Christmas Barn - Powys/South Wales/Mid Wales/Herefordshire
What are the Christmas Barn opening dates for 2023?
The Christmas barn for 2023 will be opening on Friday 17 November, 4pm - 8pm. Come along and join us for an evening of merriment :-)
What are the Christmas Barn opening hours?
The hours for the Christmas Barn are
Monday - Thursday 9.30am - 6pm
Friday 9.30am - 7:30pm
Saturday 9am - 6pm
Sundays 10.30am - 4.30pm
What's in the Christmas Barn?
Lots and lots of Christmas sparkle!
In all seriousness, we sell many Christmas decorations, from Christmas gonks through to artificial wreaths and garlands. Unusual Christmas cards and lovely wrapping paper to tree decorations. Almost everything you need, we'll have. Apart from tinsel. We don't do tinsel.
For a better idea of the sort of products that we sell, take a look at some of our Christmas Collection here
Cards accepted in the Christmas Barn?
They sure are. We accept contactless, chip & pin and of course, good ol' fashioned cash ;-)
What do others think of our Christmas Barn?
You know what it's like. You're reading the website and they claim to be the best. You turn up (or buy) and are left bitterly disappointed :-(
We don't want to make claims and have you disappointed. So who better to give their opinion than customers who visit us. And we may only have opened on the 17th November 2023, but already the reviews are rolling in!
"Friendly people, very happy and always willing to help. Beautiful decorations at Christmas and we had a great time pumpkin picking earlier this year. Just magical!"
"We had a great trip out to the Christmas barn today. It was filled with loads of beautifully displayed Christmas goodies. It was perfectly set out to easily accommodate a wheelchair and we enjoyed having a chat with Dodger on the way in. Would 100% recommend a visit. We certainly will be back!"
"Came for a visit today at the Xmas barn, the staff/owners were so friendly and I am absolutely over the moon with my Xmas lighthouse. Meet Xmas all 5****"
When you visit us, we'd love for you to leave a review too, either on Google, Facebook or via email, and you can let others know what you think too!
I've read on Google it's cold at your shop. Is this true?
Quite simply, yes. We are, at the end of the day, based in an agricultural barn, which is still open (to some degree) to the elements.
Whatever the temperature outside, it'll be 3 or 4 degrees colder in the barn.
The best thing to do is to wrap up warm when visiting. It makes the Christmas experience more authentic anyway!
Are dogs allowed at your Christmas Barn?
We are a dog friendly site, but we do have a few simple rules for you all to follow. Please keep our Christmas Barn car park clear of dog mess, keep your dogs on a lead AT ALL TIMES to keep our wildlife and our pet animals safe and be mindful it's a shop with breakables! So keep a short a leash on them as possible :-)
For those that travel a distance to come to see us, we put together for the pumpkin patch a list of dog friendly eating establishments locally, as well as our favourite dog walks for you. These all still apply, so please feel free to peruse these as needed.
Do you have any events going on in the Christmas Barn in 2023?
We had hoped to have a few extra events going on this year, but unfortunately we are behind with our plans for changing up the barn generally, and so have had to abandon plans for this year. With any luck, 2024 will see some extra festive activities for you to enjoy.
What facilities are there in the Christmas Barn?
We are primarily a shop, with a small pop up cafe that serves drinks and cakes. we'll be serving our legendary hot chocolate that'll make all other hot chocolates look lame in comparison!
There's a free car park, and portaloo toilets.
We have Dodger the sheep and our pet turkey (who don't get eaten at Christmas!) Jeremy that you can say hello to, and you may well see our resident mouse-hunters Honey & Spike prowling around the car park or skitting through the Christmas Barn.
Which side of Brecon is the Christmas Barn?
Our address is Pontybat Farm, Llanfilo, Brecon, Powys, LD3 0PA...
SatNav does not send you directly to our farm. Instead it takes you about 3/4 mile down the road, as about 6 of us share the same postcode, and we're all spread out over a mile or so!
If you use it, the What3Words to get to our driveway is
Otherwise, directions are below, depending on which road you're coming from.
Visiting from Brecon -
travel out on the A470 towards Builth Wells. About 4 miles out of Brecon you'll bypass the village of Felinfach, with the deep red pub (The Griffin) on your left hand side. Once passed the village junction, we're the next farmhouse on the left, about a mile on. Slow down just off the corner once you've seen the chimney pots, as our driveway is just past the stone building right on the side of the road. If you get as far as the crossroads, you've gone too far.
Visiting from Builth Wells -
travel out on the A470 towards Brecon. About 10 miles out of Builth, you'll enter the small village of Llyswen. About 3/4 of the way through the village, once you get to the Griffin Inn, there's a junction with a turning to your right. Take this turning by the pub, this is the continuation of the A470. Carry on this road until you hit a crossroads junction (about 4 miles on), and turn right at the crossroads. Take care on this junction, the cars travelling from the left are usually quicker than they look. Once off the crossroads, we're the first turning off to the right, about 400 yards after the crossroads.
Visiting from Crickhowell -
travel out from Crickhowell on the A40 towards Brecon. Before getting to Glanusk estate, and by the Nant Y Ffin cider mill, take the right hand turn to Talgarth. Travel through Tretower, Cwmdu and Pengenffordd and at the very bottom of the hill leading into Talgarth, at the roundabout take the second exit off to bypass the town. Follow the road round, past the Castle Inn pub, past Riverside caravan site, and when you get to the next roundabout by Bronllys, take the first exit off. At the next roundabout, take the first exit off. Head out along the long straight, and just after the crossroads, look to take the first right turning off, at the white stone barn on the side of the road.
Visiting from Hay on Wye -
travel out from Hay on Wye on the A438 towards Brecon. Go through Glasbury, Three Cocks and when you get to the roundabout by Bronllys, take the second exit off as though going to Brecon. At the next roundabout, take the first exit following signs to Brecon. Head out along the long straight, and just after the crossroads, look to take the first right turning off, at the white stone barn on the side of the road.
Do you do anything different the rest of the year?
Well, we do happen to have a very lovely Autumn Shop and Pumpkin Patch that opens during October, with fun events during this time. Check out the details of that here.
But for now and the rest of the year ;-) it's just Autumn and Christmas that we focus on.
How can I keep up with the news?
To keep up with all of our news and updates, you can follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or sign up to our mailing list.
Really looking forward to seeing you this 2023 season,
Gwilym, Annabelle and Holly x