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.    

Exhibition: Rhayader Art Group

Time: 10:00 am
Date: 1st July 2017 - 30th September 2017
Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre
Rhayader Art Group return by popular demand to showcase their collective local talent.

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810390

Rhayader Art Group return by popular demand to showcase their collective local talent. Open daily between 10am and 4pm at the Visitor Centre.

Dam Open Day

Time: 1:00 pm
Date: 1st July 2017
Location: Penbont car park, Elan Valley
Join our Rangers at one of our big Dam Open Days - an exclusive chance to venture into Pen y Garreg Dam and up to the tower

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810390

Join our Rangers at one of our big Dam Open Days - a chance to venture into Pen y Garreg Dam and up to the central tower. You’ll enjoy a bird's-eye view of the dam wall – and learn about the feat of engineering that made Elan.

Park at Penbont car park and take a walk through the woodland, up the steps to the dam entrance. Dam open between 1pm and 4pm.

There are steps inside the dam which may be wet and in some areas there are low light levels. Children should be carefully supervised at all times.
Minimum donation £1 for adults & children. All proceeds go to WaterAid.

Stuffed Pickled & Pinned National Exhibition

Stuffed Pickled & Pinned National Exhibition
Time: 10:00 am
Date: 1st July 2017 - 9th September 2017
Cost: Adults £4 Concessions £3 Local residents & children 16 years and under free
Location: Rhayader Museum & Gallery (CARAD)
A Natural Treasures Exhibition from the museums of Wales

Contact(s): Krysia Bass
Tel: 01597 810561 (Office)
Sponsored By: National Museum of Wales

Come along and marvel at the 50 exhibits donated from museums across Wales, natural treasures of all kinds for everyone to see

Museums across Wales house some amazing natural treasures. These collections help us to understand the world around us and our place in it.

They also show our impact on nature and how nature affects us. Museum specimens may be used to help us to answer vital questions in modern research.

This exhibition shows just a fraction of at least 72,200 specimens in regional museum in Wales.

Funky Love Jewellery Workshop

Time: 10:00 am
Date: 2nd July 2017
Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre
Come and make your own funky necklace and earring set with beads that you will hand mould and paint yourself.

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810390

Led by Amanda Skipsey, a local artist and jewellery maker. Come and make your own funky necklace and earring set with beads that you will hand mould and paint yourself.

Places are limited, so please book in advance on 01597 810880. £20 per person, payable in advance. Two workshops - either 10am until 12.30pm or 1pm until 3.30pm.

Rhayader Walkers - Sunday Walks

Rhayader Walkers - Sunday Walks
Time: 10:00 am
Date: 2nd July 2017
Location: Meet outside Rhayader Leisure Centre, Dark Lane
Sunday guided walks in Mid Wales

Contact(s): For general info, contact Carl Baker
Tel: 01597 810405

Walk above Caersws via Gregynon Estate.
9.5 miles
For queries re this walk, contact Clive Jackman 01597 870016.

Please note:
People joining the walk do so at their own risk, with no responsibility being attached to any other individual or the group as a whole. Walkers should wear footwear and clothing appropriate to the terrain and season;
Routes may alter if weather conditions are inclement;
Dogs must be kept under close control;
Leaders reserve the right to exclude walkers they do not judge capable of safely completing the walk.

Rhayader Walkers - Tuesday Evening Walks

Rhayader Walkers - Tuesday Evening Walks
Time: 6:15 pm
Date: 4th July 2017
Location: Meet outside Rhayader Leisure Centre, Dark Lane
Evening guided walks in Rhayader area

Contact(s): For general info, contact Carl Baker
Tel: 01597 810405

Mountain Road from Bodtalog Farm
4.5 miles
For queries re this walk, contact Alan Austin 01597 811051.

Please note:
People joining the walk do so at their own risk, with no responsibility being attached to any other individual or the group as a whole. Walkers should wear footwear and clothing appropriate to the terrain and season;
Routes may alter if weather conditions are inclement;
Dogs must be kept under close control;
Leaders reserve the right to exclude walkers they do not judge capable of safely completing the walk.

Managing Wildflower Meadows

Managing Wildflower Meadows
Time: 2:00 pm
Date: 8th July 2017
Location: Nantgwyllt Church car park, Elan Valley, SN 909639
The Elan Estate has some of the highest quality flower-rich meadows in Wales. Join Mike Hayes for a guided visit to one

Contact(s): Elan Estate Office
Tel: 01597 810449

Afternoon Event
The Elan Estate has some of the highest quality flower-rich meadows in Wales. Join local Grassland Ecologist Mike Hayes for a guided visit to one of the best examples of these upland wildlife havens and to learn more about how these key components of traditional hill farming are being managed and conserved for the future.

Conifer Moths

Conifer Moths
Time: 9:00 am
Date: 9th July 2017
Location: Gwaelod y Rhos car park, Elan Valley, SN 902673
Learn about conifer moths and see what the night-time traps have found

Contact(s): Elan Estate Office
Tel: 01597 810449

9am - 12pm (Morning Event)
Join Elan Valley Trust Trustee and Moth Expert Dr Norman Lowe and Sorcha Lewis to learn about conifer moths and see what the night-time traps have found.
Bring suitable clothing/sun cream/insect repellent.

Penglaneinon Farm Sheep Shearing

Penglaneinon Farm Sheep Shearing
Time: 1:30 pm
Date: 13th July 2017
Location: Penglaneinon Farm, Elan Estate
Join the annual sheep shearing at Penglaneinon Farm on the Elan Estate

Contact(s): Elan Estate Office
Tel: 01597 810449

1.30pm - 3.30pm (Afternoon Event)
Join the annual task of sheep shearing at Penglaneinon farm.
Witness the modern and traditional methods whilst enjoying a nice cup of tea and demonstration of spinning wool.
Weather dependent. No dogs please.
Directions will be sign posted on the day.

All is a flutter and aglow!

All is a flutter and aglow!
Time: 8:00 pm
Date: 15th July 2017
Location: Caban Dam Car Park, Elan Valley, SN 924645
Evening Nature Walk

Contact(s): Elan Estate Office
Tel: 01597 810449

Evening event : Celebrate the wonder of the Elan Valley International Dark Sky Park and join Sorcha Lewis who will be on hand to show you how wonderful and exciting the world of bats and moths really is and we can look to see the amazing illuminated world of the glow worm. Please bring torches.

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