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 2016/2017 Events Guide here: English | Cymraeg

Biodiversity Week

Sat 21 May to Sun 29 May
/ 09.30 - 13.00hrs

Join one of our Bird Watching events during this week to learn more about Biodiversity in our Valley.

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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
Registration from 6.30pm at Caban Coch Dam Car Park


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Spring Craft Fayre

Sat 28 May to Sun 29 May
/ 10.00am - 16.00hrs

Our Visitor Centre is packed with over 20 local crafters and artists offering: handmade jewellery, wildlife photographs, wooden crafts, paintings, craft demonstrations, willow basket making, up-cycled garden art, natural homemade remedies & teas and traditional Welsh pottery. Parents browse at your leisure thanks to our children’s craft table.

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Howey Hedgehog Resuce

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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Bird Watching Safari

A tour of the Estate with a birdwatching expert to see the typical breeding birds of the area. Suitable for beginners and experienced bird watchers. Please bring binoculars if you have them and suitable clothing/footwear for some short walks. Meet at the Visitor Centre. Bookings in advance on 01597 810880.

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Dam Open Day

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.

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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 01597 810880.

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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. 01597 810880. Meet at Dol y Mynach layby.


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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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Pont ar Elan Show

1pm  Annual Dog Show with Hounds, Terriers and Lurcher rings plus class for whippets, spaniels, sheepdogs and any other breed dog and child handler class.
Refreshments on Site
Ring Secretary, Tudor Davies on 01597 811299 for more details


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