Drawn to Paint Nature – Claire Ward

An exhibition of botanical and nature art by local artist Claire Ward, a member of the SBA, Society of Botanical Artists. A glimpse into the nature of the Elan Valley and other habitats of West Wales, all delicately captured in watercolour. Open from 10am until 4.30pm at the Visitor Centre.

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Blast Off!

Plan your journey into space ... Design and build your very own Rocket, fill it with water, give it some gas watch it blast!
Meet at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre. £2 per person.

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Outdoor Activity Weekends (High Trees Challenge)

£20 per person / 1 adult + 2 chilren £45 / 2 adults + 2 children £55

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Outdoor Activity Weekends (Canoe/Kayak on the reservoir)

£15 per person / 1 adult + 2 children £39 / 2 adults + 2 children £49

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From Wales With Love – Amanda Skipsey

Red Kites of Rhayader

Amanda celebrates her love of Wales in her latest exhibition, with many new paintings alongside her Funky Love and fused glass jewellery. Open from 10am until 4.30pm at the Visitor Centre.

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Bug Hunt

Become a bug hunter for the afternoon and discover more about the fascinating world of minibeasts. Suitable for all the family. Book now on 01597 810880.

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Elan Valley Pet Show

A chance to show off your pets at our annual Pet Show. Due to record entries in the past, please contact us for an entry form beforehand to let us know what pets you will be bringing. We cannot guarantee a cage for your pet if you turn up on the day as in previous years. Entry fee is 50p per pet (sorry, no dogs, ferrets or birds). For further information and an entry form telephone 01597 810390.

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RSPB Nature Quest

Come and find the RSPB at Elan Valley Visitor Centre to start your own magical quest into the depths of the RSPB Carngafallt reserve and Dŵr Cymru Elan Valley estate to discover the delights nature has to offer. The RSPB will be providing Nature Quest backpacks, allowing families to seek out and identify magical trees, birds and minibeasts. On return questers will be honoured for their efforts with a special reward given by the RSPB staff onsite. We’ll be based by the Visitor Centre, so come and find us between 10am – 4pm.

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Fairies and Pirates

A children’s craft day inspired by the fairies, pixies and pirates of the poet Shelley, and her view of the Elan Valley. Book now, call us on 01597 810880. Children get to take their projects home.

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WaterAid Awareness Day

Come along to find out about DCWW charity of choice WaterAid and the work they do in developing countries, to provide safe drinking water and safe sanitation. Learn about how you can get involved. With games to take part in and prizes to be won. Turn up anytime between 10am until 3pm at the Visitor Centre.

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Inspired by Nature – Rhayader Art Group

Rhayader Art Group presents a new exhibition of their artwork inspired by the study of varied flora and fauna, and the local countryside and its customs. It includes paintings and drawings in a variety of media and styles. 
Members will be demonstrating their skills during the exhibition. All original works, together with cards and prints will be for sale. Open from 10am until 4.30pm at the Visitor Centre.

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RSPB Nature Quest

Come and find the RSPB at Elan Valley Visitor Centre to start your own magical quest into the depths of the RSPB Carngafallt reserve and Dŵr Cymru Elan Valley estate to discover the delights nature has to offer. The RSPB will be providing Nature Quest backpacks, allowing families to seek out and identify magical trees, birds and minibeasts. On return questers will be honoured for their efforts with a special reward given by the RSPB staff onsite. We’ll be based by the Visitor Centre, so come and find us between 10am – 4pm.

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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 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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The World of Nature within

Like the amazing world of trees, we ourselves have an inner strength, life force, wisdom and mode for replenishment and regrowth, that we can know more about and optimise. Holistic Health Practitioner Diane Millbery BSc (Hons), Dip P.C, NSpH,  THY&R offers you a 2 hour workshop helping you to discover and explore your 'potential' and inner resources. (An interactive session determined by you).... 2. OR Like the world of Nature, we ourselves are also looking to harmonise, balance and replenish. The human's potential for regrowth, balance and wisdom is there within.

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The Southern Peaks

This is a strenuous 16 mile hill walk led by a Trustee of the Elan Valley Trust and experienced hill walker Andrew Leonard.  A circular walk along some paths but also areas of bog and tussock in the uplands to the south of the Claerwen Valley.

Meet at Llannerch y Cawr Car Park (NGR 901616) at 9.30am with an expected return of 5.30pm.  Please bring stout footwear, waterproof clothing and a packed lunch.  NO DOGS please.  Organised jointly with the Brecon Beacons Park Society.

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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 WWII Dambusters Raid). There is a steep climb of 40m up the steps to the top of the dam, followed by a very steep 140m climb. Meet at the Visitor Centre at 2pm, back about 5pm.

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Dragons & Damsels

A fun afternoon of pond dipping and bug hunts suitable for all the family. Booking is essential, so call us on 01597 810880.

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Engine Experience

Hereford and District Preservation Society display their restored historic engines at the Visitor Centre and provide a free tour of our large World War II engine which they are restoring.

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Nocturnal Nature Hunt

This evening event is lead by Radnorshire Mammal Group Co-ordinator, Sorcha Lewis.  Search the night for our nocturnal wildlife using bat detectors, moth traps and trail cameras : learn some techniques to discover what you may have lurking in your garden!.

Meet Sorcha at 8.00pm until late near the toilets in the Elan Village (NGR 932648) for this gentle walk.  Please bring warm clothes, stout footwear, a torch and insect repellent. NO DOGS please.  

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