There's plenty going on around Cosy Under Canvas in summer time. Apart from the amazing walks, mountain-biking, exploring the River Wye on kayak, and al fresco dining, there are some great events taking place nearby to keep you entertained.
Take a look at some of our favourite days out and events happening around Hay-on-Wye and the Brecons this summer...
1. Thursday Markets in Hay
Hay Market opens from 10am every Thursday and bustles with shoppers checking out an array of stalls selling everything from local produce to handmade crafts.
Highlights are artisan sourdough bread, organic veg, fresh fish, handmade soaps & balms, and a fantastic array of socks.
Whether you’re looking to stock up on delicious food, or just want to people watch while enjoying a coffee and a fresh pastry, the market’s well worth a visit!
2. 37th Steam and Vintage Rally
Taking place on the 13th August 2017 at Boatside Farm, Hay-on-Wye, the Vintage Steam Rally is an eclectic event attracting a massive array of Steam Engines, Vintage Cars and other vehicles.
The event also showcases traditional crafts such as wood carving, cake decoration and falconry, as well as some more unexpected attractions – aerobatic displays, helicopter rides and stunt bicycle riding have all featured in the past.
3. Abergavenny Food Festival
One if the largest food events in the country, the Abergavenny Food Festival takes place on the 16th and 17th September and has established itself a reputation as a mecca for foodies – showcasing an amazing array of food and drink.
With over 200 stalls and 50 ticketed events (including demonstrations, guided wild food walks and cookery lessons), and now a night market on Saturday nights, it’s a fascinating place to explore Welsh food.
Entry cost £15 for adults and are available on the day, with children getting in for free. If you want to join in with one of the ticketed events, booking in advance is essential.
4. The Royal Welsh Show
This massive four-day event takes place on the 24th-27th July and attracts visitors from around the world to watch the competitions involving around 7,000 livestock.
There’s plenty more than animals to see, with other attractions including horticulture, crafts, food and drink – as well as a busy programme of events and displays.
Grab yourself a seat at the main ring, where the biggest competitions take place, and soak up the atmosphere, or wander the through the stands, tasting Welsh produce and exploring the array of goods on offer – from manure spreaders to sports cars!
5. Brecon County Show
If you’ve missed the Royal Welsh, the Brecon County Show takes place on the 5th August and includes a similar mix of agriculture, crafts, food and drink.
As well as Cattle, Sheep, Horse and Pony competitions, and a dog show, there are over 200 exhibitors, showcasing the best in British Farm Produce, modern and vintage vehicles, and crafts.
There’s also a busy programme of events including sheep shearing competitions, falconry and Motocross displays.
6. Hit the Green Man festival
Green Man returns to the Black Mountains in Brecon Beacon from August 17th – 20th. It’s an independent and family-friendly summer festival in a beautiful setting with good food, art installations and bonfires setting the scene.
It’s the biggest music festival in Wales and this year’s headliners include Michael Kiwanuka, PJ Harvey, Future Islands and Kate Tempest.
7. Brecon Jazz Festival
The Brecon Jazz festival has played host to a range of jazz musicians from across the world.
In 2017, it’s taking place from the 11th to 13th August and, whilst the programme it to be announced shortly, it’s expected to include a mix of free outdoor performances from the town’s bandstand, as well as smaller shows in intimate venues.
8. Brecon Fringe Festival
Also taking place in Brecon between the 10th-13th of August, the Fringe is an alternative collection of independently organised (and often free) gigs and events spread across 30 venues and crammed into 4 days!
If you like blues, rock, R&B, comedy, dance and alternative performances (as well as occasional bursts of jazz), the Fringe is not to be missed.
You’ll also find family friendly events and workshops and children’s entertainment.
9. Brecon Beacons Summer Fayre
The National Park Visitor Centre at Libanus, near Brecon hosts the tenth annual Brecon Beacons Summer Fayre from the 27th to the 29th August
You can browse an endless array of local food, arts and crafts, while children can be entertained by a range of activities including willow sculpting, badge-making, face-painting, pottery turning, a bouncy castle, and guitar and folk dancing lessons.
There’s also live entertainment taking place in the surrounding fields.
10. Llandovery Sheep Festival
Celebrate droving, sheep farming & the wool industry at Llandovery Sheep Festival on the 23rd & 24th September.
Highlights of the weekend include the fantastic sheep race, sheep dog trials & sheep shearing demonstrations amongst other great sheep-related fun. It’s not just sheep though, with a range of competitions, local food and music providing something to entertain everyone.
11. Llandrindod Wells Victorian Festival
For a week in August, Llandrindod Well’s buildings and gardens are returned to the Victorian era - attracting around 35,000 visitors each year.
Horse and carriages and period costumes fill the town, and there’s an array of entertainment throughout the week, including concerts, costume parades and exhibitions.
Proceedings are wrapped up on Sunday with a stunning torchlight processions and firework display at the lakeside.