StagWeb salutes you for bringing this shindig back to the macho stag do staples in some of the toughest terrain known to stag-kind. Or at least in the northern hemisphere. Ok. In Wales. But the wild, rugged great outdoors that puts all guns blazing action firmly at the top of any Brecon stag do also makes this one a bit of a bugger to reach. BUT real action men heading for real action adventure can’t be stopped by a mere inconvenience. No sir! They laugh in the face of danger. Scoff when the maps say no. And step up to the challenge in true stag style. Or they just carry on reading. We’ve already done the legwork for you.
Easily the top option for getting the lads to base, with a good selection of main roads feeding in from the motorways. Crews on the M4 can pick up the A449 or A470 from the east, or the A4067 from the west. If you’re heading in on the M5, it’s the M50 and A40 into Brecon. Southern groups need to dig behind and under seats for the £6.40 to wing it across the Severn Toll Bridge, then head into town via the M4 and A470 at Cardiff.
London – 3hrs
Edinburgh – 6hrs 9mins
Birmingham – 1hr 56mins
Manchester – 3hrs 5mins
Newcastle – 5hrs 2mins
Bristol – 1hr 14mins
Exeter – 2hrs 14mins
If you’ve got one too many Miss Daisy’s on board and heading in by train seems a better option, First Great Western and Arriva both offer regular, reliable services into the region. Abergavenny (east), Llandovery (west) and Merthyr Tydfil (south) stations are your local ports of call, but you’ll have to transfer to bus or taxi to head to base. Traveline Cymru have a handy rundown of the necessary gen on local transport in the area.
Main services into the Brecons:
National Express and Megabus run services from major cities across the UK into the bigger towns (Cardiff, Neath, Swansea, Abergavenny). National Express and Stagecoach both run links between Cardiff and Brecon itself.
Touch down on Welsh soil at Cardiff International Airport.
Jun - Great Welsh Beer and Cider Festival
Not strictly a Brecon fest. Or…..er…. strictly in Brecon. But it does have beer. A stadium-full to be exact. Not to mention a truck-load of food to line stomachs, top tunes to keep the crowds on their feet and a whole range of ciders, perries and 200+ types of mighty fine real ale to boot. So quite frankly we’d be doing your motley band of Welsh warriors a disservice not to point you in the direction of the local(ish) liquid offerings while you’re in the vicinity. Give us the nod and we’ll arrange a set of wheels to get the lads out and about to any events/activities/nearby cities as necessary.
Aug - Brecon Jazz Festival
Throw wild shapes to a mega-mix of rock, funk, fusion, soul and swing when the jazz fest lands in key venues across town. Grab your arena pass for the Captain’s Walk Outdoor gigs, or nab a Stroller Ticket for access to the full musical monty. Big names past and present include the mighty Jools Holland, Van Morrison and Wales’ own Cerys Matthews.
Aug - Brecon Fringe Festival
The massive Fringe Fest finds blues, rock, R’n’B, comedy, dance and live acts cropping up all over the shop. Catch top local bands over a beer or three at one of Brecon’s fine beverage-filled establishments, kick back to fresh tunes from masters on the decks, and deny all lyrical knowledge of the one and only when the likes of Chesney Hawkes take centre stage.
Aug – Green Man Festival
Without doubt the Brecon event of the summer. Heralds the mass take-over of Glanusk Park for four days of non-stop mischief and mayhem at the foot of the Black Mountains, when the likes of Mumford and Sons, Jarvis Cocker and Super Furry Animals rock into town. We’re talking music, comedy, bucket-loads of ale, top notch grub, dance, DJs, bonfires, camping, glamping and the UK’s only festival with a 24hr license to thrill (or, you know, serve drinks). Any fest that comes up with its own ‘Growler’ grog gets our vote. One that can serve it till sunrise? Top nod to the Green Man.
Sept – Abergavenny Food Festival
30,000 fans, 200 stalls, good food, great drink and a whole host of cracking entertainment makes for one of the biggest foodie events in the UK.
Oct – Brecon Food Festival
Hearty fare, smooth cider and fine local ales add up to a fine day’s sampling for stomachs of stag-kind.
Best of the rest
The Brecons play host to some mighty fine local gigs throughout the year. Head to GigAll for a fully comprehensive list of the region’s best.