Exhibition: A Closer Look

Beautiful screen prints from local artists Cath Allan and Krysia Bass, with items available for sale.

Open daily at the Visitor Centre.
 

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Back to the Wildwood? A look at ancient trees

There is hardly anywhere in Western Europe where you can appreciate what the "wildwood" was like. Parts of the Elan Valley are a rare exception.

We will explore one of the finest relict ancient woodlands in Britain and examine its unique wildlife.

Join Ray Woods on this short walk that will start at the Visitor Centre.
 

 

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Dawn Chorus

Celebrate International Dawn Chorus Day!

Set your alarm clocks and join a local bird expert for a stroll through Cnwch woodland discovering birdsong.

Please book in advance on 01597 810880.

Meet at the Visitor Centre.

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Hand Painted Stones Workshop

Come and paint an Elan Valley Stone with local artist and illustrator A.K.Skipsey.

Create a mini landscape on a piece of the Elan Valley.

All materials provided.

Places are limited so please book in advance.

£10 per person, payable in advance.

Please contact the Elan Valley Visitor Centre on 01597 810880 to book.

 

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5k Series

6.30pm  First of the 5k Series 2018 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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Woodland Birds

Join experienced bird watcher, Janice Vincett, for a stroll through the woodland around Dol y Mynach to spot and identify the birds, including  a visit to the birdhide. Meet at Dol y Mynach layby SN 904617.

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Fun with Watercolours Workshop

Local artist Jennifer Chandler will show you how to use additives and everyday items such as cling film, surgical spirit and salt to help watercolour paint itself!

It only requires imagination and no painting skills to create unique work.

Everyone can succeed irrespective of ability and have fun.

Places are limited so please book in advance.

£30 per person, payable in advance.

Please contact the Elan Valley Visitor Centre on 01597 810880 to book.

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Birdwatching 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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An Introduction to Coloured Pencils Workshop

An opportunity to try this increasingly popular medium used by artists all over the world. Discover the world of coloured pencils and learn how to create your own detailed and colourful art.

This is a ‘hands on’ workshop designed to give a good understanding of techniques, materials used, and how these may be applied to your favourite subject matter. It is suitable for beginners and those with some experience with coloured pencils.

Artist quality materials are supplied for use at the workshop, and participant numbers are limited to 6.

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Advanced Navigation

Advanced Navigation

Join Terry Smith, a Mid Wales Orienteering Club Member and Mountain Leader, for a hands-on day of navigating in open country with map and compass.

This is an advanced workshop where knowledge of map reading and compass use is essential. For those of you who attended the beginners workshop this is a continuation of what you learnt, giving you the opportunity to develop the practical elements of navigation in a more challenging terrian. N.B. There is a beginners navigation workshop being held on Monday 3rd September.

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Paper Jewellery Workshop

Learn how to turn paper into wearable art. Make a bracelet or necklace from paper beads.

Suitable for absolute beginners and all age groups.

Led by Valerie Lymer, a local textile artist.

Places are limited so please book in advance.

£20 per person, payable in advance.

Please contact the Elan Valley Visitor Centre on 01597 810880 to book.
 

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Wildlife Tracking

Join our Ranger team for a walk in the woods looking for signs and clues of the wildlife that lives in the Elan Valley and how to find them.

Meet at Penbont car park.

Please call 01597 810880 to book.

No unaccompanied children please.

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An Introduction to Birdsong

A chance for absolute beginners and novices to learn about birdsong, exploring a range of habitats and investigating some of the technology available to help.

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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The Elan Valley Watercolour Landscape

A workshop ideal for beginners. Local artist and qualified tutor David Ward will guide you every step of the way on your journey to learning new and essential techniques for the watercolourist.

Places are limited so please book in advance.

£30 per person, payable in advance.

Please contact the Elan Valley Visitor Centre on 01597 810880 to book.
 

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5k Series

6.30pm  Second Part of the 5k Series 2018 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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Spring Craft Fayre

Our Visitor Centre is packed with local crafters and artists offering handmade jewellery, wildlife art, wooden crafts, paintings, craft demonstrations, up-cycled products, and traditional Welsh crafts.

 

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Powys Ramblers Walk

Shirley and Emlyn Williams of Powys Ramblers will lead an 8.5 mile moderate circular walk from the Elan Village, via Coed y Cefn, Glyn Bridge, and Carn Gafallt Common. Please wear suitable footwear and clothing and bring a packed lunch. Meet at the Elan Village Green SN 935654.

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The Gwesyn and the Claerwen

A 9 mile energetic linear hill walk from Abergwesyn to Llannerch y Cawr. Follow the Gwesyn Valley up to Drygarn Fawr into the Rhiwnant Valley to Llannerch y Cawr. Start at Llanerch y Cawr car park (SN 901616) where transport will be provided. Booking is required. Call 01597 810449 or email info@elanvalleytrust.org

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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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Powys Ramblers Walk

Graham Taylor of Powys Ramblers will lead a family friendly morning walk taking in the Dambusters Dam from the Visitor Centre. Please wear suitable footwear and clothing. Lunch can be taken at the Visitor Centre if wished. Meet at the Visitor Centre SN 928646.

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High Ropes Challenge

Platforms, bridges, unusual obstacles, a zip line and an adrenaline jump – all in a stunning setting alongside Caban Coch Reservoir.

You don’t need experience or to be super fit, however you must be over 1.4m tall, have a waist of less than 43” and be able to climb a rope ladder.

You will also need transport, stout shoes and appropriate clothing.

All young people must be supervised by a responsible adult.

Adult £18, 8-18s £15

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Kayaking on the Reservoir

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.

Minimum age 8, you will need transport, shoes to get wet, appropriate clothing, a complete change of clothes and a towel just in case!

Adult £18, 8-18s £15

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Tadpole Toddle

Come and look at pond animals in your own tray at the Visitor Centre - suitable for younger children under the age of 5/6.

We will also take a toddle to our own small pond in the grounds of the Visitor Centre.

Meet at the Visitor Centre.

Please book in advance on 01597 810880.

No unaccompanied children please.

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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 – 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 entry £1 for adults and children.

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Dragons and Damsels

A fun afternoon of pond dipping - suitable for all the family. No unaccompanied children please.

Booking is essential - only 20 places available.

Book by calling 01597 810880.

Meet at Dol y Mynach layby.

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