The Bank Bar - If you've got Grape Expectations then this fabulous wine bar is certainly worth a visit. The décor is modern, the cocktails are tasty and the vino is absolutely gorgeous. There are plenty of girly giggles to be had in these spacious and vibrant surroundings, 'we'll take a Tequila Sunrise please!'
Where? 37 The Watton, LD3 7EG
The Clarence Inn - This summery pub is always a delight - it's exceptionally cosy, and if you're looking for a relaxed evening with lots of laughs and generous helpings of wine or ale, then this is the perfect place for you. The Clarence Inn is fun, friendly, and the food is devilishly delicious.
Where? 25 The Watton, LD3 7ED
The Gremlin - Despite the unusual name, this charming inn is actually really cute! The locals love this place, and after you've sampled the unique range of tantalizing beers and wines we're sure you will as well!
Where? 48 The Watton, LD3 7EG
The Hours - After a splendid evening spent in some of Brecon's best pubs and bars, one of The Hours' filling quiches could be just the thing you need to shoo away the aches and pains from the previous evening's excesses. Any book-worm bride-to-be will love dining in the homely surrounds of this bijou bookshop/café.
Where? 15 Ship Street, LD3 9AD
Cariad Cupcakes - On a relaxed afternoon exploring the serene town of Brecon, a spot of lunch with Cariad Cupcakes could be the perfect hunger-conqueror. Enjoy quintessentially British cream teas or help yourselves to one of the speciality cupcakes - Mary Berry certainly wouldn't find any soggy bottoms here!
Where? 35 High Street Superior, LD3 7LF
Sights & Sounds
Hungover hens aren't likely to be too enthusiastic for a trek through the Brecon Beacons, but after a light stroll along the River Usk, they'll feel ready for anything. Sometimes, that hangover from hell will simply wash away with a healthy dose of fresh air, so take the girls for a gentle saunter along the Promenade (potentially with a latte in hand) and Shake it Off like Taylor Swift!
A trip to Brecon Jazz Bar is always eventful, there are plenty of funky tunes to strut your stuff to, and the locals are sure to love the injection of energy you'll bring to this lush venue.
Theatr Brycheiniog is the town's local theatre, featuring live music as well as fantastic touring productions for the more cultured nearly-wed...although after a few glasses of wine, anybody can seem like a seasoned theatre aficionado!
In the Diary
August - Green Man Festival. Big names, big tunes and big nights are the norm in Brecon's premiere music festival.
August - Brecon Fringe Festival. Discover emerging talents in music, dance and comedy with a glass of vino in hand.
October - Brecon Food Festival. Drop any diets and enjoy a taste of mid-Wales as well as a range of celebrity cook-offs.
November - Winter Weekend. Feel the festive cheer and buy your loved ones some beautifully crafted gifts from the bustling market.
Top of the Shops
Brecon is well-known for its rough and ready approach to life, you won't see the locals dressed to nines for big city living. This is quiet, countryside fashion at its best, however, the energetic twenty-something's who have yet to move to Cardiff have their secret ways of looking absolutely fabulous, and that's to dress vintage.
Beacons Crafts - The locally made goods on offer in Beacons Crafts really are beautiful and they'll make for the perfect souvenir.
Where? Bethel Square, LD3 7JP
Morgans - This chic antique store is certainly worth a look in, the unusual bits and bobs you'll find here will bring a real sense of character into anyone's living room.
Where? The Struet, Brecon
Girls About Town - Getting around Brecon...
This small town is easily navigated on foot, and in many respects that's the best way to travel as walking allows you to mix with the friendly locals and explore the winding backstreets that characterise Brecon. However, if you're looking for a way to escape to the Beacons, then there's a fantastic bus network that'll take you to the national park.
Brecon's a small town and you won't be shopping forever, so what else can you expect on your big weekend away? Thrill-seeking girls will be pleased to hear that there's plenty of adrenaline pumping action to be enjoyed. Get stuck into Clay Shooting, Quad Biking, Go Karting and our amazing Hen Day Challenge. If it's nearly-wed rest and relaxation you're after then our Wine Tasting and Mobile Pamper Party activities are sure to ease away the anxieties of even the most stressed-out bride-to-be! See more...
While you're hardly going to find nightlife resembling the kind you'd find in Ibiza during your time in Brecon, there's still plenty of hen party frolics to be enjoyed. Treat yourselves to a luxurious meal in some stylish Restaurants, or drop any diets for a Pub Grub feast. See all our nightlife options...
It's time for a hen party in Brecon!
For those of you after an action packed outdoor hen weekend then few venues can compare to the brilliant Brecon, with its rolling hills, beautiful waterways and traditional architecture. Brecon is perfect for those who would rather be out in the open than cooped up in the city.
Why: Reasons to celebrate a Brecon hen do
Hidden right in the heart of the Brecon Beacons, the beautiful town of Brecon makes for a striking hen party destination! With a friendly atmosphere, traditional buildings and striking landscapes, there's so much to see in Brecon, from busy yearly events calendar full of music festivals to art events and tours which really make the most of the attractive local countryside. Pretty Brecon has a stunning cathedral, theatre and cinema, old castle ruins, beautiful Georgian architecture and is the final destination of the Monmouth and Brecon canal, which terminates at the charming canal basin by the theatre. In short it's one of Wales' most beautiful market towns and with the Brecon Beacons National Park as a backdrop, an area which has prestigious 'International Dark Sky Status', it's one of the best settings in which to spend your hen weekend.
As well as the sights, there's a great range of things to do on any Brecon hen weekend. With so many outdoor activities on offer, organising a hen weekend in the Brecon Beacons can seem like a daunting task, but that's where we can help! We've got quad biking for those after motorised action, water sports, canyoning or climbing work well for those who just want a rush of adrenaline - and that's not all, because the town itself has a number of pubs which are perfect for your Brecon hen weekend and the Welsh capital Cardiff is just a few miles down the road with its abundance of clubs, bars and comedy venues, making it well worth the visit!
Shop: Brecon shopping areas & recommendations
Shopping offers a great range of independent retailers as well as some well-known high street stores, meaning a really fun shopping experience for you and the girls whenever you decide to visit for your Brecon hen do! There's a range of great galleries too, such as the Ardent Gallery and Gate Gallery, as well as the excellent Brecon Antique Centre on the high street. There's also a great range of outdoor shops, clothing retailers, gift shops, interiors & household, jewellers, bakers and health food shops, plus big high street chain stores like Dorothy Perkins, Peacocks and Clarks Shoes. Pay a visit to the High Street or Lion Street for the majority of the shops and stores, or visit The Bulwark for some vintage antiques on your Brecon hen weekend.
Stay: Choosing your Brecon accommodation
In beautiful Brecon, we've got two fantastic accommodation options of 3 star hotels and 4 star hotels. When staying in the town, it's important to pitch up somewhere that's hen friendly and great quality - fortunately we've found the very best lodgings to ensure a successful Brecon hen weekend for your whole group! Our 3 star hotels are based in a great location, close to the striking Brecon Beacons and your stay comes complete with a delicious breakfast, an onsite bar and restaurant and TVs in every room. With our 4 star hotels you'll experience the ultimate in luxury and comfort, with striking views, an onsite restaurant and bar and a convenient 24-hour reception! See our Brecon accommodation page for more info.
Party: Where to head after dark
Brecon might not be right at the top of the UK's nightlife list but there are a few great pubs and wine bars to while away an evening in with the girls. Daytime activities in the town are fantastic and certainly good enough to tire you out, so the relaxing evening scene offers the perfect end-of-day solution! We can organise a tasty hen meal for you in one of Brecon's most group-pleasing restaurants and after that, we're happy to pass on our recommendations for the best pubs and bars in the area. As well as this, the Breacon Beacons National Park is well known as a top place to go stargazing, so why not pack up your blankets and while away an evening looking to the heavens on your Brecon hen weekend?
When: The best times to visit Brecon
Without a doubt the most famous event in Brecon each year is the Brecon Jazz Festival - a music festival held on an annual basis in the rural surroundings. All the girls will love the lively atmosphere at this festival on your Brecon hen weekend, which takes place in August. Alternatively the Brecon Farmers Market, also in August, has a fantastic selection of locally produced, fresh seasonal food and products and is well worth a visit, or how about the nearby Green Man Festival which was voted winner of the 'Grass Roots Festival' award? The Brecon Beacons Summer Fayre features stands of traditional Welsh food, arts and crafts with live entertainment, or pay a visit at the end of August for the highly unusual World Bog Snorkelling Championships! Fancy a go?
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