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      12.02.2001 21:22
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      Amongst the hills and wandering roads a small market town can be found where on the outside it would appear to the unknown eye that peace and tranquillity prevail. However, it can be proven that all is not as it would seem.......... Builth Wells is one of the prettiest Welsh towns to be found anywhere in Wales. The River Wye runs alongside the Park. It holds some beautiful properties now used by many local trades. In fact not a high street shop can be found to spoil the originality of the town. Yet it is also one of the busiest places in Mid Wales. For based less than a mile from the town centre is the home of the Royal Welsh Showground For it is here through out the year that many events are held which keep the town thriving. Events that attract people from around the globe. The most famous event is also the one that draws in the crowds. The Royal Welsh Agricultural Show. Opened each year by HRH the Prince of Wales it is a 4-day show held in July which changes the quietness of the town and local area into one of bustling excitement. Here aspects of the countryside are drawn together. From Forestry events such as Pole Climbing, Chainsaw competitions and log chopping to Fishing, canoeing and absailing. The main feature is that of the Welsh Horse and Ponies .The RWAS is the main show for Welsh Cobs. Here the crowds delight in seeing Welsh Cob Stallions thunder past the stand in all their glory. Displays of Horsemanship as riders gallop past in the hope of winning the championship. There are other rings covering Sheep and shearing competitions Cows and calves, goats, pigs and many more livestock categories. Stalls pave the way for miles selling gifts, machinery and handtools. Making the visit worthwhile to pick up an unusual bargain. Other events held throughout the year are: Car Rallies. There was a recent one on Saturday and Sunday this week. Mexico’s thundering past making the ground shake. <
      br>Welsh Motorbike show: If you’re a bike enthusiast like me then this is brilliant. Held every Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend. It is brilliant. Bike displays. Tattooists, entertainment, bands, allday bar and much more. Christian week. For people who wish to congregate with other Christians. This is a fun week for children as there is lots to do. Normally held after the RWAS. Mountain Bike Show. Antique Show Welsh Pony and Cob Sales. Held each May and October it is the official sale. In October more than 800 Cobs are present and put on a fantastic display in the sale ring. If you’re into Cobs this is the place to buy. Most expensive Cob sold was 10,000 guineas (Each guinea is worth £1.05p) There are many sales held at the Showground but too many to list here. If you are into Golf there is a well-maintained 18-hole golf course just outside Builth on the Llandovery road. I am told it is a challenging golf course. Perhaps fishing is more your thing? There is a lake that holds rainbow trout. This is Flyfishing only and costs approx. £16 for the day. You are permitted to take 2 fish home. The weights vary from 1lb upwards. Or you can fish the River Wye on the doorstep of Builth town centre. You must have a fishing licence and get permission from the river authority to fish there. The licence costs from £8 for a day’s licence. If you’re stuck for a rod and line then NJ Guns can help. He is a local man and has much knowledge about the area. Builth has its own Theatre, which is home to the cinema and Bingo as well as some theatrical performances. It also has 10 pubs and as many churches. Forgive as you drink so to speak! Parking is no problem as it holds a large carpark in front of the Park. The park has swings and an outdoor pool. It has its own cottage hospital, library and tourist information centre. Nightlife is in the form of 2 discos on a Friday and Sat
      urday night. Or there are more peaceful evenings available at a good restaurant at the Caer Beris Hotel.

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