Sweater season is almost here! While we’re looking forward to cozy nights in Great Britain, we’re also ready to get outside and enjoy those beautiful, crisp days. Here’s how to spend your winter in Wales.
Warm up with whisky at Penderyn Distillery
Cold weather is definitely an excuse to drink whisky. Visit Penderyn Distillery, the home of award-winning single malt whiskies and spirits. Take a tour where you’ll see how the whisky is produced and sample the products at the Tasting Bar. If you really love whisky, consider booking a masterclass session, which combines the tour with a lesson on whisky tasting and a blind nosing activity. Book ahead for both the tour and masterclass to guarantee your spot.
Sip soup and sight starlings
During the fall and winter months at the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) Newport Wetlands, thousands of starlings gather at dusk and swoop through the sky. At the peak of this experience, viewers can see up to 50,000 starlings of these feathered friends soaring in huge formations. Settle down at dusk with a cup of soup and learn about starlings from a local expert at one of the Soup and Starlings events.
Get spooky at Abertoir
Ready to scream? Head to Abertoir (The International Horror Festival of Wales), an annual horror film festival with a quirkily macabre lineup of films, concerts, theatre, and masterclasses. With a focus on both independent and big-budget horror films, visitors are able to pay tribute to cult-classics and discover new favorites.
Bike with beer at the Real Ale Wobble
We’re definitely down to exercise if it involves beer. This wacky biking and beer extravaganza celebrates the start of the Mid Wales Beer Festival. You’ll cycle along marked trails through the scenic Cambrian Mountains and receive locally-brewed ale at checkpoints along the routes.
There are courses for both serious and amateur bikers; although, if you’re more inclined to walking through the mountains and forest, check out the Real Ale Ramble held at the end of the Beer Festival. Register in advance for both events.
Experience the majesty of the Brecon Beacons
What about a hike through mountains, rock caves, waterfalls, and moorland? Head to the Brecon Beacons National Park, a European and Global Geopark, as well as an International Dark Sky Reserve. Winter is a great time to take a walk on the Glyn Tarell Geotrail, which takes you to the center of where the last great ice sheet in the region once was. You’ll also visit Craig Cerrig-Gleisiad, a National Nature Reserve with an impressive range of arctic alpine plants.
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Cover Photo: Brecon Beacons