Exhibition: Rhayader Art Group

Rhayader Art Group's "Summer Exhibition" showcases their range of talents with all original artwork for sale. Prints and greetings cards also available.

Open daily from 10am until 4pm at the Visitor Centre.


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Grŵp Celf Rhaeadr

Arddangosfa o dalentau amrywiol a’r gwaith celf unigryw ar werth.  Printiau a chardiau cyfarchion hefyd ar gael.



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Cwm Elan Lead Mine Walk

To celebrate the Festival of Archaeology (13 - 28 July), Jenny Hall and Paul Sambrook of TRYSOR Archaeology will be leading a pleasant, early evening walk from Nantgwyllt Church to the Cwm Elan Lead Mine.

A 5 mile round trip. Moderate walk on footpaths. Meet at Nantgwyllt Church car park.

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Elan Links: Large Heath Butterfly Survey

picture of butterfly and cottongrass

Come and join us looking for one of our rarer butterflies in the uplands of the Elan Valley.

The Large Heath butterfly can be found near cotton grass in damp places.

We are looking for volunteers to come and hopefully help count them.

The session will require walking in difficult terrain, so a reasonable level of fitness is required.

For more information and to book please contact bonna.williams@elanvalley.org.uk.

or phone 01597 811527

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Natural Elan: the Natural World and Well-being

Free activities, workshops and talks exploring the natural world and wellbeing.

Events include:

Uses of Local Herbs Talk

Elan Calls Book Launch

Healing with Earth's Treasures Talk

Nature Day - including drop in whittling and discovering local species with nature experts

Mindful Walk

Introduction to Cycling


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Natural Elan: Uses of Local Herbs Talks

Learn about some of the herbs found in the Elan Valley, from expert Sally Owen in an evening talk. Discover what is a herb, how they have been used throughout our history, their potential role in wellness today and the joys of getting outside to identify them.

Drop in. Minimum age 16, children must be supervised. For more information email: beth.rees@elanvalley.org.uk


Elan Naturiol: Sgwrs am Ddefnydd Perlysiau Lleol

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Natural Elan: Elan Calls Book Launch

Internationally exhibited artist Marcelo Sánchez-Camus will be launching his new book, Elan Calls. Marcelo was a previous artist in residence in the Elan Valley, and created this book as an alternative walking guide to the valley. Join us for an exciting day/afternoon to launch the book which includes live music, readings of the book and a self-driven tour of the valley.

Drop in. No minimum age, but children must be supervised. For more information email: beth.rees@elanvalley.org.uk


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Natural Elan: Healing with Earth's Treasures

Join Lauren D'Silva to explore the healing energy of crystals. This will be an interactive session where you'll be invited to handle some of the crystals and participate in a couple of short practical exercises and visualisations to experience the power of crystals for yourself.

Lauren is Principal of Touchstones School of Crystal Therapy and Chair of the Affiliation of Crystal Healing Organisations.

Drop in. Minimum age 12, children must be supervised. For more information email: beth.rees@elanvalley.org.uk


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Natural Elan: Nature Day

Join us at the Old Hospital Site in the Elan Village for a day surrounded by nature. Join local experts on a bio-blitz and see what interesting and exciting species you can find in Cwnch Woods. Or try your hand at whittling, with expert Jenny Dingle to help you learn how to shape wood!

Drop in. Children must be supervised. Minimum age 10. For more information contact beth.rees@elanvalley.org.uk


Diwrnod Natur

Hen Safle’r Ysbyty, Pentref Elan

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Natural Elan: Mindful Walk

Come and enjoy the natural environment of the Elan Valley in a new, relaxing way. Join Tommy Carr for a sensory “Mindful Walk” through Penbont Woods and experience the Japanese concept of “Forest Bathing” which will rejuvenate you and give you a better appreciation of the wonderful outdoors. 

Booking required. Minimum age 8, children must be supervised. For more information and to book a place email: beth.rees@elanvalley.org.uk


Taith Gerdded Ymwybyddiaeth Ofalgar

Maes Parcio Penbont

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Natural Elan: Introduction to cycling

Explore the Elan Valley by bike on a Breeze ride with local champion, Pippa Boss. In the morning join a family ride along the Elan Valley Trail and in the afternoon an introductory women’s mountain bike adventure.

Minimum age 5 for the family trail (U5 on trailer or bike seat), 16 for women’s afternoon ride. Children must be supervised.

Booking required. For more information and to book a place email: beth.rees@elanvalley.org.uk

Read the plan here:

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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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High Ropes Challenge

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

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Kayaking on the Reservoir

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

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