Exhibition: Francis Brett Young - Poet, Novelist, Soldier

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.

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Ancient Sites of the Elan Valley

Ancient sites of the elan valley walk 7th april 2019

Local historians David James and Vic Pardoe will take you on a fascinating 6.5 mile walk from the Visitor Centre to Nant y Gro Dam and onto Gro Hill to discover the ancient cairns. The walk will continue to Crugian Bach Bronze Age Complex with its Stone Circle, Stones, Huts and Cairns. This walk will involve climbing hills and areas may be wet and boggy. Please bring a packed lunch and drinks. Meet at the Visitor Centre.

 

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Bird Walk - Early Migrants

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.

 

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Planetarium Show: The Solar System

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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Elan Links : Volunteer Training Days - Upland Birds

Do you want to visit the remote corners of the Elan Valley?

And help to save threatened bird species?

The Elan Links project is looking for keen volunteers to get involved with an upland bird monitoring programme.

The initial training days are 13/14th April.

On Day 1 we will be learning how to recognise and record Curlews, Ring Ouzels and Golden Plover, On Day 2 we shall learn to recognise them up on the hill.

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Creative Elan: Pottery – exploring the natural environment through clay

Let Alex Allpress guide you to create and decorate your own piece of pottery inspired by nature. For £5 the piece can be fired and picked up from CARAD.

Children must be supervised, minimum age 5. Places are free but limited so please book in advance by contacting Beth Rees on 01597 811 527 or emailing beth.rees@elanvalley.org.uk

 

 

Crochenwaith – archwilio’r amgylchedd naturiol trwy glai

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Trees – an exploration through batik workshop

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.
 

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Creative Elan: Creative Writing – taking the nature from the outdoors onto the page

Immerse yourself in creative writing inspired by these beautiful settings. Writer Bethany Rivers will take you through the creation of haikus and renga, a fun, communal way of creating poetry. No experience necessary but bring paper/notepad and pens.

 

Children must be supervised, minimum age 12. Places are free but limited so please book in advance by contacting Beth Rees on 01597 811 527 or emailing beth.rees@elanvalley.org.uk

 

 

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Creative Elan: Fire to Foraging

Come and join in a drop in session of bush-craft. Try your hand at making fires, learn about the best plants to eat and so much more! Not just for kids!

Drop in session. Contact Beth Rees for more information on 01597 811 527 or beth.rees@elanvalley.org.uk

 

Coedwriaeth

Ymunwch â ni mewn sesiwn coedwriaeth galw heibio. Ceisiwch wneud tân, dysgwch am y planhigion gorau i fwyta, a llawer mwy! Nid ar gyfer y plentyn unig!

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Creative Elan: Walk the Drovers' Tales

Master storyteller Phil Okwedy will captivate you with his stories of the brave, reckless and hardy drovers of years gone by, as you walk in areas they too may have visited.

The walk will be a variation on the Gro Wood walk  (the lower part) https://www.elanvalley.org.uk/crwydro/walking/gro-wood

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Creative Elan: Make Your Own Mythical Creatures

Let your imagination run wild as you create a mythical creature, decorating them with natural materials. Kit out a fairy in the latest feather fashions, or gear up a goblin with a leafy jacket. Discover our large dragon that everyone can help decorate.

Children must be supervised, minimum age 5. It's advisable to wear old clothes/clothes to get messy.

Places are free, drop in session. For more information contact Beth Rees on 01597 811 527 or emailing beth.rees@elanvalley.org.uk

 

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Creative Elan: Amazing Animation

Have a go at animation a short film using natural materials. Expert Jim Elliott will guide you through the processes of creating and then animating. You can later view your results on our YouTube or bring a memory stick to save it.

Drop in session. Children must be supervised, minimum age 5

For more information contact Beth Rees on 01597 811 527 or beth.rees@elanvalley.org.uk

 

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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 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.

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Creative Elan: Painting Without Brushes

Let artist Deb Leeton-Bunker guide you through painting without using a brush. Be inspired by the scenery around the Elan Valley and create a unique piece of artwork using cards and masking tape. Wear old clothes.

Children must be supervised, minimum age 7. Places are free but limited so please book in advance by contacting Beth Rees on 01597 811 527 or emailing beth.rees@elanvalley.org.uk

 

Arlunio heb Frwsys

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Creative Elan: Screen printing spectacular!

Let artist Becky Knight guide you as you decorate a bag for you to take home through the art of screen printing. Each bag will cost £1.

Children must be supervised, minimum age 5.

Places are free but limited so please book in advance by contacting Beth Rees on 01597 811 527 or emailing beth.rees@elanvalley.org.uk

 

Argraffu ar Sgrin Ysblennydd!

Gadewch i’r arlunydd Becky Knight eich tywys wrth i chi addurno’ch bag eich hun trwy argraffu ar sgrin.  Cost pob bag fydd £1.

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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.

Sgrialfa Wyau Pasg
10yb-4yp. Helfa Drysor Pasg ar gyfer yr holl deulu o gwmpas y Ganolfan Ymwelwyr a choedwig Cnwch – cydweithiwch am gyfle i ennill Wy Pasg! £1 y plentyn.

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Creative Elan: Drawing by Moonlight

Let your imagination run wild in the dark with artists Short and Forward, who will take you on an exploratory night walk by the light of the rising full moon, and guide you to enjoy the unique visionary experience of night time drawing. No artistic experience or skills necessary. Drawing materials will be provided but you can bring your own if preferred.

End the evening with delicious hot moon pancakes and savour a new appreciation of the night time.

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Creative Elan: Caveman Creations

Join Vic Pardo to paint the way our ancestors did. Make your own rock art or draw on a large slab of rock!

No experience or equipment necessary. Old/clothes able to get messy recommended.

Places are free. Drop in session. Children must be supervised, minimum age 7.

For more information contact Beth Rees on 01597 811 527 or beth.rees@elanvalley.org.uk

 

Creadigaeth Dynion Ogof

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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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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.

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Powys Ramblers Walk

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.

 

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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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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.

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Beginners Navigation

Beginners navigation 29th April 2019

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 4th May. Please book your place on 01597 810449 or email info@elanvalleytrust.org

 

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