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: Fairy Tales from Middle Wales

Exhibition: Fairy Tales from Middle Wales
Time: 10:00 am
Date: 1st October 2019 - 31st December 2019
Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre
A.K. Skipsey's colourful exploration into fable and myth, old and new, fantasy and truth, set in local landscapes.

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810390

A.K. Skipsey's colourful exploration into fable and myth, old and new, fantasy and truth, set in local landscapes. There's a story here for everyone depicted on lively vibrant canvases.

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

We reserve the right to change/cancel events.

Fungi Fascination

Fungi Fascination
Time: 2:00 pm
Date: 12th October 2019
Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre
A short walk to look at the fascinating world of fungi with Ray Woods.

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810390

A short walk to look at the fascinating world of fungi with Ray Woods.

Meet at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre at 2pm, back about 5pm.

We reserve the right to change/cancel events.

Autumn Craft Fayre

Autumn Craft Fayre
Time: 10:00 am
Date: 26th October 2019 - 27th October 2019
Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre
Craft Fayre at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810390

Our Visitor Centre is packed with local crafters and artists offering handmade jewellery, wildlife art, wooden crafts, paintings, craft demonstrations, up-cycled products, and traditional Welsh crafts.

Open between 10am and 4pm at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre.

We reserve the right to change/cancel events.

Dam Open Day

Dam Open Day
Time: 1:00 pm
Date: 29th October 2019
Cost: £5 for adults and £1 for those aged 16 and under, cash payments only.
Location: Penbont car park, Elan Valley
Dam Open Day, turn up anytime between 1pm and 4pm. Please note new pricing details.

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810390

Join our Rangers at one of our Dam Open Days - a chance to venture into Pen y Garreg Dam & up to the central tower.

Park at Penbont car park & take a walk through the woodland, up the steps to the dam entrance. There is no need to book, simply turn up anytime between 1pm and 4pm.

There are steps inside the dam which may be wet & in some areas there are low light levels. Children should be carefully supervised at all times.

Entry is £5 for adults & £1 for those aged 16 and under with half of all proceeds going to our chosen charity - WaterAid. We can only take cash payments, no cards.

Bushcraft Taster Session

Bushcraft Taster Session
Time: 2:00 pm
Date: 30th October 2019
Cost: £10 per person, payable in advance
Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre
This is a great way to find out what bushcraft is all about or to build on your current experience.

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810390

This is a great way to find out what bushcraft is all about or to build on your current experience. These sessions will cover a variety of subjects such as knife skills, foraging, & natural cordage to name a few.

These sessions will be led by our qualified bushcraft instructor. All tools and equipment provided.

Minimum age 12 years. No unaccompanied children please.

Places are limited so please book in advance on 01597 810880.

£10 per person, payable in advance.

Meet at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre at 2pm, until about 4pm.

We reserve the right to change/cancel events.

Spooky Spectacular Halloween Crafts

Spooky Spectacular Halloween Crafts
Time: 10:30 am
Date: 31st October 2019
Cost: £5 per child, payable on the day
Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre
Come along and make your own scary accessories in time for Halloween.

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810390

Come along and make your own scary accessories in time for Halloween, with spooky glitter tattoos from Inky Sparkles!

No unaccompanied children please.

Meet at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre.

Two sessions - 10.30am - 12.30pm and 1.30pm - 3.30pm.

Please book in advance on 01597 810880.

£5 per child.

We reserve the right to change/cancel events.

Paint your own Coasters Workshop

Paint your own Coasters Workshop
Time: 10:00 am
Date: 2nd November 2019
Cost: £20 per person, payable in advance
Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre
Paint your own set of coasters on reclaimed Welsh slate with local artist A.K. Skipsey. All materials provided.

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810390

Paint your own set of coasters on reclaimed Welsh slate with local artist A.K. Skipsey. All materials provided.

Places are limited, so please book in advance. £20 per person, payable in advance.

Two sessions avaialble: 10am - 12.30pm and 1pm - 3.30pm.

Please call 01597 810880 to book your place.

We reserve the right to change/cancel events.

Blast-Off! Bottle Rockets

Blast-Off! Bottle Rockets
Time: 10:00 am
Date: 3rd November 2019
Cost: £3 per rocket
Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre
Come along to the Visitor Centre to design, manufacture and launch your own rocket.

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810390

Come along to the Visitor Centre to design, manufacture and launch your own rocket.

Two sessions - 10am - 12 noon and 1pm - 3pm.

Only £3 for your rocket materials.

Meet at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre.

Please book in advance on 01597 810880.

No unaccompanied children please.

We reserve the right to change/cancel events.

Standing Wool Rug Making Workshop

Standing Wool Rug Making Workshop
Time: 10:00 am
Date: 14th November 2019
Cost: £45, including lunch and refreshments
Location: Quillies, East Street, Rhayader
Discover this forgotten rug making technique with Rosemary Stow, one of the few practitioners of this craft in the UK.

Contact(s): Rosemary Stow
Tel: 01597 810237

As with all rag rug making techniques, standing wool uses upcycled materials - specifically boiled wool. All tools and materials will be provided but, if you have any wool jumpers or scarves that have shrunk in the wash please bring them along.

At the end of the workshop you will have made a couple of coasters and/ or a trivet which could also form the centre of a rug should you wish to continue with this craft.

The workshop runs from 10am to 4pm with a break at 1pm for a lunch of soup and bread.
Please state any dietary requirements when booking

An Introduction to Rag Rug Making

An Introduction to Rag Rug Making
Time: 10:00 am
Date: 20th November 2019
Cost: £45, including lunch and refreshments
Location: Quillies, East Street, Rhayader
Learn the hooking and prodding techniques of rag rug making with Rosemary Stow.

Contact(s): Rosemary Stow
Tel: 01597 810237

Using a hook or prodder, hessian and yarn, you will learn how to create rugs, cushion covers, wall art and accessories.
All tools and materials are provided but please bring along any yarn, ribbons, or fabric you would like to experiment with.
The workshop runs from 10am to 4pm with a break at 1pm for a lunch of soup and bread.
Please state any dietary requirements when booking your place

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