Garwnant gears up for Christmas

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Christmas will be coming early at Garwnant as the Forestry Commission Wales venue gears up for its first festive season in four years.

The newly-opened centre, just five miles outside Merthyr Tydfil and 14 miles from Brecon, was closed for refurbishment since 2006 – and staff are looking forward to making up for lost time.

Visitors can get into the festive mood during weekly Christmas evenings every Monday until December 20.

Join staff at the centre for carol singing and enjoy some tasty Christmas fare provided by on-site caterers Just Perfect Catering between 6pm and 8pm.

There will be an opportunity to make festive favourites such as Christmas cards and wreaths or decorations for the tree this weekend (December 4 and 5) and also from Saturday, December 18 to Wednesday, December 22, when a Christmas crafts fayre will be held (11am to 4pm).

Entry to the fayre is free but there will be a small charge for the activities.

If that’s not enough to whet your appetite for the festive season, a Christmas Food Festival will be held at the centre on Saturday, December 11.

Visitors will be able to create their own Christmas hamper of fine Welsh produce selected by Just Perfect Catering, or buy individual items for the perfect gift.

Visitor Centre manager Sam Detheridge said, “Garwnant is getting into the festive spirit with this fantastic programme of day and evening events and we hope everyone will come along to enjoy themselves.’’

The new centre has a full events programme in place for 2011. See for more details or call Garwnant Visitor Centre on 0300 068 0300 or email