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Swn yr Afon

(Mid-Wales Accommodation)

Brecon Powys Wales
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Meirion Mill

(Mid-Wales Shopping)

Machynlleth Powys Wales
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Coronavirus UpdateWe're pleased to say we are now open again. At the moment it is with reduced hours, 10am to 4pm, closed Tuesdays. The coffee shop has a limited menu and outdoor seating only and closes at 3pm. Please check website for latest news.


Meirion Mill offer a fantastic range of clothing, crafts and gifts, with a welcoming coffee shop and dog friendly grounds making an ideal place to stop at the gateway to Snowdonia.


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Newtown Textile Museum

(Mid-Wales Museums and Arts)

Newtown Powys Wales
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The Newtown Textile Museum will be hoping to open again in the summer but at this stage it is not clear what Covid-restrictions will be in place: Do check the website and social media pages for updates as we get nearer to May.
Visitors do not need to book but entry cannot be guaranteed if there are more than the limited number in the building. Full details are on :

Links to social media sites:
Web: www.newtowntextilemuseum.co.uk
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/newtowntextilemuseum
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/textilemuseumnewtown/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/newtownm


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The Presteigne Festival of Music and the Arts

(Mid-Wales Festivals and Shows)

Presteigne Powys Wales
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Press statement for release on 1 June 2020

The Presteigne Festival board recently made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Festival. Whilst this is extremely sad both for our regular audience and all the artists, support staff and volunteers involved, it is imperative that the health and safety of the wider Festival community should be of paramount importance.
However, the organisation has managed to arrange an exciting alternative to the 2020 Festival comprising Presteigne Digital (a series of specially-filmed mini-concerts to be streamed via the Presteigne Festival website), a Winter Festival Weekend and the Festival Orchestra's first commercial recording project for the Resonus label, highlighting past Presteigne commissions.
Presteigne Digital, which runs from 24-27 August and will be available to view at any time after that, will feature performances from the Carducci Quartet, Amy Dickson, Christopher Good, Clare Hammond, Tim Horton, Mathilde Milwidsky, Bradley Smith, Oliver Wass and members of Nova Music Opera in repertoire which was to have been featured at the 2020 Festival – six newly commissioned works from Martin Butler, Amelia Clarkson, Ninfea Cruttwell-Reade, Robin Haigh, Joseph Phibbs and Emma-Ruth Richards, contemporary British pieces and music by Beethoven, Britten, Janáček and Schubert.
The programme for the first ever Presteigne Winter Festival Weekend will be announced in mid- August. A nine-event celebration of string and vocal chamber music supported with literary and music talks, similarly comprises content originally programmed for the 2020 Festival. All events, which are planned to take place from 27-29 November (coinciding with the first Sunday of Advent), will be given to a small, socially distanced audience at St Andrew's Church.
The Festival is extremely grateful to many of its grant funders and individual patrons for agreeing to maintain financial support at this difficult time. These alternative projects, and the 2021 Festival, would be impossible to realise without their understanding. Irrespective of this generous assistance, ticket income so vital to our organisation could be reduced by as much as £24,000. Finances and the Festival's future are delicately poised.
Many freelance artists are struggling financially due to the effects of COVID-19. In arranging the activities outlined above, the Presteigne Festival is now able to guarantee much needed performance or cancellation fees for all the artists who had been engaged to appear at the 2020 Festival.
Artistic Director George Vass commented 'Whilst this imposes considerable financial stress on the organisation, artists and composers are at the very core of our activity; without them the Festival would be nothing at all – we have to support them all we can'.
This is the first time in 38 years that the Presteigne Festival has been forced to cancel. It is hoped that this will be the last – plans are currently being made for the 2021 edition, which will run from 26-30 August next year.

Hailed by Musical Opinion Quarterly as 'an indispensable mainstay of the cultural calendar', the 2020 Presteigne Festival programme brings together a typically wide variety of constituents.

Included is an exploration of lesser-known music from Ireland, Scotland and Wales, a feature of the work of Leoš Janáček – one of the most original musical voices of the twentieth-century – and a celebration of Beethoven's 250th birthday year.

The Festival's advocacy of contemporary British music continues with Tarik O'Regan as composerin-residence and a corpus of eight exciting and eclectic commissions from O'Regan (Mosaic Rooms, a concerto for saxophone and string orchestra), Martin Butler (Body Electric, for solo saxophone), Gary Carpenter (a string orchestra piece, as dreams are made on), Amelia Clarkson (a set of songs for tenor and harp), Ninfea Cruttwell-Reade (the Presteigne Festival's first ever 'Evolve' composer), Joseph Phibbs (a Violin Sonata), Emma-Ruth Richards (a string quartet work, Tenebris Litterarum) and 2020 Royal Philharmonic Society Emerging Composer, Robin Haigh (a work for solo harp).

The Festival's successful partnership with Nova Music Opera continues into its sixth year, with a
triple-bill – Janáček's atmospheric The Diary of One Who Disappeared in the translation by Nobel prize-winner Seamus Heaney is programmed with Judith Weir's striking King Harald's Saga – an opera in three acts for unaccompanied female voice and Ninfea Cruttwell-Reade's fascinating new music theatre work Reginald: The Musings of an Edwardian Gentleman, which draws its material from the writings of Saki.

A balanced collection of supporting events includes a trio of Irish films, literary talks, an exhibition in association with the Sidney Nolan Trust and Presteigne Open Studios, organised in co-operation with locally-based artists.

The 2020 Festival boasts a wonderfully starry artist line-up – the Carducci Quartet, Nova Music Opera, violinist Chloë Hanslip, pianists Clare Hammond and Andrew Matthews-Owen, Australian saxophonist Amy Dickson, singers Bradley Smith and Jonathan Gunthorpe, trumpeter Angela Whelan and harpist Oliver Wass. The Bath Camerata are choir-in-residence conducted by director Benjamin Goodson, whilst the ever-popular resident Festival Orchestra undertakes three concerts under artistic director George Vass.

Community outreach continues to be a vital part of the Presteigne Festival's offer, enabling better
engagement with communities both at home and away. In 2020 we'll be working with senior
members of the community in association with the Bleddfa Centre and the East Radnorshire Day Centre, whilst our Autumn Tour to Bristol and Birmingham will be undertaken by exciting young harpist, Oliver Wass.

The full programme will be available in print and online at the end of April 2020

Brochures available
at the end of April from:
Presteigne Festival, PO Box 30,
Powys LD8 2WF
01544 267800

Images :

  1. Bath Camerata
  2. Carducci Quartet
  3. Amy Dickson
  4. Clare Hammond
  5. Chloe Hanslip
  6. Bradley Smith

Bath CamerataCarducci Quartet 1Dickson Amy 1Hammond Clare 3Hanslip Chloe 2Smith Bradley


Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway

(Mid-Wales Attractions)

Welshpool Powys Wales
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Steam railways - a great day (or evening!) out 

Heritage railways are no longer just for train spotters. They're now attractive days out for the whole family - and at attractive prices.

At the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway, just 25 minutes from Shrewsbury, of course there are the gleaming locomotives hissing with steam. But there are also comfortable carriages, with covered seating. Or if the weather's fine, stand on the open balconies and watch the rolling hills, rushing rivers, green farmland and grazing sheep and cattle. Wildlife abounds too: spot the deer in Powys Estates, watch for heron at the Banwy Bridge and red kites or buzzards almost anywhere.

The railway offers a sensible 45-minute ride each way, just right for children. At the Llanfair Caereinion terminus, there's a 40 minute to one hour turnaround for you to have lunch or tea with cakes in the friendly tearoom, turn the children loose in the play and picnic area, or set off to explore town and countryside before your return journey. Or explore the neighbouring town and park and take a later train back.
Where do the evenings come in? The railway operates several evening fish and chips specials each season - they leave Llanfair Caereinion at 6:15 pm and travel down to Welshpool where a choice of meals is served to eat on the return journey. There's nothing like eating on a train as the scenery goes by. But these evenings often sell out, so advance booking (and selection of meals) is essential, on www.wllr.org.uk

And the price is right - the family ticket covers returns for four at just £32 - book discounted tickets on-line at www.wllr.org.uk, and it's just £30 - great value to go with the great scenery.

Once you've sampled the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway, you'll also want to try the other members of the Great Little Trains of Wales - they're a little further from Shropshire but they're all different and well worth the trip. Full information on all of them (and how to get there by rail if you prefer), is on www.bigtrainlittletrain.com

Special Events 2020 for more detail see wllr.org.uk

11 - 13 April: Fun with the Easter Bunny, eggs to spot along the line and more.

24 May, 1 & 29 August: Fish and Chips Trains Advance booking and menu selection essential.

20 June: Welshpool Transport Festival & Evening Hogroast

15 August: Evening Hogroast

4 - 6 September: Annual Gala Weekend. Our biggest event of the year. Every operating engine out on show or in action.

31 October: Halloween Trains - Come in costume, prizes for the best! 5,6,12,13,19,20 & 21 December
Santa Specials. Always very popular! Advance booking strongly advised. 

27, 29, 30 & 31 December: Mince Pie Special Trains 

(Images © Mike Heath, Dan Abbott & Kevin Heywood)

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