February Half Term Events in Mid Wales
National Nest Box week begins on Valentine’s Day and on 15 February you can come along to the Elan Valley visitor centre and build your own nest box. The following day sees a workshop for creating fairy doors and houses to adorn your garden. If crafting is your thing, the Mid Wales Art Experience, based in Newbridge-on-Wye, is running t-shirt fashion design and cut workshops in their artists’ studios on 15 & 22 February.
Those serious about their biking should get to Rhayader on 16 February and take part in a Challenge Ride event which takes in 40km of varied terrain. Starting from the Clive Powell Mountain Bike Centre in the town, if you get to each check point within an allotted time you are entered into a spot prize draw!
Theatres across the region have a great variety of shows on over the half term weeks this February. At the Borough Theatre in Abergavenny 15 February sees a performance by story teller Daniel Morden of Tree of Leaf and Flame - Tales of the Mabinogi, accompanied by wonderful music. Rumplestiltskin, with a traditional family pantomime feel, is on between 24 and 28 February. Simon and Garfunkel fans should head to Theatre Brycheiniog, Brecon, on 21 February where the cast tell the story of this musical duo. For the little ones who enjoy sing along songs, puppetry and animation, the production entitled Old MacDonald Had a Farm is on 25 February or the day after sees the Sooty Show come to town featuring Sooty, Sweep, Sue and all their friends.
At the Aberystwyth Arts Centre there is a chance to see Blodeuwedd on 14 & 15 February, a revered interpretation of an old Welsh folk tale, stand-up comedian Jimeoin on 19 February and the fast paced thriller The 39 Steps, playing between 19 & 21 February. The smooth musical stylings of Cornel Campbell & Soothsayers can be enjoyed at the centre on 22 February. Also on that you can witness the madness of The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre with a production based in outer space! There are talks from John Bird, working class hero who founded The Big Issue, on 25 February and Henry Blofed is guaranteed to make you laugh on 26 February. Along with full cinema listings at the centre, on 27 February there is a screening of The National Theatre Live production of War Horse with an encore screening on the next day.