Featured events

Elan Valley is a place of peace and tranquillity - but it never stops. There is always something to see, whether it is the natural changes of the seasons to organised events within the Estate. We will keep you posted of planned events in this section of the site.

The following is a list of featured events happening at Elan Valley but there is always an upcoming activity for your diary so click through the menu on the left to see everything that may interest you.

Rhayader Primary School at Elan

See a colourful gallery of images, paintings and stories from the pupils of Rhayader Church in Wales Primary School. Their work includes a section about what the Elan Valley means to them. Open throughout May and June.

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Elan Valley Astronomy

From newbies to experienced astronomers, all are invited to join the Elan Valley Astronomy Group at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre to view the night sky. Bring your binoculars, tripod and telescopes if you have them. Group scopes will be available to share. If weather is poor indoor astronomy talks and activities will be planned (check website for further details).

We intend to start the evening - since it will still be light at 7.30PM - with a talk and slide show on buying your first telescope, and all the things you really need to consider first!

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Join Sorcha Lewis local Wildlife Guide to learn about some of the beautiful wild flowers found here in the Elan Valley.  Meet at Gwaelod y Rhos Car Park (SN 902 673) at 7pm, back about 8.30pm.

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Ranger Safari

Join a Ranger on a three hour tour of the Estate by vehicle for a look at its history and wildlife.  Booking required 01597 810880. Meet at the Visitor Centre.

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You are invited to join us on our annual sheep shearing day at this traditional hill farm.  Learn about sheep ear tags, earmarks, pitch marks, hefted flocks, tups, wethers and witness traditional hand shearing and wool spinning.  Enjoy a cup of tea or a traditional glass of cider (non drivers only!) and a slice of bara brith and welsh cakes.  Penglaneinon is situated off the Claerwen Valley road : follow the signs and park at NGR 912627.  JOIN US BETWEEN 2.00pm and 4.00pm : stout footwear and NO DOGS PLEASE.

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Former Elan Valley Trustee, Richard Tyler, will lead this challenging 9 mile walk, over rough ground, exploring Bronze Age settlement sites in the area to the south of Caban Coch Reservoir.  Meet at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre (NGR 928646) at 10.00am and return by approximately 5.00pm.  Please bring waterproofs, stout footwear and a packed lunch.  All dogs on leads please.  This is a joint walk with the National Trust.

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Join archaeologists Jenny Hall & Paul Sambrook of "TRYSOR" on this moderate 4.5 mile walk to explore the archaeology along the "Monk's Trod" between Pont ar Elan and the upper Hirin valley.  In view of the current commemoration of the centenary of the First World War, the walk will visit a remarkable military firing range, used on the eve of the outbreak of the conflict - a rare survival in the Welsh Landscape.

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Botanical Safari

One of our Rangers leads a botanical safari to learn about the plants and wildflowers of the Elan Valley. Bring binoculars if you have them, and suitable clothing/footwear as there will be short walks. Please book in advance on 01597 810880.

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Dambusters Walk

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 40m up the steps to the top of the dam and then a very steep 140m climb. Meet at the Visitor Centre.

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Outdoor Activity Days

High Trees Challenge
Meet at: Visitor Centre
£20 per person / 1 adult + 2 children £45 / 2 adults + 2 children £55

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