Brecon Beacons top Christmas ideas Escape to the country this festive season. From wandering the stalls of Christmas markets to dozing in front of an open fire in your very own holiday cottage, we pick the best ways to enjoy Christmas in the Brecon Beacons. Treat yourself to luxury local food Hamper of Welsh produce From luxury smoked food hampers to single malt whisky, the foodie in your life will no doubt adore receiving an edible Welsh gift this year. Then again, we’d just as quickly stock up our own cupboards ready for when the family and friends come knocking on Boxing Day. Lace up your boots and get walking Pen y Fan, Brecon Beacons We’ll all be in need of a little extra exercise come January and what better way than by exploring the rugged hillsides of the Brecon Beacons. From Hay’s cobbled alleyways to the picturesque Dinefwr Park and Castle, getting fit is rarely this rejuvenating, or this much fun. Go Christmas shopping in Hay-on-Wye Hay on Wye, Mid Wales Famous for both its annual Literary festival and its army of second hand bookshops, Hay is also home to a whole host of shops offering up everything from kids’ clothes to original artworks. A visit in December also means revelling in the sweet-scented stalls of the market held every Thursday. Book into a self-catering cottage Self Catering cottage in the Brecon Beacons If you don’t fancy Christmas at home this year, book yourself into a self-catering holiday cottage. With spectacular views, roaring log fires and room for even the largest groups, you’ll have the freedom to make Christmas day as busy or as tranquil as you want it to be. Wander the stalls of a local market Hay-on-Wye Market, Wye Valley by WordShore Wales is famous for its quality local produce, which is why it comes as no surprise that the Brecon Beacons is home to so many bustling markets. Pick up the best beef in Brecon, local lamb in Llandovery, arty gifts in Abergavenny and crafts for kids in Crickhowell. Gifts that keep on giving Tregoyd Riding Centre, Brecon Beacons by njkobie Learning to horse ride at a Tregoyd Mountain Riders, improving cycling techniques with Drover Holidays or perfecting your survival skills with Outdoors@Hay – choose from any number of gifts that keep on giving and show your loved on they’re worth so much more than a token scarf. Enjoy quality time in Talgarth St Gwendoline's, Talgarth, Brecon Beacons by Pete Roberts Talgarth is a great place to spend quality time with family and friends away from the strains of Christmas shopping. Be sure to visit St Gwendoline’s Church and stop off at the Bakers’ Table to pick up fresh bread made with flour from the town’s newly restored watermill. Green gifts in Llandovery Llandovery has so much more to offer than the annual sheep festival, especially if you’re after gifts with an ethical slant. The Red Giraffe offers a range of home and lifestyle gifts with genuine provenance, while nearby Myddfai specialises in toiletries and spa products inspired by the Welsh landscape. More attractions in the Brecon Beacons Enjoy this? Share it with friends Related items Wild adventures in Wales Preseli Venture owner Sophie Hurst explores a range of options for wild adventures in Wales. South Wales history The Big Bang, castles built on shifting sands, the rise of industry and the call of the collieries. Unique buildings in Wales The tiniest house, the oldest inn, the oddest wall and other intriguing places to visit in Wales. A Celtic Manor getaway The extraordinary Celtic Manor is a brilliant place for an action-packed getaway. Rainy days in North Wales A selection of indoor activities in North Wales to provide a change of scenery and a great day in. Christmas shopping Discover the stylish Christmas shopping trips you can take in Wales. Alternative Fathers Day Gentleman’s relish…! For papas with panache, check out these totally hip Father’s Day ideas. Marc Evans’ Wales The director of Visit Wales’ TV advertising campaign for 2014 tells us what’s special about Wales. Bala family breaks A lake surrounded by mountains, rich in culture, Bala is ‘real’ Wales at its very best.