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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.    

Night Walk at Gilfach Nature Reserve

Night Walk at Gilfach Nature Reserve
Time: 8:30 pm
Date: 15th May 2020
Cost: £5
Location: Pont Marteg Gateway, Gilfach Nature Reserve, Rhayader, LD6 5LF
Come to Gilfach Nature Reserve for a gentle evening stroll to explore the nocturnal wildlife of this wonderful place

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

The Gilfach area of Mid Wales is known for its stunning, dark skies with an International Dark Sky Park nearby. Listen to night noises and gaze at the stars if it is clear. We will be looking at moths and detecting bats with our specialised detectors. A short walk on easy terrain will be around 1 mile long. Please bring torches, a mat to sit on, insect repellent and wear outdoor clothing and footwear. Ticket cost: £5. Meet at the Pont Marteg Gateway, Gilfach Nature Reserve SN 952715.
Book your place: https://evt155.eventbrite.co.uk

Spring Craft Fayre

Spring Craft Fayre
Time: 10:00 am
Date: 23rd May 2020 - 25th May 2020
Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre
Spring Craft Fayre in the Elan Valley

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810880

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.

Held 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: 26th May 2020
Cost: £5 adults, £1 for 16 years and under, half of all proceeds to WaterAid. Cash only at the dam, card payments taken at Centre.
Location: Pen y Garreg Dam, Elan Valley
Join our Rangers at our Dam Open Day - an exclusive chance to venture into Pen y Garreg Dam! Open between 1pm and 4pm.

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810880

Join our Rangers at our Dam Open Day - an exclusive chance to venture into Pen y Garreg Dam and up to the central tower. Open between 1pm and 4pm.
Park at Penbont car park & take a walk through the woodland, up the steps to the dam entrance. There are steps inside the dam which may be wet & in some areas there are low light levels. Children must be carefully supervised at all times. Dogs welcome on short leads.
Entry is £5 for adults & £1 for those aged 16 and under, with half of all proceeds going to WaterAid.

Dragons and Damsels

Dragons and Damsels
Time: 2:00 pm
Date: 28th May 2020
Location: Meet Dol y Mynach layby, Claerwen valley
A fun afternoon of pond dipping - suitable for all the family. Booking essential.

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810880

A fun afternoon of pond dipping - suitable for all the family.

Booking is essential - only 20 places available.

Please book in advance on 01597 810880.

No unaccompanied children please.

Meet at Dol y Mynach layby in the Claerwen valley.

We reserve the right to change/cancel events.

Blast Off! Bottle Rockets

Blast Off! Bottle Rockets
Time: 10:00 am
Date: 29th May 2020
Cost: £3 per rocket
Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre
Come along to the Elan Valley Visitor Centre to design, manufacture and launch your own rocket.

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810880

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

Only £3 for your rocket materials.

Two sessions: 10am to 12pm and 1pm to 3pm.

Please book in advance on 01597 810880.

No unaccompanied children please.

We reserve the right to change/cancel events.

Exhibition: Cosmos Art by Angela Kelly

Exhibition: Cosmos Art by Angela Kelly
Time: 10:00 am
Date: 1st June 2020 - 30th June 2020
Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre
Angela Kelly's exhibition - imagery of the Cosmos

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810880

Angela is a local artist from Pontrhydfendigaid who works in a variety of media.

For some time now her work has been strongly influenced by imagery of the Cosmos and she is excited to be exhibiting in the Elan Valley, that now has Dark Sky Status.

Much of her recent work has drawn inspiration from these nocturnal landscapes.

Open daily at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre.

We reserve the right to change/cancel events.

Batik workshop - seedpods and natural forms

Batik workshop - seedpods and natural forms
Time: 10:00 am
Date: 13th June 2020
Cost: £60 per person, payable in advance
Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre
Use the beautiful shapes of seedpods and various plant forms as inspiration to create batiks on tissue paper.

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810880

Artist Jenny O'Leary will help you to use the beautiful shapes of seedpods and various plant forms as inspiration to create batiks on tissue paper.

Working with hot wax as a resist we will use bleach and inks to create a selection of imaginative interpretations of the theme. Work will be suitable for framing, and can also be added to with stitch at a later date.

Places are limited, so please book in advance.

£60 per person, payable in advance.

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

We reserve the right to change/cancel events.

Dambusters Walk

Dambusters Walk
Time: 2:00 pm
Date: 14th June 2020
Location: Meet Elan Valley Visitor Centre
A 4 mile guided walk including the remains of Nant y Gro Dam

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810880

A 4 mile guided walk to learn about the area, including the remains of Nant y Gro Dam which was used for tests before the WW2 Dambusters Raid.

There is a steep climb of 40 metres up the steps to the top of the dam and then a very steep 140 metre climb.

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

We reserve the right to change/cancel events.

Children's Crafts for Father's Day

Children's Crafts for Father's Day
Time: 11:00 am
Date: 20th June 2020
Cost: £3 per child
Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre
Come along to the Visitor Centre and make a card and present for Fathers' Day!

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810880

Come along to the Visitor Centre and make a card and present for Fathers' Day!

Drop in anytime between 11am and 3pm at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre.

£3 per child. No unaccompanied children please.

We reserve the right to change/cancel events.

Blast Off! Bottle Rockets

Blast Off! Bottle Rockets
Time: 10:00 am
Date: 21st June 2020
Cost: £3 per rocket
Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre
Come along to the Elan Valley Visitor Centre to design, manufacture and launch your own rocket.

Contact(s): Fiona Wase
Tel: 01597 810880

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

Only £3 for your rocket materials.

Two sessions: 10am to 12pm and 1pm to 3pm.

Please book in advance on 01597 810880.

No unaccompanied children please.

We reserve the right to change/cancel events.

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