Guides from Brecon Beacons National Park lead a gentle walk through the beautiful surrounds of Hay-on-Wye.
Helen and John Price and the next generation, Rhiannon and Humphrey Wells open the gates to their farm for a visit led by agronomist Jonathon Harrington and vet Barney Sampson. This traditional family farm is adapting to meet the challenges of a new era to build a sustainable future for food production. Learn about the choices they face relating to soil and the environment, livestock and climate change, and their plans to be carbon negative within the next 3 to 5 years. See cattle and sheep and the crops that are grown to feed them. Beef from the farm will be served in bread rolls at the end of the visit.
With thanks to Helen and John Price and Rhiannon and Humphrey Wells
Please wear walking boots or Wellingtons and waterproof clothing in case of inclement weather. These are visits to real working farms and are suitable for anyone interested in learning more about food and farming. Families are welcome but children must be supervised at all times.
Guides from Brecon Beacons National Park lead a gentle walk through the beautiful surrounds of Hay-on-Wye. The National Park is also home to a UNESCO geopark. During this walk, the Park’s Geopark Officer offers a journey through deep time, exploring the geology of the hills.
Please wear appropriate footwear and come prepared for the weather. The walk returns to the Festival site by midday.
From tree to timber – a chance to see for yourself how a small-scale, sustainable wood is managed. The tour visits planting, ecosystem care and tree grading, and goes into the sawmill to see the log being converted into timber. Find out what the challenges and opportunities are for the timber industry.
The true story of Major Herbert Armstrong, a Hay-on-Wye solicitor who was hanged in May 1922 for poisoning his wife with arsenic, was a celebrated murder case, which inspired works by Dorothy L Sayers and Agatha Christie in the golden age of crime writing. But was he really guilty? Or was it a terrible miscarriage of justice? Stephen Bates uncovers new evidence as he joins Brecon Beacons National Park guides on this walking tour around Hay, visiting some of the sites featured in his book.
Come to Andrew and Rachel Giles’ farm with local vet Barney Sampson to see how their herd of dairy cows produces most of their milk from grass. Visitors can enter the milking parlour and help to milk the cows and see the calves. Find out how their four stomachs enable them to digest grass. Samples of dairy products will be provided for tasting and a local cheese maker will explain the art and science beneath the rind.
With thanks to Andrew and Rachel Giles
Join the author of Walking the Old Ways of East Breconshire and the Black Mountains and two guides from Brecon Beacons National Park on a gentle walk through the beautiful surrounds of Hay-on-Wye.
Guides from Brecon Beacons National Park lead a gentle walk through the beautiful surrounds of Hay-on-Wye. Two of the Park’s leading ecologists share their knowledge of some of the local flora and fauna.
Trevithel Court is a traditional mixed farm and David James is the third generation of his family to work there, along with his son Will. Their orchards supply apples for Bulmers and other cider producers in Herefordshire and Wales. Walk among the apple trees, pollinated by bees, look inside a beehive, learn about cider production and sample some cider and honey. The farm also produces grass-fed beef cattle and arable crops. See the animals and machinery used for production and harvesting. Agronomist Jonathon Harrington leads the tour.
With thanks to David and Catherine James
Guides from Brecon Beacons National Park lead a gentle walk through the beautiful and historic surrounds of Hay-on-Wye.
The author of Running for the Hills and Heavy Light joins guides from Brecon Beacons National Park on a gentle walk through the beautiful surrounds of Hay-on-Wye, looking at stories from his book Myths and Legends of the Brecon Beacons.