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 2017/2018 Events Guide here: English | Cymraeg

Exhibition: Elan from Above

Local photographer, David James shares his bird's eye views of Elan including dams, reservoirs and archaeological sites.

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ADVANCED NAVIGATION WORKSHOP

10am - 4pm.  Join Terry Smith a Mid Wales Orienteering Club Member for a hands-on day of ADVANCED  Map and Compass reading.  Spend the day developing the practical elements of Orienteering out on the Elan Estate.   Please dress appropriately for outdoor practical training and bring a packed lunch.  Maps & Compasses will be supplied to use on the day. As this is an advanced course you need to be able to use a compass and read a map. This is a bookable event, please book your place on 01597 810898.  

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Painting the Landscape with Watercolour

Landscapes are a popular subject for watercolour painting. Professional artist and tutor David Ward will give you a unique creative experience in this one day workshop.

His personal atttention will enable you to quickly master the basic techniques of watercolour painting, whether you're a beginner or more experienced, giving you the opportunity to paint an exciting landscape inspired by the dramatic scenery of the Elan Valley.

Splash out on this exciting and rewarding day!

Places are limited so please book in advance. £30 per person, payable in advance.

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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.

Minimum donation £1 for adults and children.

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Funky Love Jewellery

Led by Amanda Skipsey, a local artist and jewellery maker.

Come and make your own funky necklace and earring set with beads that you will hand mould and paint yourself.

Places are limited, so please book in advance. £20 per person, payable in advance.

Two workshops - either 10am until 12.30pm or 1pm until 3.30pm.

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

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Managing Wildflower Meadows

Afternoon Event  :  The Elan Estate has some of the highest quality flower-rich meadows in Wales.  Join local Grassland Ecologist Mike Hayes for a guided visit  to one of the best examples of these upland wildlife havens and to learn more about how these key components of traditional hill farming  are being managed and conserved for the future. 
Meet at Nantgwyllt Church Car Park  SN 909639

 

 

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Conifer Moths

Morning Event  :  Join Elan Valley Trust Trustee and Moth expert Dr Norman Lowe and Sorcha Lewis to learn about conifer moths and see what the night-time traps have found.  Bring suitable clothing/sun cream/insect repellent.  Meet at Gwaelod y Rhos Car Park  SN 902673

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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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All is a flutter and aglow!

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 is and we can look to see the amazing illuminated world of the glow worm.
Please bring torches and insect repellent.
Meet at 8pm Caban Coch Dam Car Park  SN 924645

 

 

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Pop Up Archaeology Picnic

Afternoon Event  : Join archaeologists TRYSOR for this pop-up picnic.  Enjoy your sandwiches whilst learning about the archaeological features around this area of the Elan Valley.  Suitable for all the family.  Meet at Pont ar Elan  SN 903716

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