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The Beacons' must-see events in 2013

So the Brecon Beacons might well be home to some very popular festivals and events (we're thinking Hay Literature, Brecon Jazz etc), but it also hosts countless other events that, while they may not be as well known, are still fantastic fun!

Tomos, Steve and Annabel refuel at Talybont Stores

Talybont-on-Usk Village Show - Talybont on Usk Village Show is an annual event that focuses on local produce, crafts and, most importantly, fun for the entire family. Flowers, fruit and veg, cooking classes, crafts, children's arts and crafts, sports and some fantastic attractions all make up a day of fun and enjoyment for all. Make sure you come along with the family and have a fantastic time in Talybont-on-Usk! http://www.breconbeaconstourism.co.uk/events/item/68152/Talybont_on_Usk_Show_.html

Bwlch with Altitude Challenge - An energetic 12-mile circular walk that involves climbing two hills (that's the altitude bit), starting and ending at Bwlch's cosy pub, the New Inn. The challenge bit means answering questions posted along the route and maybe winning £100 for a charity of your choosing. You'll also get to enjoy a hard-earned hot dog and chips once you're done walking, as well as stunning views of the surrounding Beacons throughout. http://www.bwlchwalks.co.uk/                                                                           Cottages near: Winnies Hayloft, Dragons Cottage, Tower House, Cathedine Old Coach House, Cilwych Cottages, Talybryn House 

Wild Garlic festival - Everyone loves garlic, which is exactly why the Wild Garlic Festival has proven so popular since it began on 2011. Taking place on the 13th and 14th of April near Abergavenny, you'll get to forage for your own wild garlic in a 50-acre woodland and learn some neat recipes from Franco and Ann Tarushio, formerly of the Michelin-starred The Walnut Tree. http://www.festivalsinmonmouthshire.co.uk/events/item/70900/Wild_Garlic_Festival.html?subcategoryname=culture_and_lifestyle

Brecon County Show - Having been founded way back in 1755, this is the oldest surviving agricultural society in the UK. Held annually on the first weekend of August (it falls on the third this year), you'll find around 200 trade exhibitors offering up the very best in British farm produce, as well as the latest machinery and cars, clothing,  jewellery and hand made gifts. Couple this with a dog show, rides and a stalls for kids, a beer tent and, of course, the show itself, and you've a great family day out.

http://www.breconcountyshow.co.uk/                                                                                    Cottages near: Canal House, Ty Tal, Hawthorn Cottage, Daffodil Appartment, Kingfisher Reach, Mallard Cottage, Barn Owl Cottage

Llangynidr Duck Race - You'll have great fun watching this annual race that involves around 3,000 plastic ducks! The race starts at the Coach and Horses Bridge in Llangynidr, and finishes at the Bottom Lock, with first prize getting you a weekend for two on a Castle narrowboat and second prize being a dinner for two and B&B at the Old Rectory at Llangattock. There are other prizes up for grabs and you can buy a ticket from the Coach and Horses pub from easter onwards.                                                                                   0Cottages near: Caer Hendre, Crawnon River Cottage, Yewtree Cottage, Ash Cottage, Cwmbach Barn, Cwmbach Farmhouse, Meeting Place

The Llanthony Show. The Llanthony Show is one of the best loved shows in South Wales, and with good reason! Organised completely by volunteers since it began in 1962, this show boasts one of the most scenic locations possible, hidden away in the valley and surrounded by the Black Mountains of Monmouthshire. Expect horse judging, sports, livestock classes and delicious local produce. http://www.llanthonyshow.co.uk/The%20Show.html                Cottages near: The Smithy, Tyhwnt, Strawberry Wood Barn, Box Tree

The Sennybridge Show. Yet another hugely popular family day out in the beautiful Brecon Beacons. Last year, events included a companion dog show, a birds of prey display, a display of vintage machinery, mini rugby and the mighty Supreme Sheep Championship. There was also the chance to pick up all types of crafts and jewellery, as well as a few tasty treats. http://sennybridgeshow.com/Sennybridge/Welcome.html                          Cottages near – Aberllech, Bailea Stable Cottage, Barley Store, Coachingmans, Bailea Coach House, Bryniau Pell, Corn View, Gilfach Barn, Gilfach Cabin, Apple Cottage, Brook Cottage

The Brecon Beacons is also home to...

The Felin fach Show – 26th August                                                                                      Cottages near – Trebarriad Mill, Buttercup Barn, Lower Argoed, Maesyberllan

Royal Welsh Spring Festival – 18 & 19th May www.rwas.co.uk

Royal Welsh - 22-25 July www.rwas.co.uk

Royal Welsh Winter Fair – 2 & 3 December www.rwas.co.uk                                        Cottages near: Wyeside Barn, Rhosferrig Barn, Green Valley, Bach, Mawr, Lily Pond Lodge Nuthatch, Park Wells

Man vs Horse marathon – 8th June www.green-events.co.uk

Red Kite Bike Bash – 9-11th August www.green-events.co.uk

World Bog Snorkelling Triathlon – 25th August www.green-events.co.uk

Real Ale Wobble - November www.green-events.co.uk                                                 Cottages near: Alltwiniau, Real Ale Cottage, Parkwells, Rhosferrig