Exhibition: Elan Landscape Heritage Partnership

Discover how the Heritage Lottery Fund has helped form partnerships to invest £3million to conserve and enhance the Elan Estate and local communities.

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RHAYADER ROUND THE LAKES

Rhayader Round the Lakes
20m/5m & Kids Race
Organised by Rhayader Running Club

More details go to  www.rhayaderac.org.uk/roundthelakes/index.php

Registration takes place in Rhayader Leisure Centre
For the kids race, please register at Rhayader Primary School before 10.50am
For both Senior races, registration to be completed by 12.30pm in the main hall of the Leisure Centre.

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Heritage Lottery Fund Launch Day

Heritage Lottery Fund / Elan Links Launch Day

You are invited to the Heritage Lottery Fund / Elan Links launch day as they move into the five-year delivery phase of the project. This programme of investment will safeguard the unique and special heritage of the Elan Valley whilst increasing enjoyment, education, training, and recreational opportunities for the benefit of all.

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Powys Ramblers Walk

Chris Jones of Powys Ramblers will lead an 8 mile moderate circular walk around Ty’n-y-pant and Nant Madog from Elan Village. Please wear suitable footwear and clothing and bring a packed lunch. Meet at the Elan Village Green at 10am. SN 935654.

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Blast Off! Bottle Rockets

Come along to the Visitor Centre to design, manufacture and launch your own rocket.

Only £3 for your rocket materials.

Please book in advance on 01597 810880.

No unaccompanied children please.

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Easter Egg Scramble

An Easter Treasure Hunt for the whole family around the Visitor Centre and Cnwch Wood - work together for your chance to win an Easter Egg!

No unaccompanied children please. £1 per child.

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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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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 entry £1 for adults and children.

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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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Powys Ramblers Walk

Powys Ramblers Walk

Alan Austin of Powys Ramblers will lead a 4.5 mile moderate morning walk around Gro Wood from Llannerch y Cawr car park.  Please wear suitable footwear and clothing. Lunch can be taken at the Visitor Centre if wished. Meet at Llannerch y Cawr car park at 10am. SN 901616.

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Village Tour

Learn about the history of Caban Coch Dam, the workers’ village and other stories on this easy one mile walk.

Meet at the Visitor Centre.

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Planetarium Show: Our Place in the Universe

It’s galaxy season! Join Martin Nelmes and his team from the University of Aberystwyth as they explore our home address in the Universe. They will also present some interesting facts about other galaxies.

Four FREE Shows at 11am, 12 noon, 2pm and 3pm.

Places are limited so please book in advance by calling 01597 810880.
 

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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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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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Bushcraft Taster Session

This is a great way to find out what bushcraft is all about or to build on your current experience. These sessions will cover a variety of subjects such as knife skills, foraging, and natural cordage to name a few.

These sessions will be led by our qualified bushcraft instructor. All tools and equipment provided.

Minimum age 12 years. No unaccompanied children please.

Places are limited so please book in advance on 01597 810880.

£10 per person, payable in advance.

Meet at the Visitor Centre.
 

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Pont ar Elan Show 2018

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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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 40 metres up the steps to the top of the dam and then a very steep 140 metre climb.

Meet at the Visitor Centre.

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Water, Rocks and Hills in the Watercolour Landscape

Beginners or more experienced can benefit and learn from many tried and tested techniques to create an exciting Elan Valley Watercolour Landscape.

This workshop by local artist and qualified tutor, David Ward, is ideal for beginners.

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  Third & final 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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Creative Writing Workshop

Taking inspiration from the wild Elan landscape, join award winning local writer Peter Cox for an enjoyable ‘no experience necessary’ workshop that will stretch your creative muscles.

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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Planetarium Show: Our Sun

Join Martin Nelmes and his team from the University of Aberystwyth and be taken on an exciting planetarium journey of our nearest star, the Sun.

You will have the opportunity to observe the Sun through their specialised solar telescopes.

Four FREE Shows at 11am, 12 noon, 2pm and 3pm.

Places are limited so please book in advance by calling 01597 810880.
 

 

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Coloured and Graphite Pencils Tonal Value Workshop

This workshop covers both coloured and graphite pencils and is designed to give a good understanding of techniques, materials used, and how these may be applied to your favourite subject matter.

The main emphasis will be on the importance of tonal value in producing well balanced and engaging drawings. Aspects of picture composition, colour relationships and form will be explored.

It is suitable for beginners and those with some drawing experience. Artist quality materials are supplied for use at the workshop, and participant numbers are limited to 6.

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What's that Bee?

What's That Bee?

Take a short walk along the Elan Valley Trail with Janice Vincett to discover what bees are buzzing around and how to identify them. Meet at Caban Coch car park SN 924645.

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Wood for the Trees

A walk through Cnwch wood with our woodland Ranger looking at trees and their properties.

Meet at the Visitor Centre for a leisurely stroll through Cnwch wood.

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Village Tour

Learn about the history of Caban Coch Dam, the workers’ village and other stories on this easy one mile walk.

Meet at the Visitor Centre.

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Magical Moths, Beautiful Bees and Discovering Dragons

Magical Moths, Beautiful Bees and Discovering Dragons

Join Sorcha and Janice Local Wildlife Guides to celebrate “National Insect Week”. You will have the opportunity to learn the skills required to seek out some of our truly fascinating insect species. Bring your camera for pictures and suitable clothing/sun cream/insect repellent. Meet at Llanerch y Cawr car park SN 901616.

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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 entry £1 for adults and children.

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Exhibition: Rhayader Art Group

Rhayader Art Group's "Summer Exhibition" showcases their range of talents with all original artwork for sale. Prints and greetings cards also available.

Open daily at the Visitor Centre.

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Nature Friendly Farming

Nature Friendly Farming

Join Sorcha Lewis on a traditional upland hill farm in the heart of the Elan valley to learn about how much diverse wildlife is cared for by our upland farming community. We will look at some rare species and habitats that are being cared for on the Elan Valley Estate. Meet at Gwaelod y Rhos car park SN 902673.

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Blast Off! Bottle Rockets

Come along to the Visitor Centre to design, manufacture and launch your own rocket.

Only £3 for your rocket materials.

Please book in advance on 01597 810880.

No unaccompanied children please.

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Silver Jewellery Workshop

Led by Joy Powell, a local silver jewellery designer/maker & teacher. Spend the day learning traditional jewellery-making techniques using silver and copper and leave with your own unique finished pieces. No previous experience necessary.

Places are limited so please book in advance.

£60 per person, payable in advance, plus materials cost approximately £5 - £20, payable on the day. All tools and materials provided.

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

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Penglaneinon Farm Sheep Shearing Day

AFTERNOON EVENT (1.30pm - 4pm)
Join the annual sheep shearing at Penglaneinon Farm.  Witness the modern and traditional sheep shearing methods whilst enjoying a nice cup of tea, with welsh cakes & bara brith and see a live demonstration of wool spinning. 
WEATHER DEPENDENT,  NO DOGS PLEASE
Directions will be signposted on the day,  SN 912627

 

 

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Polymer Clay Buttons and Brooches Workshop

Learn how to make buttons and brooches from polymer clay with Valerie Lymer, a local textile artist. All materials provided.

Places are limited so please book in advance.

£20 per person, payable in advance, plus materials cost of £5, payable on the day.

Suitable for absolute beginners.

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

 

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All is a Flutter and Aglow

An evening event.  Celebrate the wonder of the Elan Valley International Dark Sky Park and join Sorcha Lewis who will be on hand to show you how wonderful and exciting the world of bats and moths really are and we can look to see the amazing illuminated world of the glow worm. This walk starts at Caban Dam Car Park (SN 924645) at 8pm. Please bring torches.
 

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Bushcraft Taster Session

This is a great way to find out what bushcraft is all about or to build on your current experience. These sessions will cover a variety of subjects such as knife skills, foraging, and natural cordage to name a few.

These sessions will be led by our qualified bushcraft instructor. All tools and equipment provided.

Minimum age 12 years. No unaccompanied children please.

Places are limited so please book in advance on 01597 810880.

£10 per person, payable in advance.

Meet at the Visitor Centre.

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One Day Spoon Carving Workshop

This course is designed for adults only, you must be 18 or older to attend. Suitable for beginners or those who’ve carved before and want to improve.

Learn to carve greenwood spoons using traditional tools. We’ll cover a range of safe carving techniques with axe, straight knife and hook knife. We will look at different types of wood and their properties.

All tools and materials provided. A packed lunch can be provided at additional cost.

Places are limited so please book in advance. £60 per person, payable in advance.
 

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Archery Taster Session

Hour long sessions to try your hand at archery, £5 per person, minimum age 8, please wear long sleeves.

Meet at Elan Village Green.

These events are delivered by the Elan Valley Lodge and require booking in advance -  please go to www.elanvalleyleisure.co.uk. If you require further information please call 01597 811143.

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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 entry £1 for adults and children.

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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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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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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.

Please call 01597 810880 to book.

Meet at Dol y Mynach layby.

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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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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 40 metres up the steps to the top of the dam and then a very steep 140 metre climb.

Meet at the Visitor Centre.

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Astrocymru: 3D Astronomy and Space

Astrocymru: 3D Astronomy and Space

Join Emma Wride from Astrocymru and learn about Space through a 3D cinematic experience! We will explore the surface of solar system bodies, see the sizes of celestial objects in our Universe, learn about the birth of the Solar System and much more! Meet at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre.

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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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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.

Please call 01597 810880 to book. 

Meet at Dol y Mynach layby.

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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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The Three Rivers Walk

An energetic 10 mile circular hill walk to the heads of the Rhiwnant, Gwesyn and Camarch rivers, passing by Carnau and down Nant Paradwys to Llannerch y Cawr. Start at Llanerch y Cawr car park SN 901616.

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'Credit cards and cocktail sticks' - fun with oil paints without any brushes

Have a go at oil painting without brushes, with Angela May Lewis, a local artist.

A fun way to create an oil painting on canvas using old credit cards and cocktail sticks. Full guidance given.

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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Powys Ramblers Walk

Richard Tyler of Powys Ramblers will lead an 8 mile moderate circular walk from Penbont car park at Penygarreg Reservoir to Maen Serth. Some boggy bits. Please wear suitable footwear and clothing and bring a packed lunch. Meet at Penbont car park SN 916674.

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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 entry £1 for adults and children.

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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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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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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.

Please call 01597 810880 to book. 

Meet at Dol y Mynach layby.

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Elan Valley Sheepdog Trials 2018

Local shepherds compete to find the champion sheepdog.
Marvel at the way the dogs and their handlers manoeuvre sheep through a number of obstacles.
8am start, all day event.
Enquiries to Eira Edwards, Tel No : 01597 810721.
Location : Frondorddu fields, signposted off the Elan Valley road on the day. SN 948658

 

 

 

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Village Tour

Learn about the history of Caban Coch Dam, the workers’ village and other stories on this easy one mile walk.

Meet at the Visitor Centre.

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Birds and Broadleaves

Birds and Broadleaves

Join Ken Perry for a guided 6.5 mile walk around Llethyr Melyn and Penygarreg looking at the restoration of heathland and natural woodland expansion in this area. Plus the opportunity to take stock of the amazing views above Y Foel. A steep climb. Meet at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre SN 928646.

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Archery Taster Session

Hour long sessions to try your hand at archery, £5 per person, minimum age 8, please wear long sleeves.

Meet at Elan Village Green.

These events are delivered by the Elan Valley Lodge and require booking in advance -  please go to www.elanvalleyleisure.co.uk. If you require further information please call 01597 811143.

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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.

Please call 01597 810880 to book.

Meet at Dol y Mynach layby.

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Blast Off! Bottle Rockets

Come along to the Visitor Centre to design, manufacture and launch your own rocket!

Only £3 for your rocket materials.

Please book in advance on 01597 810880.

No unaccompanied children please.

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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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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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Exploring Night-time Nature

An evening event. To celebrate European Bat Weekend, join Sorcha Lewis for an evening bat and moth discovery walk at Llannerch y Cawr. Please bring torches. Suitable for families. Meet at Llanerch y Cawr car park SN 901616.

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ELAN VALLEY SHOW & SPORTS 2018

Join locals and visitors for an August Bank Holiday Monday afternoon of family fun and entertainment at the local agricultural show and sports.
Bar and Refreshments on site.
Show enquiries contact Christine Davies call her on  01597 811306 or email her at  galedrhyd@hotmail.com
Location : Noyadd Farm, will be signposted on the day.

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Bushcraft Taster Session

This is a great way to find out what bushcraft is all about or to build on your current experience. These sessions will cover a variety of subjects such as knife skills, foraging, and natural cordage to name a few.

These sessions will be led by our qualified bushcraft instructor. All tools and equipment provided.

Minimum age 12 years. No unaccompanied children please.

Places are limited so please book in advance on 01597 810880.

£10 per person, payable in advance.

Meet at the Visitor Centre.

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Powys Ramblers Walk

Powys Ramblers Walk

Sarah Hill of Powys Ramblers will lead a 7.5 mile moderate circular walk from Nantgwyllt Church car park around Garreg Ddu Reservoir with detour to visit the Mines. Please wear suitable footwear and clothing and bring a packed lunch. Meet at Nantgwyllt Church car park SN 909639.

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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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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.

Please call 01597 810880 to book.

Meet at Dol y Mynach layby.

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Elan Valley Walking Festival

Elan Valley Walking Festival

Come and join us between the 1st and 9th September on our third annual Walking Festival at the Elan Valley.

Click the events below to find out more:

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Ancient Sites of the Elan Valley

Join local enthusiasts David James and Vic Pardoe as they explore Bronze Age and Medieval sites around the Pont ar Elan area. This moderate 6.5 mile walk will take in the Pillow Mounds, Banc Cynnydd Cairns, Carn Nant Y Ffald, Carn Wen and finally, Rhiw Afon Cairn. Meet at Pont ar Elan car park SN 903716

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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 entry £1 for adults and children.

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Cwm Elan Mines Experience

Cwm Elan Mines Experience

Join Elan Valley Trustee, Bob Vaughan on a 5 mile walk to explore the history and remains of Cwm Elan Lead Mines. You will also be able to see the recent stabilising works. Meet at Nantgwyllt car park SN 909639

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Planetarium Show: The Solar System at Elan Valley

Take a tour of the Solar System with Martin Nelmes from the University of Aberystwyth.

We will try to put the Solar System into perspective and present some interesting facts about various moons and planets. Plus we will cover some of the recent research by planetary scientists and what it tells us about the Solar System.

Four FREE Shows at 11am, 12 noon, 2pm and 3pm.

Places are limited so please book in advance by calling 01597 810880.

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Beginners Navigation Workshop

Beginners Navigation Workshop

Join Terry Smith for a hands-on day of map and compass reading. With both theory and practical application this workshop will improve your understanding of maps and access to the countryside. N.B. There is an advanced workshop being held on Saturday 19th May. Meet at the Visitor Centre SN 928646.

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Railway Ramble

A gentle 3 mile walk following the line of the old railway from the Visitor Centre to Cwmdauddwr, looking at historical features of interest along the way.

A lift back to the Visitor Centre will be available afterwards.

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Evening Talk: Brecon Mountain Rescue Team

Evening Talk: Brecon Mountain Rescue Team

Join Guest Speaker, Kevin Harding, of the Brecon Mountain Rescue Team. Kevin will talk about the work of BMRT, which is entirely staffed by highly trained volunteers who provide land based search and rescue in the Brecon Beacons and the Elan Valley areas, including the English borders and the Ceredigion coast. Meet at the Elan Valley Hotel SN 938658.

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Garreg Ddu Circuit

A 6 mile low-level reservoir circuit with some woodland and farmland paths as well as the Elan Valley Trail. Wear walking boots.

Meet at Nantgwyllt Church car park.

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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 40 metres up the steps to the top of the dam and then a very steep 140 metre climb.

Meet at the Visitor Centre.

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A Working Life in the Valley

A Working Life in the Valley

A rare opportunity to experience working life in the Elan Valley. During a moderate walk of 5 miles, we will be visiting two working farms on the Elan Estate. First, we will be visiting Troedrhiwdraen Farm, the home of Brian and Sorcha Lewis, who will show their traditional breeds of cattle and sheep and talk about their life. Secondly, we will be meeting a local shepherd Dean Addison at Penygarreg Farm, where he will give a sheepdog demonstration. This is a joint event with the Brecon Beacons Park Society.
Meet at Penbont car park SN 916674.

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Village Tour

Learn about the history of Caban Coch Dam, the workers’ village and other stories on this easy one mile walk.

Meet at the Visitor Centre.

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Two Counties and a Bothy

Two Counties and a Bothy

A moderate, circular 7 mile hill walk, setting off from the Dyfed/Powys border, onto Lluest Dolgwiail, following Afon Diluw until reaching the bothy at Nant Rhys. This is a joint event with the Brecon Beacons Park Society.
Meet at the Dyfed Powys border car park SN 853 758.

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Landscapes on Wood Workshop

Create your own mini landscape on wood with local artist and illustrator A.K.Skipsey.

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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Creative Writing Workshop

Taking inspiration from the wild Elan landscape, join award winning local writer Peter Cox for an enjoyable ‘no experience necessary’ workshop that will stretch your creative muscles.

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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Fungi Fascination

A short walk to look at the fascinating world of fungi with Ray Woods.

Meet at the Visitor Centre.

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Autumn 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.

Parents browse at your leisure thanks to our children’s craft table.
 

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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

Peter Loughran of Powys Ramblers will lead a 7.5 mile moderate circular walk around Carn Gafallt and Coed y Mynach from the Visitor Centre.  Some tarmac walking on quiet lanes. Some climbs involved. Please wear suitable footwear and clothing and bring packed lunch. Meet at the Visitor Centre SN 928646.

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Planetarium Show: The Constellations

Ever wanted to make sense of the wonderful array of stars in our sky? Martin Nelmes and his team from the University of Aberystwyth will help you to join the dots and learn about the origins of the well-known constellations.

Whether you are new to star gazing or simply curious this will enhance your knowledge about what’s up there!

Four FREE Shows at 11am, 12 noon, 2pm and 3pm.

Places are limited so please book in advance by calling 01597 810880.
 

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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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Spooky Spectacular Halloween Crafts

Come along and make your own scary accessories in time for Halloween, with spooky face painting also available!

No unaccompanied children please.

Meet at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre.

Please book in advance on 01597 810880.

£5 per child.

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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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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 entry £1 for adults and children.

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Crash! Bang! Wallop! Silver Jewellery Workshop

Led by Joy Powell, a local silver jewellery designer/maker & teacher. Using a range of hammers, punches and other texturing techniques, learn how to create some unusual jewellery and other items in sterling silver and copper using traditional skills.

No experience necessary. All tools and materials provided.

Places are limited so please book in advance.

£60 per person, payable in advance plus material costs approx. £5 - £20, payable on the day.

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

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Blast Off! Bottle Rockets

Come along to the Visitor Centre to design, manufacture and launch your own rocket.

Only £3 for your rocket materials.

Please book in advance on 01597 810880.

No unaccompanied children please.

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Elan Valley 10 Mile Race

Attempt this 10 mile scenic race around part of the Elan Valley.
Race commencement at 1pm.
Enquiries go to website  www.rhayaderac.org.uk
Registration from 11am at Elan Valley Visitor Centre

 

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Christmas 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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Santa's Grotto

Santa will be stopping at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre. Children can meet him in his Grotto, and receive a gift.

While you wait to see Santa why not make your own Christmas crafts and decorations.

Contact 01597 810880. £5 per child.

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Elan Festive Evening

An evening following on from your visit to Santa - late night shopping, carols around the tree, mince pies, mulled cider and non-alcoholic festive punch with carols from 5pm with a local vocal quartet.

 

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Santa's Grotto

Santa will be stopping at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre. Children can meet him in his Grotto, and receive a gift.

While you wait to see Santa why not make your own Christmas crafts and decorations?

Contact 01597 810880. £5 per child.

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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 40metres up the steps to the top of the dam and then a very steep 140 metre climb.

Meet at the Visitor Centre.

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Reservoir Roundabout 2019

Annual Walking (or running) CHALLENGE EVENT held across OPEN AND CHALLENGING UPLAND TERRAIN in and around the Elan and Claerwen Valleys.
The route is waymarked in parts but MAP READING SKILLS ARE REQUIRED.
Either 13 or 20 mile courses are available.  Entry Fee & Kit Check apply.

Start Times  :  8.30am for 20 mile route Walkers;  and 9.00am for 13 mile route and ALL RUNNERS on both routes.

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Planetarium Show: The Solar System at Elan Valley

Take a tour of the Solar System with Martin Nelmes from the University of Aberystwyth.

We will try to put the Solar System into perspective and present some interesting facts about various moons and planets. Plus we will cover some of the recent research by planetary scientists and what it tells us about the Solar System.

Four FREE Shows at 11am, 12 noon, 2pm and 3pm.

Places are limited so please book in advance by calling 01597 810880.
 

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