FESTIVAL OF COLOUR :Oct. 22nd - 23rd



A Festival of Colour.


Penpont, in conjunction with The Great English Outdoors proudly presents its first textile and garden event. A festival combining the glories of garden autumnal beauty and textile colour.

There will be a variety of specialist World textile stands located within The Stables, trading in fabrics, cloth and clothing from all over the world, along with other stalls, jewellery, books, and plants and baskets.


JOHN GILLOW: ' John has spent the last 35 years roaming across Asia and Africa collecting stunning samples of embroidery and weaving. These will be on sale along with his many seminal books on textiles worldwide.' For further information on John please click here

ANANUCA:' Ananuca specialises in promoting the very best of Chilean artisan design. Our hand woven rugs, blankets, throws and scarves in 100% hand spun sheeps wool are richly textured, timeless and understated in design. Colour is all, and the majority of our products are dyed with natural plant extracts, reproducing the rich colour palette of the season and landscape in which they are created. All that we sell is handmade using traditional techniques and is fairly traded: we aim to build lasting relationships with our artisans, showing due respect for their skills and the need to make a dignified livelihood.'

ATHENE ENGLISH:  Originally trained as a saddler in London. She is the owner of The Great English Outdoors an eclectic cornucopia of all things wonderful based in Hay on Wye specialising in welsh blankets, world textiles, and leather goods. She is also the initiator and one of the partners of this festival.  See

ELIZABETH GIBBONS : Has sourced antique textiles from around the world, including hangings, rugs and unusual small pieces, also particularly english and european lace embroideries, fashion prints, buttons,accessories, etc. She has taught at The Royal school of Needlework, as well as lectured at the American College in London to students taking degrees in fashion and interior design.

OLIVIA DELL : Stunning colourful textiles for the heart and the home, silk ikat coats and silk shawls from Uzbekistan, plus decorative cushions and throws to bring colour into home interiors. See 

INGRID WAGNER : Contemporary interior textiles featuring exciting big knitting. Commission, buy, or make your own. Ingrid holds the world record for knitting with the largest pins ever, up to 1.2m on her colourful stand. Don't miss it. Real world journeys whisks you off to weave in magical Morocco. Ingrid will be giving a visual and entertaining talk on Moroccan woven textiles,life, love, and cous cous .

KILIM COMPANY : Specializing in Turkish handmade rugs and Kilims, along with Kilim home furnishings and kilim hand bags. see

CALANADURRA: Calanadurra is a family business which directly sources, imports, and sells ethically produced and fairly traded textiles. We specialise in beautiful silk textiles from Laos and alpaca from Peru, with an emphasis on natural colours, natural dyes and traditional techniques. Robyn is a knitter and Textile designer who has her designs made up in the Andes and also produces her own items. From more information see.

BARBIE CAMPBELL COLE: Tribal jewellery, sophisticated clothes, and textiles for the home from around the world.  

ROS PRICE JONES: ' Jewellry designed and made in my workshop at the foot of the Black Mountain, using semi precious stones, czech glass, sterling silver and lamp work made by Bristish glass artists. Colourful cushions of all sizes to suit your decor. Cards with photographs of welsh landscapes and hand printed christmas cards' .      

CHROME YELLOW BOOKS : Known for it's specialist selection of contemporary craft publications, Chrome Yellow Books have featured at many major craft events including,'Origin', Art in Action, and The Stroud International Textile Festival. For the Penpont Textile fair they promise an exciting range, something for everyone, don't miss out! For more details:



A program of talks is being scheduled for the weekend. Already confirmed are talks by John Gillow, a leading world textile expert, and author of many informative books; Athene English, an expert on Welsh Blankets and owner of The Great English Outdoors, and Ingrid Wagner, guru of the Big Knitting workshops, will be talking on Morrocan textiles and her travels in North Africa. Robert MacDonald will be talking on his work as an artist.

Demonstrations and workshops for adults and children will be taking place over the weekend, Ingrid Wagner will be hosting a knitting workshop, see and Patricia Digby, head tutor of the Art department at Ruskin Mill, Stroud, will be hosting a block printing fabric workshop.

Kate Raggett, a celebrated land artist will be leading a workshop on sunday, come and join her workshop and create your own leaf drawing, or whatever takes your imagination using natural products from the gardens. Remember to bring your camera to record your creation. See

The Brecknock Guild of Spinners, Weavers, and Dyers: the group has a passion for all manner of fibre related activities and warmly welcomes new members to their bi- monthly meetings at the Subud Hall in Brecon.


Penpont gardens on the banks of the river Usk contains many fine trees which will be in full autumn glory at this time of year. Visitors are invited to walk through the grounds and discover the maze, topiary hedges and the walled kitchen gardens. James Clapp, Penpont Organic's head grower, will be on hand through out the weekend to answer questions on organic growing and anything concerning vegetable and fruit production.                                                The Kitchen Garden shop will be stocked with seasonal produce, including a very fine display of winter squashes and pumpkins.

There will be beautiful flag installations by Shona Watts  specially erected for the weekend festival. Shona has exhibited around the world and her work adorns many major music and art festivals in the Uk.

Also working in the garden over the course of the weekend will be Mick Petts. Mick is a land artist and has created many wonderful installations in great venues around the UK. During the festival he will be working on a new project in the grounds, and welcomes help from volunteers. More of his work can be seen at

Rosie Bose of Glendon Plant Nursery, a reknowned Northamptonshire plants woman will be bringing a wide range of perennials to Wales for the first time. She attends many rare plant sales throughout the UK and specialises in Hellebores and Euphorbias.

Amanda Rayner of Wyldwood Willow will be displaying her beautiful range of hand made baskets, woven from local willow and hedgerow materials. Amanda is also offering Basket making workshops. PLEASE NOTE that these workshops will carry a small charge to cover the cost of materials.


There will also be an exhibition of new works from the ’ Penpont Artists’. Featuring Robert MacdonaldTessa Waite  and  Morag Colquhoun. this exhibition forms part of the Powys Arts forum month, further details of other events in Powys can be found on the Powys Arts Forum website. This will be the third exhibition by Penpont Artists to be hosted at Penpont, this following on from the last very successful show in 2009 entitled State of The Estate


Homemade lunches and teas will be served all day from The Stable kitchens cooked with organic produce grown in the Estate Victorian walled gardens.

We are also offering fine ale brewed in mid Wales by The Waen Brewery, see  The Brewery is brewing a new Ale specifically for the Festival,  a competition has been launched to name the new brew with a suitable textile inspired name. Please visit the Waen website andTweet a name to them.

The farm shop will be selling organic fruit, vegetables and plants from the walled gardens.


Entry to the Festival is £4.00 per adult per day, Children under 16 FREE. 

Opening Hours: Saturday Oct 22nd, and Sunday 23rd - 10.00am - 6.00pm.

Dogs are accepted in the gardens only, please keep them on a lead. Guide Dogs accepted within the buildings.

Please bring cash or cheques. Credit card facilities will not be available. The nearest ATM machine is located in the Total Petrol Station in Brecon.

There is access to the River and to ponds within the garden. We ask that parents keep a watchful eye at all times.


The interior spaces have full disabled access throughout. With the use of an external stair riser to enable access to the first floor of the Stables. Please Note that we can not place heavy electric scooters on the chair lift.                

 The garden has s system of paths that will enable access to most areas. PLEASE NOTE that some of the surfaces are uneven, and if wet can be slippery. Please wear suitable shoes. 

Disabled Toilet facilities are available within the Stables


HOW TO FIND PENPONT.: Penpont is a large country estate house that is located 4.5 miles due west of Brecon directly off the main A40 trunk road. Please note there is no village called Penpont. There will be signs and banners on the road indicating the entrance, as well as road signs approaching the site. For SAT NAV users our post code is LD3 8EU. Suggested routes are available on our main website here


Due to the areas rural character, the public transport available has a limited timetable and accessibility. Here are some guidelines to help you:

TRAINS: The nearest Train station is Abergavenny. This is connected to main Cardiff to London Line via Newport. and connects with Shrewsbury and Hereford to the north. Trains from Cardiff to Merthyr Tydfil could also be used. For timetables and further information see or

BUSES: Information about bus services with Powys along with a detailed on line map and timetable guide can be found at or to plan a complete journey via public transport visit 

Penpont lies on the Brecon to Llandovery route. You will have to ask the bus driver to stop at the Penpont entrance which is not an official stop.

CARS: There will be parking within a field next to the main lawn. We hope that the ground conditions will hold out for the event. If you have a 4x4 it might be advisable to bring it.Please lift share if you know other people who are coming. Parking for Disabled will be sign posted at the entrance, and there will be stewards on hand to guide you.

BICYCLES: We are trying to encourage visitors to arrive by bicycles. If you choose to arrive by push bike, you will be rewarded with a drinks voucher to redeem at the cafe. Try to plan your route to use some of the smaller lanes that will be safer to ride on than the A40. We are only  a few miles off the Taff Trail, the cycle route from Cardiff to Brecon visit the Sustrans  site for more information.

TAXIS: If you get stuck in Brecon the Taxi rank is in the centre of town, by St Mary's Church; Here are a few Tel. Numbers to help you:  Brecon Taxi: 01874 623444,  A&a. 01874 622288,  Taxi Taxi 01874 625522


There is a wide range of accommodation in the area. We suggest that you stay for the whole week. There is much to see and do. Here are a few websites to help you find somewhere:

Brecon Beacons Tourism

Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages

Felin Fach Griffin

The Gliffaes Hotel

Please also visit the Visit Wales website and the Brecon Beacons National Park site


We would like to thank Powys Sustainable Tourism for their assistance in part funding this festival.

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