Our Brecon

About Brecon

The town of Brecon nestles in the shadow of the majestic Brecon Beacons and has stunning and beautiful scenery.  It is rich in history and there is something of interest for everyone.

Interesting and unusual shops sell antiques, a wide range of local arts, crafts, books and the finest Welsh produce – fresh, locally sourced and prepared – including Welsh Black beef, venison, trout and local ice cream are available at our restaurants, public houses, cafes, bars and shops. The accommodation is as varied as the interests of the visitors who come here and include award winning caravan parks to luxury hotels.

Brecon is a perfect base for long or short stays for those wishing to have peace and quiet, or for the energetic there is walking, cycling, canoeing, horse riding or you may choose to fish on the beautiful River Usk, take a gentle journey on a canal boat or visit the nearby climbing centre. There are wide ranging facilities at Brecon Leisure Centre, along with interesting museums and historical places of interest to visit.

The Theatre, Cinema and the Cathedral Church of St John the Evangelist all have a wide range of musical, choral and cultural events to suit all tastes.

The annual Jazz Festival is held in August in Brecon and is a must for Jazz enthusiasts with visitors from all over the world. Running along side Brecon Jazz Fesitval is the successful Brecon Fringe.

Brecon Baroque Festival gathers together leading international musicians annually for a long weekend of performances, talks and workshops in Brecon. 

Brecon is centrally situated and the intercity trains to Newport and Cardiff are served by local bus services to Brecon.  For the car owner, Swansea, Hereford, the World Heritage site at Blaenavon and the beautiful Show Caves at Dan-yr-Ogof are all around an hour away.


Brecon hosts many annual events. Find out what else is coming up soon from our events page.

A large poppy field

A wreath laying ceremony at 11am, at St Mary’s Church, followed by a service at the Cathedral is planned for Remembrance Sunday, though on a smaller scale due to COVID-19.

Attendance at the Cathedral is by invite only due to restricted numbers. However, the Service can be accessed via a live streaming on Brecon Cathedral’s Facebook page.

If you are attending the ceremony at the Cenotaph, please respect social distancing, and wear a face covering if you are able. 

Gurkha soldier playing flute

This event will be considered alongside Government advice and guidance nearer the time.

 Town Council hosts an annual event whereby the Gurkha Wing (Mandalay) exercises its right under an Honorary Citizenship to parade through the Town.

This is a colourful and memorable occasion and everyone is welcome to attend the parade and watch the cultural performances that follow.

On Sunday, 9th June 2019 the Annual Gurkha Parade took place on the Bulwark and was followed by a celebration of the Twinning of Brecon and Dhampus took place in February 2019. 

Due to the ongoing Pandemic and rules and regulations in place, with public safety the priority, Brecon With Bells On 2020 has unfortunately been cancelled. Brecon will still be very festive though as the Christmas Lights will go ahead and there will be a Christmas window competition as usual. We look forward to being back next year for Brecon with Bells On 2021. Here’s a picture of some of our Town Councillors having fun whilst working hard to make last year’s Brecon with Bells On such a success. A virtual lights switch on event took place on Brecon Town Council’s Facebook page on 21st November 2020 at 5:40pm, the footage can be found here. The Christmas Window competition winners will also be announced on Facebook earlier that afternoon


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Brecon Beacons National Park Tourists


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Popular Activities

Make the most of the natural beauty while staying close to the town.

Brecon Town Path


Either climbing the peaks or a stroll along the river or canal.

Brecon Canal

on the water

Canoeing, kayaking or boat hire are available on the Canal and the rivers Usk, Tarell and Honddu.

Cyclists near canal


There are plenty of routes for all types of cyclists, from traffic free routes alongside the canal to more adventurous mountain biking trails.


The River Usk is a very popular destination for fishing in the appropriate seasons in a tranquil setting. For more information please see the separate fishing tab above. 

What's happening

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Brecon 2020 Report

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