To help you decide on whether you would like to visit our wonderful part of the world in 2018, we have put together our 18 reasons to visit Wales in 2018. If you missed our first part to our blog, please click here!
Popular since the 19th Century and a traditional export of Wales, Welsh Cakes make the perfect gift and are an even better afternoon treat! Within Wales they are known as bakestones or griddle scones due to the technique used when they are cooked. Comprised of flour, butter or lard, currants, eggs, milk, and spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg, they are absolutely delicious and do not require any accompaniment. You can enjoy them hot or cold – they can be found on sale almost everywhere you turn and usually feature as part of our Afternoon Tea buffet. Don’t feel guilty when you reach for another!
The Nation’s beloved sport will commence at the beginning of February and there is nowhere with as much passion and love for rugby than Wales! Tickets are limited already to watch live matches at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium – so don’t miss the chance to be part of rugby history and the buzz of the biggest sporting competition of the year. It takes about an hour to drive into Cardiff for a match. Parking is worth pre-booking and there is never really a problem with traffic. Even if you don’t have a ticket match day in Cardiff is a very fine day out.
Sat 3 Feb (Scotland), Sun 11 Mar (Italy) and Sat 17 Mar (France).
For those with a need for speed the ‘Speedway Grand Prix’ is the motor cycle event of the year. Returning for another year at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on the 21st July, attendees can expect an exhilarating experience as they cheer on their favourite racers with the rest of the passionate crowds!
If you are visiting during the spring, be sure to check out the world famous RHS Spring Flower Show in Cardiff, which runs from the 13-18th of April. A greenfingers paradise, this huge exhibition boasts blooming displays. Here at Gliffaes, we adore gardening and you can read all about our wonderful flowers in our blog here.
Though the world famous bridge and waterfall is a two hour drive from our hotel in the Brecon Beacons, a visit to the unorthodox bridge is an absolute must. You can walk along the natural trail route, the very same taken by William Wordsworth during the 18th century. This is the perfect location to appreciate Wales’ medieval past, as well as its breathtaking natural and man made surroundings.
The Welsh patron saint, St David is celebrated by all Welsh nationals on the 1st March. Expect to see Daffodils and leeks pinned to clothing as far as the eye can see. Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus!
England v Australia takes place on 16 June 2018 and is another hotly anticipated event for sport fans. As a one day international Cricket event, two sets will be hosted at Principality Stadium, Cardiff.
One of our favourite local events that takes place just a twenty minute drive to the small town of Abergavenny is the ever popular ‘Abergavenny Food Festival’. Visitors can enjoy live cooking demos and sample some of the local wares provided by talented local suppliers.
Another celebrated figure of Welsh culture is of course, Mr Dylan Thomas. Each year a festival is held for two weeks from the start of his birthday on the 27th October through to the date of his death on the 9th November. Fans come from near and far to share their Thomas inspired prose and to honour the great Welshman’s life and work.
Situated in the idyllic village of Hay-on-Wye, just a thirty minute drive from our hotel in the Brecon Beacons, you will find the annual Hay Festival. Festival goers can expect to be entertained by a treasure trove of writers, artists, academics and performers. The festival will run from the 24th May to the 3rd June so there’s plenty of time for you to get involved….
We are still unsure as to when we can re-open. I think it will be around the 24th May.
Gliffaes will not be open for outdoor dining only – I am afraid the numbers don’t stack up for us.
Mark Drakeford, The Welsh First Minister has given no definitive date for the opening of indoor hospitality in Wales.
This matter is further confused by the local elections on the 6th May. If Labour is returned to power he tells us that he will be minded to consider the opening of indoor hospitality on the 17th May and I guess he will give us about a week’s notice taking us to the 24th May.
Online booking is available and reception will be staffed from 9am to midday from Monday to Saturday, so please do call us.
Thank you for all your support and we hope to see you in May and beyond.
James & Susie Suter and all the team at Gliffaes.