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Events in Mid Wales, Powys and Shropshire

Right across the counties of Powys and Shropshire in Mid Wales there is a huge variety of annual sporting events, car and bike rallies, festivals and competitions. Almost every week there is something going on and the central location of The Forest Country Cottages is ideal for those who wish to take part of just watch.

The following events are close to our self catering holiday accommodation. More information about the attractions are available at the bed and breakfast and we can often give advice as we have visited most of them ourselves.

Tour of Britain

The Tour of Britain returns to Wales with what will be an exciting stage that heads south from Newtown to Swansea, with the fearsome Constitution Hill, one of the steepest residential roads in the final kilometres. Before tackling the cobbles of Constitution Hill The Tour heads down through mid-Wales from the historic market town of Newtown on the River Severn, and over Black Mountain, sapping the riders legs even further ahead of the spectacular finale.

From Newtown the route heads south on the A483, taking in the opening King of the Mountains climb at Gwynant after just over eight kilometres of racing. The opening Sprint of the day comes in Llandrindod Wells just after an hour into the stage. The stage ends at The Tumble just south of Abergavenny

Crynant Skeet Clay Pigeon Shoot

The annual team qualifier competition for National Skeet clay pigeon shoot held at the Mid Wales Shooting Centre.

Mid Wales Shooting Centre has established itself as one of the premier clay target facilities in the UK. Situated in 300 acres of some of the finest and naturally beautiful countryside the British Isles has to offer, it is ideally located, just one hour's drive from the Midlands.


Mid Wales Stages Rally

The Rally Marketing Mid Wales Historic Stages 55 miles of gravel stages in the classic Mid – Wales forests. The Mid Wales Stages Rally is also round four of the Dunlop/Gambia MSA British Historic Rally Championship.

The Mid Wales Stages offers competitors the only chance of the year to tackle classic forests used on Wales Rally GB, including Hafren and Myherin. Central servicing will be located at the Sweet Lamb rally complex near Llangurig, with the rally again based at Coleg Powys in Newtown.

Dragon Run

The Dragon Run provides an interesting run showcasing the outstanding scenic beauty of Mid Wales. There is a lot to admire and savour; far-reaching panoramas stretching in every direction, bleak brooding mountains just waiting to be climbed by car, relaxing lakes glinting and rippling in deep valleys, crashing waterfalls, tumbling rivers and streams, all linked together with a stimulating mix of roads.


Green Man of Clun

The Clun Green Man Festival is a traditional springtime festival, held on the first May bank holiday weekend of the year and takes place in the picturesque town of Clun in South Shropshire. The programme is full of live music, drama, colour and medieval malarkey and is fun for all the family.

The Clun Green Man is special to Clun. Great trees border his cloak, their branches interlacing across his chest and, uniquely, his leaf face is crowned with deer antlers.

Gregynog Music Festival

Gwyl Gregynog Festival, which was established in 1933 by sisters Gwendoline and Margaret Davies is held in a magnificent country house set in 750 acres. Gregynog Festival is the oldest extant classical music festival in Wales. Set in the beautiful countryside of rural North Powys, Gregynog Festival features performances by the world's leading musicians in intimate historic locations. Each year the Festival takes a different theme as the starting point for its curation.

In March Gregynog is also host to the Young Musician of the Year competition 


Royal Welsh Show

The Royal Welsh Show is one of the most prestigious events of its type in Europe, and brings together the farming industry and rural community in a celebration of the best of British agriculture with a unique and very special ‘Welsh' flavour.

The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society has played a leading role in the development of agriculture and a vibrant rural economy in Wales for over a century since its formation in 1904.

Mid Wales Opera at Theatr Hafren

September at Theatr Hafren includes a major opera production by the MWO

Founded in 1988, Mid Wales Opera has established itself as one of the foremost British touring opera companies. Recipient of various national awards, including two Prudential Opera Awards. Mid Wales Opera's productions have now been performed in over eighty venues in Great Britain and Ireland.

Full scale productions of major operas such as Turandot, Aida, Carmen and Madama Butterfly have included international soloists from Covent Garden and the English, Welsh and Scottish National Opera companies. The specially adapted touring productions of more intimate operas have proved immensely popular in an ever increasing number of venues


Welshpool & Llanfair Steam Gala

The Welshpool & Llanfair Steam Gala is a special day for the narrow gauge enthusiast. The journey begins on the edge of the historic market town of Welshpool. Right from the start it is all action as the train battles up the notoriously steep Golfa Bank accompanied by the sound of the locomotive echoing off the hills.

From the coaches you will see the beautiful mid Wales countryside roll slowly by as you travel into the delightful Banwy Valley.

The journey unfolds through this picturesque part of Wales travelling along the River Banwy and ending in Llanfair Caereinion.

Welsh Food Festival

The Welsh Food Festival in Newtown offers a chance to try Welsh and local food and drink and ist a great family day out, with music from local artists all centred around the beautiful market town of Newtown, set against a backdrop of stunning Mid Wales countryside.

  • Food & Drink stalls from across Wales and the borders.
  • Chef demonstrations
  • Food and local history trails and events.
  • Live entertainment from local bands and groups
  • No admission charge

Wales' top chefs demonstrated their skills in the cookery theatre. There were lots of ideas to get one enthused, and lots of recipes to try at home. From cakes, chutneys and cheeses to wines, ales and chocolates – there will be plenty of food and drink to tantalise the taste buds of young and old alike.


National Eisteddfod of Wales

The Eisteddfod is one of the world’s major festivals – attracting up to 150,000 visitors each year – and it’s a truly unique experience. With competitions, music, literature, drama, family activities, art, science, dance, shopping – and more – there’s something for everyone at the Eisteddfod. The Eisteddod moves location every year and in recent years it was held in Meifod attracting many visitors from Mid Wales.

Welsh Castles Relay

Running the length of Wales - 200+ miles over 2 days, 20 stages and 65 teams, starting at Caernarfon Castle on Saturday morning, with an overnight halt at Newtown and finishing on Sunday afternoon in Cardiff.  In June


Welsh Enduro

The Welsh 2 Day Enduro, based in Llandrindod Wells takes place each year in June. Up to 500 riders, solo and sidecar machines take to the roads, hills and forests of mid Wales. 

Riders travel from all over the world to sample the scenery and competition that defines the event.  

The course winds its way through Llanyre, Bwychillau, Beulah, Abbeycwmhir and up to Pontrhydfendigaid, before breaking east to Llangurig and Abbeycwmhir before returning to Llandrindod. The second day is a reverse of this, with forests and track being used to test the riders.

Llandrindod Wells is about 25 miles from The Forest.

Newtown Musical Theatre

SHREK  November 2022 , Hafren Theatre, Newtown. 

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek The Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure featuring all new songs from Jeanine Tesori. Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage, and proves there's more to the story than meets the ears.

"Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek…" And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand...and his name is Shrek.

Shrek presents a treasure trove of creative opportunities including costumes, sets, puppets (there is a fire-breathing dragon after all), and more! Irreverently fun for the whole family, Shrek proves that beauty is truly in the eye of the ogre.

Performed by NMTC




Powys Theatre

Powys Theatre in central Newtown, the society brings some of the very best amateur productions to the area and they intend to keep presenting both well-established and new productions for you. The members work tirelessly and their enthusiasm is amazing. If you have the opportunity to see any of our performances you will not be disappointed.

They usually have three performances a year - the first in November, then February and April. Their plays are typically comedies, thrillers and dramas and are performed for six nights - Monday through to Saturday.

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