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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 House is ideal for those who wish to take part of just watch.

The following events are close to our self catering 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.

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.

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.


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.

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.


Mid Wales Opera at Theatr Hafren

September at Theatr Hafren includes a major opera production by the Mid Wales Opera, 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

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


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 - September

The Welsh Food Festival in September 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.


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.

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

Newtown Musical Theatre

Made in Dagenham  October 2023,  Hafren Theatre, Newtown. 

Made in Dagenham is a musical with music by David Arnold, lyrics by Richard Thomas, and a book by Richard Bean. Based on the 2010 film of the same name, which in turn was based on the real events of the Ford sewing machinists strike of 1968,[1] the musical made its West End and world premiere at the Adelphi Theatre in 2014.

Performed by NMTC


Powys Theatre

Newtown Amateur Dramatic Society at 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.

Kerry Lamb Beach Party

27th August 2023 from 12 noon  Beach Party

BBQ, Cocktails and a Bouncy Castle

Come and join us


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