The Welsh flag is known around the World for having a great big red dragon on it yet the last dragon in Wales was so long ago that nobody knows when it was. Some think that having a National Red Dragon seems a bit Chinese but I'm sure Dragons were once widespread (myths?) and most cultures have some stories they can share on the subject of these creatures.
When I first visited Mid. Wales I thought I would find a Sheep Museum but instead, at Llandrindod Wells, I discovered a Dragon Museum tucked away on the left just before getting into the town centre. I had assumed that it would grow to be the biggest Dragon Museum in the World – internationaly famous and a big tourist draw for the whole region but on the occasion of my last visit to this Town, there was no sign of it.
I feel that the loss of this potential gem is serious because it was obviously started by an enthusiast living in exactly the right country. If you know the curator of this Dragon Museum, or any other Dragon Museum, I'd love to know about them and eventually see a Welsh Dragon Museum on the tourist map. There are many that share my enthusiasm for such great giants of myth, magic and might.
It is also logical to have a big 'Sheep Museum and exhibition area' in Wales and I have no idea why the Welsh Tourist Board have not floated the idea and promoted it into reality. In November 2002, Locum Destination Consulting was appointed by the Mid Wales Partnership and the Tourism Partnership – Mid Wales – Partneriaeth Twristiaeth Canolbarth Cymru – to undertake a review of the Regional Tourism Strategy but it highlighted the potential of walking and cycling as usual.
Some believe that a tourism strategy of promoting walking and cycling in Mid. Wales is the solution. But for those who see that the future must include other alternative enterprises for farmers, they should look through a copy of 'Broadsheep', our local 'what's on' magazine, to get a glimpse of all the skills presently in this area. If you can't get hold of a copy of Broadsheep, you might be interested in the following list, posted online on Wednesday 04 June, 2003 by johanneke s :
It is a list of alternative enterprises on farms which he has been compiling over the last few years. He published it because he hopes it may provide some ideas for people:
Posted By grant at 12.09 AM on 11/May/2010.