Sat 6 Apr to Fri 28 Jun / 10am - 4pm
Frequently writing about the history of the English midlands and the Welsh borderlands, Francis Brett Young (1884-1954) was particularly interested in the Elan Valley and Birmingham’s Welsh Water scheme - a topic to which he regularly returned in his novels. The most famous of these, The House Under the Water, first published in 1932 has been dramatised for both BBC radio and television, produced as a talking book and translated into Finnish, German and Spanish.
Sun 7 Apr / 9.30am - 1pm
Join local birdwatcher Tony Ware for a walk through the RSPB Carngafallt woodlands looking for early migrants.
Bring binoculars and appropriate clothing/footwear.
Meet outside the Visitor Centre.
For further information please ring Tony on 07772 792722.
Sun 7 Apr / 11am, 12 noon, 2pm and 3pm
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.
Sat 13 Apr / 10am - 4pm
Artist Jenny O'Leary will teach you how to use the technique of batik (hot wax resist) to create pieces of work inspired by trees - this might be the structure, leaves, shape, seasons and topiary - working on different surfaces such as tissue, paper and fabric, separately and in combination.
We will work with wax, bleach, inks and dyes to create fabulous textures and effects. An exciting course allowing for exploration and discovery.
Places are limited so please book in advance.
£60 per person, payable in advance.
Please call 01597 810880 to book.
Wed 17 Apr / 1 - 4pm
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 is no need to book, simply turn up anytime between 1pm and 4pm.
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.
Fri 19 Apr to Mon 22 Apr / 10am - 4pm
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.
Wed 24 Apr / 10am - 12 noon & 1 - 3pm
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.
Dydd Mercher – Chwythiad! Rocedi Potel
10yb – 12yp & 1 – 3yp. Dewch i’r Ganolfan Ymwelwyr i gynllunio, cynhyrchu a lansio’ch rocet eich hun. Dim ond £3 am eich deunydd roced. Dim plant digwmni.
Thu 25 Apr / 10am - 1pm
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 £20, 8-18s £17.50
Thu 25 Apr / 2 - 5pm
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 £20, 8-18s £17.50
Sat 27 Apr / 10am
Emlyn and Shirley will lead a 7 mile strenuous walk beside Caban Coch Reservoir to Nant y Gro Dam then up onto the hills above the reservoir to Llannerch y Cawr and on to Nantgwyllt Church, returning via the Elan Valley Trail. Stunning views guaranteed. Meet at the Visitor Centre.
Sat 27 Apr / 2 - 3.30pm
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.
Dydd Sadwrn - Taith y Pentref
2-3.30yp. Dysgwch am hanes argae Caban Coch, pentref y gweithwyr ac hanesion eraill ar y daith gerdded un filltir hawdd yma.