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.

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 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.

The dam will be open between 1pm and 4pm, simply turn up anytime between these hours.

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Dragons and Damsels

A fun afternoon of pond dipping and bug hunts suitable for all the family. Booking is essential, 01597 810880. Meet at Dol y Mynach Lay-By

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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 reserviors. Booking essential 01597 810880.

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Spring Craft Fayre

Handmade jewellery, chocolates, preserves, wildlife and landscape photography, wooden crafts, felted art, up-cycled garden art, paintings, willow basket kits and much more. A great opportunity to experience local craft demonstrations and to do some shopping.

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Bird Watching Safari

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

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Hound Show, Terrier Show, Lurcher Show, Class for Whippets, Spaniels, Sheepdogs, Any Other Breed Dog, Child Handler.
Dog Racing after the Dog Classes
Refreshments on site. Great Afternoon out in the hills, All Welcome
Postcode LD6 5HS;  NGR 903716,
Contact the Secretary : TUDOR DAVIES on 01597 811299




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Spend a couple of hours on a local hill farm learning about and trapping some small mammals.  There will be an opportunity to learn about the Water Vole and see what the tell-tale signs are that show us they are present.  Suitable for the family.  BOOK IN ADVANCE.  Meet at Gwaelod y Rhos Car Park (SN 902 673) at 10am, back about 12 noon.  Bring suitable clothing, sun cream and insect repellent.

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Do you have a keen eye for finding wildlife?  Is there a budding or experienced naturalist?  Why not come out and help record our various wildlife.  We will be looking specifically at the wildlife of "the Rhos", a distinct habitat in Wales with much biodiversity associated with it.  Meet at Gwaelod y Rhos Car Park
(SN 902673) at 10am, back about 1.30pm.  Bring your lunch, drink, suitable clothing, sun cream and insect repellent.

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International SUN Day. June 21st

International SUN Day at The Elan Valley.

Join the Elan Valley Astronomers for a day of Solar Astronomy at the Visitors Centre.

Safely observe the Sun through telescopes in White light and Hydrogen Alpha, seeing some of the ever changing spectacular solar features.  "See" the Sun with a simple DIY Radio Telescope that you can easily build for yourselves, and even if cloudy, we'll be linking into satellites and web sites around the World to guarantee some Solar sights to view. 

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