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.

Download the 2017/2018 Events Guide here: English | Cymraeg

5k Series

6.30pm  Part of the 5k Series organised by Rhayader Running Club
1 mile children's race starting at 7pm
and the 5k race starting at 7.30pm
For more information go to www.rhayaderac.org.uk/5km.php
Registration from 6.30pm at Caban Coch Dam Car Park


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Dam Patrol

Join our Dam Inspector on a regular patrol to learn about the history and monitoring of our dams and reservoirs.

Booking essential on 01597 810880.

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Spring Craft Fayre

Sat 27 May to Sun 28 May
/ 10am - 4pm

Our Visitor Centre is packed with over 20 local crafters and artists offering a wide variety of crafts including, handmade jewellery, wildlife/landscape/night sky photography, wooden crafts, paintings, craft demonstrations, willow basket making, woollen crafts and traditional welsh pottery.

Parents browse at your leisure thanks to our children’s craft table, which is supported by our loyal volunteers.

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Woodland birds

Join local bird watcher Tony Ware on a walk through RSPB Carngafallt woodlands by the Visitor Centre.

Bring binoculars and wear appropriate clothing/footwear.


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Howey Hedgehog Rescue

Join Howey Hedgehog Rescue's Elaine and Nigel to see what goes on behind the scenes during a hedgehog rescue.

Learn how to care for our prickly hogs and how to improve our gardens for wildlife.

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Take on the Trod

8.30am Join experienced walk leader Tudor Davies for this challenging and energetic 18 mile walk, from Strata Florida to Rhayader.  Take on the rough terrain and enjoy the wilderness of the Elan Valley hilltops.  Bring a packed lunch.  This is  a bookable event with transport from Rhayader.  Please book on 01597 810449 at the Elan Estate Office.  
Sorry no dogs allowed for this walk
Meet at the Elan Valley Trail Car Park at Cwmdauddwr.  Grid Reference SN 966678

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Birds and Broadleaves

11am  Join Ken Perry for a guided 6.5 mile walk around Llethyr Melyn and Penygarreg looking at the restoration of broadleaves and natural woodland expansion in this area.  Plus the opportunity to take stock of the amazing Y Foel views and wildlife in this area.  Some steep climbs.

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Dragons and Damsels

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

Booking is essential - only 20 places available.

Book by calling 01597 810880.

Meet at Dol y Mynach layby.

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Dam Open Day

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 central tower.

You’ll enjoy a bird's-eye view of the dam – 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.

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Canoe or Kayak on the reservoir

Canoe or Kayak on the reservoir

Meet at: Visitor Centre

Adult £17.50, 8-18s £12.50.

Hit the water and get a different view of the Valley from a two person kayak. After a safety briefing, head off around the reservoir in the company of your instructor, and learn about the history of the dams on the way. Suitable for beginners and those with some experience. Min age 8, you will need transport, shoes to get wet, appropriate clothing, a complete change of clothes and a towel just in case!

All young people must be supervised by a responsible adult.

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