Welsh companies you can buy Christmas gifts from

For many years now, a lot of emphases has been put on buying local and supporting small businesses. With this in mind, I have put together a list of some of my favourite independent Welsh companies you can buy Christmas gifts from.

Hiking at Ystradfellte in the Brecon Beacons

In less than an hour’s drive from Cardiff is the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park. In attempts to keep in good health and get in shape, I often plan trips to the various walks, trails and hikes in the spectacular local scenery. I headed to the area known as Waterfall Country where an unusually large number of publicly accessible falls are to be found.

Ystradfellte

A Brief History of Welsh Rarebit

Welsh rarebit is a simple but very popular dish of toasted bread covered in a cheese sauce or melted cheese, mixed with mustard, spices or ale, and has been popular since the 1500s under the name of ‘caws pobi’, which is Welsh for toasted cheese. I love rarebit! Be sure to check out my easy Welsh Rarebit recipe too:

rarebitPhotograph taken in Juniper Place in Cardiff in August 2020

Beaches 30 minutes from Cardiff

There are so many beaches only 30 minutes from Cardiff. I have taken some artistic licence, your travel time will depend on which side of the city you are travelling from, and of course the time of day you are driving. It may also take longer on public transport. If you are coming from North Cardiff it will be quicker to go west to areas such as Bridgend and Porthcawl. And from East of the city, it will be quicker to get to Penarth, Barry and Llantwit Major.

From the sandy beach at Rest Bay in Porthcawl, you can walk or cycle along the Coastal Path