As part of our Green Traveller's Guide to Mid Wales, Paul Bloomfield picks out a selection of local visitor attractions, including art galleries, festivals and historic sites.
Mid Wales seems to have bagged more than its fair share of world-renowned festivals and events. From Hay to Green Man to Brecon Jazz, the region hosts dozens of exciting and creative cultural festivals. From music to literature to sport, this quiet region comes alive every summer with throngs of revellers who descend on Mid Wales' green fields in search of music, merriment and entertainment.
If you love visiting the theatre on holiday, Mid Wales won't disappoint: the region has plenty of venues where you can sample theatre, comedy and dance.
And with such an impressive historical legacy, it's little surprise that there are endless historic sites to visit in the area. From castles and stately homes, to ancient ruins and underground caves, there's plenty to keep the whole family entertained in all weathers.
Corris Mine Explorers
Wandering round these abandoned Welsh slate mines feels a little like you’ve set foot on a film set: tools, machinery, candles – even cigarette packets – are still where they were discarded by miners after the closure of the mine in the 1970s. Mark, your guide, will help you explore the damp tunnels and underground workings through several different experiences, from an hour-long taster trip to a half-day journey of exploration and discovery, which takes you along two miles of tunnels. corrismineexplorers.co.uk
King Arthur’s Labyrinth
Sail underground with your mysterious hooded boatman and go back in time into the Dark Ages. Be regaled with tales of King Arthur, dragons and ferocious battles, and other ancient Welsh legends. There’s something to entertain everyone, young and old alike. Cool in summer and dry in wet weather, this is the perfect all-weather attraction. kingarthurslabyrinth.co.uk
This dramatic, red-bricked medieval fortress is encircled by world-famous gardens, replete with statues, an orangery and terraces. It has been in the Herbert family since 1578 but its history goes way back to the 13th century. Play a spot of croquet on the lawns, visit the animal cemetery, soak up the history within or simply wander the beautiful gardens. There are trails for the children and events that take place here throughout the year. nationaltrust.org.uk/powis-castle-and-garden
For information on nearby places to stay, local food and drink, and adventure activities, see our Green Traveller's Guide to Mid Wales