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.    

Introduction to Polymer Clay Workshop

Time: 10:00 am
Date: 17th June 2017
Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre
Learn how to make simple canes and use them to create a piece of jewellery, some beads or a small trinket bowl.

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810390

Learn how to make simple canes and use them to create a piece of jewellery, some beads or a small trinket bowl. Led by Valerie Lymer, a local textile artist. Suitable for complete beginners.

Places are limited so please book in advance on 01597 810880. £20 per person, payable in advance plus £6 for materials, payable on the day.

Flowers and Folklore

Time: 2:00 pm
Date: 17th June 2017
Location: Starts from Elan Valley Visitor Centre
A gentle stroll looking at the commonly found plants nearby and exploring their folklore uses and traditions.

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810390

A gentle stroll looking at the commonly found plants nearby and exploring their folklore uses and traditions. Meet at the Visitor Centre at 2pm, back about 3.30pm.

Planetarium Show: The Solar System

Time: 11:00 am
Date: 18th June 2017
Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre
Take a tour of the Solar System with Martin Nelmes from the University of Aberystwyth and their pop-up 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.

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

Places are limited so please book in advance by calling the Visitor Centre on 01597810880.

Shows are free and suitable for all ages!

Morning Meadows and Moths

Morning Meadows and Moths
Time: 9:00 am
Date: 18th June 2017
Location: Nantgwyllt Car Park, Elan Valley, SN 909639
Visit the Elan Estate Coronation Meadow and check out the morning moths from moth traps put out the night before

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

We will be out checking the morning moth traps from the previous night these should be full of exciting discoveries. We will then take an approx. 5 mile walk to check out the estates Coronation Meadow. Bring suitable weather clothes.

Rhayader Walkers - Tuesday Evening Walks

Rhayader Walkers - Tuesday Evening Walks
Time: 6:15 pm
Date: 20th June 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

Penybont Common, Nantleach, Rhydllyn
5 miles
For queries re this walk, contact Ray Harvey 01597 810047.

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.

Painting the Landscape with Watercolour

Time: 10:00 am
Date: 25th June 2017
Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre
Professional artist and tutor David Ward will give you a unique creative experience in this one day workshop.

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810390

Landscapes are a popular subject for watercolour painting. Professional artist and tutor David Ward will give you a unique creative experience in this one day workshop.

His personal attention will enable you to quickly master the basic techniques of watercolour painting, whether you're a beginner or more experienced and give you an opportunity to paint an exciting landscape inspired by the dramatic scenery of the Elan Valley. Splash out on this exciting and rewarding day!

Places are limited so please book in advance on 01597 810880. £30 per person, payable in advance.

Rhayader Walkers - Tuesday Evening Walks

Rhayader Walkers - Tuesday Evening Walks
Time: 6:15 pm
Date: 27th June 2017
Location: Meet at Newbridge-on-Wye
Evening guided walks in Rhayader area

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

Walk from Newbridge-on-Wye
4 miles
For queries re this walk, contact Martin & Gwen 01597 860349.

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.

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.

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.

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