Wales does legends rather well. You could say that we are steeped in them, from Merlin, the Greatest of Welsh Wizards to tales of the Mabinogian, possibly the earliest prose stories of Britain. The mountains echo to the sounds of roaring dragons, beautiful girls rise from lakes, falling in love tragically, King Uthr Pendragon gave his son into the care of Merlin and the legend of King Arthur was born. It is true that every sleepy valley in Wales seems to hold some secret.
We’ve come a very long way since we started the campsite to supplement our farming income. We little thought when we opened our gates that first year that we would reach such heady heights as we have done in the last 18 months. Throughout all these changes we have kept the ethos that says ‘Fforest Fields’ to you. We have only ever grown organically, through necessity or demand and that applies to our latest venture into ‘Glamping”.
What a wonderful year we have had at Fforest Fields! You made us one of your Top 100 sites in the country. We won accolades from Camping Magazine, for being family friendly and dog friendly we’ve retained our Gold Bellamy Award but we also became one of their Bee Friendly Sites. And of course, the icing on the cake was the AA Campsite of the Year Award for Wales.
When Professor David Bellamy lent his name to a scheme to encourage campsites to become havens for wildlife, we knew it was for us.
We won our first Gold Award eighteen years ago and twice in that time have won the coveted Special Distinction Award, for creating the lakes and then the service block.
We’ve found out yesterday that Fforest Fields has been awarded AA Campsite of the Year for Wales 2017, I never, ever thought that I’d be saying that at the start of a blog piece!
Christmas shopping? Mid Wales? Really?! I bet you never thought that some of the best artisan Welsh presents and foods are all brought conveniently ‘under one roof’ for you at the Winter Fair in Builth at the end of November!
This is our favourite time of year in this wonderful part of the world. The pace of life softens to a quiet amble and the full mellowness of autumn settles on the countryside. These are some of our personal picks of places we like to go to on a day out:
The Banff Mountain Film Festival, one of the most prestigious adventure festivals in the world, is coming to a town near you for its 2016 World Tour.
As we are fast approaching the end of another fantastic year at Fforest Fields, so we wanted to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you for everything you have brought to the site in 2015.
There is something very special and almost untouched about the rolling hills of Mid Wales as winter approaches and the nights draw in. The traditional farming community that has gently adapted to the benefits of tourism and the area now welcomes hundreds of visitors a year, but retains its charm as a functioning rural community.
We’ve started to get some wonderful entries to our art competition and wanted to let everyone who has stayed at Fforest Fields know that you can enter too!
Our good friend Pete who runs PSM Outdoors in Hay on Wye is going to be offering SUP Board 'taster' sessions on Wednesday 12th August on the lake at Fforest Fields.
We have always made sure that the campsite doesn't intrude on the local wildlife, we are very lucky to live side by side with the wonderful British wildlife, from newts and frogs, to inquisitive hedgehogs, to larger mammals such as foxes and badgers and, of course, birdlife.
Sound the trumpets! We are really excited to be able to let you all know that we are currently working on creating a little Café on site that will be open for you to enjoy from the end of May this year.
16th & 17th May 2015 - Royal Welsh Showground,Llanelwedd, near Builth Wells
The Spring Festival really is one of our favourite events of the year at the Royal Welsh Showground in Llandelwedd. The event draws crowds from across the UK who enjoy or are interested in the rural lifestyle.
We are absolutely thrilled to be hosting one round of the 2015 British Cycling MTB Cross County Series at Fforest Fields this year. The competition will run across the weekend of the 16th-17th of May and some of the very top cross country cyclists will decend on Fforest Fields to tackle the wooded terrain.