at Porthcawl

24th – 25th September – Narberth Food Festival, Pembrokeshire 

Well established in the food festival calendar you can expect food stalls, live music, street theatre, talks and tastes, chef demonstrations and free children’s activities.

Looking for accommodation then head to our search page or contact us on 01650 511101 and our team of expert will help you find your perfect holiday cottage

A Guide to the Summer Events in Wales

With the summer holidays soon approaching we thought we’d give you a taster of the summer events coming your way.

Wales is packed full of wonderful events for you to enjoy during your visit, we’ve got events for families, friends, sports enthusiasts, cultural enthusiasts – something for everyone. From the Glass Butter Beach Festival (more details later on) in North Wales to visiting the Big Cheese Festival in South Wales.

Here we highlight just some of the events waiting for you this Summer

Popular Events in Wales in July

16 July – International Snowdon Race which starts in Llanberis and sees people racing up the highest mountain in Wales. A great spectator event if you’re not up for the challenge.

The Royal Welsh Show

The Royal Welsh Show

18-21 July – The Royal Welsh Show one of the biggest agricultural shows in the UK, it brings together the whole farming industry and rural community with high quality food and drink produced in Wales. Come and visit us as we will be showcasing what Best of Wales has to offer with a stand at the event.

29-31 July – Big Cheese Festival which is set in Europe’s largest castle in Caerphilly. A free event which includes street entertainers, music, dance, traditional funfair and a food hall.

Battle re-enactment Big Cheese Festival

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Big Cheese Festival

Popular Events in Wales in August

29 July-6 August – Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru is a celebration of the culture and language in Wales. The festival travels to different places every year and this year it will be held in Abergavenny. With it traditionally being a competition based festival it has grown to a vibrant festival with activities for the whole family.

17-24 August – Conwy River Festival celebrates the town of Conwy and its river estuary with the festival comprising of 9 days of watersports and sailing with numerous on shore activities, entertainment and events.

19-21 August – Glass Butter Beach is the world’s largest wakeboard, music and surf festival. Crammed with entertainment, activities and experiences on and off the water.

These are just some of the events that we’ve got going on in Wales this summer. And if you are in search of accommodation near any of the events listed above then take a look at our latest  availability or contact our customer service team on 01650 511101

Best of Wales Supports Eisteddfod Golf Competition

On the 3rd of August as part of the National Eisteddfod for Wales a Golf Competition will be held at Monmouthshire Golf Club. Supported by Brewin Dolphin and ourselves it will be a great opportunity to raise some final funds for the National Eisteddfod in Abergavenny.

For more information and details on how to book see the image below, and we hope you can join us for a game of golf.

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Luxury Glamping at the Principality Stadium.

It has been announced that Wales will offer luxury glamping accommodation on the Principaltiy Staidum pitch for the first time during next seasons 6 Nations. Using a revolutionary flooring technology the layer above the grass will house up to 600 glamping pods and will be lifted up to the roof height of the stadium pre match to allow the game to be played before being re-lowered down to pitch level post match. The trial will run for the 6 nations in 2017 and if succesful will be utilised for the Champions League final later next year.

The Principality Stadium, Cardiff

The Principality Stadium, Cardiff

The WRU and Welsh Government have teamed up with accommodation experts Best of Wales to offer this accommodation experience. Gareth Mahoney co-owner of Best of Wales said;

” We’ve been looking at ways to increase accommodation in Cardiff for match weekends and this seems the ideal solution. It is also a unique experience that will allow guests to stay within the stadium. We’ve run similar accomodation at various events including the National Eisteddfod but this will be the first time it will be used in such an iconic arena”

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Our National Eisteddfod Glamping

For more information on the Glamping at the Stadium then contact Best of Wales on 01650 511101 or www.bestofwales.co.uk

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