The Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains aren't all about the outdoors. They are also brimming with cultural activities. Hay on Wye is famed, of course, for literature; Abergavenny for food; Brecon for music and the whole area for the art.
For such a teeny and under populated area, we seem to have an incredible number of world class festivals! We've got The Green Man art and music festival near Crickhowell, Hay Literary Festival and Hay Winter Festival, Abergavenny Food Festival, the phenomenal How the Lights get in philosophy and music festival at Hay, Brecon Jazz Festival, Brecon Baroque Festival and Llandeilo Jazz.
Take advantage of the peace and the beautiful landscapes while you're here and book on an art course.
Niel Bally of Art Courses Wales runs 2, 3 or 5 day courses in life painting and portraits, colour, still life, landscapes and monoprinting. Fees start from just £50 per day.
Welsh Academy of Art - Set in a beautiful Victorian school the WAA teaches students in the traditional methods of drawing and painting. Five day courses covering Cast, Portrait, Still life, Figure and Landscape start from £245. Check the events page for lectures, painting demos, exhibitions and musical events.
The Henderson Hall, in Talybont, holds fantastic music and film nights - have a look at their website for more details.
There are plenty of fantastic theatres in the area:
The Globe at Hay
- The Institute of Art and Ideas are dedicated to promoting cutting edge music, art and debate. The programme features a diverse range of performance arts including comedy, theatre, poetry and music. There are also regular community groups where you can have a go at choral singing, amateur dramatics, and reading Shakespeare.
Wyeside Arts Centre
- The Wyeside Arts Centre in Builth Wells combines a cinema, arts centre and theatre, there's loads on and it's well worth a visit.
The Regimental Museum of The Royal Welsh is well worth a visit while you're here to see the Victoria Crosses awarded to the brave 24th Regiment who defended at Rorke's Drift. Follow this with a trip to the Harvard Chapel at Brecon Cathedral to see the Colours from the Zulu wars.