Top ChoiceLiterature in Hay-on-Wye (Y Gelli Gandryll)

Hay Festival

The 10-day Hay Festival is Britain's leading festival of literature and the arts – a kind of bookworms' Glastonbury. Like an iconic music festival, it has the gravity to attract the brightest stars in its corner...

Music in Crickhowell (Crughywel)

Green Man Festival

This four-day music festival has a sterling reputation for its mellow vibe and green ethos and for catering well to children and people with disabilities. It attracts A-list indie acts such as The Brian Jonestown...

Music in Hay-on-Wye (Y Gelli Gandryll)

HowTheLightGetsIn

Billed as the word's largest festival of philosophy and music, HowTheLightGetsIn returned to Hay in 2018 with a program entitled Darkness, Authority and Dreams, featuring speakers as diverse as linguist Noam...

Sports in Brecon (Aberhonddu)

Brecon Beast

A gruelling mountain-bike challenge over 44 or 68 miles. The entry fee (£35 in advance; £40 on the day) covers camping, refreshments on the route, a 'pasta party' and a T-shirt. All proceeds go to Brecon Mountain...

Sports in Crickhowell (Crughywel)

Crickhowell Walking Festival

Held in the week wrapped around St David's Day (1 March), this nine-day festival features guided treks, workshops on outdoorsy themes, and music. It's proven so popular that it's now extended for a long weekend...

Music in Brecon (Aberhonddu)

Brecon Fringe Festival

Started as an alternative to the famous Brecon Jazz Festival (which, sadly, blew its last note in 2015), Brecon Fringe brings a wide range of musical styles to pubs and other venues in and around town over four...