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.    

Planetarium Show: The Solar System

Planetarium Show: The Solar System
Time: 11:00 am
Date: 7th April 2019
Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre
Take a tour of the Solar System with Martin Nelmes from the University of Aberystwyth and his planetarium

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810390

Take a tour of the Solar System with Martin Nelmes from the University of Aberystwyth.

We will try to put the Solar System into perspective and present some interesting facts about various moons and planets. Plus we will cover some of the recent research by planetary scientists and what it tells us about the Solar System.

Four FREE Shows at 11am, 12 noon, 2pm and 3pm.

Places are limited so please book in advance by calling 01597 810880.

We reserve the right to change/cancel events.

Ancient Sites of the Elan Valley

Ancient Sites of the Elan Valley
Time: 10:00 am
Date: 7th April 2019
Location: Meet at the Visitor Centre.
An ancient historical walk in the Elan Valley

Contact(s): Elan Valley Trust
Tel: 01597 810449

Local historians David James and Vic Pardoe will take you on a fascinating 6.5 mile walk from the Visitor Centre to Nant y Gro Dam and onto Gro Hill to discover the ancient cairns. The walk will continue to Crugian Bach Bronze Age Complex with its Stone Circle, Stones, Huts and Cairns. This walk will involve climbing hills and areas may be wet and boggy. Please bring a packed lunch and drinks. Meet at the Visitor Centre.

Pama International - Soul Revue!

Pama International  - Soul Revue!
Time: 8:00 pm
Date: 13th April 2019
Cost: £12.50 or £10 Earlybird ticket (before April 1st)
Tickets available from: Friday, March 15, 2019
Location: The Lost ARC
Pama International bring their Soul Revue live to The Lost ARC on Friday 13th April 2019!

Contact(s): Glenda Carter
Tel: 07980 262448

Rescheduled from Jan 11th.

Following up on their critically acclaimed **** Mojo album Love & Austerity and hugely successful Trojan Records songbook tour, Pama International return with their much touted soul album – “The Altruistic Soul sounds of…” and UK tour.

Elan Links : Upland Bird Volunteer training weekend

Elan Links : Upland Bird Volunteer training weekend
Time: 9:30 am
Date: 13th April 2019 - 14th April 2019
Location: Elan Links Office, Elan Village, Rhayader. LD6 5HP
The Elan Links project is looking for volunteers to get involved with an upland bird monitoring programme in the Elan Valle

Contact(s): Bonna Williams
Tel: 01597 811527

Do you want to visit the remote corners of the Elan Valley?
And help to save threatened bird species?
The Elan Links project is looking for keen volunteers to get involved with an upland bird monitoring programme.
On Day 1 we will be learning how to recognise and record Curlews, Ring Ouzels and Golden Plover, On Day 2 we shall learn to recognise them up on the hill.
Once trained you will be able to undertake a series of surveys, in a specific location, in your own time.
The surveys will require some hiking across boggy terrain so a reasonable level of fitness is required.

Beginners Crochet

Beginners Crochet
Time: 10:00 am
Date: 13th April 2019
Cost: £30
Location: Quillies, East Street, Rhayader
Learn to crochet - crochet bunting

Contact(s): Rosemary Stow
Tel: 01597 810237

On this workshop you will learn how to
- hold the hook, hold the yarn and tension it
-crochet a double crochet stitch
- make increases in your work
- weave in ends
- crochet some gorgeous bunting
A 4mm hook and yarn will be provided
The workshop runs from 10am to 4pm with a 1/2 hour break for lunch
The cost of £30 includes tea, coffee and biscuits

Creative Elan: Pottery Workshop

Creative Elan: Pottery Workshop
Time: 10:00 am
Date: 13th April 2019
Location: Rhayader Museum & Gallery
Explore the natural environment through clay

Contact(s): Beth Rees
Tel: 01597 811 527

Let Alex Allpress guide you to create and decorate your own piece of pottery inspired by nature. The event is free, and for £5 the piece can be fired and picked up from CARAD.

The workshop runs from 10am - 1pm. Children must be supervised. Places are limited so please book through Beth Rees.

Trees – an exploration through batik workshop

Trees – an exploration through batik workshop
Time: 10:00 am
Date: 13th April 2019
Cost: £60 per person, payable in advance
Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre
Batik workshop inspired by trees, led by Jenny O'Leary

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810390

Artist Jenny O'Leary will teach you how to use the technique of batik (hot wax resist) to create pieces of work inspired by trees - this might be the structure, leaves, shape, seasons and topiary - working on different surfaces such as tissue, paper and fabric, separately and in combination.

We will work with wax, bleach, inks and dyes to create fabulous textures and effects. An exciting course allowing for exploration and discovery.

Places are limited so please book in advance.

£60 per person, payable in advance, held between 10am and 4pm.

Please call 01597 810880 to book.

Rhayader Walkers Sunday Walk

Rhayader Walkers Sunday Walk
Time: 10:00 am
Date: 14th April 2019
Cost: Free
Location: Start: Rhayader Leisure Centre Car Park in Dark Lane
7 mile walk from Dolgellau with Torrent and Precipice Walk led by Dave Connelly

Contact(s): Dave Connelly
Tel: 01597 810299
Sponsored By: Rhayader Walkers

Walk from Dolgellau with Torrent and Precipice Walk.
People joining walks do so at their own risk. It is suggested that walkers bring a packed lunch and wear footwear and clothing appropriate to the terrain. For all walks, except where stated differently, please meet at the Rhayader Leisure Centre Car Park in Dark Lane at least 5 minutes before the starting time. Dogs must be kept under close control at all times.

Creative Elan: Creative Writing workshop

Creative Elan: Creative Writing workshop
Time: 1:00 pm
Date: 14th April 2019
Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre
Take the nature from the outdoors onto the page.

Contact(s): Beth Rees
Tel: 01597 811 527

Immerse yourself in creative writing inspired by these beautiful settings. Writer Bethany Rivers will take you through the creation of haikus and renga, a fun, communal way of creating poetry. No experience necessary but bring paper/notepad and pens.

The event runs from 1pm - 5pm. Places are free but limited so please book in advance.

Cafe Opening!

Cafe Opening!
Time: 8:30 am
Date: 15th April 2019
Location: The Lost ARC
Opening of the cafe at The Lost ARC

Contact(s): Glenda Carter
Tel: 07980 262448

New family friendly cafe coming to Rhayader... Great riverside location with free parking, close to the parks and riverside walks.
Serving wholesome and freshly cooked breakfasts and lunches as well as barista coffees, teas and cakes.
Special feature - a wood-fired oven - great for cooking pizzas, flat breads as well as amazing smoky roast vegetables and slow cooked joints.
Join us for special events in the opening week and come back often!

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