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.
Wed 24 May / 6.30pm Registration
Sat 27 May / 9.30am - 1pm
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.
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.
Sun 28 May / 9.30am - 1pm
Join local bird watcher Tony Ware on a walk through RSPB Carngafallt woodlands by the Visitor Centre.
Bring binoculars and wear appropriate clothing/footwear.
Sun 28 May / 11am - 3pm
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.
Sun 28 May / 8.30am
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
Mon 29 May / 11am Start
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.
Tue 30 May / 2 - 3.30pm
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.
Wed 31 May / 1 - 4pm
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.
Wed 31 May / 2-5pm
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.