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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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 terrain. Please wear suitable clothing, footwear and bring a packed lunch with drinks. N.B.

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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.

4 Mai – ‘Nôl i’r Coed Gwyllt? Edrych ar goed hynafol

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Bird Walk - Woodland Birds

Join local bird watcher Tony Ware on a walk through Cnwch woodland by the Visitor Centre.

Bring binoculars and wear appropriate clothing/footwear.

For further details please ring Tony on 07772 792722.

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5k Series

6.30pm  First of the 5k Series 2019 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/5KPage.html

Registration from 6.30pm at Caban Coch Dam Car Park

8 Dydd Mercher – Rhedwyr Rhaeadr Cyfres 5k

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Fun with Watercolours Workshop

Come along on this workshop to learn interesting ways of applying and manipulating watercolour and inks using everyday products such as cling film, surgical spirit and salt with local artist Jennifer Chandler.

Suitable for everyone, no experience required!

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.

11 Dydd Sadwrn – Gweithdy Hwyl gyda Dyfrlliwiau

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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.

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5k Series

6.30pm  Second Part of the 5k Series 2019 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/5KPage.html
Registration from 6.30pm at Caban Coch Dam Car Park

22 Dydd Mercher –Rhedwyr Rhaeadr Cyfres 5k

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Powys Ramblers Walk

Alan will lead a 4.5 mile scenic walk past Dol y Mynach Dam returning above the forestry. No dogs allowed. Meet at Nantgwyllt Church car park.

Taith Gerdded Crwydrwyr Powys
10yb. Fe fydd Alan yn arwain taith gerdded hynod o hardd o 4.5 milltir heibio Dôl y Mynach ac yn dychwelyd uwchben y Goedwigaeth. Ni chaniateir cŵn. Man cyfarfod ym maes parcio Eglwys Nantgwyllt.

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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.

25 Dydd Sadwrn a 26 Dydd Sul – Ffair Grefft y Gwanwyn

10yb-4yp.  Fe fydd ein Canolfan Ymwelwyr dan ei sang gyda chrefftwyr lleol ac arlunwyr yn cynnig gemwaith cartref, celf o fywyd gwyllt, crefftiau pren, lluniau, arddangosfeydd crefft, cynnyrch wedi’i ailgylchu, a chrefftiau traddodiadol Cymreig.


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Four Valleys and a River

Guided Walk led by Tudor Davies
8:45am - 5:00pm

A 10 mile energetic linear walk, passing through four valleys, walking some of the Wye Valley Walk, and part of the Monks Trod, finishing at Pont Marteg on the Wye.
Booking required, call 01597 810449 to book your place, £5 donation toward transport
Please bring suitable clothing, footwear and bring a packed lunch with drinks.

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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.

28 Dydd Mawrth – Dreigiau a Mursennod

2-3.30yp. Prynhawn hwylus yn pysgota yn y pyllau – addas ar gyfer y teulu oll.  Dim ond 20 lle ar gael.  Dim plant digwmni.  Man cyfarfod yng nghilfan Dôl y Mynach.

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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.

29 Dydd Mercher – Trotian Penbyliaid

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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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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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