Event Dates

We're sure our distinct community values, traditions and warm welcome will leave a lasting impression. The locals are proud of their heritage, grateful for their surroundings and are keen to share it with you, by day or by night.

Experience authentic events 52 weeks of the year; from wildlife safaris to carnivals and from cycling to country shows.    

Welcoming the Salmon at Gilfach Reserve

 Welcoming the Salmon at Gilfach Reserve
Time: 1:00 pm
Date: 19th November 2017 - 19th November 2019
Cost: Free event
Location: Gilfach Farmyard and visitor centre
Join us in a host of activities to welcome the Salmon to Gilfach Nature reserve

Contact(s): Barbara Brown
Tel: 01597 870301

Short talk ; Beavers may help Salmon 1.30pm
Unveiling of an Ira Lightman and Celf y Gwmpas Artwork at 2pm. This artwork is inspired by journeys through Gilfach and the Marteg valley, including those of the Salmon.
Walk to Waterfall with a possibility of seeing leaping Salmon 2.30pm Bring wellies!
Pond dipping to find out what the Salmon eat - all afternoon
Hot chocolate at the Centre to warm up!

Exhibition: Rhayader Art Group

Exhibition: Rhayader Art Group
Time: 10:00 am
Date: 1st July 2018 - 30th September 2018
Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre
Rhayader Art Group's "Summer Exhibition" showcases their range of talents with all original artwork, prints and cards for sale.

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810390

Rhayader Art Group's "Summer Exhibition" showcases their range of talents with all original artwork for sale. Prints and greetings cards also available.

Open daily at the Visitor Centre from 10am until 4pm.

Kayaking on the Reservoir

Kayaking on the Reservoir
Time: 2:00 pm
Date: 16th August 2018
Cost: £18 adults, £15 8-18s
Location: Meet at Elan Valley Visitor Centre
Hit the water and get a different view of the Valley from a two person kayak.

Contact(s): Elan Valley Lodge
Tel: 01597 811143

Hit the water and get a different view of the Valley from a two person kayak.

After a safety briefing, head off around the reservoir in the company of your instructor, and learn about the history of the dams on the way.

Suitable for beginners and those with some experience.

Minimum age 8, you will need transport, shoes to get wet, appropriate clothing, a complete change of clothes and a towel just in case!

Adult £18, 8-18s £15

Dragons and Damsels

Dragons and Damsels
Time: 2:00 pm
Date: 16th August 2018
Location: Dol y Mynach layby, Claerwen Valley
A fun afternoon of pond dipping - suitable for all the family. Booking is essential on 01597 810880 - only 20 places available

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810390

A fun afternoon of pond dipping - suitable for all the family. No unaccompanied children please.

Booking is essential - only 20 places available.

Please call 01597 810880 to book.

Meet at Dol y Mynach layby. Held between 2pm and 3.30pm.

Upland Landscapes Exhibition

Time: 10:00 am
Date: 18th August 2018 - 15th September 2018
Cost: £4 per entry
Tickets available from: Saturday, August 18, 2018
Location: CARAD Exhibition Gallery
A look at the natural landscapes of Gilfach Farm and the Elan Valley

Contact(s): CARAD
Tel: 1597810561
Sponsored By: Heritage Lottery Fund and Radnorshire Wildlife Trust

Come along and see this wonderful exhibition celebrating the natural beauty of the Elan Valley and Gilfach .

Elan Valley Sheepdog Trials 2018

Elan Valley Sheepdog Trials 2018
Time: 8:00 am
Date: 18th August 2018
Location: Frondorddu Fields SN 648658
Elan Valley Sheepdog Trials 8am onwards

Contact(s): Eira Edwards
Tel: 01597 810721

Local shepherds compete to find the champion sheepdog.
Marvel at the way the dogs and their handlers manoeuvre sheep through a number of obstacles.
8am start, all day event.
Enquiries to Eira Edwards, Tel No : 01597 810721.
Location : Frondorddu fields, signposted off the Elan Valley road on the day. SN 948658

Village Tour

Village Tour
Time: 2:00 pm
Date: 18th August 2018
Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre
Learn about the history of Caban Coch Dam, the workers’ village and other stories on this easy one mile walk.

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810390

Learn about the history of Caban Coch Dam, the workers’ village and other stories on this easy one mile walk.

Meet at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre at 2pm, back about 3.30pm..

Free drop-in session

Free drop-in session
Time: 10:00 am
Date: 18th August 2018
Location: Quillies, East Street, Rhayader
A drop-in session for crochet, knitting and rag rug making.

Contact(s): Rosemary Stow
Tel: 01597 810237

Need help reading a crochet or knitting pattern? Want to learn a new stitch or need help picking up dropped stitches? Forgotten how to make a latch hook rug or would like to see how standing wool rugs are made? Or perhaps you have just completed a piece of textile work and would like to show it off. Vicki and Rosemary will be on hand between 10am and 2pm to help solve your textile problems and share in your achievements.

Archery Taster Session

Archery Taster Session
Time: 1:00 pm
Date: 19th August 2018
Cost: £5 per person
Location: Elan Village Green
Hour long archery sessions at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. £5 per person.

Contact(s): Elan Valley Lodge
Tel: 01597 811143

Hour long sessions to try your hand at archery, £5 per person, minimum age 8, please wear long sleeves.

Meet at Elan Village Green.

These events are delivered by the Elan Valley Lodge and require booking in advance - please go to www.elanvalleyleisure.co.uk. If you require further information please call 01597 811143.

Birds and Broadleaves

Birds and Broadleaves
Time: 11:00 am
Date: 19th August 2018
Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre
Join Ken Perry for a guided 6.5 mile walk around Llethyr Melyn and Penygarreg.

Contact(s): Elan Valley Trust

Join Ken Perry for a guided 6.5 mile walk around Llethyr Melyn and Penygarreg looking at the restoration of heathland and natural woodland expansion in this area. Plus the opportunity to take stock of the amazing views above Y Foel. A steep climb. Meet at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre SN 928646.

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