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Settler's Pass

The Settler's Pass is your ticket to one whole week in Green Man land. Settle in, relax, explore.

Nestled within the majestic Brecon Beacons, the Settlement is your opportunity to explore miles and miles of mountains, forests, waterfalls and rivers. Camp with us for a whole week from 14th August to discover the verdant beauty of the Welsh surroundings...

Immersing yourself in our community of Settlers couldn’t be easier - host barbecues with produce sold daily (from the local butcher), team up for our legendary Settlement Pub Quiz, cuddle up around the Settlement bonfire or enjoy live music, workshops, outdoor adventure and family fun.

With special discounts on local heritage sites, galleries, castles and more, your Settler’s Pass allows you to unearth the very best of Wales. So welcome, Settlers!

Area Highlights

Music & Activities

With an entire assemblage of activities lined up and the music curated by our pals Gareth Bonello (Monday), I KA CHING Records (Tuesday) and Cae Gwyn Records (Wednesday), discover what the Settlement has in store...

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Activities

BBQ
Because camping just wouldn’t be the same without some barbecuing. Use one of our Settlement BBQs and buy your produce from the local butcher Cashells, you’ll find their stall on-site. Ask at the steward’s cabin for charcoal & firelighters. (The BBQs are free to use; the only thing we ask is that you clean up after yourselves so that other people can use them after you)


WORKSHOPS & ACTIVITIES
Head to on-site info point for more details & bookings.

Introduction to Foraging
Monday 16:00
An afternoon to find out what grows around these vibrant Welsh hills, they’ll spend time working out your bearings and making maps of the land to find your way home.

Cinema at Settlement: Pride
Monday 22:30 at Settlement Tent
Based on a true story, the film depicts a group of lesbian and gay activists who raised money to help families affected by the British miners' strike in 1984.

Solargazing
Monday - Tuesday from 15:30
If the sun comes out at this year's Settlement then we can use the solar telescopes to see the powerful surface of the sun.

Stargazing
Monday - Tuesday from 21:30
See the famous Perseid meteor shower and meander along the Milky Way with USK Astronomical Society. Sign up on-site, or bring your own telescope/binoculars and observe the skies go by.

Silent Disco Baby Rave
Monday - Tuesday
Babies want to rave too. This year's silent disco baby rave will see parents and their infants making all the shapes in a friendly environment.

You Legend! Welsh Myths Drama Workshop
Monday - Tuesday
Join Dan Yr Haul/Under the Sun for a mythical workshop where you'll be taught about the Welsh myth of Taliesin through drama and then create your very own myths and magical creatures to perform! All ages welcome.

The Weird and Wonderful
Monday - Tuesday (various times)
Join Mark Fraser as he tells his own original stories and interpretations throughout the day using the land around him. A unique storytelling performance with interaction, engagement and inclusion.

By night discover the weird, odd and potentially terrifying tales from the gentleman Jacob Cracker. Sit in his parlour and listen to the stories he has collected over the past two hundred years...if you dare.

Storywalks with Crochan
Monday 14:00 - 15:00 - Mythical storywalk
Tuesday 11:00 - 11:45 - Nature storywalk
Join Crochan for both a mythical story walk and nature storywalk amongst the mountains and rivers of the beautiful and enchanting Usk Valley.

Storytelling Workshop with Crochan
Monday 15:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 13:30 - 14:30
Come & learn how to tell and adapt traditional stories (7-12s, children to be supervised).


Attitude of Gratitude: Morning Foraging Walk
Tuesday 10:00 - 11:30
A meditative start to the day, focusing on the abundant healing available to us from the earth.

Learn Welsh Through Drama
Tuesday
Join Under the Sun for their very popular workshop for learning Welsh phrases and words through Drama! This workshop will culminate in making your very own short Welsh language performance! All ages welcome.

Poetry Machine
Tuesday - Wednesday 12:00 - 16:00
Poet, Beth Calverley, will be bringing The Poetry Machine to Settlement. This is your chance to experience poetry, created in response to your thoughts, feelings, ideas, and discoveries.
Just follow the sound of her vintage typewriter and look out for the machine's bright yellow umbrella, flagpole and bubble engine.

Moving with Mountains
Tuesday & Wednesday Afternoon
A free mindful movement and breath session amongst the mountains of the Usk Valley for all ages! Exploring a range of creative movements to ground down and re-energise your afternoon.


Botanical Ink Making
Tuesday 13:00 - 14:30
Use natural ingredients to make interesting prints!

West African Dance and Djembe Drumming Workshops
Tuesday - Wednesday 13:00 - 16:00
The Successors of the Mandingue with special guests Troupe Djeliguinet will deliver authentic West African dance and djembe drumming workshops facilitated by master musicians and artists from Guinea Conakry. Get caught up in the infectious rhythms and joy of traditional Mandingue culture. Fun, interactive, and suitable for all ages and abilities.
Natural Sensations
Tuesday 15:30 - 17:00
Taste, touch, smell...How many ways can our senses experience nature? What if we used more than one sense to tell us more?

Silent Disco
Tuesday - Wednesday from 22:30
Don your dancing gear and groove with our dance masters. The biggest Silent Disco club night is coming to the Settlement and you are invited. Choose your vibe from the 3 channels whilst you boogie the night away.

Action Movement Peace
Tuesday - Wednesday
Action Movement Peace is back bringing you an interactive theatre performance suitable for all ages! Travel to a possible future, in which the PIGS are in control. You can help stop them by using your creativity and voice, you'll help Seed on their journey to rediscover the forgotten true things...

Live GIANT Doodle Artwork - with Luke Crump
Monday - Wednesday
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Green Man, UK artist Luke Crump will be creating HUGE detailed artwork in his unique ‘doodle’ style! Come and watch as the piece blossoms in-front of your very eyes. Chat with the artist and share your GM memories, stories and experiences to include within the final artwork.

Secrets of the Circus
Monday - Wednesday
Come and learn the Secrets of The Circus with one of Wales’ leading circus companies Citrus Arts. Make your own hula hoops, twirling poi, or spinning staffs with their team, who are here to share the hands-on skills of touring circus life.

For all ages, but we do encourage grown-ups to be there for smaller people as they’ll be using workbenches, saws, hammers etc.

Junkfish
Monday - Wednesday
Junkfish will be back with their incredible range of crafts and outdoor activities. Kids can get creative with their colourful make-and-take crafts to celebrate Green Man's 20th birthday and let their imaginations go wild at the playdough cafe and lego stations. Plus outdoor fun with circus toys, giant garden games and, of course, the ever popular Junk Ball Run.

My Discombobulated Brain
Monday - Wednesday
Take some time for yourself with My Discombobulated Brain, a charity with the goal of removing stigma associated with mental health. They will be crafting during the day for the kids and a safe space in the evening where you can go to chill out, talk or just to take some time out from the festival.

Woodworking
Monday - Wednesday
Using a human powered pole lathe, work off your energy and learn some new woodworking skills in this rustic workshop.

Running Punks
Monday - Wednesday (various times)
Join the tribe of Running Punks with a shared love of music and running, with a slice of punk rock attitude thrown into the mix as well! The bundle of activities from Running Punks is for all ages.

Tea-time tales with Crochan
Monday - Wednesday 17:00 - 17:30
Breathe in the mountain air, get comfy, and settle down for the evening with a Welsh-language tea-time tale.

Illustrating Nature
Monday - Wednesday
Illustrator Lizzie Harper specialises in plant and animal illustration. Join her on nature walks, go hunting for bugs, explore her collection of specimens and have a go at drawing them. Learn how to sketch leaves & flowers, and to look at nature a little bit differently

Fire Drawing
Monday - Wednesday at dusk
Learn to draw, build, and burn a fire Drawing by joining the Citrus team for a few hours each day. Overalls and gloves will be provided as you learn the science behind this beautiful moment of burning art for our fellow Settlement dwellers each night at dusk.


Chair Massage
Monday - Wednesday
For this relaxing treatment you can remain fully clothed. Your treatment will include gentle stretches, rotations of the joints, acupressure and deep tissue techniques. Your massage therapist will focus on your neck, shoulders, back, arms, and hands. All designed to relieve stress, tension, and alleviate any muscular back pain. 15mins - £18. 30mins - £30

Yoga
Tuesday - Wednesday 10:00
Ease into the day with some mindfulness at our morning yoga sessions - suitable for adults and little folk alike. Bring a mat or towel. £5pp cash only

Block Printing Workshops
Tuesday - Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Settlers are invited to 3 different workshops to create something unique and special using either wooden blocks or block printed fabrics. Participants can make their own bunting for their tents, or a handy tote bag or a practical bandana - all using organic cotton, ecos dyes and fabric off cuts. You will learn about this ancient craft and block printing techniques.

For the Love of Trees: Morning Tree Walk
Wednesday 10:00 - 11:30
Sharing the folklore, magic and majesty that surrounds our native and naturalised trees.

Infusing Plants into Oils
Wednesday 13:00 - 14:30
How many plants can be infused into oils? Can you do this at home? Come and find out.

Stories for Welsh learners from Crochan
Wednesday 13:00 - 13:45
Really immerse yourself in Cymru and learn some useful Welsh vocabulary for your stay at the Settlement in this fun, informal and interactive workshop.

Celebrating Nature
Wednesday 15:30 - 17:00
Ever had a bracelet made out of elder wood? Or your own oak crown? Honour and celebrate
the beauty of nature and create offerings; to the land and ourselves.

Parading About
Wednesday
Join the Settlement facilitators to form a beautiful parade using music and themes around myths and transformation to get into the mood for the opening of the festival!


Settler’s Pub Quiz
Wednesday 15:30
We’ve had some real brainiacs at our Settlement pub quiz over the years. Have you got the wits to outsmart them? Put your knowledge to the test just before bands.


UV Fire Labyrinth & Fire Show
Wednesday
The Hummadruz team will be coming to the Settlement to illuminate the Usk valley with their fire show and UV Fire Labyrinth.

WomenWhoGaveNoF***s
Wednesday - 21:30 - 23:30
Mythic mayhem, human clap-o-meters and audience power! Brace yourselves for tales to make you want to rip up the rules and riot! Two teams of stand-up tale-tellers slam down stories of the super-women and unstoppably imperfect goddesses who stalk through the world’s myths and legends. Who will you crown Ultimate WomenWhoGaveNoF*cks?

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Music

The Gentle Good, No Thee No Ess, Katell Keineg, Tapestri, AhGeeBe, Cara Ludlow, Candelas, Y Cledrau, Yr Eira, Glain Rhys, Blodau Papur, Dienw, Omaloma, The Mighty Observer, Pelydron, Nia Morgan, Lastigband, Ffenest

Outside Green Man

Discover the wonders of the mythical Welsh landscape surrounding the Settlement...

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Nearby Attractions

DiscNearby

Blaenavon Iron Works
11 miles from Green Man
North Street, NP4 9RN
Opening hours: 10:00-17:00
An 18th Century blast furnace and museum exploring the British iron industry.

Big Pit
12.2 miles from Green Man
Blaenafon, Torfaen, NP4 9XP
Opening hours: 9:30-17:30
Underground tours: 10:00-15:30
A real coal mine where you can even travel 300ft underground with a real miner.

The Promenade at Brecon
12.5 miles from Green Man
Signposted from the B4601 Cradoc Road
Surfaced riverside walks, meadows and a children’s play area in a picturesque setting.

Talgarth Mill
10.7 miles from Green Man -
Talgarth, Talgarth Powys LD3 0BW
Talgarth Mill is a working watermill in the heart of the Brecon Beacons. Talgarth Mill is a hub for producing award-winning food with strong local provenance.

Llangorse Lake
Brecon, Powys, LD3 7TR
8.7 miles from Green Man Festival -
The largest natural Lake in South Wales, set in the mountains and created by Ice Age glaciers over 10,000 years ago. At Llangorse Lake you can hire canoes, Kayaks and pedalos

Castles and Cathedrals

Immerse yourself in the rich local history of Wales and visit one of the many local museums, castles and cathedrals.

Abergavenny Museum
8.5 miles from Green Man
Castle Street, Abergavenny, NP7 5EE
Opening hours: 11:00-13:00 and 14:00-17:00
A diverse collection of Welsh history set in the grounds of a ruined Norman Castle.

Brecon Cathedral
12 miles from Green Man
Cathedral Close, Brecon, Powys, LD3 9DP
Opening hours: 08:30-18:30
Benedictine Priory dating back to 1093.
Crickhowell Castle
3 miles from Green Man
Beaufort Street, Crickhowell, NP8 1BN
Beautiful views and a wonderful picnic spot with a playground.

Llantony Priory
13 miles from Green Man
On the B4423 between Llanfihangel Crucorney and Hay-on-Wye
Opening hours: 10:00-16:00
Beautiful ruins of a 13th Century Augustinian church in the Vale of Ewyas.

Tretower Castle and Court
1.3 miles from Green Man
Tretower, Crickhowell NP8 1RD
The village of Tretower boasts a fine 13th century circular keep and one of the finest late medieval houses in Wales. Together they make up a property which for over 900 years has been altered and adapted to keep up with style and the tastes of the time.


Waterfalls

Waterfall Country: Living landscapes
29.8 miles from Green Man - Nestled into the southern slopes of the Fforest Fawr massif, west of Merthyr Tydfil

Blaen-y-Glyn: Lively waters
13.7 miles from Green Man - Much of the water that fills Talybont Reservoir begins its journey high up in the mountains at the head of the Talybont Valley in the eastern Beacons.

Henrhyd Falls: The highest one
36.6 Miles from Green Man - With a drop of 27m, Sgwd Henrhyd, on the River Nant Llech north-west of Glyn-Neath, Henrhyd Falls is the highest waterfall in the National Park.in the village of Coelbren. This is a fantastic waterfall when seen in full flow, located in a steep-sided, wooded gorge. It’s most famous for being the location for the ‘Bat Cave’ in the last Batman film. Best seen (like most waterfalls) when there’s been heavy rainfall.


National Trust Nearby

The Kymin, near Monmouth. A Georgian round house and naval temple set on top of a hill overlooking the Wye valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Stunning views!

The Begwns, near Hay-on-Wye. A beautiful stretch of common land with panoramic views of the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons.

Green Man’s very own Sugarloaf and Skirrid mountains are owned and looked after by the National Trust. Plus we’d also recommend visiting the central Brecon Beacons (Corn Du, Pen y Fan & Cribyn) or why not take a visit to the Tarell valley. Founded in 1895, the National Trust is an independent conservation charity that works to preserve and protect historic places and spaces - for ever, for everyone.

Beaches

Ogmore-by-Sea, CF32 0QP:
A sand & pebble beach located near Bridgend in Glamorgan. Ogmore Beach is the locals' choice for dog walking & surfing – plus it's right on the Glamorgan Coastal Path so put on your hiking boots and have a stroll. Driving here takes just under 1h30m from the Settlement.

Newton Beach, Porthcawl, CF36 5NE:
A sandy and rocky beach, popular with windsurfers and jet skiers. With miles of sand (although very rocky in parts), you can walk to the river mouth at Ogmore; it is next to Newton Burrows and Merthyr Mawr dunes. Driving here takes 1h20m from the Settlement.

Coney (Sandy Bay) Porthcawl, CF36 5BY:
A sheltered, sandy bay close to Porthcawl town. Driving here takes 1h20m from the Settlement.


Llantwit Major, CF61 1RF:
Llantwit Major/Cwm Colhuw Beach is sandy and great for surfing, coastal walks, and rock pools.The Wales Coast Path joins up with the beach and offers some fantastic walks with great views. Driving here takes 1h30m from the Settlement.

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Setter's Offers

We’ve teamed up with some Welsh businesses and organisations to give you some extra treats when you’re out and about. Valid Mon 15th - Wed 17th August. You must be wearing a valid Green Man wristband to redeem the following:

Blue Dot Adventure
Between 15 – 17th August, Blue Dot will make the following sessions available to Settlers at Green Man. You can find them at the Stewards Hut.

Stand Up Paddleboarding
An hour of “on the water” time will be available to book in advance or on-site subject to availability. The cost per board per hour is £10, which also includes the use of a
buoyancy aid. All paddlers will receive a safety briefing by a member of staff prior to getting
on the water.

Canoeing and Kayaking
A two-hour session will be available to book in advance or on the day subject to availability.
Costs for a single craft will be £20 or £25 for a double.

All sessions will need to be booked here.


Beacon Park Day Boats
Visit their beautiful wharf, just a few minutes away, to enjoy 10% off a trip on one of their self drive electric day boats along the Mon and Brec canal. They also have canoes, and a cycle boat.

Please visit www.beaconparkdayboats.co.uk to see pricing and availability and call 01873 858277.

Natural Weigh
The Zero Waste Shop are offering Settlers 10% off everything, from bamboo toothbrushes & natural deodorants to their wide range dried foods, snacks and chocolates, all plastic free!

Bookish
Take some time out with 10% off in the Bookish cafe. Sample their ‘mystery cake of the day’, gluten free options or a cup o’ their locally sourced joe from the Black Mountains.

Latte Da
Start your day right at Latte Da, with a free Welsh cake when you buy a cup of coffee.

Crickhowell Adventurers
Open late until 7pm for all of your camping and exploring needs. Show your wristband for 10% off.