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.
Mon 8 May to Fri 30 Jun / 10am - 4pm
Local photographer, David James shares his bird's eye views of Elan including dams, reservoirs and archaeological sites.
Sat 1 Jul / 1 - 4pm
Join our Rangers at one of our big Dam Open Days - an exclusive chance to venture into the Pen y Garreg Dam and up to the central tower.
You’ll enjoy a bird's-eye view of the Reservoir 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.
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 and children.
Sun 2 Jul / 10am-12.30pm & 1pm-3.30pm
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. £20 per person, payable in advance.
Two workshops - either 10am until 12.30pm or 1pm until 3.30pm.
Please contact Elan Valley Visitor Centre on 01597 810880 to book.
Sat 8 Jul / 2pm
Afternoon Event : The Elan Estate has some of the highest quality flower-rich meadows in Wales. Join local Grassland Ecologist Mike Hayes for a guided visit to one of the best examples of these upland wildlife havens and to learn more about how these key components of traditional hill farming are being managed and conserved for the future.
Meet at Nantgwyllt Church Car Park SN 909639
Sun 9 Jul / 9am - 12pm
Morning Event : Join Elan Valley Trust Trustee and Moth expert Dr Norman Lowe and Sorcha Lewis to learn about conifer moths and see what the night-time traps have found. Bring suitable clothing/sun cream/insect repellent. Meet at Gwaelod y Rhos Car Park SN 902673
Thu 13 Jul / 1.30pm - 4pm
AFTERNOON EVENT (1.30pm - 4pm)
Join the annual sheep shearing at Penglaneinon Farm. Witness the modern and traditional sheep shearing methods whilst enjoying a nice cup of tea, with welsh cakes & bara brith and see a live demonstration of wool spinning.
WEATHER DEPENDENT, NO DOGS PLEASE
Directions will be signposted on the day, SN 912627
Sat 15 Jul / 8pm
Evening Event : Celebrate the wonder of the Elan Valley International Dark Sky Park and join Sorcha Lewis who will be on hand to show you how wonderful and exciting the world of bats and moths really is and we can look to see the amazing illuminated world of the glow worm.
Please bring torches and insect repellent.
Meet at 8pm Caban Coch Dam Car Park SN 924645
Sun 16 Jul / 12pm
Afternoon Event : Join archaeologists TRYSOR for this pop-up picnic. Enjoy your sandwiches whilst learning about the archaeological features around this area of the Elan Valley. Suitable for all the family. Meet at Pont ar Elan SN 903716
Sat 22 Jul / 2 - 5pm
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.
Sat 22 Jul / 11am
11am Join TRYSOR for a moderate 6 mile guided walk in celebration of this years Archaeology Festival. Heading from Craig Goch to Lluest Abercaethon discover the medieval settlements and bronze age burial sites in this area. Meet at Craig Goch Dam SN 895687