Builth Wells Cottages

On the River Wye, the town has a population of some 2,400 and grew as a traditional Welsh market town. It is now best known for the nearby Royal Welsh Showground which hosts the biggest agricultural show in Europe - The Royal Welsh Show, which takes place in July each year.

The Show strengthened its claim to be the biggest and best-attended event of its kind in Europe when a record 241,099 visitors passed through the gates of the showground at Llanelwedd in 2013; the dates for 2015 are Monday 20 to Thursday 23 July. Other events at the Showground include the International Antiques & Collectors Fair of Wales (May and September), a 'Rock N Gem' show in August, the Royal Welsh Spring Festival in May and the Winter Fair at the end of November/beginning of December.

The Wyeside Arts Centre is a presenting venue for live and visual arts and cinema. The Castle Cinema at the Wyeside claims the title of 'longest running cinema in Wales,' and the Market Theatre is the main venue for live arts and also home to a second cinema screen and shows film throughout the year in addition to the programme of theatre, live music, comedy and dance.

The Gallery currently operates as a studio-cinema space, screening specialist, foreign language and documentary films. Near the village of Erwood, south-east of Builth, is a Craft Centre and Gallery at what was Erwood Station on the former Brecon to Moat Lane Junction railway.

It supports over 80 Welsh artists and crafts people with a different exhibition every 6 weeks in GWR carriage galleries. Woodturning demonstrations are a regular feature and the station's past is represented by newly restored 1939 diesel locomotive and a small signal-box that now doubles as a bird hide!



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